THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress...They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord. (Isaiah 65:17–25, NRSV)
Transitions are not always easy. They mean that one part of your life’s story is over and a new one is about to begin. Yet transitions are a way of life. As the transition from me serving as your District Superintendent draws near, I am excited for you as your new DS, Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, comes on board. I know that his energy, insight, and love for the church will serve you well in the days ahead. Some things will be different as Ed gets to know you and shares his vision for the district. I believe that the God who has always been faithful to us (and to those who have come and gone before us) is now about to do “a new thing.” Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
In many ways, our denomination is in a time of transition as well. We need not be anxious about this. As I shared in my address at District Conference, God’s got this! And I believe that the next generation of church leaders will be engaged in exciting new endeavors amidst an as-yet not fully known “new thing” God has in store for us all. And you all get to be a part of it! I believe God has something greater for you and me on the other side of this time of transition.
God brings transitions into our life only for profoundly good reasons. It’s hard to leave. It’s sad to leave friends and community. But I’ve been through this before and so have most (if not all) of you. One thing I’ve learned: not too far in the future we’ll be able to look back and see God was in the change.
- Dr. Bradley G. Call
Three Rivers District
Rev. Dr. Brad Call
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Coshocton, OH 43812
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