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July 31, 2016   Vol. 19, No. 31
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Worship In The Sanctuary

8:25 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship

The Bible is one story that reveals the nature, character, and person of God. The one story contains many stories, and each one of the stories reveals divine truth. They have been told for thousands of years by the children of God of all ages. During this series, we will tell these stories in their original context and examine the eternal truths God reveals through them.


Dr. Fenton continues the sermon series Just For Kids with a message entitled “The Prodigal Son: Can You Believe What That Father Did?” from Luke 15.



Journey Worship

11:00 a.m., The Loft (Arendall Building)

Some of our most loved Bible passages are found in the Psalms… “The Lord is my Shepherd..” and “Create in me a clean heart….”  We can relate deeply to the expressions of joy, pain, trust, sorrow and hope. We will explore the Psalter together in a “Summer in the Psalms."


Tim Simpson continues the sermon series Summer In The Psalms with a message entitled “Healthy Conflict” from Psalm 141.



Together in Worship
July Bible Memory Verse

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7



Sunday, July 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
Dawson Congratulates Tim Mitchell On 25 Years

Tim Mitchell celebrates his twenty-five year anniversary as part of the Dawson Facilities and Maintenance Team on July 30, 2016. As a member of our Facilities and Maintenance Team, Tim’s main responsibility is performing lighting maintenance, which is a huge task on a campus our size. His work walking beams and traversing ductwork in the attic of our Sanctuary alone is a daunting task. Add to that the thousands of light bulbs and ballasts across our campus, and you can see that Tim plays a vital role on our maintenance team. In addition, Tim assists with other maintenance tasks, and performs setups for many different events that take place here at Dawson every week.


Most of Tim’s work takes place behind the scenes, but it has a huge impact on the life of the church. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, and congratulate him on twenty-five years of service. We look forward to serving alongside him for many years to come. Congratulations Tim, and thank you for all that you do!



Thank You Bill Johnston For Ten Years Of Service

On August 1, 2006, the Dawson Family of Faith welcomed Dr. Bill Johnston to the Pastoral Team as Associate Pastor. Over the past ten years, Bill has been able to minister to many people and families within the walls of Dawson as well as the community. Bill is seen as a pillar of leadership throughout Birmingham, because of his unselfish service throughout our community. As Bill is often called to service in times of difficulty or crisis, his oversight of the Stephen Ministry is an extension of his care for the congregation and is a vital part in the life of the church. Bill is also called to serve in the face of great joy which is evident through his mission work in Peru and Northeast Africa. Bill is always available when someone needs to talk to him and has been gifted with knowing the right thing to say and do in any situation. As a Bible teacher, he co-led in K.E.Y. Bible Study and will begin a new Wednesday weekly Bible Study in August called Renew. And when called to the pulpit on Sunday mornings, Bill’s messages are always a blessing to the congregation.


Bill is an inspirational speaker and outstanding leader, but his kindness and easy nature makes him a pleasure to be around. We are grateful for his tireless model of faithful service, and congratulate Bill and his wife, Janet on ten years of dedicated service to the Dawson Family of Faith.



A Special Gift For Our Beloved Pastor

On Sunday, August 28, Dr. Gary Fenton will preach his last sermon as our Senior Pastor. After over 25 years as our faithful shepherd, we will bid Gary and Alta Faye farewell with our love, admiration, appreciation, and definitely many prayers for their future. Your Personnel Team and Deacons are prayerfully preparing retirement gifts from the church for the retiring couple.


You personally have the opportunity to provide a love offering to the Fentons as they move into the next chapter of their lives. Checks may be written to Dawson Memorial Baptist Church-Pastoral Salaries. Please do not put the Fentons’ names on the check. You may also give to the Pastoral Salaries Fund through our online Giving link on the Dawson website at


What a special opportunity for us personally to say “thank you” to a couple who has led this church in a powerful and faithful way for many years. We thank God for sending the Fenton family to us and are eternally grateful for what they have meant to the Dawson Family of Faith.



Sunday Morning Bible Study Leadership Training

Sunday, August 7, 5:30 p.m.

In preparation for the coming new Sunday Morning Bible Study year, leadership for all ages will meet to plan and learn how to implement the Discipleship Ministry Mission—to make disciples who make disciples. Childcare is available by contacting Donna Allan at Preschool leaders will meet in the Chapel, Students in The Loft and dawson kids will meet in the Choir Room. Young Adult and Journey Life Group leaders will join with Adults in the Fellowship Hall then break off into individual sessions. We are looking forward to the new church year with great anticipation!


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Together in Mission & Ministry
Pray For Missions

Southeast Asia: From July 29 to August 7 a team of volunteers, led by Betty Sands, will be serving in Southeast Asia, to teach English in the new ESL Center, an elementary school, and a hospital.


Coy, Alabama: On August 6, a team will help Spirit of Luke Ministries provide food, clothing, and school supplies to the residents of Coy, Alabama.


Contact: Ben Hale at 871-7324 or

Go Love Tell Birmingham – Discovery Clubs

Volunteers are needed to serve 2nd–5th grade children through Discovery Clubs at Washington School in Titusville. Discovery Club helps children discover the wonderful truths from God’s Word by focusing on the “big picture” of God’s amazing plan. Volunteers serve together reading Bible stories, teaching memory verses and singing worship songs! Discovery Clubs take place on Mondays from 3:00- 4:00 p.m. beginning in September 2016. Orientation and training will be Thursday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Social Hall. Will you volunteer to share the Gospel and show the love of Jesus to these precious children?


Contact: Randy Poe at 871-7324 or

Would You Welcome Our Family?

Dawson is family. If you would be interested in learning more about welcoming families at our doors on Sunday mornings, please prayerfully consider joining the Dawson Greeter Team. Service opportunities are available on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. All ages are invited and encouraged to serve.


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

The Gift Of Time

If you would be willing to volunteer your time for a specific "around the house" project or transportation need for a widow, please contact Kristen Torres at


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Bible Study
Connect With Others Who Are Just Like You

The new Sunday Morning Bible Study year begins on August 14. We invite you to connect with a Sunday Morning Bible Study group of your choosing. Dawson offers groups for all ages using age-appropriate curriculum and activities, preschool through adults. Our groups are led by gifted leaders who are trained and knowledgeable as they speak, teach, and live out God’s Word.


We have adult groups that meet at 8:25 a.m. and groups for all ages that meet at 9:40 a.m. Welcome Center Greeters are available to assist you with your group choice and location. Please allow our team of Bible teachers to help you grow spiritually in the coming year.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

A Biblical Look At Baptism For Adults

Sunday, August 7, 9:40 a.m., 203 West

What is baptism? Who should be baptized? Why is baptism required for church membership? How should churches practice baptism? Adults who have been recently baptized or desire to be baptized are encouraged to participate in this short-term class that will help you understand what the Bible teaches about baptism. Those who were baptized years ago are also invited to attend. Join us as we delve deeper into the meaning, practice, and significance of baptism.


Contact: Brad Gowing at 871-7324 or

Together in Ministries
Celebration Sunday For Dr. Fenton

Please join us on Sunday, August 21, to celebrate the ministry of Gary and Alta Faye Fenton. There will be two worship services, one at 8:25 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Studies will begin at 10:00 a.m. for all adults. Please make plans to share in this special day with the Fenton family and the Dawson Family of Faith.



dawson kids Family Olympics

Wednesday, August 3 5:30 p.m., FRC

KidLife 2016 got you warmed up, but the games continue with the dawson kids Family Olympics. Join us for a night of competition, dinner, and devotions as families choose countries to represent and try to bring home some medals. Family Olympics is for families with rising 1st-completed 5th graders. Older teen or younger preschool siblings are welcome to be a part of the games. Please register at


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Investors Needed For dawson kids

In dawson kids we call our teachers and leaders investors because we believe they are investing life-changing truths of Jesus into the lives of kids and families. As we approach a new year we are still in great need of some investors to serve in classrooms on Sunday mornings beginning in August. Our investor needs include:


4-1st grade • 4-2nd grade • 3-3rd grade • 2 sets of month-on-month-off dawson kids Worship helpers at 11:00 a.m.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

Men’s Monthly Bible Study Lunch

Thursday, August 18, 11:45 a.m., Social Hall

August 18 is the kick off for the Men’s Monthly Bible Study Lunch. This fall will feature local businessmen who will share some biblical principles on “Becoming More Effective Christian Leaders.” Our first guest speaker will be Bill Stevens. Bill is a successful businessman who continues to set an example of how to be a Christian in the workplace. Lunch ($6) begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Social Hall. Please invite your friends! Reservations are requested but not required. Please send your RSVP to Tommy Lunceford at


Contact: Tommy Lunceford at 879-1758 or

First Grade Bible Sunday

Sunday, August 28, 9:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 28, is first grade Bible Sunday at the Dawson Family of Faith. What a sweet day it will be as the legacy of faith in God’s Word is passed down to our new group of 1st graders. We invite ALL first graders and their families to a very special brunch in the Fellowship Hall during the 9:40 a.m. service. (They will receive their Bibles and some other special goodies at this time.) The brunch will be an interactive time for families as we celebrate the day. Following the brunch, first graders will be recognized in the 11:00 a.m. service. To make sure your child and family is registered for this day, please go to and complete the online registration. Registration closes Friday, August 19.


Contact: Danielle Bell at 871-7324 or

You Were Made For This!

Ladies, please make your plans to join us at Camp Dawson August 26-27 for a Women’s Retreat. We’ll explore the theme of Made For This and share times of fellowship, worship, study, and application. We will be together from 1:00 p.m. on Friday until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $40 per person and includes 3 meals and accommodations at Camp Dawson. Register at


Contact: Kristen Torres at 871-7324 or

Together in Prayer
Family Dedication


Anne Robbins Cupp, daughter of Haley and Johnny Cupp, will participate with her family in dedication this Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Anne Robbins was born on April 25, 2016. She has one sister, Jane Reable, and one brother, Kenneth. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Robbins of Wetumpka, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Campbell of Rogersville and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Cupp of Huntsville. Her great-grandparents are Mrs. Geraldine Miller Walls of Wetumpka, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Williams of Rogersville, and Mrs. Ruth Cupp of Huntsville.



In Love And Sympathy


Theresa and Stephen Cottrell, Karen Cottrell, and Kerry Cottrell in the death of Stephen’s father and Karen and Kerry’s grandfather.





The beautiful flowers in the Sanctuary today are given in loving memory of Carol Pickens by her friends on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her death.



Welcome To Dawson


Alden Dorn

Brandon Middleton

Bryan and Jennifer Myers

          (Owen, Lydia)

Ryan and Kristin Slaughter

          (Addler, Paxton, Charlie)

William Steed



Together This Week
Dawson Calendar
Sunday, July 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
  5:00 p.m.

Arabic Congregation Worship/100 West

Monday, August 1
  6:30 p.m.

Stephen Ministry/254 North

Tuesday, August 2
  7:00 a.m. Go Love Tell Prayer Meeting/Social Hall
  9:30 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study/254 North

  6:30 p.m.

Women's Bible Study/Missionary House

Wednesday, August 3
  5:30 p.m.

dawson kids Family Olympics/FRC

No other evening activities


Sermon Audio

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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