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May 24, 2015   Vol. 18, No. 21
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

The Worship Leadership Team leads the congregation in worship through music. Our guest speaker is Dr. Gordon Fort from the International Mission Board.


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

Brent Coleman leads the Sanctuary Choir in the classic anthem At the Name of Jesus and reminds us of the power of the Holy Spirit through O Breath of God. Our guest speaker is Dr. Gordon Fort from the International Mission Board. Dr. Fort will deliver a message for our Go Love Tell emphasis.



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 entitled "No Separation" from John 10:22-42.



Together in Worship
May Bible Memory Verse

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2



Sunday, May 24, 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. 



And In Closing


The quality and the character of our lives are often formed by three little words.


Three little words…

The words "I love you" are often the very first words spoken by the parents to a newborn child. Christian parents find different ways to convey the truth of those three little words to their children at every age. Even when children are adults, they need to hear those three words. If they hear them, believe them, and see evidence that their parents meant them, they have a great opportunity to be a productive adult.


Three little words…

The words "I receive Jesus" mark the beginning of the Christian journey. It is not so much about our giving our lives to Jesus as it is our receiving God’s free gift of His Son. Those three little words can change the spiritual quality and destination of our lives.


Three little words…

The words "I take you" are at the beginning of our marriage vows. Those three words form the basis of a monogamous Christian marriage between a man and a woman, which is the foundation of our society.


Three little words

The words "Go Love Tell" summarize God’s mission strategy for the people who are called in the name of His Son. We are to Go, meaning to take the initiative toward others the way He took the initiative toward us. We are to Love, meaning that we are to desire God’s eternal best for every person just the way God does for us. We are to Tell of God’s love, of the redeeming action of Jesus on the cross, and of the eternal life that is only found in Jesus, the Christ.


Go Love Tell…These three little words not only shape the values of the church, but they also give evidence of the depth of our faith. This week, I invite you to pray about your participation in our Go Love Tell missions initiative. Be praying about your five-year commitment.


This Sunday, we have the opportunity to hear one of the finest mission speakers in evangelical life, Dr. Gordon Fort, of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In Go Love Tell, we are partnering in three locations with the International Mission Board. As a result, we will be working closely with the missionaries we support through the Cooperative Program and our gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Dr. Fort has spoken at Dawson on several occasions, and I am looking forward to hearing God speak through him again this week.


I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at Dawson.


Your pastor,

Gary Fenton



Together in Giving & Serving
Where Will You Go?

Each Go Love Tell project will require Dawson members to go and serve in some new capacity. Since these projects are over and above all of our current ministries and missions, it is vital that every member continues to serve within the walls of Dawson and beyond our walls.


Please learn about the volunteer opportunities in all five projects and decide where God is calling you to serve and then complete and turn in your Go Love Tell serving commitment card by May 31. Your commitments are necessary so that we will be able to confirm that we have enough volunteers to do the work in each project. Thank you for making Go Love Tell a priority for you and your family.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Go Love Tell - Tanzania (July 31- August 9)

The Tanzania mission project will take place from July 31 through August 9. The team bound for Kigoma, Tanzania still has room for more volunteers. A team of nurses have already committed to training at the hospital, but others can still join the team. Non-medical volunteers will also focus on visiting in people’s homes to share the love of Christ by introducing water purification systems. For more information about Go Love Tell - Tanzania, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Volunteer For Inglenook VBS: June 22-26

Every summer Dawson volunteers conduct a Vacation Bible School at Inglenook Park in Birmingham. For many of the children and youth at this city park recreation center, this is the highlight of their summer. We are in need of volunteers of all ages and interests. This is a great opportunity for parents to work along-side their school-age children. The event takes place in the recreation center. Volunteers will be back at Dawson each day by noon. We are looking for leaders to help with planning and organization and volunteers for the Bible learning activities, recreation, crafts, refreshments, and worship. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Ben Hale at or Melissa Kaiser at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Go Love Tell – Southeast Asia

In a heavily Muslim country in Southeast Asia, Dawson is partnering with International Mission Board representatives to communicate the Gospel through education, teaching English lessons, and health care. These three approaches are the primary ways in which we can build relationships as the basis for sharing the Gospel.

  • We will provide the funds to construct and equip a middle school and a gym as an addition to an existing Christian elementary school, and our volunteer teams will train teachers on current teaching models.
  • We will provide the financial resources to establish an English language center and volunteer teams to help teach English.
  • We will provide resources for equipment and other support for a Baptist Hospital, and we will send volunteer teams to train nurses in current techniques.
Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Hispanic VBS Needs Volunteers

Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 9:00 a.m.-Noon

We’re getting ready to "Journey Off The Map" and need leaders to join us as we venture into uncharted territory during this year’s VBS! Over 100 kids from all around Birmingham will be coming through our doors at Dawson during Hispanic VBS week to discover Jesus as their "Ultimate Guide." It takes over 50 volunteers for this ministry effort. Will you consider joining us by serving in Bible study, music, crafts, recreation, snacks, nursery, or transportation? Classes are led in English, so you do not need to know Spanish to help. Children of volunteers (nursery through grade 10) may register to participate for the week. To volunteer, please contact Wendy Adams at (731) 225-8295 or


Contact: Bayron Mosquera at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Adult Wednesday Bible Study - Deuteronomy: A Challenge To A New Generation

Starting over is always a challenge. In the book of Deuteronomy, we encounter an entire nation that is starting over with the challenge to enter the Promised Land. Through this book, Moses shared eight clear messages to a new generation as they prepared to claim God’s promises. This message is relevant to us today as we explore the holiness and love of God and affirm that the path of obedience is often difficult, but the rewards are heavenly! Every believer needs to be familiar with the instructions of Deuteronomy. Please join us in the Social Hall at either 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 10, 17, & 24, and July 8,15, 22, & 29 for this very helpful and insightful study.


