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Together at Dawson
December 15, 2019   Vol. 22, No. 50
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Sunday Worship - Sanctuary

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

Today, Dr. David Eldridge continues the Advent sermon series Long-Expected Jesus with a message entitled The Long-Awaited King from Micah 5:1-6.



Together in Worship
Sunday, December 15

Worship Services

 8:25 a.m., 9:40 a.m., & 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

11:00 a.m. - Hispanic Service, Chapel


Life Groups

 8:25 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.



Christmas Eve Worship

Christmas Eve at Dawson is both sacred and simple. On Christmas Eve we will tell the Christmas Story and sing familiar carols in a casual atmosphere. This short, family-friendly service is a wonderful time of worship for families of all ages. Join us at 5:00 p.m., and please invite family and friends to worship with us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and King.


Contact: John Woods at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Giving & Serving
Dawson Welcomes Meg Brown, New Associate Minister To Children

Over the last five months, we have prayerfully searched for a new Associate Minister to Children. We are excited to welcome Meg Brown to serve in this role at Dawson. Meg has been serving at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, KY, where she was the Associate Children’s Director. Originally from a small farm town outside of Bowling Green, KY, Meg is coming to us with both experience and theological depth. Before serving at Porter Memorial, Meg worked as a Centrikid Camp Director for three years, then worked on the LifeWay Kids Camp and Events team for a year, and she currently writes curriculum for Camp Happy Days at Shocco Springs Camp and Conference Center. Meg will complete her Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2020.


We are grateful to have Meg joining our church family! She is excited to meet our Dawson kids and families and can be reached at Please help us welcome Meg to Dawson!


Contact: Brad Gowing at 205-871-7324 or

Many Options For End Of Year Giving

As the year comes to a close, remember that you can contribute 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 the church Finance Office, to confirm your gift and specify its distribution. Dawson’s stock account is at Raymond James & Associates and the contact person is Matthew Laird or Amy Kutschke at 205-802-4216. 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, 2019.


You may also contribute through our online giving feature on the Dawson website ( or through our Text to Give feature at 205-352-2323.


Contributions Accepted Through December 31

For your convenience, the Church Office will be open Tuesday, December 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are unable to get your contribution to the church by 6:00 p.m., or have it postmarked by midnight, December 31, please call and we will assist you in any way that we can.  Please remember that 2019 contributions must be received by the church or postmarked no later than midnight, December 31, 2019.  Thank you for your faithfulness in giving to God’s ministries through Dawson in 2019 and your financial commitments for 2020.


Contact: Randy Poe at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Missions & Ministry
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Keeps Missionaries On The Mission Field

Lottie Moon was a courageous, pioneering Southern Baptist missionary who served in China at the turn of the 20th century. The mission offering that bears her name is used exclusively to help provide day-to-day support for missionaries sent around the globe by Southern Baptist churches. These missionaries face the reality that 155,252 people die every day without Christ. Your gift to The Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions keeps our missionaries on the field sharing the gospel. Offering envelopes are available both in the pew racks and in the Church Office if you would like to give. Thank you for helping fulfill the great commission with your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.


Contact: Ben Hale at 205-871-7324 or

Serve In The Nursery For Candlelight

During the holidays, Dawson’s Preschool Ministry is a great place to serve while receiving a blessing. Please join us to rock, read to, and love on the little ones needing care during the Candlelight services. There are three Candlelight services offered this year, so it’s easy to attend one and serve in another. Please contact Donna Allan for more information.


Contact: Donna Allan at 205-871-7324 or

2019 Go Love Tell Ornaments

The 2019 Go Love Tell Ornaments remind us of the work being done by our partners in Africa. Purchase this ornament and use it as a reminder to pray for God to help these partners in their work to reach people for Christ. Ornaments are available between Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Arendall Welcome Desk for $5 each. If you would like to purchase a set (5) of Go Love Tell ornaments or individual ornaments from years past, they will be available at the Arendall Building Welcome while supplies last.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Candlelight at Dawson

For more than 40 years, people have come to Dawson to experience the joy that God gave us with the birth of Jesus through Candlelight at Dawson. Culminating with the candlelit singing of Silent Night, these evenings of worship are anticipated each year by our community, making it a perfect time to invite a teacher, neighbor, or friend. This year there will be three worship opportunities:


Friday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m.


Please visit for more information. Doors open 45 minutes before the service begins each night.


