E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

This Sunday at both the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services, Pastor Tim and Laura Willoughby Perry will be sharing their experience from the
Spring 2017 Presbytery of Baltimore Intercultural Encounter with our mission partners in Guatemala!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I look forward to celebrating Communion and Mother's Day with you this Sunday. We will be hearing from Pastor Tim and Laura Willoughby Perry about their experience last week in Guatemala. I have heard stories and learnings from Tim and others in the Presbytery this week. You will not want to miss hearing about their trip!

I want to bring your attention to some special things coming up in the life of Ark and Dove. Next week, May 20, we are hosting an event with Carol Howard Merritt who is a sought-after speaker and author of three well-regarded books on faith. The event is for any church leaders in the Presbytery, and I invite you to join us for a time of learning and discussion. Please let me know if you have any questions. I also need a few people to help orient guests to Ark and Dove. Let me know if you can help.

We have been hearing snippets from "Resurrection Alleluias" a cantata performed by our choir and orchestra. The pieces have been beautiful and uplifting. We will be hearing it in full next week, May 21, for a single service at 10:30 am. Invite your neighbors and friends!

Our confirmation class is hard at work on their faith statements. I have really enjoyed our class this year. There was never a dull moment. On June 11, the 2016-2017 confirmands will join the church. Mark your calendars and come rejoice with our youth as they take an important step in their life of faith.

Lastly, Vacation Bible School is coming to Ark and Dove July 9-13. We are having an interest meeting on June 4. Anyone interested in joining our VBS team, please join us after 11 am worship.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Jon    

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 
-John 14:12-14 
Holy One: In Christ, you reconciled the divided, healed the sick, taught and practiced true love, brought good news to the poor, proclaimed truth, unburdened the oppressed, spoke words of hope, and worked for shalom. Help us to believe in you, that we might do these things and more. This day before us is full of opportunity to do the work of peace, freedom, love, and hope. Give us courage to do these things in your name. Amen.   

Transformations: The Capital Savings Fund Campaign
TRANSFORMATIONS are coming.  Have you seen the orange string outline outside of our Building?   If not, look right as you come in the door this Sunday and take a walk after church -- that's the outline of the building expansion for which we are saving! And that's not the only transformation that's coming. There will be some significant changes to the existing space inside out church too!
So what, exactly, will this building transformation be?  
  • A much larger lobby, nearly double the current size, to welcome visitors and provide adequate fellowship space
  • A new office location, freeing space for the lobby and Pastor Tim's office for use as an adult classroom/meeting room
  • A larger Marshall Room, to better accommodate large gatherings
  • Shower facilities, for our Winter Relief guests, visiting groups, and members of our congregation & community in temporary need
  • Minor improvements to the sanctuary to improve our worship experience
These transformations have been among the many things that our congregation has repeatedly asked for, and the possibilities these changes bring are exciting! But how will we pay for it? Through a separate, 3-year pledge. An additional pledge that will allow us to save up enough to take out a short-term construction loan.   Watch for more information about Transformations and please pray about your role in transforming our church. Amy Carskadon, amy.carskadon@gmail.com.



Please join us this Sunday for an Anthem by our "Joyful Noise" Youth Choir.  They will be presenting a piece from their Summer musical, "Plane Ol' Mission Trip" to give you a little preview.  And of course, mark your calendars for Sunday, May 21st  -- Single Service Sunday!  You will hear an incredible cantata, "Resurrection Alleluias" presented by our choir and orchestra.  You will not want to miss it!




Many opportunities await you!


Name Tag Sunday
NAME TAG SUNDAY The next Name Tag Sunday will be on May 21, when we have a single service at 10:30. The Deacons will have a table set up outside the sanctuary with name tags and markers. Questions? Please contact Greg Makar, glmakar@juno.com. Remember that a person's name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie     
Outreach and Connections

VOYAGER'S MEN FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST You are invited to a hearty breakfast for the next Men's Group meeting at the Crofton Nautilus Diner at 8 a.m. on June 3rd.  Ed Barrett will give a short talk about his involvement (and fortunate survival) in the War in Afghanistan, which has become America's longest war in history. Ed and I got together last week and floated some ideas on activities for the Voyagers in the future. We'd like to share some of those ideas at the meeting and get your input. And if anyone wants to join us as a co-leader, we would welcome you! Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd! R.S.V.P. Paul Doughty (padough@verizon.net)   
NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRERS CLASS Tomorrow, Saturday, May 13th, 8:30am thru 12:30pm. Please join us for a New Members/Inquirers Class 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 you 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!  Sign-up sheet in the lobby, or email Donna Anderson, Outreach and Connection Elder, donna.anderson30@aol.com. 
FRIENDLY SENIORS invites members and interested seniors to "LET'S HAVE LUNCH and Talk" at The Hideaway, on Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 p.m. Please sign up on the sheet in the lobby or let Joan Berry (berry962@verizon.net) or Frances Keyes (frkeyes1005@gmail.com) know so we can make the appropriate number of reservations.   We hope to see you then to socialize and see what you might want to do, and when, this summer.
Stephen Minister Training

STEPHEN MINISTRY Please join us at one of these THREE Information Meeting Opportunities: Wednesday, May 31st @ 7pm in the Marshall Room and Sunday, June 4th after each service in the Marshall Room. If one of these three sessions does not work in your schedule, but you're still interested in getting more information, please reach out to one of your Stephen Leaders to set up a time to meet one-on-one. In God's love, Stephen Leaders, Laurie Barrow, barrowfl@aol.com, 443-306-1149 and Kelly Burnett, kellyb327@aol.com, 410-320-7845. 


Featured item for May is DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raisins, craisins, pineapple rings, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!    
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:  

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Hillary and Paul Ferrell's daughter, Lila; Bob Johns; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; John Boswell; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Brian Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; the Solano family; Patty Tucker's father, John; Robert Schultz; Janet Maloy's sister, Diane; Amy Stavely's aunt; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the safe return of Pastor Tim and Laura Willoughby Perry from their intercultural encounter. 
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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