Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

October 15, 2017

“The problem with Christianity is not that it has

been tried and found wanting but that it has

been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G. K. Chesterton ~

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 in spiritual darkness, and the majority of the world’s people may be under the power of the adversary, but every 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 Jesus, our great Savior!  Must drive him crazy!  May that be especially true in our church family this morning.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.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.

Next Sunday is our Sexual Integrity emphasis with special guests Troy and Melissa Haas.   Details about the morning (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  The Thanksgiving food baskets nomination form is included with the bulletin again this week.  If you know someone that would be encouraged by a food basket, please fill out and turn in the card.  You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.


Jordan Farley
joined last Sunday as a Watchcare member – make sure you meet and welcome him.  Are you willing to “adopt” some college students and commit to pray regularly for them, encourage them at church and via email/text/FB, and invite them into your home to hang out and have a home-cooked meal?  We aren’t sure how many new Adopters we’ll need, but if you are interested in this ministry, please call into the office this week.
Next Sunday is our Sexual Integrity emphasis with special guests Troy and Melissa Haas.   Details about the morning (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  The Thanksgiving food baskets nomination form is included with the bulletin again this week.  If you know someone that would be encouraged by a food basket, please fill out and turn in the card.  You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.

May you know the smile of God’s blessing on your life today and in the week to come.  We love you.

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October 8, 2017

Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;
for I delight in these things,” declares the L
ORD.

~ Jeremiah 9:24 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.   We are so glad to worship with you.  Our desire today is that you will be strengthened in your faith, drawn closer to God, and be an encouragement to others.
Everything around here looks normal, which is amazing after the transformation of our campus for last Sunday’s Fall Festival. Things looked normal on Monday morning(!), which is a tribute to the love, creativity, and enthusiasm you all showed serving.  A special Thank-You to Char Gates, Morgan Straw, and their team of leaders.  Of the hundreds of people that registered, fifty-two indicated that they want to learn more about our church!  Please continue to pray with us as we follow-up on the seeds that were planted Sunday.

We’ve invited special guests Troy and Melissa Haas for a Sexual Integrity Sunday on October 22nd.   Details about that special Sunday (and the Leadership Seminar on Saturday) are on the bulletin insert inside.  Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas we minister to our community by delivering food baskets.  We ask that you – our church family – 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.  You can nominate someone you know by filling out the insert and putting it in the offering plate. You can also help assemble and deliver the baskets or by making a special gift to our benevolence fund.

During September we received special offerings for Disaster Relief in Texas and Florida and also for our State Missions Offering helping to plant churches in Ohio.  Thank you for your generosity: we gave $3,470 and $2,725 respectively for these efforts.  God is at work in our church!  That is a wonderful blessing, and a great responsibility, so let’s keep praying for God’s will and protection.  We love you.

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October 1, 2017

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

~ Psalm 9:10 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Things may seem a bit hectic this morning with all of the preparations for the Community Fall Festival later today, but we are praying that our time in worship will restore our souls.

This afternoon’s Festival (from 4:30 to 6:30 pm) is designed for you, our church family, as well as for our neighbors, so please come and enjoy the music, games, horse rides, hayrides, magic show, food, face-painting, and much more!  And it is all free!!  Invite and bring your friends and neighbors, help with the event as much as you can, and come and meet new people tonight as we reach out with the love of Jesus to them in many tangible ways.

Welcome to new members Drew and Chelsea Perkins and Hannah Petelin who joined last Sunday.  Please meet and welcome them today if you haven’t already.  As new college students join under our watchcare member program, this is a good time to explain our Adopt-a-College-Student ministry.  The level of involvement varies, but at the minimum it includes regularly praying for your student(s) and encouraging them at church and via email/text/FB.  Many adopters use their homes as a place for students to have a home-cooked meal, hang out, or even have parents stay when in town visiting their student.  We aren’t exactly sure how many new Adopters we’ll need, but if you are interested in this ministry, please call into the office this week.  And thank you to the many folks who are already ministering to our college students.

