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September 21, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 38
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

lead the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Game Changer with a message entitled "Understanding The Power Of God" from John 4:43-54.


9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship

The creation of the universe and the incarnation of Christ are beautifully illustrated with composer Rosephanye Powell’s "The Word Was God," complimented by the soaring sounds of the Orchestra in "Exaltation." Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Game Changer with a message entitled "Understanding The Power Of God" from John 4:43-54.



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft

Relentless Pursuit

The book of Hebrews was written to believers, some of whom were discouraged and others who were in danger of abandoning their faith. They were tired, suffering persecution, and confused. The author calls them to pursue Jesus Christ. He describes the incomparable person of Christ, and in view of Christ, exhorts them not to abandon their faith. Together with them, we are called to a relentless pursuit of Christ.


Ben Stephenson continues the sermon series Relentless Pursuit with a message entitled "Baby Food" from Hebrews 5:1-6:3.



Together in Worship
September Bible Memory Verse

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6



Sunday, September 21, Worship

 Worship Services

    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


  Bible Study

    8:25 a.m. & 9:40 a.m. 



Together in Giving & Serving
Duncan Family Departs For Asia

Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 p.m., Social Hall

On Wednesday night, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Duncan family as they prepare to depart for their new assignment with the International Mission Board in Asia. In addition to their report, we will also take advantage of the opportunity to pray for them and their family. For more information, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Military Ministry Team To Meet September 28

The Military Ministry Team will meet on September 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall to write letters of encouragement to our military men and women serving in the Armed Forces. We will also include a time of prayer and remembrance. If you or someone you know has a family member or friend serving in our military, please submit their names to Michele Smith,, and they will be included in our database. If you have an interest in serving in this ministry, please contact Michele Smith or Bill Johnston for further information.


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Donate To Kids Connection

Kids Connection is serving more children than ever which means that your donations are essential. Please donate gently used clothes, toys, books, and baby equipment. We particularly need toys and boys clothes in sizes 6 to 18. You can bring donations to Kids Connection on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or to the North parking lot on Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
"WOMEN OF HOPE" Akot Women’s Ministry

The Women’s Ministry of Akot Christian Ministries (Dawson’s Ministry Partner), led by indigenous Director Rose Paul, continues to flourish. In 2008, the ministry began with one group of twenty women in Akot. A second group of women from Akot began meeting in 2010. In 2012, a third group of women was formed for the women in Malual, a local community located two miles from Akot. A fourth group of women will begin this fall in Atiaba, a community nine miles from Akot. The displaced women from "Women of Hope" are starting a fifth group in Paloc, the area in which they now reside.


In addition to the Director, Rose Paul, the Women’s Ministry has several other leaders who work with the women of Akot. One of those leaders is Mary Agum, the part-time Assistant Director of the ministry. Mary also serves as the area Women’s Ministry representative for The Baptist Convention of South Sudan. Mary is a Sudanese nurse.


Two more leaders include Deborah Akol and Rebecca Ding who lead sewing classes. Deborah will soon begin leading the new women’s group in Atiaba this fall. All four of these women are pastors’ wives. Two other leaders from the women’s group are Elizabeth Adut and Monika Agaar. These women lead the daily morning devotions at Living Water and Abundant Life primary schools.


All members of the Women’s Ministry complete a course of health lessons before beginning vocational training and small businesses. Five women have been trained to repair water pumps, and fifteen have been trained as tailors. The sewing ladies make the school uniforms for the children, as well as clothing to sell in the market. The two women’s groups have a large garden that they cultivate cooperatively. Many of the women are currently participating in a goat-raising business, where they are personally compensated by being able to keep half of the offspring while the other half are sold. All proceeds are used to sustain the Women’s Ministry. In addition, several women have also been trained in small business and simple accounting.


Though Akot recently experienced violence between two sub-clans, the Women’s Ministry did not miss a single meeting. In fact, they gathered more often for prayer. These women have formed a very strong, cohesive bond, which transcends all divisive clan issues. The women have many stories of miracles and answered prayers that they could tell. They have made up songs and dances to help teach many of the Bible stories and health lessons. Some of their songs are even played on the secular radio station in the state capital, Rumbek.


If you would like to know more about Dawson’s ministry in Akot, South Sudan or how you can participate, please contact Ben Hale at 871-7324 or  Please continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Christ in Akot.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Exciting New Missions Initiative To Be Recommended At Annual Business Meeting

Sunday, October 5, 6:00 p.m., Chapel

The Dawson Missions Team is proposing a bold new missions initiative for Dawson. The initiative will provide an opportunity for Dawson to give dramatically more of our financial resources and volunteer time to taking the good news of Jesus to a lost and hurting world. This new initiative provides five exciting and significant opportunities for us to use our time and money for God’s kingdom. This recommendation will be presented to the church for a vote at the annual Business Meeting on October 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please come be a part of this important decision.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or or Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Creating And Living On A Spending Plan

Wednesday, September 24, 6:15 p.m., 256 North

The first and most important step in managing our money is living on a spending plan. We are God’s money managers, but many of us struggle with effectively managing our finances. On Wednesdays, September 24 and October 1, you can learn how to create and live on a spending plan. Please take this important step to being a better manager of God’s money. Classes are at 6:15 p.m. in Room 256 North.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
"Seasons of Grace" Dedication Service

Sunday, September 28, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Celebrate with the Dawson Family of Faith as we dedicate and commission the new Dawson cookbook, Seasons of Grace, on September 28, 2014. A Dessert Tasting will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall featuring delicious dessert recipes from the cookbook. Seasons of Grace is available for pre-order ($20 each) until midnight Wednesday, September 24 at You will be able to pick up your reserved copy at the Dessert Tasting.


Reminder: Credit and debit cards will be accepted only when pre-ordering which ends this Wednesday at midnight. Cash or checks will need to be used to purchase cookbooks after Wednesday.


The BEST Waffles EVER


1 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 cup milk (or can use part cream)

2-3 egg yolks, well beaten

2-3 egg whites, beaten stiff

6 tablespoons melted butter


1. Measure and sift flour, measure sifted flour again and sift twice with other dry ingredients.


2. Beat egg yolks and add milk and melted butter. Combine dry and wet ingredients together, stirring quickly. Fold in egg whites.


3. Heat waffle iron, do not grease. (Many waffle irons have indicators which register when it is hot enough for use.)


4. Put 1 tablespoon of batter in compartment near center. (Mixture will spread to fill iron.)


5. Cover and leave closed until well puffed and delicately brown. Serve with butter and syrup. Makes six waffles.


Submitted by Lisa McNair


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Father/Son Weekend At Camp Dawson

The Father/Son Weekend at Camp Dawson is October 10-11. This retreat is for all fathers and their sons in Grades 1-12. Please join us Friday evening down at Camp Dawson for fellowship, activities, and godly teaching. We will wrap up around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Our speaker for the weekend is Brandon Gray from Disciple Game Plan Ministry. The high-ropes course and climbing tower will be set up on Saturday, as well as plenty of other activities. The cost is $25 per father/son pair, and there is no additional cost for dads with more than one son. You can register at the FRC or online at


Contact: Brad Gowing at 879-1758 or

Volunteer For Dawson’s Family Fall Festival

Friday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

This year’s Family Fall Festival is on Friday, October 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This fun night is open to the community and is run entirely by Dawson volunteers. We are in need of as many workers as possible, and we can’t do this without you!  If you would like to help at Dawson’s Family Fall Festival, please email your name and contact information to Liz Cuenin at or come by the front desk at the Family Recreation Center.


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

Pray"ers" Needed

Dawson has an Intercessory Prayer Ministry that does "the Work of the Church" twenty-four/seven. Individuals faithfully commit time and energy to come and pray for specific requests submitted to the Dawson Family of Faith each week. We have a prayer space designed specifically for this ministry on the 1st Floor of the West Building where individuals have access to recent requests, a phone, notecards, and a place to simply pray. We are excited about the opportunity to grow this ministry and would encourage anyone who is interested to learn more about it. We welcome you!


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Sing In The Christmas Choir

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit as the Sanctuary Choir begins preparing for Christmas. And there’s room for you to participate, too! We’ll be rehearsing Christmas music each Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so come grab your music and CD and jump in. We’d love to have you!


