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August 2, 2015   Vol. 18, No. 31
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

The Worship Leadership Team leads the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Superior Spiritual Memory with a message entitled “The Worst That Can Never Happen To You” from 2 Corinthians 12:9.


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

The members of Sanctuary Choir lead us to worship with two familiar anthems, Holy Is He and Deep Water.  Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Superior Spiritual Memory with a message entitled “The Worst That Can Never Happen To You” from 2 Corinthians 12:9.



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 “Q & A With Jesus And Peter” from John 18:1-27.



Together in Worship
August 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, August 2, 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
Jay Morris Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Jay Morris celebrated his five year anniversary as part of the Dawson Facilities Team on July 26, 2015. As our Facilities Manager, Jay coordinates the set-ups for a multitude of different events that take place here at Dawson every week. He manages everything from a small group Bible study to huge events such as KidLife. Most of Jay’s work takes place behind the scenes, but he has a huge impact on the life of the church. Jay does an excellent job of supporting every event that takes place here. 


Aside from coordinating the event set-ups, Jay performs many of the set-ups himself, and even assists the Maintenance Staff with their work whenever possible. Jay’s willingness to serve wherever needed makes him a valuable asset to our team. We are fortunate to have him as part of Dawson, and congratulate him on five years of service. We look forward to serving alongside him for many years to come. Congratulations, Jay, and thank you for all that you do!



Donate To Kids Connection

Kids Connection serves up to 70 children each week and each child receives clothes, toys, and books. On average, each child receives about 20 separate items. Therefore Kids Connection gives away over 1,400 items each week. It takes many donations to have all the things kids need. 


Right now, Kids Connection particularly needs boys clothes sizes 8 through 16, toys, stuffed animals, board games, puzzles, and balls.  Please donate to Kids Connection so children can receive the things they need.  Bring donations to Kids Connection at 32 Greensprings Highway on any Monday or Wednesday and the second Saturday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Donations can also be dropped off in the North Parking lot at Dawson on Wednesday evenings from 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Missions Spotlight: Ukraine

Recently, a small team from Dawson went to Ukraine to work with orphans through our partnership with Lifesong for Orphans.  This mission trip is different from many others in that our goal is to develop long-lasting relationships with the orphans. We have known some of these kids since our very first trip in 2007 and have literally gotten to watch them grow up.  For the last five years, we have gone to a beautiful camp owned by Lifesong.  We were one of the first teams to go to this camp when it first opened in 2010.  Prior to 2010, the camp was a local landfill and dumping ground. The transformation that the property has undergone from a place filled with trash and dirt to the beautiful camp that it is now, is a tremendous allegory to the work that God, through Lifesong, is doing in the lives of these kids. The transformation that we’ve seen over the years with the kids has been nothing short of amazing. God has taken them from horrible situations and transformed them in ways that are inexplicable other than through His power. It is also a great reminder of what God has done for us.  Our hearts, without Jesus, are just like the landfill, but through Him, we have been redeemed and restored just as the land at the camp has been. God is constantly moving in our lives and perfecting our faith just as He is in the lives of the orphans.


This year, we were encouraged by what we saw God doing through Lifesong with the kids, with the camp, and also with kids in their transition homes.  These homes help the kids make the transition from the orphanage into the “real world.”  The Bible calls us to serve orphans which is religion that He accepts as pure (James 1:27).  The Bible also calls us to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). As we have gone to Ukraine and have built these relationships with these kids, we have come to love them—just as God loves them and just as we love our own children. This kind of love means that we bear their burdens, their struggles, and their hurt. The kids know that we love them and care for them, but we do all of this because God first loved us. And while we hurt right alongside them, we also know that these deep relationships are the ones that matter.   


The political situation in Ukraine is very challenging.  The camp is less than 50 miles from the Russian border. If not for Christ, why would we take a week away from our families and from work to go to a fairly unstable area?  Each year, this mission trip not only allows us to minister to the orphans, but it also allows us to point people we see every day (friends and coworkers) towards Jesus by explaining why we would go and serve.  Please continue to pray for the country of Ukraine, for Lifesong’s ministry, and for the relationships that we have developed and continue to invest in through the mission opportunities at Dawson.


Dawson’s Lifesong Ukraine Team



Together in Bible Study
No Evening Activities This Wednesday

There will be no evening activities on campus this Wednesday, August 5. The kitchen will also be closed and meals will not be served for lunch or supper in the Fellowship Hall.



Sunday Morning Bible Study Leadership Training

Sunday, August 9, 5:00 p.m.

In preparation for the coming new Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS) year, leadership for all ages will meet to plan and learn how to implement the Discipleship Ministry Mission – to make disciples who make disciples.  Childcare is available by contacting Donna Allan at  All groups will start at 5:00 p.m. 


•  Preschool – Chapel    •  dawson kids – Choir Room- 3rd FL North


•  Students – The Loft     •  Adults – Fellowship Hall


Young Adult and Journey Life Group leaders will join with Adults in the Fellowship Hall then break off into individual sessions.  We are looking forward to the new year with great anticipation!


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

New Together For Life Class

Together For Life is a 15-week traditional Christian marriage course that teaches engaged and newly-married couples valuable truths and skills that will make their marriages last a lifetime.  The course is offered Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m. in Room 301 West beginning August 16, and we have a great group of married couples who lead and teach every week. The Together For Life course is filled with important topics to help any couple navigate the joys and realities of marriage.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Andy Cartee.



Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

RightNow Bible Studies

You still have the opportunity to sign up for your gift from the Dawson Family of Faith! Dawson has a subscription through RightNow Media for every church member to have access to a massive collection of online Bible study resources. RightNow Media is described as "Netflix for the church" because you can instantly access a huge library of videos with unlimited content for kids, youth, discipleship, parenting, finances, and more. You can use these resources for both personal and group Bible study. To set up your personal account, go to Dawson’s RightNow web page at and click on the link to sign up. If you should encounter any problems signing up, or if you have any questions about RightNow Media or your subscription, please contact Margaret Bowens at or Brad Gowing at


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Greater Birmingham Festival Of Hope Presents Franklin Graham At UAB’s Bartow Arena

Friday-Sunday, August 14-16, Bartow Arena

Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are bringing the Good News of Jesus to the Greater Birmingham region from Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16 and featuring musical performances by Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, The News Boys and more! There also will be a special message from Franklin Graham each night.  Tickets are not required. Seating is first come, first served.


The festival begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open 90 minutes before the festival starts. Dawson will provide transportation for the Sunday night session. The bus will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the North Parking Lot. Please sign up at the North Building Front Desk by Sunday, August 9, or email Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

1st Grade Bible Sunday

Sunday, August 30, 9:40 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Sunday, August 30, is a special day for our first graders as they receive their first grade Bibles. All first graders and their families are invited to a very special brunch in the Fellowship Hall during the 9:40 a.m. worship service. (They will receive their Bibles and some other special goodies at this time.) Following the brunch, first graders will be recognized in the 11:00 a.m. worship service.


Register your first grader at Registration closes Friday, August 21, so please be sure to register before the deadline. The Bible is the absolute truth that dawson kids stands on, and we can’t wait to place one in your first grader’s hands. We look forward to receiving your family’s online registration and being a part of this important milestone in your child’s faith development.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

BLUEPRINT - dawson kids 2015-16 Theme

dawson kids is excited to announce our theme for the new church year. Through our desire to help kids and families be confident in Christ, we want to have a theme that every program and event works towards. This year we have prayerfully chosen BLUEPRINT, God’s Great Message. Through the year we want to discover, discuss, and experience the meaning of all four important components to God’s great message: Creation (John 1:1-3), The Fall (Romans 5:12), Redemption (Colossians 1:21-22), and Restoration (Revelation 2:1-4). We are excited to not only kick off this new theme on promotion Sunday, August 16, but to unpack the life-changing truths all year long.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Dawsonaires...Try It, You’ll Like It!

