The countdown is on for Sunday School and LOGOS!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 11th Sunday after Pentecost at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends of Members of Ark and Dove,

It is great to be back among you after one week of education leave and two weeks of vacation.  During my education leave I visited two monasteries in New Mexico and kept prayerful silence for five days. It is much easier to listen for the holy, when we are not talking.  It seems like that lesson needs to be relearned often.  I do very much enjoy leading worship at Ark and Dove each week, but it was also really refreshing and renewing to attend four to six worship services per day and to have no leadership responsibilities. I am ready to dive into the new program year at Ark and Dove.

As school starts in the first week of September, the staff and the session and deacons have been turning their attention to fall and winter planning. Band and choir are starting soon. Sunday School launches on September 8th and Logos on October 1st. Jon’s Wednesday morning lectionary discussion group is on October 2 with pub theology that evening. A new members inquirers seminar, Saturday, October 26th at 8:30, Equipping the Saints on October 30th. Keep checking the Arkive for updates and new opportunities.

I also am offering a beginner's Bible study , Your Bible, the Study Begins by Kerygma on Tuesday evening, beginning September 17, 7 pm to 8:30 for nine weeks, skipping the week of Winter Relief.  What is the Bible? How did we get it? What is the Old Testament? What is the New Testament?  This group is tailored for beginners, not for folks with lots of Bible study experience. The cost is $15 for the book. Sign up in the lobby.

I hope your summer has been rejuvenating!

In Christ,

Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Prayer
Walk with us as we wrestle to find a way to reveal Thy life and Thy spirit and Thy mind, O God, that we may be true to the light.
- Howard Thurman
This Sunday we welcome Mackenzie Kirby on violin as part of the prelude music. She will be playing a charming gavotte from the opera "Mignon" by French composer Ambroise Thomas. We continue with our worship with an introit from the Taizé community, Come and Fill Our Hearts (Confitemini Domino). The choral anthem is by an English composer, Jan Reese, and is a gentle, sensitive setting of the Alleluia in a minor mode.

Please be on the lookout for information and sign-ups for opportunities within Ark & Dove's music ministry as we get closer to September!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
If you have school-aged children, you are invited and encouraged to take the Children's Music Ministry Survey .
We are planning our music opportunities for this coming year, and we would like to hear from you!
There is still a call to help build our audio group for the band-led service. A regular rotating schedule will begin this September with the start of the new school year. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday August 28th at 7pm for those interested in learning how to work the audio board as I will be teaching an overview of the system.

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!
TEXTING 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
Christian Education
LOGOS Parents' Night!
Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm! All parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to learn about our midweek children and youth program. Please plan to attend this LOGOS information session. Questions? Julie Devers, jbdevers@gmail.com
Youth Sunday School 2019-2020
We are getting excited for Sunday School, for pre-K through high school students! September 8 start date! There are opportunities for members of the congregation to get involved at all age levels. Please contact Julie Devers at jbdevers@gmail.com to take part weekly, once a month, or as a substitute.
Adult Christian Education
Book Club
We will have a face-to-face discussion of Toni Morrison's book, Beloved , on September 15 at 12:30 in the Ark and Dove Room. Please bring a bagged lunch and suggestions for future book selections. See Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) or Linnie Girdner (girdnerlinda@gmail.com)
Beginner's Bible
Tuesdays, 7pm, beginning September 17 through November 12 (except for October 15). Ark and Dove room . 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. Kim Champagne and Pastor Jon will co-teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . October 1, 8, 22, 29, 7:30 to 9 pm . Contact Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) and 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
Exploring the Way
A small group for beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , beginning January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information.
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
Anne Arundel County Back to School Program Update
On July 28 we began this year's Back to School partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services. Social Services matched Ark & Dove with 35 students at Ridgeway Elementary School, and thanks to your generosity we have already signed up sponsors for all of the students. If you wanted to sign up but didn't have a chance, consider contacting the Back to School program at 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4461. Or, you can be a big help to Meade Middle School students by donating loose supplies at church. We have a list in the church lobby of the most-needed items. The mission ministry will deliver the supplies, or you can take them straight to the school. For questions contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com).
CANNED BEANS (garbanzo beans, black beans, refried beans, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations!
Immigrant Family Assistance Needed
The Mexican Refugee Family that Ark and Dove assisted two years ago is currently providing care for two minor, US-born citizens whose parents have been deported back to their home countries. I am looking for help in assisting them with the process of gaining US passports for the youths so they can return to their parents’ home country.

I could use some help researching or making calls to determine what the next steps might be to certify a document currently in Spanish, determine the needed documentation and places to go for them to apply for the youths’ passports, so anyone with some legal expertise (even if the legal expertise is not in immigration) or state department knowledge would be helpful.

The family also has two more mouths to feed, so anyone who feels called to once again provide grocery gift cards to help them can leave them in the box in the office marked for this purpose (Shopper’s Food, Giant and general gift cards are best).

For details and more information, please reach out to me directly: Laura Willoughby Perry, 410-507-7129, ljwilloughby@gmail.com.
Outreach and Connection
October 5, 9am – 2pm ! Ark and Dove will have a table at the annual Odenton Day ! Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com, if you would like take part! It’s a fun and festive day!
Coming Up!
Save the date! New members/inquirers class will be Saturday, October 26, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm . Sign-up on the bulletin board or contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Bike to Church Day is September 29!
Join Ark and Dove bikers by riding your bike to church, parking it on the front lawn, then biking back home after service. Avoid some greenhouse gas emissions! Burn some calories! Get some fresh air! Wear your sweaty biking clothes to service! Questions? Ask Ellen Makar, eemakar@aol.com or 443 812 4610
Sight and Sound Update!
We have reserved 15 tickets @ $69 for Friday, December 6, 3:00 pm performance. The number of reservations can be changed, but this is the price for all tickets during Fridays. At least two thirds of available tickets had already been reserved. We can change this number of tickets through October. If we have just one person in the group with a military ID (active or inactive), the price drops to $62.10. Somehow, I think we will find one person with a military ID who is going. We will pick up tickets at the box office to get the discount. Carpooling is still the plan. Please contact Joan Berry (410)672-5237 or berry962@verizon.net.
Worship
Glorifying God
Add to Sunday worship, anytime, with flowers! The Ark and Dove flower team takes donations year-round. Please contact Paula Griggs at 443-510-6687 or fill out the flower contribution form on the bulletin board. 
Healing Through Grief
Healing Through Grief group will meet on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 pm in the Ark and Dove Room.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; 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 girlfriend, Amanda Jerome, and grandfather, Ed Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother 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; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for Joan Berry’s healing and recovery.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Hansen family on the death of Dorothy Hansen.

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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