The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

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

Our Long Range Planning Team continues to work hard on developing recommendations for near term (1 to 12 months) and far term (12 to 60 months) ministry plans for Ark and Dove.  They expect to submit these recommendations to the Session in the form of a plan. Already dates are set for dialogue among church leaders. One such dialogue will take place a week after we all complete the church assessment tool CAT survey, which will give the church a true picture of how the congregation feels about our current state of ministry. It is important that dialogue be informed by your input (see article below).  Please be sure to take the survey today. We just found out that so far we have received 111 surveys--we're hoping to smash the 150 barrier.

In a recent communication to the Long Range Planning Team, one of the members summarized some of their work by writing the following: “Ark and Dove has a distinctive and important culture. This culture is informed by the belief that the church is not a building, but is a group of believers who live out their faith in the world. Members of Ark and Dove are inspired by their belief in Jesus’ teachings to serve others in their community.”   I found these words inspiring, as I do our congregation. Don’t forget to take the survey today! We need you.

The Session continues its ongoing discussion and discernment about resuming in-person worship in the sanctuary.  We are not ready at this time to undertake this venture.  As we have stated before, this would be a RSVP only, socially-distant, no-singing, mask-wearing (clothe yourselves with Christ) worship service that could include about 45 to 55 people.

After hours of discussion at Session, Worship Elder Ellen Makar has created a rough draft of a covenant that the session would like members to sign before attending a possible in-person worship service.  We welcome your feedback on this draft covenant. Please send your feedback to a member of session.

May God bless you in your many ministries in the world.

Peace of Christ,
Verse and Prayer
“When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.

-Exodus 1:16-17
Holy One, as I walk through the days ahead, help me to see each experience as an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be your servant and a chance to help Jesus serve those in need, guided by your steadfast love for me. Help me to see your Spirit, as it dwells richly in each person. Amen.
As we near the end of August, we come upon the time that Session was originally considering for returning to in-person worship services. Although, it's difficult to hold off on that decision, I am glad that we are taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously, and putting everyone's safety first. I do miss seeing all of you at services, LOGOS, and special events. Continue to hang in there because in the future we will be able to worship and share fellowship again under one roof at the same time. I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy, getting fresh air from time to time, and please remember that the more we do with preventing the spread of the virus, the sooner we will be able to see each other!

God bless!
Director of Contemporary Music
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Long-Range Planning
Final Days to take the Church Assessment Tool (CAT)!
We are coming to the end of the first step in our long-range planning process. On August 23, 11:59 pm, this Sunday, the Ark and Dove Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey will close. You are probably one of many who have already shared their experiences and perspectives. Thank you! If you have not, this is your last chance. Although our response rate has been great, if we don’t have your input, we are still missing an important piece of the puzzle. PLEASE, share your opinions with us using this highly confidential assessment instrument. If you have questions, please contact Chris Fox at (or email us at if you need the link to the survey resent). A very special thanks to everyone who has participated in this process from the Long-Range Planning Team!
Antiracism and Social Equity
As the country continues to reckon with its history of racism and oppression of Black and brown people and take steps toward healing, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is planning to host a Week of Action Aug. 24-30. See here for more details.  

In support of this Week of Action, the Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Equity team encourages you to join us for our second peaceful demonstration in support of the equality of Black and brown lives. We will gather at church on Tuesday, August 25 between 4:00 and 7:00 with signs of support and waves of love and peace. Bishop Antonio Palmer and members of the Kingdom Celebration Center, of Odenton, will join us in co-hosting this event. Please sign up here to attend for an hour shift, as we are limited to 50 people at any one time. Bring positive signs, a bottle of water, comfortable shoes and enthusiasm. Masks and social distancing required. Questions? Please contact Lori Kronser, lkronser16(at)
Join PC(USA) for #Give828
On Aug. 28, 2020, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be joining #Give828, a national day of giving focused specifically on supporting Black-benefiting organizations. #Give828 isn’t like other fundraising campaigns. This day takes place during Black Philanthropy Month and commemorates multiple important historical landmarks in Black Americans’ march toward freedom. Did you know that on:

  • Aug. 28, 1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which became a "flashpoint in the civil rights movement"?
  • Aug. 28, 1963: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech during the landmark March on Washington in Washington, D.C.?
  • Aug. 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana? The storm, which devastated New Orleans, inordinately impacted many of the city’s Black residents.
  • Aug. 28, 2008: Then-Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first Black man to ever win the nomination and bid for the presidency?

Your gifts to #Give828 will go to support leadership development for leaders of color by funding the Katie Geneva Cannon Scholarship and the Conference for Seminarians of Color. Donating to the campaign is one of the action steps you can take as a part of the Presbyterian Week of Action, Aug. 24–30.

Go to for more information on the Presbyterian Week of Action.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM The Back to School Program is back this year, but with inherently different needs due to COVID-19. The Ark & Dove mission ministry encourages (and appreciates!) the same high level of participation we’ve had in the past. This year, Back to School participation is in the form of financial donations only, in order to support middle and high school students. Back to School will provide gift cards for Office Depot, Target and Wal-Mart. Because of the extra stresses of COVID-19, the needs this year are greater than before. If you would like to participate, you can make a donation to Ark & Dove, electronically, text “school” to (410) 983-3481, or by check (please designate “Back to School” on the check memo). For more information, please contact Greg Makar (, 301-483-8255). Please make your donations by August 26.
Healing Through Grief
Healing Through Grief During COVID-19
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim, Deacon Cathy Debus and Linnie Girdner will be co-facilitating the next Healing Through Grief group on Wednesday, September 9, 7 pm, on ZOOM. The Healing Through Grief small group is open to anyone attending Ark and Dove (and their family), who have 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.
Please let us know if you have the slightest inclination to attend on September 9, so that we can send you the link to the ZOOM meeting. If you change your mind later, no problem. Also, let us know if you have not used ZOOM before, so that we can provide you with some information in advance. Any questions, contact Pastor Tim Stern at or 410-674-6400 or me, Linnie Girdner, at or 410-999-7892.
Let's be there for one another in our healing through grief. If you need to talk with someone prior to that date, please feel free to give Linnie Girdner a call or contact your Deacon. (Linnie is happy to provide referrals to other community resources.)
Outreach and Connections
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,
Christian Education
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at 
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Codenames Over Zoom!
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from Get the game at There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Deborah Dingle; Dot Forloines’ family and her great-grandson Luke; Dot Bruno’s son, Deante Musgrove; Jess and Adell Gaurin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Linda Jordan; John Mikeska; Ylonda Fauntleroy’s husband, Tony Schoonmaker and friend, Tanya; 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; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; 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, 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; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters; 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 friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis; Margaret McGillivray's friend, Kim Nolet; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friend, Grace Ligon; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
PRAYERS OF HEALING for those with COVID-19: Mary Benson’s brother, Alan Benson.
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.
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE, STRENGTH AND LOVE for those who are: scared and angry, living with uncertainty, stressed and overwhelmed, and feeling alone and forgotten.

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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