Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

September 16, 2018

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.]

We are receiving a special Missions Offering this month to support church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio.  You can use the envelopes at the Welcome Desk or simply mark your special gift “Ohio Missions.”  Sunday October 7th is our Community Fall Festival!  This is a great outreach event for our community and we need your help inviting your neighbors to come and then serving that night.  I’ll be sharing more about this with you this morning from the platform.

We are planning another Baptism Celebration service soon.  If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let one of the pastors know so that you can be included.  You can have your portrait taken for our new Church Family Pictorial Directory just outside our main entrance today and the next two Sundays.  We want you to be included if you consider Dayton Avenue to be your church home.

Tonight at 6:00pm is a Town Hall meeting to hear a report from the Long Range Planning Committee about its work with the architects this spring and summer concerning making room for our growing church family.  Though we will not be voting on any proposals tonight, this is an important meeting for all of us as we seek the Lord’s leading and provision.  You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, so please come and participate.  We love you and thank the Lord for you.

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September 9, 2018

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 worship this morning at Dayton Avenue.  We are so glad that you have joined us and 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.

Are you new to Dayton Avenue and interested in learning more about what we believe and the ministries we have?  Then you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church next Sunday.  Please fill out the bulletin insert RSVP and place it in the offering today.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration service soon.  If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let one of the pastors know so that you can be included.  Every September we partner with hundreds of other churches in Ohio and receive a special missions offering to help start new churches in our state.  The insert in today’s bulletin highlights a few of those new church plants.

You can have your portrait taken for our new Church Family Pictorial Directory any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance).  We want you to be included if you consider Dayton Avenue to be your church home.  Some people have asked if we have a security plan here at Dayton Avenue.  The answer is yes: there are several of our folks who have the proper training and are serving as our eyes and ears each week.  Though we live in a safe community, we still want to protect each person God brings to our church – especially children – so that we can focus on worshiping.

Next Sunday we will observe the Lord’s Table during Morning Worship and at 6:00pm we will have a Town Hall meeting to hear a proposal from the Long Range Planning Committee and share some updates about what the Lord is doing.  We love you and are praying for you.

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September 2, 2018

“God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” ~2nd Corinthians 9:8~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  I’ve been praying this week that the Lord would fill this place with His Spirit, His abounding grace, and His joy today.  Thank you for being here and being a partner in what God wants to do in our lives by encouraging one another.

Inside this bulletin is a flyer for Living Well Clinic, the health clinic ministry we started in 2012.  Envision a medical mission trip where Christian health care professionals provide compassionate medical services to people who don’t have access to them.  Living Well is like that, except that it is here in our community and is open every week.  It is a great ministry with an amazing team of wonderful volunteersJosh Cernetic serves as the Executive Director of the clinic, and this fundraiser helps keep that ministry going.

If you are interested in learning more about Dayton Avenue, you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church on Sunday, September 16th.  Meet our Pastors and their families and ask any questions you may have; just fill out the bulletin insert RSVP and place it in the offering or hand it to one of the pastors.

If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and feel this is your church home, we want you to be included in our new Church Family Pictorial Directory – you do not have to be a member to participate.  Have your portrait taken any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance) and be sure to update your info.

Welcome to our new missionaries-in-residence at our mission home: Todd and Dawn Entner and their children Josiah, Grace, Mia and Daniel.  Welcome also to J. R. Southard who joined our church as a Watchcare member last Sunday.  May God bless you this week as you live for Him.  We pastors are here for you; call on us anytime.

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August 26, 2018

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  ~Proverbs 3:5-6~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue.  I’m writing these words a week in advance as I prepare to head to Costa Rica for a mission survey trip, but Lord willing, I’ll be back in church as you read them!  I seem to be a magnet for flight delays and trip interruptions, which is why I’ve put the verses above as the header for this week’s bulletin.  We all must trust in the Lord every day for His direction, protection, and provision.

AWANA and CREW will kickoff here at church this Wednesday evening at 6:15.  If you are looking for a great place to serve and invest your life in young people, both of these ministries are doing just that.  As part of the kickoff activities, the Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will do a special program for everyone starting at 7:00.  Bring a friend and enjoy this together (more information on our church website at www.daytonave.org).

