April Donations for Homefull

Thank you for your continuing support of the drive to provide items needed by those individuals and families moving from the street and shelters into permanent housing. We are asking for donations of deodorants in the month of April. Please bring to the church and place in the designated bin in Fellowship Hall.

The events of Holy Week recall the last days of Jesus’ life, from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey amid crowds with palm branches through his time in the Garden, arrest, and Trial to his crucifixion. Take this journey at First Baptist Church this year, through worship, music, and quiet reflection.

PALM SUNDAY (April 13) @ 10:30 AM

Service will include Children’s Processional

(Palm Sunday Dinner will follow service)

MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 17) @ 7:00 PM

We commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the Lord’s Supper. With the washing of feet and the celebrating of the sacrament of Holy Communion, we dramatize the servanthood of Jesus Christ.

GOOD FRIDAY (April 18) @ 7:00 PM

A service of Tenebrae is based on a twelfth-century late night service and is an extended meditation on the passion of Christ. Along with the readings, there will be the act of extinguishing the candles, and the stripping of the altar. The altar will then remain bare until Easter Sunday morning.


Easter Vigil at Christ Episcopal Church, 5:00 PM

EASTER SUNDAY (April 20) @ 10:30 AM

We celebrate the resurrection. Everyone, especially children, are encouraged to arrive early and help decorate the wooden cross with flowers. Some loose flowers will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own so that a poignant symbol of new life coming forth from death will emerge before our eyes as we declare that Christ has risen.

(There will be no Sunday School at 9AM and Second Hour.)


A Walk for Justice & Peace 

GOOD FRIDAY, 12-2pm 

Beginning at Courthouse Square (3rd & Main) and ending at First Baptist Church.

Rain or shine! Come for all or part!

Kids’ Summer Camps at Kirkwood

Summer 2014 camp registration at Kirkwood Camp & Conference Center is now open. There are camps for kids in Grades K-12 throughout the summer. Information and registration forms can be found online The Board of Christian Education generally covers 50% of the cost of camp. Just turn your completed registration form with contribution into the office/Pastor Jason and we’ll send it in with an additional check from the church. If your child has never been to camp we do have a few “seasoned” campers going, and your child may want to go at the same time as one of them. Your child may also want to invite a friend from school. If you have any questions, please speak with/email Pastor Jason ( There is a $10 “early bird” discount for those who register by April 30th.

Deborah Circle Dates

Circle Meeting:  The next meeting of the Deborah Circle will be held at MCL on Tuesday, April 15 starting at 6:00pm.  Warly Duvall will be sharing her Kairos Prison Ministry experiences.

White Elephant Sale:  Deborah Circle will have a White Elephant Sale on Sunday, April 27 during coffee fellowship. Congregants are welcome to contribute, but no clothing please.  It would be appreciated if participants could come to the church on Saturday, April 26 at 10:00am to help set up and price items. Please see or contact Beverly Cowden with any questions.

Executive Council Meeting - April 23

The next meeting of the Executive Council will be Wednesday, April 23 (one week later than usual due to Holy Week). Start time is 6:30pm.

Rebuilding Dayton – It’s Almost Time!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 26. FBC is sponsoring one house in this citywide project. Ted Greenwood is the coordinator for FBC. We need a co-coordinator to step up for FBC as Ted will be out of town on the 26th. There is a sign-up sheet on the Missions Bulletin Board. There will be coffee and doughnuts in the morning and lunch will be provided. Come for the day! Come for the morning! Come for the afternoon! Come for an hour. Any time that you can donate will help to accomplish the goal. If you have questions, please see Ted Greenwood or you can email him at (put Rebuilding Dayton in subject line). Thanks!

El Salvador Mission Trip 2014 is Upon Us!

Our mission team will be departing for El Salvador on Saturday, April 26th!  The team is comprised of two members of FBC Springfield—Jordan Copeland and Debbie Copeland—and four members of FBC Dayton—Jason Alspaugh, Diane Ashman, Marcie Bogan, and Warly Duvall.

We want to thank you for all of the ongoing support for this mission partnership with Iglesia Bautista Dios Compasivo in Ahuachapan. We will not be holding any more fundraisers, but if you would like to make a financial contribution to the mission trip there is still time; just make a check payable to First Baptist and note “El Salvador Mission Trip” on the memo line.  You can also help us out by donating items that we will take with us for members of the church and community in Ahuachapan, such as:

vitamins (prenatal and/or for the elderly)

new/gently worn clothing for infants/children/youth

toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, bandaids

Frisbees, coloring books, etc.

We each would like to take a second checked bag filled with such items, and so if you have a large suitcase you’d like to part with (i.e., one that we would leave in El Salvador) you could also donate that.  All donated items can be dropped off at the church office.  Again thanks for all of your support and prayers!

LEAD Action Assembly

Monday, April 28 @ St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church

(519 Liscum Drive, Dayton 45417 / NW corner @ Route 35)

LEAD, Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton, is an urban mission supported by First Baptist Church of Dayton.  Its work is issues that derive from its 15-member faith groups talking to their members about problems to be addressed in Dayton.

Current work is in the areas of economics, education and transportation.  LEAD will press the City of Dayton andMontgomery County to create a training program to prepare workers for jobs.  A new distribution facility near the Dayton Airport will employ over 1,000 workers and Fuyao, located in the Moraine former GM plant, 800.  LEAD continues to focus on improving the reading of 3rd graders in the Dayton Public Schools.  With Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority bus service in place to the Fairfield Commons Mall area, a Dayton Mall focus is to get stops closer to the stores than the current loop road bus stops which many people cannot walk.

LEAD is dependent on the support of faith groups, grants and individuals for its work and thanks First Baptist members and Mission Board for their investments and American Baptist Churches USA and Ohio for its grant.

Thursday Lunch Discussion Starting May 1st


Bring a sack lunch and join us for a journey through the narrative of

the Hebrew Scriptures book of Numbers.

May 1st @ Temple Israel

Numbers 12

Sibling Rivalry: Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion against Moses

May 8th @ Christ Episcopal Church

Numbers 13-14

Moses sends the spies into Canaan

May 15th @ First Baptist Church Dayton

Numbers 22-24

A Talking Donkey

Conclusion: The Priestly Benediction


A Rabbi and a Preacher Walk Into a Bar

Monday, May 12 @ 7:00pm – The Wine Gallery

A rabbi and a preacher walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “What? Is this some kind of joke?” 

Yes, exactly.  In fact, it is a series of jokes by David Sofian of Temple Israel and Rodney Kennedy of First Baptist Church Dayton.  David and Rodney share the comedy of being part of congregations in Dayton.  This is a return engagement at the Wine Gallery by the rabbi and the preacher. To reserve your seat/table, or call 222-4691.  The event will raise funds for Rebuilding Together Dayton.  $20/person and this includes a glass of wine and appetizers.

Calling for Volunteers

We are recruiting volunteers to help do some landscape upkeep—mulching, weeding, trimming bushes. If you are willing to help, please contact Marc Sawyer at or 298-9095.

Changing Roles Class - May 13

The Changing Roles classes have been well attended. People have been able to share their joys, as well as concerns, about being an adult child of an aging parent or friend. Kay will be gone in April so there will be no class. In May the class will be held on the second Tuesday, May 13. Please mark that day on your calendar.

Ministry of Transportation

Eight persons have volunteered to help members who need a ride. This might mean driving to and from a medical appointment, to a legal advisor, to worship on Sunday or to the funeral of a friend. FOUR more drivers are needed to complete this ministry. Please consider being one of them, meaning you are available one or more days a week. Forms are available from Linda at the church office, or in the mailbox of Kay Davis-Dudding. If you have questions, contact Kay by calling 937-232-5959 or emailing  


Christian Education at FBCD


Adult Sunday School Notes

The Uncommon Lectionary

Led by Rev. Mark Craig (et al)
Sunday Mornings @ 9am / 1st Floor Chapel

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) organizes the Church Year around a three-year cycle of scripture readings (Years A, B, and C); and here at First Baptist we have used the RCL readings for worship, preaching, and various Bible studies.  However, the RCL readings for Sundays only cover maybe 30 percent of the Bible.  And so, in this class we will be expanding our lectionary by making use of David Ackerman's book, Beyond the Lectionary, which "is a one-year compilation of readings that additional 2266 verses of scripture that are not used on Sundays or mainline Protestant holy days in the RCL."  So as the RCL begins Year A, our class will begin a kind of Year D.  As we go along, we'll consider why certain texts may have been omitted from the RCL and whether or not certain texts could be used in Sunday worship.  Join us!

First Baptist Gathers for Worship

Led by Dr. Rod Kennedy
Sunday Mornings (Mar 23 – Apr 13) @ 9am / 1st Floor Fellowship Hall

You are invited . . . .  If you would like to have conversations about worship, you will want to attend Dr. Kennedy’s Worship Forum: First Baptist Gathers for Worship.  Dr. Kennedy says, “I want to hear from as many of our members as possible about how we worship as a congregation each Sunday.  The class will look at how FBC Dayton has worshiped over the last century (copies of orders of worship from earlier decades), discuss our current worship practices, and the reasons for our various practices.  I think this is the most important class I have ever offered as lead pastor of FBC Dayton, and I encourage everyone to attend the opening session.” 

The worship forum begins at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 23.  The class will include a presentation by Dr. Kennedy along with discussion and a Q&A session.  The topics we will discuss will include:

1.   The recovery of ancient church liturgical practices.

2.   The use of creed, confession, assurance of pardon, responsive readings, The Lord’s Prayer, prayer for illumination. 

3.    A comparison of Baptist, Catholic, and Episcopal worship orders and patterns. 

4.   The skills necessary for worship.

5.   The relationship between our worship and our ethics.

6.   The centrality of worship in the life of the church. 

7.   The sacrament of Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper. 

8.  Baptism.

Lenten Class Opportunity

What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art

Tuesdays – March 11th thru April 15th

6:30PM @ First Baptist Church in Fellowship Hall

On Tuesday evenings throughout the Lenten season we invite you to gather with us as we follow along the DVD-based study, What Wondrous Love. Commentaries from some of the best and brightest scholars at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, paired with beautiful works of art from John August Swanson, will help guide our study and reflection, as we journey toward Holy Week and Easter.

For a full listing of Christian Education opportunities

go to and click on the DISCIPLESHIP tab or

speak with Rev. Jason Alspaugh (

or Linda Thomson (Chair, Board of Christian Education).


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