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August 17, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 33
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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 begins the new sermon series Game Changer with a message entitled "Know Who Jesus Is" from John 1:35-42.


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

The triumphant sounds of brass instruments call us to worship this morning. The Sanctuary Choir will sing two beautiful anthems highlighting our call to love the Lord with the song "To Love Our God," and celebrating the power that is found in the perfect name of Jesus with the song "At the Name of Jesus." Dr. Fenton begins the new sermon series Game Changer with a message entitled "Know Who Jesus Is" from John 1:35-42.



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 begins the new sermon series Relentless Pursuit with a message entitled "Does God Speak?" from Hebrews 1:1-14.



Together in Worship
August Bible Memory Verse

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.” John 4:13-14



Sunday, August 17, 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. 



Together in Giving & Serving
Music & Worship Team Welcomes Kimberly Jones!

Please join us in welcoming Kimberly Jones to the Music & Worship Staff. Kimberly will be filling two vital ministry roles in a full-time capacity: Administrative Director of the Dawson Music Academy and Children’s Music Coordinator. She will be working closely with Layla Humphries who serves as Artistic Director of the Dawson Music Academy and Instrumental Music Associate.


Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Samford University. She later received a Master of Education in Secondary Education and a Master in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has served as an educator with Homewood City Schools for the past 14 years. Kimberly has developed her lifelong passion for music through formal training in the areas of voice, piano, and flute. She has taught piano and voice with the Dawson Music Academy and served as a piano instructor for our summer music camp. Her husband Greg is in the Information Technology field, and they have a five year old son Garrett. We are blessed to have her as a part of our ministry team.


Contact: Layla Humphries at 871-7324 or

Missionary Residents Depart

Michael & Emily Treadwell have been serving in Ethiopia with Mission to the World & SIM Ethiopia. Over the last several years, they have served in ministry to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and urban poverty. This past year, Emily taught at Bingham Academy serving children of missionaries and other international families. Michael and Emily are both Samford alums, and their sending church is Red Mountain Church here in Birmingham. Their children are Caleb (age 7), Andrew (age 4), Jack (age 1), and a baby due in August. Please pray for this family as they leave Birmingham to follow God’s call.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Sharing The Gospel With Others

Every Christian has friends, relatives, and co-workers who need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. On Wednesday, August 27, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 255 North, a four-week study led by Scott Swedenburg begins called, "Just Walk Across The Room." This study will explore the natural approach to evangelism that Jesus used. Participants will learn to leave their comfort zones, develop friendships, and discern how best to love those who do not know Christ. They will also learn to share their faith story in 100 words or less.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

New Well In Akot, South Sudan

One of the greatest physical needs in South Sudan is clean water. Dawson’s contributions to Living Water Community Transformation enable the organization to seek grants that provide wells. These "Jesus Wells" have been drilled at our two school sites, the new demonstration farm, and at several local church meeting sites as a positive witness to the community. The wells not only provide clean water, but also save the local women time and labor since they no longer have to walk miles to fetch water for their families. This particular well was drilled at the church that is pastored by Living Water’s director, Isaac.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Help Kids Connection Serve More Children

Kids Connection is Dawson’s ministry to provide clothes, books, and toys to children whose families otherwise are not able to provide them. This volunteer-run ministry serves about 3,000 children each year, but we want to serve even more. Please consider volunteering so that we can meet more needs in our community. Also, donations are always needed, and you can bring items to Kids Connection at 32 Green Springs Highway on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or to Dawson’s North Parking Lot on Wednesday evenings.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
K.E.Y. Bible Study - Day And Evening

Beginning August 20 at 11:00 a.m., please join Dr. Fenton in the Chapel for a daytime K.E.Y. Bible Study. K.E.Y. Bible Study is offered at 11:00 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. each Wednesday. The 11:00 a.m. K.E.Y. Bible Study will be followed by a fellowship lunch ($5) in the Fellowship Hall. This year, we will study key events in the Old Testament. Please contact Jan Kennamer Hart for more information.


Contact: Jan Kennamer Hart at 871-7324 or

Men's Bible Study Luncheon

Thursday, August 21, 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 fall theme is entitled "Leadership by the Book" which comes from the book of 1 Thessalonians and is geared toward Christian men in the workplace. Please join us each month and invite your friends and co-workers. Lunch is served from 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.


Contact: Mandy Hewitt at 871-7324 or

Wednesday Evening Bible Studies

New Wednesday evening Bible studies for adults begin on August 27.  There are studies on many topics and in various styles.  Bible study brochures are available in hallway information racks and online at  We encourage you to broaden your study of God’s Word by participating in one of these short-terms studies.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Encouragement For Empty Nesters

On Tuesday evening, August 26, women with an "empty nest" are invited to participate in a time of fellowship and encouragement. Whether this is a new phase of life or one that has been experienced for many seasons, this gathering is for you. We will have a time of encouragement led by Kathy Nolen and Rhonda Powell and an opportunity to fellowship and pray together. We will meet in the Social Hall on the first floor of the West Wing at 6:30 p.m.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

New Together For Life Class For Fall

Together For Life is a 15-week traditional Christian marriage course that teaches engaged and newly-married couples valuable truths and skills that will make their marriages last a lifetime.  The course is offered Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m. in Room 301 West beginning August 17, and we have a great group of married couples who lead and teach every week. Together For Life  is filled with important topics to help any couple navigate the joys and realities of marriage.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Andy Cartee.