Contact: John Woods at 205-871-7324 or

Sensory Friendly Candlelight Service

Friday, December 20, 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Hearts & Hands will host its first sensory friendly Candlelight experience designed for families with special needs. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. and worship begins at 6:30 p.m. Reserved parking for families participating in this event will be available in the lot adjacent to the Chapel. Please visit for more information.


Contact: Ruth Ann Turner at 205-871-7324 or

Candlelight CDs Are Now Available

Purchase your Candlelight CD now for $10 in the Music & Worship Office, or on Sundays at the North Building Welcome Center. This live recording features all the music from Candlelight at Dawson 2018, and is a great gift for Christmas. Supplies are limited, and shipping is available.


Contact: John Woods at 205-871-7324 or

DMA Students Share Music On The Patio

This Sunday, we welcome Dawson Music Academy students sharing their talents as they play various Christmas carols and joyfully celebrate Jesus’ birth. DMA students have also visited several Retirement Homes in Birmingham this month. Our students and instructors are grateful for the opportunity to minister to others through the gift of music.


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

DNOW 2020: Undivided

Disciple Now weekend for 6th–12th graders is January 17–19, 2020. Students will stay in host homes throughout the weekend and will participate in large group worship/teaching, intentional small groups, and service projects. This year, the theme will be Undivided: Loving God with All of Your Heart. Register your student at during the month of December for $85. Adult volunteers are also needed. For more information on how you can serve during DNOW weekend, please contact Alison Matthews at


Contact: Alison Matthews at 205-871-7324 or

Give The Gift Of Music

Music lessons make the perfect gift for an aspiring musician. This Christmas, let Dawson Music Academy help you give the gift of music. Children, grandchildren, or even adults will enjoy the gift of weekly lessons at convenient times, customized to their interests. To purchase a gift certificate, please visit Receive $10 off by using the promo code “CHRISTMAS.”


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

Healthy Lifestyle Progam

Dawson’s Healthy Lifestyle Program is a 3-month nutrition and exercise program designed for anyone interested in becoming healthier through simple lifestyle changes. Weight loss will have an impact on your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, joints, energy level and much more. Enrollment is now open for the 2020 Healthy Lifestyle Class that begins in January. The class size is limited. To enroll, please call Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
In Love And Sympathy


Tom and Tracy Hanrahan in the death of Tom’s father, and Brooks Hanrahan, Ryan Hanrahan, and Emily Hanrahan in the death of their grandfather.


Liz and Johnny Montgomery in the death of Johnny’s daughter, Megan Montgomery.


Family and friends of Velma O’Neal.


Jan Simmons in the death of her husband, David Simmons.



In Loving Memory


Velma O’Neal ~ December 7, 2019


David Simmons ~ December 7, 2019





Neisha and Blake Roberts on the birth of their daughter, Reese Micah Roberts, on December 6., 2019.


Shannon and Andy Keith on the birth of their son, James Allen Keith, on December 6, 2019.



Welcome To Dawson


Cori Broxson

Mary Beth Davis

Michayla Hebert

Elayna Navas

Blake Caleb Townsend



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar

Sunday, December 15

  8:25 a.m.


  8:25 a.m. Sunday Morning Life Groups

  9:40 a.m.


  9:40 a.m.

Sunday Morning Life Groups
11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Hispanic Congregation Worship/Chapel

  5:00 p.m.

Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West

  5:00 p.m.

Dawson Ringers/351 North

  5:00 p.m.

Chapel Choir/Choir Room

  6:00 p.m.

Middle School Choir/354 North
Monday, December 16

  7:00 a.m.

Men's Bible Study/Social Hall

Tuesday, December 17

  7:00 a.m.

Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Social Hall

  6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery/The Loft - 3rd FL Arendall

  6:30 p.m.

Orchestra Bonus Rehearsal/Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 18

  4:45 p.m.

Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall

Soup, Sandwich, and Salad


  6:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir/Choir Room

  6:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Orchestra/Sanctuary

  6:00 p.m.

Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East

  6:30 p.m.

Arabic Congregation Bible Study/100 West

Thursday, December 19

  9:00 a.m.

ESL Classes/2nd FL North

Friday, December 20

  6:30 p.m.

Candlelight at Dawson/Sanctuary


Sensory Friendly Service/Chapel

Saturday, December 21

  5:00 p.m.

Candlelight at Dawson/Sanctuary


Dawson Worship Services On TV

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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