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October 6, 2019

“Sunday is Market Day for the soul.” ~Puritan Saying~

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, pony 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.

The picture on the front cover of this bulletin is awful!  It gets your attention, but you aren’t quite sure why I like it so much that I put it on the bulletin cover this week!  In fact, you may have looked at the picture and concluded that you just plain hate it, but even still, you probably can’t help looking again even right now.  Temptation is that way; we don’t like it, even hate it, but find ourselves pulled in far too many times.  Temptation is one more reason why our study of Genesis is so relevant.

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 (what the Puritans called the Lord’s Day).  I pray your “business” here feeds your soul.  May God bless you this week as you live for Him.

September 8, 2019

“All things were made by Him;
and without Him nothing was
made that was made.” ~John 1:3~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today?  Did you notice that there was a question mark at the end of that first sentence?  Did you think it was a typographical error?  Shouldn’t a welcome end with an exclamation point instead?  Why would Pastor Jon write an entire paragraph of questions here?

Years ago, G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “Faith is the answer to a question; and, therefore, it is out of work when there is no question to ask.” Ponder that quote.  When we stop asking questions about God and about His word, our faith is out of work, or, put another way, we are not growing spiritually any more.  So here is one last question for you: how can we help you with the spiritual questions you have right now?

There are many ministry opportunities available here to help you, and today is the Ministry Fair (spread throughout the building).  Learn about all that is available and get connected as a learner and/or a server.  Sarah and I will host the first Marriage TuneUp this evening at 6:00 – I’ll share more just before my message.

This month we are receiving the Ray Roberts missions offering that funds Ohio church planting and Seneca Lake Camp ministry.   Would you pray and ask the Lord to enable you to give an extra gift this month toward this special offering?  Thank you.  We will celebrate several baptisms next Sunday morning at the end of the 2nd worship service. If you want to publicly testify that you belong to Jesus through baptism, please let me know today. 

I am praying for you.  Thank you for praying for me, my family, and our entire team of pastors and leaders.  We love you.

September 1, 2019

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 ~

Good morning and welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  A special welcome to Dr. Dan DeWitt who is preaching today.  Along with serving as, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University, Dan and April and their family serve here, too, as part of our church family.  I know the Lord will speak through him to all of us.

Each fall we receive a special missions offering (called the Ray Roberts offering in honor of an Ohio church-planting pioneer) that benefits church strengthening and church planting in our state.   The insert in today’s bulletin gives more information – would you pray and ask the Lord to enable you to give an extra gift this month toward this special offering?  Thank you.

Our church ministry opportunities have started back up in full swing for the fall.  Each of us needs opportunities to grow in our walk with the Lord AND to serve others.  The Ministry Fair next week will help you learn about all those opportunities available and get connected as a server and/or a learner.  Sarah and I will host the first Marriage TuneUp next Sunday evening at 6:00 (more information on the green insert in today’s bulletin). 

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 Celebration being planned for September 15thWelcome to new membersBill, Wini, and Susanna Babione who joined our church last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t done so already.  We love you, we pray for you, and we are here for you this week.

August 25, 2019

“By His wounds
we are healed….” ~Isaiah 53:5~

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.]. 

A special welcome this morningto our college students.  We ask that all of our guests stop by the Welcome Desk in the foyer for a gift bag with information and a little loaf of homemade bread.  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 Livestream Service in the Youth Room also at 11:00am?

AWANA begins this Wednesday evening!  If you are looking for a great place to serve and invest your life in young people, AWANA and CREW (our youth ministry) are weekly opportunities to do that.  Please let us know if you are willing to serve the Lord in this way. 

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publically testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the next Baptism Celebration.  Welcome to new members Chuck and Linda Deglow and Laura Woodman who joined our church last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t done so already.  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. Don’t hesitate to call on any of us pastors this week – we are here for you.

August 18, 2019

“Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.” ~Matthew 6:10~

Welcome to worship this morning and a special welcome to our college students who are arriving for the fall.  We have missed you!  If you have come to Dayton Ave for the first time today, we are glad you are here and hope you will expereince the love of the Lord here!  Please stop by our Welcome Desk and get a gift bag with a loaf of bread and helpful information. 

We had anticipated completing a building project this past summer that would have given us additional seating in our sanctuary worship services.  The Lord changed our plans, and as a result, we are asking for volunteers to adopt the 11:00am Livestream Service (in the youth room) in order to make more seats available in the sanctuary service.  We’ve improved the sound system, enhanced the seating, and upgraded the refreshments for you there!  Thank you for your help.

Another Baptism Celebration is coming soon.  If you want to publically proclaim your faith in Jesus through baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  Awana begins in 1 ½ weeks and we need more faithful adult workers to help our children grow strong in their faith.  If you are willing to serve the Lord in this way, speak with Pastor Robert or Nancy Svendsen today. 

Gerry & Cathy Kimble and Daniel Thompson joined our church last Sunday.  Welcome them today if you haven’t done so already.  Next Sunday morning we will observe the Lord’s Table together.  Parents: please feel free to use this as a teaching opportunity and involve your children (the elements we serve are gluten free). May the Lord shine His face on you this week as you live for Him.

