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March 10, 2019

“…all who were sick implored Him that they might
just touch the fringe of His cloak….” ~Matthew 14:35-36~

Welcome to the worship service this morning.  If you are a first-time guest, please stop at the Welcome Center and get a little loaf of homemade bread as well as a guest card.  We would greatly appreciate it if you fill out that card and place it in the offering.  We promise not to put you on a mailing list (but we’ll send you a letter thanking you for coming today). 

Sarah and I are en-route to Israel today, but our hearts and prayers are with you.  We can’t touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, but we are excited to walk where He walked!  Thank you to Dr. Dan Dewitt for ministering God’s Word this morning and to Ron and Ellen Calligan, our current missionaries-in-residence in our mission home, who will be sharing their ministry in this evening’s service.  I encourage you to come back tonight at 6:00 and hear how God is at work in Peru.

If you are interested in learning more about our church, you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church on March 24th.  Meet our Pastors and their families and ask any questions you may have; no strings attached!  Just fill out the bulletin insert RSVP.

Last Sunday we voted overwhelmingly on the contractor for our facility expansion project this summer.  Lord willing, we will be having a ground- (and wall-) breaking celebration on Palm Sunday!  As I shared in the message last week, the Lord has enabled us to give generously to His work here at Dayton Avenue and around the world, and I am certain He will enable us to give generously to support this project too.  If God has enabled you to give a special gift, now is the time we need it!  Just mark your gift “Building.”  Thank you so much.

We are filming for a new welcome video on our website – crews will be here on Wednesday 3/27 and Sunday 3/31.  God bless you.

March 3, 2019

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will
be put into your lap. For with the measure you use
it will be measured back to you.” ~ Luke 6:38~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.  Today is a celebration day.  It’s not an anniversary or holiday, or a day marking a special event.  But it is Sunday, and we want to celebrate the life we have in Jesus Christ.  He is the Focus of our day together.

Our job this morning is to praise God.  The Bible says that God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth.  We worship God with our spirits through songs and through studying His Word the Bible.  And in the process of God seeking us out, we will discover that He is what our hearts are truly searching for.

This evening at 6:00 is the final special business meeting concerning the building expansion project.  Thank you for praying about this, we are just about two months away from work beginning, Lord willing.

I’ll be sharing more from the platform about the insert for the upcoming Membership Information Luncheon on March 24th.  A question I am often asked is, what is the process for becoming a member here?  This luncheon is designed to be the first step: we share information about what we believe and teach, how we make decisions and remain accountable, and what makes our church unique.  After that, people share their testimony with one of the pastors, and finally, they come forward at the end of a service and we corporately receive them as members.  I encourage you to consider attending the luncheon.

Last year, you – our church family – surprised us with an anniversary gift trip to Israel.  Sarah and I leave this coming weekend and could not be more excited!  Thank you so much.  We love you and are so blessed to serve the Lord here with you.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead next Sunday!  God bless you.  We’ll be on our trip the next two Sundays, but don’t miss our special speakers!!

February 24, 2019

“The sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  If you are a first-time guest, we give you a special welcome.  We pray you will experience God’s joy and peace, and be strengthened in your faith today.

In the past I’ve challenged all of us to Pick the LONGEST Line.  When we go shopping, we instinctively look for the shortest checkout line because we don’t want to get stuck waiting.  We may develop similar routines in every aspect of life to maximize speed and minimize our contact with people… and we wonder why we never seem to get opportunities to share Jesus’ love with others!  Will you take the challenge again this year?  Pick the longest line, say a quick prayer, and then spread some joy to the people you’re “stuck” in line with. God might redeem that extra little wait time with an opportunity to give a word of encouragement or even invite someone to church. 

Next Sunday evening at 6:00 there will be one more special business meeting concerning the building expansion project, this time to choose the general contractor.  Renderings and floorplans are posted in the display case outside the church office for you to look through, but feel free to talk with Pastor Chavies or any of the Long Range Planning Committee members (Zane Butcher, Jim Gruenberg, Donna Mathews, Steve Miller, or Kirsten Vooys).

You may have noticed the American flag in the display case in the foyer.  This is Howard Jordan’s flag, presented at his funeral as part of his military honors.  The flag’s case itself is also special – some of the wood is from the pews of the old church destroyed in the tornado – the church Howard helped build!   We love you and are praying every day for you.  May the Lord bless you this week as you live for Him.

February 17, 2019

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 Dayton Avenue this morning.  We will be observing the Lord’s Table in our worship today, remembering the cruelty of Jesus’ 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 – serving our Savior.  [Note: the bread and the grape juice are gluten-free.]

This evening at 6:00, the Long Range Planning Committee will be sharing information in a Special Business Meeting.  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.

Last Sunday we received several new church members: Nick and Rachael Carrington, and Scott and Ginny Jenkins.  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 being planned for Sunday, March 24th. Look for more information in the weeks ahead.

Thank you all for the many ways you worship the Lord through serving our church family and our community.  I hear stories of how God is using you, and it greatly encourages me.  Keep it up… God promises you will reap in joy!  We love you and are praying for you.  Please don’t hesitate to call on any of us pastors this week.  May the Lord shine His face upon you.

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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