I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart this Sunday
at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

The finishing touches on the building are coming in the next few days, and, with a new roof and siding, the building is clearly much more attractive. Thank you for your support of past building stewardship campaigns. Your generosity has provided for this maintenance and improvement.

As I said in my sermon this last Sunday, we are not conducting a stewardship campaign this fall because we are engaging in a consensus building process. If you were not able to be in church on Sunday my request is that you would read my sermon. Also if you have not yet read the consensus building process brochure, we have put it online.  Since offering the sermon on Sunday, I have learned from our treasurer, Alta Paronto, that pledging to the Mission and Ministry Fund is currently behind by $27,777.80. We are asking for your prayers concerning stewardship.

This Sunday, in worship, we will welcome new members and our new Parish Associates, the Reverends Stephen and Caroline Gibson-Price. It is always a joy to welcome new friends to the Ark and Dove Community.

We wish you a joyous Thanksgiving.

Peace of Christ,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
Hannah prayed and said,

My heart exults in the Lord;
   my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
   because I rejoice in my victory.

There is no Holy One like the Lord,
   no one besides you;
   there is no Rock like our God.
-1 Samuel 2:1-2
Praise, you Architect of Nature, for the rhythm of seasons that brings us to fall. Praise for the glory of trees shedding transparent flame to litter the landscape and ring our ankles with swirling glory. Praise for the sure passage of birds wih inborn discernment of flight paths and destinations never seen. Praise for the chill promise of winter splendor wind-borne from arctic storehouses. Praise for fall games to swell the lungs and flush the cheeks, for companionship in contest and the sprit of teamwork. Praise for hard work and mental challenge, for the day's duty and the night's repose. Praise for all the common mysteries of life, O God, by which we know you, in which we see you, through which we serve you.

Notes for you!
This week is the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, also two weeks before Advent. As we welcome the Holiday season, let us count our blessings, and be thankful for all the wonderful things we have been given in our lives! For our anthem this week, we will be singing Be Thou My Vision by Richard Shephard. Come and join us!

Joyfully,

Dorene
Interim Music Director
doreneschen@gmail.com
This Sunday our middle school LOGOS group will be leading the prelude music at our 11 am band led worship service. They have been working hard on 'Rescuer' by Rend Collective. It is such a pleasure to work with a group of kids that are dedicated to learning more about worship arts. We welcome any parent who has a child interested in LOGOS or our Youth Program to reach out to get information about both. See you Sunday!

God bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Healing through Grief
Grief and the Holidays
You are invited to our annual Grief and the Holidays session on Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Whether you are new to grief or grieving anew during the holidays, this is an opportunity to process and prepare, while being comforted by your church family and faith. Pastor Tim Stern, timsstern@gmail.com, and Linnie Girdner, girdnerlinda@gmail.com, will be facilitating.  
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , Capital Savings Fund and more! Many opportunities await you!
Stewardship
Renewing our Annual Stewardship through a Consensus Building Process
Thanks to everyone who has participated in our Stewardship Consensus Building process through small dialogue groups, interviews and the survey. This Sunday is the last day to complete to the survey. Paper copies are available on the bulletin board in the lobby, and the online version of the survey is here. We appreciate your input and ideas and look forward to sharing the results with you in a few weeks!
Outreach and Connection
Advent Celebration!
Join your Ark and Dove friends and family to celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday, December 9 from 4-6 pm. Enjoy music and carols by our musicians and new music directors, cookie and ornament decorating, snacks and a few surprises. Wear your most unique (ugly) Christmas sweater and enter our Unique Sweater Contest to win prizes. Child care provided. If you would like to help with planning or crafts, please contact Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com. Get ready to bring in the joy! Sign up NOW !
The Voyagers: Men's Breakfast
The Voyagers, our church's men's group, will meet for breakfast at the church tomorrow, November 17 at 8:00 a.m . Lewis Shorter will share some of his experiences. He has some fascinating stories about serving in an integrated military in the 1950's against a backdrop of segregation in the country as a whole, and how Equal Opportunity affected his career in federal service. Please tell Paul Doughty ( padough@verizon.net ) if you can make it so we know how many to cook for.
Mission
ACT! Anne Arundel Connecting Together! WE WON!
ACT compels Superintendent to take action to test lead in AACPS consumable water by December!

