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March 1, 2015   Vol. 18, No. 9
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

Glenn Lewis and the Worship Leadership Team leads the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series CONNECT with a message entitled "Connect Through Character" from Acts 5:1-10.


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

Beethoven’s classic and timeless Hallelujah from The Mount of Olives calls us to worship this Sunday, as the celebrative Glorious Savior invites us to offer thanks for God’s gift to the world. The Sanctuary Orchestra and Special Vocal Ensemble offer their praise in honor of our praiseworthy God. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series CONNECT with a message entitled "Connect Through Character" from Acts 5:1-10.



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft

That You May Believe

The Gospel of John is one of the most engaging books in the Bible. It is often described as being simple yet profound. As we study the life and teachings of Jesus, our desire is to be deepened in our faith, obedience, and commitment to Him in a life-changing way. As John the author states, "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."  John 20:31


Jeff Donnithorne continues the sermon series That You May Believe with a message entitled "Glory Seeking" from John 5:31-47.



Together in Worship
March Bible Memory Verse

...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23



Sunday, March 1, 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
Go Beyond The Walls Of Dawson!

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 a.m., Gathering Room, North Building

As we anticipate spring and warmer weather, we hope you’ll join Dawson’s Woven Women as they serve throughout the Birmingham area. Meet us to get an assignment for the M-Power Community Garden, Restoration Academy, or Kids Connection. Childcare is available by reservation only. To make a childcare reservation, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or no later than Tuesday, March 3.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Volunteer To Help At Dawson’s Neighborhood Block Party

On March 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dawson will have a morning full of inflatables, puppets, music, train rides, and more! Bring your family and invite your neighbors. Will you also serve with us? If so, please contact Donna Allan at


Contact: Donna Allan at 871-7324 or

Thursday Night WMU Meeting

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m., 100 West

Add to your prayer life via a multi-media report on North American Missions. The Thursday Night WMU group meets monthly to consistently pray for full-time workers world-wide. Local mission updates provide opportunities for personal engagement. Join us March 5 for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Hear about church planting work and catch a glimpse of future Dawson involvement with Go Love Tell projects in Maine. Please email Louise Barbour for dinner reservations.


Contact: Louise Barbour at 478-6080 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Dawson Builders Information Meeting Today

On Sunday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m., please come to Room 256 North to learn about the 2015 Dawson Builders Project. Dawson Builders will be serving in Roscommon, Michigan, this summer. Our volunteers will construct a new 8,500 square foot facility for Roscommon Baptist Church June 21-26. Construction experience is not required.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

How To Share The Gospel With A Muslim Friend

Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m., 253 North

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for an informative seminar that will provide you with practical information on how you can effectively communicate the Gospel with a Muslim friend. This seminar will help you understand the teachings of Islam and how you can discuss its teaching in a culturally sensitive manner. For more information, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Kids Connection Needs You

Kids Connection is making a significant difference in the lives of many children throughout Birmingham. Our only limitation to serving even more kids is having the volunteers to process donations, shop with customers, keep records, and provide spiritual support. Please consider volunteering with this incredible ministry which is making an eternal impact.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Fight – A Bible Study For Men

In Fight, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are – a man created with a warrior’s heart in the image of God – and how to stand up and fight for what’s right. Through exploring the life of Samson, this five-session study will help lead you to become the man God made you to be, to fight the battles you know you need to fight. Come and be encouraged to be dependent on God as the source of your strength, allowing you to fight the battles that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family. Don’t settle for being strong at what doesn’t last. This video-based study will meet five Wednesdays, beginning March 4, in Room 303 West at 6:15 p.m. The co-leaders are Tommy Lunceford and Brad Gowing.


