Evangelism Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate Evangelism Sunday at both
the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends, 

On Tuesday shouts of joy were heard in the halls of Ark and Dove, as we hosted the parents meeting for LOGOS, our ministry for children and youth K-8. Several children came up to me and said LOGOS was starting again. They were excited.  Thank you to Julie Devers our Christian education elder, who led our orientation and planning. I am looking forward to our October 1 launch.  At LOGOS we say, "You are a child of God; I'll treat you that way." Embedded in that phrase is the idea that no one has the right to treat anybody else like they don't matter. At LOGOS children, youth and adult develop inter-generational relationships based in the faith community. From those relationships spiritual formation is strengthened, faith grows and community is built. I have always loved LOGOS; its amazing.

On Wednesday gun shots rang out in the backyards of some of our members in Odenton. At least five of our families were within a quarter mile of the violence. As babies and youth settled down for sleep, parents worried for their children's safety and wondered what it was like for children in other neighborhoods in our state where gun violence is the norm, not the exception. Because of politics and heavy money lobbying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not even allowed to study gun violence as a health issue. So much prayerful work needs to be done.

When Ark and Dove joined at least a score of other congregations and organizations in founding ACT, Anne Arundel Connecting Together, we conducted thousands of listening sessions all over our county. Six issues rose to the top and gun violence prevention was one of them.  ACT's gun violence prevention research action team has already made a difference. We asked County Executive Steuart Pittman to establish a Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in our county, and he did. One of our pastors (in ACT) co-chairs the Task Force. ACT's gun violence prevention research action team introduced County Executive Pittman and Police Chief Altomari to Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) a national campaign for gun safety run by the Industrial Areas Foundation, (see Metro IAF) ACT's parent organization. County Executive Pittman is now stepping on the national stage by choosing to take a lead role in this campaign.  Police Chief Altomari has volunteered our police department to test new gun safety technology.  I urge you to learn more about Do Not Stan Idly By. And I pray that you will pray about our Peacemaking Offering, which we will receive on World Communion Sunday, October 6. This offering will go to ACT.  ACT is making peace and a difference in our county and our country.

Loving God, we pray for all who are assailed by gun violence in our nation. Show us the way to peace. Empower us to stop this epidemic. Enable us to help heal people who have been traumatized. Remind us everyday that we have named your Son, the Prince of Peace. May we carry his dream into the world. Amen


In Christ,


Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

- John 10:7-11
Prayer of a Captive

Lord, I remember your promise, and I think it applies to me too. I’ve done nothing to deserve it but receive it as a free gift. I’m in need. I need you. I need your assurance and guidance to be faithful to you in this situation. Teach me what I need to learn. Deliver me from this place and this captivity if it is your will. If it is not your will to set me free, help me to accept whatever is involved. Show me your gifts and enable me to recognize them as coming from you. Thank you for your encouraging presence. Praise be to you.

- by Benjamin Wier from Hostage Bound, Hostage Free
This week, service music includes a fresh arrangement of There is a Balm in Gilead by American composer, Wendy Stevens, followed by a version of Give Me Jesus that includes some bluesy, jazz chords for good measure. The choir presents an upbeat, driving setting of a call to evangelism by Eugene Butler for offertory. We hope that you enjoy hearing something a little different!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
I recently had to cancel an audio technician training class. I would like to reschedule that class for next Tuesday. I will be available to meet anyone who is interested in joining the audio team to assist with services on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:15 pm. I will show you how to get our audio devices turned on, the basics of running the board, and how to be actively listening during service to provide the best sound possible each service. You are welcome to remain for band rehearsal at 7 pm to practice. I regular rotation will begin of volunteers so that there's no pressure for one person to do it every week. Thank you!

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity

DONATE ONLINE ! Per capita, pledged and un-pledged, one-time and recurring! Click HERE to donate online today!
TEXT YOUR DONATIONS to 410-983-3481.

You can text one-time or recurring donations to this number. Text give to get started. Text commands for more options. Questions? Please contact Alta Paronto, church treasurer, alparonto@gmail.com; or Wendy Wellington, swt520@verizon.net
This offering will go to Anne Arundel County Connecting Together (ACT) to promote peace in Anne Arundel County--
text peace after the amount.

