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December 10, 2017

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.  We are so glad to worship with you.  Like the wise men above, you made a journey here today, and we pray that you are truly able to worship Jesus and meet with Him in a special way.

We are highlighting the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for missions this month.  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.  If each of us can give a special gift of $30 toward this offering, we will meet our goal.  Thank you for praying and giving.

Next Sunday we begin our Christmas Single Worship Service schedule – there is an insert that contains all of the details you’ll need to know.  Next Sunday evening is our business meeting – we’ll vote on some encouraging church decisions and I’ll share a Pastor’s Perspective.  Please come and participate.

Snow hasn’t fallen yet, but we occasionally have to cancel church during the winter months.  Level 3 snow emergencies are automatic cancellations; Level 2s are probable cancellations – check our website (daytonave.org), Facebook (Dayton-Avenue-Baptist-Church) or tune into WHIO-TV (channel 7 or whiotv.com) for information.

Throughout the year a group of folks meet here at our church to knit, quilt, and crochet items that they give away to people going through difficult medical or economic times. This year Hands Creating Comfort (as they call themselves) made and gave away 80 blankets, 103 pillow cases, 16 prayer shawls, 135 child hats, 119 baby hats, 82 scarves, 15 pairs of mittens, 11 burp cloths, and 99 wash cloths!  Thank you!

We love each of you and thank the Lord for you.

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December 3, 2017

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind…
You shall love your neighbor as yourself
.

~ Matthew 22:37,39  ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  We are grateful that you have come and have been praying that you will experience God’s blessing.  I’m happy to extend a special welcome to my friends Kent and Cindy Spann this morning.  Kent will preach this morning and begin this year’s focus on Christ’s advent.

Our church is committed to missions.  The Mission Home serves as a retreat for missionaries on furlough and in transition.  The Living Well Clinic ministry we opened in 2012 continues to serve our neighbors with free medical and spiritual help.  Individuals in our church family serve around the world on Short-term and Vocational Missions supported by the missions-giving of our church.  We receive special offerings at Easter and Labor Day for North American and Ohio church planting efforts, and we partner with Operation Christmas Child each fall.  But the largest single mission project we have each year is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for world missions.

This year we have set a goal of $20,000 for this special offering.  Will you ask God to enable you to give a special gift this month to help spread the good news of Jesus around the world?  The inserts in this bulletin have more information for you.

This evening is the Cedarville University Community Christmas Concert at 6:00pm, so we will not have our regular evening service here at church.  Due to a few complications this year, we will not be having our traditional cookie fellowship afterward, so sorry.  Next Sunday we’ll have a Baptism Celebration at the end of our 11am worship service.  If you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let one of the pastors know so you can be included.

May God bless you and keep you this Advent season.

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November 26, 2017

Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast of his might, and let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me….

~ Jeremiah 9:23-24a  ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue – we are so thankful that you are here.  You may have come back today after a great Thanksgiving break, refreshed and relaxed.  Or, you may be here today hanging on by a thread, having carried some heavy burdens this week.  God knows, and He has a word of hope for each of us today.

Each year during the Christmas season, Southern Baptist churches join together to receive a special offering for worldwide missions, referred to as the Lottie Moon offering.  During the month of December, we will be highlighting – via videos – some of what God is doing in the lives of people around the world through our giving.  God is using us all to accomplish things that are much bigger than what we could imagine.  So please join me in praying for how God would have us respond.  Next Sunday, we’ll have special envelopes inserted into the bulletin for your Lottie Moon gifts.

Next Sunday evening is the Cedarville University Community Christmas Concert at 6:00pm.  Due to a few complications this year, we will not be having our traditional cookie fellowship afterward, so sorry.  There will be a Baptism Celebration on Sunday morning, December 10th.  If you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let one of the pastors know so you can be included.

Sarah and I are away this week on some vacation, but our hearts will be with you. Pastor Caleb will be finishing our sermon series in Colossians this morning by encouraging us about the way God wants to use our singing to one another as a vital part of our walk of faith.  We love you and thank the Lord for you.

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November 19, 2017

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in one body;
and be thankful
.

~ Colossians 3:15 ~

Welcome fellow-worshipers!  When we place our faith in Jesus and entrust our lives to Him, we have inexpressible, inner joy.  But we try to express it anyway through worshiping together!  I hope each of us is infected with that joy today.

Today is Covenant Sunday – an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to our church family, including a time of communion in observing the Lord’s Table.  This evening we’ll hear reports from Kris DeWitt and Loren Reno from their recent mission trips, and then enjoy a Thanksgiving Pie Social!  Plan on coming back tonight at 6:00 and bring some yummy pie!  There will be no services this Wednesday evening – enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Because of the recent church and school shootings, many people have been asking if we have a security plan here at Dayton Avenue.  There are several of our folks who have the proper training and are serving as our eyes and ears each week; however, we have been reviewing this and will update our plans in the weeks ahead.

