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December 15, 2019

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.

Today our Children’s Choir will lead us in Christmas worship.  God has given our church a big treasure in our young people, and He is so honored when they – like us – worship and serve Him.  Today is the start of our Christmas Single Worship Service schedule.  The insert inside this bulletin contains the details you need to know.  Come back tonight at 6:00 for our business meeting – we’ll vote on a few church decisions with the Dessert Reception for Pastor Caleb and Julia following.  Bring a dessert to share!

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.  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?

If you are traveling over these next few weeks, be safe!  We love you and are praying for you.  May God bless you and keep you this Advent season.

December 8, 2019

“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 come together in the name of Jesus our Savior, joining with millions of other people around the world to worship the One who has paid the ransom so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life. 

Yet there are still millions of people who have never even heard of Jesus, which is why we highlight the Lottie Moon Missions offering every December.  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.  Our prayers all throughout the year and our gifts during this month of emphasis are equally important.  Thank you for praying and giving. 

This morning’s Christmas Concert is Behold the Lamb of God.  Last year’s presentation of this program was something special, so we wanted to celebrate the Lord’s advent with it again this year.

Next Sunday at 11:00am is the Children’s Christmas Program – our kids can’t wait to sing and share their Christmas praises with you.  Our Christmas Single Worship Service schedule begins next week (more information inside this bulletin).  Next Sunday evening is also the budget adoption year-end business meeting followed by the Dessert Reception for Pastor Caleb and Julia.  Please come, bring a dessert to share, and express your love to the Petersons.

This evening is the Cedarville University Community Christmas Concert at 6:00pm, so we will not have our regular evening service here at church.  If you didn’t get a chance to sign the Covenant Parchment yet, you can do so today at the Welcome Desk.  May the Lord shine His face upon you this week as you live for Him

December 1, 2019

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”
~1st John 4:14~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  Our prayer is that you will be strengthened in your faith and drawn closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Each year at Christmas, we receive a special offering for international missions, referred to as the Lottie Moon offering.  We will be highlighting videos of what God is doing in the lives of people through our giving.  God is using us all to accomplish things that are much bigger than what we could imagine.  There is no overhead involved with the Lottie Moon offering – 100% of what we give gets to the missionaries on the field.  I encourage you to join me in giving.

It’s wintertime!  We occasionally have to cancel church: Level 3 snow emergencies mean we must cancel; Level 2s are likely cancellations. Check our Facebook (Dayton Avenue Baptist Church), our website (www.daytonave.org), or tune into channel 2 or 7 for cancellation notices.  As always, exercise wisdom in deciding whether or not to stay home, and remember, our Sunday morning services are live-streamed at 11:00 – go to our website and click the banner.

We begin our Single Worship holiday schedule on the 15th which is the day of our Children’s Christmas Program.  That also means our LifeGroups all meet at 9:30, so expect some room changes.  That evening will be the budget adoption year-end business meeting followed by the Dessert Reception for Pastor Caleb and Julia.

If you didn’t get a chance to sign the Covenant Parchment last Sunday, you can do so today at the Welcome Desk!  I pray that God draws us all closer to Himself throughout this Christmas season. We love you and are here for you.  It is a joy and an honor to serve our Lord together with you.  May God bless you this week.

November 24, 2019

“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 to Dayton Avenue this morning – if you are a first-time guest, I hope you received your welcome bag and homemade bread as you were greeted on the way in.  If not, be sure to stop at the welcome desk and pick one up on the way out (the bread is really good).

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.  [The elements are gluten-free.]  This evening at 6:00 will be our Thanksgiving Pie social.  In addition to prasing the Lord through music and enjoying wonderful pie together(!!), four of our church family will be sharing about mission trips they took this summer. Please come and bring some yummy pie (or other dessert) to share.  There will be no services this Wednesday evening – enjoy a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Many of you serve our community in unique ways and share the love of Jesus with people you meet.  As a church, we plan monthly events to share information about opportunities to serve and to pray for the Lord to open doors for us.  We call these events OutPour.  Next Sunday morning all of us can participate in a special OutPour project – a Christmas Cookie bag.  Each family or person will receive a bag of cookies with a greeting tag and an invitation to our church’s special Christmas services.  This way, all of us can do something special to reach out to someone with the love of Jesus this Christmas.

