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December 4, 2016   Vol. 19, No. 49
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Sunday Worship - Sanctuary

8:25 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Dawson’s Discipleship Pastor, Brad Gowing, continues the Advent sermon series Simply Christmas with a message entitled “Simply Christmas: Peace” from Micah 5:1-5



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft (Arendall Building)


Tim Simpson continues the Advent sermon series Simply Christmas with a message entitled “God Is With Us” from Isaiah 7-8.



Together in Worship
December Bible Memory Verse

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him. (Colossians 1:19)



Sunday, December 4 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


Life Groups

    8:25 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.



Dawson Pastor Search
Pastor Search Prayer Request

Each week, Dawson’s Pastor Search Team will ask our church family for a specific prayer request regarding the search process. Please continue to fervently pray for the Dawson Family of Faith, the Pastor Search Team, Dawson’s staff, and for our next pastor. These prayer requests will also be located on Dawson’s social media platforms. Please feel free to share.


James 1:5: Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing and it will be given to him.


Recognizing Dawson’s long legacy of faith, pray that the Dawson Search Team is reminded that God gives wisdom generously to all who ask.



Together in Giving & Serving
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering And Go Love Tell

In 2015, the Dawson Family of Faith launched Go Love Tell, the largest mission initiative that our church has ever attempted. While our Go Love Tell projects continue to be very successful, it is important for us to remember that the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering laid the foundation for all of our international projects. All three of our Go Love Tell international projects (Tanzania, Northeast Africa, and Southeast Asia) are partnerships with international missionaries who are supported by the Lottie Moon Offering. For decades, this offering has provided more than 50% of the funds needed to send and support our missionary task force around the world. During the Christmas season, please consider giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to ensure that our partners can continue to serve around the world. 100% of your gifts to the Lottie Moon Offering help send and sustain international missionaries.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Many Options For End Of Year Giving

As the year comes to a close, remember that you can give your tithes and offerings right up to the end of the year. While most people give checks or cash, there are many other ways to support Dawson and its ministries. If you give stock, please contact Rowan Smith, Business Administrator, to confirm your gift and specify its distribution. Dawson’s stock account is at Raymond James & Company, and the contact person is Scott Simpson at (205) 874-4345. Remember that a stock transfer might take a few days, so please give yourself plenty of time in order to assure that the church receives your gift no later than December 31, 2016. You may also contribute through our online giving feature on the Dawson website (


Contact: Rowan Smith at 871-7324 or

The Learning Center Needs Volunteers

The Learning Center needs volunteers to teach English and Math to adult students as part of the Literacy Academy Program beginning January 2017. English and Math classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at The Learning Center facility located at 20 Green Springs near Kids Connection. Would you consider serving others in this exciting new ministry opportunity? Training will be provided through our partnership with M-Power Education Center.


Contact: Randy Poe at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Ornaments To Benefit Go Love Tell Projects

During this holiday season, you and your family can support the work of Go Love Tell by purchasing Christmas ornaments. These one-of-a-kind creations are made with materials from Southeast Asia and are a tangible reminder of God’s work in Go Love Tell Projects throughout the world. These ornaments are perfect to Display them in your own home and share with others as well!


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Adults On Mission: The Gospel Resounds

Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m., 100 West

Please join us in praying for God’s work around the world on Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. Gain a glimpse into the lives of families, couples, and individuals, who share the Gospel as they go wherever God needs them. Supper is available. Reservations are not required.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Missions Market

Sunday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

On Sunday, December 11, you will have the opportunity to shop for gifts at the World Craft’s table following the children and students’ performance. You can purchase items made around the world by artisans working in humane conditions with fair pay and who are not child laborers. Special Guest: Our Go Love Tell Southeast Asia partner (Eric C.) will be there so come learn about God’s amazing work in Southeast Asia!


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Information Meeting Scheduled For Haiti Projects

Dawson has four mission projects planned for Haiti in 2017. Beginning in January, we will send teams of medical and non-medical volunteers to lead a full medical clinic and several blood pressure clinics. These teams will work with the Joy House Ministry. The 2017 dates are January 14-17, April 8-15 - Medical Clinic, July 8-11, and October 7-10.


Our first informational meeting for the April trip will be December 11 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 256 North. All four-day blood pressure clinic expenses are approximately $830 per person. The April medical clinic project is projected to be $1600 per person. For more information, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
RENEW Bible Study Continues This Week

RENEW Bible Study continues this week as we study the Wisdom Literature of the Bible on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall. Through RENEW, we will Read the Bible, Engage in a study of that passage, Notice where it speaks to our life, and Encourage each other to Walk faithfully in what we have learned. Currently we are working our way through the Psalms. Studies will be taught primarily by Bill Johnston with other staff members teaching as well. Please join us on Wednesdays for RENEW!


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Men’s Bible Study Lunch

Thursday, December 15, 11:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Please join us for the December Men’s Bible Study Lunch. This fall we’ve had the privilege of hearing from local businessmen who have taught us biblical principles on “Becoming More Effective Christian Leaders.” Our guest speaker for this month is Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, President of Samford University. Lunch ($6) begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Reservations are requested but not required. Please send your RSVP to Tommy Lunceford at


Contact: Tommy Lunceford at 879-1758 or

Together in Ministries
A Thrill Of Hope

Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

You’re invited to be inspired in worship on Sunday, December 4, as the Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra present A Thrill of Hope, featuring the favorite songs of Christmas. Together we imagine the surprise of the shepherds when the angel chorus descended upon them, offering praise to God as Christ was born into our world. In that moment, God made good on a promise that had been given centuries before. Join us as we experience A Thrill of Hope born in Jesus Christ.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Candlelight At Dawson

December 17 & 18, 5:00 p.m., (Doors open at 4:15 p.m.)