Thursday, August, 10:00 a.m., Choir Room

The Dawsonaires, under the direction of Bob Hatfield, will offer another summer preview rehearsal on Thursday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room. A fellowship lunch will follow the rehearsal. The Dawsonaires’ repertoire includes gospel songs, spirituals, Broadway tunes, and traditional anthems. During the year they sing monthly for churches, retirement centers, senior groups, and other special ministry venues. No previous musical experience is necessary to be a member of the Dawsonaires. The August rehearsal is an excellent opportunity to try it out without any long-term commitment. The first regular rehearsal of the new year is Thursday, September 3. Try it. We know you will like it!


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Special Screening Of “War Room” Movie

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m., Summit Carmike Theater

Are you ready to go to war? War Room is a family-friendly, multi-generational movie designed to inspire the body of Christ to be united in prayer and have a closer relationship with God. The latest movie from the Kendrick Brothers, creators of Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants, will inspire moviegoers to start fighting their own battles the right way - through prayer. The Dawson Prayer Ministry invites you to a special screening of this powerful movie. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Seats are limited, so please get your tickets early. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Church Office.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Travel To Beautiful And Historic Italy

You are invited to see the places and taste the foods that are quintessentially Italian as you join fellow Dawson travelers March 28-April 6, 2016 for an exciting and memorable trip.  This 10-day escorted tour will hit all the highlights, as you begin in Rome and visit Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice, and conclude in Milan. You will enjoy the fellowship of Dawson members, friends, and family as you discover the beauty and history of Italy and build memories you will treasure forever.  Learn all the details at the trip presentation meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 30 in the Social Hall.


Contact: Doug and Sandra Arendall at 972-0460 or

Eating Disorders Seminar

Sunday, August 2, 5:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., Social Hall

Do you know someone who tends to overeat or who may be obsessed with food? Do you have a loved one who exhibits odd behavior during and/or after mealtimes? Eating Disorders can impact every aspect of one’s life and can affect the relationships of those around them. You are invited to attend this informative program on the various types of eating disorders and what signs to look for in a loved one. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 to make your reservation.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Dawson Music Academy Online Registration Now Open

The Dawson Music Academy is beginning its twelfth year of private music lessons this fall.  We offer lessons in harp, percussion, voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments in addition to chamber groups and weekly group classes. Please visit our website for more information or to register at


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

DivorceCare© Class

Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m., 304 West

No one enters into marriage expecting it to fail.  Yet divorce can happen, unleashing a flood of emotions and challenges that can be overwhelming.  As a means of assisting individuals through the heartache and stress of divorce, Dawson will offer a DivorceCare© Class beginning Wednesday, August 19.  DivorceCare© groups are designed to be a safe environment where you will find you are not alone.  Topics include finding healing, facing anger and depression, loneliness, and financial survival. Class size is limited to 18 participants, so please contact Andy Cartee at your earliest convenience if you are interested in attending. 


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

"Seasons of Grace" Cookbooks On Sale

It’s not too late to get your copy of the Dawson cookbook Seasons of Grace. This collection of favorite recipes from members of the Dawson Family of Faith makes a great gift for weddings, graduations, birthdays, or just to share with a friend. Cookbooks are on sale at the Church Office for $20 each.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
In Love And Sympathy


Sandra and Ed Daniels and their family in the death of Ed’s sister.


Mildred Heath in the death of her sister, Edith Bass.


Glenda and Tom Thompson in the death of their daughter; Rickey Lavender in the death of his wife; and Andrew Tinory, Nathan Lavender, and Rachel Lavender in the death of their mother.



In Loving Memory


Edith Bass ~ July 22, 2015





Amanda and Jon Schneider on the birth of their son, Silas Matthew Schneider, July 25, 2015.



Welcome To Dawson


Talan Turner

Ryan Wilhelm



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, August 2
  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
Wednesday, August 5
10:00 a.m. Strength and Balance Class /100 Class
  No Fellowship Lunch or Supper
  No Evening Activities
Thursday, August 6
 10:00 a.m. Dawsonaires Summer Rehearsal/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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