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August 28, 2016   Vol. 19, No. 35
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Sunday Worship - Sanctuary

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


Dr. Fenton's message today is entitled When The Light Shines from Matthew 5:16.



Journey Worship


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


Tim Simpson continues the new sermon series Ignite with a message entitled “The First Church Council” from Acts 15:1-35. 



Together in Worship
August Bible Memory Verse

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15



Sunday, August 28, 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.



And In Closing


Past and Present

For over 25 years God allowed Alta Faye and me to be a part of an amazing, authentic, Christian community.  During the last quarter of a century you have celebrated with us the wedding of each of our three daughters, rejoiced with us at the births of our grandchildren, and grieved with us upon the deaths of Alta Faye’s father and my mother. You have prayed for us in the many transitions of life. You provided for our physical needs, you encouraged our souls, you walked alongside us on our spiritual journey, and you gave us a gifted and committed staff to share in ministry. As you provided meaningful Christian fellowship for us, you always gave us the right amount of privacy at the right time for our family. Then last Sunday…there are no words to adequately express what we experienced in the morning worship services and the afternoon reception. Your generosity was overwhelming and undeserved, and the abundance of kindness and grace you have extended to us shall never be forgotten.  We love you and know that you have loved us. God has blessed our family in many ways but nothing else compares to ministering and serving with the Dawson Family of Faith. To God be the glory for all He has done through you in the Fenton family.



After determining the date of my retirement, the first phone call I made was to Dr. Robert Smith who, in my opinion, is the best preacher in the United States. I asked him to preach on the first Sunday following my retirement, as I wanted the best church to hear the best preacher. Dr. Smith graciously agreed and will be preaching in all three worship services on September 4. Dr. Smith preached at Dawson in 2009, and I believe we had more requests for audio copies than any other Sunday in Dawson’s history.  


During this exciting chapter in the life of Dawson, every member needs to be praying, attending, participating, serving and giving! Several years ago Dr. Ray and Doris Atchison, both now deceased, wrote the book, Light in the Valley, which is the history of Dawson.  While many changes have occurred in Dawson’s 91 years, some things remain the same. Dawson is still geographically located in a valley, the light of Jesus is still shining, and God’s method for allowing His light to shine through us is still through serving.  “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)  Keep the light in the valley shining through serving here and in all the world.


And In Closing one chapter, God is opening a new chapter, and the best is yet to be!


Gary Fenton



Together in Giving & Serving
Go Love Tell Birmingham – Discovery Clubs

Volunteers are needed to serve 2nd–5th grade children through Discovery Clubs at Washington School in Titusville. Discovery Clubs help children discover the wonderful truths from God’s Word through reading Bible stories, teaching memory verses, and singing worship songs! Discovery Clubs take place on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. 


Contact: Randy Poe at 871-7324 or

Help Kids Connection Prepare For Cool Weather

Fall is coming and Kids Connection clients are shopping for cool weather clothing. This Dawson ministry is always in need of boys clothing, especially sizes 8-18, and small teen sizes. Gently used or new sports balls, such as footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs, are in high demand. You can also bless families by donating toys, stuffed animals, and school supplies. Donations are accepted from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and second Saturdays. Please note that the shop will be closed the week of September 12 for seasonal inventory changeover.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Pray For Mission Teams

Northeast Africa: From August 26 to September 7, a team of volunteers led by Debbie Moss will conduct a medical clinic. This team will provide training and ministry in a remote area that has little or no exposure to the Gospel.


Southeast Asia: From September 6 to September 16, a team of volunteers led by Carolyn Herr will conduct a Teacher Training Conference. This team will speak and teach at a conference for 65 local, church-based, elementary school educators.



Cultural Identity Seminar For Mission Volunteers

September 7, 14 & 21, 6:00 p.m., 259 North

You are invited to join us on September 7,14, and 21 to learn how to serve cross-culturally while on mission. As the Dawson Family of Faith continues to expand our ministry efforts beyond the walls of our church, the need to be prepared to serve cross-culturally has become a priority. This three-session seminar will equip both local and international volunteers to effectively serve others from different cultures. Topics include “culture of origin,” as well as content related to cultural identity development, cultural lens, stereotypes, and rejection. 


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Teach English As A Second Language

God is at work in this ministry, bringing students from all over the world to Dawson where they can experience first-hand what it means to be touched by the love of Christ. This fall, classes will begin the week after Labor Day. If you are interested in serving as an ESL volunteer on Tuesday night or Thursday morning, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Together For Life Marriage Course

Sundays, Beginning August 28, 9:40 a.m., 303 West

Together For Life is a 12-week biblical marriage course that teaches engaged and newly-married couples valuable truths and skills that will make their marriages last a lifetime. This course will be offered Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m. in Room 303 West beginning August 28. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Andy Cartee at


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

New Adult Bible Studies Begin This Week

Beginning Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31

This week begins an exciting new church year of Adult Bible Studies for men and women of all ages. New fall studies are offered on  Tuesday nights, Wednesday mornings, and Wednesday nights and cover a variety of biblical books and topics. For more information about specific studies, please visit or pick up a Bible Study brochure at the Church Office. 


