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November 2, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 44
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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 continues the sermon series Living With Passion with a message entitled "Living With Passion Is A Result Of An Unlikely Source Of Power" from 2 Corinthians 4:7-9.


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

Beginning worship with The Glory of God, we remember the sovereignty and majesty of our Lord as the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra lead the way, later focusing on the psalm text The Lord Is My Light. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Living With Passion with a message entitled "Living With Passion Is A Result Of An Unlikely Source Of Power" from 2 Corinthians 4:7-9.



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 "Gruesome Or Great Expectations?" from Hebrews 10:26-39.



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 2, 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


Q&A With Gary


What is the purpose of Dawson’s Commitment Day?

It is a tool to help us live out our Vision of being found faithful. While there are many dimensions to being faithful, Jesus addressed faithfulness in the way we use, spend, and give our money more often than any other dimension. To acknowledge that Jesus is Lord but ignore God’s plan for the use of money is more than an inconsistency; it is a sin. To use, spend, and give money according to God’s plan is not just a good virtue; it is an act of obedience.


Since our Mission & Ministry Budget is approved prior to Commitment Day, what is the value of completing the commitment card?

The completed commitment card is not a fund raising method for Dawson’s Mission & Ministry Budget. Completing the card allows each of us to carefully, prayerfully, and intentionally examine our giving habits and attitudes. Faithfulness in family life, sexual morality, and personal integrity is never accidental; it is intentional and the direct result of choices and decisions regarding future actions. Faithful giving is never accidental; it is intentional. Completing a commitment card requires us to choose intentionally in advance to give our tithes and offerings.


Why do we turn in the cards during our worship services? Wouldn’t mailing or e-mailing them be both more efficient and private?

Giving and making spiritual commitments are acts of worship. Worship is our response to God giving us grace, life, and redemption. Some people, by necessity and schedule, have to mail their commitment cards, but I hope they still make it an intentional act of worship. The most significant commitments we make in life are public: public profession of faith, baptism, marriage, and dedicating children. The Christian life is a public life.


Pastor, it is your job to support these special days in the life of the church, so you have to participate. Do you really believe in Commitment Day, and does it still have value for you?

Absolutely! I need it personally. Years ago, I determined to tithe and so now tithing (giving 10% of my gross income) is embedded into my financial lifestyle. But several years ago, I realized that I was routinely determining my tithe and then adding a few dollars because I was the preacher. God convicted me that I was going through the motions. As a result, to prepare for Commitment Day, I began to pray for God’s leadership in both my attitude and the amount, to examine my pattern of spending, and to look for ways that I could give more. The self-examination was not and is not always comfortable, but I found that God led me to a more challenging amount, showed me ways to remove some unnecessary expenditures, and gave me a new passion for giving. Giving faithfully is a key to living passionately.


See you Sunday as we continue the sermon series, Living with Passion.


Your pastor,

Gary Fenton



Time Change (Fall Back)

Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour.



Together in Giving & Serving
Today Is Commitment Day!

Today each member of Dawson is encouraged to present to God your commitment for how much you will give to Him through Dawson in 2015. The children will bring their banks as an act of worship, and we will also give an extra offering for missions. This special offering will be used for Dawson’s Acts 1:8 Missions Outreach; the Haven Field Community Church plant; Living Water Community Transformation in Akot, South Sudan; and KidLife. This will be an exciting time of worship as we renew our commitment to God for the new year. Please give generously to God through the Missions Offering and in 2015.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

"I Thank My God" Wall

To celebrate this season of thankfulness, we are hoping the preschool & children’s families at Dawson will take a moment to encourage the many volunteers/investors in their ministries. Through November 23 there will be a Thanksgiving wall set up in the Preschool and Children’s breezeways in the Arendall Building (1st & 2nd floors between the atrium and the new greeter desks). Each teacher/couple will have an envelope with their name, grade, and teaching time on it. They will be in two sections: Sunday morning and Wednesday night. Then, they will be in rows by grades. At provided tables we will have plenty of sheets of paper to write a note to the teachers and tell them why you thank God for them. After writing a note, simply place it in their envelope. Parents, you are welcome to write a card at home as well and put it in their envelope. It would also be great if children created cards at home and brought them to their teacher’s envelopes.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Operation Christmas Child

