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The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
 As we celebrate All Saints Day this Sunday, we are reminded that we are part of one continuing, living communion of saints! Let us give thanks to the members of our community who have died his past year, at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

The Brief Statement of Faith of the Presbyterian Church (USA) starts off with the phrase, "In life and in death we belong to God."  All year long we try to affirm in worship, and in congregational life, that we belong to God and that God is always faithful to us. God in divine love and grace reaches out to us daily. It is this grace and love that calls us into prayer and fellowship with other disciples.

In November of each year, we remind ourselves that we belong to God in death as well. That is not as much fun, but it does give us comfort, especially as we get older.  Although all of us live with God now, we also have lost people. We also have had to give people up to God. Many of them had huge impacts on our lives. This Sunday in worship we remember these saints who have gone to before us.  We will read the names of those we have lost this year, but we will remember the many that have already left for the arms of God.  We call this Sunday All Saints Sunday and our music and our prayers and our contemplative silence will inform and hopefully assuage our grief. You may even light a candle if you so choose. Later in worship we will share communion and affirm a special way to be in God's presence. We will be in God's presence as are those whom we have lost.

These words are often used to close a funeral or memorial service:

You only are immortal, the creator and maker of all. We are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return.

This you ordained when you created us, saying,

“You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with all your saints, where there is neither pain nor sorrow nor sighing, but life everlasting.

I see that Pastor Jon has planned a pub theology night around the question of, "What happens to my body in death?" on November 6, see below. You may find that discussion helpful as well.

Blessings of Christ,
Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
-Luke 6:20-21
God of life abundant and God of life eternal, we give thanks that we belong to you.We give thanks that your love surrounds us here, as your love surrounds the saints in our lives and will surround us in your eternal realm of peace. We give thanks that we need not fear death, for all that lies beyond will be lived in and with you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
The feast of St. Hubert, patron saint of the outdoors, the hunt and the horn falls on November 2nd, which is close to the celebration of All Saints' Sunday. In some European countries and parts of Québec, St. Hubert is celebrated during a Catholic mass with hunting horn music, followed by a blessing and dinner. For our version of this event, we're joined this week by 9 intrepid horn players, who also like to geek out about all things horn. The congregation will hear portions of Karl Stiegler's Grosse St. Hubertus-Messe (Grand Mass for St. Hubert). Stiegler was a renowned horn player in his time, serving as solo horn with the Vienna Staatsoper and alter the Vienna Philharmonic. He composed several horn quartets and quintets, many of which had hunting horn themes.

Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
The band has added a few new congregational hymns, and I wanted to share that info so that everyone feels comfortable to join in the singing with us. Feel free to add them to any music media playlist you use and listen away so that we can make a full choir, and worship in community, every Sunday. Here is the list of recently added hymns for the 11 am service:

  • "God You Reign" by Lincoln Brewster & Mia Fieldes
  • "Won't Stop Now" by Steven Furtick & Chris Brown of Elevation Worship
  • "Grateful" by Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Matthew Ndele & Stefan Green of Elevation Worship
  • "You Have Won My Heart" by Robbie Seay & Ike Ndolo
  • "Joy" by Rend Collective
  • "Relentless" & "Shadow Step" by Joel Houston & Matt Crocker of Hillsong United

God bless,
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
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Outreach and Connection
New Member's Class!
A new member's information class is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am. Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com if you are interested in attending. Sign-up in the lobby! Breakfast and childcare provided.
Thank you to everyone who welcomed our guests last week! We wanted to share why we have this ministry, by sharing a letter from one of our guests.
Adult Christian Education
Understanding Difficult Books of the Bible: Job
Join us for a 3-week course that seeks to understand another one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible, Job. Pastor Jon will teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . Tuesdays, November 5, 12 and 19, 7:30 to 9 pm . Kindly RSVP Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
World Religions Study Group
Sundays through November 24, at 12:30! Are you curious about other world religions, but intimidated by foreign words and concepts? Stephen Price-Gibson will introduce six of the world's religions through the use of popular film clips and stimulating discussion. We will focus on one concept, for each religion, that will help give insight into that belief system. We will delve into Taoism, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Bring a bagged lunch! Questions? Please contact Stephen Price-Gibson at spricegibson@hotmail.com.
Pub Theology
Pub Theology is an informal gathering over beer and other beverages that engages difficult questions of faith in a lighthearted manner. We meet 7 pm, at Frisco Tap House, Crofton .

  • Wednesday, November 6 What happens to my body in death? And other questions biology can’t answer.
  • Thursday, December 5 Virgin Mary? And other questions to address at Christmas dinner.
 
Questions? Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Mid-week Bible Study
This is a “come as you are” discussion group that meets most Wednesdays, 10 am . To learn more, please contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.
Mission
Cap Featured Food Item for November
Featured item for November—CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!
Antiracism
Forum dates and times: November 3 rd , 10 th , and 17 th all from 2:30-4:30pm, in the sanctuary at Ark and Dove. 
Facilitators: Paula Sparks and Lori Kronser
When They See Us
The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Justice team will host four forums to view and discuss the Netflix series When They See Us . The series is based on the true story of five black and brown teenagers who were wrongfully charged and convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City in 1989. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the series is necessary viewing in the work toward dismantling racism in our communities. We hope you will be moved to action by this experience and the recognition that youth of color continue to be targeted by law enforcement and victimized by miscarriages of justice. Any questions, please contact Paula Sparks at trebleclef48@gmail.com or Lori Kronser at Lkronser16@gmail.com.

Sign up for one or all dates at 

Intended for mature viewers. Disturbing subject matter is depicted.
Decolonize Your Finances This Holiday Season!
Workshop - Tuesday, Nov 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
UU Church of Annapolis - 333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
 
Are your finances unwittingly serving as a tool that harms, especially communities of color? Join us as we learn to decolonize our finances, channeling our banking, investing, borrowing, and spending as tools of healing, love and belonging. Just in time to inform your holiday giving with what we discover! Light refreshments and childcare provided. REGISTER HERE . The workshop is FREE. * Bring cash to donate to cover childcare services; surplus will go to accountability partners. * Workshop guided by SURJ3A ( Showing Up for Racial Justice Ann & AA Co ) surjannapolis@gmail.com. For more information, please contact Linnie Girdner, 410-999-7892 or girdnerlinda@gmail.com. 
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Marlene DeHaven; Laura Willoughby Perry and Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline Knott; Debbie Saylor’s uncle, Wayne and her grand-nephew, Jordan Ace Jabri; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Diane Maker; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed, and mother, Carol; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Margaret McGillivary’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer of Faith Presbyterian Church; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s father, Dave; Jon Nelson’s grandmother, Peggy; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Michelle Schoonmaker’s friend, Ellie Brown; Paula Griggs’ friend, Judy; Denise Grassel’s friend, Jacki; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS FOR LOVE AND GUIDANCE for a young person struggling.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Severna Park UMC and Linthicum Heights UMC.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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