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

November 2018!

November Greetings!

Well it certainly has been an interesting year weather-wise, but as you can see from the pictures, the Lord blessed us with a beautiful day for our Fall Fest. We enjoyed the teaching and preaching of God’s Word on the subject of “Seasons”, great fellowship and food, two wagons of hayriders, visitors, and a fun game for the kiddos.


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him; Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11, 14.


Do you sometimes get weary of hearing bad news? As we think especially of giving thanks this month, we thank the Lord for the Good News that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And there is much good news to thank the Lord for and continue in prayer about. Please join us…

  • Several specific opportunities to give the gospel one-on-one. I will not share the names, but I often pray from Acts 16:14, …whose heart the Lord opened… Let’s pray for the salvation of souls, the assurance of salvation for those who are truly born again, and revival—the abundant life—for all the brothers and sisters in Christ. …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have itmore abundantly; John 10:10. (I have been preaching through the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings.)
  • Not only requests for biblical counsel, but the opportunity to do so and the greatest blessing as folks have responded positively to the counsel.
  • One of our youth asking me for more gospel tracts. Another asking for help (devotional materials) to continue in God’s Word. And then another joining us to attend a revival meeting at another church this week.
  • Some folks who believe that the Lord is leading them to become members of SVBC.
  • The Homeschool Helpers began meeting this week with 6 families receiving some instruction in Bible, art, and music.
  • Richard & Rhonda Harris are in Israel with one of our missionaries—Roger Wambold of Hebrew Christian Fellowship who will be with us all day at SVBC on Sunday, November 25.
  • Tuesday, 6 is Election Day! We have Voter Guides to help you. Let’s keep praying, & plan to vote!
  • This Wednesday, 10/31 is the Fall Party for our Masterclubbers, meeting from 4:00-6:00 for a hotdog roast, Bible lesson, and flashlight candy hunt. We are thankful for 22 children attending weekly, several youth helpers, and faithful adult workers. Our Master Club Parent Night—Stone Soup Fellowship Meal & Love Offering is Sunday 11/18.
  • Praise Service—Weds., 11/21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Physical needs: Sonja Hughes (continuing therapy); Dave & Joan Hannum (neck surgery); Ruth Landon (broken neck); Maryann Poage (surgery 11/26); Chad Riley (slow but ongoing recovery); Pastor & Mrs. Peet (since this letter will be on the internet, if you want to encourage the Peets or anyone with a card or visit, please contact me for their address).
  • Recently Wanda and I got to visit our son Tom and family in SD. I think the picture shows one happy Grandma! And we are looking forward to meeting two more grandchildren. Tom & Cheyanne and Nathan & Martha are both expecting. God is always good!


Thank you for praying with us and for us!

We pray for you too.

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

October 2018

October Greetings!


Hey, let me encourage you to continue in God’s Word


Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,

If ye continue in my word,

then are ye my disciples indeed; John 8:31


So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; Romans 10:17.


Please pray and thank the Lord with us…


  • Six! So far this fall, we thank the Lord that new children from six different new families have participated in our Wednesday Master Clubs. That brings us to a total of 21 children on the roll. We are thankful for that and for the parents from two of those families attending prayer meeting and other services. Please pray that we would be able to effectively reach out to all these families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


  • Two! Last Sunday after the morning service I had two people talk with me about God’s Word specifically speaking to their hearts. They both asked for help. Please pray for wisdom in helping these dear folks who want to grow in Christ.


  • Fall Fest is Sunday, September 30! Lunch on the grounds followed by hayride, family game, & afternoon service (no p.m. service).


  • Homeschool Helpers; we have several families both in our church and community who have expressed a desire for help with homeschooling. Please pray with us as we begin having meetings with this group probably twice a month to help them instruct their children with a biblical worldview.


“It is a great step when the believer fully consents to his own weakness, and the abiding consciousness of it, and so works faithfully on. He rejoices that the excellence of the power is of God, and not of him. A great secret of abiding in Christ is the deep conviction that

we are nothing, and Christ is everything.” –Andrew Murray


Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves;

but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Corinthians 3:5.


Thank you for praying with us and for us!

We pray for you too.


In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy