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LOGOS is Coming! Our mid-week children and youth program returns on September 26th! This year, we will all meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At LOGOS, children and youth have dinner, play games, worship, and grow in faith.  REGISTER NOW   

Dear Friends,  
This Tuesday evening we launch our autumn edition of Logos, our mid-week ministry for children and younger youth.  I always look forward to delightful hum of fellowship, learning and friendship.  Logos is a four-part program and each evening we enjoy Bible Time, Worship Skills, Family Time (dinner) and Play Time.  Our covenant is simple.  Everyone treats everyone else like a child of God.  Logos is a central ministry of our church because lives are changed by the lasting relationships that are built, and faith is widened and boosted.  If you have children and/or middle school youth, I hope you will try Logos.

It has been an unusual period of time with a series of natural disasters that have devastated many areas of the Americas.  I can't remember a time in my ministry when we have had a call for so many special offerings all within weeks.  There is a term out there in the world called compassion fatigue.  It describes a lessening of compassion among people who work with survivors of abuse or disaster.  I think compassion fatigue can strike Christian stewards, givers and donors as well.  When I returned from vacation, I learned that our youth had assembled 99 hygiene kits  with the donations that came from our congregation  That's really remarkable, thank you.  Since that time, we have experienced a hurricane in Puerto Rico and and an earthquake in Mexico.  I have talked with our treasurer, Alta Paronto, who informed me our cash donations are really quite low. This reminded me that I need to make a donation.   
You may at anytime make a donation to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance by writing a check to Ark and Dove or by visiting our website and clicking on the giving tab. We are called by God to sustain our generosity in the face of such frequency.  Many small donations pooled together add up to make a big difference.  

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Tim


So the last will be first, and the first will be last. -Matthew 20:16

Holy One: We are often ranked and measured by our achievements, skills, looks, wealth and work. We are valued in this world accordingly. But you do not do so. You scramble up the order so that the last will be first. You turn everything upside down to show us another way. You value us simply as your beloved and want us to value others the same way. Remind us this day of our true worth in you. Amen.

Many opportunities await you!


This Sunday, please join us for the Army Field Band Chamber, featuring Selena Maytum on French horn, and joined by guest musicians. The recital is at 2:00!  It is going to be amazing and you will NOT want to miss it! 

Also mark your calendars for another fabulous recital.  On October 7th, we will have the-- Mosaic Duo--a harp and a flute duo--play a beautiful concert for us.  We are lucky enough to have the harpist from that concert, Dr. Anastasia Pike, come and play the music for our 9:30 worship service on Sunday, October 15th.  You definitely want to make sure you are there!   

Silver Anniversary! Celebrate!
LIMITED TIME! SILVER ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT You can now pre-order  your Silver Anniversary Christmas ornament, for $20 each, HERE. These are beautiful, handcrafted keepsakes! Please place all orders by October 5, 2017 at 12 noon. The expected delivery is on or about October 22, 2017. Ray Bussey, with the 25th Anniversary Team, 1safe1111@gmail.com

an Ark and Dove sunflower
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 on Saturday the 7th 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

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF IAF FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING Thursday, September 28, 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm at Asbury Methodist Church, Annapolis. Participate in a non-partisan, multi-faith, multiracial coalition for AA Co. Sixteen faith communities are building power together to ensure opportunities for ALL our neighbors to live and thrive. Please RSVP, Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com or Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Film and Discussion, Sunday, October 1 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary  I Am Not Your Negro is a profound award-winning documentary elucidating author James Baldwin's perception of race and inequality in modern America. The film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by filmmaker Raoul Peck.  The documentary will be followed by discussion, dessert, and an invitation to future opportunities. Please join us and invite your friends. Sign up in the lobby or ONLINE! Questions? Please contact Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or girdnerlinda@gmail.com. 
Christian Education

CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEADER INFORMATION AND TRAINING Children and youth are a central part of our mission and ministry at Ark and Dove, and they are also the most vulnerable.  In order to prove a safe, secure, an loving environment for our children and youth, we have adopted a Child Protection Policy.  This policy mandates training and background checks for all adults who lead in any of our children and youth activities, such as LOGOS and Sunday School.  In summary, the training includes reading the Child Protection Policy and viewing a video provided by Church Mutual Insurance company.  
INFORMATION/TRAINING SESSIONS This coming Sunday, 9/24, we will have an information/training session in the Marshall room from 10:45 - 11:30.  On Monday, 9/25, from 7-7:40 is another opportunity for information/training.  Please contact Wendy Wellington, Administration Elder, if you would like to attend either of these sessions and if you will need child care.  Wendy can be reached at: swt520@verizon.net, and 410-923-3814.  Additional sessions will be announced soon.
LOGOS IS COMING! Our mid-week children and youth program returns this Tuesday, September 26th! This year, we will all meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At LOGOS, children and youth have dinner, play games, worship, and grow in faith.
For questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Amy Tardiff,  itsmemim@gmail.com or Laura Rockwell, laura.a.rockwell@gmail.com.   


S'MORE WORSHIP Come one, come all! Saturday, September 30 for our annual Campfire Worship event! We'll hold a short worship service outside the church around a roaring campfire that will feature singing worship songs around the fire, just like many of you may remember from summer camp! We will also be telling some short stories from the Bible by firelight, and fellow worshippers will lead the service with short readings. The theme for the service will be  Surviving the Storm, appropriate for a year that brought monster hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The evening will culminate in cooking S'mores around the campfire (thus the name "S'more Worship"). Please bring your camp chairs and blankets, and any mosquito repellent you might have. I'm looking forward to seeing you there! Paul Doughty/sing2gether@verizon.net.  

WINTER RELIEF Radical hospitality. Radical means "out of the ordinary," "revolutionary," even. So what would it mean to receive someone-a stranger-with a presence that was not just polite, but to receive them with revolutionary generosity? Winter relief is October 9th to the 16th. We need to show the 25 men that will be staying with us Radical Hospitality. Please sign up in the church lobby. If you have questions about how you can help, please ask Christine Caufield-Noll, Cheryl Schafer and Debbie Saylor. 
HABITAT AND PEACE AND GLOBAL WITNESS SPECIAL OFFERINGS: PLEASE GIVE! We are collecting two special offerings this month. The Habitat offering supports the work of Habitat for Humanity of Anne Arundel County and will be dedicated on September 24. 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.
HABITAT OF THE CHESAPEAKE is celebrating 35 years of providing home ownership for low-income families in the Baltimore/Anne Arundel County areas. Ark and Dove has been a charter member of Habitat since the beginning of Ark and Dove! We have spent a week every summer with our youth on a build.  We provided the bulk of funding and work parties for a home renovation in Still Meadows in 2013 for Velma and her family. Habitat of the Chesapeake, last year, launched a workforce training program in Baltimore called HabiCorps, to train people with barriers for employment in carpentry and building trades. The entire pilot class of HabiCorps trainees was successfully placed in construction jobs after the program.  
Habitat of the Chesapeake plans on completing one house in Annapolis, soon (123 Clay St), and starting another renovation in Still Meadows as early as October.  If you know of a family who may be interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner, orientation sessions will be held on October 14 at 10 AM and noon at the Sandtown office, 1300 Fuller St., Baltimore MD. Habitat needs funding to complete these two builds and to get families in these homes. The special offering for Habitat this month will go to constructing these two homes in Anne Arundel County. Please make a donation in the special envelope, by using the PayPal button on our website, or by marking your donation check "Habitat."
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Let's get started! We have officially contracted with the International Refugee Committee (IRC), Baltimore, for refugee resettlement, and can now begin family mentoring at Ark and Dove! Family mentors work with newly-arrived refugee families to provide refugees a meaningful connection to the community, as well as individualized support, as they adapt to life in the United States. Focus is placed on practicing English language skills, preparing them for their first job in the U.S., familiarizing them with the city, and helping them become self-sufficient in their new home. A commitment of three hours per week, for six months, is required. We need 6-8 team members to join in this exciting and rewarding work. Like to learn more? Salmon Zaman, the family mentor director of IRC will hold an information and processing meeting, here at Ark and Dove, Monday, October 2nd, 7:00pm. Questions? Please contact, Debbie Arey, Debarey@hotmail.com, 508-579-7748.  
CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for September is PEANUT BUTTER AND PRESERVES. Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!         
  • CAP has an immediate need for substitute grocery carriers, who carry bags and boxes of groceries from the food pantry to the clients' cars on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We are entering the busiest time of year for the pantry.
  • CAP is also looking for a new volunteer coordinator to take over January 1.  Amy Gantt will be stepping down, but she is still the secretary and a pantry volunteer, and is ready to start training a new volunteer coordinator now.
For more information about either of these positions, please contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com)
Adult Christian Education

