November Greetings!

November Greetings!

 

Remember: Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday.

Enjoy an extra hour to get ready for the Lord’s Day!

 

Well it hasn’t been boring around here!

October started with a wonderful Lord’s Day celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SVBC building combined with our annual Fall Fest. It was a great day of remembering, honoring, praising and thanking the Lord, food, fellowship, and purposing to go on with and for our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord

 

even held off the rain for us so that we could enjoy a hayride—2 wagonloads of folks.

Then a tree fell on the Activity Building. There were two slashes, one hole, and several dents in the roof. No one was hurt, the insurance already sent a check, materials are ordered, and Lord willing the repair will be done soon.

 

New carpet was installed in the auditorium.

 

I know that many of you could not, but it would have been great if you could have been here yesterday afternoon for our annual Fall Party and candy scramble for our Master Club families. The children and adults enjoyed smores, a hotdog roast, games, a Gospel presentation, and of course the famed candy scramble (using flashlights to find individually wrapped candy in the darkened gym and upstairs in the Youth Room for our little ones). We had a good crowd, great workers, a wonderful spirit, and another opportunity to reach out to our community. I love all the workers but am especially thankful for the young people who are doing a great job. So far, it has worked out well to move our Master Club meeting time to Wednesdays after school instead of later in the evening.

 

We also thank the Lord for several specific opportunities to give the Gospel to folks on a one-on-one basis. Several folks have inquired about baptism and church membership as well. There have been some other visitors and another family who we just heard are interested in visiting SVBC. The fields are indeed white unto harvest. Please pray that we would have wisdom and compassion in following-up with these folks.

 

For November we are praying and looking forward to Evangelist Glen Shank (https://www.shankfamilyministries.com/) being with us on the 10th, Missionary Phil Sealy being with us on the 24th, and our annual Thanksgiving Praise Service on the 27th at 7:00 p.m. Plan to join us for any or all of these things if you can!

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world; John 16:33.

 

 

May you and yours enjoy a wonderful season of giving thanks to our perfect Lord.

We greatly appreciate your prayers and we pray for you too!

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

October Greetings!

 

Sunday—October 6:

50th Anniversary Celebration and Fall Fest!

 

The cornerstone on our church building is dated 1969. While it is hard to believe, that means that this year is the 50th anniversary of that date. So Lord willing, Sunday, October 6:

 

*Sunday school at 9:30; we plan to use this time to remember and give thanks for how the

Lord has blessed us over the past 50 years. We have some pictures, a timeline of  events

that have occurred, and a DVD of some of the construction of the buildings.
*Morning worship at 10:30
*Lunch in our Fellowship Hall followed by a hayride
*Dessert contest—yum!
*YOU are invited! J

 

The Lord is continuing to bring children to us so we would appreciate your prayers for us as we seek to love them, and plant & water the seed of God’s Word. This Fall we changed our meeting time for our Children’s Master Clubs from 7:00 p.m. to 3:15. The school bus has a stop right at our parking lot so quite a few are able to get here that way. As of now we have 37 children that have attended. Personally the change in time for me allows me to interact with the children and get to know them better. It was fun to throw a football with them as we waited for club to start last week! Another blessing is our workers and how faithful they have been. We also thank the Lord for several teen helpers who are not only helping but are learning and being encouraged to lead. Last week one of our 6th grade boys already asked if he could be a helper next year. Please pray with us for the salvation of souls, for safety, and for wisdom as we seek to minister not only to the children but also to their parents and other family members. Master Clubs Families-Alvirez; Atwater; Beck; Bishop; Ciarlo; Fields; Gehman; Harris; Kane; Lovett; Marks; Martin; Persun; Roberts; Sharp; Sponenberg; Vick; Wetzel; Wilkinson; Wolf; Workers-Beck; Smith; Harris; Hughes; Kirch; MacAvoy; Marks; Martin; Sharp; Speary; Wetzel; Young

 

Folks in our Homeschool Helpers group met a few days ago to organize and are looking forward to resuming Tuesday, October 1. This is another opportunity to help both those in our church family as well as reaching out to our community. It is also an opportunity for me to give a simple Bible lesson and challenge at each meeting.

 

Last Sunday morning was a special blessing as Vic Livermore stood up and thanked the Lord for the good report he received. For now he has finished his chemo treatments and thanks you for your prayers! Let’s keep praying for one another.

Missionaries Jan & Annette Wols (Papua New Guinea/PNG) were with us

on Wednesday, 9/18. As you can see in the pictures, they had a few minutes to speak with our Master Club children. Then in the evening it was a delight to hear how the Lord is continuing to use them. Please pray with us for them as they are now back in PNG.

Work day was beautiful both weather-wise and fellowship-wise. We were able to get many things done—including some painting outside that really looks great as you can see in the pictures.

 

We greatly appreciate your prayers and we pray for you too!

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

September Greetings!

 

  • What does it look like to live with the knowledge that our lives pass quickly?
  • What parts of life should be a priority?
  • Which parts don’t matter as much as others?

Last night we enjoyed devotions on James 4:14-15, thinking about the fact that God is the sovereign of time. Our fellowship, input, questions, some answers to those questions above, and prayer time were a real blessing. We don’t know a lot of specifics about the future. We need to trust God and His wisdom. Hudson Taylor, missionary to China in the nineteenth century, stated that

“those who do not make God Lord of all, do not make Him Lord at all.”

If we claim that God is sovereign over all, we must submit to Him in our relationships and plans.

 

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.

For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

 

After prayer meeting everyone pitched in helping to move tables and chairs to the activity building. Thank the Lord for people who have a mind to work for our Lord! We would appreciate your prayers as we have the privilege to host a Memorial Service for Pastor Peet this Saturday, August 31 at 11:00. We are expecting a good number of folks and are providing lunch for them. We know that the Gospel will be given clearly so please pray for the salvation of souls, for comfort for all the loved ones, for us all to honor all the memories of Pastor Peet, and for God to be glorified.

 

Other praise and prayer items…

  • Last Saturday a lot of our folks again worked at the SVBC booth at the Cogan House Township Festival. We gave away lots of cotton candy, balloon animals, crafts, and most importantly the Gospel. It was a great opportunity to seek to reach out to our “Jerusalem” with the love of Christ and the Good News!
  • A new Sunday School class for Grades 1-3 is starting Sun., 9/1 with Jennifer Sharp teaching. Some parents have committed to bring their children and that means we get to have the parents in the adult class too! J
  • Children’s Master Clubs resumes Weds., 9/4 from 3:15-4:30. We are trying a different time as we believe doing so may enable us to reach more from our VBS and Homeshool group.
  • Homeschool Helpers resumes Tues., 9/17 from 9:00-11:00.
  • Missionaries Jan & Annette Wols (Papua New Guinea/PNG) plan to travel back to PNG via the USA and Lord willing will be with us at SVBC on Weds., 9/18 at 7:00 pm.
  • A time of thanksgiving for the 50th anniversary of the SVBC building cornerstone and other special things are being planned for our annual Fall Fest on Sunday, October 6.
  • Lots of excitement with all the changes in the lives of some of our recent graduates:
    • Kelly Egrie—Pace University, NYC
    • Kylee Kirch—Penn College
    • Luke Paulhamus—Word of Life
    • Ben Vick—Bloomsburg University
    • Quinn Landon—army; Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • Vic Livermore is awaiting results from a recent scan and Steve Loomis has begun treatment for Lyme’s Disease.

Thank you to the Planks’ for hosting a great fellowship!

 

 

 

Happy Labor Day to you and yours!

 

 

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy