Sunday School! This Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 13th 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,

Some churches call it Rally Day.

Some call it Start-up Sunday.

Some call it Homecoming.

One church once called it Kick-off Sunday and had some group sing the song Drop Kick me Jesus through the Goalpost of Life. Now that's a weird song.

Whatever you call it this Sunday, September 8 is the first Sunday of Sunday School. Sunday School, preK through high school at 9:30. Sunday School through grade five at 11:00.  You might suspect that, as a pastor, I think Sunday School worship is essential to the spiritual development of children, and I do. Hope to see you all on Sunday.

Which reminds me, at the beginning of the summer, Pastor Jon and I offered a six-week preaching series on the Lord's Prayer both in the children's sermon and in the morning sermons for adults and children who chose to stay in worship. Part of the emphasis was to invite all children, who had not yet memorized the Lord's Prayer, to memorize it by this Sunday. The second part of that goal was to invite parents to send me an e-mail when their child had completed memorization. Pastor Jon and I will be sending a letter of recognition to all who have the Lord's Prayer memorized. We sure hope to receive more confirmations from parents.

Hurricane Dorian had devastating effects upon the the Bahamas and is now giving the Carolinas a drubbing.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is already in action coordinating with Methodist Bahamas Habitat, Church World Service and the ACT Alliance of denominations (no relation to our ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together) to get help to the Bahamas. Today PDA is also turning its attention to the east coast of the USA. We will be receiving a special offering to help those affected by Dorian. You can donate on our webpage. (Or text "disaster" to our text donation number 410-983-3481.)

I just did. It's pretty easy.  And please keep the people of the Bahamas and Carolinas in your prayers.


In Christ,

Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
- Jeremiah 18:3-6
Our Dwelling

The earth is your dwelling,
Live in us Lord,
Let us live in you.
Settle in our hearts,
At home in our wills,
At rest in our minds,
At ease in our strength,
That we may reside in peace,
Live in joy,
Abide in love,
And inhabit eternity.

- Tides and Seasons by David Adam
The choral offering this Sunday morning is from my mother's collection and is a bright and bouncy version of William Boyce's canon with additions by Hal Hopson. We'll also hear two different versions of the hymn tune Ash Grove, once in our opening hymn and again for the postlude with an arrangement by Jason Krug.

We're looking forward to our Choir Kick-off on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm. We'll start with nibbles and fellowship, followed by singing! Come and join us!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Band practice begins this coming Tuesday, September 10th at 7 pm. I am very excited to begin rehearsals again for all our upcoming worship services. Anyone is welcome to join us regardless of musical experience. Part of rehearsals and being in the worship band is to develop musical knowledge and skills, enjoy fellowship, improve leadership skills, and overall, have a great time making music so that everyone enjoys worship and feels a strong community.

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
August Financial Update
Year to date budget on pledging: 

Year to date actual pledged giving:   

Shortfall as of August 31, 2019:
    
$308,373.00

$286,897.00

$21,476.00
Christian Education
LOGOS and LOGOS Parents' Night!
Logos, our mid-week youth program for K through 8th grades, will be starting on Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 pm . It is a great opportunity for all members of the church to get involved through teaching, recreation or dinner conversation. All parents and interested members are encouraged to attend the Logos Parents informational meeting on September 17, 6pm to learn more about Logos and how you can get involved.
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 because of Winter Relief ). Ark and Dove room .  Sign-up in the lobby! 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
For those beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information. This group will have an interesting twist—we are looking for people who will commit to leading a 5 to 8 week small group in the next two years: so a small group to help us grow personally and in skills needed to lead a small group.
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.
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in all ways. -2 Thessalonians 3:16
This month we begin collecting for the Peace and Global Witness Offering. This offering will be used to support ACT, as we support peace in Anne Arundel County. The 2019 Peace and Global Witness Offering encourages the church to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division and embrace God’s mission for peace for those around the corner.
 
Shaping a foundation for peace starts with honest conversations, and shared experiences. When we share, we carry each other’s burdens, advocate for one another, and share each other’s hopes. Faith groups around Anne Arundel County have come together to share what is important to residents of Anne Arundel County. The Peace and Global Witness Offering unites our church with other faith groups and partnerships as we reach out to people who long for peace and reconciliation. Blessed are the peace makers.  Please give generously, as we promote peace in Anne Arundel County. Mission Elder Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net)
Mission
Spend an afternoon learning about Cameroon and the work of RELUFA, the Network for the Fight against Hunger, by attending a luncheon with and hearing a presentation by Mr. Jaff Bamenjo, the Coordinator of RELUFA, a Joining Hands partner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, supported in part by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Mr. Bamenjo will speak about his work fighting hunger, seeking justice, and building ecumenical communities around these efforts, as well as current challenges facing Cameroon. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
             Presentation, 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
 
 
Questions/for more information: Call the church office at (410) 721-2313.
 
No charge for either event. A free will offering will be taken after the presentation; donations to defray the cost of the luncheon are gratefully accepted.
The Genesis of Exodus: The Roots of Central American Migration
Join us on October 6, 2:30 to 4:30 to watch the 49 minute film the Genesis of Exodus followed by a discussion. This film contains interviews with people living in Guatemala and El Salvador about the root causes of recent migration to the U.S. along with interviews with several PCUSA leaders. Please contact Pastor Tim (timsstern@gmail.com) or Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) for more information.
Winter Relief 2019
October 14-21 Ark and Dove will be hosting 25 men that are currently experiencing homelessness. We have a sign-up sheet for bedding, towels, etc. in the lobby. These items are for the men’s bedding bags. Please consider donating a few of these items. We will have other opportunities to sign up soon. We are also looking for a couple of team leads to help with Winter Relief. If you feel called to help in these areas: Building Team lead and Morning Transportation Team lead, please contact Deb Saylor (saylordeb@yahoo.com) or Ylonda Fauntleroy (yfauntleroy@gmail.com).
PEANUT BUTTER AND PRESERVES! Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations!
Outreach and Connection
Sight and Sound Reservations
It's time to make those reservations and pay your $62.10 per ticket (we have someone who will bring a military ID). The 'real' sign-up, with check or cash to pay for tickets, will be held after each service on Sunday, September 15. Additional reservations can be made through September 22, by contacting Joan Berry (berry962@verizon.net or 410-672-5237) and sending your payments.
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
Church Potluck Picnic!
4:00 pm, Sunday, September 29th! Let's share good company and good eats on the lawn (or inside if weather doesn't cooperate!). We're planning a corn hole tournament this year! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
If you would like to share information about our church and youth programs with the community, please help staff a booth for our church at Odenton Day on Saturday, October 5! Choose any time slot between 9 am and 2 pm. Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com for more info.
Coming Up!
New members/inquirers class will be Saturday, October 26, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm . Sign-up on the bulletin board or please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Healing Through Grief
The next meeting of the Healing through Grief small group will be this Wednesday, September 11, 7 - 8:15 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a family member or friend, no matter how recent or long ago, is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. One can sign up or just show up. The group is facilitated by Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner. For more information, please contact Tim Stern at 410-674-6400 or timsstern@gmail.com or Linnie Girdner at 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 Hollis Butterworth; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Mike and Charlotte Davie’s son-in-law, Jim Peters; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; 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 grandfather, Ed Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; 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; 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; Linda Rose; Jeff Faiman; Donna Black; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Doughty family on the death of Paul’s cousin, Amy.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE for those in our community faced with physical and mental health challenges.
 
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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