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Together at Dawson
April 11, 2021   Vol. 24, No. 15
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Sunday Worship Online - 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. at


Dr. David Eldridge continues the sermon series EXODUS with a message entitled God's Path To Your Freedom from Exodus 14.



Together in Worship
Sunday, April 11


Worship Services

8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

11:00 a.m. - Hispanic Service, Chapel


Worship Together Online

8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:00 a.m


Hispanic Congregation Online


Life Groups

8:30 a.m. - Preschool, Hearts & Hands

9:45 a.m. - Preschool, Kids, Hearts & Hands, Students

11:00 a.m. - Preschool, College

*Registration required for Preschool and Kids. (Register here.)


Some adult Life Groups may be meeting in person. Please check with your Life Group Leaders to find out more.



April Memory Verse

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14



Steps Forward In COVID-19 Precautions

With the expiration of the statewide mask mandate on April 9, along with the growing number of people vaccinated in our congregation, masks will no longer be required at Dawson. We encourage you to social distance to the best extent possible when we gather together. Although masks are not required, they will remain available at all welcome areas.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Giving & Serving
New Associate Minister Of Recreation

We are excited to announce that Kasey Hagen has been selected to serve as our Associate Minister of Recreation, effective April 12, 2021, with the endorsement of the Personnel Team. Kasey has served in the Recreation Ministry for over a year and has such a heart and a passion for this ministry. She is gifted in many areas and is someone whom we have seen in action loving people, leading others, and proclaiming the Gospel. Kasey completed her Master of Arts in Discipleship last year through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She will be an asset to the Recreation Ministry and to Dawson as a whole. Kasey will take on aspects of operations at the Family Recreation Center, fitness, kids and youth basketball, summer camps, and men’s basketball. Please join us in prayer for Kasey as she transitions to this new ministry role.


Contact: Andy Cartee at 205-879-1758 or

Nominating 2021 Has Begun

The Nominating Team is distributing information to Dawson members requesting input as they begin the process of nominating Deacons, Church Officers, and Standing Team Members for 2022. Names of people to be considered for these positions should be submitted to the Church Office by May 2. You may submit names by emailing your nominations to or by visiting the church’s website. You may also complete your forms by hand and either return them to the Church Office or drop them in the offering receptacles. Forms are available at the Church Office. 


To nominate online:

1. Go to

2. Click the link “Nominate Now,” and read the description.

3. Click the link “2022 Leadership Positions” to bring up the online form.

4. In the form, type the names you wish to suggest for the various positions (you do not have to submit names for all positions).

5. When finished, click “send,” and your suggestions will be emailed to the Church Office.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 205-871-7324 or

Medical Volunteers Needed For First Aid Response Team

Each Sunday morning and for churchwide events, a First Aid Response team is available to assist if needed. With enough volunteers recruited, they would serve one Sunday a month. Volunteers carry a 2-way radio, which allows them to go about their Sunday activities on campus. Please consider volunteering for this ministry team.


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Missions & Ministry
Women On Mission

Tuesday, April 13, 10:00 a.m., 255 North or Online

Join us to hear from a career missionary who serves in Malaysia. We will collect money for lunches at The Learning Center (cash or check to Susan L. Touchstone). Don’t forget your mask! If you plan to participate online, you will need to download Zoom in advance on your phone, computer, or tablet. Please contact Rachael Daughtry at to receive the meeting password.


Meeting ID: 712 203 1795


Contact: Ben Hale at 205-871-7324 or

Spots Available For Summer Mission Opportunities In Maine

This summer, volunteers from Dawson will travel to Maine to support two mission projects. Summit Community Church will host a Vacation Bible School June 14–18 in Gorham, Maine, and volunteers are needed to help support Summit's leadership that week. The VBS week also includes a sports component with basketball, soccer, and baseball.


Spots are also open in Fayette, Maine, to serve at Camp 207, a weeklong Christian camp conducted by Summit Community Church. The camp is held August 15–20 and is an excellent opportunity to make an impact on the lives of students, which in turn helps reach their families and their peers with the gospel.


For more information about these opportunites, please contact Ben Hale at (205) 871-7324 or


Contact: Ben Hale at 205-871-7324 or

Please Serve At KidLife 2021

We are so excited to offer KidLife, Dawson’s version of VBS, on campus June 7–11. Our theme this year is “Epic Road Trip,” and we will need hundreds of volunteers to guide preschoolers and children of our church and community on a journey to discover more about God and grow to become more like His Son, Jesus. To provide a safe, meaningful week for volunteers and participants, we need to reduce the number of children enrolled in each classroom. So, this year, more than ever before, we need additional volunteers so we can continue to open additional classes. 


The staffs of Dawson Preschool Ministry and Dawson Kids want potential first-time volunteers to know that training, curriculum, and supplies are provided, classes rotate through various activities throughout the morning, and new volunteers are placed with veteran KidLife teachers. Adults and students are asked to serve Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and can learn more about KidLife and sign up to serve at


Contact: Brooke Gibson at 205-871-7324 or

Dawsonaires Local Tour

The Dawsonaires have been a ministering choir since 1983. This exciting group of senior adults meets weekly, sharing in music, ministry, and fellowship. In light of COVID-19, the Dawsonaires will be presenting outdoor concerts in the Birmingham area. They will be singing at the Brookdale Senior Center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, and at Aldridge Gardens at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. Please join us at Aldridge Gardens, just inside the main entrance under the pines, for a special 30-minute concert featuring choral anthems, hymns, and southern gospel songs.


Contact: Dan Mullis at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Secret Church Simulcast

Dawson is offering study guides and simulcast log-in information for those who wish to participate in this year's Secret Church on Friday, April 23. Founded and taught by pastor David Platt, Secret Church is a unique, one-night event that is streamed online to over 50,000 participants around the world. Encouraged by our persecuted brothers and sisters’ example, Secret Church asks believers to meet for 6+ hours for intense study of God's Word and passionate prayer for the persecuted church. This year's topic is entitled The Great Imbalance and is designed to be a journey through God’s Word and around the world that leads to a shift in the way we view our lives, our families, and God’s design for the church. Your eyes will be opened not only to a great imbalance that is affecting countless people for eternity, but also to the bold opportunity you have to change it with your time on this earth.


If you would like to participate in this year's Secret Church simulcast, please email Liz Cuenin at Please include the number of study guides you will need. 


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Join Us For Discover Dawson

Sunday, April 18, 11:00 a.m., Social Hall

All visitors and new members are invited to Discover Dawson on Sunday, April 18. Discover Dawson is an informal group session that allows you to become better acquainted with Dawson’s vision, ministries, and mission opportunities. Reservations are not required but are helpful in planning. Please let us know of your interest by contacting Liz Cuenin at or Jim Gifford at


Contact: Liz Cuenin at 205-871-7324 or

DSM Senior Sunday

On Sunday, May 16, we will honor our 2021 seniors in all three worship services but will have a special in-person commissioning time at the end of the 8:30 a.m. hour. Breakfast will immediately follow in Fellowship Hall. Parents, siblings, and seniors are invited to attend the breakfast, while other friends and family are invited to join us in the 8:30 a.m. service. Please register each member of your family for breakfast no later than Sunday, April 11.


Contact: Karmin Lytle at 205-871-7324 or

Register Now For 2021 Summer Camps

Get ready for an Epic Dawson Summer with our 2021 summer camps! Registration is now open. Please visit for more information and to register.


KidLife: June 7–11 (Registration opens May 1.)

Ballet Camp: June 14–18

Basketball Camp: June 14–17 & July 12–15

Day Camp: June 21–25

BIG Art Camp: July 6–9

Music Camp: July 19–22


Contact: Kasey Hagen at 205-879-1758 or

First Aid Certification Course

Sunday, April 25, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Social Hall

This American Heart Association course will certify you for 2 years in First Aid, CPR, and AED. The registration deadline is April 21. To register, please contact Debbie Moss at (205) 871-7324 or


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

How Close Are We To A Cure for Cancer?

Thursday, April 15, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Often times one of the most feared diagnoses in our health is cancer. You are invited to this Lunch and Learn to learn about cutting edge developments in cancer treatment. Our guest speaker will be Katisha Vance, MD, FACP. The reservation deadline is April 12. Please contact Debbie Moss to make reservations at


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

Recipe: Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova

Makes 10 servings



4 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup super fine sugar (make by pulsing granulated sugar a few times in a food processor)

2 Tablespoons of cornstarch

1 Tablespoon of white vinegar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 cups whipping cream

1 quart of strawberries (4 cups sliced)



Preheat oven to 350º F.

Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil.   

In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine egg whites and salt. When separating the egg whites, be sure there is no yolk.  Begin at a low speed and slowly increase to high. Continue until soft peaks form. Beat in the sugar 1 Tablespoon at a time until very stiff, glossy peaks form (about 8 minutes). Blend in cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla on low speed or by hand.  

Spread meringue into a 10-inch circle with a raised edge and a slight indention in the center. Make sure the edges are relatively tall in relation to the center dip.

Place the pavlova in the oven on the center rack. Immediately reduce the temperature to 200º F. Bake until the pavlova is firm and dry, about 90 minutes.  

Turn the oven off and let the pavlova cool INSIDE the oven. Once cool,  serve immediately or it can be covered tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Whip cream with or without a little sugar until stiff peaks form. 

Top the pavlova with whipped cream and sliced strawberries (sweetened or unsweetened).

Cut into wedges and serve.  


Adapted from

The Wellness Kitchen

Pat Terry, PhD, RD, LD, FAND


Contact: Debbie Moss at 205-871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
Family Dedication


Warren Hayes Whittington, son of Ragan and Kyle Whittington, will participate with his family in dedication this Sunday during the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Warren was born on November 4, 2020. He has one sister, Lila. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Hayes of Dothan and Dr. and Mrs. Kim Whittington of Pike Road. His great-grandparents are Mrs. Ben Hall of Malone, FL, and Mrs. Warren Blake of Pocahontas, MS.


Jack Stuart Cleghern, son of Sarah and Trenton Cleghern, will participate with his family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Jack was born on August 31, 2020. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clark of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Cleghern of Tennessee Ridge, TN.



In Love And Sympathy


Donna and Jim Allan in the death of Donna’s mother; Shea and Miller Allan and James Allan on the death of Miller and James’ grandmother.


Beth Harvey in the death of her mother.


Pam Herron in the death of her mother.


Julie and Joey Knox in the death of Julie’s mother; Brayden Knox in the death of his grandmother.    


Beth and Mark Leach on the death of Beth’s father, and John Mark Leach and Christen Thomason on the death of their grandfather.



Welcome To Dawson


Tom and Sandy Jenkins

Kate Jenkins

Pierce Lagle

John and Addison Rentschler



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar

Sunday, April 11

   8:30 a.m. 

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

   8:30 a.m.

Life Groups

   9:45 a.m.

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

   9:45 a.m.

Life Groups

   9:45 a.m.

Together for Life/Fellowship Hall

  11:00 a.m.

Worship in the Sanctuary & Online

  11:00 a.m.

Life Groups

  11:00 a.m.

Hispanic Congregation Worship/Chapel & Online

   4:00 p.m.

Chapel Ensemble/Chapel

   4:00 p.m.

Chapel Puppets/354 North

   4:45 p.m.

Dawson Ringers/Choir Room

   5:00 p.m.

Chapel Choir/4th Level Parking Building

   5:00 p.m.

Middle School Choir/Chapel

Monday, April 12

    7:00 a.m.

Men's Morning Bible Study/Online

  10:00 a.m.

Strength & Balance Exercise Class/Social Hall

Tuesday, April 13
   7:00 a.m. 

Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Online

  10:00 a.m.

Women On Mission/255 North & Online

   7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 14

  11:00 a.m.

Psalms Mid-Week Bible Study/Online

   6:00 p.m.

Psalms Mid-Week Bible Study/Online

   6:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir/Sanctuary

   6:00 p.m.

Sanctuary Orchestra/Fellowship Hall

   6:00 p.m.

DSM Fellowship Groups/In Homes

Thursday, April 15

  10:00 a.m.


  11:30 a.m.

Health & Wellness Lunch & Learn/Fellowship Hall

Dawson Worship Services On TV

Dawson’s 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service is broadcast (one week delayed) on WIAT 42, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.




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