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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!

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

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