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

Spring and April Greetings!

Spring and April Greetings!

 

Welcome Amelia Jane Ham! 😊

Arrived Wednesday, March 24

7 lb 8 oz and 19 inches

Congratulations Pastor Josh, Kayla, and big brother Joe!

Join us in thanking the Lord for this and other answers to prayer. New life is such a blessing and encouragement!

Also, we are thankful for our 3-on-3 basketball tournament that was held recently. God answered our prayers for good weather, the Gospel to go forth in the power of God’s Spirit and be mixed with faith in those who heard (Pastor Josh did a great job preaching!), no serious injuries, and no illness outbreak. While the last year has provided many very different challenges and opportunities, I just reveled during our tournament at the blessing of being able to work together as a church body to give out the gospel.

The games were great and so was the sportsmanship. One comment in particular blessed my heart – it’s a great atmosphere. Jesus Christ makes all the difference!

 

 

 

Here are the statistics from the information we got from the response cards:

  • 29 participants
  • 9 are interested in a Bible study
  • 19 are interested in being contacted for some pickup basketball games throughout the year

Please pray with us as we seek to build relationships, follow-up on these that have expressed interest, and continue to plant and sow the seeds of God’s Word—looking expectantly for the increase only He can give!

March winds are blowing… hard! As I am typing, we have again lost power. But we are thankful that the Lord has given some great spring weather and we’ve had a nice melting of the snow (not too fast and therefore not much flooding). Most of the snow is gone except for a few of the piles built up by all the plowing.

This coming Wednesday we are planning something that we’ve never done before. We will be observing the Lord’s Supper with a concentration on the death of Jesus Christ and what He went through on the cross to provide for our salvation. This will be good preparation of our hearts as we then remember and rejoice in His resurrection the following Lord’s Day! Praise the Lord for His victory over death, hell, and the grave!

We have two people who are preparing to follow our Lord in believer’s baptism. So we are looking forward to that and appreciate your prayers for them. Others are being discipled and we have had some one-on-one opportunities to witness to some folks too. Let’s pray for souls to be saved—lead us to them, them to us, and save their souls—whose heart the Lord opened! 

Your prayers for our Ladies Retreat this month are appreciated. Wanda is preparing for that and we have a good number of ladies planning to attend. We also have a work day scheduled and with the hard winter we have just come through we have much work that needs to be done!

 Evangelist Glen Shank and Family will be with us the end of April for a few days of meetings. Many missionaries and evangelists have struggled over the last year so please pray for us to be a special blessing to this family as well as for our hearts to be revived. Join us if you are in the area! https://www.shankfamilyministries.com/

Please continue in prayer as Kelly Paulhamus continues testing and discerns God’s will for treatment. Among other things, let’s pray our monthly memory verse for her and each other that God would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man…; Ephesians 3:16. Your prayers are appreciated! We are continuing to pray for you too.

In Christ’s Love,  Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy

March Greetings!

March Greetings!

February in our area has been quite full of cold, snow, and ice! But we have enjoyed much warm fellowship at the same time. We thank the Lord…

  • We have had some visitors attend several services.
  • The ladies did a great job having a baby shower for the Ham family. Thank you, ladies! ? Of course, we are thankful for all the gifts received. But we are especially thankful for the godly fellowship and the challenge from God’s Word. Please pray as Lord willing March should bring the official arrival of not just spring but of Amelia Jane Ham as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The breakfast on February 14 during Sunday School in celebration of the love of Jesus Christ was also a great blessing. Thank you to the men who did a great job with this again this year. I forgot to get pictures ☹.

Our Men’s Retreat ended up being attended by 19 men from 3 different churches. Several of us agreed that it was our best retreat yet – great fellowship, great food (even steak! ?), but again the best thing was God’s Word – both encouraging and challenging our hearts.

Please pray with us

  • Pastor Josh and I have had several opportunities and divine appointments to meet with different people, including several counseling God and His Word are all sufficient to meet all our needs and it is exciting to watch His Word work in ours and others’ lives.
  • Our 3-on-3 Basketball Outreach is scheduled for Saturday, March 20. We have invited several men that may not be saved. Please pray for: a good community response to this, safety from illness and injury, tender hearts, and God’s Word to go forth in His power as Pastor Josh preaches.
  • For several reasons, we have not restarted our after-school Master Clubs It has been a significant outreach to children, and we desire to begin well. Lord willing, we will have a Master Club awards service on a Sunday evening in April to bring some closure to our interrupted year of clubs. Then we have begun praying and planning for VBS this summer and hope to start Master Clubs fresh and strong in the fall. Again, we appreciate your prayers as we seek to reach out to our community effectively.
  • Resurrection Sunday is coming soon! Some special plans for music are already underway and we are looking forward to rejoicing in a special way again. We serve a risen Savior Who has victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave! Please continue to pray for the Peacock family as I just had the privilege to serve them at a very snowy committal service on Monday.

Here are 2 verses from my Bible reading this morning that I believe will be a blessing to you too:

  • And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make; Exodus 36:5.
  • Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost; Romans 15:13.

On another personal note, my son Nathan and I are working through a book together, entitled Loving the Way Jesus Loves. It is stepping all over my toes. It is based on 1 Corinthians 13 and other Scripture. Here are some things to think and pray about…

  • What matters most is not how gifted we are but how loving we are.
  • We are nothing without love.
  • Jesus does nothing without love.
  • When we know Jesus, He will help us love the way that He loves.

These are good thoughts as we meditate on our 2021 theme of biblical love and Ephesians 3:19, And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. As we finish out the month of February, let us not stop asking the Lord to help us to continually grow in Him, which means to continually grow in biblical love.

 

Your prayers are appreciated!

We are continuing to pray for you too.

And… we love you and thank you for loving us!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tom & Wanda MacAvoy