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November 30, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 48
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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. Bill Johnston will preach a message entitled "Born In Us: A Fixed Hope" from 1 Peter 1:13.


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

Advent 2014: Hope

This Sunday we welcome in the season of Advent, a season of expectation. As a new mother eagerly hopes for the birth of her child, we too look for the coming of Christ. The Sanctuary Choir opens worship with Sing We Now of Christmas, and the Dawson String Quartet accompanies in Candlelight Carol. Dr. Bill Johnston will preach a message entitled "Born In Us: A Fixed Hope" from 1 Peter 1:13.



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 "Tough Love" from Hebrews 12:4-17.



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 30, 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. 



Born In Us - Advent 2014

The birth of Christ so long ago welcomed the ultimate gift of redemption into the world. This Advent, the Dawson Family of Faith will explore how we might welcome Christ into our world each day. We will follow His example of bringing hope, joy, peace, and love into the world through our humble service and generous actions. Sometimes it’s a painful process, but the arrival to new life is the invitation that Christmas offers us. Let us join together during this Advent season as a family of faith to remember and to rejoice that the little baby born for us so many years ago, has also been born in us.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Together in Giving & Serving
Stock Gifts: Giving That Goes Further

A large number of Dawson members are now giving their tithes and offerings through giving appreciated stock. You may give to the 2014 or 2015 budgets, missions offerings, or the building fund. Appreciated stock is a good way to contribute to the church because capital gains taxes are not assessed and your contribution goes further. You can give more by giving stock and being found faithful in your tithes and offerings to do God’s work at Dawson.


You can transfer your stock electronically to Dawson’s account by contacting Rowan Smith, Business Administrator, in the Church Office at 871-7324. To transfer stock electronically, you will need Dawson’s account number and DTC number. You may also give stock certificates. A form is available in the Finance Office that must be completed when giving stock certificates.


Contact: Rowan Smith at 871-7324 or

Haiti Mission Project Information Meeting

On Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 256 North, you are invited to come and learn how you can be a part of Dawson’s next international mission project in Haiti. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks such as the distribution of eyeglasses. Medical professionals are needed to conduct a clinic.  The dates of the project are March 28 through April 4, 2015. For more information, please contact Ben Hale at


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Serve In The Nursery During Candlelight

We need volunteers with us in the nursery during the Candlelight worship services - Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21. Would you consider attending one service and coming to the nursery for the other? Your help will be greatly appreciated!


Contact: Donna Allan at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
A New Wave Of Church Planters In South Asia

South Carolina native, Mitch Englehart,* watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a village in South Asia. Dhanwan is one of them. Pastor Lalbahadur starts the baptism chain. First he immerses Dhanwan, then each newly baptized believer baptizes the next. "This is discipleship in action," Mitch says, and it’s what has brought him to South Asia. He and his wife, Nellie,* have spent the last nine years training church leaders like Lalbahadur. But the six baptized today are just the tip of the iceberg. Between Mitch’s two primary national partners, he’s seen more than 1,200 new churches and more than 3,000 baptisms in the last five years alone. And there’s still plenty of work to be done. "God is using these guys in mighty ways," he says with a grin. "There’s already a fire burning. My role is to pour a little gasoline on that fire."


Please pray for the Engleharts to stay healthy amid their busy lives and work, and for local leaders to have strength, wisdom, and insight. Pray for young believers and churches to grow and be strong in the Lord. Thank you for supporting International Mission Board missionaries through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.


*Names have been changed.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

"Christmas For A Child" Drop Off: December 7-10

Bring your "Christmas For A Child" gifts to the Gathering Room in the North Building between Sunday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 10. Please place all gifts (unwrapped) for one child in a bag and label the outside of the bag with the child’s name and number. If you are buying for more than one child, please keep the gifts separate. If your Sunday School class or group is buying for one child, please gather up all gifts in one bag before turning them in. For more information, please contact Bri Rauls at 871-7324 or


Contact: Bri Rauls at 871-7324 or

Kids Connection Volunteers Are Needed

Giving a few hours of your time each month can make a big impact on a child’s life. More volunteers are needed at Kids Connection so that we can serve as many children as possible. Please consider helping customers shop, providing spiritual support, and keeping records. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  If you are interested in learning more about Kids Connection or have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact Tom Thompson.


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Christmas Music Presentations Set For December

The Dawson Music & Worship Ministry is preparing diligently for three special Christmas music presentations in the month of December. Join us, along with your family and friends, as we celebrate Christ's birth. 


December 7 at 6:00 p.m.: "Sing Gloria!"

This evening of music and worship features the 200-voice Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra in a festive evening of stunning Christmas anthems and carols.


December 14 at 6:00 p.m.: "Joy of the Highest Heaven"

The children and students of Dawson (Grades 1-12) will lead in a delightful evening of Christmas music for all ages.


December 20-21 at 5:00 p.m.: “Candlelight at Dawson”

Candlelight at Dawson is a Birmingham Christmas tradition. With the thrilling procession of lights, mass choir of over 300 voices, 1,500 candles aglow, and the singing of “Silent Night,” it is always a very special night to remember and share with family and friends. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

"Sing Gloria!" With The Sanctuary Choir And Orchestra

Sunday, December 7, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Please join us next Sunday, December 7, for a night of music and worship featuring the 200-voice Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. This festive evening will be filled with stunning Christmas anthems and carols. With music from energetic to reflective, and everything in between, you are sure to leave celebrating God’s profound gift offered so long ago.


Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

Music On The Patio

During Advent, we invite you to enjoy the sounds of the season on the Sanctuary patio before and after each worship service. This festive addition to the Advent celebration is presented by some of Dawson’s own musicians and ensembles. This simple gift of music will bring joy to your heart as you come and go on Sunday mornings during Advent.

  • November 30: Dawson Music Academy
  • December  7: smasH 5th Graders
  • December 14: Happy Singers
  • December 21: Dawson Pianists
Contact: John Woods at 871-7324 or

smasH Mission Caroling

Friday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Calling all 5th graders! It’s time to warm up those vocal chords and complete the mission of ministering to special people during this holiday season. On December 5, we will be singing at a local nursing home and at the homes of several Dawson members. Please go to to learn more. Registration ends December 1.


The acronym smasH stands for "students ministering and serving HIM" and is a fifth grade ministry of dawson kids. For more information about smasH or the dawson kids Ministry, please contact Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or


Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m., Gathering Room

Share the joy of Christ during Christmas by helping others! Ladies of all ages are invited to gather and serve at Kids Connection, Restoration Academy, and/or M-Power Ministries. Meet to receive your assignment and join others in this special time of service. Childcare is available by reservation only. To make a childcare reservation, please contact Donna Allan at 871-7324 or NO LATER THAN Tuesday, December 2.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Sign Up For The 2015 Healthy Lifestyle Program

Registration has begun for Dawson’s next Healthy Lifestyle Class which will begin in January. The program will include both nutrition classes and an exercise program. The common goal for each participant will be a desire to lose at least 20 pounds. The weight loss and lifestyle changes made during this program will benefit those concerned with their hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and other major health issues.  Enrollment is limited. Please call today to reserve your spot. For full details please contact Debbie Moss at


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Middle School Winter Retreat

Hey Dawson 6th-8th graders, Winter Retreat is right around the corner! We’re having a quick getaway to Camp Dawson from December 30 to January 1. This is the perfect time to ring in the New Year and invite new friends to be a part of our ministry! Early registration begins November 1 and is $60 per student.  The deadline for early registration is December 14, and any registration past that date will cost $70. Please register online at


Contact: Lorin Santo at 871-7324 or


Disciple Now weekend is January 16-18. This year’s DNOW, will feature large group sessions, as well as 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. Early-bird registration is $75 from now until November 30. Regular price is $90 from December 1 to 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

Holiday Blues

The holiday season can present challenges to those who have experienced grief or loss. If you or someone you know has a burden that needs to be shared, please consider having a Stephen Minister walk with you on that journey. A Stephen Minister is a lay person trained in distinctly Christian caring. To request a Stephen Minister, please contact Bill Johnston at


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Give The Gift Of Music For Christmas

The Dawson Music Academy has private lesson openings in harp, cello, viola, percussion, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, clarinet, flute, piano, voice, guitar, and violin. We also have places available in our Kindermusik classes and our Music League group classes. Lessons are available for all ages (adults included) and all levels. Registration is open year-round and available online at Please contact Kimberly Jones at


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

New “iPod Ministry” Needs Volunteers

A unique, new opportunity to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia will begin this January at Dawson. Music has the ability to affect us in special ways. The reaction of individuals with memory disorders while listening to music that they love has been extraordinary. As part of this new iPod Ministry, iPods will be personalized for participants with music that has been chosen just for them. Follow-up will take place to evaluate other ministry opportunities for each person. The Health & Wellness Ministry needs volunteers to assist in various ways—from meeting with caregivers to creating "playlists" for the iPods. All ages are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Debbie Moss for more details.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Looking For Unique Christmas Gifts?

Christmas will be here before you know it, and the new Dawson Cookbook, Seasons of Grace, would make an excellent gift for friends and family. Cookbooks are $20 each and can be purchased at the Receptionist’s Desk in the North Building.


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
In Love And Sympathy


Kathy Roan and family in the death of Kathy’s daughter





The flowers in the vestibule today are placed in memory of John Gilbert Perrigin by his wife Daisy and their family celebrating his earthly and heavenly birthdays.



Welcome To Dawson


Jordan Poe

Ren Riley



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, November 30
  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, December 1
  7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study/Social Hall
  6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training/257 North
Tuesday, December 2
  6:00 p.m. Young Single Women's Small Group/Fellowship Hall
  6:30 p.m. ESL/Social Hall
Wednesday, December 3
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/Pancakes
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Pancakes, Bacon, Hash Browns, Egg Casserole, Fruit 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
  6:15 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, December 4
  9:30 a.m.  ESL/2nd FL North
  9:30 a.m. Dawsonaires/Choir Room
Friday, December 5
  5:00 p.m. smasH Mission Caroling

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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