8:25 a.m. Worship
The Worship Leadership Team leads the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton begins the new sermon series His Name Is with a message entitled, “The Counselor Will See You Now” from Isaiah 9:6-7.
9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship
The Master Ringers open the service with the tune Angels From the Realms of Glory. The Sanctuary Choir continues to usher us into the Advent season with Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and Christ Has Come. Dr. Fenton begins the new sermon series His Name Is with a message entitled, “The Counselor Will See You Now” from Isaiah 9:6-7.
11:00 a.m., The Loft
A Simple Christmas
The holiday season can be one of chaos. With all of the decorating, shopping, travel, relatives, endless parties and events, we seem to rush right through Thanksgiving and arrive at Christmas while barely catching our breath. This Christmas season you are invited to slow down and reflect on how the birth of Christ affects each one of us in simple yet profound ways.
Tim Simpson begins the sermon series A Simple Christmas with a message entitled “Preparing For Christmas ” from Luke 1:5-25.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:5a
8:25 a.m., 9:40 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. - Journey, The Loft
11:00 a.m. - Hispanic Service, Chapel
8:25 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.
An Open Letter To Tom Thompson
During the last 21 years, you have served with excellence in many servant leadership roles within the Dawson Family of Faith. You have:
There is a common thread through all these avenues of service: you used your time, talents, stage of life, financial resources, energy, and passion for God’s glory. The biblical word for this is “stewardship.” Thank you for not only teaching stewardship principles but also for modeling them for us.
And now, you will continue to be a model as you make another transition. Even though you will no longer be on staff, you will continue to serve as Dawson’s Volunteer Coordinator for Strengthening Churches in the Maine component of Go Love Tell. You have already made several trips to Maine paying for your own way each time. You are uniquely qualified to serve in this role because you understand new member assimilation, how to organize a church for growth, and how to lead people to give time, talent, and financial resources for godly causes.
Thank you for serving with such an optimistic and positive spirit. You and Glenda reflect the biblical virtues of joy and hope. The significance of what you have done and are continuing to do for Dawson is second in value only to the quality of your Christian character.
It is truly a joy to serve with you as you make this transition in your ministry.
There is still time to turn in your Commitment Card for the 2016 missions and Ministry Budget. You can do so either online, through the offering in our Sunday Morning worship services, or by mail.
Several months ago, Tom Thompson shared his plans to make a transition in his ministry role with the senior leadership. Beginning December 1, Tom will move to an all-volunteer role within the Dawson Family of Faith. Other staff members will take over leadership in our Stewardship Ministry.
As a volunteer, Tom will be Dawson’s Volunteer Coordinator for strengthening the churches in the Maine component of Go Love Tell. Tom will also continue to teach short-term Bible study classes on biblical stewardship and personal financial planning. We are grateful for the many hours of service Tom has given during his time at Dawson, and are looking forward to seeing the way that God continues to build His kingdom through the work of His faithful servant.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
During November, we have considered what we will give to support the Dawson missions and ministry budget in 2016. If you have not yet made a commitment, please do so today. You can record your commitment online at dawsonchurch.org/commitment or by turning in a commitment card during the offering in today’s worship service. Thank you for giving generously and for committing to God your plans to give in the future.
A large number of Dawson members contribute their tithes and offerings through giving appreciated stock. You may give to the 2015 or 2016 budgets, to missions’ offerings, or to Go Love Tell. Appreciated stock is a good way to contribute to the church, because capital gains taxes are not assessed and your contribution goes further. You can give more by giving stock and being found faithful in your tithes and offerings to do God’s work at Dawson.
You can transfer your stock electronically to Dawson’s account by contacting Rowan Smith, Business Administrator, in the Church Office. To transfer stock electronically, you need Dawson’s account number and DTC number. You may also give stock certificates. A form is available in the Finance Office that must be completed when giving stock certificates.
Dawson’s partnership in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, continues in spite of great political and physical suffering. More than 500 adults recently attended a parent meeting at Abundant Life Primary School, while 428 adults also attended a parent meeting at Living Water Primary School. Both of these schools are funded through our partnership. This is a huge blessing, considering that until recently these parents had very little interest in their children’s education. Another piece of exciting news is that the exam pass rate was 85% for Living Water Primary School and 78% for Abundant Life Primary. Positive changes are being made daily in Akot, South Sudan, through your giving to the Dawson ministry and missions budget.
On Sunday, December 13, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 256 North, you are invited to come and learn how you can be a part of Dawson’s next international mission project in Haiti. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks such as the distribution of eyeglasses. Medical professionals are needed to conduct a clinic. The dates of the project are March 26 through April 2, 2015. For more information, please contact Ben Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Adkisson at email@example.com.
Dawson volunteers with a heart for caring, sharing, and demonstrating God’s love to others are needed to serve the people of Sumatra. This team will serve in the city of Bandar Lampung teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary school and the local hospital. Volunteers will also help with a soft-launch opening of the new ESL Cultural Exchange Center, funded by Go Love Tell and opening in 2016. This is an exciting opportunity for you to actively engage in reaching the 52 unreached people groups in Sumatra! The mission team leader is Ketrenia Hooks. Will you prayerfully consider where God may be calling you to serve? For more information, please contact Randy Poe at 871-7324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m., 67 Arendall
Preschoolers and their families are invited to come for a fun morning of snacks, crafts, praise time, and activities to discover that Christmas is a time to celebrate God’s Son, Jesus. This event is free and reservations are not needed. For more information about this event, and other monthly Preschool Play Days and Family Nights, please visit our Dawson Preschool Ministry webpage at dawsonchurch.org/preschool or our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Sunday, December 6, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary
You’re invited to be inspired in worship on Sunday, December 6 as the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra present The Newborn King, featuring the favorite songs of Christmas plus a few surprises along the way. You will leave changed as you encounter Jesus Christ through the music of the season.
On Sunday morning, December 20, dawson kids will experience The Miracle of Jesus. They will each have the opportunity to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell the Bible-times town of Bethlehem. Through hands-on activities, games, stories, and more, they’ll experience firsthand the amazing impact of the miracles of Jesus’ birth and life. So mark your calendar and please have your kids here at 9:40 a.m. on the dot, Sunday morning, December 20. They will not want to miss a minute of all we have in store for them to learn and grow in Jesus and become confident in Christ.
Candlelight is a great opportunity to serve for all ages during the two Candlelight services on December 19 and 20. There will be lots of babies to rock, books to be read, and laughter all around! Won’t you join us? Please consider volunteering your time for one of those nights.
DNOW 2016: ENTHRONED
Disciple Now weekend is January 15-17. DNOW weekend puts a high premium on discipleship. It’s a focused time of spiritual growth and application. “Host Homes” are needed and are a key feature of DNOW weekends. We are also in need of snacks and soda donations for these homes that host our students. Donations of soft drinks, cookies, chips, etc. can be dropped off at the Student Office or at the Receptionist Desk in the North Building.
Registration is open until January 10 and is $90 per student. Please fill out a new Medical Release form for 2016 and register online at dawsonchurch.org/DNOW.
Registration is currently underway for Dawson’s next Healthy Lifestyle Class which will begin in January. The program includes both nutrition classes and an exercise program. The common goal for each participant will be a desire to lose weight. The weight loss and the lifestyle changes made during this program will benefit those concerned with hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and other major health issues.
Enrollment is limited so call today to reserve your spot. For full details, please contact Debbie Moss at email@example.com or call 871-7324.
Dawson Music Academy will be offering a one- day Christmas camp on Monday, December 21, for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Morning only or all-day options are offered. Online registration is available. Students will bring home a Christmas gift.
Lynda Little Celebrates 40 Years Of Ministry Sunday, January 24, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary On Sunday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to join the entire Music & Worship Ministry for a special worship service inspired by the continued ministry of Lynda Little and her milestone of 40 years of ministry at Dawson. With over 6,000 worship services and rehearsals blessed by her music from the piano, Lynda continues to offer her gifts to countless worshippers every week. We thank God for the ongoing ministry of Lynda Little.
It’s not too late to register for music lessons with the Dawson Music Academy for the spring semester which begins in January. Give the gift of music to your child or grandchild this Christmas. There are openings for guitar, voice, harp, brass, woodwinds, piano, and string instruments. Registration information is available online.
There are still copies of the Sanctuary Choir’s new book, “This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” available. Filled with stories, testimonies, and devotionals from the Sanctuary Choir, this book is bound beautifully and would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys music, hymns, or stories of faith. Copies are only $5 and can be purchased in the Music & Worship Office. Quantities are limited.
Please pray for the 60+ teachers that were recently trained at a training conference for elementary school and kindergarten teachers from all over the island of Sumatra. Ask God to help them use what they learned in their schools each day.
Megan and Eric Bergquist on the birth of their son, Grant William Bergquist, on November 19, 2015.
Leah and Chip Treadwell on the birth of their son, Fenton David Treadwell, on November 20, 2015.
Bible Buddies & Bible Drill/Arendall
DSM - High School/Dye Groups
ESL/2nd FL North
Sunday sermons, by Dr. Gary Fenton, are available on CD in the Marketplace (located in the Foyer) immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship service ($4 each).
Dawson’s 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service is broadcast (one week delayed) on WIAT 42, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.