Disaster recovery assistance in the Bahamas following hurricane Dorian--
text disaster after the amount. 
Discipleship
Spiritual Growth and Good Discipleship!
As temperatures are thinking of finally cooling off, and we all return to the structure of having kids back in school, whether our own, our grandchildren or our neighbors, we also need to begin to prepare. We have reached the halfway point in the first portion of our pledges, and, although we are in a good position, we still have some catching up to do. We are blessed that many in our congregation are ahead in paying their pledges, but about 41% of those who pledged are behind. Some of us are behind just a little, while others may be a bit further than that. Of those 32 families or individuals, approximately 18% of us are more than 1 month behind. These are the funds that pay our pastors, that buy our school supplies, that keep us running. As a church family, we all need to be faithful in our giving and bring our pledges up to date. A giving statement will go out prior to October 1, but please don't wait! If you still haven't filled in a pledge card, please do so. They are available in the sanctuary and out by the bulletin board as well.

Generous stewardship is one of the six marks of discipleship and is considered a spiritual growth practice. This speaks not only to our financial gifts but to our gifts of time and talents that we share with the congregation. As we enter fall, we have many more activities in which to participate as well as opportunities to support the various ministries of the church. Our stewardship team is working on establishing a year around stewardship calendar with planned times during the year to focus on financial educational opportunities as well as certain special offerings that we believe represent the desires of the congregation for mission and ministry. If you are interesting in joining our team, please speak with Julia Kirby (maybe_soon98@yahoo.com) or Steve Debus (steven.debus89@gmail.com).
Christian Education
Godly Play
On Sunday, September 29 , we will be having a Godly Play information session at 12:30 pm . Experience Godly Play, our Sunday School program for K-5 children, as the children do by meeting at the door, quietly entering the room and hearing a story. We will then transition to an explanation of Godly Play and answer any questions you have about the program. Please let us know if you are interested in attending the information session by RSVPing to Amy Tardiff at itsmemim@gmail.com.
LOGOS!
LOGOS, our mid-week youth program for K through 8th grades, will be starting on Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 pm . It is a great opportunity for all members of the church to get involved through teaching, recreation or dinner conversation. There is still time to register your child, please contact Amy Tardiff, our registration coordinator, at itsmemim@gmail.com or Julie Devers at jbdevers@gmail.com to learn more about Logos and how you can get involved.
Deacon's Corner
Deacon All-call!
The deacon ministry is based on compassion, witness and service. That includes the call to serve anyone in distress: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless and those burdened by unfair policies and structures. At Ark & Dove each deacon is assigned a portion of the congregation according to last name. Once a year the deacons try to speak with every household in the congregation to hear how things are going and what joys and concerns you may have. This year’s all-call will take place during late September and early October rather than on a single afternoon. We look forward to talking with you! More information about the deacon ministry and the current assignments are on the Ark & Dove website (under About). There are also brochures in the lobby. Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons, GLMakar@juno.com. 
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in all ways. -2 Thessalonians 3:16
Do you ever try to imagine a world as it should be, not the world as it is?  The Peace and Global Witness Offering helps equip the church with tools to accompany those who have experienced violence, while building awareness and solidarity through educational resources, expanding advocacy, and galvanizing relationships with active peacemakers. ACT's ( Anne Arundel Connecting Together ) research action teams work to promote affordable housing, safe and vital school systems, effective public transportation, addiction and mental health responses, just and fair immigration policies and a reduction in gun violence. Please help work towards a world as it should be by giving to the Peace and Global Witness Offering . 100% of this offering will go directly to ACT. Any questions, please contact Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net.
Outreach and Connection
Tidiness is next to Godliness?
Probably not really, but deep thanks to Nicole Howe, Abbey Boudreau, Julie Devers, Margaret MicGillivray, Rob Yeager, Cheri Hahn, Sobonna Keeney and their teams, families and friends for spending large swaths of time this summer making our church cleaner and more orderly. We are ready for fall ministries!  Your work is appreciated.
Church Potluck Picnic!
Church Potluck Picnic will start at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 29th. Save the date to join in the fun and fellowship! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Bike to Church Day is September 29!
If you have a bike, are in good health, and can get up a little earlier, consider riding your bike to church! Now is the time to plan your route, make sure your bike is in good working order, and find your helmet. Ask a neighbor / buddy to join you. Select a safe route--use proper road crossings, ride on the shoulders or designated bike routes. I have found the Google Maps bike option works very well. Questions? Ellen Makar, eemakar@aol.com
If you would like to share information about our church and youth programs with the community, please help staff a booth for our church at Odenton Day on Saturday, October 5! Choose any time slot between 9 am and 2 pm. Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com for more info.
Coming Up!
New members/inquirers class will be Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm . Sign-up on the bulletin board or please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Adult Christian Education
Beginner's Bible
Tuesdays, 7pm, continues this Tuesday, through November 12 ( except for October 15 because of Winter Relief ). Ark and Dove room . Still time to join the group! Sign-up in the lobby! Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information.
Understanding Difficult Books of the Bible: Leviticus
Join us for a 4-week course that seeks to understand one of the most misused and misunderstood books of the Bible, Leviticus. Pastor Jon will teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . October 1, 8, 22, 29, 7:30 to 9 pm . Please contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) for more information.
Mid-week Bible Study
Ark and Dove’s weekly Bible study begins back up on October 2, 10 am . This is a “come as you are” discussion group that meets most Wednesdays at 10:0 am. To learn more, please contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.
Pub Theology
Pub Theology is an informal gathering over beer and other beverages that engages difficult questions of faith in a light-hearted manner. We meet 7 pm, at Frisco Tap House, Crofton .
 
