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February 10, 2019

“In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.”

~1st John 4:10~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Though God is everywhere-present – not limited by time or space – He inhabits the worship of His people gathered together in His name.  May we all experience His smile upon us in this place today through praising Him and studying His Word. 

Did you realize we have a small Children’s Library of books and dvds located on the shelves below the church family mailboxes?  We use an honor check-out system; take what you want and bring it back when you are done.  The Adult Library resources are located on the shelves by the triple-doors in the back wing of the building.  By the way, if you do not have a mailbox yet (they are located in the hallway near the Children’s Ministry Welcome Counter), please call the church office this week and we will give you one.

Next Sunday evening at 6:00 will be a Special Business Meeting for the Long Range Planning Committee to share information.  We want you to be completely informed and receive your approval at every important step of this building expansion project, so please come if you can.  We will also approve the January financial report and vote on funding some missions opportunities at this meeting.

Next Sunday morning we will remember the sacrifice of our Savior around the Lord’s Table, (the elements we use are gluten-free).  God has been so good to us all, and it is amazing to see Him at work here in our church and our community.  It is a blessing to serve Him together with all of you.  We love you, we are praying for you, and we thank the Lord for you.  Please know that I pray for you and am here for you, as is our entire pastoral team.

February 3, 2019

“Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

~Psalm 46:10~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are gathering together today – like us – to worship our Lord and Savior.  Think for a minute how awesome that really is. 

The world around us may be largely under the power of the adversary, Satan, but Sunday, no matter where on earth he may choose to go, Satan cannot get very far away from the sound of us Christians praising the name of our great Savior!  Must drive him crazy!  May that be especially true in our church family today.

This evening we have a special guest – Jack Helton – who serves as Evangelism Group Leader / Foundation Director for our State Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Ohio.  I’ve asked Jack to come and share his insights on the subject of Estate Planning for Christians.  There are many free tools and resources available to us as part of our convention that can help you create wills, establish guardianship for your family, and even invest in a way that benefits missions around the world.  I hope you will come back.

The Super Bowl is tonight, just in case you hadn’t heard!  Many of you have made plans to be with family and friends to watch the game.  Some of you have used this opportunity to invite someone new into your home – someone who may not yet know the Lord.  Because of that, our evening service is moved up to 5:00pm.  

There are still plenty of our church ministry notebooks at the ends of the platform for you to organize your sermon notes, Bible study materials, and prayer journal.  They are free, so make sure you get one today.  We are praying the Lord’s blessings on you this week.

January 27, 2019

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

~Ephesians 2:10~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  With the weather forcing us to cancel our regular Sunday services these last two weeks, it is GREAT to be worshiping together again today! 

We stand today with millions of others in support of the Sanctity of Human Life.  In addition to speaking out – and voting – on behalf of the unborn, we put this into practice by being spiritually healthy parents, investing in our family’s spiritual inheritance, and providing compassionate help for those who find themselves in a desperate situation with a baby on the way.  Our children truly are a heritage and a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). 

On both ends of the platform are supplies of our church ministry notebooks.  The sermon note pages fit in these, making it easy for you to organize your Bible study materials and use it as a prayer journal.  They are a free resource for you, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.

Throughout the year, the Hands Creating Comfort group meets here at our church to knit, quilt, and crochet items that they give away for people going through difficult medical or economic times. Last year they made and gave away 132 blankets, 215 child hats, 35 baby hats, plus hundreds of other handmade items!  Thank you!

Many of you joined in last Sunday’s livestream service and have let me know how much you enjoyed reclining in your favorite chairs and eating breakfast at the same time.  Don’t get too used to it!  Apparently, I also have a talent for lulling pets to sleep in my sermon (our dog fell asleep, too)!  I am thankful to the Lord for the technology and for all of you who joined in.  We love you.

January 13, 2019

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand
so that we would walk in them.”

~Ephesians 2:10~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God is worthy of all our praise and we are glad that you have gathered to worship Him with us. Whether you are a first-time guest or a long-time family member, we pray that you are drawn closer to Jesus today. 

Far too often we read headlines that include the words “School Shooting.”  Our society reacts so strongly to these atrocities because our children are helpless and innocent and precious, so we demand justice and safety for them.  That seems like an obvious, unarguable statement, but it is not because our society has chosen to withdraw justice and safety for helpless, innocent unborn babies.  It is a glaring double standard. 

