ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda, secundum verbum Dei
the church reformed, always being reformed, according to the word of God
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
 In times of crisis, challenge, and conflict—then and now—God calls us to be transformed by the Word and Spirit. All are invited to celebrate the tradition that grounds our faith on Reformation Sunday, this Sunday, at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Thank you for your support of Winter Relief last week at Ark and Dove. We had an average of about 21 or 22 men per night and your commitment to acts of mission, mercy and justice was on display in bright colors. We had over 100 people pitch in with true commitment to faith-based hospitality, and, all of you, opened the doors of your church for the week. You were generous with your time and genuine in your welcome, and the men were grateful and expressed their appreciation with many words of thanks. (As one example, please see Andre's note below.) We have been partnering with Arundel House of Hope for over a decade now, and I know that by the end of the week many of you were tired, but also satisfied with our service. It feels good to have a reputation of being a truly welcoming church.

There were many team leaders and members who put in hours and hours, and we are grateful for all of you, but I do want to offer special thanks to our co-chairs Ylonda Fauntleroy and Deb Saylor, and Mission Elder Cheryl Schafer for great leadership. I did notice that our former co-chairs were on hand, in force, and it is truly wonderful to (like the Washington Nationals) have such a strong bench.

This Sunday is Reformation Sunday, on the church calendar, and we will spend some time with John Calvin. Next Sunday, November 3, our theme is All Saints.  On All Saints Sunday, we celebrate the lives of the saints in our lives who, now dead to us, rest in God's eternal arms. During the service you will be able to light a candle for any saint in your life. During the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, in the celebration of the Lord's Supper, we also will read the names of any members or any immediate family members of our community who have died in the past year. The deacons and the staff work all year to keep track of these names, but maybe we don't know about every loss, especially if you are relatively new. If you would like to have us read the name of an immediate family member, who died in the past year, please share that name with Moderator of Deacons, Greg Makar, Pastor Jon, or with me, and we will be sure to get it in the bulletin and in the prayer.

In thanksgiving for the beautiful autumn and your gifts,

Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
-Exodus 20:1-3
You call us into discipleship, O One Who Bears All Burdens, making a way through the wilderness, hovering near in pillar and cloud, revealing bits of your glory when all seems hopeless and courage fails. Carry us on the wingtips of your never-failing promise, through moments of discouragement as we push against the tide. You are my friends, you told us all, my friends and my disciples. Be with us always, be with us now as we seek your way. 

–Miriam Therese Winter
The introit for this week is a hymn well-known to Lutherans and the strength of text and tune calls to mind hymns such as Lift High the Cross or God is Here, except that it is in a minor key. The musical offering this week, Barechu, was written by a dear friend, Mark A. Boyle, Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hill University and Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Compline Choir. He wrote this shortly after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. October 27th is the one-year anniversary of that tragic event.

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Children's Sabbath/inter-generational worship/prayer station Sunday is fast approaching! It will be held on Sunday, November 10th. The middle school LOGOS youth are needed at the 11 am service, so they can share their worship arts and leadership skills during service and the anthem. I am calling on parents to have the kids ready to attend this service and the rehearsal before service ( at 10 am), in Ms. Margaret's office. This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to provide a welcoming atmosphere for community and contemplation during service.

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity
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LOGOS
Trunk or Treat
Logos will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 29, 7 pm. Everyone who is interested is invited to decorate their trunk and hand out goodies. All children are invited to bring a bag and participate in the Trunk or Treat. Cars should be set up and ready to hand out treats by 6:45. Please park on the left side of the parking lot by the playground. Please, no scary themed trunks or costumes. Happy Halloween! Julie Devers jbdevers@gmail.com
Outreach and Connection
Parent Group
TONIGHT, Friday, October 25 , spend trick-or-treating at the Waugh Chapel Village shopping center! Meet in front of Newk's (in costume!) at 6:00 pm, and we'll all walk around for treats together. Afterwards, anyone who wants to stick around can have a late dinner or dessert together at Newk's at 7:00ish. (OR just join us at 7:00 AFTER the trick or treating.) Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
New Member's Class!
A new member's information class is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am. Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com if you are interested in attending. Sign-up in the lobby! Breakfast and childcare provided.
Winter Relief
Thank you to everyone who welcomed our guests last week! We wanted to share why we have this ministry, by sharing a letter from one of our guests.
Adult Christian Education
Understanding Difficult Books of the Bible: Job
Join us for a 3-week course that seeks to understand another one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible, Job. Pastor Jon will teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . Tuesdays, November 5, 12 and 19, 7:30 to 9 pm . Contact Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) for more information.
World Religions Study Group
Sundays through November 24, 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. We will delve into Taoism, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Bring a bagged lunch! Questions? Please contact Stephen Price-Gibson at spricegibson@hotmail.com.
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, jgnelson1985@gmail.com
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, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.
Discipleship
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 (brusanders@aol.com) or Steve Debus (steven.debus89@gmail.com) with any questions.
Mission
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!
Antiracism
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 will host four forums to view and discuss the Netflix series When They See Us . The series is based on the true story of five black and brown teenagers who were wrongfully charged and convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City in 1989. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the series is necessary viewing in the work toward dismantling racism in our communities. We hope you will be moved to action by this experience and the recognition that youth of color continue to be targeted by law enforcement and victimized by miscarriages of justice. Any questions, please contact Paula Sparks at trebleclef48@gmail.com or Lori Kronser at Lkronser16@gmail.com.

Sign up for one or all dates at 

Intended for mature viewers. Disturbing subject matter is depicted.
Decolonize Your Finances This Holiday Season!
Workshop - Tuesday, Nov 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
UU Church of Annapolis - 333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
 
Are your finances unwittingly serving as a tool that harms, especially communities of color? Join us as we learn to decolonize our finances, channeling our banking, investing, borrowing, and spending as tools of healing, love and belonging. Just in time to inform your holiday giving with what we discover! Light refreshments and childcare provided. REGISTER HERE . The workshop is FREE. * Bring cash to donate to cover childcare services; surplus will go to accountability partners. * Workshop guided by SURJ3A ( Showing Up for Racial Justice Ann & AA Co ) surjannapolis@gmail.com. For more information, please contact Linnie Girdner, 410-999-7892 or girdnerlinda@gmail.com. 
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Laura Willoughby Perry and Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline Knott; Debbie Saylor’s uncle, Wayne and her grand-nephew, Jordan Ace Jabri; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; 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; 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; Michelle Schoonmaker’s friend, Ellie Brown; Paula Griggs’ friend, Judy; Denise Grassel’s friend, Jacki; Maurice and Lester; Lucy and Lindy; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Nelson and Brideau families on the death of Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Yeager and White families on the death of Rob Yeager’s aunt, Marti White.
 
PRAYERS OF UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE for a young person struggling.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Refuge Church Ministries II and Living Word Adventist.

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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