Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

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.

November 17, 2019

I look to You for help, O Sovereign LORD.
      You are my refuge… ~Psalm 141:8a~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Around the world, believers are gathering to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We desire to lift Him up and encourage one another as we worship Him and study His Word. 

As many of you have already heard, Pastor Caleb submitted his resignation last Sunday evening at the business meeting.  Sunday morning December 22nd will be Pastor Caleb and Julia’s last day with us.  We want to express our love and appreciation to them, so on Sunday evening December 15th, following the annual business meeting, there will be a dessert fellowship farewell for them.  We’ll share more information with you in the weeks ahead.  Please be praying for them through this transition.  Please also pray for the Lord to guide us as a church to carry on the ministry of worship that he so ably led these past three years.

Covenant Sunday will be November 24th.  It is a sweet opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to our church family and to fellowship around the Lord’s Table. That evening at 6:00 will be our Thanksgiving Pie Social.  In addition to thanking the Lord through music and enjoying wonderful pie together(!!), four of our church family will be sharing brief presentations about mission trips they took this past summer.

This evening will be the final Marriage TuneUp at 6:00.  This time, the men will meet in the Fellowship Hall (rooms 301-303) and the ladies will meet separately in the Youth Room.  Bring your questions and we will learn together how to have healthier marriage relationships.  Our regular evening service will take place in the sanctuary as usual.

We are here for you.  We love you and are praying for you.

November 10, 2019

My heart and my flesh may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever ~Psalm 73:26~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  You may have come today refreshed after a great week, or you may be hanging on by a thread, having had a difficult week.  God knows, and He has a word of hope for each of us.  Thank you for coming today. 

Today we will be honoring our veterans.  The freedoms that we enjoy (but which other believers around the world do not) come at a great cost.  As Christians we must be good stewards – may God help us to worship and serve Him faithfully.  Thank you, veterans, for your sacrifice and courage on our behalf.  God bless you.

This evening at 6:00 is our annual special business meeting when we preview next year’s ministry budget.  We’ll praise the Lord for all He has done during the past year and share opportunities that await us in the coming year.  There will be some other recommendations concerning new committee members and special expense approval.  We encourage you to come and be a part of this important process of our church family life. 

Each year at Thanksgiving we minister to our community by delivering food baskets.  We ask our church family to 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.  Fill out the insert and put it in the offering plate and/or help assemble and deliver the baskets.  Speaking of Christmas, we have some wonderful special programs coming in December, and you can be involved.

Covenant Sunday will be November 24th.  It is a sweet opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to one another and to fellowship around the Lord’s Table. We love you. God bless you.