E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

This Sunday, October 22nd! 25 Years of Ark and Dove! Two special services at 9:30 and 11:00 am, as well and our 25th Silver Anniversary Dinner, 6:00 pm. Time to celebrate! 

Dear Friends,  
I want to extend my thanks to all of you who participated in extending hospitality to the men who are homeless, through our partnership with Winter Relief and Arundel House of Hope.  It was a truly wonderful week of Christian service to the community.  Deb Saylor, and Cheryl Schafer, our very organized and dedicated team leaders, and Christine Caufield Noll, our Mission Elder, did a terrific job of leading us through the week.  Well over 100 Ark and Dove members and friends provided hundreds and hundreds of hours of acts of mission, mercy and justice.  The men offered a very warm thanks and signed a card that is posted in the lobby. 

Your generosity and hospitality at Winter Relief is just one of many things we will celebrate this Sunday on our 25th Anniversary.  You truly are a wonderful congregation.  I hope you will make every effort to be in worship.
Peace of Christ,
Pastor Tim


Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,  
During a time of prayerful reflection at the end of our Session meeting this week, a few of our leaders expressed thanksgiving for the many ways Ark and Dove is extending into our community and meeting needs. Just in this month alone, we've been supporting men without homes through Winter Relief, families in need at Sarah's House, Habitat for Humanity houses, Hispanic families through our Communidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad, AA County through IAF, a refugee family, people needing financial assistance and more. We are not a church focused on ourselves. We are a church that is empowered with the Spirit of God to go out into the world with mercy and love. I am also thankful for this as we celebrate 25 years of ministry.

With 25 wonderful years of mission and ministry at Ark and Dove to stand on, we now look forward to coming years. My prayer is that we are so moved by the ministry of this place that we will be compelled to more acts of mission in our community. My hope is that our worship, music, Christian education, small groups and fellowship will inspire us to love God in deeper ways that our love for others might be wider. I look forward to celebrating these 25 years of ministry with you this weekend. May it inspire us to live fully into 25 more.
Jon Nelson 


...I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young ones shall see visions,
    and your old ones shall dream dreams. 
-Acts 2:17
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. - Philippians 4:4-5 
God of love: You have set before us, Ark and Dove Church, your dream for this world. We have sought to make your dream our reality. Inspire us now again, to new visions of your future. Give us courage to live into this future. We are grateful you have brought us all together. In our gratitude, may go out into the world with grace. Amen.  
Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this congregation. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Book of Common Worship 

Many opportunities await you!


I look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary with you all! The music for this Sunday rivals that of Easter. We have brass, we have a combined piece with the adult choir, band and the children's choir, and at the dinner on Sunday night, we continue our celebration with choir, band, and Mark and I collaborating on music together. You won't want to miss it. We will begin our 9:30 service with a very special Prelude that you will also not want to miss, so please arrive just a couple of minutes before 9:30 to catch it!
Very excited to celebrate with you! 

Ark and Dove at Odenton Elementary School, circa 1992  


PRELUDE: PLEDGING TO THE NEXT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS Why do we pledge? Each year, in the fall, we ask the congregation to make their "pledge" to Ark and Dove, but we seldom discuss "why" we pledge. Pledging allows the Session to forecast the expected financial support over the next year, so that we can plan for our many ministries. When we want to improve the Sunday School curriculum, start a new mission ministry, purchase music for services or even just keep the lights on at the church, it requires a steady stream of income, and prayerful planning by the Session, to maintain Ark and Dove.
When we make a pledge - like the pledge to defend the constitution, or the pledge of wedding vows - we also commit ourselves to something larger. In this case, it's a commitment to Ark and Dove and the good that it provides for our congregation and the community. Your pledge not only supports our current ministries, but also allows the Session to grow new ministries, like our Stephen Ministry, refugee support, and participation in the Anne Arundel County Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) - part of the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizing institutions. The pledges we make to Ark and Dove provide resources and affirm our commitment to transform our faith into living actions that impact our church, our community and our world. As we begin our next twenty-five years of Ark and Dove, these new community-based ministries are a wonderful Prelude of what we can become. Steve Debus, Discipleship Elder, steven.debus89@gmail.com

HARPIST JOSH LAYNE MASTERCLASS AND CONCERT Canadian "harp genius" Josh Layne will present an exciting evening of virtuosic harp solos on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. He will also conduct a 4:30 p.m. masterclass prior to the concert. Please email anpike16@yahoo.com for ticket information.    

LOCAL ADVOCACY WITH THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOUNDATION (IAF) In the fall of 2017, Ark and Dove joined with other Anne Arundel county faith and civic groups to become an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) network. This as of yet unnamed Anne Arundel coalition seeks to harness the collective power of religious and civic groups to create positive social change and hold local leaders accountable. Other local IAF groups are located in Howard (PATH) and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City (BUILD) and are making a positive impact in those communities. Please visit the IAF website at http://www.industrialareasfoundation.org/# and contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, or Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com, for more information about this exciting initiative.  
CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY 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!         
Adult Christian Education

SEEKING REFUGE SMALL BOOK GROUP This fall we will resume our book study Seeking Refuge from last spring. This will take place on Tuesdays, 10/24, 11/7 and 11/14, 7pm. Those who did not attend the group in the spring can still join the group. You can order the book online. Questions? Please RSVP, Debbie Arey, debarey@hotmail.com.       

Outreach and Connection

CALLING ALL MEN! You are invited to the Nautilus Diner in Crofton at 8:00 am tomorrow, October 21 for a delicious breakfast, great fellowship, and a thought-provoking presentation by our own Chris Wilkins! Chris will be sharing his experiences about his time in the military, including his experiences in Vietnam. For those of us who've watched the Ken Burn's Vietnam series recently, this will be a great opportunity to hear from someone who actually was there in this pivotal time in our country's history. Please respond if you are coming, so we know how many tables to put together! This replaces the breakfast event we planned for this Saturday, October 7, which we postponed because of the planned church cleanup. Because of this postponement, we are planning to also postpone our visit to Annapolis, previously scheduled for November 7, for later in November. Hope to see you on October 21! Paul Doughty, padough@verizon.net
NEW MEMBERS INQUIRERS CLASS Please join us for the  New Members Inquirer's Class on Saturday, October 28 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!  Please sign up in the lobby signup or by contacting Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.  
FRIENDLY SENIORS PLUS Friendly Seniors, and anyone else who wants to come, plan to take Frances Keyes out to lunch at the Nautilus Diner, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00 pm.  Frances was a key person in starting Friendly Seniors and the one who made things happen in the church for her husband, Spence, when he was our worship elder.  So, come and give Frances a lunch and a good time.  Reservations will be needed at the restaurant, so please talk to, email (berry962@verizon.net) or call (410-672-5237) Joan Berry to make sure there's space for you!
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Karen Dodson; Debbie Saylor's aunt, Gail, cousin, Ed, and friend, Tina Frost; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Nicole Howe's aunt, Linda; Ray Bussey; Bob Johns; Marie Shorter; Frances Keyes; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Amy Stavely's aunt; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Sarita Barrow's brother, Rashad; Sue Hanburger's sister-in-law, Evelyn Hanburger; Kelly and Tim Stern's nephew, Hunter Field; Julie Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Brian Boudreau's father, Paul; Bill Ruethe; Gail Rennex; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Zach Rosenthal; Ella McCintyre; Wendy Wellington's father, John, and mother, Janet; Dan and Chanda Griffis; and Dick and Carol Baily.
PRAYERS OF STRENGTH AND SUPPORT for our fellow citizens, the people of Puerto Rico, Texas, California and Florida.
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE, STRENGTH AND UNDERSTANDING for all the families and friends of those who were injured or died in the tragedy of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
PRAYERS OF STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE for Larry's son, who is struggling with addiction, and for Sonny's brother, who is struggling with addiction.
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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