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Sunbury City Church Newsletter

November, 2021

Only 6.3% of the population in rural Pennsylvania attend a Bible believing church.  Let that sink in for a moment.  For every 100 people, only 6 of them attend a Bible believing church, which means that less than 6 people are actual followers of Jesus Christ.  That is an incredible statistic, typically reserved for other countries, found right here in our backyard.  The saddest part about that statistic is the lack of men who are interested and willing to minister in rural Pennsylvania.  A survey of the churches in our denomination will show many rural churches who either are pastorless or have Pastors nearing retirement.  That doesn’t even include the numerous communities that lack a Bible believing, gospel focused church.  This reality should grieve us and yet push us to plug the holes here in our backyard.  Since the beginning, our heart has been to see Sunbury City Church plant other churches up and down our valley.  In the last 2 years, we have partnered with Winfield Baptist Church to begin training 2 men (Chapin and Steve), to hopefully start churches in Selinsgrove and Milton.  But that’s not enough.  We need 10’s if not 100’s of faithful men of God, proclaiming Jesus across our state.  To tackle this problem, this past month, Derek attended a conference where he was able to connect with other pastors in a new network called the Pillar Network.  At this conference, Derek met a number of pastors who have the same exact desire to see churches started or revitalized for the glory of God.  The biggest difficulty is finding the men called by God to do so.  As a result, we have begun to pray for God to send us these men so that we might see more people come to faith in Jesus Christ.  Would you join us in praying for mature men to be brought to Sunbury City Church to be trained so that new churches are able to be started and people come to faith in Jesus Christ?

Derek Van Ruler, Lead Pastor      


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What's Happening At SCC
  • November 14 @ 12pm: Members Meeting: Join us as we update you on some partnership opportunities we have as a church and vote on our 2022 annual budget.  Make sure you receive a members packet to prepare yourself for the meeting.  If you did not receive a packet, see Angie.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.
  • November 17 @ 6:30pm: Joy Night: Join us as we pray and seek God to move in our community, our country, our world, and our lives.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  Child care and refreshments will be provided. 
  • December 24 @ 5pm: Christmas Eve Service: Mark your calendars as we will host another Christmas Eve service in the sanctuary.  Please invite friends and family to join us.
  • January 2 @ 10:30am: Due to the Christmas season, our end of the year celebration will be hosted on January 2, 2022.  We will have brunch together and rejoice in what God did in and through Sunbury City Church in 2021.  We would love for you to join us in the Fellowship Hall.


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  • Pray for gospel opportunities this holiday season as people are more open to hearing the gospel.
  • Pray for our guests to return to Sunbury City Church and decide to make this their church home.
  • Pray for many in our midst who are suffering physically.  Pray for healing.  
  • Pray for our partnership with Pillar Network as we seek to see more churches planted across central PA.
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