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Together at Dawson
July 25, 2021   Vol. 24, No. 30
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Worship Preview

Sunday Worship Online - 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. at


This Sunday, Dr. David Eldridge continues the sermon series Cultivated In His Character with a message entitled "Faithfulness" from Galatians 5:22–23.



Together in Worship
Sunday, July 25


Worship Services

8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

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


Worship Together Online

8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:00 a.m.


Hispanic Congregation Online


Life Groups

8:30 a.m. - Preschool, Hearts & Hands

9:45 a.m. - Preschool, Kids, Hearts & Hands, Students, College, Adults

11:00 a.m. - Preschool, Adult Special Education


Some adult Life Groups may be meeting in person. Please check with your Life Group Leaders to find out more.



July Memory Verse

And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. Acts 2:43–44



Together in Giving & Serving
Tim Mitchell Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Tim Mitchell celebrates his 30-year anniversary as part of the Dawson Facilities and Maintenance Team on July 30, 2021. As a member of our Facilities and Maintenance Team, one of Tim’s main responsibilities is performing lighting maintenance. This is a huge task as our campus requires thousands of light bulbs. It is hard to even imagine how many thousands of light bulbs Tim has replaced during his 30 years of service! Tim also performs and assists with other maintenance projects including setups for the many different events that take place at Dawson every week. Most of Tim’s work happens behind the scenes, but every task he undertakes makes a huge impact on the life of the church.


Dawson is very fortunate to have Tim as a part of our team. We are grateful for his 30 years of service and are looking forward to serving alongside him for many years to come. Congratulations, Tim, and thank you for your faithfulness!



Jim Gifford Announces Plans To Retire

Jim Gifford, Dawson’s Discipleship Pastor, has announced his plans to retire effective December 12, 2021. Jim joined the Dawson Staff as our Minister to Adults in January 2019, focusing on ministry to adults ages 40–65. In March 2020 Jim transitioned to the position of Discipleship Pastor, continuing to give leadership to ministries for adults ages 40–65 and also leading our Discipleship Team. Jim has served faithfully in ministry for over 30 years. God led him to serve in different ministry positions inside the church, as well as working at the Baptist State Convention level. He served in churches across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi before coming to Birmingham. He also served on staff with the Louisiana Baptist Convention for a few years. Jim is married to Dorinda, and they have 3 adult children; Libby, Luke, and Abby, and 3 grandchildren; Moses, Birdie, and Loxley.


Jim is passionate about relationships and discipleship, and this has been very evident in his time here at Dawson. He has demonstrated his vast experience of discipleship ministry and his leadership skills in leading the Discipleship team and our adult Life Groups. During the challenges that the pandemic presented, he led the discipleship team in coming up with creative ways for groups to meet both virtually and in person for discipleship to continue. 


Please join us in praying for Jim as he prepares for retirement and makes plans for new areas of service to become involved in. Please also join us in thanking him and Dorinda for their faithful service to Dawson.



Life Group Leader Summit

Sunday, August 8, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

All Life Group Leaders are invited to the August 8 Life Group Leader Summit. Join Pastor David and the Dawson Discipleship Staff for an evening of encouragement and training. Your leadership is making an eternal difference, and our prayer is that this evening will refresh and prepare you to embark upon a new year. This summit is for all new and current Life Group leaders. Check-in begins at 3:45 p.m. on the Chapel patio. To learn more and to register, please go to


Contact: Jim Gifford at 205-871-7324 or

Serve With Preschool And Kids Ministries

Dawson Preschool Ministry & Dawson Kids need additional weekly volunteers for the new 2021-2022 church year. All classes have teaching teams who share responsibilities, each class has at least one veteran teacher already in place, and curriculum & teaching supplies are provided and prepared. There is no sweeter, more rewarding place to serve than teaching precious children about God's Word, love, plan, and Son, Jesus!  


Preschool Specific Needs: 

8:30 a.m.





9:45 a.m.




Kids Specific Needs:

9:45 a.m.

