THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
The Current newsletter will resume regular publication this summer as our churches begin to plan activities per the re-opening guidelines of Governor DeWine and Bishop Malone.
Beginning in the fall of 2020, the Three Rivers District will no longer mail a hard copy of The Current to residents. We will mail one last edition in the summer. Thereafter, digital copies will be sent out via e-mail and available for viewing here on our website.
If you or someone in your church indicates a need for a printed copy you may either contact the district office or your church secretary to make arrangements.
As we have adapted to the limitations put in place due to COVID-19 regulations, we have come to learn that many of our members have access to digital copies. This decision is good stewardship of our resources both financially and ecologically.
We appreciate your understanding in this transition,
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
We all get anxious about life from time to time, but these last five months have hit many of us with an anxiety-tsunami!
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxieties in every area of life: health, safety, employment, schools, churches, family events (weddings, funerals, graduations, etc.).
- On top of COVID-19, we face the ongoing pandemic of racism that continues to infect our culture.
- On top of COVID-19; on top of the pandemic of racism, there is anxiety over toxic national politics heading into the fall elections.
- On top of COVID-19, the pandemic of racism and toxic politics there are all the anxiety-inducing issues we regularly face (finances, relationships, work, etc.).
So with all these anxieties stacking upon one another, we can certainly relate to the psalmist feeling overwhelmed by anxiety! It is good to know that the Bible speaks to our true human condition! Yet, the psalmist proclaimed that even in the most unstable times God is the one who brings comfort and joy to our soul.
What an opportunity to be a witness to God’s power! When the world around us is being overwhelmed by the anxiety-tsunami, God’s people can show a way through it. I’ve already seen it!
In the midst of these unstable times, I have seen clergy and laity trust in God’s care and expand the proclamation of the Gospel in new ways. Churches are posting worship services, bible studies, and mid-week services on Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo and Zoom. These efforts are bearing fruit as many of our Three Rivers churches are reaching more people than before COVID-19! There are stories in our district of giving equaling or improving over last year’s offerings as people continue to be faithful in participating in God’s mission.
Even with all the anxieties we are facing God is using the efforts of clergy and laity to bring salvation to an ever-expanding circle of people. God is at work. We can see it. We can feel it. These are examples of good news that brings joy to our souls!
These examples reminds me that for God’s people our comfort and joy is found in staying focused and committed to continue Jesus’ mission in this world. His mission, now through us, is “To preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) Therefore, in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic remember we still have a mission!
In the midst of a racism pandemic, remember we still have mission!
In the midst of toxic politics, remember we still have a mission!
In the midst of our regular daily anxieties, remember we still have a mission!
When anxiety is great within us, let us remember the great mission God has empowered us to continue and let us remember to keep encouraging one another.
Daily let us boldly serve this great mission God has empowered us to continue in the name of Jesus. In pursuit of God's mission for the world we will discover the Divine consolation that brings joy to our souls.
To help daily remember that God is THE shield against any anxiety-tsunami I encourage you to proclaim every morning Paul’s courageous profession of faith …
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39
Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, Three Rivers District Superintendent
Three Rivers District
Rev. Edward Fashbaugh, II
415 Walnut St.
Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: (740) 622-8880
Fax: (740) 622-8884
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*Closed Fridays in July and August
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