Contact: Tommy Lunceford at 871-7324 or

Serving The Savior In The Second Half

Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

What does it mean to serve the Savior in the second half of life? What are the challenges and how can they be met? Join us for the Mid-Winter Bible Study with guest speaker, Dr. Jerry Gunnells. Dr. Gunnells is the retired senior pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church in Mobile and has been a featured speaker for annual mission meetings in 27 countries. One delightful feature of this Bible study will be a segment entitled "A Funny Thing Happened at Church." The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with scones and coffee, and the study will conclude with a light lunch ($5) at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by calling the Church Office by March 1.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

"Why? Looking At God, Evil, & Personal Suffering"

Sundays, February 22-March 22, 5:00 p.m., 253 North

Of all the hurdles to faith, suffering is probably the greatest. It tears lives apart and raises questions for us all. Sharon Dirckx is a lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and has written an excellent book on this topic. We will examine this book as well as other resources pertaining to suffering during this study. The cost of the materials is $10.


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Vine Family Worship: "Grandparents Edition"

Sunday, March 1, 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Grandparents, mark your calendars and plan to participate in a very special worship experience with your grandchild as the "dawson kids Ministry" partners with "Second Half Ministries" to share in a multi-generational worship time together. Music, art, and story telling will be a part of the shared experience. The evening concludes with food and fellowship around the table. Please email Bob Hatfield to volunteer to be a "grand-pal" for a child.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

25th Annual Perseverance 5K

Saturday, March 14, 8:00 a.m., FRC

Come help us celebrate 25 years of the annual Perseverance 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run! This year’s race is on Saturday, March 14 and will be bigger than ever, including guest speaker Josh Cox, the American record holder in the 50K (31 miles), who, after the races, will share his testimony of faith. After the awards ceremony and Josh Cox, please join us for our Neighborhood Block Party! Register for the 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run at the FRC front desk or online at


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

1 Mile Fun Run & Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

For many years, the Dawson Family of Faith has enjoyed hosting an Egg Hunt for our church family and community. This year, we invite you to join us for a 1 Mile Fun Run & Neighborhood Block Party instead. We encourage you to dress up in a costume and run together as a family or group of friends. We also encourage you to bring new or gently used shoes to donate to Kids Connection.


Whether you run or just cheer from the sidelines, please join us after the 1 Mile Fun Run for the Neighborhood Block Party featuring door prizes, inflatables, a preschool corner, live music, train rides, food, puppet shows, friendly competitions, and more! Volunteers are needed to host this free, fun event for our community. For more information or to volunteer to help with the Neighborhood Block Party, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or


Contact: Donna Allan at 871-7324 or

Carson-Newman A Cappella Choir In Concert

Sunday, March 8, 6:00 p.m., Chapel

The Carson-Newman A Cappella Choir will present a concert of music on Sunday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Singing a variety of traditional and contemporary styles, this 47-member ensemble is open to all students of the university, regardless of major. Please join us for an evening of worship through music.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Middle School Breakaway
Monday, Jun 8 - Friday, Jun 12, Talladega, AL

Monday-Friday, June 8-12, Talladega, AL

This summer the DSM Middle School is headed to Shocco Springs for Student Life Camp! Our Dawson Middle School Students will attend Breakaway June 8-12, and will receive a phenomenal worship experience. With teaching from Wade Morris and worship all week by Jared Wood, our students will focus on God’s timeless truths. In addition, our students will also receive amazing teaching through "Family Group Bible Study," and enjoy live dramas, team building rec games, and free-time activities including basketball, tennis, "The Blob" on the lake, and much more. We cannot wait to spend an incredible week with our Middle School Students!


Catch the early-bird price ($275) when you register before March 8! After March 8, the price goes up to $320. There are only 65 spots available, so make sure you put down a deposit to hold your place. Please visit our Middle School webpage at for more information.


Contact: Lance Millsaps at 871-7324 or

9th Annual Dawson Golf Scramble

Saturday, April 18, 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 18 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. This year’s proceeds will go to benefit Restoration Academy. At Restoration Academy, their passion is that every child in the Birmingham area deserves an excellent, Christ-centered education.


