The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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Two Baptisms This Sunday!
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Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Weeks ago, we celebrated the baptism of Rhiannon Bauman. This Sunday, we celebrate the baptism of Mary and Emanuel Lawson. Aside from the simple joy of seeing children baptized, witnessing baptism is fundamental to our faith. In this sacrament, we are reminded of two promises: 1) the promise of God to be for us forever and 2) our promise to be for God here and now. Whenever we celebrate baptism, we recognize God's commitment to us and our commitment to God. Remembering our baptism means, in part, renewing our pledges to God and God's ways in the world.

This Sunday, I invite you, as you witness the baptisms of Mary and Emanuel, to renew your commitment. You can do so by resolving to pray and read the Bible daily, to deepen your faith in the Christian education opportunities listed below, to strengthen spiritual friendships in Bible studies, movie nights, campfire quarrels, LOGOS, and Friendly Seniors, to give generously to the Peace and Global Witness Offering and commit 1% or your household income to the mission and ministry of Ark and Dove, and to join the Black Lives Matter demonstration next Wednesday or complete LOGOS' mission bingo.

We gratefully welcome Mary and Emanuel into the church. We gladly renew our commitments to the advancement of God's love in this world.

Peace,
Jon
jnelson@arkanddove.org
Verse and Prayer
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
-Galatians 3:27-28
God of love: we are grateful for the gift of baptism, which reminds us just how much you care for us. As we remember our baptisms, whether in or outside of memory, we recall that your love always undergirds us and we realize that our love should be as unconditional. Adorn us with the clothing of Christ, that we might show your unending grace and mercy to a merciless world. Amen.
This week's exploration of Stewardship includes two different versions of 'Take My Life' and 'Let it Be'. One version will be sung by both the choir and congregation as our opening hymn. The other is a setting of the same text, heard as our instrumental prelude music with music by Scott Underwood. This week's music offering is by Mark Miller, who wrote the choral anthem heard in worship a few weeks ago ('I Believe'). Mr. Miller's music is known for its themes of social justice and 'We Abide' explores what it means to be in community with one another and possibilities that are open to us if we offer ourselves on the altar of God's love.

The Choir will rehearse on Thursday, October 15th at 8pm via Zoom. Please email me for the link.

Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This week we celebrate stewardship and gratefulness. I am incredibly grateful to all the musicians who dedicate time every week to record music for Sunday services. They are very patient with the process and my drive to get the best sound we can, and the talent of our musicians is apparent in the finished products. I am also grateful for the tech team, who has worked diligently to learn the streaming platforms and audio board. It's amazing to see the quality they bring each week to our services. Lastly, I am grateful for all of you in our church family. We have such a wonderful community at Ark and Dove. The support that the staff gets from all of you is priceless. So thank you for everything you do from donating to the live stream fund, stewardship campaigns, and for the supportive words and atmosphere so we can continue to worship amidst this hectic world.

God bless,
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
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- 2 Corinthians 9:11
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
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From the Stewardship Team
Building Bridges
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
 
Ark and Dove builds bridges connecting us to the community and beyond through mission and service.
 
Bridges are designed to bring things together. They connect land masses, roads, and people allowing for passage over a physical obstacle, which is usually difficult or impossible to traverse otherwise. Modern and, to an extent, ancient bridges are engineering miracles. Both are intended to not only cross over difficult obstacles, but also support the load which is placed upon them. This stewardship season, as we take a determined step forward into the indeterminate, let us focus on how our ministry and mission efforts at Ark and Dove build bridges connecting us to the community and beyond. As Christians, we are called to bridge the gap between Christ’s church and today’s world. No one said it would be easy to reach out to assist another person, organization, or community or that we wouldn’t encounter opposition along the way. When reaching out to help those in need there will always be obstacles to overcome, whether they be logistical, financial, or systemic. However, a heart that is moved by compassion cannot sit idly by while someone suffers in need. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is being moved to help to the full extent of our abilities. When we encounter obstacles in our path, we build a bridge. The wonderful thing about bridges is that they run both ways. As we reach out to our neighbors and commit to walking through life together bearing one another’s burdens, we radiate God’s love and light for all those in the dark, hopefully drawing them back across those bridges to join us in love, hope, and faith.     
 
At Ark and Dove, we build bridges that connect us to our community and beyond through mission and service. According to the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) one of our goals as a congregation is to continue to support expanding outreach ministries that provide direct services to those living on the margins of society such as the homeless, immigrants and transient persons. We are called to make a way for those in need and be the catalyst that transforms lives by loving and serving others as Christ loves us. We dedicate our time, talents, and resources to positively impact lives in our community and around the world in so many ways. For instance, we support the Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Center which seeks to rebuild lives by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing, and self-sufficiency. We support the Refugee Mentoring Ministry which helps a refugee family living in our local area better integrate into American culture through English language learning, cultural exchange, and support from church members. These mission efforts, and so many more, build bridges that connect us to all of God’s children and allows for positive change to happen.    
 
We strive to be an open-minded an open-hearted church: progressive in theology and practice, inclusive in worship and leadership, and engaged in mission and advocacy. As such, we welcome all God’s children as siblings in Christ and long to see our church family grow. In fact, according to the CAT survey, as we look to the future, one of our top goals as a congregation is to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church. This is another opportunity to build bridges. As a church with a magi culture, according the CAT survey, we are marked by the combination of an adaptable approach to change and a more progressive theological perspective which leads to strengths such as curiosity, advocacy, and inclusiveness. We are uniquely suited to make a commitment to understand and form authentic relationships with people who have different backgrounds and beliefs in order to share the gospel and make Christianity relevant to these beloved people. This stewardship season, as we dedicate our time, talents, and resources to creating and nurturing these relationships, may we be intentional about providing a safe and welcoming environment in which to connect, learn, and grow. As we reach out in love to our neighbors, we build bridges of love, hope, acceptance, forgiveness, and faith.  
 
This November, please consider prayerfully increasing your pledged commitment to Ark and Dove by 1% of household income. This will help us to properly fund all our mission and ministry endeavors so that we can continue to build bridges that connect us to the community and beyond so that lives are transformed and God’s dream is carried into the world.
 
2021 Connections Stewardship Team: Doug Walcutt, Tricia Gray, Joe Gray, Dianne Johnson, Bruce Sanders, Steve Debus, and Pastor Tim
September Financial Update
YTD Expected Unpledged Income
Actual Unpledged Income 
Behind

YTD Expected Pledged Income
YTD Actual Pledged Income
Ahead
$29,016.00
$22,828.00
$6,188.00

$340,137.72
$341,766.00
$1,628.28
Tonight! Campfire Quarrels
Campfire Quarrels
Tonight, October 9, Cancel Culture! Join us around a campfire on church grounds the second Wednesday of the month for a healthy conversation over the controversies of our times. Bring a chair, non-alcoholic beverage, and s’more supplies (if you like), bug repellant, the intention to social distance, and we will enjoy each other’s company as we create faithful responses to the conflicts of our time. We will meet from 7-8:30 pm. Please RSVP with Pastor Jon (jnelson@arkanddove.org) as we have limited space to maintain social distancing around the fire.
Antiracism and Social Equity
As of now, we have six people signed up to attend. We need YOU! Join the Ark and Dove Antiracism and Social Equity team for our third peaceful demonstration in support of the equality of Black and brown lives. We will gather at Ark and Dove, this Wednesday, October 14 between 4:30 and 6:30 with signs of support and waves of love and peace. Please sign up to attend for an hour shift, as we are limited to 50 people at any one time. Wearing masks and social distancing will be mandatory. Bring positive signs, a bottle of water, comfortable shoes and enthusiasm. Also, we ask that you stand away from the curb. See you there! Questions? Please contact Lori Kronser, lkronser16@gmail.com.
Understanding the LGBTQIA+ Community
On Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm - 8:30pm the Anne Arundel County Public Library is offering an introduction to LGBTQIA+ on zoom. 
"Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of letters in the LGBTQIA+ acronym? If you have questions about pronouns, identities, or other terminology, we cover the basics as well as give some direction to continue learning. Educators, parents, managers, and employers are encouraged to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join this virtual webinar." See here to register. Let's continue to learn about all the ways children of God are in the world, so that we can be a welcoming and inclusive church.
Anne Arundel Connecting Together
ACT: Will you Defend Democracy with us? Sign up here.
ACT is organizing one or two days where we will BE the GOTV phone bank for Common Ground, our affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is a non-partisan effort to reach 30,000 voters around Common Ground institutions. Training will be provided. Sign up here for a two-hour time commitment inclusive of training and calls.

Why us? As ACT gears up for our own work in major elections in the next two years – City of Annapolis in 2021 and state-wide and Anne Arundel County in 2022 – this is an excellent opportunity to learn how to do this work so that no one who can vote is disenfranchised from votingPlease sign up and please share with your organization.

You can also work directly with our affiliates in NC, WI, or OH to help with their phone banking. Indicate below that you'd like to be directly in touch with each organization, and we will get you in contact; see this flyer for more information. Please do not delay – training has already begun for some sessions.

