February Greetings!

February Greetings!


As a child in grade school I did not particularly like January and February because it seemed like they were so long and cold. As I got older, I began to look forward to these months because it seemed that the pace of life slowed down a bit. It is hard to believe that January 2020 is well-nigh over!


There are many privileges that pastors have. One is to probably be more often confronted than other people with both life and death. Please pray for brother Garth Roberts and his loved ones as Margaret Roberts recently passed away. Faithful missionaries for many years, it is encouraging to think of Margaret in the presence of our Lord and I pray that this truth will be a great comfort to her loved ones. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope; 1 Thessalonians 4:13.


So, as I remove the name of Margaret Roberts from our prayer calendar and bulletins (she is no longer in need of our prayers—praise the Lord!) I also add a new name—Jordan Reed Wilkinson! (born Friday, January 24; 8 lb 3 oz; 21 inches) We are thankful for the safe and healthy birth of this little boy and appreciate your prayers for Will, Rachelle, and the two big brothers—Liam and Trent. The Lord has blessed SVBC with quite a few boys!


I invite you to thank the Lord with us for His providences. As I am preaching through the Gospel of John, the week that Jordan was born was the week I was studying the next passage which had these verses: Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you; John 16:20-22.


Last Sunday after morning worship one of our teen girls and her friend greeted me as they were leaving. The friend was very open about wanting to talk about salvation and baptism. I said, How about now? So, my wife had the privilege of going through the Gospel with her and seeking to discern if she had received Christ as her Savior. She has asked to be baptized so we are excited about following up with her. We also had another person pray to receive Christ this month as well as one of our young children. Please pray with us as we continue to follow-up, disciple, love, encourage, and Lord willing baptize. We are thankful for the work the Lord is doing in hearts and praise Him for it!


We have several folks who are involved in continuing discipling and that is our theme for 2020. It is a blessing as we continue to pray to see the Lord providentially arranging folks to sharpen and be sharpened spiritually.


On Wednesday, we had our annual snow day for our Master Club children. The Lord has been increasing our numbers of children at these clubs as well as our Homeschool Helper group. We had 37 children out on Wednesday. Many thanks to our teen workers and ladies who made and served Walking Tacos to everyone. I want to ask you to both thank the Lord for safety and ask you to pray specifically for these children. We had 2 boys on a sled that almost went out on the road while a big truck came by. The truck slowed and there was no accident, but it was a scary situation. We are thankful for the adults that teach and help but we could use more help just watching in the gym times and during arrival and dismissal with small children and vehicles in the parking lot. Another prayer request is that we are meeting one-on-one with the older children to talk about salvation. It has been a blessing to me to talk with one student who gave a clear testimony of salvation. Another student that I talked with did not have a good grasp of it. O how we need the Bible being lived out in our homes.


Please pray as our Men’s Retreat is February 7-8. We have several men planning to come and are asking the Lord to stir our hearts, minds, and wills as the theme is Men at Home. If you know of any men or young men/teens who would like to join us, please let us know. Also, we could still use some help with breakfast for Saturday morning if anyone could volunteer.


In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy