Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive September 13, 2019
Our music this Sunday, September 15,  includes a new-to-us hymn for the introit, A Woman With a Coin by Fred Kimball Graham. Caroline Price-Gibson recommended this to us, and we hope to sing it as a congregation soon. The offertory is both a church choir classic and a modern work, In This Very Room, by Carol and Ron Harris. We'll also hear a few different versions of Amazing Grace in the prelude and postlude, as well as in congregational song.
 
We had a wonderful choir kick-off celebration on Thursday. If you are still interested in joining choir, it's not too late! Just speak to Margaret after service.
 
Peace,
 
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Band rehearsals have begun! Tuesday night we had an excellent practice with some newcomers who are excited to join the band and help lead worship each week. If you have any interest in joining us, please don't hesitate to come to a rehearsal or contact me. No musical experience needed! We meet on Tuesday evenings, at 7 pm, in the sanctuary. We would love to have you join!
 
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. Questions? Please contact Alta Paronto, church treasurer, alparonto@gmail.com; or Wendy Wellington, swt520@verizon.net
 
Disaster recovery assistance in the Bahamas following hurricane Dorian--
text disaster after the amount.
 
This offering will go to Anne Arundel County Connecting Together (ACT) to promote peace in Anne Arundel County--
text peace after the amount.
 
 
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 this Tuesday, September 17, 6pm to learn more about Logos and how you can get involved.
 
Outreach and Connection
Sight and Sound Reservations
SUNDAY is the day to pay for your reservation (@ $62.10) to come with us to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA on Friday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. performing of Miracle of Christmas. There will be someone between services and after the 11 a.m. service on Sept. 15 to facilitate this. Although Friendly Seniors is sponsoring this, everyone is invited! So, bring a friend or family member. We plan to carpool, so let us know if you are willing to drive and how many extra people you can take. Want to come, but forgot your cash or check (made out to Joan C. Berry)? You can still get the money to Joan (berry962@verizon.net or 410-672-5237) before the end of September, as reservation cut off for S&S is Oct. 1!
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
Bike to Church Day is September 29!
If you have a bike, are in good health, and can get up a little earlier, consider riding your bike to church! Now is the time to plan your route, make sure your bike is in good working order, and find your helmet. Ask a neighbor / buddy to join you. Select a safe route--use proper road crossings, ride on the shoulders or designated bike routes. I have found the Google Maps bike option works very well. Questions? Ellen Makar, eemakar@aol.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, November 2, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Sign-up on the bulletin board or please contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.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
The Peace and Global Witness Offering supports and provides the tools and resources, as we join together with other faith organizations as active peacemakers in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) is an active community organization of organizations. By working together, we build community power so everyone's voice can be heard.  All of the donations from the Peace and Global Witness Offering goes directly to supporting ACT. Let us offer the Peace of Christ at all times and in all ways. Peace for our world, our community, our church, our family, and ourselves. Thank you for your support: if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot! Blessed are the peacemakers. Please give generously. Peace, Mission Elder Cheryl Schafer (csscas@verizon.net)
 
Adult Christian Education
Book Club
We will have a face-to-face discussion of Toni Morrison's book, Beloved, this Sunday, 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 this Tuesday, 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.
 
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!
 
Antiracism and Social Equity
Remembrance and Reconciliation and
Shout-out to Tori Saylor
 
Henry Davis, John Sims, George Briscoe, Wright Smith and King Johnson are five known victims of racial terror lynchings in Anne Arundel County between 1875 and 1911. On Saturday, September 7th, Connecting the Dots Anne Arundel County, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project dedicated a Remembrance and Reconciliation historical marker recognizing the lynchings of these 5 men. Community leaders spoke about the need to acknowledge the past, in order to recognize how it plays out today. 
 
Each year EJI sponsors essay contests for high school students in counties where EJI is placing historical markers to memorialize victims of lynching. Students in grades 9-12 enter essays about our nation’s history of racial inequality, and the winners are announced in conjunction with the dedication of the marker in their county. Each contest provides at least $5,000 in scholarships for college. Ark and Dove is proud to announce that Victoria Saylor was awarded an honorable mention. Through her essay, Victoria demonstrated her understanding of the inequities and injustices that have historically been perpetrated against black people, while further exemplifying how these practices persist today: it is only through remembrance and reconciliation that we can look to a future with hope for justice for all.
 
See more about Saturday’s event on EJI’s website and in the Capital Gazette. For more on Connecting the Dots Remembrance and Reconciliation Project’s plans see this video interview on The Arundel Report. The marker was only a beginning. If you are interested in attending a meeting of Connecting the Dots, please contact Linnie Girdner at girdnerlinda@gmail.com or Debbie Arey at debarey@hotmail.com.
 
Pictured: Debbie Arey (far left); Jan Hof, Linnie Girdner and Anthony Saylor (far right). Not shown, but in attendance: Debbie Saylor, Bruce Arey, and Tim Stern.
Dismantle Racism
Although we never stopped our actions to dismantle racism, we have missed our banners, which went kaput in a storm some time back. Thank you to Lori Kronser for cleaning the banners, so they are bright as new! And thanks to Mike Davie and Jan Hof for their great success in getting secure frames to support them. People honked in agreement of the banners’ message, as they drove by when Mike and Jan were putting them up.