God is at work here in our midst 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.  May He bless you this week.

November 17, 2019

I look to You for help, O Sovereign LORD.
      You are my refuge… ~Psalm 141:8a~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Around the world, believers are gathering to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We desire to lift Him up and encourage one another as we worship Him and study His Word. 

As many of you have already heard, Pastor Caleb submitted his resignation last Sunday evening at the business meeting.  Sunday morning December 22nd will be Pastor Caleb and Julia’s last day with us.  We want to express our love and appreciation to them, so on Sunday evening December 15th, following the annual business meeting, there will be a dessert fellowship farewell for them.  We’ll share more information with you in the weeks ahead.  Please be praying for them through this transition.  Please also pray for the Lord to guide us as a church to carry on the ministry of worship that he so ably led these past three years.

Covenant Sunday will be November 24th.  It is a sweet opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to our church family and to fellowship around the Lord’s Table. That evening at 6:00 will be our Thanksgiving Pie Social.  In addition to thanking the Lord through music and enjoying wonderful pie together(!!), four of our church family will be sharing brief presentations about mission trips they took this past summer.

This evening will be the final Marriage TuneUp at 6:00.  This time, the men will meet in the Fellowship Hall (rooms 301-303) and the ladies will meet separately in the Youth Room.  Bring your questions and we will learn together how to have healthier marriage relationships.  Our regular evening service will take place in the sanctuary as usual.

We are here for you.  We love you and are praying for you.

November 10, 2019

My heart and my flesh may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever ~Psalm 73:26~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  You may have come today refreshed after a great week, or you may be hanging on by a thread, having had a difficult week.  God knows, and He has a word of hope for each of us.  Thank you for coming today. 

Today we will be honoring our veterans.  The freedoms that we enjoy (but which other believers around the world do not) come at a great cost.  As Christians we must be good stewards – may God help us to worship and serve Him faithfully.  Thank you, veterans, for your sacrifice and courage on our behalf.  God bless you.

This evening at 6:00 is our annual special business meeting when we preview next year’s ministry budget.  We’ll praise the Lord for all He has done during the past year and share opportunities that await us in the coming year.  There will be some other recommendations concerning new committee members and special expense approval.  We encourage you to come and be a part of this important process of our church family life. 

Each year at Thanksgiving we minister to our community by delivering food baskets.  We ask our church family to 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.  Fill out the insert and put it in the offering plate and/or help assemble and deliver the baskets.  Speaking of Christmas, we have some wonderful special programs coming in December, and you can be involved.

Covenant Sunday will be November 24th.  It is a sweet opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to one another and to fellowship around the Lord’s Table. We love you. God bless you.

November 3, 2019

I look to You for help, O Sovereign LORD.
You are my refuge….” ~Psalm 141:8a~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  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

Henry VIII of England left no male heirs to the throne, only two daughters.  The youngest, Elizabeth, had Protestant beliefs like her father, but Mary was a staunch Catholic.  When Mary came to power, she swept the country for “heretics” with any kind of Protestant leanings and had them burned at the stake.  Mary died childless and England made Elizabeth queen. She decreed Protestantism the official state church, but unlike her sister, she refused to put to a martyr’s death those who disagreed with her.

Englishman John Foxe survived those horrible years even though he was a well-known Protestant.  The climate of persecution caused him to research and write “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.”  We are reminded again this year that martyrdom is not a piece of history from the Middle Ages.  In fact, more Christians have been martyred in the last 100 years than the previous 1,900 combined!  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. 

This evening is our OutPour dinner at 6pm.  Next Sunday evening is our annual special business meeting.  We’ll preview and discuss next year’s ministry budget, vote on new committee members, and share some important church information.  Come and be a part of both of these important events in the life and ministry of our church.Thank you to all who made last week’s Trunk or Treat outreach such a great event.  God is working through you!  Have a great week.

October 27, 2019

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
~John 13:35~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God’s special presence is promised to us when we gather in His name as we are doing today.  We are so glad that you have come. 

Sarah was sharing with me from a book she read on the subject of hospitality.  The author noted that relationally healthy people are naturally hospitable because a new person can sense love that reaches out to welcome them.  People in relational conflict cannot be hospitable because they telegraph to other people: ‘whose side are you on – are you for me or for them?’  The author concluded by saying, “Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest – it is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.”

This applies to our relationships in families, in friendships, and even as a church family.  If someone feels a warm, loving, genuine welcome at Dayton Avenue, it is because that kind of hospitality is also our expression of love for one another.  This has to be a significant part of what Jesus meant in the verse above: “all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

In last week’s bulletin I introduced the SLOWvember challenge for next month.  The idea is to intentionally step back from the busyness that usually dominates our lives at this time of year.  So, SSavor: appreciate the moment, chew food slower, sit down, reflect.  LListen: attend to our loved ones, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit.  OOthers before technology: put the devices down.  WWill it matter a year from now?: ask this question as often as possible during each day.  Let’s make November a SLOWvember.

Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back before coming to church. May God bless you this week! 

October 20, 2019

“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  I like sunshine.  It is a tangible reminder that the LORD has made His face to shine upon us.  It is sad that the days have to get shorter in the Fall and Winter (when we really need the sun!!). 

George Orwell once remarked that, “At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.”  He meant that a lifetime of smiling will give your face happy creases; a lifetime of anger can also be frighteningly etched for all to see.  As followers of Jesus, however, walking with Him for years and years should result in having a face we don’t deserve!  Instead, our faces should reflect the mercy and grace God has showered upon us through Jesus.  When the LORD makes His face shine on us, it becomes permanently creased into our faces.

We are here today to soak up Son-shine.  The heartaches and cares of this world may have weighed you down this week, but our prayer is that the smile of God’s love on us in this place today will lift you up both in spirit and countenance.

Our calendars get so busy during November and December: all the holiday activities… and all the doctor and dentist visits you try to fit in before your insurance benefits change!  Busy-ness can be harmful though, so will you join me in taking the SLOWvember challenge this next month?  SSavor: appreciate the moment, chew food slower, sit down, reflect.  LListen: attend to our loved ones, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit.  OOthers before technology: put the devices down.  WWill it matter a year from now?: ask this question as often as possible during the day.  November can be SLOWvember.

Robert and Dawn Lepper joined our church last Sunday.  Look for them and welcome them today if you haven’t already. God bless you!

October 13, 2019

“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed. 
But you cannot do more than pray
until you have prayed.” ~S.D. Gordon~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.  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.

Prayer, when done the right way, is letting God know that we recognize we can’t live our lives without Him.  We often don’t pray because we think we can handle it on our own.  It is wisdom to admit our weakness and come to God for His strength.

Many of you are prayer “warriors” – not in the sense of power and ability, but in the sense of a clear vision. You see the utter dependence we have on God, as individuals and as a church, and you intercede to God on behalf of these needs.  Thank you for your ministry of prayer.

We have a great need for prayer today.  As a church, pray for God’s leading and glory as we minister to each other and reach out to our community. As individual believers, pray that God will help each of us consistently grow in faith and walk closer to Him.  And once we have prayed, we can live our lives in such a way that God’s grace and strength can be at work in us and through us.

The quote above should be applied to our worship this morning.  Take a few moments to silently entrust yourself into His hands this morning to accomplish all that He desires to do.  Then devote your energies to worshiping Him in song and thought and Word. We love you and thank God for the privilege of serving Him together with you.  May God bless you richly this week.