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February 16, 2020

You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. ~1st Peter 1:8~

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 know 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.  If you do not have a mailbox yet, please call the church office this week and we will set one up for you.

Our growing church ministry means that we need to expand our Deacon Committee. Per our church bylaws, any member may nominate a deacon candidate. In addition to asking the person before you make the nomination (!), there are guidelines specified in our constitution. You can read that on our church website under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section. Nominations will close on Sunday, March 22nd. Thank you.

Next Sunday evening, Bill Babione will be equipping us in The Art of Conversational Evangelism.  I am personally excited to learn from Bill, and I encourage each of you to join the series.  The Avenue Kids’ Choir starts up again next Sunday evening at 6, too! If you are ready to take the important step of baptism to declare your faith in Jesus, please speak with Pastor Jon to be included in the upcoming Baptism Celebration. I hope to see you at the Service Auction this evening!  May the Lord bless you this week

February 9, 2020

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God…” ~1st John 3:1a~

 Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – no matter what your week was like, you’ve made it to church today, and it is a great privilege to praise and worship God together with you.

This week I reread something I wrote ten years ago about how most popular songs and movies share two common themes: our hopes (for a better world, to become better people, to enjoy rewards) and our fears (of pain, of death, of loss of control).  These are the things people think most about – Christians and non-Christians alike.  When we hear people talking about the newest movie or popular song, we can talk with them about these themes and perhaps have an opportunity to share our faith in Jesus with them.

In two weeks, Bill Babione will be equipping us during our Sunday Evening services in The Art of Conversational Evangelism.  I am personally excited to learn from Bill, and I encourage each of you to join the series.  The Children’s Choir begins the same evening, too!

Tonight at 6:00 is a special business meeting to consider new information from our Long-Range Planning / Building Committee.  Please come if you are able.  If you are ready to take the important step of baptism to declare your faith in Jesus, please speak with Pastor Jon to be included in the upcoming Baptism Celebration

Our amazing church administrative assistant, Morgan Straw, will be taking maternity leave in the near future.  She has trained a team to cover for her (and keep us pastors from disaster!), so you will see some new faces in the office.  Welcome to new members Antonio Muñoz, Bob & Claire Bolha, and Adam & Melissa Satterthwaite who joined our church last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t already.  We love you, we pray for you, and we are here for you!

February 2, 2020

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace in believing, so that you will abound
in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~Romans 15:13~

 Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  We pray you experience God’s peace and grow stronger in your faith.

How do you envision peace?  Watching a sunset?  A baby sleeping quietly?  Birdsong on a clear morning?  Peace is not always a matter of surroundings. I recall a vivid experience of being in a crowded room singing about heaven.  An overwhelming peace filled my heart as the truths I was singing about impacted me.  Circumstances in our life at the time were very unsettled.  It was God’s peace alone that could reach through the outside into my spirit.

Why does peace seem elusive so often, even when we know the Giver of peace personally?  It may be because our natural response is to trust in our own strength to solve problems rather than calling out to the Lord for help.  That is the peace described in the verse above.

This evening is the Super Bowl and some of you have plans with family and friends who are not part of our church family.  I have been praying for you that the Lord will be able to use those gatherings for having conversations with eternal impact.  I am also praying that the Lord opens our eyes to other opportunities that He gives us throughout the week to be His ambassadors.

Next Sunday evening at 6:00 is a special business meeting to consider a new proposal from our Long-Range Planning / Building Committee.  Another Baptism Celebration is also coming soon.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification, please speak with Pastor Jon so we can include you. 

May God enable each of us to take the next step forward in our Christian walk, whatever that may be.  Give us a call this week if we can help you and encourage you.  We are praying for you. 

January 26, 2020

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. ~2 Corinthians 8:9~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  The verse above reminds us how rich we are in Jesus this morning.  No matter how challenging this past week has been, we can joyfully praise and thank Him.  We will be observing the Lord’s Table together at the end of our service, and we are glad that you have come to worship Him with us.  [Note: the elements are gluten-free.]

Next Sunday evening is the Super Bowl which coincides with our monthly OutPour outreach event.  We had announced in the bulletin that we would host an event here at church that you could come to with your friends and neighbors. After further discussion, we have decided to make a few last-minute changes to the plan that we think you will appreciate!  Here’s the brief: if  you invite a neighbor or friend (who doesn’t have a church) to your home to watch the game and ‚ are willing to show a short video that we will provide during halftime, I will buy the wings for you to serve that night!  Tune in for more details that I will be sharing with you this morning.

We need your prayers and help as we search for a new Pastor to Senior Adults.  A draft job description in posted in the foyer by the church office door and also across from the children’s desk.  Please turn in recommendations or applications to the church office.  On February 9th at 6:00pm is a special business meeting to consider a new proposal from our Long-Range Planning / Building Committee.  Another Baptism Celebration is also coming soon.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification, please speak with Pastor Jon so we can include you. 

As always, there are many great opportunities to grow in your faith and serve the Lord inside this bulletin and on our website. You are in our hearts and in our prayers.  God bless you all this week. 

January 19, 2020

In quietness and confidence
shall be your strength. ~Isaiah 30:15~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  By the time you get a chance to read this, you have probably made your way to your seat, talked with people along the way, and are catching your breath as the service begins.  Take a moment to silently pray for our worship time together – that God will be pleased with the worship of our hearts and that He would cover us with His grace.

