World Communion this Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate and take part in World Communion this Sunday
at both 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,

This Sunday we celebrate World Communion. When we gather around the table, we recognize that we are in relation to communities communing in a similar fashion all around the world. Easy it is to forget or ignore the fact that we are connected to Christians in eating and drinking at Christ's table. We are not only separated in space, but we are also divided by many beliefs and practices. On World Communion, we remind ourselves of our relation in anticipation of a greater communion.

It is fitting, then, that this week we have opportunity to give to the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This year all contributions to this offering will go in support of Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT). ACT, as you may know, has been doing the work that world communion anticipates. Several churches, though they disagree over belief and practice, agree to be in relation to one another for the purpose of peace and justice in our county. ACT builds relationships among congregations and faith organizations to effect change. ACT has changed things in our schools, neighborhoods, and local government. The work has only begun. Please support such work in giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering this Sunday.

There are many ways to connect in this congregation. We began a few of them this last week, with LOGOS and Bible Study. (You are still welcome to join!) This coming week, I want to remind you that we are kicking off our children's choirs on Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon is also a chance to learn about the roots of our immigration crisis. Sunday evening, high school youth group continues 5-7 pm at church.

Please let us know if you are looking for a way to connect and commune.

Peace,

Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God. And so we are.
-1 John 3:1
God our Loving Parent: As children of God we pray for the witness of the church: in every local congregation, may worship be offered reverently and faithfully, faith be deepened and strengthened, and ministry bring healing and hope. And in the church universal, O God, may the gospel be so clearly proclaimed and compellingly demonstrated that people will come from east and west and north and south to sit at table...and to see what love God has given us that we should be called children of God...and so we are, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
-John B. Rogers Jr.
For World Communion Sunday, the service will be enriched with music from other cultures and in other languages. The choral introit will be heard in Portuguese and English and hails from the Brazilian composer, Louis Marcelo Illenseer. Its poly-rhythmic melody has some similarities to Leonard Bernstein America. For the musical offering, the choir will be singing Bonse Aba, a celebratory riot of a Zambian folk song arranged by Victor Johnson. The text loosely translates to "Those who sing have the right to be called the children of God."

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Children's Choir!
Children's choirs this Sunday, October 6th ! Both in the Marshall Room.

  • Dove Choir (K-Grade 2) 12:00-12:30
  • Joyful Noise Choir (Grades 3-5) 12:30-1pm

Our theme is Around the World ! No previous experience is necessary!
LOGOS is in full swing! It's great to get back to working on our youth worship arts. October 20th is the first Sunday where our kids will get a chance to practice what they are learning in LOGOS about worship arts and leadership. I am calling for the LOGOS middle school kids to be present for the 11 am service and arrive at 10 am to practice. Thank you!

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!
TEXT 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.

This offering will go to Anne Arundel County Connecting Together (ACT) to promote peace in Anne Arundel County--
text peace after the amount.
Outreach and Connection
There's room for a few more volunteers! Share information about our church programs with the community at Odenton Day on Saturday, October 5th. Choose any time slot between 9 am to 2 pm to sit at our booth. Please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com or see the sign-up sheet.
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.
Great job to the 24 Ark & Dovers who biked to church last week! We avoided driving 68 miles, which saved 2 3/4 gallons of gas, and kept 1 ounce of CO2 out of the atmosphere. We burned about 2,000 calories collectively. Plus it was fun! Make sure you get a star or flower reflective sticker for your bike or helmet. Thank you! Ellen Makar, eemakar@aol.com
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. ACT was instrumental in accelerating the testing schedule to test lead in the water for all of AAC’s public schools. ACT won on supporting three fair housings bills that were passed for AAC. A new basketball court is now at Woodside Gardens following ACT’s work with the residents.  More air conditioning units and hot water units at Woodside have also been replaced. County Executive Steuart Pittman and Mayor Gavin Buckley have signed onto Do Not Stand Idly By , a gun violence reduction campaign. The County Executive has even gone a step further by joining a consortium of leaders to expand safe gun technology. A major campaign on health and the environment is also being planned. ACT is effectively working to positively change the lives of the residents of AAC. 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. csscas@verizon.net.
Mission
The Genesis of Exodus: The Roots of Central American Migration
Join us this Sunday, 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 Mission Elder Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net) for more information.
CANNED VEGETABLES--sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc.! Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations!
Refugees and Asylum Information Session
Susan Krehbiel, Associate for Refugees and Asylum at Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Social Justice Consultant for the Presbytery of Baltimore, is coming to Ark and Dove on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00. This is an opportunity for all who are interested in learning more about who the asylum seekers are and how we might minister to them. Please see this link from Presbyterian Mission Agency for more information. Questions? Please contact Debbie Arey at debarey@hotmail.com.
Winter Relief Is Coming, October 14-21, to Ark and Dove
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. God is calling all of us at Ark and Dove to share with our winter relief guests. Please sign up to show our guests radical hospitality, make meals, drive, stay overnight, help with setting up the church, resetting the church after winter relief, supplies and intake. Sign-ups are in the lobby. If you have any questions please contact Ylonda Fauntleroy and Debbie Saylor.
Antiracism
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
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.
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 spricegibson@hotmail.com.
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. Pastor Jon will teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . October 8, 22, 29, 7:30 to 9 pm . Please contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) for more information.
Beginner's Bible
Tuesdays , 7pm, continues through November 12 ( except for October 15 because of Winter Relief ). Ark and Dove room . Still time to join the group! Sign-up in the lobby! Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information.
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.
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, 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.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for 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; Sara and Stephen Kasulke; 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; 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, 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; 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; a sister with lymphoma; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Lohr and Crane families on the death of Arlyce’s brother, Del Crane.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to Lizzie, who is mourning the loss of her mother.

PRAYERS FOR LOVE, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE go out to those suffering depression.

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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