July Greetings!

Our garden is really growing! It seems like the vegetables and flowers are outdoing themselves this year! There are many applications for these Words from God:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think
according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen; Ephesians 3:20-21.

More Praise and Prayer:
• VBS! So many blessings… Pastor Josh and Kayla doing a great job heading it up… ~50 students attending K-12… godly teachers and workers… the entire body of Christ laboring together… safety & health… unsaved reached and given the gospel… unchurched reached and befriended… great closing program and fellowship… and so much more. And all for the glory of God! Please pray for wisdom and open hearts as we follow-up with these dear people.
• Please pray for Kelly Paulhamus for her continuing physical challenges—for relief from swelling and pain and that she does not get an infection. Also, for Lydia as she goes on a missions trip to the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico June 27 – July 12: for safe travels, witnessing opportunities, and salvation of souls.

• Welcome to Steve Summers who recently was baptized and became a member!
• A new set of small groups began on Sunday, June 13 at 6 p.m. and is continuing through July. We would be grateful for your prayers:
o Daniel; led by Earl Hughes
o Teen small group-attitudes found in scripture; led by Pastor Josh
o Parenting small group; let by Pastor Tom

• Pastor Josh has begun a study of the book of Esther on Wednesday evenings. The challenges from chapter one recently were:
o Leaders need prayer – government, employers, pastors, etc.
o Leaders need accountability.
o Trust God even when leaders fail.
o Don’t lose heart. Focus on Jesus Christ, not the world.
• The adult Sunday School class is continuing working through the Old Testament, currently in Joshua 3 and 4 with the crossing of the Jordan River and into Jericho.
• And on Sunday mornings, we are progressing through Ephesians. From 2:19-22, Sin divides, but Christ UNITES by His Spirit!

Jesus Christ died to make RECONCILIATION possible.
We must live to make the message of RECONCILIATION personal.

On a personal note, we thank the Lord for the safe and healthy arrival on June 13th of our newest grandson, William Thomas MacAvoy. Then on June 20th Wanda and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. I thank the Lord for a wife, family, and church family who love the Lord and who love me too! 😊

Your prayers are appreciated!
We are continuing to pray for you too.

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

Go Pastor Josh! 🙂

Professor Marks in action! 🙂

Interesting visitor… 🙂

Who is having more fun – Marlene or the children? 🙂

Sorry we didn’t get Nadine & Jodi in this picture – but thank you for your work with crafts – making slime was a hit! 🙂

Teens at VBS – Thank the Lord! 🙂

Thank you Earl & Marlene! 🙂

40 years! 🙂

June Greetings!

For God is not the author of confusion,

but of peace, as in all churches of the saints;

1 Corinthians 14:33.

Though there is a lot of tumult and confusion in the world, God is NOT confused, nor is He ever confused! And we praise Him for this – just another of His many glories. He is all-worthy of our worship.


Tuesday-Thursday, June 15-17, 9am-12:30pm (registration at 8:45am)

Children’s Program: K3-6th grade

Teen Program: 7th-12th grade

Ladies’ Class

Lunch provided

YOU and other loved ones are invited! Thursday @ 6:00 pm is Closing Program with everyone in the auditorium followed by a campfire for hotdogs, s’mores, etc.

Reregister online: https://steamvalleybiblechurch.com/vbs-pre-registration/

We thank the Lord for a sense of expectancy and excitement about what He is continuing to do. As of yesterday, we have 12 children registered for VBS with many other verbal commitments of parents planning to send their children. Please pray with us…

  • For teachers and workers to show forth the love of Christ
  • For God’s Word to go forth in the power of His Holy Spirit
  • For all involved to receive the Word with faith
  • For Christian children to grow in Christ
  • For unsaved children to be saved
  • For SVBC to undergird VBS with prayer
  • For relationship-building with parents at the closing program
  • For safety and health

Lord willing, a new set of small groups will begin on Sunday, June 13 at 6 p.m. We would be grateful for your prayers:

  • Teen small group-attitudes found in scripture; led by Pastor Josh
  • Parenting small group; let by Pastor Tom

Thank the Lord with us: Jodi Young and Kathy Sawyer recently became members. And Steve Summers plans to be baptized on June 6. We have had other visitors and good opportunities to follow-up with them as they seek the Lord’s will about the local church He has prepared for them.

Please join us in prayer for Kelly Paulhamus as she is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, June 1 in Philadelphia. If you can help provide meals for the family, please let Rhonda Harris know. Thank you!

Your prayers are appreciated!

We are continuing to pray for you too.

In Christ’s Love, 

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

May Greetings!

WOW! That’s a GOOD wow! We have much to be grateful for and want to give our Lord the glory and praise. Please thank the Lord with us…

  • Small groups have begun and have been a blessing. We have prayed to be intentional and accountable. I am particularly thankful for our Godly leaders who teach with reverence and accuracy towards God’s Holy Word!
    • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges; led by Richard Harris
    • Stop Trying by Cary Schmidt; led by Pastor Josh
  • A tree is missing! We had a work day last Saturday. Much work got done, great fellowship was had, and we thank the Lord for safety—especially with the removal of another ash tree that the ash borers finally did in.
  • This week we had Revival Meetings with Shank Family Ministries. Brother Glen, his wife Jennifer and their children Joe, Katelyn, and Laina were a blessing. The preaching was challenging as well as encouraging.
  • Jodi Young and Kathy Sawyer just followed the Lord in believer’s baptism last Sunday morning.

  • As you can see in the pictures there is joy in obeying our Lord! Also, after the baptismal service several children came up to check out the baptistry. I suggested we get some fish to put in there. They thought that was a good idea! They had a few questions about how everything worked. Afterwards, one of those children asked her grandmother why those people were getting “dunked in water”! Praise the Lord that He is working in hearts and we look forward to following up with this child and use it as an opportunity to tell her from God’s Word why we “dunked” those people in water.
  • On Sunday evening, we had a time of recognizing the achievements of those children who participated in our Master Clubs. Because of the challenges of the last year, we have not held the clubs this year but Lord willing we will resume this fall. It is always a blessing to see and hear children standing up for Jesus Christ. May they continue to do so – one day at a time. I wish I could attach the audio of them singing! 😊
  • Last night we had a good business meeting with voting that was all unanimous.
  • There are also pictures from our ladies retreat. This year instead of the ladies making their own food, they enjoyed others making it and serving them. Several ladies commented on the blessings of the Word and fellowship.
  • Three people have asked about becoming members. We have appointments with all three in the next few days.
  • We have had several visitors in the services recently.
  • Plans are underway for VBS in June and Pastor Josh is excited about this opportunity. He and I usually meet on Wednesdays. As we talked about these recent blessings, he shared this verse from his devotions…

This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes; Psalm 118:23.

Your prayers are appreciated!

We are continuing to pray for you too.


With thanksgiving in Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy