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!…





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

September Greetings!


And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me; Mark 9:36-37.


Those verses jumped out at me as I was reading my Bible this morning. In part, it’s because of all the schools resuming and a burden for the souls of the students as well as the faculty and staff. It’s also because our Children’s Master Clubs are kicking off on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. Tonight (Weds., 8/30) while some folks are here having a Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, others of us are going out to visit, invite and encourage parents to have their children come to these Bible Clubs. The theme for the clubs this year is Knights for the King! So please pray with us for the Holy Spirit to draw children and their parents to the Lord through this ministry.


So how is your harvesting, canning and freezing going? The sweet corn and tomatoes have been so plentiful and delicious! We still have more preserving work to do but what a blessing to have things to preserve. And yes, Wanda does most of it and is the canning boss but I am glad to work at it with her when I have opportunity. She says I am a good clean-up man. I tell her that I’m also a good taste-tester. J


Chainsaw fellowship! Ash borers have succeeded in killing a few trees on the church property so that will be a big job for our work day on September 9. There is always plenty of work to be done and we always have good fellowship while we’re working together as a local body of Christ.


We thank the Lord for some visitors in our services recently. We continue to pray and follow-up with them.


Hey, hope you will join us this Sunday, September 3

  • Regular morning schedule (9:30 Sunday School; 10:30 Morning Worship)
  • Summer Lunch on the Grounds! Bring a covered dish to share for lunch AND a folding chair if the weather is nice and you’d like to eat outside (the Fellowship Hall will also be available)
  • Early afternoon service (~1:00) and the Lord’s Supper
  • No evening service


Hopefully I’ll be able to share a picture with you—recently several of our folks were able to take advantage of a trip to the Creation Museum and Ark. It is well worth your investment of time and finances! Thank the Lord with us for the freedom that allows us to have such open testimonies for God and His Word!


By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith… And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death; Hebrews 11:7; Revelation 1:17-18.



Thank you for praying for us!



In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

August Greetings!

August Greetings!


The other day I was doing a little bit of fast weeding. I was really going at it and all of a sudden there was this quick slithering movement. I’m glad no one was there to see how fast I can back off and cry out! I do NOT like snakes and I’m pretty sure they don’t think much of me either. Regardless, take some time to notice and thank the Lord for the sunshiny brown eyed susans that are blooming in front of the church building and activity building!


What an amazing growing season we are having this summer—praise the Lord for this and also pray for all those who are having such a difficult time getting good hay made.


We are finishing our study of Ezra in Sunday School. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy!

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem; Ezra 9:8-9.


On Wednesdays we are studying Psalm 23. I love the part that speaks of God restoring my soul. What a blessing that God restores my heart, mind and will! That truth reminds me of Psalm 51: 12, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. What a wonderful God we serve!


August 10-12 is our trip to the Creation Museum & Ark Encounter. Please pray for safety, fellowship that honors our Lord, the building of redemptive relationships and a strengthening of our biblical view of creation! What a blessing to be able to see this that seeks to life up the Lord Jesus Christ!


We continue our study of the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings. In chapter 4, we’ve been considering “The ‘Bad’ Samaritan”—the woman at the well. This immoral woman received Christ and promptly went and witnessed to those in her city. Hmm… as far as my witnessing goes am I more like this woman or like the disciples who went to the city to buy meat and came back and marveled that Jesus talked with this woman? I was thoroughly convicted that I was more like the disciples in this area. I surely have room for growth and God wants to help me! What a wonderful passage giving the example of the perfect witness of Jesus Christ AND the salvation of the immoral woman. Jesus saved her! There’s hope for “bad” me!


Please pray for the salvation of Dylan and Ray. Also pray for our faithful witness to those we interact with every day. Whether they be saved or lost, they need to see Christ in us, our hope of glory.


What’s the answer to this question…Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? (Psalm 85:6) The answer is a resounding YES! And again, and again, and again… until Jesus comes.


Wanda and I had a wonderful trip and visit with both of our sons and families. I hope you are enjoying some special summertime things with loved ones in your family and church family.


Thank you for praying for us! What an encouragement these verses were to me this morning…

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end… And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart; Jeremiah 29:11, 13.



In Christ’s Love,


Tom & Wanda MacAvoy