The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am, livestream worship!

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

The apostle Paul starts many of his letters in the Bible with phrases like this:

Grace to you and peace. We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers constantly. (I Thessalonians)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you.....  (Romans) 

And so grace and peace to you and please know that the staff and the Session and the Deacons are keeping you in prayer at every meeting, as we all endure these COVID times.

Thank you for your stewardship and support of Ark and Dove.  Although we are behind a bit in unpledged income, pledged income is over $1500 ahead as of September 30, and that is an unprecedented wonderful.

We are still receiving our peace and Global Witness offering during October and this is a reminder that we are using that offering to support ACT - Anne Arundel Connecting Together. We still have a ways to go before we hit our target of $5000.00.

We had a Worship Ministry Meeting last night where we assessed how we were doing and laid out worship plans for November and December. All Saints Sunday is November 1. We will celebrate communion and we will light candles for loved ones we have lost this year as well as candles for the Saints who were so important to us in the past, but now rest with God. So when planning for that Sunday at home, you will need both communion elements and a candle or two.

Looking way ahead to Christmas Eve we will have a children’s service livestream at 4:00 PM on the Ark and Dove You Tube Channel and Facebook. Then, weather permitting, we will host Lanterns and Luminaries at 5:30 PM outside on the church property. We will sing a few Christmas carols, read a scripture or two, offer a prayer and sing Silent Night together, through our masks. Reservations will be necessary. Then we will have the Christmas Eve Livestream at 7:00 PM again on You Tube and Facebook.

One more thing we talked about at Worship Ministry was for the need to train more people to be worship tech leaders. We would love to have six or seven more people, maybe eight to be ready to serve on a once a month basis. Please contact me or Worship Elder Ellen Makar if you have any questions or would like to be trained.

And this is how Paul ends his first letter to the Thessalonians:

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 
Verse and Prayer
We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

-2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
New every morning is your love,
great God of light,
and all day long you are working for good in the world.
Stir up in us the desire to serve you,
to live peacefully with our neighbors,
and to devote each day to your Son,
our Savior, in your holy name we pray. Amen
This week we're trying out a new platform for hymn recording and hopefully the results are good! We also welcome 50% of the Boudreau family to play our postlude after the worship service. Clara will be playing Bach's Minuet No. 1 in G Major on 'cello, accompanied by her mother, Abbey.

Director of Music
This week the band recorded some hit tunes! These are definitely some of our favorites songs that have been a part of our rotation for years now. The offertory will be 'I Will Follow' by Chris Tomlin. We are continuing our stewardship campaign and these songs speak to following the plan that God has for us and the church, all while remembering that we can do anything if we set our hearts and minds to the task. The band hymn will be 'Nothing Is Impossible' by the Planetshakers. This is a rocking tune and one of my favorite songs ever! I hope they remind you that you and our community can accomplish anything with faith, belief, and love. God Bless!

God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
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Connections to Community
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Ark and Dove: a lifeline to God, a lifeline to each other, and a lifeline to the community.