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Register Today For Upward Basketball

The Upward Basketball season is almost here! All kids in grades K through 5 are welcome to join a Dawson Upward team this winter. Upward uses basketball to help kids discover and build athletic skills, values, self-confidence, and a life-long love of the game. With just a one-hour practice and one-hour game each week, our league conveniently fits into busy family schedules. We hope you will sign your child up for Upward this winter! Registration forms are available at the FRC and online at


Contact: Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or

Dawson’s Cradle Care Ministry

Dawson’s Cradle Care Team is a group of moms who meet monthly to pray for the expectant families in our church family. Each expectant family is assigned a Cradle Care caregiver who ministers to them throughout their pregnancy, birth, and baby dedication. Look for the New and Expectant Parents Announcement Board in the Preschool Atrium to find out who’s new and who’s due!


Please contact Brooke Gibson, Minister of Preschoolers, if you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Cradle Care Ministry or if you know of an expectant family who needs to be added to the Cradle Care Ministry prayer list.


Contact: Brooke Gibson at 871-7324 or

Vaccines Given At Dawson

Wednesday, October 1, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Foyer 

Sunday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Foyer

Flu vaccines are $20.00 and Pneumonia vaccines are $65.00 and are provided by Homewood Pharmacy. Please bring Medicare cards with you.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Sign Up For Dawson’s Text Messaging Service

Dawson now offers "text messaging" as a way to communicate information (inclement weather cancellations, reminders, etc.) from the church. If you would like to sign up for this free service, please visit to register your name, cellular provider, and phone number. You may also pick up our "Text Messaging" card at the Receptionist’s Desk in the North Building. Please note that to receive text messages from Dawson, you must be signed up to receive the Together Online and have a texting plan set up by your cellular provider. For more information, please contact Shannon Lindsay at


Contact: Shannon Lindsay at 871-7324 or

Fenton's Friday Five

Read "Fenton's Friday Five" for observations and insights about being faithful at



Together in Prayer
In Love And Sympathy


Tammy and Willie Pope in the death of Tammy’s father and Morgan Milstead, Mallory Pope, and Coleman Pope in the death of their grandfather


Family and friends of Dr. Robert Taylor



In Loving Memory


Dr. Robert Taylor ~ September 10, 2014



Welcome To Dawson


Wally & Linda Gregg

Michael and Jenny Holley

Jaime Sánchez and Norma Sánchez

            (Abigail, Alondra, Gloria, Jose,

             Susana, and Violeta)

Grace Spencer



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, September 21
  8:25 a.m. Worship/Sanctuary
  8:25 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study
  9:40 a.m. Worship/Sanctuary
  9:40 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study
11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. Hispanic Congregation Worship/Chapel
11:00 a.m. Journey Worship/The Loft
  4:00 p.m. "I'm A Christian Now" Class/268 Arendall
  4:00 p.m. Chapel Ensemble/Choir Room
  5:00 p.m. Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West
  5:00 p.m. Chapel Choir/Choir Room
  5:00 p.m. Middle School Choir/354 North
  6:00 p.m. Missions Initiative Q & A/Fellowship Hall
Monday, September 22
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Tuesday, September 23
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL Cafe West
  6:00 p.m. Women's Bible Study/255 North
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, September 24
  9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Studies/2nd FL North
10:00 a.m. Strength and Balance Class/100 West
11:00 a.m. K.E.Y. Bible Study/Chapel
12:00 p.m.  Fellowship Lunch/Fellowship Hall/Chicken Scampi
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Chicken Scampi, Steamed Broccoli, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Pizza
  5:15 p.m. Master Ringers Rehearsal/351 North
  5:45 p.m. collide, Grades 1-5/FRC
  6:00 p.m. Music & Missions, Preschool/East & Arendall
  6:00 p.m. DSM/The Loft - Arendall
  6:00 p.m. Arabic Congregation Bible Study/100 West
  6:15 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal/Choir Room
  6:15 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal/Sanctuary
  6:15 p.m. K.E.Y. Bible Study
  6:15 p.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North & 3rd FL West
  6:15 p.m. Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East
  6:15 p.m. Moms in Prayer/3rd FL Cafe West
Thursday, September 25
  9:30 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
  9:30 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room

Sermon Audio

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.


Dawson Worship Services on TV
Sundays, 10:00 a.m., WIAT 42
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