We are compiling a new Church Family Pictorial Directory!  If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and feel this is your church home, we want you to be included – you do not have to be a member to participate.  Update your information and submit your own recent photo or have your portrait taken any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance).

I am excited to be starting a new sermon series this morning studying through 2nd Corinthians.  God is at work in our church and in our community through our church family!  That is a wonderful blessing, and an awesome responsibility.  This is the time we all need to crank up our prayer lives so that we stay in the center of God’s will and protection.  Don’t hesitate to call on any of us pastors this week – we are here for you.

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August 19, 2018

“Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but My words shall not pass away.”

~Matthew 24:35~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue, and a special welcome back to our college students.  Our Double Worship Hour schedule begins today which means that we have to learn some new routines for worship and LifeGroups.  The Welcome Desk just outside the sanctuary is the place to start for all of our guests; and our pastors, greeters, and ushers are also ready to help you. Even though we have identical worship services at 9:30 and 11:00, seating is always more challenging in the sanctuary at 11:00.  Why not try out our Back Worship Service in the Youth Room which is also available at that time?

We also welcome special guest speaker Greg Dyson and his family with us today.  Greg is Cedarville University’s Director of Intercultural Leadership.  I know we will be encouraged!

AWANA and CREW begin meeting here at church Wednesday evenings beginning August 29th at 6:30, and we still need workers.  Please contact the pastors or church office if you can help.  The Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will be here to do a special program starting at 7:00 that same night.  Go to our church website for more information (www.daytonave.org).

We are compiling a new Church Family Pictorial DirectoryYou do not have to be a member to participate – if you have been attending Dayton Avenue and feel this is your church home, we want you to be included.  Update your information and submit your own recent photo or have your portrait taken any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance).

Thank you for all your expressions of love and care to us these past weeks.  Though I am far away this morning (on a mission trip in Costa Rica), my heart and my prayers are with you.  God bless you.

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August 12, 2018

“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.  God’s mercies to us are new every morning, but there is something special about worshipping together on Sundays that open the windows of heaven’s mercy even further.  May each of us experience a heart full of new mercies from our Gracious God today.

The Puritans had a great saying: Sunday is Market Day for the Soul. Market Day for a Puritan was a big deal; you worked all week raising crops or producing handcrafts and goods, then on Market Day, you (and the rest of the community) travelled into town to buy, sell, and trade products as well as connect socially with one another.  So, welcome to Market Day for the Soul today… I pray your “business” here is very profitable.

Our worship attendance increases this time of year. If seating is crowded in the sanctuary, you will find room in our Back Worship Service in the Youth RoomAWANA and CREW begin meeting here at church Wednesday evenings starting August 29th at 6:30, and we still need workers.  Please contact the pastors or church office if you can help.  The Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will be here to do a special program starting at 7:00 that same night.  Go to our church website for more information (www.daytonave.org).

Next week is the start of our Multiple Worship Hour Schedule on Sunday, August 19th.  LifeGroups will be meeting both hours (from 9:30-10:30 and from 11:00-12:00) and room assignments will change.  Brochures with all the info you need are available for you today.

Welcome to our new members who joined the last Sunday: Albert, Brenda, Jonathan, Libby, and Freddy Grunenwald.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them yet, seek them out today and do so.  May God bless you this week as you live for Him.

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August 5, 2018

The pride of man will be humbled
and the loftiness of men will be abased;
and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

~Isaiah 2:17~

Good morning and welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue; we are so glad you have come.  It’s difficult to believe that August has already arrived and school is just around the corner.  Our worship attendance begins to increase again this time of year, and if seating is crowded in the sanctuary, you will find room in our Back Worship Service in the Youth Room. There is a more relaxed atmosphere there that I think you will like (it’s also a great place to invite your friends who might be a little intimidated attending church).  I encourage you to try it out.

August is also the month when our regular ministries resume after the summer break.  AWANA and CREW will meet here at church Wednesday evenings beginning August 29th at 6:30.  As a special feature for those kickoffs, the Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will be here to do a special program starting at 7:00.  Help us invite our community to this event – go to our church website for more information (www.daytonave.org).

