February Greetings!

February Greetings!

 

As a child in grade school I did not particularly like January and February because it seemed like they were so long and cold. As I got older, I began to look forward to these months because it seemed that the pace of life slowed down a bit. It is hard to believe that January 2020 is well-nigh over!

 

There are many privileges that pastors have. One is to probably be more often confronted than other people with both life and death. Please pray for brother Garth Roberts and his loved ones as Margaret Roberts recently passed away. Faithful missionaries for many years, it is encouraging to think of Margaret in the presence of our Lord and I pray that this truth will be a great comfort to her loved ones. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope; 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

 

So, as I remove the name of Margaret Roberts from our prayer calendar and bulletins (she is no longer in need of our prayers—praise the Lord!) I also add a new name—Jordan Reed Wilkinson! (born Friday, January 24; 8 lb 3 oz; 21 inches) We are thankful for the safe and healthy birth of this little boy and appreciate your prayers for Will, Rachelle, and the two big brothers—Liam and Trent. The Lord has blessed SVBC with quite a few boys!

 

I invite you to thank the Lord with us for His providences. As I am preaching through the Gospel of John, the week that Jordan was born was the week I was studying the next passage which had these verses: Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you; John 16:20-22.

 

Last Sunday after morning worship one of our teen girls and her friend greeted me as they were leaving. The friend was very open about wanting to talk about salvation and baptism. I said, How about now? So, my wife had the privilege of going through the Gospel with her and seeking to discern if she had received Christ as her Savior. She has asked to be baptized so we are excited about following up with her. We also had another person pray to receive Christ this month as well as one of our young children. Please pray with us as we continue to follow-up, disciple, love, encourage, and Lord willing baptize. We are thankful for the work the Lord is doing in hearts and praise Him for it!

 

We have several folks who are involved in continuing discipling and that is our theme for 2020. It is a blessing as we continue to pray to see the Lord providentially arranging folks to sharpen and be sharpened spiritually.

 

On Wednesday, we had our annual snow day for our Master Club children. The Lord has been increasing our numbers of children at these clubs as well as our Homeschool Helper group. We had 37 children out on Wednesday. Many thanks to our teen workers and ladies who made and served Walking Tacos to everyone. I want to ask you to both thank the Lord for safety and ask you to pray specifically for these children. We had 2 boys on a sled that almost went out on the road while a big truck came by. The truck slowed and there was no accident, but it was a scary situation. We are thankful for the adults that teach and help but we could use more help just watching in the gym times and during arrival and dismissal with small children and vehicles in the parking lot. Another prayer request is that we are meeting one-on-one with the older children to talk about salvation. It has been a blessing to me to talk with one student who gave a clear testimony of salvation. Another student that I talked with did not have a good grasp of it. O how we need the Bible being lived out in our homes.

 

Please pray as our Men’s Retreat is February 7-8. We have several men planning to come and are asking the Lord to stir our hearts, minds, and wills as the theme is Men at Home. If you know of any men or young men/teens who would like to join us, please let us know. Also, we could still use some help with breakfast for Saturday morning if anyone could volunteer.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

New Year Greetings!

New Year Greetings!

 

In the beginning God…

Thank the Lord for beginnings! Just think… you haven’t made any mistakes in 2020 yet. A fresh start is a blessing.

One of the many encouraging things about our International Christmas Banquet was the way that so many pitched in and worked together to honor the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Quite a few visitors attended. The Gospel was given, the decorations were great, the children and youth spoke and sang well, the food was so good, and the fellowship was excellent. I think our shepherds got a little tired though. I got a kick out of one sheep being held by the neck and another being held by its leg 😊.

A few weeks later, the Master Club children enjoyed a Christmas party. It was another opportunity to share with them about the Christ of Christmas.

 

 

2020—Discipling: able to teach others also

 

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men,

who shall be able to teach others also; 2 Timothy 2:2.

 

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

December Greetings!

December Greetings!

This past month we have been blessed with not only great preaching of God’s Word but also positive responsiveness to the preaching. Evangelist Glen Shank and Family were with us first. Then Missionary Philip Seely and Family were with us. All the preaching was scripturally sound and down-to-earth. I thank the Lord that I had several folks contact me specifically about being burdened to grow in effective, Spirit-led witnessing and discipling. So that is something to both thank the Lord for and a request to join us in praying for the fruit that only the Lord can give.

 

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,

the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also; 2 Timothy 2:2.

 

Also thank the Lord and congratulations to the Marks family who welcomed Adam Thomas Marks on November 5! Baby, Mom, Dad, and brothers are all doing well. And I know some grandparents are sure enjoying their newest grandson!

 

We’d especially appreciate your prayers for our International Christmas Banquet on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00. What is that? (I will try to add a picture from 2017.) This year I believe there will be 11 different countries represented with their foods and different ways they celebrate Christmas. The gym is already shaping up with lights and 4 Christmas trees. Lord willing the choir will sing, teens will do a small program, and the children will be involved as well. There are quite a few children participating this year both from our Homeschool Helper group and our Children’s Master Clubs. And of course, we pray that this will bring out their parents and grandparents for free food and an emphasis on the Christ of Christmas—Jesus Christ is King of kings! If you are in the area and available, you are more than welcome to join us.

 

Vic Livermore is recovering from pneumonia and Brett (Bubby) Fields has recovered well from a recent surgery. Please pray for the Sharp Family especially this month and Quinn Landon who continues in training with the army.

 

As we celebrate the incarnation of our Savior Jesus Christ, I will leave you with these verses from a devotional I read this morning…Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy; 1 Peter 1:13-16.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy