Rejoice in God's Blessings!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to rejoice in God's blessings this Sunday
at both 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.
There will be no middle or high school Sunday school
this Sunday, October 20.
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

This week I listened as two men, who have been homeless as of late, talk about times when they wanted to give up because "life wasn't that good." These are men who have clearly been in the depths of despair. They are two men who have lost hope.

This morning, I arrived at Ark and Dove at 6:20 am to help transport some of our Winter Relief guests to Glen Burnie. There was a line of cars, owned by Ark and Dovers, ready to do the same. In the lobby, 5-6 Ark and Dove members went about making sure that our guests had everything they needed for the day. These members were a bit bleary-eyed from an early call, some had pillow-tousled hair, one hopped here and there on crutches, and another dug through bins of soap to find the right kind. This is what hope looks like.

Ark and Dove is a community ready and willing to do the necessary things for those in need, for the despairing, and for the hopeless. There is tremendous hope to be found in a community that sets even the first business of the day aside to care for others. The two men who almost gave up were alone in their time of despairing. This morning they were not alone. They have not been all week.

There is hope. It is evident in and through you.


Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-Romans 15:13
God of light: illumine minds dimmed by burdensome thoughts. Radiate through hearts darkened by hate. Shine brightly in and through us that we might brighten lives darkened by despair. Shed beams of hope in all corners of creation. Let your light shine. Amen.
This week's music includes Keith Getty and Stuart Townend's hymn, Speak, O Lord, arranged by Mary McDonald. The text for this hymn includes these words:

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us -
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.

The choir presents an introit out of the Presbyterian Church in Canada's hymn book, Christ, You Call Us All to Service, with words by by Joy E. Patterson set to a lovely Dutch melody. The musical offering for this week is Allen Pote's Many Gifts, One Spirit, is a classic anthem of the 20th century with words of a prayer for intercession for unity.

Children's choir continues to meet at 12:15 on Sundays. This week we'll meet in the Sheppard Room. Join us in our journey Around the World!


Director of Music
Inter-generational Worship has been rescheduled for November 10! The middle school LOGOS youth will be an important component of the anthem at the 11:00 am service! All middle school youth--please meet in Ms. Margaret's office at 10:00 am sharp on November 10! This is will be a spirit-filled opportunity to Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Thank you very much!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
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Adult Christian Education
World Religions Study Group
Beginning this Sunday, October 20, at 12:30! Are you curious about other world religions, but intimidated by foreign words and concepts? 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
Pub Theology
Pub Theology is an informal gathering over beer and other beverages that engages difficult questions of faith in a lighthearted manner. We meet 7 pm, at Frisco Tap House, Crofton .

  • 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,
Mid-week Bible Study
This is a “come as you are” discussion group that meets most Wednesdays, 10 am . To learn more, please contact Pastor Jon,
Outreach and Connection
Friendly Seniors Fellowship!
Friendly Seniors (open to all who choose to call themselves a 'senior') is starting the fall season with a meal and camaraderie at Mezeh, a new Middle Eastern restaurant in the Village at Waugh Chapel (by the clock). So, come and join us on Sunday, October 27, 1:30 p.m. If you plan to attend (or have to cancel), please let Joan Berry (410-672-5237 or t) know by this Thursday, October 24, so she can make reservations. See you then!
Forum dates and times: October 27 th , November 3 rd , 10 th , and 17 th all from 2:30-4:30pm, in the sanctuary at Ark and Dove. 
Facilitators: Paula Sparks and Lori Kronser
When They See Us
The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Justice team invites you to join us at four important forums to view and discuss the Netflix four-part series When They See Us.” The program is difficult to watch, but it is necessary viewing in the work that we do toward dismantling racism in our communities. “When They See Us” is the true story of five fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen-year-old black and brown boys who were wrongfully charged and convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City in 1989. We encourage adults to join us as we come to terms with the ways in which black and brown youth must move through their lives, aware at all times of the reality of not knowing who can be trusted and how the very system that they have been told was designed to serve and protect them does not always do so. You will be moved to action by this experience.
Equipping the Saints
Presbyterian 101! Who are we? And what do we believe? With the great diversity of faiths and churches abounding in society today, what is unique or foundational about what we believe as Presbyterians, and how can we explain this to others? If this is something you wish to learn more about, join Pastor Tim and Pastor Jon as they lead the next Equipping the Saints class on October 30. Fellowship and dinner start at 6:30 with lessons from 7:00-8:30. Childcare and special meals can be provided upon request. Please see Bruce Sanders ( or Steve Debus ( with any questions.
Cap Featured Food Item for October
Featured item for October—CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!
Outreach and Connection
New Member's Class!
A new member's information class is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am. Please contact Nicole Howe, if you are interested in attending. Sign-up in the lobby! Breakfast and childcare provided.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Debbie Saylor's great-nephew, Jordan Jabri; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Steve Debus; Linnie Girdner; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Diane Maker; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed, and mother, Carol; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Margaret McGillivary’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer of Faith Presbyterian Church; 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; 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; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Terry Novak; a friend whose mother is in hospice; a friend whose father's work visa is about to expire; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Ruble and Leonard families on the death of Sandy Ruble’s uncle, Bob Leonard.
PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church and John Wesley United Methodist Church.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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