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