Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

August 11, 2019

“As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” ~2nd Samuel 22:31~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  I am so glad you are here to worship our Lord.  We never know from week to week who will be here on Sunday – things do come up unexpectedly sometimes – but I have been praying that God would especially bless everyone He has brought together here this morning. 

A special welcome to our college students who have begun to arrive back for the fall semester.  We have missed you!  We hope you all have a wonderful year.  If you have come to Dayton Ave for the first time today, we are glad you are here!  Make sure you stop by our Welcome Desk and get a loaf of bread (our welcome gift). 

As our students and regular church family come back from summer vacations and mission trips, we’ll be experiencing seating challenges again, especially in our 11:00am worship services.  We are asking for volunteers to adopt the 11:00am Livestream Service (in the youth room) in order to make more seats available in the sanctuary service.  We’ve upgraded the sound system and enhanced the seating & lighting for you there!  Check it out.

We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation and want to publically proclaim your faith in baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  Awana begins again in just 2 ½ weeks and we need more faithful adult workers to help our children grow strong in their faith.  If you are willing to serve the Lord in this way, speak with Pastor Robert. 

Joanna and Sparrow Ehlers and Seth Licklider joined our church last Sunday.  Give them a welcome today if you haven’t done so already.  We are praying for you and thank the Lord for allowing us to serve Him together with you.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week.

August 4, 2019

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  Sunday mornings are a busy time for the devil as he attempts to prevent us from worshiping and hearing from God’s Word.  But despite sleeping through the alarm, despite your allergies, despite the stresses of getting everyone dressed and ready, despite the mechanical problems with your vehicle, you’ve made it to church today!  Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!

The Costa Rica Mission team wraps up their ministry today and will head home.  Thank you for praying for them and helping support this project financially.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation and want to publically proclaim your faith in baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  This evening is our August OutPour fellowship – come back at 6pm and be a part of helping minister to our community (we’ll be serving pizza).

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. 

Jesus was a people-builder: He looked beyond the surface and reached into the hearts of people.  We can do the same with a simple act of love and encouragement to someone the Lord puts in your path.  We love you (and we like you, too!).  May the Lord bless you this week as you faithfully live for Him.

July 28, 2019

“Praise and thanksgiving do not magically change my circumstances.  They radically alter my viewpoint.  Praise and thanksgiving bring me back into the presence of God, where there is fullness of joy and pleasures evermore.” ~Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  The old Westminster Catechism states that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”  Let’s enjoy worshiping Him today!

At the end of the 11:00am worship service we will be praying over and commissioning the eight ladies heading to Costa Rica on mission this week.  Please pick up their prayer cards (if you haven’t already) and make a special effort to lift them up every day.  There’s still time for you to sponsor one of the Costa Rican pastor’s wives’ expenses: that information and other ways you can be a partner in this ministry is at their table in the foyer.

Several ladies in our church provide interpretation services for us each week.  Do you know someone who would be blessed by this ministry?  We’d love to see the Lord use it more.  Here’s another idea: stop right now and think of someone who is at home, unable to attend church today, then call/text them to join us this morning via our Livestream ministry at 11:00am.  They’ll need to go to our website, www.daytonave.org, and follow the directions there.

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. 

It is a privilege to serve the Lord together and see all that He is doing in us and through us.  It’s also humbling to realize just how blessed we are.  Be encouraged that as we continue to seek Him and His strength, He will continue to use us for His glory.  We love you.

July 14, 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 the worship service this morning.  Our prayer is that each of us is drawn closer to Jesus today.  My special thanks to Bryan Dobkins who is our special speaker this morning.  If you are a first-time guest, please visit the Welcome Center – we have a gift bag for you.  Please fill out a guest card and give it to me afterward.  We promise not to put you on a mailing list (but I will send you a letter thanking you for your visit).

Eight of our ladies are heading to Costa Rica in two weeks to minister to 24 Costa Rican pastors’ wives at a weekend retreat for them.  The ladies have set up a table in the foyer and we’ll be sharing more information at the beginning of the worship service about how each one of us can play a role as partners in this ministry.  I encourage you stop by the table and learn more today.

