October 14, 2018

Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.

~Lamentations 3:41~

Welcome.  Thank you for coming to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  Everything around here looks normal, which is amazing after last week’s transformation of our campus for the Community Harvest Festival.  I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers who gave your best in creativity, energy, and enthusiasm.  All week long I’ve been hearing stories from people about how God used you.  A special Thank-You to Char Gates, Morgan Straw, and our custodians Shirley, Kathy, Tom, and Cora.

It’s my special joy to welcome Dr. Gary Anderson to our pulpit today.  Dr. Anderson was Sarah’s home church pastor, officiated at our wedding, and along with his wife Barbara, has been an encourager and mentor to us over the years.  Dr. Anderson served as President of Baptist Mid Missions from 1989-2015 and continues to represent the mission as President Emeritus.

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 4thDavid Elgersma joined our church last Sunday – look for him and welcome him this morning if you haven’t already.

I’ve noticed that the newer books on the shelves in my study have much catchier titles and more colorful covers than my old books.  With an avalanche of titles being published each year, authors want their book to stand out at the store, so the title and cover must capture our interest.  But quality goes much deeper than what’s on the outside because it’s what’s inside that matters.  That’s also true of each one of us.  God’s desire is to change us on the inside which will be evident on outside gradually, too.  We are here to help you in any way that we can.  Please don’t hesitate to call on us.  We are praying for you.

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