8:25 a.m. Worship
John Woods and the Worship Band will lead the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton continues the new sermon series From Greatest Hurt To Greatest Hope with a message entitled "Understanding The Future Will Help You Give Hope For The Present."
9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship
Dr. Fenton continues the new sermon series From Greatest Hurt To Greatest Hope with a message entitled "Understanding The Future Will Help You Give Hope For The Present." The Chapel Choir will sing a gospel song entitled "Total Praise" and will join with the Sanctuary Choir to present the contemporary song "You Are God." The Chapel Ensemble will sing at the offertory time.
11:00 a.m., The Loft
The Marks Of A Christian
What comes to mind when you hear the word "Christian" or "Christianity"? For some this evokes positive images; for others, a less than pretty picture. While our experiences and perceptions may differ, we must ultimately look back to the person of Jesus Christ if we want to understand what it means to be a Christian. In this sermon series we will examine the life, ministry, and teachings of Christ and together discover the "marks" of a Christian.
Tim Simpson continues the sermon series The Marks Of A Christian with a message entitled "Inside Out" from Mark 7:1-23.
"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 a.m. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour and "spring forward" on Sunday morning.
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
8:25 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.
There Are Only 40 Serving Days Left Until Easter!
Why do we accumulate possessions, protect our time, and promote ourselves? Often it is because we assume our future worth or validation is directly tied to what we have, to what we experience in life, and to our position in life. There is a religious word that means future worth or future validation, and it is hope!
Here’s the good news: our hope, or future worth, has already been secured for us. We have hope because of Easter. Without the Resurrection, hope is nothing more than wishful thinking. Because Jesus rose from the grave, we have present and everlasting life and worth. Easter is the anniversary of the event that allows us to experience and express hope in all circumstances. What would it look like if we lived as if our hope, our future worth, was established and secure? If we were confident in our hope, we would spend our time, possessions, and energy loving God through serving others rather than trying to accumulate, protect, and self-promote.
Historically, Christians have used the 40 days leading to Easter for prayer, Bible study, repentance, and self-denial. Hopefully, by Easter Sunday, these Christian disciplines would be embedded in the hard drive of the will and become permanent habits of the heart. Self-denial has become the poster-child virtue for these 40 days as we focus on what we are giving up. Self-denial is certainly an excellent Christian discipline, but it can be more about "self" than "denial" unless we intentionally replace what we are giving up with serving and giving to others.
This year, the Dawson Family of Faith is intentionally using the prelude to Easter by living as if we already have the hope or future worth (which we do) through participating in 40 days of service and ministry to people beyond our walls. The 40 days of service are not a replacement for prayer, Bible study, repentance, and self-denial, but extensions of them.
Because we are experiencing the hope of Easter now, we are to allow the risen Lord to work through us to minister to others so that they may know the hope that is found in Jesus. On the Dawson website and in the Together, you can see what the church will be doing in the community during 40 Days Of Living The Hope. I invite you to participate.
Additionally, I invite every member of the Dawson family to live the hope by finding ways to individually serve daily. It may be as simple as making a phone call or writing a letter to encourage someone, providing food or clothing to a needy family, or volunteering for one of the Christian ministries in our area. Find a way each day to live the hope. Christian service is not random acts of kindness but intentionally meeting human need in the name of Jesus.
You will also want to make Sunday morning Bible study, worship, and K.E.Y. Bible Study priorities for your Easter preparation.
Would you like to help those who are grieving by learning to care for them in a distinctively Christian way? One way to do this is through Stephen Ministry. On Saturday, April 5, Dawson will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This half-day workshop is designed to enhance participants’ care-giving skills and to help other Christian church congregations begin a "lay" caring ministry.
The Stephen Ministry is unique in its emphasis on confidentiality and uses resources, tools, and training to provide quality, caring, spiritual support. Since 1993, Dawson has trained over 100 Christians with 50 hours of initial training followed by regular continuing education. Stephen Ministry serves Dawson members and non-members through a confidential, one-on-one caring relationship.
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, attending the workshop is a great way to learn about this program. Members of Dawson are invited to attend the workshop free of charge. Please contact Mary Pitner at 871-7324 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to pre-register for the Workshop. Check-in and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on April 5 in the Fellowship Hall. Refreshments will be served.
The Dawson Educational Scholarship Fund was established by Dawson and is supported by voluntary gifts from members and friends. It is not a church budget item but is independent of the church’s regular finances. According to the guidelines of the Fund, it is primarily designed to give assistance to needy and deserving young people to enable them to obtain undergraduate and/or theological educational opportunities that would otherwise not be possible.
Applications for Fall 2014/Spring 2015 scholarships from the Dawson Educational Scholarship Fund are due by April 1, 2014. Applications are available in the Church Office or can be emailed to you. Please contact the Church Office at 871-7324 to receive an application, or you may also contact Rowan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, March 18, 10:00 a.m., 100 West
Louise Barbour will lead us in the study of missions in North America. Kids Connection is our project for this month. Please bring new underwear (boxers for boys, bikinis for girls), socks, infant bibs, and knit caps. All women are invited to attend.
"Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:38
Beginning today, we will serve to meet the needs of others as our way to prepare for Easter. Also, we will pray for the ministries each day. This week’s service opportunities are listed below. Please visit www.dawsonchurch.org/40days for details on how you can serve.