Please contact Lead Organizer, Rev. Ryan Sirmons (preachsirmons@gmail.com // (407) 720-7547), with any questions. More information is here.
Outreach and Connections
Outdoor Movie Night at Ark and Dove!
Join us under the stars for an Outdoor Movie Night on Saturday, October 17. A movie suited for all ages will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your family, friends, chairs, blankets, and face masks! We'll space out our seating six feet from each other in the parking lot. Snacks and water will be available until supplies run out. Feel free to bring your own snacks too. Masks will not be required while sitting down in your group’s area, but will be required for walking around outside and when entering the building to use the bathroom. Hoping for a great turn out (and weather!)! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com.
Adult Christian Education
Creating a Life With God
If you would like to explore some different ways of praying, Pastor Tim is leading a group beginning October 27 using the book Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert.  The group will meet for five weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Please register by emailing tstern@arkanddove.org.
CONFLICTED: Exploring Conflict and How it Might Help Us Today
We are embroiled in conflict. As a nation, we are at odds with others and our own. As citizens, we are polarized. As a Church, we differ from one another. As families, we fight. In this pandemic, international and national conflicts have increased. During this racial reckoning, divisions have widened. How do we handle these conflicts? Join us for the last course addressing biblical and contemporary conflicts from the international to the interpersonal. Week Five: Interpersonal Conflicts (Political Arguments and Family Disputes).

This class will be co-led by Katie Nilsen Johnson (who recently earned a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies), Grant Johnson, and Pastor Jon. We meet on Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm. All are welcome, even if you didn't attend all the sessions! Please contact Pastor Jon for a Zoom link (jnelson@arkanddove.org).
Being Grateful in Difficult Times
We will begin meeting online October 21, 7:30 pm and meet weekly through November 25th. Even though the class is based on Diana Butler Bass's book Being Grateful in Difficult Times, you don't have to read the book to participate. I wanted to facilitate a class because I myself am dealing with a lot of negative emotions that are interfering with my health, my sleep, as well as my spirituality. I know I am not alone! Bass's course in gratitude offers a different approach to all the negativity, something I know many of us need right now. I hope others will join me in this six week adventure. Class size is limited to 25. Please contact Kim Champagne to sign up (kim.champagne@gmail.com)
Lectionary Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 10 am, we gather online for fellowship, Bible study on the upcoming Sunday scriptures, and prayer. This has been and continues to be a great way to deepen friendships and faith. Please join us, there is no commitment or homework. Contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom invitation (jnelson@arkanddove.org).
Youth Christian Education
Godly Play
Our Sunday school program for grades K-5 takes place via Zoom each Sunday from 9:00- 9:40 am. Our host welcomes the child(ren), the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. Normally, our class would involve a work/creative response time as well, so our Godly Play team has put together response bags containing art supplies and other materials for the children to keep at home for personal use. If you are interested in getting a bag for your child(ren), or you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at jbdevers@gmail.com.
LOGOS Weekly Lessons and Activities
LOGOS has begun; check your emails each Tuesday! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's midweek intergenerational experience for children and youth up to 8th grade. It is a time for all ages to come together to learn about God and grow in their relationships. Unlike previous years, we will not be meeting in the church building. Instead, each week will have a different family-centered activity to do either at home or outside at church. There will be crafts, games, bible study, and opportunities for worship and mission. If you’d like to get on the weekly emailing list, please contact Amy Goldberg at amygoldberg.2010@gmail.com. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com.
Growing With Each Other
Sunday Fellowship!
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to fellowship@arkanddove.org to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week. The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com.
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (tstern@arkanddove.org) to receive an invitation.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Wren Suggs; Don Ziegler’s mother, Evelyn; Grant Kirby’s mother, Caroline; Dick Paronto; Camille Dubois; Alex Klemko; Clarke Beaudry’s mother, Judy LaMarque; Kennon Bauman’s uncle, Dan Johnston; Karen Dodson; Amy Goldberg’s grandmother, Ruth Cooper; Deborah Dingle; Dot Forloines’ family and her great-grandson Luke; Jess and Adell Gaurin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Linda Jordan; John Mikeska; Jesse Pennabaker; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice; Diane Johnson's Uncle Ed, Aunt Janet, and cousin Richard; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave, and friend; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Laurie Barrow’s nephew, Gunther Kurtz; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth, and friend Sandee Dickson; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, granddaughter, Sarah, and grandson Nathan; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Ann Hirschy’s Aunt Cindy and brother; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s cousin, Philip Brown; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters; 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; Lou Kareha’s aunt, Judy Kochis and cousin, Thomas; Margaret McGillivray's friend Gregg Hanson; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friend, Grace Ligon; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Ylonda Funtleroy's friends Gloria Jean Austin and Tanya; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; and Kathy Emmert's friend Patty.
 
PRAYERS OF HEALING for those with COVID-19 including: Lewis Shorter's sister, Shirley Shorter; Doug Walcutt’s father, Chuck Walcutt and stepmother Linda; Chelsea O’Hanlon’s family; Ylonda Fauntleroy's friends, Sandra and Elijah Williams; and leaders of our nation.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Tricia Gray’s mother; Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Caitlyn Bussey; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.

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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