Be a part of reaching 100 million children with the good news of Jesus Christ! Thanks to the power of a simple shoebox gift, millions of children have experienced the love of God and have heard the gospel. You can be a part of reaching this goal by packing shoeboxes with your family, church, and community. It’s more than just a gift for a child in need; it’s an opportunity to share the love of Jesus. You will receive a brochure in the mail explaining how you can pack a shoebox. Shoeboxes will be gathered in our worship services on November 16. In addition, volunteers are also needed to help receive shoeboxes during collection week. If you would like to help between November 17-23, please contact Ben Hale at to select a day and time to serve.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Preschool Play Day: Preschoolers on Mission

Thursday, November 6, 9:15 a.m., Chateau Vestavia

On Thursday, November 6, Dawson preschool families will visit Chateau Vestavia to share smiles, songs, and reminders of God’s love with the residents. Please RSVP to Brooke Gibson and meet in the Chateau Vestavia front parking lot at 9:15 a.m. For more information on this event or our other monthly Preschool Play Days and Family Nights, please visit Dawson Preschool Ministry on the Dawson website, Facebook, or Instagram.


Contact: Brooke Gibson at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Moms & More

November 18, 9:30 a.m., Social Hall, or 6:15 p.m., 254 North

Make a date to spend time with other moms and enjoy a time of learning, study, and fellowship! Alta Faye Fenton leads this time with Scripture, encouragement, and a passionate commitment to godly parenting. Childcare is available by reservation only. To make a reservation, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or by Tuesday, November 11.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 205-871-7324 or

Learn To Handle Debt

Think how much better your life would be if you had no debt! Learn how to avoid debt, manage debt, and get out of debt with these two very informative classes. Classes meet on Wednesdays, November 5 and 12, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 256 North.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Deacon Ordination Service Tonight

Sunday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., Chapel

Each year, Dawson elects faithful servants within the church family to serve a three-year term on the Board of Deacons. This year, three of those elected members will be ordained at the Deacon Ordination service. The service will take place in the Chapel at 6:00 p.m. this evening. Please join us for a time of celebration and commitment as we ordain these men for service and ministry.


Contact: Mandy Hewitt at 871-7324 or

Discover Dawson Session For November

Sunday, November 9, 9:40 a.m., Fellowship Hall

This special two-hour welcome session provides the opportunity for new members and guests to connect with the Dawson Family of Faith. In a casual, small group setting, staff members share information about Dawson - its ministry, vision, mission opportunities, and facilities. Refreshments are served and reservations are not required, but please let us know of your interest. We look forward to helping you "discover" Dawson!


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Special Luncheon To Honor America’s Veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Final plans are in place for a wonderful celebration of freedom with our veterans on Tuesday, November 11. Included in the festivities are the presentation of colors by the Samford ROTC color guard, patriotic music by the Pizitz Middle School Girls Choir, recognition of veterans and widows of veterans, prayer for the families of Dawson members presently serving, a special appearance by "Rosie the Riveter," and inspirational words by guest speaker Mike Royer from Channel 13. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased on 1st and 2nd Floors West and 2nd and 3rd Floors North and during the week at the North Building Reception Desk. There is limited seating, so get your ticket this week.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Can You Improve Your Brain Health?

Thursday, November 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Social Hall

Have you ever wondered if you could do anything to maintain or even improve your brain health or enhance your memory? This seminar will include interactive activities designed to stimulate your brain and help you learn ways to improve memory retention. Dr. Decontee Jimmeh, Neurologist with Norwood Clinic, will be our guest speaker. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 to make your lunch reservations no later than Tuesday, November 11.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Reminder For dawson kids Parents

Parents, at the end of the 8:25 a.m. worship service, please pick up your 1st-2nd graders from W2 (Room 221) and take them to their Sunday School classes. 1st-4th graders need to be picked up from their Sunday School classes by 10:50 a.m. so that dawson kids investors can attend worship at 11:00 a.m. 1st-2nd grade parents, please make sure to pick up your child from his or her Sunday School class at 10:50 a.m. as they will go to W2 from the 11:00 worship service. After worship, please pick them up from W2 in Room 221. 1st-4th grade parents, please remember, for your child’s safety an adult with your child’s sticker is the only person to whom our investor can release your child each week.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Gospel Class For Kids

Sunday, November 2, 4:00 p.m., 268 Arendall

A two-week gospel class will be offered for kids in grades 1-5 who have not yet made a decision for Christ but are asking questions and seeking understanding. We will meet on Sunday, November 2, and Sunday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 268 in the Arendall Building. (A parent/adult is asked to attend both classes with their child.) Please contact Bri Rauls at for more information or to enroll your child.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Dawsonaires Involved With "Hands On" Missions