Sarah and I have moved into our new home (mostly!) and we want to thank all of you for praying for us during this transition (new address is 2652 Ridge Rd., Xenia). We love you and are here for you.

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September 24, 2017

“Sunday is Market Day for the soul.”

~Puritan Saying~

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.

 
Market Day for a Puritan was a big deal.  You worked at home 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.

 
Thank you for your generosity to both our special Missions Offering supporting church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio *and* your gifts to help with disaster relief.  You can still give to these special offerings this week.  Next Sunday, October 1st 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.  Please keep this in your prayers.

We’ve received several new church members these past few weeks: Peg Rickard, Sarah Harris, and Robert, Jennifer, and Molly Grice.  Make sure you see them and give them a warm welcome (if you haven’t done so already).  Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Esther Walker – Pastor Robert and Abigail’s first baby.  God bless you this week as you live for Him.

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September 17, 2017

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

~ Colossians 1:13-14 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  By the time you get a chance to read this, you have probably made your way to your seat, chatted with people along the way, and are catching your breath as the service begins.  Take a moment to briefly and 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.

I enjoy reading old books – the kind that smell musty and crumble when you open them.  Often the language is somewhat inaccessible making the reading slow… but that is part of the charm.  The author speaks from a perspective rooted in a lifestyle and era long forgotten, so their thoughts may seem quaint or even naïve.  But the joy of reading old books is to uncover truth in a simple turn of phrase that, though un-modern, is elegantly timeless and profound.

The Word of God is elegant, profound… inspired!  His truth is so deep in meaning that it speaks to us with ever-increasing, universal force year upon year.  Our worship centers around God’s Word, and this morning we are beginning a new series from the book of Colossians.

We are receiving a special Missions Offering this month which supports church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio.  You can use the envelopes in the bulletin or simply mark your special gift “Ohio Missions.”  Sunday October 1st 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.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  We are working on ways to better accommodate everyone.  Even still, it is wonderful to praise God together in a setting that is alive with His life and joy.  God bless you.

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September 10, 2017

 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart
trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.

~ Psalm 28:7 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Though God is not limited by time or space, He inhabits the worship of His people gathered together in His name.  We will experience His smile upon us in this place today – through praising Him, meditating on His Word, and sharing at His Table in Communion this morning (the elements are gluten-free).

Only three more weeks left in this month’s emphasis on the Ohio Mission Offering.  Along with our sister churches in Ohio we are helping to plant new churches and strengthen existing ones here at home.  Thank you for praying and sharing in this special offering.  College Students: if you would like to become really connected to Dayton Avenue, please fill out the RSVP insert and hand it to me or put it in the offering to attend next week’s College Membership Info Luncheon starting @12:30pm.  Also, check out the insert with information about 242 – our new College Ministry starting Sunday evening, September 17th.

In less than one month on Sunday afternoon October 1st, we’ll be hosting 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.  Thank you to all of you helping with the Xenia High School Football dinner this Thursday, and also for helping bring articles for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.

If you have had difficulty finding seats together at the 11am worship service, try coming to the 9:30 service.  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  We are working on plans to accommodate everyone.  May God bless you richly this week as you live for Him.

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September 3, 2017

If Jesus answered all of your prayers from
the last thirty days, would anything change
in THE world or just YOUR world?

~John W. Bryson ~

Welcome home to Dayton Avenue this morning!  It is really wonderful to worship the Lord together with family. A special welcome to our new missionary-in-residence  in our mission home, Debbie Hawkins.

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.  In addition, we are collecting funds for relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey (coordinated by the North American Mission Board’s SEND Relief ministry and our Ohio Disaster Recovery teams.  Would you pray about giving a special gift to both of these offerings?

 
Also included in the bulletin this week is an RSVP card for the College Membership Info Luncheon on September 17th.  If you are a college student and would like to become really connected to Dayton Avenue, please plan on coming so we can explain what Watchcare Membership for college students is about.

Awana and Crew (our mid-week children and student ministries) kick off for the fall this Wednesday evening.  We still need workers for these important ministries – especially AWANA.  If you can help in any way, please speak with Pastor Adam and Pastor Robert today.

