Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

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. 

January 12, 2020

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. ~Revelation 1:3~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  We have been praying for God’s grace to cover us as we worship Him and learn more about Him from His Word. Thank you for joining us.

Our church ministries are starting back up in full swing.  Each of us needs opportunities to grow in our walk with the Lord AND to serve others.  The Ministry Fair today can help you learn about all the small group opportunities available for you.  Being part of a small group community as a server and/or a learner is a really important component of a growing walk of faith.  If you don’t have a LifeGroup, check out the Ministry Fair tables in the Foyer and Café this morning. 

Finding seats for worship can sometimes be a challenge, especially for the 11:00 am service.  The Back Worship Service in the Youth Room can be a great alternative for you.  We’ve just purchased new, more comfortable chairs, and the more relaxed atmosphere may be just the right option for inviting your friends.  Here’s another suggestion: make a post to your social media right now and invite your network to church with you via the livestream at our church website at 11:00am (and post the link – 

We want to officially welcome our transitional Worship Leader, Dr. Roger O’Neel (and his wife Nancy) back to Dayton Avenue.  They served on staff with us from 2012-2015 in a similar role alongside Bruce and Becky Traeger.  Roger serves as Director of the Worship program at Cedarville University. 

We are beginning a new sermon series this morning on the book of Revelation.  Last year we studied Genesis (where it all began) and it seems appropriate to now go to the end of the Bible and study where it all resolves!  May God bless you all this week!

January 5, 2020

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit….” ~Isaiah 57:15a~

Happy New Year! Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  If this is your first-time with us, please visit the Welcome Desk and get a guest gift bag.  We are so glad that we can begin the new year with you worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We have much to praise Him for today!

If seating is crowded in our worship service up front today, you will find room in our Back Worship Service in the Youth room.  There is a more intimate atmosphere in that service that I think you will like. Multiple Worship Services begin again next Sunday which means that LifeGroups will also meet at both 9:30 and 11:00.  Being part of a small group community is a really important part of our walk of faith.  If you don’t have a LifeGroup, why not make 2020 the year you search and join one?  We are here to help you any way we can.  Check out all the other important announcements inside this bulletin!

Many of you have told Sarah and me that you are praying regularly for us.  I cannot thank you enough for your prayers.  Take a moment this morning to silently thank God for His many blessings and ask Him to speak to all of us in a special way during our time together today. On behalf of the other pastors and staff, we want to thank you for the many gifts and expressions of your love to us this year and especially these past few weeks at Christmas time.  You are all a tremendous blessing to us. 

Beginning a new year can be motivating: a fresh start, hope-filled possibilities, the beginning of a new chapter.  My prayer is that God draws each of us closer to Himself in 2020, both as individuals and as a church family.  I love each of you and love being your pastor.  May God bless you greatly as you live for Him in this coming year!

December 29, 2019

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.  We have been praying that the joy of the Lord will fill this place today and be our strength.

Max Lucado has written that the word reliable is made up of liable which means responsible, and the prefix re– which means over and over again.  If Jesus Christ should return for us this coming year, we want Him to find us reliable in living for Him.  He has been so faithful to us.  Take a moment this morning to thank Him silently for the ways He has blessed you.  While you are praying, ask Him to speak to all of us in a special way during our time together today.

A special thank you to Chuck Deglow, our special speaker this morning.  Chuck and Linda have recently moved back to our community after years of ministry in Florida.  Chuck was our interim pastor back in 2000 and lived through the tornado with us.  You’ll have to ask them to tell you their stories!   

Today is the last Sunday we will be receiving the 2019 Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering. Thank you for giving to this special effort to support thousands of international missionaries serving the Lord faithfully, many in very difficult places.

Proof copies of a new pictorial directory are on the welcome desk.  Please stop by and verify your information.  You may have to correct data or update your picture or even get added.  We hope to have it ready for distribution soon. To know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can
possess… and share.  God bless you as you continue to live for Him day by day

Happy New Year! Pastor Jon

December 22, 2019

For today in the city of David there
has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.” ~Luke 2:11~

Welcome to Christmas Worship today.  The angels declared the wonder of Jesus’ birth, and we have the privilege today of celebrating together His coming to bring salvation.

Thank you for your generosity to our church ministries this year and to our special Lottie Moon Christmas Missions Offering this month. When I pray for our church, I ask God to strengthen our faith and enlarge our borders of ministry.  You need to know how blessed I am as your pastor for the way you serve the Lord in love and unity.  God has been so faithful to all of us!

The Hands Creating Comfort ministry has been busy again this year making blankets, hats, scarves, mittens and other items – 635 items in total – and donating them to elementary schools, nursing homes, and pregnancy resource centers here in Xenia and Springfield.  Thank you, crafters, for these sweet acts of kindness in Jesus’ name.

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. 

We say farewell to Pastor Caleb and Julia today.  Thank
you for the ways you have allowed the Lord to work
through your lives to minister to us!

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.  

Merry Christmas. Pastor Jon

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 (, 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.