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February 1, 2015   Vol. 18, No. 5
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Worship Preview

8:25 a.m. Worship

The Worship Leadership Team will lead the congregation in worship through music. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series CONNECT with a message entitled "Connect With People Who Connect With God" from Acts 1:12-26.


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

The dynamic Sing and Be Not Silent opens worship, complemented by the new and reflective anthem Resting, accompanied by the warm sounds of the cello. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series CONNECT with a message entitled "Connect With People Who Connect With God" from Acts 1:12-26.



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


Tim Simpson continues the sermon series That You May Believe with a message entitled "Greater And Lesser" from John 3:22-36.



Together in Worship
February Bible Memory Verse

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27



Sunday, February 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
Jennie Hare Celebrates 10 Years At Dawson

On January 31, 2005, Dawson welcomed Jennie Hare as the Day Care Cook. She came to us after working in a daycare and with various other cooking experiences. Over the years, Jennie’s responsibilities have changed. In 2013, she began her current role as Kitchen Manager. In this position she works closely with the Food Service and Events Director to maintain the high level of standard that our Food Service Ministry provides on a daily basis. Her love of Dawson and its people, along with her friendly personality, make her a gift to us all. Please join us as we celebrate with and congratulate her for 10 years of service to the Dawson Family of Faith. Thank you, Jennie!



Dennis Clark Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Dennis Clark celebrates his five year anniversary as part of the Dawson Facilities Team on February 1, 2015. As our Maintenance Manager, Dennis helps coordinate many different maintenance tasks. In addition to coordinating these tasks, he also performs much of the work. Dennis has experience with many skilled trades, and performs a multitude of tasks here at Dawson. His desire to learn and gain additional knowledge in many maintenance areas has helped the maintenance staff tremendously. His knowledge of electrical work and his skills have helped reduce costs in our Facilities budget every year. We are fortunate to have Dennis on our staff and congratulate him on five years of service. He is truly an asset to our team, and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. Congratulations, Dennis!



Woven: Serve

Tuesday, February 10, 9:30 a.m., Gathering Room (North Building)

Are you looking for a chance to serve others beyond the walls of Dawson? Then join other women for this monthly opportunity to serve at M-Power, Restoration Academy, and/or Kids Connection. Childcare is available by reservation only. To make a reservation, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or no later than February 3.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Poverty Simulation Event

Sunday, February 8, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

On Sunday, February 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall you will have the opportunity to experience a Poverty Simulation event that will open your eyes to people in need. During the event you will not only learn about those who live in poverty, but you will also experience some of the things they struggle with on a daily basis. Come with an open mind and heart that is ready for God to work in your life. These events will be helpful for those serving at Kids Connection, as well as other future Major Mission Projects initiatives. Please RSVP to Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Serving Those In Prison

Sunday, February 8, 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Choir Room

The Sanctuary Choir is actively preparing for our first worship concert inside the walls of a local correctional facility. If you’re interested in joining in this important and innovative ministry as a part of the Sanctuary Choir, please contact the Music & Worship Ministry Office immediately, as training will occur on Sunday, February 8 after the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The Music & Worship Ministry extends far beyond the walls of Dawson, and you are invited to take part in this very special ministry opportunity.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Night WMU Group February Meeting

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

You are invited to see and hear an amazing mission report by Debbie Moss. We will pray for missionaries and learn how we can support Dawson ministries and missions worldwide. Please join us for supper at 5:30 p.m. or come at 6:00 p.m. for the presentation.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Men's Monday Morning Bible Study Features Philippians

Every Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. a wonderful group of men meet in the Social Hall for a delicious breakfast and a time of Bible study together. Led by Dr. Neal Schooley, this group will conclude a study of Acts in January and begin a study of Philippians in February. The cost of the breakfast is $5. All men are invited to join this great time of fellowship and Bible study around the table.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Creating And Living On A Spending Plan

Everything we have comes from God and belongs to God and He has entrusted it to us for our time on earth. We are God’s money managers but many of us struggle with effectively managing our finances. The first and most important step in managing our money is living on a spending plan. On Wednesdays, February 11 and 18, 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.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

DSM Bible Studies Kick-Off

Dawson Student Ministry Sunday Night Bible Studies resume on Sunday, February 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at The Loft in the Arendall Building. Immediately following choir, please stop by The Loft for dinner and snacks before heading to your grade level Bible Studies. We cannot wait to see you there!


Contact: Jason Hall at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
It's Not Too Late To Participate In IF: DAWSON

Friday, February 6, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Saturday, February 7, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Join women throughout the country and around the world as we host IF: DAWSON. We’ll simulcast the IF: GATHERING events from Austin, Texas, and examine the life of Joshua and his faith in God’s promises. Feel free to come and go if you need to! To register, please visit There is no cost for the event, but participants need to bring $10 for their lunch on Saturday.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

25th Annual Perseverance 5K

Come out and help us celebrate 25 years of the annual Dawson Perseverance 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run! This year’s race is on Saturday, March 14 and is bigger than ever, including guest speaker Josh Cox, the American record holder in the 50K (31 miles) and four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier. Be sure to stick around after the races to hear Josh’s testimony of faith, receive your race awards, enter to win great door prizes, and join in on our Neighborhood Block Party activities! Register online at


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

Train For The Perseverance 5K

The Resolute Running Training Center, located in Homewood, is offering a FREE training program for Dawson church members. This unique program is designed for true running beginners who are interested in making the Dawson Perseverance 5K their first 5K or for intermediate runners who would like to follow a more structured program to ensure their 5K success. The training program begins on January 26. To sign up, please email Alex Morrow at


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 879-1758 or

24 Hours 4 Him

dawson kids will be having its third annual "24 Hours 4 Him" event for grades 1-5 on March 6-7. (6:00 p.m. on Friday night to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night. This is a Disciple Now type event for children where they spend the night at the church. Yes! They do sleep.) We ask that all kids who register commit to the entire 24 hours and not leave for other activities. Register now at The early bird deadline is Sunday, February 15. After that day, the price goes up. The final deadline is Sunday, February 22.


We are also in need of Christ-centered Bible Study leaders for our classes. (A biblical, easy, and interactive curriculum will be provided.) Please email dawson kids Associate Minister to Children, Jon Meads, if you are willing to help at


Contact: Jon Meads at 871-7324 or

Vine Family Worship

Thanks to all the dawson kids families who made it to our January Vine Family Worship. We had an amazing time making marshmallow snowmen with one hand behind our backs to illustrate how sin paralyzes us. We also had a snowball fight trying to throw our sins away, but we learned that only Jesus can make us white as snow. Thanks to Brad Gowing, Discipleship Pastor, for bringing our Bible study time, and Jon Meads, Associate Minister to Children, for sharing his testimony.


dawson kids families, please mark your calendars for our very special March Vine Family Worship. We will partner with Second Half Ministries for a multi-generational family worship experience on Sunday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Supporting Chapel Choir Mission Tour 2015

For over 60 years, the students of Chapel Choir have been growing in faith and discipled in service. As an integral part of that process, the annual Chapel Choir Mission Tour offers students a new environment to practice following and trusting Christ more fully. The general budget of Dawson supports this important and lasting ministry, yet many individuals feel led to offer a designated gift specifically for student scholarships for those who need a little help. This year, the Chapel Choir travels to the International Baptist Convention in Interlaken, Switzerland. When I was a student, I received a scholarship for youth choir tour each and every year, so I personally know the impact they have. You’re invited to participate. 


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Dawsonaires Set Ministry Agenda For Winter/Spring

The Dawsonaires will have a full schedule of ministry concerts this winter/spring. Listed below are the venues that are confirmed:

  • February 12: St. Martin’s in the Pines
  • March 12: Lovelady Center
  • April 28: Hoover Community Center
  • May 2-5: Ministry Tour to Chattanooga

The Dawsonaires, under the direction of Bob Hatfield, rehearse every Thursday morning in the Choir Room from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Now is a good time for folks to join the Dawsonaires in order to participate in the winter/spring ministries.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Winter Blast For Boomers And Beyond

Thursday, February 19, at Dawson, will be a great night of food, musical entertainment, and humor, as Second Half Ministries features "Three on a String." Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton, and Brad Ryan are a wonderful combination for enjoyable music and hilarious fun. Enjoy a tasty barbecue dinner with your friends around the table in the Fellowship Hall. Then move to the Chapel for a delightful evening of "boomer classics" and lots of laughs. The meal begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The concert will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in the North Building at the front desk. Tickets are going fast! The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, February 15.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Information Meeting For Canadian Rockies Trip

Sunday, February 22, 3:30 p.m., 253 North

Dawson members will enjoy a 10-day trip to the Resorts of the Rockies October 6-15. The group, led by Doug and Sandra Arendall, will explore the beautiful resorts and spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. The trip will include Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefield, and Banff. Brochures are available at the North Building front desk. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 253 North. Applications and deposits will be taken at that time.


Contact: Bob Hatfield at 871-7324 or

Sleeping Disorders - Seminar

Thursday, February 19, 11:30 a.m., 254 North

Does snoring and sleep apnea have health risks? Can chronic lack of sleep make you gain weight? You are invited to attend this informative program on sleeping disorders. A restful night’s sleep is a key component in maintaining a healthy mind and body. However, most of us are probably not getting an adequate amount of sleep and it could be due to a sleeping disorder. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Colleen Donohue from Brookwood Medical Center. You may even know someone who needs to attend this meeting as they could already be in your household. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 to make your reservation today.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Marketplace Sale

Each Sunday, suggested reading resources are available for purchase in our Marketplace in the Church Foyer. On Sundays, February 1 and 8, you will have the opportunity to purchase many of these resources at a great discount. Come by between morning worship services to see what is available.


Contact: Bill Johnston 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


Elise and Chad Clark in the death of Chad’s mother and Danielle Clark, Annelise Clark, Rebecca Clark, and Calloway Clark in the death of their grandmother


Beth and Dale Steed and Lee Steed in the death of Dale and Lee’s mother and Ella Monroe Steed and William Steed in the death of their grandmother



In Loving Memory


Rebecca McCleskey Clark ~ January 25, 2015.





Caroline and Jim Harpole on the birth of their daughter, Clara Cunningham Harpole, who was born on January 21


Ashley and Michael McCutchin on the birth of their son, James Luke McCutchin, who was born on January 21




The flowers in the Vestibule & Sanctuary this morning are in honor of the wedding ceremony of Lacey Schaefer & Ben Hutto on January 31, 2015.



Welcome To Dawson


Tommy & Karee Lunceford

Cristina Perez

Palmer Sparks



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, February 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
12:00 p.m. Chapel Choir & Middle School Choir Lunch & Rehearsal
  4:00 p.m. I'm A Christian Now Class/268 Arendall
  5:00 p.m. Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West
Monday, February 2
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry/254 North
Tuesday, February 3
  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, February 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/Baked Chicken
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall

Baked Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Veggies, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, & Potato Bar;
Kids Meal: Chicken Bites

  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
  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, February 5
  9:30 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
10:00 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room
  5:30 p.m. WMU Meeting/100 West
Friday, February 6
   6:00 p.m. IF: DAWSON/Fellowship Hall
Saturday, February 7
   9:00 a.m. IF: DAWSON/Fellowship Hall

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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