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November 23, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 47
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

John Woods and the Worship Band will lead the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton concludes the sermon series Living With Passion with a message entitled "Living With Passion Is A Vision Issue" from 2 Corinthians 4:18.


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

We give our gratitude to God through the Sanctuary Choir’s offering of Then Sings My Soul and the new anthem Come, Lonely Heart. Dr. Fenton concludes the sermon series Living With Passion with a message entitled "Living With Passion Is A Vision Issue" from 2 Corinthians 4:18.


Today we will be serving the Lord’s Supper. Prior to the worship service, please let an usher know if you will need a gluten free wafer.



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft

Relentless Pursuit

The book of Hebrews was written to believers, some of whom were discouraged and others who were in danger of abandoning their faith. They were tired, suffering persecution, and confused. The author calls them to pursue Jesus Christ. He describes the incomparable person of Christ, and in view of Christ, exhorts them not to abandon their faith. Together with them, we are called to a relentless pursuit of Christ.


Tim Simpson continues the sermon series Relentless Pursuit with a message entitled "Run With Endurance" from Hebrews 12:1-3.



Together in Worship
November Bible Memory Verse

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3



Sunday, November 23, 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


Thank you, for the commitments you made on our First Fruits Commitment Day and for your contributions to the Special Missions Offering. As we did last year, we will continue to receive commitment cards and contributions to the Special Missions Offering until December 31.


Thank you, to the many volunteers who have made the midweek children’s programming so successful. Collide is an innovative way to involve our children in music, missions, and Bible study on Wednesday evenings. This collaborative effort is the result of volunteers, staff, and parents designing creative opportunities to minister to the many children in our community.


Thank you, Tom Thompson, for your outstanding leadership with our Education Ministry Team during the transition. Not only have you led the education staff, but you have also continued in your role of Minister of Stewardship, coordinating the work of the recent stewardship campaign and preparing plans for funding our major mission initiative in 2015. Your energy, passion, and enthusiasm for the work of the kingdom provides an excellent example for all of the Dawson Family of Faith.


Thank you, Preschool Ministry, for your work in providing spiritual nurturing for one of the fastest growing areas of the church. In fact, during the month of October alone, nine babies were born to Dawson families, assuring that the growth will continue.


Thank You, our Father in heaven, for the privilege of worshipping, studying the Bible, praying, and serving with the Dawson Family of Faith. Thank You for the grace that You have given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Your Son. Thank You for men and women of previous generations who You used to build this fellowship. Thank You for their faithfulness to Your call in their lives. We thank You for Your faithfulness to Your people. We give You all of the glory for what You have done, are doing, and will do through the Dawson Family of Faith.


Your pastor,

Gary Fenton


P.S. We invite you to express your thanksgiving this coming Sunday morning as we continue the tradition of observing Communion on the Sunday morning prior to Thanksgiving Day. Also, I invite you participate in the Homewood Community Thanksgiving service this Sunday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church at 6:00.



Together in Giving & Serving
Please Give To The Special Missions Offering

The goal for the special Commitment Day Missions Offering is $225,000. Through this past Sunday, November 16, $161,047 has been given. Please prayerfully consider giving to this special missions offering which allows Dawson to do all of the mission work that God has called us to do.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Volunteer At Kids Connection

Kids Connection serves about 250 kids each month but the there is even more need.  Please consider volunteering to help customers shop, provide spiritual support, and keep records. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  You can really make a difference in a child’s life, and you will be blessed.  If you are interested in learning more about Kids Connection or have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact Tom Thompson for more information.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
A Thank You Letter From South Sudan

Living Water Community Transformation, Dawson’s partner organization, runs Abundant Life and Living Water primary schools in Akot, South Sudan, a place currently suffering from local clan violence. The following is a letter from one of those children that was published in the Baptist Global Relief’s newsletter:


My name is Elijah Mager Magok. I am a student at Abundant Life Primary School in Akot, South Sudan. I am 15 years old.  My heart is filled with happiness. I want to thank our dear donors, who bought us food. This food helped us a lot. As you may know, there is fighting throughout South Sudan—especially in the Lakes State—where tribal conflicts have become a "cancer." It is hard for our people to cultivate their fields and maintain food security because of insecurity threats.


As a result, many families produce little or no food at all. This makes it hard for many people to send their children to school because parents worry their children may collapse on the way to school or on the way back home due to hunger and no one will help him or her. This has increased the illiteracy rate in our country. Our payam [district], Akot, is among the payams affected by tribal conflicts, but many children are going to Abundant Life and Living Water primary schools because these two schools have food.


Our parents are not worried now of any other problem related to food. I am very glad to say "thank you" to "Mama" Ann Rao [who runs these schools] and to the donors for this help. I promise you that we will work hard to reduce the high illiteracy rate in our area, and I hope we will do it. Our deputy head teacher, named Thon Bec Ater, used to say, "With small means, it is possible to accomplish great things." He gave us the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, who used 12 apostles.


I hope we, with your help, can work hard together and construct a nation that is humane toward all citizens and where all will be able to give and to receive without one group making progress at the expense of another. With help, we will all work for peace and understanding. These are our dreams! Your help is a great example of charitable work for us, and we will imitate it. May God Almighty bless you abundantly!