A lifeline is a rope or line that is used to form a life-saving connection to safety for someone in a difficult or dangerous situation. A lifeline can also be thought of as the kind of connection that people can depend on for help and hope. As we navigate this stewardship season in the midst of such uncertain and difficult times, I find myself reflecting on how Ark and Dove is a lifeline for all of us in so many ways and how sharing our time, talents, and resources helps to build and maintain these connections. 
As Christians, we understand that a close, personal relationship with God is an important and integral part of our faith. However, especially in times of trouble, many of us grapple with questions like, “Where is God in a pandemic, social upheaval, and political turmoil?” and “How can we cope with such overwhelming adversity?” While there are no easy answers to these questions, I believe that the work being done through our mission and ministries at Ark and Dove can offer us opportunities to be transformed in our awareness of God and our way of being in the present moment. 
Every week our dedicated pastors, staff, and worship team create thoughtful, relevant, and relational worship services offering us wisdom that can help us find God amidst any current crisis. We are reminded that we are not alone. God hears us, God is with us, and God is working in these crises both in and through each of us. We are reminded of the importance of prayer, solitude, and connecting more deeply with the people in our lives. 
Undoubtedly, the many opportunities offered at Ark and Dove to connect with each other and God through various Christian education classes, Bible studies, support groups, our deacons reaching out to members and so much more has been a lifeline to all of us in this time of isolation and social distancing. Especially in these divisive times, I am grateful that Ark and Dove is a community with such a strong social support system in which we intentionally support and care for each other through all stages of life. Indeed, one of the top priorities of our congregation as discovered through the congregational assessment tool (CAT) is to create even more opportunities for people to form meaningful relationships through small groups, nurtured friendships, and shared meals. I believe this is evidence of God at work in us. However, this need to create and nurture these lifeline connections is not only found within our congregation, it extends beyond our church to make a positive impact in our community and the world as well. Committing to a meaningful mission in life gives us courage and strength. 
In times of trouble such as we currently find ourselves in, I find hope and encouragement in the way Ark and Dove responds to injustice and great need by getting to work to help people and make a difference. This church is a lifeline for those in need through mission efforts such as supporting food banks for the Kingdom Celebration center and the Christian Assistance Program (CAP), hosting 25 homeless men for one week in the winter for Winter Relief, building community power and making sure voices are heard when decisions are being made by working with Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT), supporting our mission co-workers in Latin America and so much more. 
Research has shown that dedication to a worthy cause or a belief in something greater than oneself has a resilience-enhancing effect and can be a lifeline in helping us cope in times of trouble. Ark and Dove is a lifeline to God, a lifeline to each other, and a lifeline to the community. This is who we are and this is what the giving of our time, talents, and resources helps us to sustain and grow. This November, please consider prayerfully increasing your pledged commitment to Ark and Dove by 1% of household income. This will help us to properly fund all our mission and ministry endeavors and be lifeline for all. 

2021 Connections Stewardship Team, Doug Walcutt, Tricia Gray, Joe Gray, Dianne Johnson, Bruce Sanders, Steve Debus, and Pastor Tim
Ark and Dove Testimonials
It's hard to describe my experience with Ark & Dove that truly, fully encompasses the feelings I have for this community. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming since the first time my mom and I visited back in 2017. Visitors are actively greeted and sought out before, during and after services. Ark & Dove made it easy to engage with everyone, from the pastors to the youth. Even being new, I was invited to attend discussions, support activities and, generally, get involved wherever I thought I fit. Becoming a member was an easy decision for me. My husband, who does not share my faith, was also welcomed and embraced. There has never been any pressure to be members or to adhere to a specific, rigid mindset. Respectful debate is encouraged, which delights me. I have grown in my faith while also having comfort sharing how I think about and live my faith. I whole-heartedly trust and believe when we say "All are welcome" because Ark & Dove actively works to meet everyone where they are without judgement or expectation. I am also always a little overwhelmed at the constant support from those I've/we've connected with. We have been through family illnesses, infertility, miscarriage and unemployment before we even reached this point in the ongoing pandemic with overt local/national racism. The care and support of our friends, our leaders - our Church family, has never wavered. When I think about sending back out some care and support to the universe, Ark & Dove always makes it onto my priority list. While how we work is a little different these days, I still look forward to book club, youth activities, promoting anti-racism and supporting our community of housing-challenged individuals. This pandemic has kept us physically separated, but Ark & Dove makes me feel connected and grounded consistently.

-Michelle Schoonmaker
Outreach and Connections
Outdoor Movie Night at Ark and Dove!
Tomorrow is Outdoor Movie Night at Ark and Dove! Join us under the stars on Saturday, October 17th to watch "The Prince of Egypt," an animated retelling of the Book of Exodus. The movie will start promptly at 7pm. Bring your family, friends, chairs, blankets, and face masks! It's gonna be chilly! Groups shall space out six feet from each other in the parking lot. Snacks and water will be available. Feel free to bring your own too. Masks will not be required while sitting down in your group’s area, but will be required for walking around outside and when entering the building to use the bathroom. Hope to see you there!
Social Equity
He, She, They, Ze: Equity and Etiquette
During Paula Sparks' and my first class at Baltimore Racial Justice Action four years ago, everyone was asked how they wanted to be referred to. Paula and I took a while to catch on to something that the younger participants understood immediately: pronouns. You can't assume you know someone's pronouns by looking at them or learning their name. Gender is not simply binary as many of us were taught. See here to learn more. Proper virtual meeting etiquette for anyone who values inclusivity and mutual respect includes putting your pronouns next to your name and noticing what others want to be called. This practice of respecting pronouns is also a way to show others that you are serious about being an ally.  See here for various ways to add pronouns on Zoom. As a congregation, what else can we do to be more welcoming and affirming of LGBTQI* individuals? What is it you want to know and learn? Another option: Thursday, October 28th, 2020 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm the Anne Arundel County Public Library will be offering an introduction to LGBTQIA+ on zoom. Go here to register.