With almost 100 singers enrolled, the Dawsonaires continue to be a vibrant and vital part of the Dawson Music & Worship Ministry. In October the choir provided needed materials, served a meal, and sang a concert at Brother Bryan Mission. The Dawsonaires also packaged medicines for a mission team to take to Haiti, as well as sang with the Middle School Choir in worship at the 11:00 a.m. worship hour. The Dawsonaires, under the direction of Bob Hatfield, rehearse each Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

CPR Certification Class

Sunday, November 9, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., 254 North

Do you need to be certified in CPR for your work or organization? You are invited to enroll in this class, and after your successful completion you will have a 2-year CPR certification card from the American Heart Association. The cost of the certification card is $5. The deadline to register for the class is November 5. For questions, please contact Debbie Moss at


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Prayer Calendar

Each month, the Prayer Ministry will provide a daily prayer calendar in the Together and in literature racks throughout the church to guide individual and family prayer times. The printed calendar will include daily requests for each day of the month, a prayer resource, and a "how-to" section for prayer. We hope this guide will help you as you continually do the work of the church.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

DivorceCare: Surviving The Holidays

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 p.m., 306 West

On Sunday, November 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. we will be hosting the "DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays" seminar. This seminar will provide wonderful insight and wisdom on how to handle the difficulties of celebrating the holidays after having gone through a divorce. This is a free seminar and will be located in Room 306 West. For more information or to register, please contact Andy Cartee at


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or


Disciple Now weekend is January 16-18. Whereas some retreat weekends are more about getting away and hanging out, DNOW weekend puts a high premium on discipleship. There are large group sessions where a speaker can move the weekend’s theme along from a big-picture perspective, and there are 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. "Host Homes" are a key feature of DNOW weekends. A "Host Home" family is a family within the church who agrees to host a small group for the weekend.


We are proud to announce our speaker and worship band for this year: Samer Massad and The Chris White Band! Early-bird registration is $75 from now until November 30. Regular price is $90 starting December 1 through 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

Fenton's Friday Five

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



Together in Prayer
Family Dedication


Mallie Claire Stewart, daughter of LeAnn and Sean Stewart, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 9:40 a.m. worship service. Mallie was born on July 25, 2014. She has one sister, Livie. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daryel Sebring of Montgomery, Ms. Susan Stewart of Prattville, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stewart of Montgomery.


Layla Joyce Hobson, daughter of Cynthia and Adam Hobson, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Layla was born on July 18, 2014. She has one brother, Evan. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hobson of Jasper and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Corbett of Jasper. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Fay Corbett of Huntsville.



In Love And Sympathy


Family and friends of Dutton Bonnell


Family and friends of Clifford McMahan


Family and friends of Dorothy Sims



In Loving Memory


Dorothy Fay Sims ~ September 16, 2014


Dutton Aaron Bonnell ~ October 23, 2014


Clifford Alvin McMahan ~ October 23, 2014





Jenny and Jim Bryant on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Brooke Bryant, on October 21, 2014



Welcome To Dawson


Caleb Cartee



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, November 2
  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. Gospel Class For Kids/Choir Room
  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. Deacon Ordination/Chapel
Monday, November 3
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  5:30 p.m. Upward Evaluations (5K-2nd Grade)/FRC
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Tuesday, November 4
  5:30 p.m. Upward Evaluations (3rd-5th Grade)/FRC
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL Cafe West
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, November 5
10:00 a.m. Strength and Balance Class/100 West
11:00 a.m. K.E.Y. Bible Study/Chapel
12:00 p.m.  Fellowship Lunch/Fellowship Hall/Taco Salad
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Taco Salad, and Dessert or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Crispitos
  5:30 p.m. Master Ringers Rehearsal/351 North
  5:45 p.m. collide, Grades 1-5/FRC
  6:00 p.m. Music & Missions, Preschool/East & Arendall
  6:00 p.m. DSM/The Loft - Arendall
  6:00 p.m. Arabic Congregation Bible Study/100 West
  6:15 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal/Choir Room
  6:15 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal/Sanctuary
  6:15 p.m. K.E.Y. Bible Study
  6:15 p.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North & 3rd FL West
  6:15 p.m. Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East
  6:15 p.m. Moms in Prayer/3rd FL Cafe West
Thursday, November 6
  9:15 a.m. Preschool Play Day/Chateau Vestavia
  9:30 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
  9:30 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room

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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