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August 31, 2014   Vol. 17, No. 35
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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. Our guest preacher will be Dr. David Hogg from Beeson Divinity School.


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

Worship opens with the crisp sounds of the fiddle with "Crown Him Lord of All" and the power of Christ’s gift for us is highlighted by the Sanctuary Choir’s offering of "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)." Our guest preacher will be Dr. David Hogg from Beeson Divinity School.



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 new sermon series Relentless Pursuit with a message entitled "Heart Trouble" from Hebrews 3:1-19.



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 31, 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
Jesus Wells - Akot, South Sudan

Living Water Community Transformation (Dawson’s Ministry Partner) is known as Akot Christian Ministries (ACM) in South Sudan. This official non-governmental organization was formed for the purpose of transforming a remote, destitute tribal community into a vibrant Christ-centered, self-sustaining community. This ministry includes preventative health teaching, primary education, church planting/pastor development, empowerment of women, agriculture, and commerce. Seven wells have been strategically placed to facilitate these ministries.


There are two wells at Living Water Primary School and two wells at Abundant Life Primary School. These two schools have an enrollment of 650 children, 18 teachers, and many other school staff (cooks, guards, chaplains, nurses). The women’s ministry groups, men’s discipleship group, and pastor training classes meet at the school campuses. The communities near the schools are also allowed to obtain water from the school wells at designated times.


A well was dug this year for our new farming ministry. The farm is 12 acres in size and will be used to produce food for the schools. Also, the community will have small plots for the people to learn better farming skills and to cultivate new crops. We plan to use this well for irrigation and for use for the neighboring families. A cyclic pattern of food shortage occurs every dry season. July is known as "the month of hunger."


Paloc is an area to which 500-600 families fled after an outbreak of violence against their sub-clan, the Panyar. (This was perpetrated by another sub-clan known as the Nuyei from Akot.) They fled with only what they could carry. They had no shelter, no food, and no water supply. The people were forced to drink from mud puddles. Living Water Community Transformation drilled a borehole to provide clean water. We also provided 600 plastic tarps to be used for shelters, vegetable seeds, and fishing supplies (there is a swamp located approximately three hours’ walk away). This well is located near one of the two new churches started as a result of the displacement of these families from Akot. We expect a new women’s ministry to begin soon at this location.


A seventh well was drilled at Atiaba Baptist Church in Atiaba. Associate Director of ACM, Isaac Bol, has begun teaching pastors from both Akot and Paloc at his church. Atiaba is between the two warring communities. It is considered a safe location for pastors to come together from both of the areas in conflict with each other. The newest women’s ministry will begin at this church in Atiaba. Isaac’s wife, Deborah, will lead this group. The people of Atiaba Baptist recently built their own shelter for their congregation of approximately 150 people.


Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Akot, South Sudan.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Serve With Dawson’s Woven Women

Christ’s service shows us that meeting the needs of others is more valuable than serving ourselves. Dawson Woven Women seek to mirror Christ’s service through tangible, practical means. Women of all ages are invited to participate in service opportunities the second Tuesday of each month. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room in the North Building. Service opportunities include Kids Connection, M-Power Community Garden, visiting homebound members, and more. Please contact Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or for more information or to volunteer to serve with Dawson’s Woven Women.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Learn About An Exciting New Missions Initiative

The Dawson Missions Team, in seeking to be found faithful to God’s mission call, is proposing a bold new missions initiative for Dawson. The initiative will provide an opportunity for Dawson to give dramatically more of our financial resources and volunteer time to taking the good news of Jesus to a lost and hurting world. This new initiative provides five exciting and significant opportunities for us to use our time and money for God’s kingdom.


This recommendation will be presented to the church for a vote at the annual business meeting on October 5. To give an opportunity for every Dawson member to learn all about this new initiative, three meetings will be held at which the details will be presented and you can ask questions. Please attend one of these meetings.

Choose the day and time that best fits your schedule. The three options are:


Sunday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, September 17 at Noon in the Fellowship Hall


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Monday Men's Bible Study

The Monday Men’s Bible Study will resume Monday morning, September 8, in the Social Hall, first floor of the West Wing. The study for fall is on Acts, and the style of the study majors on participant discussion. All men are invited to join the current group of working and retired men who attended the Bible study this past year. Study begins at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast and concludes promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost for breakfast is $5. You can receive a tentative schedule in advance by e-mailing Neal Schooley, the discussion leader, at


Contact: Neal Schooley at

Moms & More

Tuesday, September 16, 9:30 a.m., Social Hall & 6:30 p.m., 252 North

A new year of Moms & More begins on Tuesday, September 16! Are you ready? Join fellow moms on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September through April, for an uplifting time of fellowship and Bible study. Alta Faye Fenton leads both the morning and evening sessions. Childcare is provided by reservation. Reservations must be made one week prior to each Moms & More meeting. Please contact Donna Allan at to reserve your spot. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from God’s Word and develop friendships as we navigate the joys and challenges of parenting together.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
"Cold Case Christianity" With J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace, a homicide detective from Los Angeles, provides a detective’s perspective related to the claims of Christianity. He will speak to our Young Adult Sunday School Classes at 9:40 a.m. in the Chapel on Sunday morning, September 7 and then to the community at large that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. You are encouraged to invite your friends and neighbors to this informative and inspirational evening.


Contact: Bill Johnston at 871-7324 or

Discover Dawson Session For September

Sunday, September 7, 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; however, please let us know of your interest.  We look forward to helping you "discover" Dawson. 


Contact: Tom Thompson at 871-7324 or

Handicap Accessibility Improvements

Several of the buildings on Dawson’s campus were built many years ago and therefore have limited access for those who need assistance. However, over the next few months, you will notice some improvements in a few areas where handicap accessibility has been limited in the past. Please be patient with us as we work to make Dawson a more accessible place for everyone.


Contact: Mandy Hewitt 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

"Spirit of Luke" Event

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., Samford – Brock Hall

"Spirit of Luke" is a volunteer-based organization whose goal is to assist the underprivileged people of the Black Belt region while sharing the love of Christ. Once a month a team of volunteer healthcare professionals travel to Alabama’s Black Belt region to offer care and love to these communities. A Community Adoption program was created where churches in Birmingham adopt one of the communities that are being served. The Dawson Family of Faith is a part of this program and has adopted the community of Coy.


On Thursday, September 11, a musical benefit for "Spirit of Luke" will take place featuring Birmingham native and 2004 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Neil Thrasher and his friends Wendell Mobley and Kelley Lovelace who will be performing their smash hits. This talented writing team has written hits for Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean. Tickets are available ($30) for reserved seating. For more information about "Spirit of Luke" or to volunteer with Dawson’s "Spirit of Luke" Team, please contact David or Denise Bivin at


Contact: David and Denise Bivin at

Crash Course In Choir Basics: iSing 1.0

Learn how to navigate choir rehearsal, read choral music, and follow musical symbols in this crash course for adults. The iSing 1.0 class is a one-hour class that meets each week for 8 weeks. (The cost is $80 for the entire session.)


Classes begin after Labor Day and are offered on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please contact Kimberly Jones in the Music Office at 871-7324 or for more information or to reserve your spot.


Contact: Kimberly Jones at 871-7324 or

Navigating The Maze

Thursday, September 11, Noon-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the healthcare discussions taking place around you? You’re invited to a program on Medicare, Social Security Benefits, and the Affordable Care Act. You will learn when you need to enroll in Medicare and what it covers. Also, you will find out what changes have been made in Medicare and what Prescription Drug Plans are covered in your area. This program will also include what Social Security Benefits will be available to you, and you will learn how the Affordable Care Act affects you. This is a highly recommended program to attend. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. The deadline for lunch reservations is Tuesday, September 9. Please call the Church Office at 871-7324 or email to reserve your spot.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 871-7324 or

Father/Son Weekend At Camp Dawson

The Father/Son Weekend at Camp Dawson is October 10-11. This retreat is for all fathers and their sons in grades 1-12. Please join us Friday evening down at Camp Dawson for fellowship, activities, and godly teaching. We will wrap up around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Our speaker for the weekend is Brandon Gray from Disciple Game Plan Ministry. The high-ropes course and climbing tower will be set up on Saturday, as well as plenty of other activities. The cost is $25 per Father/Son pair, and there is no additional cost for dads with more than one son. You can register at the FRC or online at


Contact: Brad Gowing at 879-1758 or

Register Today For Upward Basketball

The Upward Basketball season is almost here! All kids in grades K through 5 are welcome to join a Dawson Upward team this winter. Upward uses basketball to help kids discover and build athletic skills, values, self-confidence, and a life-long love of the game. With just a one-hour practice and one-hour game each week, our league conveniently fits into busy family schedules. We hope you will sign your child up for Upward this winter! Registration forms are available at the FRC and online at


Contact: Justin Palmore at 879-1758 or

Fenton's Friday Five

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



Together in Prayer


Natalie and Jonathan Warren on the birth of their son, Andrew Britton Warren, on August 21, 2014



In Love And Sympathy


Natalie and Jonathan Warren and family in the death of Jonathan’s grandmother



Welcome To Dawson


Rosa Buckley

John Crawford IV

Jimmy & Sherri Deffebach

         (Kalli, JD & Michael)

Kalli Deffebach

Anne Bonds Simmons

George Simmons



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, August 31
  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
Monday, September 1
  Church Office & FRC Closed For Labor Day
Tuesday, September 2
   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, September 3
  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/Spaghetti
  4:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper/Fellowship Hall
  Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Toast & Dessert or Soup, Salad, Potato Bar; Kids Meal: Corn Dogs
  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, September 4
  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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