For over 40 years, Birmingham has converged at Dawson to experience the joy God gave us at Christmas through Candlelight at Dawson. Culminating with the candlelit Silent Night, these evenings of worship are anticipated each year by our community. Invite your loved ones to join us for Candlelight at Dawson this Christmas season.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Save The Date: dawson kids – Jingle Jam

Celebrate Christmas with dawson kids! We are having a special Christmas party on Sunday morning, December 18, during the 9:40 a.m. Life Group hour. Please make sure your kids are in their classrooms no later than 9:40 a.m. so they don’t miss a minute of the exciting day we have planned for them.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

DNOW 2017: ONE

Disciple Now 2017 is January 13-15. “Host Homes” are still needed and are an important feature of DNOW weekends. We are also in need of snacks and soda donations for the host homes, as well as adult volunteers for other portions of the weekend. Donations of soft drinks, chips, etc. can be dropped off at the Student or Church Office. Late Registration ($90) is December 1 to January 9.


Contact: Lorin Jackson at 871-7324 or

Lose Inches, Gain Health With Healthy Lifestyle 2017

Healthy Lifestyle Program kicks off January 2017. This comprehensive nutrition, exercise, and weight loss program will improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, joint health, and more. Work with your team to help you stay motivated. Reserve your spot now, because enrollment is limited! For complete details, contact Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

What’s New At The FRC?

The FRC staff would like to announce the opening of our new Cardio Theater. The new Cardio Theater is the best place to walk off that Thanksgiving turkey and bike your way to a healthy Christmas. Come visit our new Cardio Theater and get in shape for the new year! The FRC is also introducing a new exercise class on Wednesday nights at 5:00 p.m. beginning November 30 called Piyo. Piyo is not like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long intense poses, or lead you through dozens of repetitive, microscopic movements. Piyo speeds everything up, including your results! Piyo consists of dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility. Come see all the new things we have happening over at the FRC!


Contact: Mica Driggers at 879-1758 or

Purchase Your “Seasons of Grace” Cookbook Today

Dawson’s “Seasons of Grace” Cookbook would make a great Christmas gift for friends and family or for use in your kitchen during the holidays. This beautiful book has over 400 recipes, meaningful Scripture verses, and amazing pictures throughout. The cost of the cookbook is $20, and it can be purchased anytime at the Church Office and in the Arendall Building Welcome Center.


Contact: Rowan Smith at 871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
Family Dedication

Ivey Jacqueline Hall, daughter of Leigh Anna and Bagby Hall, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 9:40 a.m. worship service. Ivey was born on September 6, 2016. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Ivey of Webb and Mr. and Mrs. O.Z. Hall, Jr. of Birmingham. Her great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Ivey of Webb, Mrs. Sally Smith of Brantley, and Mrs. Jacqueline Hall of Birmingham.



In Love And Sympathy


John Constantine and family in the death of his mother, Najla Constantine.



In Loving Memory


Najla C. Constantine ~ November 27, 2016





Courtney and Michael Hamilton on the birth of their daughter, Ann Elizabeth Hamilton, on November 25, 2016.



Welcome To Dawson


Lexa Botello

Wilson Riley



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, December 4
  8:25 a.m. Worship/Sanctuary
  8:25 a.m. Sunday Morning Life Groups
  9:40 a.m. Worship/Sanctuary
  9:40 a.m. Sunday Morning Life Groups
11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Hispanic Congregation Worship/Chapel

11:00 a.m. Journey Worship/The Loft - Arendall
  5:00 p.m.

Bible Drill & Bible Buddies/240 West & 267 Arendall

  5:00 p.m.

Middle School Choir/354 North

  5:00 p.m.

Chapel Choir/Choir Room

  5:00 p.m.

Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West

  6:00 p.m.

A Thrill of Hope - Sanctuary Choir/Sanctuary

Monday, December 5
  7:00 a.m.

Men’s Bible Study/Social Hall

  6:30 p.m.

Stephen Ministry/254 North

Tuesday, December 6
  7:00 a.m.

Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Social Hall

  6:30 p.m.

ESL/Social Hall

Wednesday, December 7

10:00 a.m.

Strength and Balance Class/100 West

11:00 a.m.

RENEW Bible Study/Social Hall

12:00 p.m.

Fellowship Lunch/Fellowship Hall

  4:45 p.m.

Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall


Swedish Meatballs, Buttered Noodles,


Veggie Medley, Salad, Bread, Dessert,


or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar; Kid’s Meal: Crispitos

  6:00 p.m.

Preschool Music & Missions/Arendall

  6:00 p.m.


  6:00 p.m.

DSM - Dye Groups

  6:00 p.m.

RENEW Bible Study/Social Hall

  6:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North & 3rd FL West

  6:00 p.m.

Arabic Congregation Bible Study/100 West

  6:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir/Choir Room

  6:00 p.m.

Orchestra Rehearsal/Sanctuary

  6:00 p.m.

Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East

Thursday, December 8
  9:30 a.m.

ESL/2nd FL North

10:00 a.m.

Dawsonaires Rehearsal/Choir Room

  5:30 p.m.

Adults On Mission/100 West


Sermon Audio

Dawson’s 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service is broadcast (one week delayed) on WIAT 42, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.


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Sundays, 10:00 a.m., WIAT 42
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