Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

October 21, 2018

O Lord, You are our Father,
we are the clay, and You our Potter;
all of us are the work of Your hand.

~Isaiah 64:8~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue Baptist Church this morning.  Thank you for being here and being a partner in what God wants to do in our lives by encouraging one another.

It’s my special joy to welcome Rev. Bob Bolds as our guest speaker this morning.  We’ve been friends since 1992 when we were both deer-in-the-headlights seminary freshmen. Bob and his wife Robin and daughters Tori and Taylor moved to Dublin to serve as youth pastor with us at our first pastorate (both of us were bi-vocational), and they still serve there at Fellowship Baptist Church.  I’m sure we will be blessed and encouraged as Bob shares God’s Word with us.

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the Baptism Celebration which is planned for November 4thRusty and Sharon Bice along with their family Christopher, Lacey, Isaiah, Sierra, and Melody joined our church last Sunday – look for them and welcome them this morning if you haven’t done so already.

Three weeks ago we voted to proceed with the Master Site Plan concepts presented last month.  As work with the architect progresses we will keep you informed.  In the meantime, some of you have been considering making special year-end gifts toward this project.  Though we haven’t begun any grand promotion, you certainly are encouraged to give as the Lord enables you.  Simply mark your special gift “Building Fund” and we’ll accrue those funds to be applied to the project as it continues to take shape.

We love you and thank the Lord for the privilege of serving Him together with you.  We are praying for you every day.

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October 14, 2018

Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.

~Lamentations 3:41~

Welcome.  Thank you for coming to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Everything around here looks normal, which is amazing after last week’s transformation of our campus for the Community Harvest Festival.  I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers who gave your best in creativity, energy, and enthusiasm.  All week long I’ve been hearing stories from people about how God used you.  A special Thank-You to Char Gates, Morgan Straw, and our custodians Shirley, Kathy, Tom, and Cora.

It’s my special joy to welcome Dr. Gary Anderson to our pulpit today.  Dr. Anderson was Sarah’s home church pastor, officiated at our wedding, and along with his wife Barbara, has been an encourager and mentor to us over the years.  Dr. Anderson served as President of Baptist Mid Missions from 1989-2015 and continues to represent the mission as President Emeritus.

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the Baptism Celebration which is planned for November 4thDavid Elgersma joined our church last Sunday – look for him and welcome him this morning if you haven’t already.

I’ve noticed that the newer books on the shelves in my study have much catchier titles and more colorful covers than my old books.  With an avalanche of titles being published each year, authors want their book to stand out at the store, so the title and cover must capture our interest.  But quality goes much deeper than what’s on the outside because it’s what’s inside that matters.  That’s also true of each one of us.  God’s desire is to change us on the inside which will be evident on outside gradually, too.  We are here to help you in any way that we can.  Please don’t hesitate to call on us.  We are praying for you.

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October 7, 2018

Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice
in the hope of the glory of God.

~Romans 5:2~

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

This afternoon’s Festival (from 4:00 to 6:00 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 meet new people tonight as we reach out with the love of Jesus to them in many tangible ways.

Last Sunday evening we voted to proceed with the Master Site Plan concept and earmarked money to begin the detailed plans and proposals for the 1st Phase of that project!  Some of the concept drawings are posted just outside the church office door, and also on the “This Week with Pastor Jon” section of our church website.  I will share a little more about this from the platform this morning.

Thank you to all who gave to the special Ohio Missions Offering last month – over $3,500 was given!  Portrait opportunities for the new Church Family Pictorial Directory have ended, but you can still submit photos to be included (email your high resolution photo to info@daytonave.org).  If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the Baptism Celebration which is planned for November 4th.

Welcome to Elena Hein who joined our church last Sunday.  May God shine His face upon you this week as you live for Him.

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September 30, 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 today.  We will be focusing our attention this morning on God’s sufficiency in the songs we sing and the message from God’s Word.  We are glad you are here and have been praying for the Joy of the Lord to fill this place.

This evening at 6:00 will be a Business Meeting to vote on adopting the Master Site Plan from the Long Range Planning Committee and moving forward with that plan in future phases.  If you were not at the informational Town Hall meeting on 9/16, you can watch the video and view the drawings on our website (www.daytonave.org) – but please come tonight and participate if you can!

Today is the last day to make a special gift to the Ohio Missions Offering we’ve been receiving, as well as the last Sunday to have your portrait taken for our new Church Family Pictorial Directory (just outside our main entrance after both services).  Next Sunday, October 7th, is our Community Harvest Festival!  This is a huge outreach event for our community and we need your help inviting your neighbors to come and then coming yourself and being a part of the event.  I’ll be sharing more about this with you this morning from the platform.

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the next Baptism CelebrationOlivia Clark joined our church last Sunday.  I am so thankful for the many folks who have committed themselves in this same way to our church this past year.  God is at work here and it is a joy to serve Him with all of you.  We love you and are praying for you.

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September 23, 2018

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.

~1st Corinthians 2:9~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – we are 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.

Last Sunday evening at the Town Hall meeting, we presented a Master Site Plan from the Long Range Planning Committee.  If you were not there, you can watch the video on our website (www.daytonave.org) and view the drawings posted on the wall just outside our church office door.  There will be a Business Meeting September 30th at 6:00pm to vote on adopting the Plan and moving forward in phases.

Thank you for your generosity to our special Missions Offering supporting church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio.  You can still give to this special offering today and next week.  Sunday October 7th is our Community Harvest 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.

You can have your portrait taken for our new Church Family Pictorial Directory just outside our main entrance today and next Sunday.  We want you to be included if you consider Dayton Avenue to be your church home.  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 in the next Baptism Celebration.

Lucas and Jenn Zellers joined our church last Sunday.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them yet, look for them and do so today.  We love you and are praying for you.  May God bless you as you live for Him.  Don’t hesitate to call on us pastors this week.

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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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