Winter Relief
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to enjoy the blessings of gratefulness this Sunday at both 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Christina and I recently had a stranger stay at our home. We were a bit reluctant, given our young children, but circumstances dictated we set reservations aside. My spiritual advisors insist that God has a sense of humor. They are proven right. This person we worried would be a burden turned out to be a great gift to our family. She was thoughtful and caring. She brought joy to our home. Another spiritual advisor is proven right: Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).
Friends, let us not neglect to show hospitality this coming week as this church house of ours becomes a home for several men who have none. In our long tradition of providing Winter Relief, there have been many times we have entertained angels. I have heard some of the stories. The New Testament word for angels literally means messenger . Angels bear God's word for us. I believe that the men who will find rest at Ark and Dove have a divine message for us. What will we hear?
The writer of Hebrews reminds his readers not to neglect to show hospitality because they knew that hospitality is hard. It requires sacrifice and patience. As I was reluctant to open my home, we all can be so reluctant. There are many things that need to be done to make Ark and Dove a home this coming week. I am so thankful for those who have committed to take on the task. Let us not neglect a thing. We still need:
  • people to help set up and reset furniture in the church this coming Sunday and Tuesday the 22nd
  • drivers to pick up, drop off, and bring our guests to showers (contact Paul Doughty at for AM transport, Cliff Wellington at 240-278-3810 for PM driving, and Brian Boudreau at for showers)
  • hosts willing to stay overnight (contact Deb Saylor at or Ylonda Fauntleroy at
  • evening hosts to care for our guests throughout the week (contact Cheryl Walcutt at
There are many more opportunities to get involved. Please contact our Winter Relief team leaders Ylonda Fauntleroy at or Deb Saylor at with any questions.
I look forward to showing hospitality with you this week.


Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing
that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
-Hebrews 13:2
God of many graces: open our eyes and ears to see you in those we welcome. Open our minds to understand those often misunderstood. Open our hearts to love in ever-increasing ways. You speak to us in Word and worship, in prayer and study, in friend and neighbor. You also speak to us through stranger. May it be so. Amen.
We welcome the wonderful Paula Sparks to the piano this week to lead worship. The choir will prepare for worship with Sanctuary, a worship song by Joh Johnson and Randy Scruggs from 1982. Our musical offering this Sunday is Fairest Lord Jesus, sung by Alto Paronto.


Director of Music
Children's Choir! New time!
Children's Choir (K-Grade 5) will meet from 12:15-12:45 (after the second service) on Sundays, beginning October 20. We'll be combining both groups, until Christmas.
We are continuing to update and improve the Ark and Dove website, and the band is in need of high-resolution photos to use for the music ministry page. Anybody who is interested, and would like to try out their chops as band photographer, please contact me for details.

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Winter Relief
Winter Relief Is Here! Beginning this Monday, October 14!
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8.

Do you feel invisible? Do people treat you like you are not worth their time? Have you had no bed to sleep in? No roof over your head? No clean clothes on your back? Unable to take a bath or shower? No food to eat for days? Most of us cannot say yes to these questions. Winter Relief was started in 1992 to give people who have lost everything, and who are living without food or shelter, a place to get: warm, a home cooked meal, a bed to sleep in, showers, and, just as crucially, someone to talk to. Last year we were told that about 30 people that were helped through winter relief have been housed. Next week we will be welcoming 25 men to our church. This will be their home, and we need you to show them God’s love.

Please sign up in the lobby to: stay overnight, show radical hospitality, provide supplies, lead intake, set up the church, drive to and from the House of Hope day center, and drive for showers. Prayerfully, Ylonda Fauntleroy or Debbie Saylor for questions.
Winter Relief Opportunities!
Please take a look at the bulletin board in the lobby to see what opportunities await you for Winter Relief!
Parents! LOGOS news!
LOGOS will not meet this Tuesday, as Ark and Dove hosts Winter Relief!
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in all ways. -2 Thessalonians 3:16
ACT ( Anne Arundel Connecting Together) continues to effectively work in making positive changes in Anne Arundel County.  100% of the Peace and Global Witness Offering goes to support ACT. Please give generously to this offering to promote peace in Anne Arundel County. Thank you. Any questions contact Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder.
When They See Us
The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Justice team invites you to join us at four important forums to view and discuss the Netflix four-part series When They See Us.” The program is difficult to watch, but it is necessary viewing in the work that we do toward dismantling racism in our communities. “When They See Us” is the true story of five fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen-year-old black and brown boys who were wrongfully charged and convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City in 1989. We encourage adults to join us as we come to terms with the ways in which black and brown youth must move through their lives, aware at all times of the reality of not knowing who can be trusted and how the very system that they have been told was designed to serve and protect them does not always do so. You will be moved to action by this experience.
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
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 ( or Steve Debus ( with any questions.
Adult Christian Education
World Religions Study Group
Are you curious about other world religions, but intimidated by foreign words and concepts? Beginning Sunday, October 20, at 12:30, 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, The first class will focus on Confucianism and its core concept "Li." Subsequent Sundays will delve into Taoism, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam in a similar manner. Bring a bagged lunch! Questions? Please contact Stephen Price-Gibson at
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,
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 .

  • 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,
Exploring the Way
For those beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim,, 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.
Outreach and Connection
New Member's Class!
A new member's information class is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am. Please contact Nicole Howe, if you are interested in attending. Sign-up in the lobby! Breakfast and childcare provided.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Sarah and Stephen Kasulke; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Hollis Butterworth; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Steve Debus; 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; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; 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; 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 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; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Thomas and Judy Kochis; a sister with lymphoma; Betty; Dorothy; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING for the birth of Carter, son of Sarah and Stephen Kasulke, and grandson of Kelly and Tim Stern, born on October 8!
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Arey and Hoppe families on the death of Bruce’s aunt, Charlotte Hoppe.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Kinnick family on the death of Bill’s mother, Ardith.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Walcutt and Walsh families on the death of Cheryl Walcutt’s family member Fred Walsh.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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