We need your prayers and help as we search for a new Pastor to Senior Adults.  A draft job description in posted in the main foyer and across from the children’s desk.  Please turn in recommendations or applications to the church office.  On February 9th at 6:00pm we will have a special business meeting to consider a new proposal from our Long-Range Planning / Building Committee.  Please plan to come.

We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon. If you are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification, please speak with Pastor Jon so we can include you.  For those of you considering joining our church family, there is a member information luncheon next Sunday after worship.  Please fill out the insert/RSVP in today’s bulletin and place it in the offering plate if you can join us. 

You should have received your year-end giving statements by now.  I want to publicly thank those who faithfully serve many hours in our church’s stewardship ministry: the Finance Committee, the Money-counting Team, and especially Shirley Cain, our Financial Secretary and Bill Chavies, our Treasurer.  Offerings are an important aspect of our worship; thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

As we try to clear out the distractions of life and quiet our hearts before the Lord today, may you find the strength and confidence in God that will energize you for what He has called you to. 

January 12, 2020

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. ~Revelation 1:3~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  We have been praying for God’s grace to cover us as we worship Him and learn more about Him from His Word. Thank you for joining us.

Our church ministries are starting back up in full swing.  Each of us needs opportunities to grow in our walk with the Lord AND to serve others.  The Ministry Fair today can help you learn about all the small group opportunities available for you.  Being part of a small group community as a server and/or a learner is a really important component of a growing walk of faith.  If you don’t have a LifeGroup, check out the Ministry Fair tables in the Foyer and Café this morning. 

Finding seats for worship can sometimes be a challenge, especially for the 11:00 am service.  The Back Worship Service in the Youth Room can be a great alternative for you.  We’ve just purchased new, more comfortable chairs, and the more relaxed atmosphere may be just the right option for inviting your friends.  Here’s another suggestion: make a post to your social media right now and invite your network to church with you via the livestream at our church website at 11:00am (and post the link – www.daytonave.org). 

We want to officially welcome our transitional Worship Leader, Dr. Roger O’Neel (and his wife Nancy) back to Dayton Avenue.  They served on staff with us from 2012-2015 in a similar role alongside Bruce and Becky Traeger.  Roger serves as Director of the Worship program at Cedarville University. 

We are beginning a new sermon series this morning on the book of Revelation.  Last year we studied Genesis (where it all began) and it seems appropriate to now go to the end of the Bible and study where it all resolves!  May God bless you all this week!

January 5, 2020

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit….” ~Isaiah 57:15a~

Happy New Year! Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  If this is your first-time with us, please visit the Welcome Desk and get a guest gift bag.  We are so glad that we can begin the new year with you worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We have much to praise Him for today!

If seating is crowded in our worship service up front today, you will find room in our Back Worship Service in the Youth room.  There is a more intimate atmosphere in that service that I think you will like. Multiple Worship Services begin again next Sunday which means that LifeGroups will also meet at both 9:30 and 11:00.  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 2020 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!

Many of you have told Sarah and me that you are praying regularly for us.  I cannot thank you enough for your prayers.  Take a moment this morning to silently thank God for His many blessings and ask Him to speak to all of us in a special way during our time together today. 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 at Christmas time.  You are all a tremendous blessing to us. 

Beginning a new year can be motivating: a fresh start, hope-filled possibilities, the beginning of a new chapter.  My prayer is that God draws each of us closer to Himself in 2020, both as individuals and as a church family.  I love each of you and love being your pastor.  May God bless you greatly as you live for Him in this coming year!

December 29, 2019

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~

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  We have been praying that the joy of the Lord will fill this place today and be our strength.

Max Lucado has written that the word reliable is made up of liable which means responsible, and the prefix re– which means over and over again.  If Jesus Christ should return for us this coming year, we want Him to find us reliable in living for Him.  He has been so faithful to us.  Take a moment this morning to thank Him silently for the ways He has blessed you.  While you are praying, ask Him to speak to all of us in a special way during our time together today.

A special thank you to Chuck Deglow, our special speaker this morning.  Chuck and Linda have recently moved back to our community after years of ministry in Florida.  Chuck was our interim pastor back in 2000 and lived through the tornado with us.  You’ll have to ask them to tell you their stories!   

Today is the last Sunday we will be receiving the 2019 Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering. Thank you for giving to this special effort to support thousands of international missionaries serving the Lord faithfully, many in very difficult places.

Proof copies of a new pictorial directory are on the welcome desk.  Please stop by and verify your information.  You may have to correct data or update your picture or even get added.  We hope to have it ready for distribution soon. To know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can
possess… and share.  God bless you as you continue to live for Him day by day

Happy New Year! Pastor Jon

December 22, 2019

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 today.  The angels declared the wonder of Jesus’ birth, and we have the privilege today of celebrating together His coming to bring salvation.

Thank you for your generosity to our church ministries this year and to our special Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering this month. When I pray for our church, I ask God to strengthen our faith and enlarge our borders of ministry.  You need to know how blessed I am as your pastor for the way you serve the Lord in love and unity.  God has been so faithful to all of us!

The Hands Creating Comfort ministry has been busy again this year making blankets, hats, scarves, mittens and other items – 635 items in total – and donating them to elementary schools, nursing homes, and pregnancy resource centers here in Xenia and Springfield.  Thank you, crafters, for these sweet acts of kindness in Jesus’ name.

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. 

We say farewell to Pastor Caleb and Julia today.  Thank
you for the ways you have allowed the Lord to work
through your lives to minister to us!

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.  

Merry Christmas. Pastor Jon