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

"Christmas For A Child" Drop Off: December 7-10

Bring your "Christmas For A Child" gifts to the Gathering Room in the North Building between Sunday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 10. Please place all gifts (unwrapped) for one child in a bag and label the outside of the bag with the child’s name and number. If you are buying for more than one child, please keep the gifts separate. If your Sunday School class or group is buying for one child, please gather up all gifts in one bag before turning them in. For more information, please contact Bri Rauls at 871-7324 or


Contact: Bri Rauls at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Community Thanksgiving Service Tonight

Sunday, November 23, 6:00 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church

The Homewood Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.  As a part of the service, music will be presented by the combined adult choirs of Trinity United Methodist and the Dawson Family of Faith. Please bring a friend and plan to attend this wonderful time of worship in thankfulness to our Lord.


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Christmas Music Presentations Set For December

The Dawson Music & Worship Ministry is preparing diligently for three special Christmas music presentations in the month of December. Join us, along with your family and friends, as we celebrate Christ's birth. 


December 7 at 6:00 p.m.: "Sing Gloria!"

This evening of music and worship features the 200-voice Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra in a festive evening of stunning Christmas anthems and carols.


December 14 at 6:00 p.m.: "Joy of the Highest Heaven"

The children and students of Dawson (Grades 1-12) will lead in a delightful evening of Christmas music for all ages.


December 20-21 at 5:00 p.m.: “Candlelight at Dawson”

Candlelight at Dawson is a Birmingham Christmas tradition. With the thrilling procession of lights, mass choir of over 300 voices, 1,500 candles aglow, and the singing of “Silent Night,” it is always a very special night to remember and share with family and friends. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

smasH Mission Caroling

Friday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Calling all 5th graders! It’s time to warm up those vocal chords and complete the mission of ministering to special people during this holiday season. On December 5, we will be singing at a local nursing home and at the homes of several Dawson members. Please go to to learn more. Registration ends December 1.


The acronym smasH stands for "students ministering and serving HIM" and is a fifth grade ministry of dawson kids. For more information about smasH or the dawson kids Ministry, please contact Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Middle School Winter Retreat

Hey Dawson 6th-8th graders, Winter Retreat is right around the corner! We’re having a quick getaway to Camp Dawson from December 30 to January 1. This is the perfect time to ring in the New Year and invite new friends to be a part of our ministry! Early registration begins November 1 and is $60 per student.  The deadline for early registration is December 14, and any registration past that date will cost $70. Please register online at


Contact: Lorin Santo at 871-7324 or


Disciple Now weekend is January 16-18. This year’s DNOW, will feature large group sessions, as well as super-intentional small group times where students go deeper with their individual small group leaders. It’s a focused time of spiritual growth and application. Early-bird registration is $75 from now until November 30. Regular price is $90 from December 1 to January 11. Please fill out a new Medical Release form for this year and register online at


Contact: Contact: Jason Hall at 871-7324 or

Sign Up For The 2015 Healthy Lifestyle Program

Registration has begun for Dawson’s next Healthy Lifestyle Class which will begin in January. The program will include both nutrition classes and an exercise program. The common goal for each participant will be a desire to lose at least 20 pounds. The weight loss and lifestyle changes made during this program will benefit those concerned with their hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and other major health issues.  Enrollment is limited. Please call today to reserve your spot. For full details please contact Debbie Moss at


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Give The Gift Of Music For Christmas

The Dawson Music Academy has private lesson openings in harp, cello, viola, percussion, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, clarinet, flute, piano, voice, guitar, and violin. We also have places available in our Kindermusik classes and our Music League group classes. Lessons are available for all ages (adults included) and all levels. Registration is open year-round and available online at Please contact Kimberly Jones at


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

New “iPod Ministry” Needs Volunteers

A unique, new opportunity to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia will begin this January at Dawson. Music has the ability to affect us in special ways. The reaction of individuals with memory disorders while listening to music that they love has been extraordinary. As part of this new iPod Ministry, iPods will be personalized for participants with music that has been chosen just for them. Follow-up will take place to evaluate other ministry opportunities for each person. The Health & Wellness Ministry needs volunteers to assist in various ways—from meeting with caregivers to creating "playlists" for the iPods. All ages are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Debbie Moss for more details.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Holiday Blues

The holiday season can present challenges to those who have experienced grief or loss. If you or someone you know has a burden that needs to be shared, please consider having a Stephen Minister walk with you on that journey. A Stephen Minister is a lay person trained in distinctly Christian caring. To request a Stephen Minister, please contact Bill Johnston at


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Fenton's Friday Five

Read "Fenton's Friday Five" for observations and insights about being faithful at



Together in Prayer


Whitney and Drew Lankford on the birth of their daughter, Averley Jane Lankford, on November 13, 2014





The beautiful flowers in the Sanctuary today are given in loving memory of Jim Sherrill by his family on the occasion of his birthday.



Welcome To Dawson


Maritza Angulo

Madeline Beam

Michael & Candace Crouch

Jack Crouch

Julia Claire Crouch

Annie Crouch

Ben & Emily Evans

Kenneth & Marchelle Wistrom

Hannah Wistrom



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, November 23
  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
  4:00 p.m. Chapel Ensemble/Choir Room
  5:00 p.m. Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West
  5:00 p.m. Chapel Choir/Choir Room
  5:00 p.m. Middle School Choir/354 North
  6:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service/Trinity United Methodist Church
Monday, November 24
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Tuesday, November 25
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL Cafe West
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, November 26
10:00 a.m. Strength and Balance Class/100 West
  No Evening Activities
Thursday, November 27- Saturday, November 29
  Church Office and FRC are closed for Thanksgiving.

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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