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.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY Are you interested in delving a bit deeper into the Bible? Are you looking for some companions on your journey of faith? Come as you are, there are no prerequisites. We discern and discuss new Bible passages every Wednesday, 10:00 am. Questions? Contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.  


The Spirited Sisters Saturday Morning Women's Group will begin meeting this Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 am in the Marshall Room. This fall's Bible study is "Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes," published by the Presbyterian Women. The group meets twice a month, and we determine rest of our schedule at the first meeting. See Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) or Linda Girdner (lkgirdner@comcast.net) for more details. A signup sheet will be posted in the lobby with more details about the book ($7).
Outreach and Connection

FRIENDLY SENIOR EVENTS 2017             
The planning was a success and we added 2 more to our number! We have plans . . . get those calendars out!
  • SATURDAY, Oct. 7, 2:00 p.m.: Showing of 'Amazing Grace' DVD movie at Barbara Reynolds home for Friendly Seniors. Please bring a snack  to share and your own drink. Since seating will be limited, we ask that you contact Barbara (rbjrynlds@gmail.com or 410-874-8518), or Joan (berry962@verizon.net or 410672-5237), if you plan on coming. More details to follow.
  • 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.
  • SUNDAY, Dec. 10, 1:00 p.m.: Advent/Christmas dinner at Nautilus Diner. Party...party!
As usual, these are open to anyone deciding to call themselves a senior. We're friendly and welcoming to those who like good times with friends. Watch this space for details to follow as things firm up!
New Members Inquirers Class

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.  
Grief Group

HEALING THROUGH GRIEF The next meeting of the Healing through Grief small group will be this Tuesday, September 26, 7 - 8:15 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved family member or dear friend, no matter how recent or long ago, is invited to attend. No sign up needed, though it is appreciated. Drinks will be provided. The group is facilitated by Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner. For more information, please contact Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or girdnerlinda@gmail.com.
Prayer Concerns

A memorial service for Martha Anderson, a former member of Ark and Dove, is planned for Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 pm, here at Ark and Dove.  The family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm and also after the service. Contact:  Cathy Debus, cathy.debus@gmail.com. 
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; Henry Gaines; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy, and niece Melissa Bender; 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; the Stanton's niece, Lena; Julie Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Debbie Saylor's friend, Kathy; Brian Boudreau's father, Paul; Curtis Briggs; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Anderson and Ederheimer families on the death of Donna's mother, Martha Anderson.  
PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the improved health of Mike Davie's stepmother, Reverend Kathleen Davie.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING for Charlotte Davie's aunt, Bernice Sabin, who was blessed with ninety-two years of life.
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE, STRENGTH AND UNDERSTANDING for family members who are living with alcoholism; for family members who are living with mental illness; for a father struggling; and for a mother in physical rehabilitation and battling addiction.
PRAYERS OF STRENGTH, SAFETY AND SUPPORT for all of the hurricane victims.
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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