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
KidLife Week Is One Week Away!

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

KidLife Week is only one week away! It’s not too late to register! Children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2015 through those who have completed grade 5 are invited to attend. KidLife Week is June 1-5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. KidLife Week is a time of Bible study, crafts, recreation, snacks, and worship rallies! The theme this year is "Celebrate! All Jesus, All the Time!" Please register online at For those without internet access, you may register on Sunday mornings in May at the dawson kids and Preschool Welcome Desks in the Arendall Building. We encourage everyone to register early and invite your friends to be a part of this special week at Dawson! Please contact Brooke Gibson or Danielle Bell or call the Church Office at 871-7324 for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!


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

Basketball Camp Begins This Week

Tuesday-Friday, May 26-29, 9:00 a.m., FRC

Don’t miss out on a fun and exciting week! Register your kids today for Dawson’s annual Basketball Camp on May 26-29. This year’s camp will be led by Lee Burgess, the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Brevard College in North Carolina. This camp will be rewarding, providing your kids with new basketball knowledge and skills. Campers must be in grades 1-5 (completed) to participate, but no previous basketball experience is required. A basketball will be given to each camper, which he or she will get to take home at the end of camp. You can register at the Family Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing your child at Basketball Camp this year!


Contact: Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or

Sanctuary Choir Summer Rehearsal Schedule

Beginning June 10, the Sanctuary Choir will begin its summer schedule and begin meeting 15 minutes earlier on Wednesday evenings (6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.), in the Choir Room. The pace of rehearsal is more relaxed during the summer. It is a great time for those with schedules that do not permit their participation during the school year to enjoy singing with the choir. Childcare is provided.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

W2 Takes Summer Break

Beginning this Sunday, May 24, we will not have W2 during the summer months. We encourage all children to please pick up the yellow sermon notes and follow along with the sermon on Sunday mornings. A name will be drawn each week to have ice cream with Miss Danielle and Mr. Jon.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Cooking Class - Chinese Food

Thursday, June 11, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

The Health and Wellness Ministry will be offering a cooking class on Thursday, June 11, and it will be focused on Chinese food. Three easy-to-make Chinese 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

Self-Defense And Safety Tips

Sunday, June 14, Noon - 2:00 p.m., Social Hall

You are invited to a self-defense and safety class on Sunday, June 14 in the Social Hall. This class will include "self-defense and safety tips" whether you are at home, at work, at school, out shopping, traveling by car, or traveling by plane internationally. Doug Wilson, a former Intelligence Officer, will be teaching this class. He speaks to corporate travelers, university students, mission groups, and individuals on safety. All ages are encouraged to invite a friend to join them for this class. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 to make your reservation.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

"Flag Day" Picnic At Camp Dawson

A great afternoon of fun, relaxation, food, and gospel singing is planned for all adults on Sunday, June 14, at our newly renovated Camp Dawson. The camp has recently been refurbished and updated. This will be our first opportunity to see and enjoy the improvements. The afternoon will include games, a hamburger cookout, delicious desserts, and gospel music by the bluegrass/gospel group Over The Mountain. Bus transportation ($10) will be available for those needing it, departing from Dawson at 3:00 p.m. Maps will be provided for those who drive to Camp Dawson, which is located near Calera. The activities begin at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude at 7:00 p.m. Sign up through your Sunday morning Bible study class or in the Church Office.


Contact: Bob Hatfield 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 by 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

DMA Summer Music Camp

Join us for DMA Summer Music Camp June 22-26. 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 is available 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-grade 5. Register today at


Contact: Kimberly Jones 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


Brittany and Eric Mathis in the death of Eric’s grandmother.


Lynn Thrash and family in the death of his wife, Mable Thrash.



In Loving Memory


Mable Thrash ~ May 13, 2015





Meredith and Philip Hake on the birth of their son, Alex Maclean Hake, on May 14, 2015.


Julie and Chris Myers on the birth of their son, Ethan Beckett Myers, on May 15, 2015.


Katie and Jonathan Hinshelwood on the birth of their son, Morris Alexander Hinshelwood on Sunday, May 17.


Katie and Eric Stuman on the birth of their daughter, Claire Reeves Stuman, on Sunday, May 17, 2015.



Welcome To Dawson


Zoe Watts



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, May 24
  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
Monday, May 25
  7:00 a.m. Church Office and FRC Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26
  9:00 a.m. Basketball Camp/FRC
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL West Cafe
Wednesday, May 27
  9:00 a.m. Basketball Camp/FRC
  6:15 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal/Choir Room
  No Other Evening Activities
Thursday, May 28
  9:00 a.m.  Basketball Camp/FRC
Friday, May 29
  9:00 a.m. Basketball Camp/FRC

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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