July Greetings!

Do  you have a holy sense of expectancy, excitement, and optimism about the Lord and what He is doing? Do you want to finish with JOY? (Acts 20:24)

 

It was great to have our missionaries to Portugal with us yesterday—David, Julie, & Jocelyn Loop. Brother Dave preached on Acts 20:17-24 and how Paul lived in such a way as to finish his course/race  with JOY. At all seasons, Paul always was…

 

  1. Driven by COMMITMENT; vv. 18-19; serving the Lord with humility of mind; goal: the Lord be magnified, not me.

 

  1. Drawn by COMPASSION; v. 19; tears (largely missing in Christianity today). True compassion will produce action in my life!

 

  1. Dedicated to his CALL; vv. 19-21; he faced many trials but remained faithful to God’s call; he preached the whole counsel of God’s Word, vv. 20, 27.

 

  1. Determined in his COURSE; vv. 22-24; the unknown did not keep Paul from his determination to finish well. Finish your course with JOY!

 

Paul: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; 2 Timothy 4:7.

You and I can have the same testimony as Paul.

Let’s ask God to help us finish our course with JOY!

 

In Sunday School, we are finishing up our study in Genesis and pressing on into Exodus. The promise that we’ve been tracking as we follow the accounts through Genesis is the promise given to Abraham of a land, a nation, and a Seed Who would bless all nations. That promise extends even further back to God’s curse on the serpent, promising a Seed Who would bruise/crush the head of the serpent. As we leave Joseph and his father Jacob behind, we see that we are NOT leaving God’s promises behind. We have already seen many examples of…

  • God’s faithfulness to His promises,
  • His sovereignty over all of His creation, including man,
  • How He uses people to accomplish His will in the world, and…
  • God’s plan continues!

 

You probably know how I love the providences of God. They are so encouraging. So here’s another one. Our SVBC memory verse for July is 2 Timothy 2:8, Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel

 

On Sunday mornings we are working through the Gospel of John, currently on John chapter 18. Also on Sunday mornings, I am thankful for our Junior Church teachers and children. Yesterday, Emily ran up to me after church, gave me a hug, and through her junior church paper at me and said, Look what we learned! You can see by the pictures that they had a good way to remember the lesson. I asked Emily what the name of the man was that they learned about. She said Lazarus! Praise the Lord, we serve a living Savior—Jesus Christ!

 

Rejoice in the Lord always! The joy of the LORD is your strength! (Philippians 4:4; Nehemiah )

 

 

 

Thank you for praying for us and we are praying for you too.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

June Greetings!

Joy! There is joy in serving Jesus! Last Sunday we had the privilege to dedicate children to the Lord, baptize two people, and honor those who have given their lives so that we have the freedom to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

Emily Vick and James Marks followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. And the Marks and Wilkinson families dedicated their children to the Lord. We are thankful for and love these families: Seth, Jennifer, James, Samuel, & Adam Marks and Will, Rachelle, Liam, Trent, & Jordan Wilkinson. Please join with us in continuing to pray for all these dear people as they have taken these public steps to honor our Lord.

 

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety; Proverbs 11:14.

We began assembling again physically on May 10, Mother’s Day. It was wonderful to be together again, and the singing was great! How blessed we are to be able to do this and we thank the Lord for it. I also want to thank the Lord for our deacons who continue to pray and lead in how to continue on in a way that pleases the Lord, ministers to His people, and maintain a good testimony in our community. Please continue to pray with us about these decisions. And considering that, please note that the activities on our June calendar are tentative. I want to get the June calendar out for prayer purposes, but it is probable that some activities will be changed, postponed, or cancelled. You are welcome to check our weekly bulletin or contact us to make sure if an activity is still scheduled or not.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind;2 Timothy 1:7.

 

 

Thank you for praying for us and we are praying for you too.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

May Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!

May Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just thought it might be an encouragement for you to see a picture of our VBS from last year. 😊

 

Yesterday Wanda and I were eating lunch and we heard the doorbell ring. We looked at each other and I said “why I believe it is a person!” Carol Speary had come to give us some hydroponic lettuce. We were surely glad for the lettuce but were even more glad to see Carol in person! We joyfully greeted one another by bumping elbows. A merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

How are you doing? I must admit that at times I get a bit depressed. Yes, we are still busy and glad for the many blessings of our Lord upon our lives. Just yesterday I was talking with the Lord, thanking him for the ability to work and get things done. But I also asked him for an opportunity to witness to someone. That can be challenging during these unusual times. Now why should I ever be surprised that our God answers prayer? In the providence of God, I met a lawyer yesterday. The Lord gave me the opportunity to sit alone with him for at least a half hour giving him my testimony and the gospel. God is always good—even when we have to wear masks! O it is good to get temporal work done, but it is our privilege and responsibility to know that our temporal work is just a means of providing opportunities to be co-laborers with our Lord to get out the gospel! There is joy in serving Jesus Christ!

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building…

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest;

1 Corinthians 3:9; Matthew 9:38.
As I write today I cannot help but remember two years ago on this date. It was a Saturday and I was at our men’s prayer fellowship when I received a call. It was a call telling me that my mother passed away. The day happened to also be a church workday. I remember struggling to respond in this situation when people innocently asked me how I was doing. I worked through the day and took care of things that needed to be done. I looked at my calendar and saw that the day was also the first birthday of one of my grandsons in South Dakota. I texted him a birthday greeting.

You have all probably had similar life experiences like this.

 

Life and death—Jesus Christ is life and has the victory over death! What a wonderful God we serve and what a privilege and responsibility is ours to tell folks of this Good News.

 

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints; Psalm 116:15…

Yesterday I was notified that one of our missionaries—Lena Mellott went home to be with Jesus on April 21. Lena and her husband Raymond (deceased) served for 23 years in Brazil. According to a 7/12/17 letter from Lena, SVBC began support back in 1965 when they attended Boot Camp at Jersey Shore and attended SVBC. Lena just celebrated her 96th birthday on April 14. Please pray for comfort for her loved ones.

 

Roger Wambold of Hebrew Christian Fellowship (another one of our missionaries) sent a letter to us. I thought I’d share a little of it that was a particular, simple encouragement to me…

 

“Keep calm and carry on” was the slogan carried by one of a series of three posters

designed and printed by the Ministry of Information of the British government in June

of 1939 when it was apparent that the British people were facing very difficult days as

World War II came to the very shores of the British Isles with the bombing of British

cities, including London. In the midst of this present 2020 crisis of the pandemic and its

consequences, and in the days following, it is our purpose to “keep calm and carry on!”

Our God will help us to do this.

 

We are looking forward to being WITH many of you IN PERSON soon! Thank you for praying for us and we are praying for you too.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy