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PASTOR’S PAGE, MAY 2021

Greetings Grace Family and Friends, in the name of the risen Christ. My heart first goes out to the Jeffries and Manning family. Last month we gathered here at Grace for two celebration of life services in recognition of Bernice Jeffries and Leanne Manning. May we continue to lift them up in prayer and hold them close in our thoughts.

I am also pleased to share with you, that my heart continues to be filled with the unquenchable fire of the Holy Spirit. As fellow disciples of Christ, I invite each of you to embrace this same fire proclaimed throughout the Bible. It is this fire that facilitates the power, and longevity of the Church.

The cache of problems in recent months that have come before our nation, are no match for God's fire. The Love of God distributing His fire, burns hotter, stronger, and brighter than any darkness this world has ever seen. I encourage you to be on fire with faith, hope, compassion, love, forgiveness, joy, mercy, and peace. God's fire and his fire in us is the infallible antidote to ameliorate the problems of this world. God's fire is revealed to us in

Psalm 104:4 (KJV)
4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Jeremiah 23:29 (KJV)
29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Amos 1:10 (KJV)
10  But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

Luke 3:16 (KJV)
16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

Luke 12:49 (KJV)
49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Hebrews 12:29 (KJV)
29  For our God is a consuming fire.

Matthew 3:11 (KJV)
11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Acts 2:3 (KJV)
3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Revelation 20:9-10 (KJV)
9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Methodist founder Rev. John Wesley preached, "Set yourself on fire and the world will come for miles to watch you burn." Grace let's be on fire. God has already anointed, appointed, and blessed it.

CONGRATULATIONS: To our graduating seniors Josie Anderson from Crete High School, entering Kansas State University this fall studying Music, and Nicholas Martozie from Doane University, accepted to the Master of Divinity Degree Program at St. Paul School of Theology in Leawood, Kansas.

THANK YOU Grace, for your faithfulness in wearing masks and practicing social distancing during the covid-19 pandemic. I am looking forward to the month of May and returning to our regular one-hour worship service from 10:30am to 11:30am. We will continue to wear our masks and practice social distancing. Thank you again for your cooperation, faithful gifts to God, and your regular Church attendance; all of which have sufficiently stabilized and maintained this sacred vessel.

Please contact the Church Office if your name is not on the Prayer Chain. In addition to praying for our Church Family, we also use the Prayer Chain to notify members of Church closures due to weather. If you were not called this past winter when we cancelled worship, your name is probably not on the Prayer Chain List. Have a blessed May, in the name of the risen Christ.

-Respectfully,

Dr. Reynolds


Walk with God!

PASTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Rev. Dr. Wayne M. Reynolds received his call to preach at age 14 in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Reynolds entered the ministry through Gorham United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois where his father, an award-winning civil rights leader and community activist for 60+ years, Dr. Everett S. Reynolds, Sr., also served as Pastor.

In addition to being a spiritual mentor, leader, police chaplain, coach, and teacher, Dr. Reynolds is proudly a 5th generation preacher (reverendreynolds.com) within the Methodist Church! Accordingly, Dr. Reynolds has an extremely robust knowledge of the history, character, and scope of pastoring, which spans the entire history of the Methodist Church and throughout the United States of America.



Dr. Reynolds received the Master of Divinity Degree from the Gammon-Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and his Doctorate from the Carolina University of Theology in Manassas, Virginia.

"Football Theology
for Championship Christian Living"


In addition to celebrating God as a full-time pastor, Dr. Reynolds is also an accomplished artist, and is completing manuscripts for two books.

"Football Theology for Championship Christian Living," is tentatively schedule for publication in the fall of 2020. This book covers the interesting history and dynamics surrounding two very popular institutions, football (sports) and religion (church). To this subject Dr. Reynolds brings to bear his hands-on, first-hand experience and knowledge as a former collegiate football player, a national All-American ranking in track and field, his ongoing status as a career athlete in masters track and field, and as a K-12 public school football, basketball, and USATF track coach.

"Homosexuality Reality," will address an issue that continues to compel religious dissension worldwide. As validated by the recent decision of the United Methodist Church to adhere to the traditional teachings of the Bible and the Book of Discipline of the Methodist Church, which clearly do not support homosexuality, with "Homosexuality Reality," Dr. Reynolds will present an accurate, theologically balanced Biblical interpretation of homosexuality that makes sense to the old school fire and brimstone sisters and brothers, while also incorporating the values of a more inclusive and diverse society.

Stay tuned.



USATF Track Official, Umpire
and career athlete

Dr. Reynolds is also a certified USATF track and field official and regularly officiates as an umpire at indoor and outdoor track meets at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and he officiates high school track and field meets sanctioned by the Nebraska School Activities Association. Dr. Reynolds is compliant with both SafeSport and Safe Gatherings requirements to ensure child safety, and to prevent sexual misconduct and abuse, bullying, hazing, harassment, physical abuse, and emotional abuse.

As an athlete Dr. Reynolds competed in 83 USATF sanctioned events, and has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in 95% of all of his races. In addition to track events, Dr. Reynolds competed in several 5k, 10k, 20k events, a vertical marathon, and various multi-sporting events. Although now retired from competitive running, Dr. Reynolds previously maintained a weekly base-training for track events (100m, 200m, 400m) which added over 20,000 miles on his physique, and his base-training regime for road races (5k, 10k, etc.) and various multi-sporting events added nearly another 10,000 miles. Dr. Reynolds remains a career athlete beyond track and field, and whenever possible he enjoys cycling, rollerskating, basketball hotshot and freethrow events; plus he enjoy throwing the javelin. The benefits of living a healthy and fit lifestyle and not lost on Dr. Reynolds, and he welcomes sharing his insight whenever requested. You'll want to read "Football Theology for Championship Christian Living," whether you're a fan of football or the church, or not. For the most part, no one likes losing, and as you know, winning is a whole lot of fun.

 

Throughout his ministry of fourty-(40) years, Dr. Reynolds has championed the great work performed by first-responders, including police, fire, emergency preparedness works, healthcare providers, and community volunteers.

In this regard, Dr. Reynolds has also volunteered as a "mentor" to young men as a "Big Brother," and as represented by the photos below, Dr. Reynolds has also volunteered as a police chaplin.

Police Chaplin, City of Lincoln, NE


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Police Chaplin, City of Omaha, NE


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Dr. Reynolds has a very diverse portfolio of community involvement and public speaking:

Churches and religious organizations: Church Of God In Christ; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; AME Zion Church; Baptist Church at the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; Missouri Synod Lutheran Church; Church Of God; Pentecostal Assemblies of The World; United Church of Christ; Presbyterian Church; and hundreds more.

Ethnic, cultural, and civic events: Dr. Reynolds' participation in multi-cultural organizations and institutions includes: Urban League; NAACP; Portland Public Schools; Omaha Public Schools; Washington State Public Schools; Keynote Speaker at Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration; Keynote Speaker at State of Capitol of Nebraska's Martin Luther King Jr. tribute; University of Nebraska at Lincoln; University of Nebraska at Omaha; University of Oregon Health and Science Center; St. Elizabeth Hospital; Lincoln Executive Club; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; Oregon Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons; George Fox College; Hastings College; St. Olaf College; Iowa Western Community College; Northeast Community College; Omaha School of Massage Therapy. While serving as Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Crete, Nebraska, he also serves as one of the Board Members for the City of Crete Housing Authority, and member of the Saline County Drug and Alcohol Coalition.

Domestic and International Outlook: Dr. Reynolds' BLOG is reaching people in Dublin, Xiamen, Sayreville, Nanjing, Beijing, Korea, Matawan, Palto-Alto, Kenya, and Portugal. Domestically, Dr. Reynolds' BLOG is routinely reaching people in California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia, Delaware and Missouri, with over includes 40,000+ visitors to the Breath of God Ministries.com.

Dr. Reynolds is immediately available to guide, service, and support you through marital counseling, weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, bereavement counseling and funerals, and public speaking. Dr. Reynolds is also an accomplished portrait artist and illustrator (click here). Please, feel free to contact Dr. Reynolds at: 402-320-6454 or pastorreynolds@hotmail.com

May the Word of God give you strength, peace and hope throughout 2019 and beyond!

 


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