Are you new to Dayton Avenue and interested in what we believe, how we are organized, and the various 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 or hand it to one of the pastors. 

Welcome to Tim & Tammy, Elijah, Hannah and Samuel Abel who we welcomed back to our church family after having pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Washington Court House these past six years.  Also welcome to Jonathan & Angela, Micah, Shelby, Grace, Olivia, Noah, and William Carl who also joined our church family.  If you didn’t get a chance to personally welcome them last week, look for them and welcome them today.  I am so thankful for each of you. We are praying for you; may the Lord bless you this week.

July 7, 2019

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. ~Luke 6:38a~

Welcome to worship this morning. The world around us may be in spiritual darkness and 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 here this morning.

Come back this evening for our July OutPour – the free meal (tacos) begins at 6:00pm.  We are continuing to distribute the Saturate Xenia Jesus film dvd packets in our community and we need your help!  This is a great way we can all share Jesus.

Just a few more weeks until the Costa Rica mission trip pastors’ wives retreat is here. We are covering all expenses for these 24 Costa Rican ladies and need to raise those funds.  Would you help by praying and giving to this special missions need?

On the ends of the platform are our church ministry notebooks.  Our sermon note handouts fit in them, making it easy for you to organize your Bible study materials.  You can also use them as a prayer journal, or to include other important information you want to keep handy.  They are free, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.

If you are interested in learning more about Dayton Avenue, you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church on Sunday, July 21st.  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.  We are here for you – please call on us this week.

June 30, 2019

No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God has prepared
for those who love Him. ~1st Corinthians 2:9~

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, studying His Word, and sharing at Communion.  We have planned today’s service to also include children as a way of teaching them more about why we celebrate the Lord’s Table.

Last weekend many of our teens were away at a retreat that completed a week of local missions.  They served at One Bistro, distributed over 1,000 of the Saturate Xenia Jesus film dvd packets, and did door-to-door surveys in our surrounding neighborhoods!  We have wonderful students and student ministry leaders.  Thank you for setting a great example for all of us.  The next OutPour evening will be Sunday July 7th – plan now to be here and help us distribute more of the Saturate Xenia dvds here in our community.  The free meal (tacos) begins at 6:00pm.

Earlier this month I spoke to you about the Costa Rica mission trip taking place at the very beginning of August.  We are sending a team of 8 ladies to put on a weekend retreat for 24 Costa Rican pastors’ wives.  Costa Rican pastor’s wives carry a heavy load because their husbands must work a regular full-time job while pastoring – leaving a lot of work and ministry on their shoulders.  These precious ladies need to be encourged.  By serving them, we are serving 24 churches!  Would you help by praying and giving to this special missions need?

Thank you for your faithful attendance, commitment, and support of our church ministry.  That includes your faithful attendance and giving during the summer months.  God is so good!  We love you.

June 23, 2019

Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you. ~Isaiah 46:4~

Good morning and welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  No matter what circumstances you have experienced this week, the Lord has gathered us together to worship Him and to become more like Him. Today is our Senior Adult Sunday as we express our appreciation for our seniors and the vital role they play in our church and its ministries. The verse above reminds us that every one of us is totally dependent upon God for all our days and I believe that those who finish well are worthy of honor.  We will also recognize one in particular – the Senior Adult of the Year – for faithful and exceptional service to our church.

I am also happy to welcome Rev. Gerry Kimble to the pulpit for this morning’s message.  Gerry and Cathy have only recently come to our church, but it already feels like they have been a part of our church family for a long time! I am confident the Lord will speak through him to all of us this morning.

There will be no evening service here at church tonight – we have encouraged our LifeGroups to use the evening as an opportunity to fellowship and do ministry together.  Some are doing Saturate Xenia dvd distribution, some are holding events that are designed to reach out to new friends who are not part of a church or small group yet.  If you have not connected with a LifeGroup here at Dayton Avenue yet, may I lovingly encourage you to make that a goal this summer?  You will discover that being part of a LifeGroup will deepen your spiritual growth, personal joy, and ministry effectiveness.  Stop by the Welcome desk so we can help you get started.

