E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove

You're invited to celebrate the Third Sunday after Epiphany at both the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 am Contemporary Worship Service, where we will continue our preaching series on the Six Great Ends of the Church focusing on the Preservation of the Truth


Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I want to put my word in on the upcoming Blues Brothers Concert in our sanctuary on Saturday, February 4.  I want you to be aware that all of the musicians are professionals and have performed in venues as diverse as Broadway and the Howard Theater.  I am looking forward to the event, and I am excited that The Adam Levowitz Orchestra will  help us with the Youth Mission Trip and Youth Ministry summer programming.

I hope you will attend our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 29 at 5:45 pm.  One important item of business will be to hear the final recommendations from our Long Range Planning Team for our next three years of ministry together.  This plan has been created after extensive participation from well over 125 people in our church.  The Congregational Meeting will be preceded by a pot luck dinner, which will begin promptly at 5:00 PM.

It was exciting to meet with the leadership team from Communidad Presbyterian La Trinidad last week and get an update on all the ministry that is being accomplished in the Hispanic Community in Anne Arundel County by our new Minister the Rev. Migde Lucas.  Pastor Lucas will be worshiping with us on Sunday, January 29, and he will speak about his work in two forums -- one at about 11:00 AM and the other immediately after 11:00 AM worship.   I hope you will come to one of these forums to learn about this new ministry, which Ark and Dove is supporting. 
Peace of Christ, 
Pastor Tim 


Sunday, January 29, 5:45 pm  
To be preceded by a potluck dinner at 5:00 pm   

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. - 2 Timothy 4:1-4

You inclined your ear and heard my cry, and lifted me when I was low. Strengthen me for service as I carry your light in the world. Amen.

Jesus, fill me with your peace, that I may be strengthened to the end and find my rest in you. Amen.

Lord, Jesus Christ, You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Hear our prayer for truth and integrity in all segments of society today.  May the truth be spoken by us and affirmed in others.  May we be as truthful as we expect our leaders to be, but also help us to hold our leaders accountable. Wherever relationships or the common good are weakened by deception or hypocrisy, grant us the perception and discernment we need to help others understand the truth.  Strengthen good Christian character among us, and help us to engage in thoughtful and respectful dialogue.  May your Spirit of Truth fashion minds and hearts, open to a moral integrity, so strong that both words and actions can be trusted.  This is our prayer in your name. Amen.



This Sunday, we have a special guest musician! David Degge will be back to play the dulcimer! Don't worry - he will be playing at both services, and it is sure to be as special as it always is.

A reminder that for anyone interested in singing Mozart's "Requiem" with us, we will begin those rehearsals on February 2nd, from 8-8:30 in the sanctuary.


Be on the lookout for a very special announcement from our youth this Sunday, January 22, in honor of the upcoming Youth Fundraiser, the Blues Brothers Songbook in concert!  - on February 4, 2016.  Don't delay in getting your tickets today!

God Bless,


and Per Capita. Many opportunities await you!

Youth Fundraiser

THE BLUES BROTHERS SOUNDTRACK Ark and Dove's upcoming fundraising event -- in support of our youth mission and ministry summer programming -- is on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm.  Please buy your tickets today!  We need to sell at least 100 more tickets for the show to go on. 
The Adam Levowitz Orchestra
The Blues Brothers Soundtrack
A Live Music Rhythm and Blues Review
All the hit songs
from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Tickets are $20/person and profits from ticket sales will support our youth as they participate in mission trips and the GenOn Summit this summer. Come out and enjoy great music in support of a great cause--our youth! If you are planning to go, please buy your tickets now! They are available at church or online

PER CAPITA SPECIAL OFFERING Ark and Dove pays per capita to the Presbytery of Baltimore every year to support the programs of Presbytery and the General Assembly. For 2017 the fee is $35.00 per adult member.  Each member is encouraged to assist with this amount.      


If you would like to bless us with your gift of reading, we will be having a New Lay Reader Training, on Monday, January 30th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. There will be a signup sheet in the lobby. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Saylor at debsaylor1@aol.com.   
Outreach and Connection

NEW MEMBERS' AND INQUIRERS' CLASS Saturday, January 28, 8:30am thru 12:30pm. Please join us for a New Members' and Inquirers' Class 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 you 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 in the lobby, or email Donna Anderson, Outreach and Connection Elder, donna.anderson30@aol.com.          

YOU ARE INVITED ... to an information sharing meeting about the following Youth & Young Adult Opportunities for this coming Summer:

* Habitat for Humanity - June 25th - 30th 
This trip is for High Schoolers aged 16 + thru Young Adults

* Vacation Bible School - July 9th - 13th 
FUN for ALL Ark & Dove members & friends

* GenOn Youth Summit - July 16th - 22nd 
This trip is for youth finishing 8th grade through college aged Young Adults

* The Center in Baltimore - August 2nd- 4th  
This trip is for youth in grades 6-10
The meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22nd after the 2nd service in the Marshall Room (@ approximately 12:15pm). 
Parents/Guardians - We hope that you will also plan to attend so that you're aware of all the fun activities being planned and the fundraising opportunities to reduce costs!  
YOUTH BAGGED LUNCHES The High School Youth Group is working with The Light House in Annapolis to provide lunches for the residents of their shelter and housing program, as well as hungry persons of the community. On January 22, the youth are making 50 bagged lunches. We need the following items to fill the bags:
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Sliced cheese: Swiss, cheddar, provolone or muenster
  • Sandwich meat: Ham and Roast Beef
  • All natural peanut butter and preserves
  • Healthy snacks: applesauce cups (100% fruit), nut/raisin/trail mix, carrots/celery sticks, energy bars
  • Water bottles
  • Fruit cups (100% fruit and fruit juice sweetened)
Please drop off food by 5:00 pm Sunday! If you're interested in donating an item or two (jgnelson1985@gmail.com), please contact Pastor Jon.   
Outreach and Connections

SENIORS PLAY AND PLAN Tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, at 11am, the Senior Group will have a "brown bag luncheon" to select a name and plan future events. Please bring your ideas and any contact information for future events to the luncheon. We hope to have the memoir "publishers' panel" in February. See you then. Questions? Please contact Joan Berry, 410-672-5237, berry962@verizon.net, or Frances Keyes, 410-874-7253 frkeyes1005@gmail.com. 
Chaos or Community

TRUTH-TELLING WITH LOVE "If we are not in trouble, we are not living like Jesus." These words were spoken by Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, the Stated Clerk of Presbyterian Church USA, in his sermon about race and justice to the Presbytery of Baltimore on MLK Day, entitled Now What? Where do we go from here, chaos or community?  He preached that "reality is here today, because we have been asleep" and summoned us to live lives of "prophetic resurrection."  Acknowledging that shaking things up comes at a cost, he reassured us that there are also gains to living out our faith in this way. Especially churches of privilege often lack the courage to rock the boat and we need to overcome our fear to be able to carry out what Jesus calls all of us to do.  Rev. Nelson used stories to show us how truth-telling with love may not turn a person around right away, but when that seed is planted, God has a plan on how it can grow in ways we often will never know. Where shall we, at Ark and Dove, go from here? Linnie Girdner, co-facilitator Antiracism team, lkgirdner@comcast.net.

Adult Ed Small Groups


What does it mean to call yourself a Christian? Christianity is a widely diverse religion. So, what are the essentials? In a four week course, we are discussing the basics: Bible, baptism, communion, and prayer. Following Rowan Williams' short book Being Christian, we will discuss some of the essentials of Christianity. This is a class for those of us wondering what Christian faith is about and for those who want to get back to the basics. The course will be led by Betsy Baer at 11 am on Sunday mornings starting February 5. Please see Pastor Betsy (bbaer1216@aol.com) or Pastor Jon (jgnelson19852gmail.com). Books will be available soon for $6. 

THE SPIRITED SISTERS SMALL GROUP is continuing the Women of the Bible DVD series. Each session of this study stands on its own, so please come even if you haven't come before. Kim Champagne will lead our discussions of Mary of Bethany, Martha, and The Syrophoenician Woman on January 14 and 28, and February 11. We meet from 9-10:30 am in the Marshall Room. We always begin by connecting in sistership. 
Prayer Concerns

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Zach Murray; Lance Bergersen; Ann Hirschy; Rob Yeager's mother; Dot Bruno; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; Joe and Ann Devers; Laura Talbert; Laurie Barrow and her mother; Fred Barrow's nephew, Sam Jackson; Nora Chidlow; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Mary Benson; Mary Benson's nephew, Peter; Dot Forloines; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's parents, Paul and Mimi Marchand; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara; Pat Stanton's aunt, Evelyn, and uncle, Hallie Hawn; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Janet Dabbs' sister, Diane Maloy; Preston Ritchie; Alden Carlson; Paul Doughty's mother, Ruth; the Brown family, friends of Sue and Hank Hanburger; Ben Bradley; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Claire Henderson's friend, Ginger Manning; Laurie Barrrow's sister-in-law Victoria and her niece; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the improved health of Ron Stanton's mother. 
THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Barrow and Beckwith families on the death of Laurie Barrow's father, Donald Charles Beckwith. 
THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Leturnsky and Davie families on the death of Charlotte and Mike Davie's neighbor, Carl Leturnsky.          
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.    
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