Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

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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August 26, 2018

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  ~Proverbs 3:5-6~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue.  I’m writing these words a week in advance as I prepare to head to Costa Rica for a mission survey trip, but Lord willing, I’ll be back in church as you read them!  I seem to be a magnet for flight delays and trip interruptions, which is why I’ve put the verses above as the header for this week’s bulletin.  We all must trust in the Lord every day for His direction, protection, and provision.

AWANA and CREW will kickoff here at church this Wednesday evening at 6:15.  If you are looking for a great place to serve and invest your life in young people, both of these ministries are doing just that.  As part of the kickoff activities, the Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will do a special program for everyone starting at 7:00.  Bring a friend and enjoy this together (more information on our church website at www.daytonave.org).

We are compiling a new Church Family Pictorial Directory!  If you have been attending Dayton Avenue and feel this is your church home, we want you to be included – you do not have to be a member to participate.  Update your information and submit your own recent photo or have your portrait taken any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance).

I am excited to be starting a new sermon series this morning studying through 2nd Corinthians.  God is at work in our church and in our community through our church family!  That is a wonderful blessing, and an awesome responsibility.  This is the time we all need to crank up our prayer lives so that we stay in the center of God’s will and protection.  Don’t hesitate to call on any of us pastors this week – we are here for you.

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August 19, 2018

“Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but My words shall not pass away.”

~Matthew 24:35~

Welcome to worship this morning at Dayton Avenue, and a special welcome back to our college students.  Our Double Worship Hour schedule begins 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 identical worship services at 9:30 and 11:00, seating is always more challenging in the sanctuary at 11:00.  Why not try out our Back Worship Service in the Youth Room which is also available at that time?

We also welcome special guest speaker Greg Dyson and his family with us today.  Greg is Cedarville University’s Director of Intercultural Leadership.  I know we will be encouraged!

AWANA and CREW begin meeting here at church Wednesday evenings beginning August 29th at 6:30, and we still need workers.  Please contact the pastors or church office if you can help.  The Mike Hagen Strength Team ministry will be here to do a special program starting at 7:00 that same night.  Go to our church website for more information (www.daytonave.org).

We are compiling a new Church Family Pictorial DirectoryYou do not have to be a member to participate – if you have been attending Dayton Avenue and feel this is your church home, we want you to be included.  Update your information and submit your own recent photo or have your portrait taken any Sunday between now and the end of September (just outside our main entrance).

Thank you for all your expressions of love and care to us these past weeks.  Though I am far away this morning (on a mission trip in Costa Rica), my heart and my prayers are with you.  God bless you.

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