The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 10th Sunday after Pentecost with communion at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Summer is coming to an end. While that may be bad news for many, there is much to look forward to in the coming season. I hope you had good opportunity to rest this summer, and I hope that you are energized for good opportunities to come. In the coming month we will kick-off Sunday School, LOGOS, children's choirs, adult choir, band, Christian Education opportunities, and more. In all of this there is much room to grow in faith and friendship.

Please consider these opportunities to get involved:

  • Sunday School: we are looking for leaders who are willing to invest in the Christian education of our children, preschool through 12th grade. We will make it easy for you to jump in on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Please contact Julie Devers ( or me if you have any questions.
  • LOGOS: our Tuesday evening children and youth program begins October 1! LOGOS is an intergenerational ministry, where children, youth, and adults engage in worship, Bible study, recreation, family dinner and mission. We meet 5:30 to 7:30 pm. A parents meeting (for all who want to be involved) will be held on September 17th at 6 pm. We are in need of leaders willing to teach and guide. Please contact Julie Devers ( or me if you have any questions.
  • Children's choir: Margaret, director of music, is looking to begin this season with a children and youth choir, which will offer music in worship. She is trying to work with parents to establish a best time to have practice. Please let her know your preferences and needs (
  • Band and choir: our fantastic band and choir meets on a weekly basis to not only prepare for worship, but also to support one another as people of faith. They are small group opportunities with a great output. Please contact Pat ( or Margaret if you want to get involved. There are opportunities even for the not musically inclined.

Friends, prayerfully consider getting involved in one of these ministries of the church. I know you will be enriched by the experience.


Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer

...we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses...
-Hebrews 12:1

Faithful One: thank you for surrounding us with people to guide us in faith. For parents or guardians, who nurture faith within. For youth leaders, who inspire hope. For mentors, who ask the right questions. For teachers, who help us to think in new ways. For friends, who comfort and encourage. For family, who keep us grounded in love. We are grateful for all these who have, who are, and who will walk alongside us on this journey. Help us to be a witness for others. Amen.
We welcome Savannah Howe on clarinet this week as she provides prelude music before the service. She will be playing an excerpt from Allegretto Fantasia by Sextus Miskow, a Danish singer and composer. The choir will present a rousing rendition of the African-American spiritual, Guide My Feet. The words are simple, but the tune and harry of the piece really make it exciting to hear and fun to sing.

We are looking forward to returning to a number of musical activities at Ark & Dove. This includes, but in not limited to: the choir, the children's choirs (Dove and Joyful Noise), Sacred Strings, the Ark & Dove chamber ensemble and some dramatic events like pageants. I hope you'll consider how you can offer your musical and artistic gifts to the congregation. If you'd like more information, please see me after church or email me.


Director of Music
If you have school-aged children, you are invited and encouraged to take the Children's Music Ministry Survey .
We are planning our music opportunities for this coming year, and we would like to hear from you!
There is still a call to help build our audio group for the band led service. A regular rotating schedule will begin this September with the start of the new school year. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday August 28th at 7pm for those interested in learning how to work the audio board as I will be teaching an overview of the system.

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Christian Education
LOGOS Parents' Night!
Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm! All parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to learn about our midweek children and youth program. Please plan to attend this LOGOS information session. Questions? Julie Devers,
Youth Sunday School 2019-2020
We are getting excited for Sunday School, for pre-K through high school students, to start again this fall (September 8!), and we are in need of your help. There are opportunities for members of the congregation to get involved at all age levels. However, we are in particular need of teachers and helpers for pre-K (3-5 year olds) and Godly Play (kindergarten through 5th grades). As part of our child protection policy, all adults who participate in Sunday School need to complete a background check (paid for by the church). If you are interested in helping with Sunday school weekly, once a month, or as a substitute, please contact Julie Devers at
Anne Arundel County Back to School Program Update
On July 28 we began this year's Back to School partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services. Social Services matched Ark & Dove with 35 students at Ridgeway Elementary School, and thanks to your generosity we have already signed up sponsors for all of the students. If you wanted to sign up but didn't have a chance, consider contacting the Back to School program at 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4461. Or, you can be a big help to Meade Middle School students by donating loose supplies at church. We have a list in the church lobby of the most-needed items. The mission ministry will deliver the supplies, or you can take them straight to the school. For questions contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255,
Air Mattresses Pick Up
Thank you for generously lending your air mattress for the very successful hosting of our friends in June (1st Presbyterian Church of Salem, New Jersey, who were on their way to Puerto Rico for disaster relief). Friendly reminder, this is your last chance to pick them up from the Calvin room before they are donated. Cheryl Schafer Mission Elder, csscas@verizon .net
CANNED BEANS (garbanzo beans, black beans, refried beans, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations
Allying with the Jewish Community to say Never Again
Tisha B'Av  is a day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar, commemorating several horrible events in Jewish history, starting with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. This year on Tisha B'Av , Jews and their allies in many American cities demanded an end to the current American version of separation of families, deportations and detention camps. We participated in the action in front of the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup last Sunday. Jan reflected that "despite hot weather, there was an impressive turnout to protest ICE. Warm camaraderie, stirring speeches, testimonies and songs evoked, for me, memories of the sixties, when we protested the Vietnam War." Linnie was struck by the personal signs many people held that told of grandparents who survived the Holocaust or of parents coming as immigrants or refugees. We all came away with a greater understanding of this important day for Jews and how their faith impels them to make connections between the past and the present. Never Again means never to any group ever again. We also came away with a feeling of hope, having participated in sacred chants and prayers and having seen people of different faiths and backgrounds coming together as one. Please keep in your prayers all those in HoCo and other detention centers and the Jewish communities in the greater Baltimore area, who have turned their re-traumatization into action. For more info please see  here  and  here .
~ Linnie Girdner, Jan Hof, Ann Hirschy, and Stan Houck
Outreach and Connection
Sight and Sound Update!
We have reserved 15 tickets @ $69 for Friday, December 6, 3:00 pm performance. The number of reservations can be changed, but this is the price for all tickets during Fridays. At least two thirds of available tickets had already been reserved. We can change this number of tickets through October. If we have just one person in the group with a military ID (active or inactive), the price drops to $62.10. Somehow, I think we will find one person with a military ID who is going. We will pick up tickets at the box office to get the discount. Carpooling is still the plan. Please contact Joan Berry (410)672-5237 or
August Book Club
Interested in reading popular fiction and nonfiction that engages Christian faith? Join Ark and Dove's book club. August’s book is Beloved by Toni Morrison. Please contact Linnie Girdner ( or Kim Champagne ( for an online discussion.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Dot Forloines; John Mikeska; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Greg and Diane Makar's mother LeeAnn and cousin, Michael Makar; Walt Kelly; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Judy Cooper’s sister, Barb Eardley; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s girlfriend, Amanda Jerome, and grandfather, Ed Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor and friend Jawahn Clark; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Steven Kirby; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Denise Grassel’s friends; the Winter family; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Sally Schoener; Amanda Crose’s friends, Patty and Mike Hester; Aaron Miller; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

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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