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

Receiving God’s Blessings

Receiving God’s Blessings: How Your Finances Impact Your Spiritual Journey is a four-week study that will give you the biblical foundation for sound financial management and introduce practical applications. Additional one- and two-week studies will provide more detailed guidance on all aspects of personal finances. Managing your finances the way that God wants will absolutely impact your spiritual journey.  Classes meet on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in Room 256 North starting August 27. There is no charge, and pre-registration is not required.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
It’s Promotion Day!

Today will be filled with excitement as preschoolers, children and students are promoted to new Sunday morning Bible study classes based on their age or grade in school.  Their leaders will be prepared to teach them God’s Word and how to apply it in their lives.


Even though adults will not be promoted, it is still a new beginning.  If you have not been involved in a Sunday morning Bible study, or if you want to consider new options, today is an excellent time to start evaluating those options.  There are Bible study classes for everyone so visit and find the one that best meets your need.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

"I'm a Christian Now" Class

Sunday, September 7, 4:00 p.m., 268 Arendall

This hands-on five-week class is designed for kids in grades 1-5 who have made their professions of faith. (We recommend your child complete this class before baptism.) During this class we will experience life-changing truths and learn how they apply to our daily lives. Each student also will be given a workbook to be completed at home. Parents are asked to attend the first class with their child. Please register online on the dawson kids page at


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

High School Back To School Retreat

August 22-24, Camp Dawson

Hey Dawson 9th-12th graders, join us for a quick getaway to Camp Dawson from August 22 to 24. Let’s celebrate the end of summer and kick off the new school year by inviting new friends to be a part of our ministry! We will meet in the Chapel at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, August 22, and students will leave the church at 11:15 p.m. to head to Camp Dawson via provided transportation. Students will return to Dawson on Sunday, August 24, in time for Sunday School. Registration is now open online at, and the cost is $60 per student. (Bring your friends and get a special discount!) Ask a DSM staff member about our promotions.


Contact: Jason Hall at 871-7324 or

Be Found Faithful Through Prayer

Dawson’s Intercessory Prayer Team is busy doing the "work of the church" throughout the week. Prayer requests are submitted and prayed for daily. Scott Smithson and Jane Ngei are two members of this team who are interviewed below.


What led you to be a part of the Intercessory Prayer Team?


Jane: My desire to pray each day. Scott: I was looking for an area to serve and I could do this on my time.


Why is it important to serve on the prayer team?


Jane: I can serve others through prayer and fulfill God’s commands at the same time. Scott: Dawson is a praying church. People appreciate that you are praying for them.


What would you say to someone who is interested but apprehensive about joining?


Jane: When the disciples went to Jesus and asked Him to teach them to pray, the disciples did not want this for their own benefit, but to use it for others. After this, they did great things for the Kingdom of God. Also, God calls us to be available at all times. Scott: Try it out! You can fit this into your schedule, and there is no pressure. Every time I come to pray, I am glad that I have made the commitment to serve in this way, and I feel very satisfied.


If you are interested in learning more about this important ministry, please contact Kristen Torres, Minister of Spiritual Development.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 205-871-7324 or

DivorceCare© Class Begins At Dawson

Wednesday, August 27, 6:00 p.m., 304 West

No one enters into marriage expecting it to fail. Yet divorce can happen, unleashing a flood of emotions and challenges that can be overwhelming. As a means of assisting individuals through the heartache and stress of divorce, Dawson will offer a DivorceCare© Class beginning Wednesday, August 27. Topics include how to find healing; how to deal with anger, depression and loneliness; and how to survive financially. Class size is limited. Please contact Andy Cartee if you are interested in attending.


Contact: Andy Cartee at 871-7324 or

Travel To Paris And Normandy

Sunday, August 17 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Social Hall

Join fellow Dawson members March 16–26, 2015 for an exciting and memorable trip to see the highlights of Paris and Normandy in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This trip is coordinated and led by Doug and Sandra Arendall. You will enjoy the fellowship of Dawson members as you see beautiful and historical sights and build memories for a lifetime. Learn all the details at the trip presentation meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17 in the Social Hall.


Contact: Doug Arendall at 972-0460 or

Dawson Music Academy Now Offering Online Registration

As we begin our eleventh year of private lessons, the Dawson Music Academy is offering online registration and payments. We offer lessons in harp, percussion, voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments in addition to chamber groups and weekly group classes. Please visit our website for more information or to register at


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

Kindermusik Fall Registration Open

Kindermusik classes with the Dawson Music Academy are available this fall on Mondays at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:10 p.m. in addition to Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. For more information or to register for Kindermusik, please visit


Contact: Layla Humphries at 871-7324 or

Fenton's Friday Five

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



Together in Prayer
In Love And Sympathy


Martha and Maurice Berthon and family in the death of Maurice’s brother


Michelle and Pat Grant, Brooks Grant, and Gaston Grant in the death of Pat’s father and Brooks and Gaston’s grandfather


Olga ("Toodie") and Bob Gray and family in the death of Bob’s brother


Family and friends of Ruth Evelyn Peer


Family and friends of Madelyn K. Rushing



In Loving Memory


Ruth Evelyn Peer ~ August 7, 2014


Madelyn K. Rushing ~ August 8, 2014



Welcome To Dawson


Grant Kaiser

Ethan Owens

Anna Towry

Jane Carter Michaels

Drew & Sarah Stevens




Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, August 17
  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. France Information Meeting/Social Hall
  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
Monday, August 18
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Wednesday, August 20
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
  Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Roll & Dessert
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Roll & Dessert or Soup, Salad Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Chicken Bites
  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. Hispanic Bible Studies/3rd FL East
Thursday, August 21
 11:45 a.m.  Men's Bible Study Luncheon/Social Hall
Friday, August 22
 10:45 p.m. DSM High School Retreat/Camp Dawson

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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