1st Grade: 2 investors

2nd Grade: 2 investors

3rd Grade: 3 investors 

4th Grade: 4 investors

5th Grade: 1 investor


To volunteer to serve or for more information, contact Brooke Gibson ( for Preschool (Birth—Kindergarten) or Danielle Bell ( for Kids (Grades 1–5).


Contact: Brooke Gibson at 205-871-7324 or, Danielle Bell at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Missions & Ministry
Drop Off School Supplies By This Sunday

This month we are collecting back-to-school supplies for students in Coy, Alabama, our adopted community in the Black Belt region of South Alabama. Your donations of paper, pens, pencils, crayons, USB drives, highlighters, markers, loose-leaf paper, 3 ring binders, 2 pocket folders, scissors, or any other new school supplies are greatly needed and appreciated. Collection tubs are located at the Church Office and the Welcome Desk in the Arendall Building.


Please make your donations by Sunday, July 25. If you would like to help serve food, share the message, and pass out backpacks in Coy on Saturday, July 31, please contact David and Denise Bivin at for more information.


Contact: Ben Hale at 205-871-7324 or

Looking For A Service Opportunity?

Do you like to shop? Kids Connection needs additional volunteers to assist clients in shopping for their children. Volunteers work 1 or 2 days a month on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (flexible time). Volunteers help clients pick out clothing, shoes, toys, books, and other items. This is also a great opportunity for summer service for teens aged 16 years and older. Younger kids (10 and above) can serve if their parent is also volunteering on the same day. If you are interested, please contact Joy Phillips at or text her at 205-612-6167.


Contact: Ben Hale at 205-871-7324 or

Volunteers Needed For Learning Center Programs

The Learning Center has many opportunities available for volunteers! 

For our Tuesday and Thursday daytime GED Program, we need: 

  • Instructors in Life Skills, Science, Social Studies, Grammar, and Math. All materials will be provided for you, including an Instructor’s edition to give additional help with teaching academic subjects!
  • Hospitality volunteers to assist with greeting students, making copies for volunteers, answering the phone, etc.

For our Monday evening computer classes, we need

  • Instructors—all materials will be provided for you as you teach Basic Computer Skills, including an outline on how each lesson can be structured and taught.

If you are interested in volunteering or have more questions, please contact Ryann Mitchell at 205-983-7320.


Contact: Ryann Mitchell at 205-983-7320 or

Together in Bible Study
Register Today For The Gospel And Racial Unity Study

Begins August 15, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Today many Christians are talking earnestly about racial unity. Many of us look at the growing tensions around us and wonder how we can be a healing force in our culture. But where do we begin?  This 7-week class, led by Pastor David, will examine how racial unity is a Gospel imperative. Each week will feature intentional teaching via video from key leaders—including a night with minister and civil rights activist, John M. Perkins—about race, culture, and the Gospel. 


This class will help you:

  • Understand how the Gospel applies to racial and ethnic differences. 
  • Develop sensitivity for people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Learn ways to move toward unity inside and outside the church.

What we ask of you:

  • That you pray for an open and sensitive heart.
  • That you strive to attend all 7 sessions.
  • That you make every effort to complete the weekly workbook lessons.


August 15

August 22

August 29

September 12

September 19

September 26

October 10


As a participant of this class, you will learn about racial unity and be equipped to be a part of the solution. The class is $15 per person and includes a workbook. Please contact Liz Cuenin at for more information. Childcare (Birth–5th Grade) is available. Register today at


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Mindful Moments Together Over Tea

Sunday, July 25, 4:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

For hundreds of years and for many cultures, teatime has been a time for mindful moments alone and for fellowshipping in community. Dawson Women’s Ministry invites you to an elegant teatime experience that will feed your soul. Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime magazine, will host in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. We will gather to enjoy dainty food, hot tea, and sweet fellowship. Tea, whether sipped in solitude or with several sisters in Christ, is one of God’s good gifts that He can use to accomplish His purposes in us and through us as we commit ourselves to honor Him. Reservations required. Register at


Contact: Kristen Torres at 205-871-7324 or

Register For Fall Music Lessons

Are you interested in exploring your musical talents with a new instrument? Dawson Music Academy offers private music lessons at convenient times that are customized to children and adults of every level. With affordable lessons in virtually any area of study, you are sure to find something to ignite your passion for music. Register today for Fall Semester at Use promo code "INSTRUMENT" for $10 off registration.