We stand today with millions of others in support of the Sanctity of Human Life.  In addition to speaking out – and voting – on behalf of the unborn, we put this into practice by being spiritually healthy parents, investing in our family’s spiritual inheritance, and providing compassionate help for those who find themselves in a desperate situation with a baby on the way.  Our children truly are a heritage and a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). 

On both ends of the platform are supplies of our church ministry notebooks.  The sermon note pages fit in these, making it easy for you to organize your Bible study materials and use it as a prayer journal.  They are a free resource for you, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.

Many of you will resonate with the sermon from 2nd Corinthians 4 today because you are going through suffering right now.  Please know that we love you and are praying for you.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week so we can help you and pray more specifically for you.

January 6, 2019

“May you be richly rewarded by the LORD,
the God of Israel, under whose wings you
have come to take refuge.”

~Ruth 2:12b~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue Baptist Church today.  The verse above describes God as having wings of protection.  The historical context of that verse was a time of chaos in which everyone did what was right in his own eyes.  No wonder Ruth sought refuge in God – our world today could be described the same way.  But God is our refuge and strength, and we have much to praise Him for today!

George Orwell said, “At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.”  By that he meant that a lifetime of smiling will give your face happy creases or a lifetime of anger could also be frighteningly etched for all to see.  As followers of Jesus, however, after walking with Him for years and years, every Christian should have the face he or she doesn’t deserve!  Instead, our faces should reflect the mercy and grace and joy God has showered upon us which is only possible by the Person Jesus was.  When the LORD makes His face shine on us, it becomes permanently reflected in our faces.

Thank you for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering this past month.  God is using our missions giving to reach people that we’ll probably never meet… until we get to heaven!  What a great thought!  Also, welcome to Jay Harris who was recently baptized and became our newest member last week.

On behalf of our church staff and pastoral team, thank you so much for your generous Christmas gifts to us.  Many of you have told Sarah and me that you are praying regularly for us.  When that happens, it leaves us humbled and grateful.  We love you and are praying for you, too.  Have a wonderful week.

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December 23, 2018

For I know the plans that I have
for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for
welfare and not for calamity to give
you a future and a hope.”

~Jeremiah 29:11~

Welcome to Christmas Worship today.  The wonderful verse above reminds us that celebrating Christmas is celebrating our hope in God and our faith in His plans for us.  He does have a future full of glad tidings and great joy for each of us who has received Jesus as Lord.

We are coming to the end of our Lottie Moon Christmas offering for missions emphasis, and we are much closer to our goal of $21,000.  Thank you for praying and giving for this special need.

When I pray for our church, I ask God to strengthen our faith and enlarge our borders of ministry.  2018 has certainly been a year of God stretching us as we seek to obey Him.  He has led us into areas that required greater dependence on Him, and He has opened doors of ministry to us that have caused our faith to grow stronger.  You need to know how proud I am as your pastor of the way you have taken those steps in love and unity.  God is so faithful!  He has blessed and provided in amazing ways for our church.  Thank you for being strong partners in the work God is doing here. Brian Humphreys joined our Church at the Business Meeting Sunday evening. Be sure to say hello to him in the weeks ahead.

May you truly know the wonder of Christmas this season as God fills your heart with hope and joy through faith in Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.  Please know that I am praying for your safety as you travel and for God’s highest blessing on you and yours. At this time of year when we tend to count our blessings, you all stand out.  We love you and want to express the joy and privilege we feel in serving with you.  Thank you for your faithfulness, your servants’ hearts, and your obedience to Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas

Pastor Jon

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December 30, 2018

The LORD’s mercies indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”

~Lamentations 3:22-23~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today – thank you for ending your year here in church.  If you are a first-time guest today, we are very glad you have chosen to worship with us.

Please stop in at the Welcome Desk and get a gift bag with a little loaf of homemade bread inside.  We hope you feel so welcomed that you’ll come back regularly in this coming year.

We will be observing the Lord’s Table – Communion – as the center of our worship today. We remember the cruelty of His Cross, the selflessness of His Sacrifice, and the magnitude of His Great Love for us.  Observing Communion is an act of obedience as well as a personal recommitment to live our lives for Jesus.  That is what true worship is really about – committed lives of service to our Savior. [note: the elements are gluten-free.]

I get to work alongside a great team of servants here at church: our office staff, custodians, pastoral staff, and also the MANY volunteers whose faithful labor of love keeps the ministries moving forward.  We truly have an amazing team… and an amazing church family.  You are a gift of God to me personally, and I thank you.  May God shine His face upon each of you in the days ahead until Jesus returns.  We love you!

