The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

Care for Creation Sunday, 10:00 am!

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Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

As Christians we do often face dilemmas, and certainly we are in the midst of many. Last night at a Zoom meeting of the Mission Ministry, we were heartened to learn that the CAP ( Christian Assistance Program ) in Severn is open again and assisting hungry families. The dilemma is they are not accepting food items from churches, so they are limited by what they get from the Maryland Food Bank . The Mission Ministry has decided that we will, for the short term, partner with the Kingdom Celebration Center (which meets in the same space we met in from 1992 to 1995) as well as CAP.  Therefore we are now receiving canned and dry goods at the church.  Kingdom Celebration Center is launching a new weekly Wednesday food give away in Meade Village until COVID-19 passes. Now we don't want anyone making extra trips to the grocery store--stay safe. But if you happen to be the designated shopper and you are out, please buy extra if you can. We are definitely learning of families that are low on or out of food. You can place the items by the front door at your convenience, and the next person with a key will bring them in. There is a hand sanitizing center inside the front door for those who move things inside.  Alternatively, we have set up special giving opportunities on our website Food Pantries and or by texting an amount followed by food to 410-983-3481.

A very huge thank you to the many mask makers in or related to our congregation.  I know of two sisters in particular who have made over 200 masks, and they are still going!!  Together we are near 400. The latest word is that we need about half the masks made to fit children. We will get our next update on needs tonight after 5:30 pm.

Looking forward to Live Stream Worship this Sunday and very grateful for the many tech savvy people at Ark and Dove!

Peace of Christ,

Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

On Earth Day, this week, I shared an illustrated poem called When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner with several of our children during our Zoom games and Bible lesson time. After several stanzas about the creatures God made, the poem ends with this:

So use every gift, every talent or schtick.
Make the world better with your God-given trick.

Bring smiles to faces, show love and good graces
to those who need hope in all different places.

Discover a star, a planet, or moon,
or help keep a forest from dying too soon.

Save a whale, hug a tree, protect every bee.
Recycle, repurpose, reject apathy.

'Cause all of creation whispers God's story--
the mountain, the ocean, the blue morning glory,
the raindrops, the sunshine,
the grapes on the grapevine.
With nature, God gives us a glimpse of divine.

After I read this poem, I asked the children to name something on earth for which they are thankful. Every answer was great, but one stuck with me. One child said that they are thankful for our church. I am thankful for this church and all that it is doing to connect and care. In so many ways, you live out the lines from Turner's poem. In this time, you are especially living this one:

Bring smiles to faces, show love and good graces
to those who need hope in all different places.

Yes, we are in different places and each of us in need of Easter hope. Thank you for bringing it.

Verse and Prayer
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”
- Luke 24 :30-34 30
Living God, on the first day of the week
you brought to birth a new creation
through the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Fill us with the hope and joy of new beginnings,
so that we may share the good news
of your liberating, life-giving power
with all the world;
through Christ our Savior, who is alive
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and always.
For prelude music, I'll be playing a simple, but lovely arrangement of Conrad Kocher's  For the Beauty of the Earth, arranged by Victor Labenske. As we continue our celebration of the season of Easter, I am most excited to hear Kim Champagne, Karen Dodson and Wendy Wellington present Sandi Patty's composition, Was It a Morning Like This? from her 1986 album, Morning Like This. We hope you find joy in our creation through some of the music we present on the livestream.


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  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 7
Care for Creation Sunday
10:00 am Care for Creation Service Bulletin
All are invited to join livestream worship at 10:00 am.

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Midweek Prayer
Join us for brief services of prayer, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm. This is a great way to end your day, with a time of reflection, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Connect on Zoom, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8pm:
Parent Group
Parent Group on Zoom
Tonight! Our Parent Group will be meeting via Zoom on tonight, Friday, April 24, 6:30 pm . If you're looking to chat with other families with children age 0 to high school, join in!
Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 25 and May 2
We will be holding spring cleanup at Ark and Dove this Saturday, April 25, and May 2. Even though we can’t all come together to clean as a group, we can get the church grounds looking good for spring. We will be maintaining physical distancing by only having one family gardening at a time. Please consider signing up for a time slot to come as a single family or individual to make our flower beds ready for when we can meet in person again. Sign up HERE. Questions? Please contact Autumn Vernon, Facilities Elder,
A sincere thank you to the Howe family for the amazing paint work!
Christian Education
Children and Youth Zoom Games and Bible Lessons
We hope children and youth will join us for our opportunities to play zoom games and share lessons of faith.

  • Senior High Fellowship, Sunday @ 5 pm
  • Middle School Fellowship, Tuesday @ 5:30 pm
  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade, Wednesday @ 5 pm

Please check your e-mail for the zoom links. For security reasons, we will not post them publicly. Any questions? Email Pastor Jon ( or Julie Devers (
Adult Education Opportunities
Book Club
Need to escape the walls of your home? Join us our book club! In May, we will be reading Sarah Blake's Naamah, a re-imagining of the Flood Narrative from Genesis. Contact Pastor Jon if you are in:
Discipleship in Unsettling Times
Are you struggling with what it might mean to follow Jesus through a global pandemic? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who led and taught during the rise of Nazi power, is a help to us. Beginning May 7, we are reading through Bonhoeffer's classic book, Discipleship. The study will be offered 10-11 am on Zoom. (There is current interest that may move us to offer a 7-8 pm session as well.) Please contact Pastor Jon ( or Kim Champagne ( if you have not already indicated interest. We will also find the book for you.
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.
Healing Through Grief During Quarantine
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim and I will be co-facilitating the next  Healing through Grief group on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm as a Zoom meeting. The Healing through Grief small group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, whether it is recent or a long time ago. While quarantining during Covid-19, many have found grieving for lost loved ones, even from years ago, a difficult thing to bear. If you know a neighbor or co-worker who is grieving, invite them to join us.
Let me know if you have the slightest inclination to attend, so that we can send you the link to the Zoom meeting. If you change your mind later, no problem. Also, let me know if you have not used Zoom before, so that we can provide you with some information in advance.

Any questions, please contact Pastor Tim Stern ( / 410-674-6400) Linnie Girdner ( / 410-999-7892). Let's be there for one another in this new way of healing through grief. If you need to talk with someone prior to that date, feel free to give me a call or contact your Deacon.
Light House Homeless Prevention
Introducing Light House
Before COVID-19 took root in the US, our mission team was getting ready to introduce our partnership with Light House. They are a homeless prevention support center that take a holistic approach. They provide emergency shelter for families and individuals, as well as medium term affordable housing options. They also provide job training in the culinary arts and building trades, which comes with certificates, case management and workforce preparation. Beyond that they also offer support services to the community at large. This includes everything from access to meals, showers, laundry, and computers to services like housing and medical billing assistance. Further information can be found at .

I had the chance to visit several months ago and was treated to a tour of a beautiful facility, thoughtfully planned for the comfort of all their clients. More importantly every system is built with the understanding that all humans ought to be treated with dignity and respect. - Christina Cosio ,
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bruce and Debbie Arey; Sue Hanburger's sister-in-law, Susan; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Mark Johnson, Sr.; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Daryl Sensenig; Amy Grimm’s sister and grandparents; Joan and Merlin Berry; Adell Gaurin; John Rolewicz; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, and granddaughter, Sarah; Ellen Makar’s uncle, Carl Erickson; Barbara Reynold’s sister-in-law, Kay Campbell; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Debbie Saylor’s two friends and her uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman and Laura’s friend; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers, Shane and Aubrey Ard and Ashley Ruble; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh and Lori Henninger and Lori Johnson; Amanda Wehage’s father, Dave; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd, cousin, Judy and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis, and Jim Zaranosky; Margaret’s friend, Kim Nolet; Michelle Schoonmaker's friend Amaris Wallace; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace and Skip; Michelle Schoonmaker’s friends, Everly and Emilia Stugart; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jane Biondolillo’s sister; Tracy Churchill’s friend, Tammy; Lou Kareha’s friend, Nellie Eboli: Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the Nelson and Correa families, upon the death of Pastor Jon’s grandmother, Peggy.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Goldberg and Cooper families on the death of Amy’s grandfather, Aaron Cooper.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Demange and Fox family on the death of Sarah Fox’s brother, Ryan Nicholas Demange, who died from COVID-19.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Tomassoni and Dewey families upon the death of Sam Dewey's cousin, Mike.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Mark Edwards; Becca Debus’ high school friend and his mother; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa, Ylonda Fauntleroy’s friends, Omar, Angelique and Lizzie; Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio; and Chris and Kaylee Wilson.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who have died from COVID-19: Diane Johnson’s neighbor, Ronnie; Paula Grigg’s friend Tim Cote’s sister, Bonnie; and Fred Barrow’s friend, Rex Ridenhower.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for those experiencing domestic abuse; those who are furloughed or laid off; and for the children who are feeling lonely because they miss their friends and loved ones.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING for those making and distributing masks.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING from Kelly Burnett whose uncle and aunt, Tim and Fran Shaw, have both been released from the hospital to recover from injuries.

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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