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April 26, 2015   Vol. 18, No. 17
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

The Worship Leadership Team leads the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton begins the sermon series Go Love Tell with a message entitled "Go Where?" from Acts 8:1-8.


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

The Chapel Choir and Ensemble lead us in worship. Dr. Fenton begins the sermon series Go Love Tell with a message entitled "Go Where?" from Acts 8:1-8.



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft

That You May Believe

The Gospel of John is one of the most engaging books in the Bible. It is often described as being simple yet profound. As we study the life and teachings of Jesus, our desire is to be deepened in our faith, obedience, and commitment to Him in a life-changing way. As John the author states, "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." –John 20:31


Tim Simpson continues the sermon series That You May Believe with a message from John 9:1-41.



Together in Worship
April Bible Memory Verse

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5



Sunday, April 26, 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
Margaret Bowens Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Margaret Bowens joined the Dawson staff on May 1, 2000. She serves as Administrative Assistant for Adults, Young Adults, and College. Margaret is married to Major, and they have one daughter, Marjorie, who is 18 years old. For the last 15 years, Margaret has served faithfully at Dawson. She has many skills, gifts, and talents that make her such a valuable part of our staff. Margaret does many things behind the scenes that make the Discipleship Ministry effective. She has a kind heart, a big personality, and a true desire to serve her Lord and Savior. Margaret wants to see people grow in their relationship with Christ and does everything here at Dawson with excellence, as unto the Lord. She knows the vision of Dawson and uses her ministry role to help us move toward "being found faithful as God’s people." We are thankful that God led Margaret to Dawson 15 years ago and congratulate her on 15 years of service.


Contact: Mandy Hewitt at 871-7324 or

Nominate Now!

The Nominating Team has distributed information to Dawson members requesting input as they begin the process of nominating Deacons, Church Officers, and Standing Team Members for 2016. Names of people to be considered for these positions should be submitted to the Church Office by Sunday, May 10. You may submit names by emailing your nominations to, visiting the church’s website, or completing your forms by hand and either returning them to the Church Office or dropping them in the offering plate during one of the Sunday morning worship services. To nominate online...


1. Go to

2. Click the link “Nominate Now,” and read the description.

3. Click the link “2016 Leadership Positions” to bring up the online form.

4. In the form, type the names you wish to suggest for the various positions (you do not have to submit names for all positions).

5. When finished, click “send,” and your suggestions will be emailed to the Church Office.


Contact: Mandy Hewitt at 871-7324 or

Go Love Tell Information Meetings

Learn all about Go Love Tell. There are four opportunities for you to attend a meeting to hear details and ask questions. Please choose the time that best fits your schedule. All meetings will be in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Wednesday, April 29 at Noon (Lunch available for $5.)
  • Sunday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 3 at 10:50 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Go Love Tell – Birmingham

The Titusville community of Birmingham is less than two miles from Dawson. This community is one of the five mission projects of Go Love Tell. Dawson will provide ministries that will target the root causes of generational poverty in an effort to give long-term hope to this community that currently is beset by high unemployment and low income.


Through a partnership with the community’s only school and with Better Basics (a program that helps young students read at grade level) Dawson will provide reading programs at the school to help children read, which is the proven largest predictor of educational success. We also will partner with local churches and a community development corporation to provide job skills readiness training to equip people for better employment. In the future, we plan to provide health education and financial literacy training to help address these basic issues. All of these programs will provide opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ in word and deed.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Black Belt Family Mission Opportunity

Saturday, May 2, 6:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., Coy, Alabama

Volunteers are needed to help in Coy, Alabama, with clothing ministry, food service, art projects, teaching, and field day activities. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together. We will meet at Dawson in the North Parking Lot at 6:30 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. (It is recommended that children volunteers be 3rd graders or older). Please contact David or Denise Bivin at for more information.


Contact: Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Bibles Studies – Anytime. Anywhere.

Beginning Sunday, April 26, the Dawson Family of Faith will have access to a wealth of online Bible study resources! You will receive an email inviting you to establish a free account to an exciting new digital video library from RightNow Media. RightNow Media is described as "Netflix for the church" because you can instantly access a huge library of video sessions. The sessions feature unlimited content for kids, youth, discipleship, parenting, finances, and more. You can use these resources for both personal and group Bible study, viewing them from your phone, tablet, or computer. You also can view them in a group setting through a TV or projector with Internet service. This is Dawson’s gift to you! Please look for your email invitation Sunday, April 26. If you do not receive an email invitation but would like to access these studies, please contact Margaret Bowens at or Brad Gowing.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Hope Class – A Sunday Morning Bible Study

The decision to divorce is rarely an easy one. Rather, it is a decision that is often cloaked with emotion and beset with complicated issues. We will be offering a class for those who have gone through or are going through a divorce. This is not a divorce recovery class – although some healing and understanding might take place through studying God’s Word. It is, however, a 10-week class that will examine biblical principles of divorce and remarriage. The class, led by Jim Fisk, will meet at 9:40 a.m. in Room 10 at the Family Recreation Center beginning Sunday, April 26. Please contact Andy Cartee for additional information.


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

New Sunday Morning Class For Young Adults

Are you a newly married couple? Congratulations! You are invited to participate in a new Sunday Morning Bible Study class option. Beginning Sunday, May 10, at 9:40 a.m., the Young Adult Ministry is offering a class comprised of couples who have been married one year or less. The class will meet on 3rd Floor West in the Café. The co-leaders are Brad and Candice Burton and Nick and Shelley Gardner. As you begin your new life together, we encourage you to make Sunday Morning Bible Study a part of your weekly schedule. Sunday Morning Bible Study furthers our understanding of God’s Word and helps us live out its truths. Please contact Andy Cartee if you are interested in becoming a charter member of this new opportunity to connect with other followers of Jesus Christ.


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
KidLife Week Is Coming Soon!

Monday-Friday, June 1-5, 9:00 a.m.-Noon

"Celebrate! All Jesus, All the Time" is the theme for KidLife 2015. KidLife Week is an exciting week of fun and learning. Children participate in Bible stories, crafts, recreation, snacks, praise times, and worship rallies. Children, 4 years old (by September 1, 2015) through grade 5 (completed), are invited to attend. Invite your friends now! Many volunteers are needed to help with KidLife. Please contact Brooke Gibson (Preschool) or Danielle Bell (Children) to find out how you can get involved with KidLife Week. Online registration will be available on May 1.


Contact: Brooke Gibson at 871-7324 or or Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Discover Dawson

Sunday, May 3, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

All visitors and new members of the Dawson Family of Faith are invited to the next Discover Dawson session on Sunday, May 3, at 5:00 p.m. Discover Dawson is an informal group session that allows you to become better acquainted with Dawson’s endeavors. From Dr. Gary Fenton and other staff members, you will hear about our vision, mission, ministries, Bible studies, activities, schedule, facilities, and more. Reservations are not required but are helpful in planning adequately for the meeting. Please contact Margaret Bowens at or Brad Gowing.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Dawsonaires Share Ministry In Chattanooga

Fifty-two Dawsonaires will depart on Saturday, May 2, for three days of travel, fellowship, and ministry in the Chattanooga area. While there, the group will share their music with the residents of Creekside at Shallowford and Regency Pointe Retirement Community in Gadsden. This talented choir also will lead worship on Sunday morning, May 3, at Brainerd Baptist Church. Of course, the group will enjoy fellowship as they visit the Tennessee Aquarium, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle, ride the Incline Railway to Point Park at the top of Lookout Mountain, and enjoy lodging at the historic Read House Hotel. Please pray for the Dawsonaires as they travel.  This weekend tour will conclude a wonderful year of ministry. The Dawsonaires will dismiss for the summer and will begin rehearsing again on Thursday, September 3.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Dawson's Blood Drive Needs You!

Sunday, April 26, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion? Would you consider giving a few minutes of your time to save a life? Dawson will host a Blood Drive on Sunday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please remember to bring your Photo ID. This blood drive is sponsored by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Ballet Recital

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary

You are invited to attend the Dawson Ballet Spring Recital on Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Girls ages 3 and up will worship through dance as they present "God's Promises." Registration for new students for the fall semester of Dawson Ballet will open at the recital.