  • October 2 Is it possible to be an atheist?
  • November 6 What happens to my body in death? And other questions biology can’t answer.
  • December 5 Virgin Mary? And other questions to address at Christmas dinner.
 
Questions? Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com
World Religions Study Group
Are you curious about other world religions, but intimidated by foreign words and concepts? Beginning Sunday, October 20, at 12:30, 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, The first class will focus on Confucianism and its core concept "Li." Subsequent Sundays will delve into Taoism, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam in a similar manner. Bring a bagged lunch! Questions? Please contact Stephen Price-Gibson at spricegibson@hotmail.com.
Exploring the Way
For those beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information. This group will have an interesting twist—we are looking for people who will commit to leading a 5 to 8 week small group in the next two years: so a small group to help us grow personally and in skills needed to lead a small group.
Discipleship
Equipping the Saints
Wednesday, October 30 . Dinner and fellowship start at 6:30 with discussions from 7:00 to 8:30. Childcare and special meals can be provided. Please see Bruce Sanders (brusanders@aol.com) or Steve Debus (steven.debus89@gmail.com) for more information.
Mission
The Genesis of Exodus: The Roots of Central American Migration
Join us on October 6, 2:30 to 4:30 to watch the 49 minute film the Genesis of Exodus followed by a discussion. This film contains interviews with people living in Guatemala and El Salvador about the root causes of recent migration to the U.S. along with interviews with several PCUSA leaders. Please contact Pastor Tim (timsstern@gmail.com) or Mission Elder Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) for more information.
Refugees and Asylum Information Session
Susan Krehbiel, Associate for Refugees and Asylum at Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Social Justice Consultant for the Presbytery of Baltimore, is coming to Ark and Dove on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00. This is an opportunity for all who are interested in learning more about who the asylum seekers are and how we might minister to them. There are an abundance of ways in Christian understanding, Christ is the presence and possibility of peace. He has broken down the barriers of hostility and enmity that divide us from each other. In Christ, there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, all are one in the reconciliation Christ has brought about. For further information, please contact Debbie Arey at debarey@hotmail.com.
Winter Relief Is Coming, October 14-21, to Ark and Dove
What Is the Mission of Winter Relief?
To keep those experiencing homelessness in the Baltimore/Annapolis corridor from freezing to death during the Winter months and to show them the Divine’s love in simple practical ways during our time together.
 
Who Do We Serve?
We serve 25 men who are homeless.
 
How Can You Help?
Beginning this Sunday, September 22, we will have sign-up sheets in the lobby with all the ways you can help: church set-up, transportation, intake, hospitality, laundry, dinners and supplies.
 
Please contact Ylonda Fauntleroy yfauntleroy@gmail.com or Debbie Saylor saylordeb@yahoo.com for questions.
PEANUT BUTTER AND PRESERVES! Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations!
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Hollis Butterworth; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Mike and Charlotte Davie’s son-in-law, Jim Peters; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Dot Forloines; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Judy Cooper’s sister, Barb Eardley; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; 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 aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor and friend Jawahn Clark; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Clarence Duffy; Wess Marr; Ellie Brown; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

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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