July 21, 2019

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~

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  A special welcome to families visiting with us after having participated in the “In the Wild” VBS this past week.  Our prayer is that each of us can grow stronger in faith, encourage one another and be encouraged.  We are glad you are here.

Vacation Bible School was wonderful to behold this week!  Over 120 volunteers served faithfully every night, sweet relationships were made, and the Gospel was shared with about 150 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 see so many of you loving on those children!  Thank you to all of our faithful VBS workers (special thanks to Char Gates and Pastor Robert)!!   

Eight of our ladies are heading to Costa Rica in ten days to minister to 24 Costa Rican pastors’ wives at a weekend retreat for them.  Stop by their table in the foyer today and pick up their prayer cards.  Perhaps you would consider sponsoring one of the Costa Rican pastor’s wives’ retreat expenses: that information and other ways you can be a partner in this ministry is at the table. [BTW, our VBS kids raised over $700 for Costa Rica this week!]

The summer seems to be racing by and back-to-school is right around the corner.  We’ve been preparing for all the fall ministries starting back up here at church, and I’m sure that God has some exciting things in store for all of us.  We love you and are praying faithfully for you.  Thank you for praying for us.

May 26, 2019

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
yes, I will help you, I will uphold you
with My righteous right hand
. ~Isaiah 41:10~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  Satan’s busiest times are Sunday mornings as he attempts to prevent God’s people from worshiping Him and hearing from His Word.  But despite sleeping through the alarm, despite the allergies you are fighting, despite the stresses of getting everyone dressed and ready, despite the problems with your vehicle, you’ve made it to church today!  Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!

I want to thank each of you who have served in our nation’s armed forces for your loyalty and sacrifice, especially those of you who have served on foreign soil.  The blessings and freedoms we enjoy today have been preserved at great cost, and we are grateful.  As Franklin D. Roosevelt noted, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

There is no evening service tonight – enjoy your Memorial Day plans with family and friends.  Next Sunday evening at 6pm will be our OutPour event.  We’ll be serving hotdogs and hamburgers.  Come and help us “Saturate Xenia” with copies of the Jesus Film dvd we’ll distribute door to door this summer. 

In the verse above God has promised to strengthen us and uphold us.  I am praying that God will enable each of us to take the next step forward in our Christian walk, whatever that may be.  Thank you to Pastor Bruce Traeger for preaching today – Sarah and I are away this weekend getting a little recharge.  But please call on us anytime this week if we can help you in your spiritual walk. 

January 13, 2019

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand
so that we would walk in them.”

~Ephesians 2:10~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God is worthy of all our praise and we are glad that you have gathered to worship Him with us. Whether you are a first-time guest or a long-time family member, we pray that you are drawn closer to Jesus today. 

Far too often we read headlines that include the words “School Shooting.”  Our society reacts so strongly to these atrocities because our children are helpless and innocent and precious, so we demand justice and safety for them.  That seems like an obvious, unarguable statement, but it is not because our society has chosen to withdraw justice and safety for helpless, innocent unborn babies.  It is a glaring double standard. 

We stand today with millions of others in support of the Sanctity of Human Life.  In addition to speaking out – and voting – on behalf of the unborn, we put this into practice by being spiritually healthy parents, investing in our family’s spiritual inheritance, and providing compassionate help for those who find themselves in a desperate situation with a baby on the way.  Our children truly are a heritage and a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). 

On both ends of the platform are supplies of our church ministry notebooks.  The sermon note pages fit in these, making it easy for you to organize your Bible study materials and use it as a prayer journal.  They are a free resource for you, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.

Many of you will resonate with the sermon from 2nd Corinthians 4 today because you are going through suffering right now.  Please know that we love you and are praying for you.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week so we can help you and pray more specifically for you.

July 8, 2018

Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.  ~Luke 12:6-7~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning – we are so glad you are here 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 our lives today, too.

Today is Ice Cream Sunday, and if you are here because you were invited at the fireworks on Friday evening – THANK YOU for coming! We are so glad you are here. We’ll be serving everyone some Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream right after our worship service (Vanilla, Strawberry, or Cookies & Cream). I know that you didn’t make the effort to come out this morning just because there would be free ice cream (!); you have a sincere interest in being here at church. So, we hope that you encounter our Savior Jesus in a fresh way during worship this morning.

Vacation Bible School begins in one week!! Thank you to all of you who are helping with this fantastic ministry. We still need some more workers. See Pastor Robert today if you can help.

This evening at 6:00 we will be worshiping with friends from the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association, a group of predominantly African-American churches from around the United States. They are having their annual conference at Cedarville and I am so encouraged that they have included us in their schedule of events. Next Sunday evening, July 15th at 6:00, we will have a special business meeting to consider adding another pastoral position to our church staff. Details and explanations behind this recommendation are printed for you at the Welcome Desk.

God knows each of us and loves us! That is an amazing thought.  We love you and are here for you too. God bless you this week.

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