Help us make this the best tournament we have ever had! The deadline to sign up is April 3. For more information, please contact Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or


Contact: Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or

A Legacy Conversation

Everyone will leave some kind of legacy, and perhaps the most visible one will be your financial legacy. We can serve the Lord by considering a biblical worldview as we plan our estates. Come hear from Dave Keesling, Founder and Executive Vice President of PhilanthroCorp, with whom Dawson has partnered to help our members effectively plan their estates. You can choose Sunday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 254 North or Monday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall (lunch provided).


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Crash Course In Choir Basics: iSing 2.0

If you enjoy singing in choir, but sometimes find yourself confused by musical signs and terms, you may enjoy iSing classes.  Adults who participated last semester discovered the excitement of learning to read music and gained confidence in navigating choir rehearsal.  The cost is $10 per class.  Classes are offered Sundays from 2:30 p.m-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Please contact Kimberly Jones for more information or to reserve your spot.


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

24 Hours 4 Him

The dawson kids Ministry will be having its third annual "24 Hours 4 Him" event for grades 1-5 on March 6-7. This is a Disciple Now type event for children where they spend the night at the church. (Yes, they do sleep.) We ask all kids who register to commit to the entire 24 hours and not leave for other activities. Register now at


Contact: Jon Meads at 871-7324 or

"Living Well - Longer"

Thursday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., 254 North

If you could increase your chances for healthy aging, would you? You can lessen the chance of becoming disabled by taking steps that help avoid disease and injury. You are invited to attend this program on "aging well" presented by Debbie Moss, Minister of Health & Wellness. Please make your reservation by calling the Church Office.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

somethingEXTRAORDINARY: Dawsonaires

Bill Wear: Dawsonaires allows me the opportunity to fellowship with friends and sing praises to the Lord each week and to share God’s love with others in retirement homes and shelters each month. It is a true ministry-minded group. Our fellowship and ministry are enhanced with monthly birthday lunches and a spring mission trip which allows us to extend hope and encouragement to others. It is somethingEXTRAORDINARY.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Pray For The Persecuted Church

Each month, over 300 Christians are killed for their faith, and more than 200 church facilities are destroyed. As members of the body of Christ, we have a responsibility to pray for our brothers and sisters facing hostility and violence because of their faith. Please make a commitment to stand in the gap and pray for those in our country and throughout the world who are suffering religious restriction and persecution.


Contact: Kristen Torres 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


Hudson Reid Andrews, son of Patti and Brad Andrews, will participate with his family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Hudson was born on October 14, 2014. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Andrews of Ozark, Mr. Frank Sullivan of Ozark, and Ms. Linda Sullivan of Hoover. His great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Warren of Ozark, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Mildrum of Ozark, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sullivan of Ozark.



In Love And Sympathy


Nancey and Jimbo Legg and family in the death of Jimbo’s father.


Susie and Chris Pugh, Audrey Pugh, and Ivey Pugh in the death of Susie’s mother and Audrey and Ivey’s grandmother.





Sarah and Jason Frey on the birth of their son, Wilson Michael Frey, on February 22, 2015.



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, March 1
  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. I'm A Christian Now Class/268 Arendall
  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
  5:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study/253 North
  5:00 p.m. Dawson Builders/256 North
  6:00 p.m. DSM Bible Studies/The Loft - Arendall
  6:00 p.m. Vine Family Worship/Fellowship Hall
Monday, March 2
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry/254 North
Tuesday, March 3
  8:30 a.m. Mid-Winter Bible Study/Fellowship Hall
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL West Cafe
  6:00 p.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, March 4
  9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North
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/Pulled Pork
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall

Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, & Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Corn Dogs

  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
  6:00 p.m. Adult Bible Studies/2nd FL North & 303 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
  6:15 p.m. Moms in Prayer/3rd FL Cafe West
Thursday, March 5
  9:00 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
10:00 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room
  5:30 p.m. WMU Meeting/100 West
Friday, March 6
  6:00 p.m. 24 Hours 4 Him

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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