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

DMA Summer Music Camp

Join us for DMA Summer Music Camp on June 22-26, 2015. Campers will learn new songs, experience the joy of playing music with other students, and participate in a recital at the end of the week. Instrumental instruction in violin, cello, viola, piano, guitar, harp, percussion, and voice for all levels: introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Morning and All Day Sessions are offered for students who have completed Kindergarten-5th grade. Register today at   


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

Register Now For BIG Art Camp!

All kids in grades 1-5 completed are welcome to participate in our BIG Art Camps this summer. All skill levels are welcome! These half-day camps are led Jimmy McGowan and are full of fun and creative art projects. Week 1 is June 15-18 and Week 2 is July 6-9. Register online at or in the FRC.


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

New Index Available For "Seasons of Grace"

An additional index is available for the Dawson cookbook, Seasons of Grace. This index is organized by categories. Stop by the North Building desk to get your free copy. Seasons of Grace is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day and wedding showers. Remember those you love with this special gift.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Cooking Class - Mexican Recipes

Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

The Health and Wellness Ministry will be offering a cooking class on Thursday, May 14, and it will be focused on Mexican food. Three easy-to-make Mexican recipes will be prepared and sampled. This class is free and open to all ages. Amy Turnbow, Director of Food Services and Events, will be teaching this cooking class. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 to make your reservation.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Safe Driving Course Offered

On Monday, May 18, a safe driving course will be offered at Dawson for persons age 55 and older. The course will be taught by a representative of AARP. Persons who complete the course will be eligible for auto insurance discounts by most companies. The course will cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. A light lunch also will be available for $5. The schedule is as follows: 8:30-11:30 a.m. (session 1), 11:30 a.m. (lunch), 12:00-3:00 p.m. (session 2). Interested persons can sign up at the North Building Reception area.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Beginning Tai Chi

The Family Recreation Center is now offering Beginning Tai Chi on Mondays at noon. Tai Chi uses slow, fluid movements to increase strength, flexibility, and dynamic balance skills. Beginning Tai Chi is a gentle, yet effective balance and core training class using exercises developed for Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program, which is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation.


Contact: Nancey Legg at 879-1758 or

Fenton's Friday Five

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



Together in Prayer
Family Dedication


Remington James Reid Wilson, son of Veronica and Matthew Wilson, will participate with his family in dedication this Sunday during the 9:40 a.m. worship service. Remington was born on December 1, 2014. He has one brother, Shepard. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Welch of McComb, MS; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Belham of Gulfport, MS; and Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson of Gainesville, GA. His great-grandparents are Mrs. Cornelia Crawford of McComb, MS; Mrs. Katie Welch of McComb, MS; and Mr. John Belham of Gulfport, MS.


Virginia Posey Leeth, daughter of Toni and Clark Leeth, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Virginia was born on October 27, 2014. She has one sister, Emma. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Leeth of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rhodes of Van Vleet, MS. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Ruth Carter of Van Vleet, MS.





Annie and Ben Ayer on the birth of their son, James Emmitt Ayer, on April 18, 2015.



Welcome To Dawson


Libby Baty

Jack Davis

Owen Robbins



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, April 26
  7:30 a.m. Blood Drive/Fellowship Hall
  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
  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
  5:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study/253 North
  6:00 p.m. DSM Bible Studies/The Loft - Arendall
Monday, April 27
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
Tuesday, April 28
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL West Cafe
  6:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study/255 North
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, April 29
  9:30 a.m. Adult 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. Go Love Tell Information Meeting/Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m.  Fellowship Lunch/Fellowship Hall/Veggie Plate
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall

Veggie Plate, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, & Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Pizza

  5:30 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
  6:00 p.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North
  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/Chapel
  6:15 p.m. Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East
  6:15 p.m. Moms in Prayer/3rd FL Cafe West
Thursday, April 30
  9:00 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
10:00 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room
Saturday, May 2
10:30 a.m. Ballet Recital/Sanctuary

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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