Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

September 24, 2017

“Sunday is Market Day for the soul.”

~Puritan Saying~

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  God’s mercies to us are new every morning, but there is something special about worshipping together on Sundays that open the windows of heaven’s mercy even further.  May each of us experience a heart full of new mercies from our Gracious God today.

 
Market Day for a Puritan was a big deal.  You worked at home all week raising crops or producing handcrafts and goods, then on Market Day, you (and the rest of the community) travelled into town to buy, sell, and trade products as well as connect socially with one another.  So, welcome to Market Day for the Soul today… I pray your “business” here is very profitable.

 
Thank you for your generosity to both our special Missions Offering supporting church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio *and* your gifts to help with disaster relief.  You can still give to these special offerings this week.  Next Sunday, October 1st 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.  Please keep this in your prayers.

We’ve received several new church members these past few weeks: Peg Rickard, Sarah Harris, and Robert, Jennifer, and Molly Grice.  Make sure you see them and give them a warm welcome (if you haven’t done so already).  Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Esther Walker – Pastor Robert and Abigail’s first baby.  God bless you this week as you live for Him.

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September 17, 2017

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

~ Colossians 1:13-14 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  By the time you get a chance to read this, you have probably made your way to your seat, chatted with people along the way, and are catching your breath as the service begins.  Take a moment to briefly and 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.

I enjoy reading old books – the kind that smell musty and crumble when you open them.  Often the language is somewhat inaccessible making the reading slow… but that is part of the charm.  The author speaks from a perspective rooted in a lifestyle and era long forgotten, so their thoughts may seem quaint or even naïve.  But the joy of reading old books is to uncover truth in a simple turn of phrase that, though un-modern, is elegantly timeless and profound.

The Word of God is elegant, profound… inspired!  His truth is so deep in meaning that it speaks to us with ever-increasing, universal force year upon year.  Our worship centers around God’s Word, and this morning we are beginning a new series from the book of Colossians.

We are receiving a special Missions Offering this month which supports church planting and camp ministries here in Ohio.  You can use the envelopes in the bulletin or simply mark your special gift “Ohio Missions.”  Sunday October 1st 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.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  We are working on ways to better accommodate everyone.  Even still, it is wonderful to praise God together in a setting that is alive with His life and joy.  God bless you.

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September 10, 2017

 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart
trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.

~ Psalm 28:7 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Though God is not limited by time or space, He inhabits the worship of His people gathered together in His name.  We will experience His smile upon us in this place today – through praising Him, meditating on His Word, and sharing at His Table in Communion this morning (the elements are gluten-free).

Only three more weeks left in this month’s emphasis on the Ohio Mission Offering.  Along with our sister churches in Ohio we are helping to plant new churches and strengthen existing ones here at home.  Thank you for praying and sharing in this special offering.  College Students: if you would like to become really connected to Dayton Avenue, please fill out the RSVP insert and hand it to me or put it in the offering to attend next week’s College Membership Info Luncheon starting @12:30pm.  Also, check out the insert with information about 242 – our new College Ministry starting Sunday evening, September 17th.

In less than one month on Sunday afternoon October 1st, we’ll be hosting 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.  Thank you to all of you helping with the Xenia High School Football dinner this Thursday, and also for helping bring articles for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.

If you have had difficulty finding seats together at the 11am worship service, try coming to the 9:30 service.  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  We are working on plans to accommodate everyone.  May God bless you richly this week as you live for Him.

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September 3, 2017

If Jesus answered all of your prayers from
the last thirty days, would anything change
in THE world or just YOUR world?

~John W. Bryson ~

Welcome home to Dayton Avenue this morning!  It is really wonderful to worship the Lord together with family. A special welcome to our new missionary-in-residence  in our mission home, Debbie Hawkins.

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.  In addition, we are collecting funds for relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey (coordinated by the North American Mission Board’s SEND Relief ministry and our Ohio Disaster Recovery teams.  Would you pray about giving a special gift to both of these offerings?

 
Also included in the bulletin this week is an RSVP card for the College Membership Info Luncheon on September 17th.  If you are a college student and would like to become really connected to Dayton Avenue, please plan on coming so we can explain what Watchcare Membership for college students is about.

