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

November Greetings!

 

 

Well the woodstove is cranked up and it’s kind of nice to have things tucked away for winter. Some folks gave us 3 more heads of cabbage so yesterday I helped Wanda make sauerkraut. It’s nice for the canning season to be complete—lots of work but shelves full of the promise of good food for months to come. God is good. We thank Him for His exceeding abundance in every good thing.

 

At our work day some folks did a great job of cleaning the windows downstairs in the church building. I was outside admiring the sparkling windows with another man and mentioned that it would be good if we could do something to stop the dirt from spattering up on the windows. So this morning, in comes a truck with wood chips and mulch. The man took it upon himself to make his own and share with the church. It sure looks great. I love how the body works together in both physical and spiritual things. A big thank you to the many folks who do so many jobs that keep the buildings and grounds looking sharp. It’s a good testimony.

One of the most favorite things that Wanda and I enjoy doing together is giving out the Gospel. On Tuesday we had a great opportunity as we visited in a home near here. This family has been bringing their children to our Wednesday Bible Clubs for the last eight weeks. They were receptive to our visit and seemed open to listen. Thank the Lord for witnessing opportunities and please pray for the salvation of these folks.

 

We have had two other good opportunities that it would be great if you’d pray about. I can’t give details except that they are both situations that involve not only our church but also Christians from outside our local area. It’s great to see the Lord working in both the local church and the greater body of believers. For we are labourers together with God…;  Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest; John 4:35; 1 Corinthians 3:9.

 

Some folks who could use some special prayer and maybe a card or some other encouragement:

Raymond Lepley had a mini-stroke 10/15 and is waiting to hear about the possibility of a procedure for his carotid artery. Max & Norma Peacock—Norma fell last Saturday and has a badly bruised hand and arm. Max is having a severely painful issue with a toe. If you need a phone number or address, please feel free to contact me.

 

Welcome and thank the Lord with us for the safe arrival of Trent Wilkinson! And congratu

lations to Will, Rachelle & Liam!

 

Looking ahead, we are preparing for an International Christmas. It 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. Plan to join us if you can! And please pray that we could effectively reach out to some more families with the Gospel using this activity.

 

Plan to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Praise Service at 7:00 p.m.! We’d love to share this blessed time with you.

 

Lastly I’d appreciate your specific prayers about seeking permission to hold our Tent Meetings next September at the park in Mansfield. If we can get the location settled and secured, then we can make progress on other details. We are excited about this outreach involving other local churches of like precious faith in Jesus Christ.

Thank you for praying for us!

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

 

   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

October Greetings!

October Greetings!

Happy Fall!

This is a little early, but since the 1st is a Sunday, if you are in our area, you’re invited!…

 

FALL FARM & FAMILY FEST!

 

 

Sunday, October 1

 

Lunch on the grounds followed by hayride & family game

 The purposes of our Fall Farm & Family Fest…

 

  • Encourage biblical worship of our God
  • Honor our FARMING heritage; Help and encourage FAMILIES
  • More fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ

Would y’all PRAY, help, invite & plan to come? Feel free to dress appropriately for the activities and FARM theme! J

 

We are thankful to have a new family bringing their two children to Master Club for the lasttwo weeks. We got to meet them at the bus stop and invited them. It was a blessing to have them call, ask about the clubs and then co

 

me! Please pray that we would faithfully plant and water the seed of God’s Word and trust the Lord to bring the increase!

 

Praise the Lord and a BIG thank you to all who worked hard at our SVBC work day! Lots of work accomplished: kitchen cleaned; sparkling windows; flower beds worked on; fall decorating; and 2 trees and 2 parts of another tree safely cut down, sawn up, split, stacked, brush hauled away and yard raked up.

 

Mary Wilson is SVBC’s oldest member and will have her 100th birthday on Nov. 2, 2017.

If you could send her a card, that would be great!

Mrs. Mary Wilson, Room 509

The Williamsport Home

 

1900 Ravine Road

Williamsport, PA 17791

 

Please pray with us as we are planning Evangelistic Tent Meetings to be held possibly in Mansfield in September of next year. We are working with two other churches in our area to seek to get the Gospel out!

 

Thank you for praying for us!

 

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy