E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

 You are invited to two very special worship services this weekend! This Saturday, S'mores Campfire Worship at 5:00 pm, and then World Communion at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sunday services.  
All are welcome! 

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,  
Last night twenty Ark and Dovers attended a gathering of faith-based organizations hoping to address the root causes of injustice in Anne Arundel County. When some faith communities began meeting in Annapolis about a year ago, they hoped to bring together 250 people for a call to action meeting. Four hundred and nineteen people showed up! There were Quakers, Methodists, Muslims, Baptists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Episcopalians and more.

Ark and Dovers crammed into a pew, against a wall and in a balcony. It was standing room only. We heard sermons of prophetic power. We listened to the stories of a woman whose family was being ripped apart by current immigration policies, of a man who works three jobs just to pay bills month to month, and of an 82 year old woman who just wants to see some real justice done by her 83rd birthday.

Stirred by hope, a little righteous anger and a lot of love, Ark and Dove committed to building up a faith-based organization in Anne Arundel County to address the social problems that plague us and resolved to attend training on effective community organizing on November 5 and 12. (Please see Pastor Tim or I if you are interested.)

As I looked around the room and at our church members, I was incredibly encouraged. Here were people of different faith, opinion, politic, doctrine and context all moved to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. We are different, but God is the same.

God is doing something in our county, just as God is doing something in our church. Let us come together this weekend as we remember Martha Anderson in a memorial service, worship by a campfire, celebrate World Communion, be enriched by a great film and discussion and enjoy youth group. God is moving, let us be moved together.   

Pastor Jon 


Many will come from east and west and eat together in the garden of God.  
-Matthew 8:11

Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of the moon and patterns of stars
in scarred mountain rifts and ancient groves
in mighty seas and creatures of the deep.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of eyes we love  
in the salt of tears we have tasted
in weathered countenances east and west
in the soft skin glow of the child everywhere.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
there is your face
among us. 

Many opportunities await you!


This Sunday, the Adult Choir, accompanied by Paula Sparks, will sing a gorgeous rendition of Michael W. Smith's "Agnus Dei," combined with "How Great Thou Art." It's a really special piece that you won't want to miss. 
Next week, our Joyful Noise youth choir will present the anthem, and you won't want to miss that either!


Silver Anniversary! Celebrate!
CELEBRATE ARK AND DOVE'S SILVER ANNIVERSARY! OCTOBER 22ND, 6pm! You've saved the date! Now it's time to look forward to a catered, delicious meal along with music, remembrances and lots of fun. Dinner/event tickets will be available on our website next week for purchase! Watch your email and mail for details. Please contact Ray Bussey, 1safe1111@gmail.com, or Donna Anderson, donna.anderson30@aol.com, with questions.
LIMITED TIME! 25TH SILVER ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENT Only 7 days left to order! ORDER NOW! Last order, 12:00 pm, Thursday October 5, 2017. If you need assistance, Marcia and Ray Bussey will be available after both services, this Sunday, October 1st, to help you place your order for your very own Silver Anniversary Ornament(s). Questions? Please email Ray Bussey, 1safe1111@gmail.com.

black-eyed Susans at Ark and Dove 
CHURCH CLEANUP DAY, Saturday, October 7, 8am-2pm We need you to help with the annual maintenance of our building and grounds.  We have everything from painting and cleaning inside, to trimming trees and weeding outside.  Please join us on Saturday the 7th with any amount of time you have available.  Lunch will be provided.   If you cannot be here on that Saturday, you can still help.  Many of the projects can be done independently whenever YOU are available. Please contact me, Rob Yeager, Facilities Elder, at facilities@arkanddove.org, if you would like to help.  LET'S GET OUR BUILDING SPARKLING FOR OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY!!

S'MORE WORSHIP Come one, come all! Tomorrow! Saturday, September 30, 5:00 pm, for our annual Campfire Worship event! We'll hold a short worship service outside the church around a roaring campfire that will feature singing worship songs around the fire, just like many of you may remember from summer camp! We will also be telling some short stories from the Bible by firelight, and fellow worshippers will lead the service with short readings. The theme for the service will be  Surviving the Storm, appropriate for a year that brought monster hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The evening will culminate in cooking S'mores around the campfire (thus the name "S'more Worship"). Please bring your camp chairs and blankets, and any mosquito repellent you might have. I'm looking forward to seeing you there! Paul Doughty/sing2gether@verizon.net.  
Antiracism and Social Equity

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Film and Discussion, this Sunday, October 1, 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary  I Am Not Your Negro is a profound award-winning documentary elucidating author James Baldwin's perception of race and inequality in modern America. The film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by filmmaker Raoul Peck.  The documentary will be followed by discussion, dessert, and an invitation to future opportunities. Please join us and invite your friends. Sign up in the lobby or ONLINE! Questions? Please contact Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or girdnerlinda@gmail.com.   

PEACE AND GLOBAL WITNESS SPECIAL OFFERINGS: PLEASE GIVE! We are collecting a special offerings this month. The PCUSA Peace and Global Witness Special Offering promotes programs that further peacemaking in our local community, country, and globally. Twenty-five percent of this offering will stay right here in the congregation and will be used to support our Refugee Welcoming ministry. This offering will be dedicated on World Communion Sunday, October 1. Please contact Mission Elder Christine Caufield-Noll (ccnmission@outlook.com) with questions.
WINTER RELIEF For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.

God calls us to take care of each other. We will be hosting Winter Relief October 9-16th. Please consider signing up to show these 25 men hospitality and the love of God! Some of the areas we still need help with are supplies, am and pm drivers, people to help with laundry, evening/overnight/weekend hospitality people. Contact Christine Caufield Noll (ccnmission@outlook.com), Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) or Debbie Saylor (debsaylor1@aol.com) if you have questions.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Let's get started! We have officially contracted with the International Refugee Committee (IRC), Baltimore, for refugee resettlement, and can now begin family mentoring at Ark and Dove! Family mentors work with newly-arrived refugee families to provide refugees a meaningful connection to the community, as well as individualized support, as they adapt to life in the United States. Focus is placed on practicing English language skills, preparing them for their first job in the U.S., familiarizing them with the city, and helping them become self-sufficient in their new home. A commitment of three hours per week, for six months, is required. We need 6-8 team members to join in this exciting and rewarding work. Like to learn more? Salmon Zaman, the family mentor director of IRC will hold an information and processing meeting, here at Ark and Dove, this Monday, October 2nd, 7:00pm. Questions? Please contact, Debbie Arey, Debarey@hotmail.com, 508-579-7748.    
CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for October is CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!         

from Mission Elder Christine Caufield Noll  
and Treasurer Alta Paronto
Giving to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: $493.00, to date  
and 99 hygiene kits.
Editorial from Pastors Tim and Jon: Could we reach a more faithful and attainable goal of $1000 or $2000 in cash giving?

  • CAP has an immediate need for substitute grocery carriers, who carry bags and boxes of groceries from the food pantry to the clients' cars on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We are entering the busiest time of year for the pantry.
  • CAP is also looking for a new volunteer coordinator to take over January 1.  Amy Gantt will be stepping down, but she is still the secretary and a pantry volunteer, and is ready to start training a new volunteer coordinator now.
For more information about either of these positions, please contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com)
Adult Christian Education

REFORMATION QUESTIONS, REFORMATION ANSWERS What do you know about The Reformation?  Did you know this year is the 500th anniversary of this church-changing event?  How many theses did Luther post (or not post) on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Germany?  These, and many other questions about The Reformation, will be answered in a four class session for adults on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. in October leading up to Reformation Sunday on October 29.  The basis of our study will be a book called:  Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers, 95 Key Events, People, & Issues by Donald K. McKim.  Sign up, purchase your book, read the first 30 pages, and come to class on Oct 8, 15, 22, and 29.  If you have further questions, please contact Betsy Baer, bbaer1216@aol.com, or Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.

In and Around Our Community

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) in Baltimore Presbytery is holding its fall gathering, October 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church (near Pimlico) with worship and workshops.  Sign up by Oct. 6 in the lobby and send registration checks directly to Paula Crews as indicated on p. 2.  Questions? Please contact Joan Berry, berry962@verizon.net 410-672-5237.
LECTURE at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN The Honorable Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, Member of the South African Parliament, will lecture at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Sunday, October 15, 7:00 pm. Parking in the Hillman Garage across from the Sanctuary off Duke of Gloucester. Wilma was raised within the Dutch Reformed Mission Church of South Africa and received PCUSA support to study at Gallaudet University in D.C. in the 1980s.  Upon her return to South Africa she emerged as a leader with the deaf community and has held a position in the Parliament since the new constitution was approved in 1997.
TOUCH A TRUCK Prince of Peace is hosting its second annual Touch a Truck event on Saturday Oct. 7th from 11-2.  The event is free--our gift to the community. But we are encouraging participants to bring canned goods for the Crofton Christian Caring Council food pantry as "price of admission."  We will have trucks of all kinds plus treats from Tropical Smoothie.  It is a rain or shine event. 

Outreach and Connection

NEW MEMBERS INQUIRERS CLASS Please join us for the  New Members Inquirer's Class on October 28 from 8:30 am to noon where you can meet other people who have been visiting Ark and Dove and enjoy breakfast and fellowship. This "no obligation" class is just for you if want to learn more about Ark and Dove and what it means to be a member.  We'll provide breakfast and childcare.  Hope to see you there!  Please sign up in the lobby signup or by contacting Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.  
FRIENDLY SENIOR EVENTS 2017             
The planning was a success and we added 2 more to our number! We have plans . . . get those calendars out!
  • SATURDAY, Oct. 7, 2:00 p.m.: Showing of 'Amazing Grace' DVD movie at Barbara Reynolds home for Friendly Seniors. Please bring a snack  to share and your own drink. Since seating will be limited, we ask that you contact Barbara (rbjrynlds@gmail.com or 410-874-8518), or Joan (berry962@verizon.net or 410672-5237), if you plan on coming. More details to follow.
  • SUNDAY, Nov. 5: Luncheon, place & time TBD, to celebrate the contributions of Frances Keyes to our group and the whole church. Any and all of the church family invited.
  • SUNDAY, Dec. 10, 1:00 p.m.: Advent/Christmas dinner at Nautilus Diner. Party...party!
As usual, these are open to anyone deciding to call themselves a senior. We're friendly and welcoming to those who like good times with friends. Watch this space for details to follow as things firm up!
Prayer Concerns

A memorial service for Martha Anderson, a former member of Ark and Dove, is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 pm, here at Ark and Dove.  The family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm and also after the service. Contact: Cathy Debus, cathy.debus@gmail.com. 
PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Donna's brother-in-law, Tom; Ray Bussey; Bob Johns; Marie Shorter; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Bryan Flom; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Amy Stavely's aunt; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy; Claire Henderson's father, Walt; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Carol and Henry Saylor; Sarita Barrow's brother, Rashad; Sue Hanburger's sister-in-law, Evelyn Hanburger; Kelly and Tim Stern's nephew, Hunter Field; Julie Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Brian Boudreau's father, Paul; Bill Ruethe; Gail Rennex: Tom; Amy Carskadon's nephew; an unborn baby; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Ziegler family on the death of Don's uncle, William Fedorko.
PRAYERS OF BLESSINGS AND GUIDANCE for the marriages of Ben and Christa; Alex and Mitch; and John and Jessica Ziegler.
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE, STRENGTH AND UNDERSTANDING for family members who are living with alcoholism, mental illness and addiction.
PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the healing of Dennis Hintay.
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.   

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