Sweet Action Student Ministry in service to others
First Baptist Dayton is very proud of our youth from Sweet Action Student Ministry, who recently returned from a week serving at Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries (SMARM) in Sevierville, Tennessee. They cleaned, stocked shelves, and moved heavy equipment, sorted donations and much more. The folks from SMARM said they were one of the hardest working groups they’ve ever had. The kids also participated in Bible study and worship every day during their trip. Thanks, kids, and congratulations on a terrific job!
Sweet Action Student Ministry 2018: First Baptist Dayton youth and leaders served at Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries recently and others who weren’t able to attend helped with Vacation Bible School. Recently they shared the story of their journey. Left to right: Troy Richardson, James Long, Will Clark, Aiden Moser, Greg and Nancy Wingate, Pat Bonapfel, Monica McGlone, Talia Stockton, Fate Jones, Alyssa McGlone, Faith Richardson, and Matthew Turner. (Not Pictured, Madison Turner and Jadyn Johnson)
Father’s Day 2018: First Baptist Dayton recognized fathers who attended on Father’s Day in June.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
“We Didn’t Start the Fire”
Many of us are familiar with the song by Billy Joel, “We didn’t Start the Fire”. It was released in 1989, and is still heard and sung today. It is a song about historical events, good and bad, that would shape the world in which we live. The song begins in 1949, the year of Billy Joel’s birth. The fire that we didn’t start goes much deeper than Billy Joel’s song.
Each of us have a fire inside us that was started by Jesus the day we were born. Each fire is different. Some of us have a fire for business, for friendship, for hospitality, for teaching, for healing, or for one of a million different things. Our challenge is to fan the flame inside us and share our blessings with the world. Sometimes people try to dampen our flame, but the fire is stronger than these discouragers and cannot be put out by one person. This would be like a massive fire with one sprinkler. It simply cannot be done, don’t let them even try.
The Journey of Life is not always going to be easy, as we heard in the Joel song. There will be wars, deaths and violence, among many other things. And you will find, no one is perfect, as we will all have our bumps and bends in the road. In these times our flame may become dim, and barely sparking. Don’t ever give up! In times of trial, jump in, fan and fuel your flame, so that it grows and spreads for the entire world to see! Let others catch fire from us and continue to spread the love of God.
No matter what you are dealing with, do it in the eyes of God. You will not stand alone. The spirit will always stand with you and keep your fire burning.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Clothes from Jesus looking for donations of hygiene items
In January, First Baptist Dayton began a clothes closet for those in need. Our member Amanda Long saw the need and serves as its director. The ministry is called “Clothes from Jesus by First Baptist Dayton.” We have added hygiene items to the items accepted as donations to give to others, and are in special need of hygiene items right now – shampoo, soap, etc. Clothes from Jesus is open every Monday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the church, 501 Dayton Avenue, to accept donations and to provide clothing and hygiene items to help others. Enter the church from the Fifth Street side. Watch the Facebook page of Clothes from Jesus for details on how you can help or be helped: https://www.facebook.com/Clothes-From-Jesus-by-First-Baptist-Dayton-2025020654446171/.
Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Vacation Bible School is June 3-8, 6:15-8:30 p.m.
By the time you read this, Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton has already begun, but that’s OK! Kids are invited get in the spirit today with Game On! Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton through Friday, June 8. We meet from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. each evening. VBS is for kids from age 3 through fifth grade. Friday night is family night.
Mother’s Day 2018: First Baptist Dayton celebrated five special mothers on Mother’s Day 2018. With our pastor Bro. Harold Pike, left to right they are Patty Pratt, Dorise Barth, April Florence, Jane Hebel and Nancy Wingate.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the single greatest miracle ever recorded in God's Word. We at First Baptist Dayton would like to invite you to join us in some meaningful acts of worship that will help you celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus in a most powerful way on Easter weekend, March 29-April 1.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. We will partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. Our Good Friday Service wil celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross for us all.
Easter Sunday, April 1, starting 7 a.m.
7:00 a.m.: We have a Sunrise Worship experience to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
8:30 a.m.: A Country Breakfast in our gym for all in our community.
9:30 a.m.: A resurrection Bible Study for persons of all ages.
10:45 a.m.: The Biggest & Best Resurrection of Jesus Celebration of the year.
We invite you…..no, we beg you to choose one or more of these worship experiences and share it with the First Baptist Church Family.
Happy 103rd, Betty Lightfoot!
When you are 100+, every birthday is a special celebration. First Baptist Church helped Betty Lightfoot celebrate her 103rd birthday in February. Betty was baptized as a member of First Baptist Dayton on March 30, 1952, and has been a faithful member ever since. This amazing lady remains active and full of fun and is in church every Sunday. Her son Terry is also an active member of First Baptist Dayton, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and trustee.
Bro. Harold Pike, pastor of First Baptist Dayton says of Betty, “I have never met any 103-year old person who is as alive, alert, vivacious and energetic as Betty Lightfoot. She is an amazing person whom I deeply love and appreciate.”
The Easter season is upon us; a time for fancy dresses, colored eggs, the Easter Bunny and baskets filled with candy. But there is much more to Easter Day than this. Easter is the day that Jesus arose from the dead. It is a day of celebration where we learned that we all go on to eternal life in the Kingdom of heaven.
