E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

   This Saturday--two wonderful opportunities for meaningful fellowship! Church clean-up, tomorrow beginning at 8:00 am, followed by a beautiful harp and flute recital, by the Mosaic Duo, at 2:00 pm.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!  for Sunday, October 22nd! Silver Anniversary Dinner, 6:00 pm!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,  
This coming Monday, we will welcome new friends who have been without a home into our church. We will provide shelter, comfort, food, necessities and fellowship. Winter Relief is an extraordinary event in the life of the church because we reach into the rich resources of this congregation and "entertain angels in our midst," as the writer of Hebrews puts it.

Winter Relief also gives us opportunity to connect as a church. As we come together to serve our guests, we come closer in community. We bond over meals, games, work and acts of compassion. Please sign up for a time to come by and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends. Thank you, Christine Caufield-Noll, Cheryl Schafer and Debbie Saylor for leading us in Winter Relief.

Tomorrow morning, we are calling on all willing persons to help clean and tidy the church for Winter Relief and our upcoming anniversary celebrations. We will begin at 8 am and work through the morning. Please contact our Facilities Elder, Rob Yaeger ( facilities@arkanddove.org) with any questions.

Pastor Jon 


Prayer After The Massacre In Las Vegas (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,
As the sound of gunfire again echoes over another American city,
              we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.
As death rained down from above in the dark of night,
We pray this day for the Sun of Righteousness to arise with healing in its wings,
             and rain mercy, grace and peace upon our broken people.
So many have been lost: brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends
             gathered in the unity of music, scattered by evil and hatred.
We pray for solace for all who loved them.   
We pray for those who have been spared and those whose lives are changed         
            forever that they may find healing, sustenance, and strength in the hard    
            days to come.
We give thanks for first responders:
            who ran toward gunfire, rather than away
            who dropped everything to save the wounded and comfort survivors
We pray for doctors and nurses and mental health providers
              who repair what has been broken
              who to try to  bring healing and hope
              in the face of the unchecked principalities and powers of violence .
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering and traumatized.
We cry, how long, O Lord? 
But the same words echo back, again and again
as if the question comes to us from You-- how long, how long, how long...
In the wake of an event that should be impossible to contemplate but which has become all too common in our experience,
              open our eyes,  break our hearts,
              and turn our hands to the movements of your Spirit,
              that our anger and sorrow may unite in service to build a reign of peace,
              where the lion and the lamb may dwell together,
              and terror no longer holds sway over our common life.
In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray,  Amen.

Many opportunities await you!

IT'S CATCH-UP TIME AT ARK AND DOVE  Ark and Dove had an amazing first seven months of giving this year.  For the first time in history or memory, pledging was ahead on July 31.  In August, the congregation hit the beaches, the campsites and the summer travel itineraries: worship attendance and pledged-giving naturally fell behind.  September was also a tad slow.  So it's Catch-up Time at Ark and Dove.  The Finance Team has printed giving statements, and they are in the lobby.  Because of you, we are having an impact in our community and in the lives of our members.  We had over 60 people attending LOGOS on Tuesday night!  Sign-ups for Winter Relief are strong.  We are mentoring our second refugee family.  Sunday Night Senior High Youth Group is full strength, and we field a great Sunday School at two services of worship.  We had 236 people in worship last weekend.  Thank you for your generous support of our many ministries. - from Our Finance Team and Our Stewardship Team


Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, at 2:00 the Mosaic Duo will be giving a performance in the sanctuary.  They are a harp and flute duo from the Virginia Symphony and you won't want to miss it!  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.00.   

This Sunday, the children will be singing at the 9:30 service and will be accompanied by Eric Echols on violin.  I hope you will get to hear the great work they've been doing!


Silver Anniversary! Celebrate!
COME CELEBRATE:  ARK AND DOVE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Members, visitors and friends are invited to share a delicious meal at Ark and Dove's 25th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 22 at 6 pm. Come and share memories, enjoy music and remembrances and have fun with friends as Ark and Dove celebrates 25 years of ministry.  We are providing a catered dinner from The Grill!  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Adults are $20
Children 6-12 are $10
Children under 6 are free

All are welcome!  Questions? Donna Anderson (donna.anderson30@aol.com), Amy Stavely (amy@stavely.org), or Ray Bussey (1safe1111@gmail.com) for more information.  Let's fill the sanctuary with love and sharing! 
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 tomorrow, Saturday, beginning at 8:00 am, 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!!   
Antiracism and Social Equity

"It is entirely up to the American people whether or not they are going to face and deal with and embrace this stranger on whom they've relied for so long.  What white people have to do is to try to find out -- find out in their own hearts -- why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place.  If I'm not the nigger here, and you, the white people, invented it, then you have to figure out why.  The future of this country relies on that." - James Baldwin 
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Thanks to all those who participated in the forum on I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO last Sunday, and a special thanks to those who facilitated, brought goodies, and/or handled the projection. For those who missed it, you can access the award-winning documentary through Amazon Prime or borrow the DVD from the local library.
BALDWIN AND COATES: LETTERS OF LOVE AND CAUTION Our next event continues with the words of James Baldwin. His letter to his nephew was a cautionary tale on what it meant to be a black man in America in 1962. More than a half century later, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote his award-winning book Between the World and Me as a letter to his teenage son. Join us to discuss excerpts from these letters on Thursday, October 19th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Both are available online.   
Please sign up in the lobby or contact Linnie at girdnerlinda@gmail.com.

