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March 15, 2020

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – we are so glad you are here today.  Our desire is that each of us will be drawn closer to God and strengthened in our faith as we offer Him our sacrifices of praise and worship. 

G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “Faith is the answer to a question; and, therefore, it is out of work when there is no question to ask.” Stop and ponder that quote.  When we stop asking questions about God and about His Word, our faith is out of work, or, put another way, we are not growing spiritually anymore.  What faith questions are you wrestling with right now?

We call our small groups “LifeGroups” because they are small communities where people are growing together in their spiritual life, encouraging one another through the challenges and ques-tions of life.  If you haven’t connected with a LifeGroup yet, please see me or stop by the Welcome Desk today – we’re here to help.

The Art of Conversational Evangelism with Bill Babione and the Avenue Kids’ Choir continues this evening at 6:00.  Also, please don’t forget to turn in your nominations for new Deacons before March 22nd.  The guidelines you should follow are in our constitution (which is on our church website under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section).

I often hear other people tell stories on you – good stories about how you have ministered to them and prayed for them.  Your labors of love are appreciated, and your prayers are effective, so please keep them up.  We love you and are praying for you – don’t hesitate to call on us this week.

March 8, 2020

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” ~Galatians 6:9

Welcome to worship this morning.  This is Spring Break week for many of our students, and some in our church family are out of town on a mini-vacation.  Quite a few are on spring break mission trips around the world, and several of our couples (including Sarah and me) are attending a Marriage Retreat in Tennessee this weekend!  Thank you for being here today.

The grocery store is an overwhelming place.  The sheer number of decisions that have to be made is mind boggling.  Do you want that in diet, organic, low fat, generic, without salt, heat-and-serve, family pack or single serve?  And that’s just breakfast!

Choosing between what is good and what is best is a very important thing in life.  Each time we say Yes to one thing, we also say No to something else.  Unfortunately we often say No to the very things we should be saying Yes to.  We say Yes to good things like working overtime but the No means we don’t spend time with our families.  We say Yes to entertainment and No to getting healthy rest.  One of the most important things for us to say Yes to is regularly worshiping God and being under the teaching of His word.

The Art of Conversational Evangelism with Bill Babione and the Avenue Kids’ Choir continues this evening at 6:00.  Also, please don’t forget to turn in your nominations for new Deacons before March 22nd.  The guidelines you should follow are in our constitution (which is on our church website under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section).

My special thanks to Tim Abel who is preaching for us this morning; I know the Lord will encourage us through his ministry.  We love you.  You are constantly in my heart and my prayers.

March 1, 2020

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 ~

From January–March of 2018, I preached a series called “OutPour” about the importance of letting God work through us in the lives of others.  Here is the definition of what that can look like and where the term OutPour came from: God places something in our hands that, when we pour it out into the lives of others that God is leading us to, He multiplies it, does amazing things through it, and is praised because of it.  Since then, many of you have been doing exactly this!

 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.

This evening at 5:30, come back for a free meal (tacos) and a time of training in The Art of Conversational Evangelism by Bill Babione.  Bring your children and after supper have them join the Avenue Kids’ Choir while the rest of us are becoming better equipped for God to work through us.  Also, please don’t forget to turn in your nominations for new Deacons.  The guidelines you should follow are in our constitution (which is on our church website under the     About Us tab in the What We Believe section). Nominations will close on Sunday, March 22nd. Thank you for prayerfully helping with this.  Finally, plan now to join the celebration of our church’s 60th Anniversary on Sunday, April 19th.  More information will be coming your way in the weeks ahead.

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 other important information on upcoming events and opportunities.  We love you and are praying for you this week.  We are here to help you.

February 23, 2020

Worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. ~1st Peter 3:15~

 Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  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.

An old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  I like that proverb, and I also like the updated version: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance!

Each of us is on a journey which requires action and it carries a cost.  Take a moment this morning to consider your own journey.  Am I on the right road – to heaven?  Have I stepped out in faith on this journey?  Did I break down on the way because I hadn’t considered the cost?  Am I following a detour?  Have I learned to surrender to God’s will as He takes me down unfamiliar bends in the road?  We are here you help you – don’t hesitate to call on us, your pastors.

Our growing church ministry means that we need to expand our Deacon Committee. Any member may nominate a deacon; there are guidelines in our constitution (which is on our church website under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section). Nominations will close on Sunday, March 22nd. Thank you.

This evening at 6:00, 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, too! And looking ahead a few months, we will be celebrating our church’s 60th Anniversary on Sunday, April 19th.  More information will be coming your way in the weeks ahead.  We love you, we are praying for you, and we thank the Lord for you.

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.