Life on Earth is not all there is. We are all here a short amount of time, some longer than others. Our loved ones leave and we are sad and miss them, but we need to remember that Jesus died for our sins paying our penalty so that we would be forgiven. He was resurrected to prove death has no hold on those who repent and accept Him as their savior.
Life here on earth simply prepares us for the unconditional acceptance and joy that we will experience in Gods eternal kingdom. When a loved one leaves you, try to not focus on the sadness but celebrate their entrance into Heaven where they will have eternal life. We will all be separated in our earthly lives, but will be reunited again in our heavenly lives.
On this Easter and all days to follow, ask for forgiveness for your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior. Easter is a celebration of our eternal destiny. Remember this and go in peace and grace. Never say goodbye, but see you later.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Confession? Confess to what? It is extremely hard to admit that we are not right all of the time. We like to think we have it all figured out. We are all human, but we all sin and we all must confess those sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.
Confession is one of the basic elements to worship, whether you attend church or not. No one is perfect, and we all mess up daily. God does know all of our sins, but they are not forgiven until we confess our sins to Him and ask for His forgiveness. This is Confession. It is similar to keeping a secret, after a while it starts to gnaw at us. We eventually tell someone and experience a feeling of relief and a huge weight being lifted off our shoulders.
In recovery programs, patients are required to make a list of all their sins, share with a friend and with God. In confession, we are not asked to share with a friend; only God. He already knows our sins, and loves us anyway. Knowing this should lessen the blow. Some may think, “if He already knows, why do I need to confess?” Compare this to the mom who knows who broke the lamp, but wants you to confess what you did. Or, the criminal who gets caught. He may be offered a lighter sentence if he admits to what he did.
We all learn through admitting what we have done wrong. Every day take five minutes to confess your sins to God. This allows you to free up your soul and to be at peace. What a great way to start your day! We need to be honest. It’s something we teach our children from day one, but we still try to hide things. Honesty is the best policy in all we do.
Look in the mirror; be honest with yourself and God. Know that He loves you. Wait for your forgiveness and be at peace.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
In January, First Baptist Dayton voted to start a clothes closet for those in need. The idea came from Amanda Long, who also agreed to run the closet and serve as its director. The ministry is called “Clothes from Jesus.” We began taking donations in January, and “Clothes from Jesus” opened to provide clothing on February 2. Watch the Facebook page of Clothes from Jesus for details on how you can help or be helped: https://www.facebook.com/Clothes-From-Jesus-by-First-Baptist-Dayton-2025020654446171/. Thanks Amanda for your hard work in making this happen!
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Do as we do and as we say
The New Year is upon us! Many of us are working on new year resolutions to become a better person and have better health in 2018. One of those resolutions may be joining the church of your choice, and renewing your faith in God. This can be a very difficult decision for some, as they may choose to worship from home and on their own time. Those that attend church with regularity don’t understand this decision.
Those that attend find such a feeling of warmth from being in God’s home and they enjoy the fellowship of their church families. How could anyone not want to experience this? The answer is simple; many see church goers as Hypocrites! They are disenchanted with church, but calling us Hypocrites? How can this be?
Many church goers are good talkers, they say the right things. Words can sound pretty and paint a beautiful picture. You can’t just say the words. Actions must follow. If you talk the talk, you must walk the walk! The things God asks us to do are not easy: be humble, do good, don’t ask for praise. You must help others to see Christ and not just hear the talk. The Power of Christ is not just in words. We must apply what the words say. In other words, Practice what you Preach!
Remember, someone is always watching you. Set a good example. Don’t let bad days get you down. It’s about the little things we do that matter. Go out into the world and be a doer, not a hypocrite. Walk the walk by letting God’s love show through you in all that you do.
All love and health be to you and your family in the coming year. May you make resolutions that are right for you and that you have the power to carry through.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
The children’s Christmas play at First Baptist Dayton told the story of Jesus’ birth. The kids did a great job, and a wonderful time was had by all to bring in the Christmas season. We thank our children’s director Becky Shanks and her husband Kevin Shanks, our music director, and the kids for all of their work to create this wonderful program. We hope you will join us for worship and Bible study in January at our usual times: Bible study for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday and our worship service follows at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Throughout the month of December, we will be celebrating the joyous season of Christmas and the birth of our Savior, and it would be our honor and privilege for you to join us. Here’s an outline of the themes of Christmas messages:
Sunday, December 3, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Light
Sunday, December 10, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Peace
Sunday, December 17, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Joy
Sunday, December 24, 10:15 a.m. (note earlier time): Christmas is Music
Children’s Christmas play
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., please join TeamKID for a Christmas play. There’s nothing to get you into the Christmas spirit and the true meaning of Christmas than children telling the story of Jesus’ birth. We guarantee you will be blessed when you see it.
Change in Sunday School and Service times: Sunday, December 24
Because many families have their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve, we want to give you some extra time to celebrate with your family, so we’ve shortened our Sunday morning Bible study and worship time for December 24 only: Sunday School – 9:30 to 10 a.m. Worship Service – 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Another successful year for Operation Christmas Child
First Baptist Dayton prayed over, packed and shipped 154 shoeboxes full of gifts for children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child this year. This amazing accomplishment was made possible by the many members who donated, shopped, wrapped and prayed for success. Thanks to everyone!
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