There is something motivating about the beginning of a new year: a fresh start, hopeful possibilities, a new chapter.  May God bless you abundantly as you live for Him in this coming year.

Happy New Year!

Pastor Jon

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December 16, 2018

“For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given….

~Isaiah 9:6a~

Welcome to our special Children’s Christmas program this morning.  My special thank you to all our parents and preschool/children’s ministry workers who have practiced hard to minister to us this morning.  Starting today and going through Sunday January 6th we switch back to our Single Worship Hour schedule.  That means that all LifeGroups meet during the 9:30-10:30 hour, with the Worship Service happening at 11:00am only.  Room assignment information is available at the Welcome Desk.

Only three more Sundays left in our Lottie Moon Christmas Missions offering.  Will you ask God to enable you to give a special gift this month to help spread the good news of Jesus and keep our missionaries on the field?  If each of us can give an extra $30 toward this offering, we will meet our goal.

Welcome to our new missionaries-in-residence, Ron and Ellen Calligan and family, who moved into our Mission Home this past week.  I encourage all of you to get to know them, spend time with them, and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about what God is doing through missions around the world.

We come together this evening at 6:00 for a church family business meeting to approve the 2019 Church Ministry Budget that was previewed last month.  In addition, we’ll vote on some extra missions gifts and a recommendation concerning the first phase of our next building program.  I hope that you can be here tonight.

Thank you to all those who have helped decorate our church for Christmas – it looks beautiful around here!  We are praying for God’s highest blessings on you as you live for Him this Christmas.

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December 9, 2018

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent
the Son to be the Savior of the world.

~1st John 4:14~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  We come together in the name of Jesus our Savior, joining with millions of other people around the world to worship the One who has paid the ransom so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life.

Yet there are still millions of people who have never even heard of Jesus, which is why we highlight the Lottie Moon Missions offering every December.  There is a direct connection between our gifts here and changed lives all around the world.  The videos we show each week demonstrate how the seeds we sow today can bring forth fruit for decades to come.  Our prayers all throughout the year and our gifts during this month of emphasis are equally important.  Thank you for praying and giving.

This evening is the final presentation of the Christmas program Behold the Lamb of God.  Come back at 6:30 and bring a friend.  Next Sunday at 11:00am is the Children’s Christmas Program – our kids can’t wait to sing and share their Christmas praises with you.  Our Christmas Single Worship Service schedule begins next week (more information inside this bulletin).  Next Sunday evening is also a special business meeting – we’ll vote on some extra missions gifts, a recommendation concerning the first phase of our next building program, and next year’s ministry budget.  Please come and participate.

Don’t forget to check your church mailbox regularly.  They are a great tool to use for encouraging one another (and saving some postage with your Christmas cards).  If you do not have a mailbox yet, please call the church office and we will give you one.  There is a Christmas food basket insert again today.  Thank you for helping us encourage others at this time of year. May God bless you and keep you this week.

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“And when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto Him gifts;
gold and frankincense and myrrh.

~Matthew 2:11~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  Our prayer is that you will be strengthened in your faith and drawn closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ.  The verse above reminds us that the wise men recognized the majesty of Jesus, and they honored Him by making a special journey to see Him and by presenting their gifts.  You made a journey here today, and it is our prayer that you are truly able to worship Jesus and meet with Him in a special way.

Each year during December, Southern Baptist churches join together to receive a special offering for worldwide missions, referred to as the Lottie Moon Missions offering.  We will be highlighting some of what God is doing in the lives of people around the world, via videos, each week this month.  God is accomplishing things that are much bigger than what we could imagine through our gifts.  So please join me in praying for how God would have us respond.

Snow has begun to fall!  We occasionally have to cancel church during the winter months.  Level 3 snow emergencies mean we must cancel; Level 2s are probable cancellations. Check our Facebook (Dayton Avenue Baptist Church), our website (www.daytonave.org), or tune into WHIO-TV (channel 7 or whiotv.com) for cancellation notices.  As always, exercise wisdom in deciding whether or not to stay home, and remember, our Sunday morning 11:00 am service is live-streamed.

This evening is the Cedarville University Community Christmas Concert at 6:00pm, so we will not have our regular evening service here at church.  This Wednesday night is a special OutPour event – the Great British OutPour Chili Contest (I’ll share more details with you this morning).  Sunday evening December 16th is the budget adoption year-end business meeting.  Lots going on!!  God bless you this week.

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