August Greetings

Thank the Lord for His Word, His people, and opportunities to give out God’s Word: SVBC VBS 2018!

Thank you for praying with us and for us.
We pray for you too!

In Christ’s Love,
Tom & Wanda MacAvoy


July Greetings!

Summer! On Monday, Wanda and I celebrated our anniversary by taking the day off and spending the whole day together. We started by listening to some great principles about rest, then prayed together, then did some biking and hiking. The picture is one we took along the way. Right after that we saw a bear in the middle of the road. And at the end of the day we saw a turkey and her cute little “turkeyettes”—ok, google just informed me they are called chicks J.


Summer provides a change in the routines of a lot of people. And that often provides good opportunities for witnessing and discipling. So let’s be praying, preparing (walking in the Spirit), and watching for these divine appointments to—as one of our missionaries puts it—lovingly and sensitively present the G

ospel of Jesus Christ.


What a privilege—I just got to meet with a young man and follow-up with a Bible study that I had given him and he had completed. It was on believer’s baptism

  • The result? He would like to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism.
  • The next study I gave him to do?—“You and Your Church Membership”.
  • What happened right after this? Another young man showed interest in God’s Word, wants to get with me one-on-one, and plans to start next week. So we thank the Lord and appreciate your prayers concerning these folks.


Our Vacation Bible School is Saturday, June 30 from 9:00—2:00!


It’s for ages 4-12 years and we will be learning about David, our hero of faith! We will be having Bible lessons, skits, puppets, craft… we pack the day full of fun and learning! Lunch will be provided and at 12:30, after earning tickets all morning, you can spend them at THE CARNIVAL!! This year you may even win a goldfish!!

You can preregister children at

We just received 4 more preregistrations online today!


Here are some ways you can be involved…

  1. Pray with and for us!
  2. If you have children you’d like for us to invite, please let us know their names and

contact information.

  1. If you are in our area and have internet access, it would really help to let people know about our VBS if you would share our VBS Event on facebook:


Last night we visited 3 families to invite them to VBS. Lord willing tonight we are going to use our regular Wednesday night meeting to go out and invite 10 other specific families. Those who can’t go are planning to pray for us as we go.


MEN’s Bible Study: Last Friday night we continued a men’s Bible Study on 1 & 2 Peter. We have a study book and so far are meeting about once a month. It’s been a blessing to me as I go as a student and am encouraged by other SVBC men who are leading the study. The interaction and spiritual sharpening has been excellent. We have more books, so let me know if you can join us—you are more than welcome.


The weekly Ladies Bible Study has been going well and I know of at least one visitor who attended the M

om’s Morning last week. We thank the Lord for these opportunities to give God’s Word to folks.

On another personal note, our entire family had not been all together for ov

er 2 years. So a few weeks ago, we were all able to spend several days together and it was a blessing. The highlight for me was when we all sang some special music together on Sunday morning and evening. We also found out that another grandchild is on the way. God is g

ood, gracious, and merciful!


Thou art worthy, O Lord,

to receive glory and honour and power:

for thou hast created all things,

and for thy pleasure they are and were created; Revelation 4:11


Thank you for praying with us and for us.

We pray for you too!


In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy




June Greetings!

…marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well; Psalm 139:14.

That is our SVBC theme verse for this year. We’re praying about our relationships with Jesus Christ—growing and obvious to the younger ones in our individual families and church family and asking the Lord for His blessing in “passing the baton” to the next generation!

SURPRISE! OK, so I go to Sunday School last Sunday and our dear folks had a little surprise fellowship time for me for my 60th birthday. The cards and words were an outpouring of love and support. What a privilege to be called of God to preach His Word and be a pastor. How humbling! And then… I was minding my own business on Monday and walked into my daughter’s living room and had another surprise—all my siblings were there to harass me—I mean  to celebrate my birthday again J. How humbling again—as they drove from 4, 6, & 8 hours away! I thank the Lord for His marvellous works, my family, extended family, and church family!

Some things to thank the Lord and pray about:

  • Our Children’s Master Club closing program was a blessing; pictures attached.
  • School’s out! Congratulations to all who finished well, and especially to Kayla who graduated from 6th grade this week.
  • Happy anniversary to Max & Norma Peacock—June 2!
  • Marlin Plank is home and doing well from shoulder surgery on Wednesday; therapy continues.
  • A young family has asked us to visit them and we are doing so tonight. Please pray for the Lord’s will to be made clear concerning His choice of a local church home for them.
  • Several other ongoing one-on-one witnessing/discipling opportunities—please pray for salvation, progressive sanctification, & revival!
  • Sundays: Teaching & Preaching:
    • Sunday School—The Bible is the only inspired revelation from God: tolerance and how to discern if someone is adding to or subtracting from God’s Word.
    • Morning Worship—Verse by verse in the Gospel of John
    • Evening Worship—more study on the subject from the morning but from different Scriptures
  • Sunday, June 24—Ev

    angelist Gary Kramer;

  • Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m., Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Wednesdays: Bible Study & Prayer Meeting—studying Proverbs
  • Thursday, June 21 @ 9:00 a.m., Mom’s Morning in the Fellowship Hall—Parenting study
  • Friday, June 15 @ 7:00 p.m., Men’s Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall—1 Peter study
  • Saturdays @ 8:00 a.m., Men’s Prayer Fellowship
  • Saturday, June 30—VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!!!

 …that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only…

For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion:

the zeal of the LORD of hosts

 shall do this; 2 Kings 19:19, 31.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations…; 2 Peter 2:9


Thank you for praying with us and for us. We pray for you too!

In Christ’s Love,

Tom & Wanda MacAvoy