If you are interested in joining the Antiracism and Social Equity Team, please contact me at Linnie Girdner
Third Peaceful Demonstration: We Believe!
Peace in Anne Arundel County!
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Through your participation in the Peace and Global Witness Offering, our church extends Christ’s peace throughout our community. The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be used to support ACT, as we support peace in Anne Arundel County. This offering is currently underfunded! Thank you for your support, as we weather one of the most difficult times in our history--together! You can donate online, by text (text amount followed by peace to 410-983- 3481) or by check. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder,
Adult Christian Education
Being Grateful in Difficult Times
We will begin meeting online October 21, 7:30 pm and meet weekly through November 25th. Even though the class is based on Diana Butler Bass's book Being Grateful in Difficult Times, you don't have to read the book to participate. I wanted to facilitate a class because I myself am dealing with a lot of negative emotions that are interfering with my health, my sleep, as well as my spirituality. I know I am not alone! Bass's course in gratitude offers a different approach to all the negativity, something I know many of us need right now. I hope others will join me in this six week adventure. Class size is limited to 25. Please contact Kim Champagne to sign up (
Creating a Life With God
If you would like to explore some different ways of praying, Pastor Tim is leading a group beginning October 27 using the book Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert.  The group will meet for five weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Please register by emailing
Lectionary Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 10 am, we gather online for fellowship, Bible study on the upcoming Sunday scriptures, and prayer. This has been and continues to be a great way to deepen friendships and faith. Please join us, there is no commitment or homework. Contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom invitation (
Youth Christian Education
Godly Play
Our Sunday school program for grades K-5 takes place via Zoom each Sunday from 9:00- 9:40 am. Our host welcomes the child(ren), the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. Normally, our class would involve a work/creative response time as well, so our Godly Play team has put together response bags containing art supplies and other materials for the children to keep at home for personal use. If you are interested in getting a bag for your child(ren), or you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at
LOGOS Weekly Lessons and Activities
LOGOS has begun; check your emails each Tuesday! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's midweek intergenerational experience for children and youth up to 8th grade. It is a time for all ages to come together to learn about God and grow in their relationships. Unlike previous years, we will not be meeting in the church building. Instead, each week will have a different family-centered activity to do either at home or outside at church. There will be crafts, games, bible study, and opportunities for worship and mission. If you’d like to get on the weekly emailing list, please contact Amy Goldberg at If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Roman at
Growing With Each Other
Sunday Fellowship!
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week. The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe,
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Wren Suggs; Grant Kirby’s mother, Caroline; Dick Paronto; Camille Dubois; Clarke Beaudry’s mother, Judy LaMarque; Kennon Bauman’s uncle, Dan Johnston; Amy Goldberg’s grandmother, Ruth Cooper; Dot Forloines’ family and her great-grandson Luke; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Linda Jordan; John Mikeska; Jesse Pennabaker; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice; Diane Johnson's Uncle Ed, Aunt Janet, and cousin Richard; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave, and friend; Fred Barrow; Laurie Barrow’s nephew, Gunther Kurtz; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Sue Hanburger's friends, Barb, Phyllis, and Martha, Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth, and friend Sandee Dickson; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, granddaughter, Sarah, and grandson Nathan; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Ann Hirschy’s Aunt Cindy and brother; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s cousin, Philip Brown; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters; Doug Walcutt’s stepmother’s mother, who is in hospice; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s aunt, Judy Kochis and cousin, Thomas; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Margaret McGillivray's friend Gregg Hanson; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friend, Grace Ligon; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Ylonda Funtleroy's friends, Gloria Jean Austin and Tanya; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; and Kathy Emmert's friend, Patty.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Ziegler family on the death of Don’s mother, Evelyn Ziegler.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Murray, Marcus and Arey families on the death of Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray, father-in-law of Adrienne Murray, and grandfather of Jonah and Willa.

PRAYERS OF HEALING for those with COVID-19 including: Lewis Shorter's sister, Shirley Shorter; Doug Walcutt’s father, Chuck Walcutt and stepmother Linda; Chelsea O’Hanlon’s family; Ylonda Fauntleroy's friends, Sandra and Elijah Williams; Ed Barrett's friend, Joe Bogner; and the leaders of our nation.

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: Tricia Gray’s mother; Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Caitlyn Bussey; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; 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.

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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