Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

November 25, 2018

“Our constant sacrifice to God
should be the praise of lips
that give thanks to His name.

~Hebrews 13:5 (Phillips)~

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.  That is what we are most thankful for today.

When the paint ages on old paintings, it sometimes becomes translucent, allowing us to see what happened underneath the paint: pencil sketchings, mistakes, and elements of the image that have been overpainted in the final product.  Interestingly, the term that describes this is pentimento which is Italian for repentance!  As we live our lives, what are the pencil sketches that come through clearly on our canvas?  What are the mistakes that have been overpainted with Grace?  Each of us here today is a work of art that our Creator is crafting… and He’s still working on us.  What touches will He add to our canvas today?

Christmas is coming and there are many special events coming next month to help us celebrate Jesus’ birth and share the good news of His coming to save us with our family, friends, and neighbors.  The insert this week will help you keep track of them all.

Caleb and Hayley Hasty joined our church last Sunday – be sure to welcome them in the weeks ahead if you haven’t already.   A while ago a pastor encouraged me to keep serving.  He said, “Jesus is almost here!”  Those words excited me because I believe it is true.  We may not have much time left, so my prayer for each one of us is that God will enable us to take the next step forward in our Christian walk, whatever that may be.  Don’t hesitate to call on us.

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November 18, 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 fellow-worshipers!  When we place our faith in Jesus and entrust our lives to Him, we have inexpressible, inner joy.  But we try to express it anyway through worshiping together!  I hope each of us is infected with that joy today.

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 format is a little different – we’ve included some instructions on the bulletin insert.  [Please note: the elements are gluten-free.]

Did you notice the changes to our pastoral team in the text box below?  Last Sunday evening at our special business meeting, we voted to call Bruce Traeger to serve as part-time Senior Associate Pastor and also to transition Pastor John Chavies into the new role of part-time Executive Pastor.  This is a wonderful answer to prayer as we anticipate a number of new and exciting opportunities for ministry happening in 2019.  In addition, we voted to call John Bright as part-time Middle School Pastor, beginning January 2019.  Please pray for us as we adjust to our new working relationships.

Come back this evening at 6:00 and enjoy a Thanksgiving Pie Social (bring some yummy pie to share)!  There will be no services this Wednesday evening – enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

God is at work here in our church, and it is humbling to see how He does that through us.  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.  We are praying for God’s highest blessings on each of you as you live for Him this holiday season.

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November 11, 2018

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 celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We, too, desire to lift Him up and encourage one another as we worship Him and study His Word today.

Last Sunday we highlighted the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  Today is Veteran’s Day and it is appropriate that they happen close together: the freedoms that we enjoy (but which other believers around the world do not) come at a great cost.  We must be good stewards of our freedom – 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 is our annual special business meeting.  Please come and hear all that God is doing in our church.  We’ll preview and discuss next year’s ministry budget and vote on recommendations from the Nominating and Personnel Committees concerning new committee members and staffing changes.  Today is the last chance to nominate someone you know for a Thanksgiving food basket.  You can also help put the baskets together and deliver them this Saturday morning.

Next week is Covenant Sunday, an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to one another and to fellowship around the Lord’s Table.  Also, next Sunday morning you’ll have a chance to take a tour of our church’s Mission home (more information inside).

Some of you noticed a Xenia police officer walking through our church last Sunday morning.  Nothing dangerous was happening… just the opposite.  Our police department wants to make their presence known more visibly in light of recent church shootings.  I thought you’d like to know that for the next time you see this happening!  May the Lord shine His face upon you this week as you live for Him.

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November 4, 2018

“Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.”

~Matthew 6:10~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Sarah and I missed being with you last week while on vacation.  It’s great to be back.  It’s a great privilege to celebrate several baptisms at the end of the 11:00am Worship Service.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do.

Today we are highlighting the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  More Christians are persecuted and martyred on our watch than at any other time in history since the Church began.  We owe a debt of solidarity to our persecuted brothers and sisters, and I ask you to join me this week in a concerted wave of prayer.  In our café area hangs a poster with suggestions about how to pray for this need.  For even more info, visit idop.org or icommittopray.com.

This Wednesday evening is our OutPour dinner starting at 6pm.  The food will be provided and prepared so that it will be super convenient for you to come straight from school or work.  Next Sunday evening is our annual special business meeting.  We’ll preview and discuss next year’s ministry budget and vote on recommendations from the Nominating and Personnel Committees concerning new committee members and staffing changes.  Come and be a part of both of these important events in the life and ministry of our church.

Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas we serve our community by delivering food baskets.  Use the bulletin insert to nominate people you know would be encouraged by a food basket.  You can also help put the baskets together and deliver them on Saturday the 17th.

On behalf of all of us pastors and wives, thank you for the many sweet expressions of love you gave us during Pastors Appreciation Month.  We love you and love serving the Lord together with you.  God has blessed us with a wonderful Dayton Avenue church family!

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October 28, 2018

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 – we are so thankful that you are here.  You may have come back today refreshed after a great fall break, 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.  My special thanks to Dr. Dan DeWitt who will be preaching this morning while Sarah and I are finishing up a little vacation.

Sunday evening November 11th 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 the opportunities awaiting us in the coming year.  The Nominating and Personnel Committees will also present recommendations concerning new committee members and staffing changes.  We encourage you to come and be a part of this important process of our church ministry.

Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas we serve our community by delivering food baskets.  We ask our church family to nominate people you know who 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.  Speak with Pastor Caleb about participating in the adult choir and Pastor Robert or Sarah Young about how to be involved in the Children’s Christmas program.  More information will also be included inside the bulletin.

Next Sunday we’ll celebrate several baptisms – if you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know today so that you can be included.  DST ends next Sunday – enjoy the extra hour of rest.  May God bless you.

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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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