February Greetings!

February Greetings!

OK, so today I confessed my sin of becoming overwhelmed with circumstances of life. I am thankful for our perfect God Who forgives and is so gracious and merciful. I’m also thankful that my salvation is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and that I am kept by the power of God. As I went over to turn up heat in the Fellowship Hall for Men’s Prayer Fellowship a little before 6:00 today, God kindly reminded me that I need to be overwhelmed with Him! The sky was clear and studded with more stars than I could count! …

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens. … When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:1, 3-4.

We have several shut-ins and the number of them increases in the winter. As I visit them, most all lament that they can’t get out to church but would love to do so. It’s a great opportunity to be an encouragement and blessing to them and also be encouraged by them. So greetings from all our shut-ins! Often, they make me smile—like when Mrs. Buck tells me that in the winter she’s “incarcerated”! And then she laughs and tells me that though the snow and ice prevents her from walking daily outside as usual, she still gets on her treadmill every day! I won’t embarrass her by telling you her age but she sure runs circles around me! 🙂 If you have opportunity to visit &/or send a card to our shut-ins they would surely appreciate it, especially this time of the year.

Thank you for your prayers! We have many answers to prayer and I’ll share a few.
• NY’s Eve we had great fellowship, food, and a clear presentation of the Gospel as we watched the film The Case for Christ. It spoke

to both the saved and the lost. The picture is of our “Nursery Buddies” who enjoyed a wonderful time together that evening too!
• Our new adult Sunday Sc

hool class has gotten off to a good start with some good attendance, spirit, questions, and … Answers… in Genesis as well as the rest of the entire Bible!
• This past Monday we had the opportunity to have good fellowship and provide a meal for our Missionary Thad Peacock family. Please pray as they transition to a new ministry, as Brother Thad plans for a survey trip, and also as he will be preaching at SVBC on Sunday, February 18.
• We have several men planning to go to a men’s retreat February 2-3. Please pray for safety, a time of spiritual refreshment, and men used of God to sharpen other men spiritually.
• SVBC physical and spiritual victories a bit too personal to publish specifically but we’re thankful that some folks are truly responding with faith to Biblical counseling.
• Several men already volunteering to work our Sweetheart Breakfast on Sunday, February 10 at 9:30. The breakfast is open to everyone but our men’s desire is to love/honor our ladies and have them do nothing but attend and eat! Please pray with us as we seek to avail ourselves of the Spirit of God’s work in our hearts—building redemptive relationships.

We also have many prayer requests.
• I heard this week that Eric Grimes passed away. Please pray for his loved ones.
• Sickness: Max Peacock is in the hospital/therapy recovering from a light stroke; Shana Swabb is also in the hospital for hernia surgery and then possible transfer to a Pittsburgh hospital to treat ovarian cancer; Max Bohart recovering from pneumonia and seeking resolution of mold problem in his house; Patricia Lepley upcoming knee replacement.
• Baby shower for Becky (Brown) Riley, Sat., 2/17 at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall.
• Mom’s Morning starting TBA in the Fellowship Hall; studying Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change your Family by Paul Tripp; children are welcome!
• Plans underway for our 2nd annual 3-on-3 Basketball Outreach on March 24.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an ineritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time; 1 Peter 1:3-5.

Thank you for praying with us and for us. We pray for you too!

In Christ’s Love,
Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

January Greetings!

January Greetings!

Hey! I wanted to get this out to invite you to come if you’re in our area and to pray regardless of where you are…

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm: NY’s Food, Film, Fellowship & Lord’s Supper!

The Case for Christ is a 2017 film based on a true story. It follows an atheist journalist who looks to disprove his wife’s Christian faith. Here’s a great opportunity to invite friends to hear another clear presentation of the Gospel!


Starting January 7—New Adult Sunday School Class! Answers Bible Curriculum is a chronological Sunday school curriculum that covers the entire Bible. It answers key questions that confront us, and equips us with “faith proofs” to defend the Bible and to honor Christ as we apply Scripture. What a great way to start a new year—join us!

Thank you for your prayers for us this past month. I’ll include some pictures. Our International Christmas Banquet was well attended. Blessings abounded—church folks working hard, long and in unity; children and teens doing a great job singing, acting, and speaking; good attendance; several unsaved present; good outreach to our community. Our theme was “The Light of the World is Jesus!”

We also had a group caroling on quite a cold night. Several days later three families that we caroled to told me specifically that it was a blessing to them—especially the little children singing the praises of our Immanuel, God with us! Jesus loves the little children and so do we!


We have prayed quite a bit about our SVBC theme for the new year:

2018—Marvellous are Thy works;

and that my soul knoweth right well!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:

marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well; Psalm 139:14


Thank you for praying with us and for us. We pray for you too!

Wishing you a New Year of spiritual growth.



 In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

December Greetings!

December Greetings!


The special day of Thanksgiving 2017 is now history but it is still on my heart. It was great to hear folks testifying of God and His many blessings at our Thanksgiving Eve Praise Service. It was a special blessing and answer to prayer to have Raymond Lepley be able to attend. He was discharged from the Gibson Therapy Center the day before! So that’s a wonderful thing to thank the Lord about.


As we move into the Christmas season will you join me in praying that our Christmas would be rich in spiritual blessings? I got that phrase from a book that I am reading that was given to me as a gift recently. It’s Come, Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp. I’d like to share some other thoughts from it:


Often when we become familiar with things (in this case, Christmas), we begin to take them for granted… we tend not to celebrate them as we once did. Familiarity tends to rob us of our wonder. And here’s what’s important about this: what has captured the wonder of our hearts will control the way we live… In a culture that uses this season to get children (& adults!) to dream about how their lives would be made better by possessing a certain material thing, where Christmas has been reduced to a shopper’s nightmare and a retailer’s dream, it is vital to draw the wonder of our children away from the next great toy and toward the wonder of the coming of our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”


Our International Christmas Banquet will be Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in our Activity Building. It will be similar to our International Missions Banquet that we had a few years ago. Several of our folks have chosen countries and will provide a table with all kinds of information from that country regarding their spiritual condition as well as Christmas traditions and of course—native foods. The Master Club children are working on a Missions Badge so they will be studying and contributing what they’ve learned about the different countries. And we will have them doing a little play as well. Special music, carols… we’re looking forward to a wonderful time of celebrating the incarnation of our Savior. We’d love to have you join us if you can! Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough food and seating (570-998-2836). And please pray that we could effectively reach out to some more families with the Gospel using this activity.


Hurting pastors and missionaries—this month I’ve had several opportunities to encourage these folks. Let’s remember to pray for them as many are going through trials and changes.


I received an answer to prayer about our tent meetings. One of the pastors who was going to be involved called and told me that there have been many changes in their church and they aren’t able to be involved in the tent meetings. At the least, that will change the location and some other details for the meetings. Please keep praying for the Lord’s will to be clear to us about these meetings.


Like us, you have probably had gatherings and will have more around Christmas and New Years with opportunities to witness to neighbors and extended family. I have two such folks that we’ve recently been with and plan to send follow-up Gospel notes to them. The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Let’s pray for one another for Spirit-led and empowered witnessing—speaking the Truth in love.


Thank you for praying for us and we do pray that your Christmas would be rich in spiritual blessings!


In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy