Celebrate World Communion this Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Celebrate World Communion this Sunday
at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

This Sunday is World Communion, a celebration of our unity in Christ with people across the earth. Come to the table of worship, knowing that we are defined not by what separates us, but by the love of God binding us. As our nation is being torn apart by polarizing politics, it is essential that we remember our bond.

Last night, faithful people from across Anne Arundel County, representing its rich diversity, flooded into First Christian Community Church in Annapolis for another kind of holy communion. They waited in long lines of traffic, crammed into pews, and loudly praised the bonding of a new connection: Anne Arundel Connecting Together, ACT. Though inspired by different divine names and expressions, people of faith, hope, and love came together to take action for justice in the county. There were 119 Ark and Dove members and friends and over 1,100 people of faith-based organizations. It was a glimpse of what many would call the kingdom of heaven, a party for the people of God.
Last night's communion celebrated a beginning. As was witnessed by several politicians, ACT will be a powerful organization of people not bound to partisan politics but bound by the interests of people in need. I am thankful to be a part of a church that showed up with such strength last night. You were recognized as a congregation leading the charge for justice. Your care and commitment to this county is inspiring.

Truly, Ark and Dove is a church nurtured by the Spirit in holy communion and led by that same Spirit to serve our community.

Verse and Prayer
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
-2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Holy One: you have spread your children across this earth. We are of different lands, cultures, color, classes, and traditions. Many times our differences seem insurmountable. In such times, remind us of our similarities. Recall to our hearts and minds the love with which we are all made. Help us recognize the divinity you set within all humanity. Make us realize your dream for the world, that we might live in peace and praise. Amen.
Notes for you!
This Thursday, October the 4th, many friends and members of our church participated in the launch of ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together. This is timely for our World Communion Sunday, as World Communion is about Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. For this coming Sunday, we have prepared some pieces of international music: a reminder that we should be united, in order to work toward a better future for our community. Come and join us!


Interim Music Director
We are excited to present songs this Sunday that celebrate World Communion. Paul Doughty will be leading the band again this Sunday for the service. LOGOS has kicked off wonderfully, and we have decided on the song we will be presenting in the future for service. Take a moment and listen to Rescuer by Rend Collective so that we can support our LOGOS youth in their endeavor of learning more about worship arts.

God bless!

Interim Director of Contemporary Music
When I read Psalm 81 recently, I noticed it had an unusual twist. In addition to the familiar calls to sing aloud to God, shout for joy, sound the tambourine, lyre and harp, it claimed that this was a statute for Israel and had been since the time of Joseph. A statute? That makes praising God through music sound like a pretty important act. The Psalm then reminds Israel that it had ignored God's voice, and implies that carrying out the statute would actually help Israel to listen better. I'm no Bible scholar, but I imagine that this is because after singing about all that God has done, and that He has an awesome ability to do more in the future, it's a lot easier to be ready to listen for God's voice!

The Band has been practicing music from around the world, which we are excited to share with you this upcoming World Communion Sunday. Please join us in singing and shouting and sounding instruments to God's glory. And let's join with people around the world at his table as we listen for God's voice. 


Interim Co-Director of Contemporary Music
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!
Fall Church Clean-up!
Make It a Beautiful Day!
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.
Christian Education
Weekly Bible Study
Are you interested in delving a bit deeper into the Bible? Are you looking for some companions on your journey of faith? Come as you are, there are no prerequisites. We discern and discuss new Bible passages every Wednesday, 10:00 am . Questions? Please contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.
Mission Ministry
Mission Ministry Looking Forward!
You are invited Wednesday, October 10 , 7:00 pm , as we look at mission plans for Ark and Dove in 2019! Like to learn more? Cheryl Schafer, csscas@verizon.net
Winter Relief: October 15 through October 22
Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. 
- Proverbs 22:9

Please share your gifts with our guests! We just confirmed the shower location and are in need of drivers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. We, also, could still use food/supplies, as well as hosts for: overnight; to show radical hospitality all week; Sunday the 21st; morning and night drivers; setup help on the 14th; setup help on the 23rd; intake team members; laundry team lead; and a helper for Wednesday the 17th. Please see the signups in the lobby to sign on! Questions? Contact Ylonda Fauntleroy (yfauntleroy@gmail.com), Debbie Saylor (saylordeb@yahoo.com), co-team leaders, or Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net), Mission Elder.
Promote Peace in Anne Arundel County
Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in all ways. -2 Thessalonians 3:16

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. That is what we have done with our ACT listening sessions and relational meetings. 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. All of this offering will go directly to ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together. Blessed are the peacemakers.  Please give generously as we promote peace in Anne Arundel County. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, Cheryl Schafer, csscas@verizon.net.
Isn't Being a Good Person Enough?
On Sunday, September 23, some of us went to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis to attend a talk by Debbie Irving, author of Waking Up White. She posed the question that she struggled with herself: “I’m a good person, isn’t that enough?” And during the course of her talk and the discussions we had with one another, we came to see the folly of that belief.

Many facts came out from the presentation, some of which were either not well known or had not been known before. For example, she explained how it was that black World War II veterans were, for the most part, denied access to the GI Bill’s education and mortgage loan provisions. This, in large part, impacted efforts to build wealth and achieve intergenerational mobility for black veterans and their descendants. It also played a role in residential segregation, which impacted educational opportunities.

At times during the three-hour event, we discussed aspects of racism in small groups, including how it has personally affected so many people. It is likely that everyone who attended came away with a better understanding of how racism is systemic and how even well-intentioned beliefs can perpetuate racism.   

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
Make Your Reservations Today!
Friendly Seniors will be meeting at on October 13 at Rinconcito Mexicano for lunch and to hear Karen Dodson talk about her career. Please let Joan Berry (410-672-5237, berry962@verizon.net ) know no later than October 10 so reservations can be made.
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.
Candidates' Forums for Delegates and Maryland Senate
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Ylonda Fauntleroy's granddaughter and Michelle Schoonmaker's niece, Wren; Declan Steward's mother, Cynny; Donna Hahn; Al Furlow; Charlotte and Mike Davie; Jay Olson; Mary Beckwith; 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; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Jason Ziegler; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie, Richard and Jennifer 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; Christy Hipchen’s cousin, Corey; David Michels; Dakota Miller; Clarence Scott; Marlene and Doug DeHaven; Mike Stefanick; Jerry Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; and Matthew Fellows.

PRAYERS OF JOY AND THANKSGIVING go out to the Ziegler and Odom families on the marriage of Don and Peggi Ziegler’s daughter Colleen to Robert Odom.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Hug and Morotti families on the death of Dolly Morotti.

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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