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

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