Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
Happy New Year and welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church today. We are so glad that we can begin the year with you in praise and worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for praying and giving generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas missions offering – we reached our goal of $20,000! Speaking of missions, welcome to our new missionaries-in-residence at our mission home: James and Tanu Mathews and their children, Michael, Gaby and Danielle.
A few weeks ago I shared a Pastor’s Perspective about some new directions that I believe God wants us to move in this coming year. If you weren’t here for that, please go to our church website – www.daytonave.org – and click on the Pastor’s Perspective graphic and listen to it (it’s about 32 minutes long). Please pray that the Lord will draw us closer to Himself and renew us with a fresh sense of His power and vision for 2018.
Next Sunday we return to our normal Double Worship Service schedule, so you will need to check to make sure you know the room assignment for your LifeGroup. Being part of a small group community is a really important part of our walk of faith. If you don’t have a LifeGroup, why not make 2018 the year you search and join one? We are here to help you any way we can. Check out all the other important announcements inside this bulletin!
This year is going to be an exciting time for our church family, and also a time when we need to come together, seek the Lord’s leading, and partner together to do the ministry He has for us. I love each of you and love being your pastor. May God bless you abundantly as you live for Him in this coming year!