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October 26, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 43
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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 Requires Us To Be Conduits Rather Than Containers" from 2 Corinthians 4:6.


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

With strength and vigor, the hymn Marching to Zion comes alive through the Sanctuary Choir and Dawson Brass, later accompanied by the Master Ringers in Creation Will Be At Peace. Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Living With Passion with a message entitled "Living With Passion Requires Us To Be Conduits Rather Than Containers" from 2 Corinthians 4:6.



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.


Jeff Donnithorne continues the sermon series Relentless Pursuit with a message entitled "Provoking Is A Good Thing?" from Hebrews 10:19-25.



Together in Worship
October Bible Memory Verse

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17



Sunday, October 26, 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
Next Sunday Is Commitment Sunday

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. Proverbs 3:9


In Matthew 10:8 Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give." Every believer has received the free gift of God’s grace. Every gift brings with it a responsibility. One of our responsibilities is to give freely to support God’s work on this earth. As a member of the Dawson Family, the primary way we can do that is by supporting Dawson’s ministry and missions activities.


Next Sunday is Commitment Sunday. During each worship service, every member is asked to be prepared to do two things. First, please make a commitment for your expected giving in 2015. You may do so by completing the commitment card you received in the mail and bringing it to worship.


Second, please be prepared to give a generous extra offering for the Commitment Day Offering. Use the special envelope you received in the mail and clearly indicate on your check that it is for the Commitment Day Offering. We must reach our goal of $225,000 in order to accomplish the missions plans for 2015.


During each worship service, there will be a time to turn in your commitment cards, give your missions offering, and give your regular tithes and offerings. At the same time, our children will bring their banks forward. Please prayerfully consider how you will honor God with your firstfruits for 2015.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Children’s Banks On Commitment Sunday

The offering in the Children’s Banks this year will be used for the Joy House School in Haiti. These funds will pay for children to become Champions For Christ and will help them get a strong academic foundation. Our children will bring their banks next Sunday, Commitment Sunday, November 2, and give them during each worship service.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
"Christmas For A Child" Sign Up This Sunday

Sunday, October 26, Sanctuary Foyer

Every Christmas season, Dawson members provide gifts for 200 children in foster care. If you or your Sunday School class would like to share the love of God by providing gifts for these children, we encourage you to take part in Dawson’s "Christmas For A Child" ministry.  Please come by the Foyer this Sunday in between worship services to sign up, and help share the joy of Christmas with a child.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or
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Intercessory Prayer Ministry

In John 17, Jesus intercedes for all believers, giving us an example to follow today. Dawson’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry provides opportunities for anyone to pray for specific requests on a regular schedule. Time slots are available for those wishing to come to the Prayer Room at the church, and arrangements can be made for those wishing to pray at home. To learn more about how you can participate, please email Kristen Torres at


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Kids Connection Needs Coats And Sweaters

Cold weather is coming, and Kids Connection volunteers want to be sure that every child gets a coat, jacket, or sweater to keep him or her warm. Please donate used items so that we can help more children. Bring donations to Kids Connection on Mondays or Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or to the North Parking Lot at Dawson on Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Learn To Get Out And Stay Out Of Debt

You can get out of debt and stay out of debt. Learn about practical ways to do so in this two-session seminar beginning November 5. Classes are on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in Room 256 North, and there is no charge.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Woven Women's Ministry Fall Luncheon

Tuesday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

It’s not too late to get tickets for Dawson’s Woven Women’s Fall Luncheon featuring Donna Evans! During this time, Donna will share her heart about what a "woven woman" looks like. Donna’s love for the Lord is contagious, and her authentic personality will speak to women of all ages and stages of life. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the Church Office or online at


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Deacon Ordination Service

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. on Sunday, November 2. 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

On Tuesday, November 11, the Dawson Family of Faith will honor our veterans with a special luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Patriotic music will be provided by the 50-voice Pizitz Girls’ Choir. Channel 13 anchor Mike Royer will be our guest speaker. Veterans and widows of veterans will be recognized and honored in a special way. There will also be a prayer time for Dawson members and their families who are presently serving in the military.


Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased beginning Sunday, October 19 in the Church Office. Please buy your ticket today and honor America by honoring its veterans on this special holiday.


Contact: Bob Hatfield 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

Sing In Dawson's Christmas Choir

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit as the Sanctuary Choir begins preparing for Christmas. And there’s room for you to participate, too! We’ll be rehearsing Christmas music each Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so come grab your music and CD and jump in. We’d love to have you!


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

"All Things Pregnancy" Seminar

Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Social Hall

This program will include steps that would help provide for a healthy pregnancy, when to seek help if you’re having trouble getting pregnant, and how to prevent complications and/or what to expect in the event they do arise. Our guest speakers are physicians from the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Dessert and coffee will be available as you meet our guest physicians. If you or someone you know is pregnant or interested in knowing more about pregnancy-related issues, please plan to attend this informative program.


Contact: Debbie Moss 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? Is there anything you can do to enhance your memory? You are invited to "Lunch and Learn" on brain health that will help answer those questions.


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. Lunch reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, November 11. You can still attend this program without reserving a lunch. This program is sponsored by Brookwood Hospital and Dawson’s Health and Wellness Ministry.


Contact: Debbie Moss 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

What Is "Marriage Coaching?"

Marriage coaching involves helping a couple work out their unique relationship to achieve the results they desire for their marriage. MarriageTeam, a Christian-based not-for-profit organization, has partnered with Dawson to sponsor marriage coaching training this spring. This training includes learning how to coach couples on communication, anger management, conflict resolution, family integration issues, and more.


If you are a married couple with a healthy marriage and care deeply about helping others and reducing divorce rates, please consider going through marriage coaching training. For more information, visit or contact Melissa Gunnells at


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
Family Dedication


Erin and Christopher Lambert, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 8:25 a.m. worship service. Meagan was born on June 26, 2014. Her grandparents are Mrs. Janna Green and the late Mr. David F. Green III of Montgomery and Mr. and Mrs. Don Lambert of Florence. Her great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Williams of Tyler, TX; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Tew of San Antonio, TX; Mr. and Mrs. D Frank Green Jr of Shreveport, LA; Mr. Harry McElwee of Birmingham and Mrs. Virginia Lambert of Florence.


Luke Barlow Harney, son of Arielle and Tyler Harney, will participate with his family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Luke was born on December 20, 2013. He has one brother, Benjamin. His grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Rodney Harney of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Barlow of Florence, SC; and the late Mrs. Carol Barlow. His great-grandparents are Mrs. Ruth Albenze of Brunswick, GA and Mrs. Harriet Barlow of Flat Rock, NC.



In Love And Sympathy


Claire and Leon Armstrong in the death of their son-in-law


Family and friends of Fay Shirley



In Loving Memory


Fay Shirley ~ October 14, 2014





Patti and Brad Andrews on the birth of their son, Hudson Reid Andrews, on October 14, 2014.



Welcome To Dawson


Brad & Patti Andrews



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, October 26
  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. 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
Monday, October 27
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Tuesday, October 28
11:30 a.m. Woven Fall Luncheon/Fellowship Hall
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/3rd FL Cafe West
  6:00 p.m. Women's Bible Study/255 North
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, October 29
  9:30 a.m. Women's 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/Chili
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Chili, Baked Potatoes, Grilled Cheese, Salad, Bread, Dessert or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Grilled Cheese
  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. "All Things Pregnancy" Seminar/Social Hall
  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, October 30
  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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