Winter Relief!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are welcome at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

It is day five of Winter Relief and Ark and Dove is providing terrific hospitality to our guests. Under the leadership of Ylonda Fauntleroy and Deb Saylor, and their team leaders, it has been smooth sailing and the men tell me that they feel more than welcome. Since we always serve in the first week of Winter Relief, we catch men as they are coming out of tents and or couch surfing. You can tell the summer was rough but at Ark and Dove they find genuine welcome. Thank you to the scores and scores of you for the parts you have played in extending Christ's hospitality.  Your discipleship is both effective and appreciated.
Cheryl Walcutt Winter Relief preparation
Please keep your eyes open for a Stewardship mailer this coming week. We are not running a campaign this autumn, we are engaging in a consensus building process, and we need your prayers and participation.

The Board of Education is meeting this Wednesday ( 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis), and several people from ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together), will be testifying about the slow pace of testing our public school water for lead.  Many people are going just to show support. I am heading down there, and I would like to bring ten people from Ark and Dove with me. We are trying to get yellow ACT t-shirts made, but wear yellow if you come. Sign up in the lobby on Sunday.

Wendy Wellington and Cheryl Schafer are in Guatemala this week, traveling with the Presbytery of Baltimore and learning about the fourfold ministries of CEDEPCA (the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America): Disaster Relief; Women's Ministries and Empowerment; Biblical and Theological Seminary; and Intercultural Exchanges. Traveling to learn about another country and culture is a powerful act of peacemaking. Please hold Wendy and Cheryl in your prayers, and we will see you on Sunday in worship.

Peace of Christ,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com

Verse and Prayer
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
- Job 38:1-3
God of grace unbounded: we thank you for the light of another day, for work we are given to do and the strength and skills with which to do it. We thank you for your truth, that both conveys your will to us and lights the path we are to follow. We thank you for your Spirit that moves in and among us, energizing us to fulfill the tasks of servanthood even when our resources seem insufficient or have been consumed to their lowest ebb. We thank you that in your generosity you continue to supply these things when we do not deserve them or when we accept them but do not use them. Your way is wonderful beyond explaining, and for that we are most thankful of all: that because it is your way, we need not try to explain it, but may be content to rejoice in it.
- Don C. Skinner
Notes for you!
It was delightful to have Laura Doughty play the flute with us last Sunday. What a wonderful addition to our service! In this coming week we are singing God Is in This Room as our anthem, a beautiful arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker. Come and enjoy this Sunday!

Joyfully,

Dorene
Interim Music Director
doreneschen@gmail.com
Our Winter Relief guests have arrived. It is such a blessing that our congregation can pull together to support the community and provide a safe haven for our guests. Let's join together this Sunday to provide a welcoming worship service for the guests who would like to attend so they can feel the presence of God's love through us. Also, LOGOS is going well, and we are excited to present the song we've been working through soon! Rend Collective - Rescuer.

God bless!

Pat
Interim Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , Capital Savings Fund and more! Many opportunities await you!
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Help hurricane victims of Florence and Michael. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) giving opportunities can be found on the Ark and Dove website .

PDA is responding to the urgent need for disaster recovery assistance following hurricanes Florence and Michael and urges your support for those affected. PDA is delivering immediate aid to those impacted. Initial assessments suggest catastrophic destruction, but the full scope of the damage will not be known for many months.
Church Clean-up!
Fall fun and fellowship!
Saturday, October 27, 8am to 2pm. Come join us in cleaning up our building and grounds! We need people to paint, people to weed and people to rake. We need lots of people! Come for 1 hour or stay the whole day! Please contact Rob Yeager, Facilities Elder, facilities@arkanddove.org , for more info.
Stewardship
Renewing our Annual Stewardship through a Consensus Building Process
In place of our regular Annual Stewardship Appeal this fall, we are undertaking a Consensus Building Process to discern together our church's priorities and how we will increase giving in order to support them. We need your thoughts, questions, ideas and perspectives as part of this process and we invite you to consider the following:

  1. Continue your current financial support of Ark and Dove's ministry and pray for the Spirit's guidance in this discernment process.
  2. Sign up and attend a small group dialogue session. Sign up online or in the lobby.
  3. Complete a survey which will be mailed to you or will be available online beginning November 3. Deadline for completing the survey is November 18.

Please be on the lookout this week for more information coming to you in the mail! 

Mission Ministry
Winter Relief: October 15 through October 22
  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers .
- Romans 12:13
2nd Anniversary Celebration!
Members of the Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad (CPT) community, along with members of the six supporting churches, are invited to gather for an evening of worship, food and drink to celebrate the second anniversary of CPT. This event will be held Sunday, October 21, from 4pm to dark at the Gardens in St Margaret's. Located at 621 Holly Road, Annapolis, MD 21409 (then follow signs to “1701 Pleasant Plains Road.”)  Please bring a dessert and gallon drink to share, as well as a chair for each person in your party!
Volunteer for CAP
CAP is the Christian Assistance Program, Inc., a group of about 13 churches, including Ark & Dove, that provides food and clothing to families in West Anne Arundel County. Ark & Dove helps sustain CAP through regular food donations, clothing donations, the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, and volunteers for CAP activities. CAP operates a food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and needs volunteers to help carry food from the pantry to the clients’ cars. The pantry is open Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (3-5pm). Help is needed both days, but more on Thursdays and especially the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255).   
CAP featured food item for October
Featured item for October is 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 Members/Inquirers Class
If you are new to Ark and Dove, please join the New Members/Inquirer’s Class on Saturday, October 27, 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! Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.
Worship Ministry
Lay Reader Training
Are you interested in helping with the worship experience on Sunday morning? You are cordially invited to Lay Reader training on either October 22 or 24, 7pm, in the Sanctuary to learn more. Please sign up in the lobby, and contact Betsy Baer ( bbaer1216@aol.com ) or Ryan Stavely ( ryan@stavely.org ) with any questions.
Adult Christian Ed
A Lens of Love
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. Please purchase the book online or join us as you are, Sundays after worship for a bagged lunch discussion beginning October 28th and ending November 25th. Contact Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) or Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) with any questions.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for James Franklin's father; Laura Doughty; Donna Hahn; Charlotte and Mike Davie; Jay Olson; Colette Efiom; 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; 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 and her friend, Doris Weber; 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; Annetta Fenstermacher’s sister, Margaret; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; Declan Steward's mother, Cynny; 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; 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: John Wesley UMC and Ark and Dove Presbyterian church.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE on the marriage of Colleen and Rob Odom.

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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