February Greetings!

I just thought that with all the snow and bitterly cold weather, you might need a good chuckle!

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine:

but a broken spirit drieth the bones; Proverbs 17:22.

Spring will begin: Wednesday, 20 March 2019!

That’s only 7 weeks away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank the Lord with us for some recent blessings…

  • A great spirit in church on Sunday; we had a wonderful day worshiping the Lord
  • Three people want to join the church
  • A young man doing the songleading
  • Another young man doing the sound and powerpoints
  • A young family sang all together for the first time for special music
  • A neighbor came for the first time to Sunday School & Church
  • 2 good January relationship-building activities—one for families and one for young adults
  • Seven men are planning to come to the SVBC men’s retreat this weekend
  • On a personal note, we have a new granddaughter—Katie Rose, born January 15

 

Please pray with us…

 

  • Cy Hughes; Cy is still in Williamsport Hospital because the doctors have been unsuccessful at clearing his bowel blockage. They still have a few other things to try to clear it, but if it does not clear, surgery will be necessary. For many years, Cy has suffered with Crohn’s disease which is an inflammatory bowel disease. The surgery is dangerous and would need to be performed at either Hershey or Geisinger. Please pray for the blockage to clear, for grace for Cy, and wisdom, skill, and compassion for everyone involved.
  • SVBC Men’s Retreat at Bear Paw Lodge, this Friday-Saturday, February 1-2. Last year one of our men suggested that we have our own men’s retreat closer to home. So we prayed about it and this is our first try at it. We’re asking the Lord for a time of: spiritual refreshment, challenge, encouragement, closer bonding to our Lord and one another, great fellowship, and hearts touched (young and old, saved and unsaved)
  • Ongoing daily discipling of all believers, folks to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, witnessing, salvation of souls

 

Jesus Christ could die for our sins because He was sinless man;

He could take away the penalty of our sins because He is omnipotent God.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,

that ye also may have fellowship with us:

and truly our fellowship is with the Father,

and with his Son Jesus Christ; 1 John 1:3.

 

 

Thank you for praying with us and for us!

We pray with and for you too.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

January 2019

January Greetings!

Happy New Year to You & Yours!

As you can probably tell, the pictures are from our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to worship the Word made flesh—the Lord Jesus Christ—Emmanuel, God with us!

Praise & Prayer…

  • Answered prayer; many folks are recovering well from recent surgeries: Larue Allen, Emily Brown, Vic Livermore, MaryAnn Poage; rich spiritual blessings at Christmas with both outreach and in-reach
  • Physical needs; Joan Hannum; Pastor Gerald Peet (dialysis); Missionaries Garth & Margaret Roberts
  • Witnessing, salvation of souls, ongoing discipling and assurance of believers, folks to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; John 16:8.
  • Missionaries Troy & Danielle Gahman are planning to arrive in S. Africa for their first term on January 1!

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Bread may keep our bodies alive, yet it is the Word of God that feeds our souls.

Are we daily taking sustenance from God’s Word?

If not, now is a great time to begin making the Bible

the priority God intends for it to be in our lives.

—Tim Valiante (missionary who visited SVBC on 11/12/17)

 

Thank you for praying with us and for us!

We pray for you too.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

 

December Greetings!

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:

they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,

upon them hath the light shined; Isaiah 9:2.

The picture s are from our Master Club “Stone Soup” Fellowship. The children collected LOTS of cans of food over the last few weeks and we enjoyed the soup that they were used to make! The children are learning about the fruit of the Spirit. Recently one of our Master Clubbers prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. We have the privilege of planting and watering God’s Word but God alone gives the increase. We praise and thank Him!

Prayer requests…

  • MaryAnn Poage is recovering from surgery she had on Monday.
  • Surgeries: Larue Allen—tomorrow; Vic Livermore—Monday; Joan Hannum—12/14
  • Missionaries Garth & Margaret Roberts update dated 11/27/18: Garth and Margaret are back in Thunder Bay after Margaret’s cancer surgery in Hamilton; results  of biopsies due on Dec 21; Margaret is healing well; Garth is on the list for knee replacements; they called to book it for the same date as Margaret’s surgery—likely in January.
  • Emily Brown; Chris Paulhamus sent me a prayer request for a chaplain he works with in the National Guard. His name is Kyle Brown and the request is for his 16 year old daughter Emily. She was admitted to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital last night. She will undergo surgery tomorrow morning on a “mass” in the vicinity of her brain stem.
  • Witnessing, salvation of souls, ongoing discipling and assurance of believers, folks to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; John 16:8.
  • Evangelism & Missions; We have two evangelists and a new missionary scheduled to come. We have several other missionaries that in addition to prayer we would love to be able to support financially
    as the Lord allows.
  • Christmas; that our Christmases would be rich in spiritual blessings!

 

We just got back from a trip to SC to visit with

Grandpa is enjoying some Grandsons!

our son Nathan and his family. We got to go to his piano recital on Tuesday, celebrate our grandson Caleb’s 3rd birthday on Wednesday (his birthday is 12/25), had Thanksgiving on Thursday, and then celebrated Christmas on Friday (because Nathan’s wife Martha is expecting their 2nd child in January so they won’t be coming to PA for Christmas).  So it was a great opportunity to spend some time with them and we are thankful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for praying with us and for us!

We pray for you too.

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy