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February 18, 2018

I will sing to the LORD, because
He has dealt bountifully with me.

~Psalm 13:6~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue – we are so glad you have come to worship today.  Romans 4:20 describes Abraham as “growing strong in faith and giving glory to God.”  What a great statement: I hope that is true in all our lives today, too.

It’s a great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Jeff Smith and Greg Clark this morning at the end of the 11:00am Worship Service.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience as a follower of Jesus, I’d love to talk with you about it.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do!

Our new Grief Share ministry began last month to help and encourage folks after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.  Each meeting covers stand-alone material, so you can join us this Thursday evening, February 22nd at 6:30.  People of all ages are welcome to come.

Thank you for putting up with somewhat uncomfortable conditions, especially in the 11:00am worship service.  On the one hand, it’s a wonderful thing to be a growing church!  On the other hand, having to sit on the front row or in the overflow is not a wonderful thing!  So, we’ve re-activated the Long Range Planning Committee and are retooling so that we can begin a 3rd service again.  I will be sharing more with you this morning about all of this, especially about our vision and plans for the 3rd Worship Service.

As we gather together corporately today, let’s do as the verse above declares: sing to the LORD in gratefulness for all His bountiful grace.  We have so much to praise Him for.  Don’t forget the Cedarville University Orchestra concert (and carry-in dinner) tonight at 6:00.  It is an honor to serve the Lord together with you.

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February 11, 2018

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our
outer man is decaying, yet our inner man
is being renewed day by day.

~ 2nd Corinthians 4:16 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue – we are so glad that you are here.  Dr. Dan DeWitt will be preaching this morning and I know we will all be encouraged and challenged as he shares about Life in the Wild, which is also the title of his newly released book.  Dan will be signing copies of his book in the café area after services today – it’s a wonderful book and I encourage you to stop by and see him this morning.

Are you aware of our Prayer Team ministry?  Send your prayer requests to prayer@daytonave.org and our prayer warriors will receive an email alert to pray for you.  If you’d like to join our team of pray-ers, send an email to the same address and ask to be put on the distribution list.  Ladies, don’t forget the Women’s Mental Health Seminar is April 24th (see inside for details).  This event has been a tremendous resource in past years and draws women from around our region.  Take the opportunity to invite someone you know who would be helped and blessed on this day.

A Baptism Celebration will happen soon.  If you have received Jesus as your Savior and are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification as His follower, please let me know so you can be included.

Some of you have been asking if we have a security team here at church, especially in light of what seems to be increasing incidents of violence in churches and schools.  The answer is yes – we have men who are trained standing by, but we are also working on having more organization and training for them.  You won’t necessarily know who they are, but you’ll know that they are there.  May God bless you richly this week.

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February 4, 2018

But He knows the way I take;
when He has tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

~ Job 23:10 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  Job’s words above both encourage and challenge us because he spoke them during a period of excruciating difficulty.  He viewed it all as God’s purifying fire, and so he responded in a way that, when it was over, God could make him gold.  We need that kind of trust all the time, whether we are surprised with unexpected twists along our path or we experience God’s paths of blessing.  He has begun a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete what He has started (Phil. 1:6).

Our new Grief Share ministry began last month to help and encourage folks after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.  Each meeting covers stand-alone material, so you are welcome to join us this Thursday evening, February 8th at 6:30.  Brochures are available for you at the information table in the foyer.  A Baptism Celebration will happen soon.  If you have received Jesus as your Savior and are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification as His follower, please let me know so you can be included.

Last Sunday we received several new church members: Paul, Melanie, and Christy Schloemer, Devin Young, and Hannah Zettlemoyer (under Watchcare membership).  Please welcome them this morning if you didn’t get a chance to do so last week.  If you are interested in learning more about Dayton Avenue, you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church next Sunday.  Meet our Pastors and their families and ask your questions; just fill out the bulletin insert RSVP.

Tonight is the Super Bowl (in case you hadn’t heard!).  Many of you have plans to be with family and friends for the game.  Our Evening Service is moved up to 5:00pm during which time we’ll continue our study through the book of 1st Samuel.   Enjoy your evening plans together.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week.  We love you.

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January 28, 2018

Praise Him all His angels (…)
Praise Him sun and moon (…)
For He commanded and they were created.
Let them praise the name of the LORD.

~ Psalm 148 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  We have the great privilege of corporately lifting our voices in praise to our great God today.  In the (…) sections of the verses quoted above, the psalmist expands his thoughts beyond just angels and heavenly objects to include all created beings joining in praise because the LORD’s name alone is worthy of exaltation.  We will also worship Him reflectively as we gather around the Lord’s Table in each service this morning (the elements are gluten-free).

Our new Grief Share ministry began this week, but it’s never too late to join in.  The material in each meeting is stand-alone, and the next meeting is February 8th.  Pick up a brochure (at the information table in the foyer) for all of the details.

Don’t forget to check your church mailbox regularly.  And while you are there, take advantage of the Children’s Library of books and dvds located on the shelves below the mailboxes.  We use an honor check out system – just 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 get you one.

We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you have received Jesus as your Savior and are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification as His follower, please let me know so you can be included.  God has been so good to us all, and it is amazing to see Him at work here at Dayton Avenue.  We love you, we’re praying for you, and we thank the Lord for you.

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January 21, 2018

“The real value of an object is that which one who knows its worth will give for it.  He Who made the soul knew its worth, and gave His life for it.”

~ Arthur Jackson ~

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 far too many 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.

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and we stand with millions of others in support of Life.  In addition to speaking out – and voting – on behalf of the unborn, we put this into practice by being spiritually healthy parents, investing as a church family in the spiritual inheritance of children, advocating for fostering and adopting, 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).

The new Grief Share ministry begins this Thursday evening.  If you have experienced the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend, this ministry provides help, support, and encouragement as you process through the changes.  I encourage you to come.  Pick up a brochure (at the table in the foyer) for all of the details.

To be forgiven and to know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can possess… and share.  God bless you as you continue to grow strong in your faith day by day.  Check inside this bulletin for important information on upcoming events and opportunities.  We love you and are praying for you this week.  We are here to help you.

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January 14, 2018

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

~ Luke 6:38a ~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue, we are so glad that you have joined us. 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.

Our normal Double Worship Schedule begins today with worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.  Our LifeGroups also meet again at both times.  If you haven’t connected with a LifeGroup yet, let me encourage you to check them out.  For more information regarding LifeGroups, see Pastor John Chavies. We want to help you find and belong to a LifeGroup because they are a vital part of growing in our walk of faith and serving one another.

Thank you to our church family artists that have loaned paintings, photographs, drawings, and textiles for our Art Worship Wall.  When we use the creative gifts that God has given us to express our worship of Him, the results communicate powerfully.  Check it out if you haven’t been back there recently.  We still have room for more!  Call our church office if you have a piece of artwork we could consider displaying.

Last Sunday I encouraged us to begin each day this new year with prayer using the acronym WAR.  Have you found that to be a helpful way to start your day?  My prayer is that we all experience God’s evident power in our lives as we yield ourselves for Him to work through.  Please know that is my prayer for you.  I’d love to hear how He is working in your life – don’t hesitate to call on me or any of our pastors.  We are here for you.  May the Lord make His face shine upon you this week.

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January 7, 2017

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!

~ Isaiah 43:1b ~

Happy New Year and welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church today.  We are so glad that we can begin the year with you in praise and worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for praying and giving generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas missions offering – we reached our goal of $20,000!  Speaking of missions, welcome to our new missionaries-in-residence at our mission home: James and Tanu Mathews and their children, Michael, Gaby and Danielle.

A few weeks ago I shared a Pastor’s Perspective about some new directions that I believe God wants us to move in this coming year.  If you weren’t here for that, please go to our church website – www.daytonave.org – and click on the Pastor’s Perspective graphic and listen to it (it’s about 32 minutes long).  Please pray that the Lord will draw us closer to Himself and renew us with a fresh sense of His power and vision for 2018.

Next Sunday we return to our normal Double Worship Service schedule, so you will need to check to make sure you know the room assignment for your LifeGroup.  Being part of a small group community is a really important part of our walk of faith.  If you don’t have a LifeGroup, why not make 2018 the year you search and join one?  We are here to help you any way we can.  Check out all the other important announcements inside this bulletin!

This year is going to be an exciting time for our church family, and also a time when we need to come together, seek the Lord’s leading, and partner together to do the ministry He has for us.   I love each of you and love being your pastor.  May God bless you abundantly as you live for Him in this coming year!

 

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December 31, 2017

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.

Thank you for praying and giving generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas missions offering – we are much closer to our goal of $20,000.  Today is the last Sunday to participate in that special offering.  Praise God for the privilege of supporting the many faithful witnesses to the Gospel around the world in this way.

A few weeks ago I shared a Pastor’s Perspective about some new directions that I believe God wants us to move in this coming year.  If you weren’t here for that, please go to our church website – www.daytonave.org – and click on the Pastor’s Perspective graphic and listen to it (it’s about 32 minutes long).  Thank you.

There is something motivating about the beginning of a new year: a fresh start, hopeful possibilities, a new chapter.  Our Wednesday evening ministries start back up again this week, and next Sunday we’ll still have just a Single Worship Service at 11:00.

May God bless you abundantly as you live
for Him in this coming year!

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December 24, 2017

“For today in the city of David there
has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.”

~ Luke 2:11 ~

Welcome to Christmas Worship this morning, we are so glad that you are here.   The angels declared the wonder of Jesus’ birth, and we have the privilege today of celebrating together His coming to bring salvation.

The news has been buzzing this week with the tax reform changes coming next year.  Some of you have asked about deadlines for making year-end gifts under the current tax code.  Gifts given today or next Sunday will appear on your 2017 giving statements.  Thank you for your generosity to our church ministries and to our special Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering this month.

Ronnie and Sharon Seaton joined our church last Sunday.  If you didn’t get a chance to greet them last week, look for them today and welcome them home!  Last Sunday evening I shared a very significant Pastor’s Perspective.  If you weren’t here for that meeting, please go to our church website – www.daytonave.org – and click on the Pastor’s Perspective graphic and listen to it (it’s about 32 minutes long).

I get to work alongside a great team of servants here at church: our office and custodial staff, our pastors, and 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 on behalf of the other pastors and staff, we want to thank you for the many gifts and expressions of your love to us this year and especially these past few weeks.  May God shine His face upon each of you as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and honor Him through your Christmas traditions.  Have a blessed Christmas.

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December 17, 2017

“What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man, I would do my part;

Yet what I can I give Him – Give my heart.”

~Christina Georgina Rossetti~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  As the words of the song above say, we all have something to give Jesus as a gift of thanks for His coming to earth… our hearts.

Some Bible teachers make a point of fact that the Bible never says that angels sing – they “speak” their proclamations and praise.  Don’t let that detract from your mental image of a glorious choir of angels musically pronouncing Jesus’ birth with “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Sarah and I were discussing this once because we think the angels couldn’t help but sing.  She suggested that since the announcement was metered poetry, and if angels can’t sing, perhaps they rapped it!  Heaven will one day be filled with musical praise (Rev. 5), and we can fill our church with song today!

This evening at 6:00 is our business meeting – we’ll vote on some encouraging church decisions and I’ll share a Pastor’s Perspective.  Please come and participate.  There will be no Wednesday evening ministries this week or next – enjoy your Christmas preparations and celebrations. Check out the inside of this bulletin for more info.

A little snow has fallen, and 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).

Two more weeks to give a special gift to our Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering.  Many of you will be travelling these next weeks.  We love you and will be praying for you.  Merry Christmas!

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