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or or Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Financial Peace University

Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 p.m., 252 North

Financial Peace University (FPU) offers biblical, practical steps to get you from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. During these nine weeks you will learn practical steps on how to get rid of debt, manage your money, and spend and save wisely. You can pre- register online at for this study led by Chris Grissom and Chris Hartin. The cost for study materials is $65. Spouses and engaged couples can attend together at no additional cost. When pre-registering online, please be sure to check “no” to purchasing study materials. Kits will be available for purchase through Dawson.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Foundations Of Christianity Bible Study

Sundays, Beginning September 11, 9:40 a.m., 251 North

“The Gospel is not merely the diving board into the pool of Christianity; the Gospel is the pool itself.” If you are a new follower of Christ or have a desire to learn and grow in your understanding of the Gospel, you are invited to participate in this 6-week Bible study. We will focus on the foundational truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing in the Gospel produces freedom, joy, sacrifice, and strong faith. Join us as we dwell in the Good News of Jesus Christ! This group will meet Sundays at 9:40 a.m. beginning September 11 through October 16, in Room 251 North. Study materials will be provided. Please contact Brad Gowing at for further information.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Men's Monday Morning Bible Study

The Men’s Monday Morning Bible Study begins on September 12. This fall we will study the book of 1 Corinthians exploring some of the issues confronting the modern church and culture. This Bible study meets in the Social Hall and begins at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast and concludes promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $5.00. The style of the study majors on participant discussion of the particular text we study for that day. Please email Neal Schooley, the discussion leader, at for more information.


Contact: Neal Schooley at

dk Worship

What was formerly known as W-2 will now be called dk Worship. dk Worship is a unique worship experience for 1st and 2nd graders during the 8:25 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Please look for this logo on the screen to indicate when your children should leave to attend dk Worship. They can be picked up right after the service in Room 221 East (across from the Library).


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Children's Bulletins Now Worship Journals

Instead of a weekly children’s bulletin, dawson kids is now providing worship journals for 1st-5th graders. These journals will include worship notes, lessons to continue their learning from Life Groups, and special challenge pages. These journals can be picked up at the dawson kids greeter desk. Please contact Danielle Bell at for more information.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Dawsonaires Begin With “Open House” Rehearsal

Thursday, September 1, 10:00 a.m., Choir Room

The Dawsonaires have been a ministering choir since 1983. Over 100 people (age 55+) are presently enrolled in this exciting group, sharing in music, ministry, and fellowship. The Dawsonaires will begin the year with an “open house” rehearsal and lunch on Thursday, September 1. Everyone is invited and no previous experience is necessary!


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Dawson Travel Group To Visit Spain And Portugal

Join your fellow Dawson travelers for a fun and memorable trip to Spain and Portugal April 19 – May 2, 2017. Highlights include Lisbon, Fatima, and Obidos in Portugal and the Spanish cities of Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona. Brochures with itinerary and pricing are available at the Church Office. Learn further details and sign up for the trip at the presentation meeting on Sunday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 254 North. Please contact Doug and Sandra Arendall at for more information.


Contact: Doug and Sandra Arendall at

5 Key Exercises - To Maintain Strength And Balance

Thursday, September 15, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Come learn 5 exercises that all people over age 55 should be doing. Physical Therapist Phillip Moore will be teaching. This is a Lunch and Learn, reservation required.  The reservation deadline is September 14.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Blood Pressure Checkpoints

Did you know that hypertension (high blood pressure) can affect people of all ages, causing serious health problems? We have medical volunteers at the blood pressure checkpoint each Sunday and Wednesday to give you a reading and record your results. Stop by and take advantage of this free service today.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
In Love And Sympathy


Kathy and David Black in the death of Kathy’s grandmother


Family and friends of Larry Cox



In Loving Memory


Larry Cox ~ August 11, 2016



Welcome To Dawson


Reagan Butler

Shepherd Ellis

David Germany


Josh and Elizabeth Hayes

Jamichael McGhee



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, August 28
  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.

Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West

  5:00 p.m.

Handbells Rehearsal/351 North

Tuesday, August 30
  7:00 a.m.

Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Social Hall

  6:00 p.m.

Women's Bible Studies/2nd FL North

Wednesday, August 31

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


BBQ Chicken, Collard Greens, Hashbrown Casserole,

  Salad, Bread, Dessert, or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar
  Kid's Meal: Chicken Bites
  6:00 p.m.

Preschool Music & Missions/Arendall

  6:00 p.m.


  6:00 p.m.

DSM - Illuminate/The Loft

  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.

Moms in Prayer/Cafe 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, September 1
10:00 a.m.

Dawsonaires Rehearsal/Choir Room




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.


Dawson Worship Services on TV
Sundays, 10:00 a.m., WIAT 42
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