Next Sunday morning we will be observing The Lord’s Table – communion – together with our children present.  God bless you!

June 16, 2019

“The whole purpose of education is
to turn mirrors into windows.” ~Sydney Harris~

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue.  Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers and Grandfathers.  We thank the Lord for you.  We have a special gift for all men today, and I’m not talking about some bag of chocolate truffles, I’m talking beef jerky!!  Many of you have plans with family and friends today which is why we do not have an evening service tonight.  Relax and enjoy your time together honoring our fathers.

When was the last time you had one of those moments when it was like someone turned on the lights for you and you could truly understand something for the first time?  That is what is referred to in the quote above. That is also our prayer this morning; that as we worship and study God’s Word together today, we see beyond ourselves, beyond the musicians and preacher, and are able to look through the windows of heaven to see God clearly.

Last Sunday I shared information about the upcoming Costa Rica mission project.  If the Lord is leading you to give a special gift toward this project, please just indicate “CR mission” on your gift so that our counters can direct it properly.  I also gave an update on the Saturate Xenia home-to-home distribution of the Jesus film dvd.  You can pick up a map and a supply of door-hanger bags & dvds from any of our pastors to help us canvas our community.

Jesus has ascended back to heaven, is making a place there for us, and will come again so we can be with Him.  But He has left us here to do His work.  Let’s serve Him with all our hearts.  We love you and love serving with you.  May the Lord pour out His grace on us and help us live joyfully for Him this coming week.

June 9, 2019

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. ~Mark 10:45~

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.

Thank you to all of you who participated in last Sunday’s Saturate Xenia OutPour event, and thank you to all who have already begun to distribute the Jesus film dvd to every home in our commuity.  This effort is a great way that each of us can be obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission to tell others about Him, and we need your help.  Talk to one of the pastors today to see how you can be involved, too.

One of the many ministries that will happen this summer is the Costa Rica mission project.  Our church has formed a partnership with Costa Rican missionaries and churches that we anticipate will encompass many mission projects in the future.  This year’s mission will focus on serving 24 Costa Rican pastors’ wives by sponsoring an all-expense paid weekend retreat for them, where we can encourage them, pray with them, pamper them, and love on them.  I will be sharing more about this project from the platform this morning, but would you consider making a special gift toward this very important missions opportunity?  Thank you for prayerfully considering this.

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.

We love you and are here for you.  May the Lord bless you this week.

June 2, 2019

The LORD takes pleasure in His people…. ~Psalm 149:4a~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  The verse above is so encouraging – as we, His people – gather to worship Him, the Creator of the universe takes pleasure in what we are doing here!  And not in some global sense, but He takes pleasure in *us* here in this room today, whether or not our hearts are in exactly the right place as we begin to worship.  He is such an amazing, loving, forgiving Father.

I will be sharing more from the platform this morning about this evening’s OutPour event.  Please come back at 6:00 for a meal (we’ll be serving hotdogs and hamburgers), some training, and explanations of the “Saturate Xenia” project we will be doing this summer (giving copies of the Jesus film dvd door to door).  This effort is a great way that each of us can be obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission to tell others about Him starting right here in our own community.  We need your help – there are 17,500 in our zip code that we hope to reach sometime this summer! 

During June, July, and August there are two unique summer Bible studies you can participate in.  The Spiritual Gifts study began this past Wednesday evening at 7pm, but there is still room for you to join.  A new LifeGroup for post-high-school women on the life of Abigail begins this morning at 11:00.  Speaking of LifeGroups, summer is a great time to join a LifeGroup if you don’t already belong to one.  Stop at the Welcome Desk and we’ll help you find which ones to check out.

We pray for you and thank the Lord for you.  It is a privilege to serve Him together.  May the Lord shine His face on you today.