•   PRIORITY: Priority testing for older elementary schools to protect our youngest children
•   ACCELERATE TESTING: Additional company hired so that water testing completed by December 2018 (not July 2019!)
•   TRANSPARENCY: Testing schedule has been published online!

Christmas Holiday Sharing!
Ark & Dove is participating again in the Christmas Holiday Sharing Program organized by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. Through this partnership, we share some of our blessings and provide Christmas gifts to families in our community. The Holiday Sharing office matched us with 21 families (80 children) in Odenton and Severn. We will purchase a clothing item and another gift for each child and then deliver to the families after the 11:00 service on December 16. Sign-ups for gift-giving and delivery will begin in the lobby after worship services on November 25. For more information, or to sign up between Sundays, contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com).
New Habitat Build Opportunity!
Habitat of the Chesapeake is having a build on Saturday, December 15 , at 123 Clay Street! Ark and Dove would like to send four volunteers to help with this exciting build. Please contact Ellen Makar (eemakar@aol.com) or Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) for more information.
Featured item for November is CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!    
Antiracism and Social Equity
Inspired by Facing Race
Last week I attended the Facing Race conference in Detroit. The biennial conference is sponsored by Race Forward and the Center for Social Inclusion. My brain is exploding from all the information, ideas, and contacts I came away with. And my heart is full of love in being with so many diverse people, who are working to make America a better, fairer and a more loving place for all. Many of the sessions focused on how local governments and communities are imagining and working toward a new way forward, where community inclusion is central to decision making and racial equity is critical to outcomes. This was not about tweaking systems that have a long history based in racial inequity, but instead transforming systems along a new paradigm, based on human connection and human need. Sounds like the beloved community to me! 


Linnie Girdner, girdnerlinda@gmail.com
Is the Bible really relevant to us?
Sunday Study
Is the Bible really relevant to us? Can it speak to the complicated issues of our time? Join us as we read the Bible with Jonathan L. Walton, an acclaimed professor and preacher at Harvard and author of A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World. Come as you are, Sundays after worship for a bagged lunch discussion through November 25th. Contact Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) or Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) with any questions.
GenOn Ministries: Discipline with Love
Holiday Flowers
Flowers for Holy Days
The Ark and Dove flower team takes donations not only for Easter and Christmas, but year-round. You may add to the Sunday worship anytime with flowers. You may bring your own (made by yourself or a florist) or donate for the flower team to purchase flowers and create an arrangement in your name/cause. These donations could be for a graduation, birthday, anniversary or maybe just an arrangement to say I love you. Also, if you like to do arrangements (or just like flowers) the flower team can always use new ideas and contributions. Please contact Paula Griggs at 443-510-6687 or paulagriggs32@gmail.com or feel free to fill out the flower contribution form on the bulletin board.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Adell Gaurin; Joan Berry’s son, Bryan Flom; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Jay Olson; Darius; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Cheryl Walcutt’s sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor and Ylonda Fauntleroy’s and Michelle Schoonmaker’s aunt, Alice Turner; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Greg and Diane Makar’s aunt, Adeline; Diane Makar’s friend, Barbara Hadden; Annetta Fenstermacher’s sister, Margaret; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; Christy Hipchen’s cousin, Corey; David Michels; Dakota Miller; Clarence Scott; Marlene and Doug DeHaven; Mike Stefanick; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Rob Yeager’s co-worker, Wayne Sweet; Jordan Sun’s mother, Amy Han; Sheila Beale; Mike and Charlotte Davie’s friend, Dave Page; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; and Matthew Fellows.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: St. Bernadette Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Cape St. Claire UMC.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Hadden and Makar families on the death of Diane Makar’s friend, Barbara Hadden.

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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