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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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October 29, 2017

“Here I stand; I can do no other.
God help me.”

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.

On October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses document to the door of Wittenberg Church in Germany.  That event has been viewed as the birth of the Protestant Reformation, and this week marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s brave protest.  Though he was a flawed human in many respects – his persecution of early Baptist reformers included – we all owe a great debt of gratitude to Martin Luther for how God used him to reclaim the biblical doctrine of justification by faith.

Last Sunday we highlighted the formation of new men’s discipleship and accountability groups here in our church.  If you would like to receive more information about them, speak with any of the Pastors today (but especially Caleb or John Chavies).  We are also praying for women leaders to help form new groups for women.  If the Lord is giving you that burden, please let us know.

It’s not too late to nominate someone you know for a Thanksgiving food basket.  You can also help our youth assemble and deliver the baskets on Saturday November 18th, or you can give a special gift to our benevolence fund for this (and other) holiday season needs.

Dozens of our ladies are at the Ladies’ Retreat this morning.  Thank you to all of our volunteers who have stepped up to serve in the Children’s department and other ministries in their absence.  We love you and are praying for you.  May God’s face shine upon us this week as we live out His truth as His witnesses.

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August 13, 2017

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.

~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 ~

Welcome to our worship service this morning.  Our prayer is that each of us is drawn closer to Jesus today.  If you are a first-time guest today, please make sure that you visit the Welcome Desk and get a little loaf of homemade bread as well as a visitor card.  I would greatly appreciate it if you fill out that card and give it to me afterward.  We promise not to put you on a mailing list (but I will send you a letter thanking you for your visit).

A special welcome to Dr. Dan Estes, our speaker this morning.  Dan is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Cedarville University and a long- time friend of our family.  You’ve been benefitting from his ministry already this summer because his book on the Wisdom Literature in the Bible has been a major resource for us as we’ve prepared messages in our Psalm series.  He’s sharing the concluding message in that series today and I know we’ll be blessed.
Our college students are returning this month and we are so glad to see them!  I’ve made a video explaining changes to our Adopt a Student ministry – please go to our church website (, click on the banner you’ll see there, and take 3 minutes to watch it.A special welcome to Dr. Dan Estes, our speaker this morning.  Dan is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Cedarville University and a long- time friend of our family.  You’ve been benefitting from his ministry already this summer because his book on the Wisdom Literature in the Bible has been a major resource for us as we’ve prepared messages in our Psalm series.  He’s sharing the concluding message in that series today and I know we’ll be blessed.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of our church, fill out the insert for the New Member Information Luncheon taking place after the worship service next Sunday.  You can hand that to me or put it in the offering pate.  Please speak with me today if you want to be included in the upcoming Baptism Celebration.  Just 2 weeks till we go back to our normal Double Worship Service schedule!

We’ve experienced some difficult losses this month with the home-going of Gabriel Omolewu, Ashley Weyandt, and LeslieAnn McGinnis.  Thank you for ministering to these families. Please keep praying for them.  We love you and pray God’s blessings on you this week.

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June 11, 2017

 “The LORD knows the way of the righteous,

But the way of the wicked will perish.”

~ Psalm 1:6 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  We are very glad you are here – we’ve been praying for each one that the Lord has brought to church today.  May today not be just another day at church; let’s invite God to inspire, encourage, and enable us to dwell on His goodness and His greatness.
Last Sunday we officially called Robert (and Abigail) Walker to be our Pastor to Children and Their Families.  They are currently in the process of packing up and will be arriving here in two weeks!  Please pray for them as they make this move, and pray that the Lord will work in our children to grow in His grace and knowledge.

One of the highlights of our Children’s Ministry each year is Vacation Bible School – coming July 17 – 21.  There are many ways that you can help, most importantly by praying for VBS and inviting children you know.  There are more opportunities for you to participate – all you need to know is located at the information table in the foyer hallway.

If you weren’t able to attend the Lives at Steak summer outreach emphasis training sessions, we’re making them available to you via video.  Click on the scrolling banner at our church website homepage (   We are praying that God gives each of us someone to reach this summer.  If you give using the eGive online giving system, please login in and update your account (or create a new one).  The system implemented a major upgrade last month.
Welcome to our new church family members who joined last week: Mark and Georgia Kavanaugh.  If you didn’t get a chance to personally greet them last week, look for them and welcome them today. Come back this evening at 5:00 for a carry-in dinner which will be followed by an excellent, uplifting concert at 6:00 with The King’s Brass.  May God bless you this week as you live for Him!

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January 15, 2017

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have
called you by name; you are Mine!

~ Isaiah 43:1b ~adsf

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.  If you are a first-time guest today, we are very glad you have chosen to worship with us.  Please stop in at the Welcome Desk and get a gift bag with a little loaf of homemade bread inside.  We hope you feel so welcomed and encouraged in your faith today that you will come back regularly.

Our normal Double Worship Schedule begins today with worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.  Our LifeGroups also meet again in both time slots.  If you haven’t connected with a LifeGroup yet, let me encourage you to check them out.  Pastor John Chavies has a new brochure with descriptions, times, and locations for all of the groups.  We want to help you find and belong to a LifeGroup because they are a vital part of growing in our walk of faith and serving one another.

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).

To be forgiven and to know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can possess… and share.  He has been so good to us, and we can corporately praise Him today with our voices, and this coming week with our lives.  God bless you as you continue to grow strong in your faith day by day.  Check inside this bulletin for important information on upcoming events and ongoing growth opportunities.  We love you and are praying for you this week.  We are here to help you.

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December 18, 2016

For today in the city of David there
has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.”

~Luke 2:11 ~df
Welcome to our special Children’s Christmas program, Jesus Light of the World.  My special thank you to all our preschool and children’s ministry workers… your faithfulness and labor of love make a huge difference to our church family.  God bless you for all you are and all you do.

Our Lottie Moon Christmas missions offering is drawing to a close today and next Sunday.  We are much closer to our goal of $15,000.  Thank you for praying and giving for this special need.

The Personnel Committee has made a recommendation to the Pastors and Deacons concerning the vacant Associate Pastor position.  Their proposal was well-received and has prompted me to ask Bruce Traeger to research the ramifications and benefits we might expect before presenting the proposal to the church.  Pastor Bruce’s unique blend of experience, contacts, and gifts will enable him to capture the kind of input we’ll need before deciding to move forward.  He has graciously agreed to serve with our Pastors, Deacons, and other church leaders in this volunteer lay-pastor research capacity.

If you desire to make a special end-of-year gift, please take care of that this week.  Next Sunday is the last regular offering of the year; gifts sent by mail must be postmarked on or before the 31st.  Our financial secretary often has a last minute rush of processing, so thank you for helping with this.

We get to celebrate the Baptism of Rene Panosian and Tim Traub this morning – be sure to encourage them.  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.  We pray God’s highest blessings on each one of you.  Thank you for your faithfulness, your servants’ hearts, and your obedience to Jesus Christ.

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September 6, 2015

asdfsadfdaSee how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God….”  1st John 3:1a

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 (they are really good)!  The verse above affirms that God greatly loves us as His children by faith in Jesus Christ.  When we assemble in His name to worship Him, He promises His special presence in our midst.

Last Sunday you all honored Pastor Bruce & Becky and Sarah & me on our 10th anniversary of serving with you here at Dayton Avenue.  Your expressions of love meant so much to all four of us, and we want to say again what a blessing it has been and continues to be serving the Lord together here with youThank you so much for being a true church family to us.  We love you.

Today is Covenant Sunday, an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the Lord and to one another centering around the Lord’s Table.  My prayer for us all today is that God knits our hearts together in the Gospel and in honoring Him through our church.  We will be having another Baptism Celebration service on Sunday, October 4th.  If you have come to the place in your personal faith in Jesus that you want to publically testify that you belong to Him through baptism, please speak with one of the pastors so that you can be included.  God is at work growing our church family!

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.  If each person here today gave only $4 for this offering, we’d reach our goal!  Mark you special gift “Ohio Missions RR Offering.”  We love you and uphold each one of you in prayer.  Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord through our church.


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August 30, 2015

asdfsdFor 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.  In the verse above, God promises His life-giving presence to be with the contrite and lowly of spirit.  He is awesome and together we express our need of His life and grace.  If seating is crowded in the 11:00 service, you will find room in our Back Service in the Youth Worship area.  I recommend you try it – there is great worship and a more intimate atmosphere in that service that I think you will like.

Last fall we voted to adopt a new church constitution (which you can be view from the “What We Believe” page of our church website).  On the last page of that document, we directed the Constitution Revision Committee to reconvene one year later in order to assess how the new constitution has functioned and to address any concerns that have arisen.  That assessment has begun and the committee invites your suggestions for their consideration.  Please put your thoughts in writing and submit to our church office between now and September 20th.  Thank you.

Next Sunday, September 6th, we will be focusing on the Peace of God and participating in a special Communion and Covenant Renewal Service.  In addition, we will be receiving some new members to our church.  If you are ready to join, too, please give me or one of the other pastors a call this week so that we can be ready for you.

As always, there are a many great opportunities for you to be encouraged in your faith and serve the Lord – more information is inside this bulletin and on our website.  We love you, we pray for you, and we are here for you this week.

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