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 205-871-7324 or

Dawson Recreation Men's Basketball League

Dawson's Recreation Ministry is crazy about basketball! The Men's Basketball League gives men of all ages an opportunity to participate in open league basketball. The league runs August 10 through October 11, with teams playing on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Grab your friends or co-workers and register as a team. Spots are limited. Registration opens July 7 at 8:00 a.m. For more information and to register, visit


Contact: Kasey Hagen at 205-871-7324 or

Dawson Ballet School 2021–2022 Registration

Dawson Ballet School is currently registering for classes for the 2021–2022 season, and we would love for you to join us! Our goal is for students to grow in both a love for dance and Jesus. We offer a variety of classes, including ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz for students age 3 through teens. To view our schedule and to register, visit


Contact: Susie Long at 205-871-7324 or

Lunch & Learn: My Mind is Slipping. What’s Next?

Thursday, August 12, 11:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Do you know the first signs of Dementia or how it progresses? Are you familiar with the latest in treatment or where to seek assistance as a caregiver? If you would like know the answers to these questions, you are invited to our August "Lunch and Learn" to find out practical steps you can take to help yourselves and loved ones who may experience Dementia. Our guest speaker will be Miller Piggott, Director of Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama. Lunch reservation deadline is August 6. Please contact Debbie Moss to reserve your spot.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday, August 6, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., FRC

Did you know that just one donation—taking only just a few minutes of your time—can save up to three lives? Donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh 110 lbs. or more. Bring a photo ID.  


Sign up for an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or by registering at Use the sponsor code Dawson.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
Family Dedication


Ellison Wynn Lewis, daughter of Shelby and Pearson Lewis, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Elli was born on February 11, 2021. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Schorsch of North Palm Beach, FL, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lewis of Birmingham. Her great-grandparents are Mrs. Doris Barthel of Fernley, NV, and Mrs. Nelly Gully Posey of Shelby.





Whitney and Michael Lucas on the birth of their son, John Frederick Lucas, on July 14, 2021.


Leslie and Robert Dawson on the birth of their daughter, Mary Ann Dawson, on July 18, 2021.



Welcome To Dawson


Bethany Chapman



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar

Sunday, July 25

   8:30 a.m. 

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

   8:30 a.m.

Life Groups

   9:45 a.m.

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

   9:45 a.m.

Life Groups

  11:00 a.m.

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

  11:00 a.m.

Life Groups

  11:00 a.m.

Adult Special Education Life Group/207 West

  11:00 a.m.

Hispanic Congregation Worship/Chapel & Online

   4:00 p.m.

Mindful Moments Together Over Tea Sunday/Fellowship Hall

Monday, July 26


CentriKidCamp Begins

   5:30 p.m.

Destination Dig/Off Campus

Tuesday, July 27

   7:00 a.m.

Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Online

   9:00 a.m.

Women's Altar'd Bible Study/Fellowship Hall

   7:00 p.m.

Women's Altar'd Bible Study/Online

   5:30 p.m.

Destination Dig/Off Campus

Wednesday, July 28

   8:00 a.m.

Women's Saints and Scoundrels Bible Study/Online

  10:00 a.m.

Strength & Balance Exercise Class/100 West

  11:00 a.m.

Midweek Adult Bible Study/Social Hall

  12:00 p.m.


Fellowship Lunch/Fellowship Hall

Chicken Tenders, Skillet Corn, Slaw, Biscuits, and Banana Pudding

   6:00 p.m.

DSM Summer Nights

   7:00 p.m.

College Hangouts/Off Campus

   5:30 p.m.

Destination Dig/Off Campus

Thursday, July 29

   9:30 a.m.

Adult Mystery Lunch

   5:30 p.m.

Destination Dig/Off Campus


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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