 
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  If you have had difficulty finding seats together at the 11am worship service, try coming to the 9:30 service.  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.  We are working on plans to accommodate everyone – but for the present, the overflow seating in the café area is the best we can do.  Thank you to those who are volunteering to sit there today. We love you and thank the Lord for each of you.

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August 27, 2017

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 worship this morning at Dayton Avenue, and a special welcome back to our college students.   Double Worship Services begin 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 two worship services, seating and parking are always more challenging for the 11:00 service.  If you are able and can volunteer to park in the back lot spaces, it will help our seniors be able to find spaces closer to the doors each week.  Those who attend the 9:30 service get a preferential seating upgrade – no charge (unlike the airlines ).  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.

Awana and Crew (our mid-week children and student ministries) are gearing up for their Fall Kickoff on September 6th.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have committed to ministering to our next generation.  Thank you for the faithful praying you have done for these ministries – please keep it up.


College Students
: If you are looking for a church home where you can be more than just a visitor, we have created a short informational video for you.  Scan the QR code to the right and it will take you to the video (probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do that right now during church!!).

We love you and are here for you.  Please don’t hesitate to call on us.  May God shine His face upon you this week.

 

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August 20, 2017

I will sing to the LORD, because
He has dealt bountifully with me.

~Psalm 13:6 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – we are so glad you have come to worship today.  In Romans 4:20, Abraham is described as “growing strong in faith and giving glory to God.”  What a great statement: I hope that is true in all our lives today, too.

 
It’s a great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Kennedy Mayes and Ramsey Jones this morning.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience as a follower of Jesus, I’d love to talk with you about it.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do!  Andrew and Alicia Gragan joined our church last Sunday.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them (and their little ones Caleb, Jackson, and Savannah) last week, do so today.

We are so glad that our college students are coming back!  You may feel squeezed in this morning, but next Sunday we go back to our normal Double Worship Service schedule.  LifeGroups will also meet during both hours (9:30 and 11:00).  If you aren’t part of a LifeGroup, I encourage you to pick up the new brochure and visit a few.  Talk with any of us Pastors and we’ll help you – we want to help you make the most of your Sunday mornings this coming year.  Also, if you are able-bodied and can volunteer to park in the back lot spaces, it will help our seniors be able to find spaces closer to the doors next week when our attendance and parking return to normal.  Thank you.

 
As we gather together corporately today, let’s do as the verse above declares: sing to the LORD in gratefulness for all His bountiful grace.  We have so much to praise Him for.  I want to say thank you to all our volunteer workers this morning.  God has blessed us greatly through all that you are and all that you do.  It is an honor to serve the Lord together with you.  We love you.

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August 6, 2017

This will be written for the generation to come,
that a people yet to be created
may praise the LORD.

~ Psalm 102:18 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.
Someone has said that Christianity is always just one generation from dying out.  We dare not fail to point the next generation to Jesus and disciple them.  The verse above speaks the same sentiment; yet there are times when we don’t always feel up to the task.  Coming each week to worship together, to encourage one another, and to be strengthened by God’s Word is exactly what we need.  May the Lord strengthen each of us in our faith today.

The sanctuary and foyer carpet will be replaced this week.  We need three small teams of volunteers after this morning’s worship service to help move out all of the chairs and furniture.  The three team captains will meet you at the front of the sanctuary and give you instructions.  Also, if some of you can volunteer Friday morning, we’ll be moving everything back!  Thank you in advance.
If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and are interested in learning more about becoming a member, turn in the RSVP bulletin insert for the New Member Information Luncheon which will take place after the morning worship service on August 20th.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  Speak with me if you’d like to be included.  We love each of you and thank the Lord for you as we regularly pray for you.  And if you are a planner and like to know what’s happening in 3 weeks(!!), we’ll be going back to our normal Double Worship Service schedule on August 27th.J

This year’s Fresh Vegetables table is set up in our main entrance.  Our church family gardeners like to share what they’ve grown.  Help yourself to what you see on that table in the weeks ahead.  We love you and thank the Lord for each of you.

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