WINTER RELIEF And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." Winter relief is almost here! October 9-16. We need you to please sign up this Sunday to share your gifts with the 25 men who will be staying with us. We really need Morning and Evening Drivers, 1 more person to help with Laundry on Wednesday, the Evening and Sunday Hospitality teams need people to listen, play games and spend time with our guests. If you have any questions please contact Christine Caufield Noll (ccnmission@outlook.com), Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) or Debbie Saylor (debsaylor1@aol.com) if you have questions.
IT'S A MATCH! - REFUGEE MENTORING MINISTRY Members of the refugee ministry met with the mentoring program representative from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Salman, on Monday, October 2. In that meeting, members learned more about IRC's mentoring program and, at the end of the meeting, selected a family to work with for the next 6 months! We've chosen a young Burmese family, who live about 25 minutes from Ark and Dove, and they are very excited to meet us. For those who are interested in mentoring the family, there are two important items that must be completed:
  1. All persons interacting with the family must complete a background check through the IRC (even if you've just done one to work with church youth) and there is a $30 fee for this check
  2. There will be a meet and greet on a day that works for us and the family at the family's home (date TBD). At this time, we'll get to know the family and we can ask questions and learn more about what they'd like to get out of the mentoring experience. We were told by Salman that English language practice is a big need.
Ark and Dove has committed to mentor this family for at least 2 hours/week for 6 months. If there are enough members interested, the individual time commitments will be quite reasonable (and we could possibly mentor 2 families!). A schedule will be forthcoming. If you are interested in getting involved in this program, please contact team lead Debbie Arey, debarey@hotmail.com, or Christine Caufield-Noll, mission elder, ccnmission@outlook.com. The IRC has provided training information in print form, and we hope to also have it in electronic form on our website in the coming weeks. Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder
THANKFUL 100 Xs OVER Fall is here and Thanksgiving is less than 2 months away. Just want to give everyone a heads up that we're geared up for year 5 of Thankful 100 X's Over.  Each year we've been able to provide meals for over 100 families in Anne Arundel County and will do the same this year.  Many people have given financial donations or have shopped without using a gift card (cost of groceries approximately $75).  If you are able to shop and pay for groceries yourself that would be great.  If you would like to shop but cannot pay for the groceries you will get a gift card.  Just let me know what your family would like to do. Please reply back and confirm that your family will be able to help out again :)  We'll need shoppers, phone callers, kids to help with pick up date (Tuesday, November 21). More information as we get closer.  If you have any questions please let me know. Give thanks! Scott Schrier, thankful100xsover@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.
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!         
Adult Christian Education

SEEKING REFUGE SMALL BOOK GROUP This fall we will resume our book study  Seeking Refuge from last spring. This will take place on Tuesdays, 10/24, 11/7 and 11/14, 7pm. Those who did not attend the group in the spring can still join the group. You can order the book online. Questions? Please RSVP, Debbie Arey, debarey@hotmail.com.    

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

TOUCH A TRUCK Prince of Peace is hosting its second annual Touch a Truck event tomorrow, 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. 
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.

Outreach and Connection

CALLING ALL MEN! You are invited to the Nautilus Diner in Crofton at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 21 for a delicious breakfast, great fellowship, and a thought-provoking presentation by our own Chris Wilkins! Chris will be sharing his experiences about his time in the military, including his experiences in Vietnam. For those of us who've watched the Ken Burn's Vietnam series recently, this will be a great opportunity to hear from someone who actually was there in this pivotal time in our country's history. Please respond if you are coming, so we know how many tables to put together! This replaces the breakfast event we planned for this Saturday, October 7, which we postponed because of the planned church cleanup. Because of this postponement, we are planning to also postpone our visit to Annapolis, previously scheduled for November 7, for later in November. Hope to see you on October 21! Paul Doughty, padough@verizon.net
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 SENIORS The movie on Saturday has, unfortunately, been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  See you November 5 for the luncheon for Frances Keyes!
  • 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.
We're open to anyone deciding to call themselves a senior! Interested? Please contact Joan Berry, berry962@verizon.net. 
Prayer Concerns

THANK YOU! There are no words to express how thankful we are for the many caring and supportive ways that our church family supported our family and helped celebrate our mom's life this past Saturday.  We, along with my sister, brother and their families are so grateful for your prayers, the wonderful food at the reception, the folks who greeted, the gifts of our worship and music leaders and the kindness and support by our deacons, elders and pastors. We are grateful to the members and friends, who did so many wonderful acts of kindness and generosity to support our family.  We are reminded once again how blessed we are to be part of this Ark and Dove community.  Thank you so much. Donna Anderson, Josh, Justin and Lindsay Ederheimer 

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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