We will be having another Baptism Celebration service on Sunday, December 10th.  If you have come to the place in your personal faith in Jesus that you want to publically testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please speak with one of the pastors so that you can be included.  Last Sunday, Laura Leighninger & Ian and Isaac Leighninger joined our church!  If you haven’t done so already, please look for them and welcome them personally.

God is at work here in our church and in our community, and it is humbling to think God is involving us in it.  We (your pastors) love you and uphold each of you in prayer.  Thank you for your faithful labor of love to the Lord through our church.  We are praying for God’s highest blessings on each of you as you live for Him this holiday season.

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November 12, 2017

Those who know Your name will put
their trust in You, for You, O L
ORD, have not
forsaken those who seek You.

~ Psalm 9:10 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  Today we are highlighting the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  More Christians are persecuted and martyred on our watch than at any other time in history since the Church began.  We owe a debt of solidarity to our persecuted brothers and sisters, and I ask you to join me this week in a concerted wave of prayer.  In our café area hangs a poster with suggestions about how to pray for this need. For even more info, visit idop.org or icommittopray.com.

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, we have so much to thank God and others for.  We live in a free America and are able to worship the Lord today without fear of oppression (thank you Veterans).  We have access to clean food and water, comfortable homes, education, and legal protection – all of these would be luxuries to billions of people living in our world today.  I personally get to work with a wonderful team of church staff, pastors, ministry leaders, and church family here at Dayton Avenue.  What Huge Blessings all of these are!

This evening at 6:00pm is our annual budget preview business meeting.  We encourage you to be a part of the process and ask questions, too.  We’ll also vote on other recommendations from the nominating, missions, and deacon committees.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Church Family Service Auction, which will be happening on the evening of January 14th.  If you have no idea what that is, find someone who was here last year and they’ll explain to you how great it was!   Last Sunday, Jordan Clingenpeel, Kristopher Gibboney, and Andy & Kari Mayes (daughters Kennedy and Amelia) joined our church!  If you haven’t done so already, please look for them and welcome them personally.

We love you and are here for you.  May God bless you this week.

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November 5, 2017

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the Lord rather than for men….
It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

~ Colossians 3:23–24 ~

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  If you are a first-time guest, I hope you received a little loaf of homemade bread and gift bag as you were greeted on the way in (if not, be sure to get one on the way out!).  We have been praying for the Joy of the Lord to fill this place today.  Each of us has a part in that happening: by our singing to each other, our thoughts, our words of encouragement to each other, and even our smiles.  Thank you for coming and actively, joyfully worshiping today.

November.  Already!  These next two months are filled with special services and opportunities.  We’ve created a special flyer/insert that you can tape to your refrigerator, but please take time to read through your bulletin each week, too.  Updated information is also available on our church website, www.daytonave.org.

Next Sunday Evening at 6:00pm is our annual budget preview business meeting.  We encourage you to be a part of the process and ask questions, too.  We’ll also present some other recommendations for electing committee members.   It’s not too late to nominate someone you know for a Thanksgiving food basket.  You can also help our youth assemble and deliver the baskets on Saturday November 18th, or you can give a special gift to our benevolence fund for this (and other) holiday season needs.

Last Sunday, Chloe Vann, Kelsey Howell, Megan Jacobs, and Brooke Hieronymus joined our church under Watchcare membership.  If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and are interested in learning more about becoming a member, turn in the RSVP bulletin insert for the Membership Information Luncheon which will take place next Sunday after the morning worship service.

We love each of you and thank the Lord for you.

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October 29, 2017

“Here I stand; I can do no other.
God help me.”

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue.  We are so glad that you have joined us and we have been praying that Jesus will be lifted up, and as a result, each one of us will grow stronger in our walk of faith.

On October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses document to the door of Wittenberg Church in Germany.  That event has been viewed as the birth of the Protestant Reformation, and this week marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s brave protest.  Though he was a flawed human in many respects – his persecution of early Baptist reformers included – we all owe a great debt of gratitude to Martin Luther for how God used him to reclaim the biblical doctrine of justification by faith.

Last Sunday we highlighted the formation of new men’s discipleship and accountability groups here in our church.  If you would like to receive more information about them, speak with any of the Pastors today (but especially Caleb or John Chavies).  We are also praying for women leaders to help form new groups for women.  If the Lord is giving you that burden, please let us know.

It’s not too late to nominate someone you know for a Thanksgiving food basket.  You can also help our youth assemble and deliver the baskets on Saturday November 18th, or you can give a special gift to our benevolence fund for this (and other) holiday season needs.

Dozens of our ladies are at the Ladies’ Retreat this morning.  Thank you to all of our volunteers who have stepped up to serve in the Children’s department and other ministries in their absence.  We love you and are praying for you.  May God’s face shine upon us this week as we live out His truth as His witnesses.

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October 22, 2017

“Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

~ Colossians 3:10 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  For those of you who are visiting, today’s service – which we are calling Sexual Integrity Sunday – it’s unusual and needs some explanation.

At the end of May, our church family experienced a wake-up call when a recording device was discovered in one of the bathrooms during a non-church event.  The Lord has worked for His glory in this situation over the summer in our church family, the victims, the court system, and the offender.  There has been biblical repentance, and restoration is progressing.  But more needed to be done to pro-actively address the issue of sexual integrity with our church family.

So we have invited special guests Troy and Melissa Haas from HopeQuest Ministries in Woodstock, Georgia to share with us this weekend.  Details about their ministry with us today and how you can benefit the most from their time with us are on the bulletin insert inside.  We recognize the sensitive nature of this topic, and so Avenue Kids will minister to our children up through 5th grade during both Worship hours this morning.  We believe that today will be important for us all to grow in our biblical understanding of this topic, and we encourage you to engage as much as is helpful with the opportunities available to you this morning and afternoon.  Just a quick side note – our LifeGroups *will be* meeting as normal today.

It’s not too late to nominate someone you know for a Thanksgiving food basket.  You can also help our youth assemble and deliver the baskets on Saturday November 18th, or you can give a special gift to our benevolence fund for this (and other) holiday season needs.

If you don’t have a Church Mailbox (located in the hallway near the Children’s Ministry Welcome Counter), please let our secretary Morgan know.  We love you and thank the Lord for you.

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October 15, 2017

“The problem with Christianity is not that it has

been tried and found wanting but that it has

been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G. K. Chesterton ~

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 in spiritual darkness, and the majority of the world’s people may be under the power of the adversary, but every 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 Jesus, our great Savior!  Must drive him crazy!  May that be especially true in our church family this morning.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.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.

Next Sunday is our Sexual Integrity emphasis with special guests Troy and Melissa Haas.   Details about the morning (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  The Thanksgiving food baskets nomination form is included with the bulletin again this week.  If you know someone that would be encouraged by a food basket, please fill out and turn in the card.  You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.


Jordan Farley
joined last Sunday as a Watchcare member – make sure you meet and welcome him.  Are you willing to “adopt” some college students and commit to pray regularly for them, encourage them at church and via email/text/FB, and invite them into your home to hang out and have a home-cooked meal?  We aren’t sure how many new Adopters we’ll need, but if you are interested in this ministry, please call into the office this week.
Next Sunday is our Sexual Integrity emphasis with special guests Troy and Melissa Haas.   Details about the morning (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  The Thanksgiving food baskets nomination form is included with the bulletin again this week.  If you know someone that would be encouraged by a food basket, please fill out and turn in the card.  You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.

May you know the smile of God’s blessing on your life today and in the week to come.  We love you.

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October 8, 2017

Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;
for I delight in these things,” declares the L
ORD.

~ Jeremiah 9:24 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.   We are so glad to worship with you.  Our desire today is that you will be strengthened in your faith, drawn closer to God, and be an encouragement to others.
Everything around here looks normal, which is amazing after the transformation of our campus for last Sunday’s Fall Festival. Things looked normal on Monday morning(!), which is a tribute to the love, creativity, and enthusiasm you all showed serving.  A special Thank-You to Char Gates, Morgan Straw, and their team of leaders.  Of the hundreds of people that registered, fifty-two indicated that they want to learn more about our church!  Please continue to pray with us as we follow-up on the seeds that were planted Sunday.

We’ve invited special guests Troy and Melissa Haas for a Sexual Integrity Sunday on October 22nd.   Details about that special Sunday (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas we minister to our community by delivering food baskets.  We ask that you – our church family – nominate people you know would be encouraged by this simple act of kindness.  Having a direct connection with someone in our church opens doors for witness and makes this truly a ministry.  You can nominate someone you know by filling out the insert and putting it in the offering plate. You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.

During September we received special offerings for Disaster Relief in Texas and Florida and also for our State Missions Offering helping to plant churches in Ohio.  Thank you for your generosity: we gave $3,470 and $2,725 respectively for these efforts.  God is at work in our church!  That is a wonderful blessing, and a great responsibility, so let’s keep praying for God’s will and protection.  We love you.

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