Awana and Crew (our mid-week children and student ministries) kick off for the fall this Wednesday evening.  We still need workers for these important ministries – especially AWANA.  If you can help in any way, please speak with Pastor Adam and Pastor Robert today.

 
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust to full house conditions here each Sunday.  If you have had difficulty finding seats together at the 11am worship service, try coming to the 9:30 service.  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.  We are working on plans to accommodate everyone – but for the present, the overflow seating in the café area is the best we can do.  Thank you to those who are volunteering to sit there today. We love you and thank the Lord for each of you.

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August 27, 2017

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God….

~1st John 3:1a~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue, and a special welcome back to our college students.   Double Worship Services begin today which means that we have to learn some new routines for worship and LifeGroups.  The Welcome Desk just outside the sanctuary is the place to start for all of our guests, and our pastors, greeters, and ushers are also ready to help you.

 

Even though we have two worship services, seating and parking are always more challenging for the 11:00 service.  If you are able and can volunteer to park in the back lot spaces, it will help our seniors be able to find spaces closer to the doors each week.  Those who attend the 9:30 service get a preferential seating upgrade – no charge (unlike the airlines ).  Both of our worship services are the same worship music and message.

Awana and Crew (our mid-week children and student ministries) are gearing up for their Fall Kickoff on September 6th.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have committed to ministering to our next generation.  Thank you for the faithful praying you have done for these ministries – please keep it up.


College Students
: If you are looking for a church home where you can be more than just a visitor, we have created a short informational video for you.  Scan the QR code to the right and it will take you to the video (probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do that right now during church!!).

We love you and are here for you.  Please don’t hesitate to call on us.  May God shine His face upon you this week.

 

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August 20, 2017

I will sing to the LORD, because
He has dealt bountifully with me.

~Psalm 13:6 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – we are so 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.

 
It’s a great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Kennedy Mayes and Ramsey Jones this morning.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience as a follower of Jesus, I’d love to talk with you about it.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do!  Andrew and Alicia Gragan joined our church last Sunday.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them (and their little ones Caleb, Jackson, and Savannah) last week, do so today.

We are so glad that our college students are coming back!  You may feel squeezed in this morning, but next Sunday we go back to our normal Double Worship Service schedule.  LifeGroups will also meet during both hours (9:30 and 11:00).  If you aren’t part of a LifeGroup, I encourage you to pick up the new brochure and visit a few.  Talk with any of us Pastors and we’ll help you – we want to help you make the most of your Sunday mornings this coming year.  Also, if you are able-bodied and can volunteer to park in the back lot spaces, it will help our seniors be able to find spaces closer to the doors next week when our attendance and parking return to normal.  Thank you.

 
As we gather together corporately today, let’s do as the verse above declares: sing to the LORD in gratefulness for all His bountiful grace.  We have so much to praise Him for.  I want to say thank you to all our volunteer workers this morning.  God has blessed us greatly through all that you are and all that you do.  It is an honor to serve the Lord together with you.  We love you.

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August 6, 2017

This will be written for the generation to come,
that a people yet to be created
may praise the LORD.

~ Psalm 102:18 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.
Someone has said that Christianity is always just one generation from dying out.  We dare not fail to point the next generation to Jesus and disciple them.  The verse above speaks the same sentiment; yet there are times when we don’t always feel up to the task.  Coming each week to worship together, to encourage one another, and to be strengthened by God’s Word is exactly what we need.  May the Lord strengthen each of us in our faith today.

The sanctuary and foyer carpet will be replaced this week.  We need three small teams of volunteers after this morning’s worship service to help move out all of the chairs and furniture.  The three team captains will meet you at the front of the sanctuary and give you instructions.  Also, if some of you can volunteer Friday morning, we’ll be moving everything back!  Thank you in advance.
If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and are interested in learning more about becoming a member, turn in the RSVP bulletin insert for the New Member Information Luncheon which will take place after the morning worship service on August 20th.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  Speak with me if you’d like to be included.  We love each of you and thank the Lord for you as we regularly pray for you.  And if you are a planner and like to know what’s happening in 3 weeks(!!), we’ll be going back to our normal Double Worship Service schedule on August 27th.J

This year’s Fresh Vegetables table is set up in our main entrance.  Our church family gardeners like to share what they’ve grown.  Help yourself to what you see on that table in the weeks ahead.  We love you and thank the Lord for each of you.

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July 30, 2017

My flesh and my heart 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 after a great vacation, refreshed and relaxed.  Or, you may be here today hanging on by a thread, having carried some heavy burdens this week.  God knows, and He has a word of hope for each of us today.  My special thanks to Dr. Dan DeWitt who will be preaching from Psalm 118 this morning.

Thank you to all who came to the Church Work Day yesterday to help beautify our church facility.  It sparkles around here!  Our sound system was upgraded this week – hopefully you can hear the difference in clarity and consistency.  Please bear with our technical team as they adjust and fine-tune things.  In another 1 ½ weeks the sanctuary and foyer carpet will be replaced.  If you spill coffee today, no problem!  But this is a good time to remind ourselves to be careful with our coffee, and if you do spill, tell an usher or custodian right away so that they can clean it up and minimize the stain.  Thank you!

 
As you came through the main entrance this morning, did you notice 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!   Are you interested in helping follow-up with our VBS children and their families?  Pastor Robert is assembling a team to make visits this Wednesday evening – speak with him today to get involved.

Welcome to Roger, Peggy, and Samuel Johnson who joined our church last Sunday.  If you didn’t get a chance to welcome them last week, do so today.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  Speak with me if you’d like to be included.  We love each of you and thank the Lord for you as we regularly pray for you.

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July 23, 2017

Those who know Your name will put
their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not
forsaken those who seek You.

~ Psalm 9:10 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God’s special presence is promised to us when we gather in His name.  That blessing is even greater for us when we gather to remember the sacrifice of our Savior around the Lord’s Table, as we will do this morning (the elements are gluten-free).  We are so glad that you have come

Vacation Bible School was wonderful to behold this week!  Over 150 volunteers served faithfully every night, sweet relationships were made, and the Gospel was shared with about 136 different children.  But it wasn’t ever about the numbers – it was about the opportunities to share the love of Jesus and the good news of His salvation with children, and God answered prayer and helped us do just that.  It’s been an indescribable joy for me to walk around and see so many of you loving on those children!  Thank you!!  We’ll be sharing information about upcoming efforts to continue to reach out and minister to the new friends we were able to make.
You’ve noticed the new surface in our parking lot, and in the weeks ahead there will be additional work being done to upgrade our sound system and replace the carpet in the sanctuary, foyer, and hallways.  We apologize for any inconveniences you may have to experience.  The Lord has blessed us to be able to do all of this debt-free and without special offerings!

We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let me know so you can be included.  God has been so good to us all, and it is amazing to see Him at work here at Dayton Avenue.  We love you and thank God for you.

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July 16, 2017

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he
who believes in Me will never thirst.”

~ John 6:35 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Whether you are a first-time guest or a regular attender, we are praying that God meets with us in a life-changing way today.  If you are worshiping with us for the first-time, I hope you received a gift bag with a loaf of homemade bread on the way in.  Nothing like bribing people with good food!!  Actually, it’s more than that – Jesus referred to Himself as the Bread of Life, and we have found that to be true in our own lives.  So the bread is a small way of our sharing His life with you.

The decorations and signage around the church tell us that this is Vacation Bible School Week!  My special thanks to Char Gates and her small army of fantastic workers who are helping to make this important ministry possible.  Pray for VBS this week… and bring a few kids out to VBS every evening this week (6:00-8:30) if you can. 

If you are new here at Dayton Avenue, we want to help you feel better connected.  There is definitely a family-atmosphere in our worship services, but it’s much easier to make friends in a small group.  We have many great LifeGroups that will welcome you in. Please speak to me or Pastor Chavies or one of our greeters and we will be happy to help you find those places to connect.

Next Sunday morning we will observe the Lord’s Table together and we are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let me know so you can be included.  Some of you will be taking vacations in the weeks ahead.  I have been praying for you that God will refresh our spirits and renew our commitments to Him.  We love you and thank the Lord for you.

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