Be prepared for the start of our Multiple Worship Hour Schedule on Sunday, August 19th.  LifeGroups will be meeting both hours (from 9:30-10:30 and from 11:00-12:00) and room assignments will change.  More information will be available for you next week.

Welcome to our new members who joined the last Sunday: Micah and Maggie Cooper (and sons Owen and Ian), and Ron and Faith Horn.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them yet, seek them out today and do so.  Please be praying for the Lord’s clear leading for our church in the search for a Senior Associate / Executive Pastor.  We love you.  We thank the Lord for you.  We are here for you – please call on us, your pastors and deacons, anytime.

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July 29, 2018

Those who know Your name will put
their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not
forsaken those who seek You.

~Psalm 9:10~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God’s special presence is promised to us when we gather in His name, and especially so when we gather to remember the sacrifice of our Savior around the Lord’s Table, as we will do this morning (the elements are gluten-free).  We are so glad you are here.

Someone noted that pastors have a small window of time to give a message from God’s Word on a Sunday morning.  But then we go through the rest of the week during which that message is contradicted dozens of times by the “world’s” message.  With odds like, that, it’s a wonder that anything gets through to us.

But that is the power of God’s Word.  It is not an ordinary message – His Word does not return to Him void (Isa. 55:11).  It works on us all through the week as the Holy Spirit causes us to remember it.  Our prayer is that we – His sheep – hear God’s voice today and follow Him throughout the week ahead.

This Wednesday evening is our August OutPour.  It begins at 6:00pm with a carry-in supper, followed by a time of testimonies and instructions, then prayer before heading out to serve.  I rarely twist your arm for things like this, but I am asking you to please come and participate.  The Lord has laid this before us, and we need to respond as we are able.  For more details about what OutPour is, go to our church website (daytonave.org), click on the Media tab, then on Audio, and listen to the OutPour Kickoff recording dated 05/17/18.

We picked up some more Parking Spaces this week!  Enjoy!  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 here for you.

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July 22, 2018

“Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.”

~Matthew 6:10

Welcome to WORSHIP at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Worship is a word that we use often, but we probably need to think about it in much broader terms.  Let’s say you’ve discovered a restaurant that has delicious food, low prices, friendly service, and just the right ambience.  You’d tell them how great it is, write a glowing online review, and go back as often as possible to enjoy everything on the menu.  In a similar way, worship is not just singing God’s praises; it includes telling others about how great He is and going to Him as often as possible so that you can enjoy Him more and more.

Vacation Bible School this week was some great worship!  Many joyful volunteers served faithfully every night, sweet relationships were made, and children kept coming and brought their friends.  It was a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus and His salvation with children and to worship the Lord in doing it all.  It’s been a huge joy for me to see so many of you loving on those children!  Thank you!!

Welcome to all the new members who joined the last two Sundays: Scott & Paula, Evan, Emily, Ethan, and Elise Hunnemeyer, Abigail Hannay, and Timothy Stevenson!  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them yet, seek them out today and do so.  Last Sunday evening our church voted to begin the search for a Senior Associate / Executive Pastor.  Please be praying for the Lord’s clear leading for our church in that important decision.

Next Sunday 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.  May He bless you greatly this week as you live for Him.

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July 15, 2018

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

~ Romans 1:16 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  All around the world, believers are gathering on this day – the first day of the week – to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our prayer is that He is lifted up and that our hearts are encouraged as we praise Him and study His word today.

The decorations and signage around the church tell us that this is Vacation Bible School Week!  My special thanks to Char Gates, Pastor Robert, and all the fantastic workers who are helping to make this important ministry possible.  Pray for VBS this week… and bring a few kids out to VBS every evening (6:00-8:30) if you can.  This evening at 6:00 we will have a special business meeting to consider adding another pastoral position to our church staff.  Please come as we share information and praises.

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.

If you came through the main entrance this morning, you probably noticed the “Fresh Vegetables” table.  Many in our church family have gardens and like to share what they’ve grown.  Help yourself to what you see on that table in the weeks ahead, and if you are a gardener, feel free to share your surplus produce.  We are praying for you.  May the Lord shine His face upon you this week.

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