Sunday, March 9: Dental and vision screening for Hispanics with Cahaba Valley Health Care
Monday, March 10: Sort donations at Kids Connection
Tuesday, March 11: Serve at M-POWER education & health centers
Wednesday, March 12: Bring canned goods for the Community Food Bank
Thursday, March 13: Serve customers at Kids Connection
Friday, March 14: Serve lunch at the Firehouse Shelter
Saturday, March 15: Visit men in the Donaldson Correctional Facility with Kairos Prison Ministry
The Food Service Ministry is participating in the "Living the Hope" emphasis by collecting canned/boxed food and paper items for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Items may be brought to Dawson on Wednesday nights and dropped in the collection boxes beside the cashier tables or at the Receptionist's Desk in the North Building. The first collection date is Wednesday, March 12. Items needed are boxed mac & cheese, peanut butter, canned meat, powdered milk, baking mixes, dry cereal, pasta, 5 pound bags of sugar/flour/cornmeal, paper towels, and toilet tissue to name a few. A complete list of items can be picked up at the Receptionist's Desk in the North Building. Imagine how many families to whom we can provide hope just by donating a few items on the list. For more information, please contact Amy Turnbow at email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
"...I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:36
Please join us on Tuesday, March 18, for an evening of letter writing to female inmates currently residing at the Montgomery Women’s Facility in Montgomery, AL. We will have pizza and snacks, hear a personal testimony, and then spend the remaining time writing "letters of love" to offer hope to those who do not know the love of Jesus.
Dawson will provide all materials needed for the letters; we just need YOU to help share words of encouragement. This event is open to all women. Please invite a friend to come with you. For more information, please contact Jan Kennamer Hart or Shannon Lindsay at 871-7324.
Have you ever wanted to know how to love others the way that Jesus loved us? Do you have friends, neighbors, or family members who are not Christians that you would like to see come to faith? On Wednesday, March 19, in Room 254 you are invited to come and learn how to "Make Friends For Christ." You will learn practical, everyday ideas for touching the people God has already put into your life. You will also hear some ideas of ways that you might share the love of Christ during Dawson’s "40 Days of Living the Hope" emphasis. For information, please contact Ben Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 20, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Social Hall
The Men’s Bible Study Luncheon, led by Dr. Fenton, takes place at Dawson once a month. The spring theme is entitled "Leadership Pattern" which comes from the book of James and is geared toward Christian men in the workplace. Please join us each month and invite your friends and co-workers. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. to noon, and the program starts at 12:05 p.m. The cost for lunch is $6. Reservations are not required but are helpful.
The first and most important step in managing our money is living on a spending plan. On Wednesdays, March 12 and 19, you can learn how to create and live on a spending plan. Take this important step to being a better manager of God’s money. Classes are at 6:15 p.m. in Room 256 North.
As a part of Dawson’s "40 Days of Living the Hope" emphasis, the Dawsonaires will share their ministry with the residents of the Danberry at Inverness Retirement Community on Thursday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. The choir will present inspirational music, visit with the residents, share Scripture mementos, and enjoy a time of encouraging fellowship. Please pray for the Dawsonaires as they live the hope of Jesus through this ministry.
Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m., 254 North
You are invited to attend Discover Dawson in Room 254 North on Wednesday evening, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. The session is for anyone interested in learning more about Dawson, its ministry, vision, mission opportunities, and facilities - everything you always wanted to know! Reservations are not required, but please let us know of your interest by contacting Jan Jones at email@example.com. We look forward to helping you discover Dawson.
Saturday, April 12, is our annual Dawson Egg Hunt, and we need YOU. There are so many ways you can serve and have a great time! The event is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and volunteers get a free lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 5, 8:00 a.m.-Noon, Robert Trent Jones Trail
Attention Golfers! Get your 4-person team together and come join us at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley on April 5 as we "Tee-Off" for this annual tradition. The driving range will open at 7:00 a.m., and the Scramble will begin at 8:00 a.m. There will be an excellent lunch provided by Oxmoor Valley with an awards ceremony to follow. Everyone will be eligible for some awesome prizes. You don’t want to miss it! Registration is $100 per player, and forms are available in the FRC. Help us make this the best tournament we have ever had! The deadline to sign up is March 29. For more information, please contact Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or email@example.com.
Thursday, March 20, 11:00 a.m., 254 North
Blood Clots can lead to very serious medical conditions. Could you recognize the signs and symptoms of Blood Clots? Our guest speaker, Dr. Brent Quinney, will discuss the symptoms and prevention techniques that can help decrease your risk of developing a Blood Clot. Dr. Quinney specializes in Vascular Surgery and practices at the Vascular Institute of Birmingham.
Tickets are now on sale in the North Building for the Spring Senior Adult Luncheon on Sunday, March 30, following the 11:00 a.m. service. Our entertainment/inspiration will be provided by piano artist Frank Jones. Keep in mind that our last two luncheons were early sell-outs. Tickets are $5 each.
Monday, March 17, 9:30 a.m., Social Hall
Neal Schooley will review Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D. on Monday, March 17. Refreshments and fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.
It’s that time again; summer is right around the corner, and Beach Breakaway will be here before you know it! Start your summer off right with a week of worship, fellowship, and relaxation in Destin, FL with the Dawson Student Ministry. Our theme this year is "Glory Revealed." Come hear great speaking from David Nasser and music by Attaboy. "Early Bird" special registration has begun, so please visit our Dawson website or Facebook groups for more information. Middle Schoolers can register at www.dawsonchurch.org/middleschool, and High Schoolers can register at www.dawsonchurch.org/highschool.
Read "Fenton's Friday Five" for observations and insights about being faithful at www.dawsonchurch.org/fridayfive.
Makenzi and Brad Tew on the birth of their daughter, Avery Hamilton Tew, on February 27, 2014
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, English Peas, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar
Sunday sermons, by Dr. Gary Fenton, are available on CD in the Marketplace (located in the Foyer) immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service ($4 each).
Dawson’s 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service is broadcast (one week delayed) on CBS 42, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.