“All things were made by Him; and without Him nothing was made that was made.” ~John 1:3~
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.
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 ~
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
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
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 15th. Welcome 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.
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.].
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
Baptism Celebration. Welcome
to new membersChuck and Linda Deglow and
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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared beforehand
so that we would walk in them.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (daytonave.org), 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 upcomingBaptism 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.