E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

Joy and Laughter/Care of Creation Sunday
April 23, 9:30 am and 11:00 am


Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Holy Week and Easter were filled with beautiful services and heartfelt fellowship.  It was wonderful to welcome so many visitors and out of town family members to worship.  It was a whirlwind, shaking hands and learning names, but a true joy.  My deep thanks goes to  our Worship Ministry elder Ryan Stavley, our Directors of Music, Rebecca and Mark, Pastor Jon and Pastor Betsy, Ellen Makar, Rob Yeager, Paula Griggs and their teams (choir, band and orchestra) for extra hard work and beautiful artistry and worship leadership.

It is our continued joy to celebrate Joy and Laughter and Care of Creation in worship this  Sunday.  If the weather permits, we will begin worship outside on Sunday and then come in to sing in the sanctuary.  We will of course share 12 jokes because Easter was a joke on evil and sin, and love triumphed.  We could still use some new material if you can get it to me tonight or tomorrow morning.

Transformations are coming.  Lives continue to be changed by the ministries of Ark and Dove.  Transformations are coming;  this spring and summer, we will replace the siding our church building.  Transformations are coming; we are working with our architect to design the next steps for our building. Transformations IS coming.  You will receive a letter next week, in the mail, from Elder Steve Debus and members of the Discipleship Ministry about Transformations, the name of our new Capital Funds Savings account.  First Class Congregation, please watch for that first class letter.

In Christ and with thanksgiving for Ark and Dove!
Pastor Tim 


O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom you have made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
-Psalm 104:24

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
Creator God,
whose Spirit moved over the face of the waters,
who gathers the seas into their places
and directs the courses of the rivers,
who sends rain upon the earth
that it should bring forth life:
we praise you for the gift of water.
Redeemer God,
who spared Noah and creatures of every kind
from the waters of the flood,
who led your people over dry land through the sea
and across the Jordan to the land of promise,
who marks our adoption as children
with the sign of water:
we thank you for the gift of water.
Sustaining God,
create in us such a sense of wonder and delight
in this and all your gifts,
that we might receive them with gratitude,
care for them with love
and generously share them with all your creatures,
to the honor and glory of your holy name.

- National Council of Churches 2003


Happy Easter! What an awesome Holy Week and Easter morning! We were so happy to share beautiful music with you, and look forward to presenting our cantata in May. Thank you to all of the incredible musicians in the choir and the orchestra who helped make it so special, and to everyone who joined us in signing the Hallelujah Chorus!   



Many opportunities await you!

Your Input!

THE NOMINATING TEAM NEEDS YOUR INPUT Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here I am; send me!" Isaiah 6. As this year's Nominating Team starts its path of search and discernment, we are faced with a unique and urgent need -- two Deacons are moving away soon and won't complete the final year of their term.  Do you know someone with the gifts of empathy, caring and service that would make a good Deacon? If so we ask that you pass along your ideas to one of the Nominating Team members: Steve Debus (smcw@debus.name), Jim Cooper, Lindsey Hoxie, Nicole Howe, Julie Devers or Laura Willoughby Perry.   
Outreach and Connections

NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRERS CLASS 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. 
ARK AND DOVE MENS' GROUP  Earth Day Hike - rain or shine! Please meet up at 7:30 am in the church parking lot to carpool to the visitor center at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where we plan to walk the 1.5 mile trail around Cash Lake. We will depart sharply at 7:45 am, as it's Earth Day and visitors are expected to be in larger numbers. (We hope to be completed and back to church by 10:00 am.) Bring your own water! 
This will be a self-guided tour, so please print or transfer the above link to your phone, and pass this invite onto other men of the church. RSVP Ray Bussey, 1safe1111@gmail.com, coordinator of the April 2017 event for the Mens' Group.



HABITAT MISSION This summer, June 25-30, the Older Youth (16 years and older) and Young Adult Habitat Trip will be with the Salem County Habit for Humanity in New Jersey. Please contact me to register for this opportunity in mission. Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com.    
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING UPDATE Thanks to your generous giving, we have collected $4,084.64 for One Great Hour of Sharing to date! If you haven't made your gift towards this offering yet, it's not too late; we will continue to collect this offering over the next few weeks. These gifts are used by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support the Self Development of People, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). In fact, PDA is helping on the ground right now in Peru, where there has been major flooding. You can read more about this disaster and how the Presbyterian Church is providing assistance here: Presbyterian ministries mobilize to help the people of Peru in the midst of heavy rains and floods  
Christine Caufield-Noll
Mission Elder

Featured item for April is CEREAL (raisin bran, grape nuts, muesli, kashi, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  
Spring Small Groups!

The Six Marks of Discipleship will be the topic of Pastor Tim's workshop on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm. New members and anyone who has not yet learned about these six time-tested marks of living your faith are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Tim Stern at timsstern@gmail.com.
Word by Word will continue to be the topic in the Spirited Sisters Group, led by Kim Champagne. Open to men and women, the group will meet on Saturdays at 9 am on April 29 and May 13. The words for the first meeting are Receive and Enjoy. The group will decide together on the words for the second meeting. You need not have participated in the Lenten Study to join in. Let Kim know if you want to borrow a book or if you have any questions at kim.champagne@gmail.com.
Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis, by experts from World Relief, will be the focus of a new small group in response to the congregation's interest and activity in supporting refugees. Facilitated by Linnie Girdner, this group will meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm on April 25, May 9, and May 23 to read the first half of the book. The second half will be the topic for a fall small group. (Signing up for the spring group does not commit you to the fall group.) Contact: Linnie at Lkgirdner@comcast.net.
Presbyterian 101 is the offering led by Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com, Tuesdays at 7pm on May 2, 9, and 16 in the Marshall Room. Are you wondering what it means to be a Presbyterian? Please sign up in the lobby to join in this light and interactive study on being Presbyterian.
  • May 2: What's our story? (Presbyterian History)
  • May 9: What do we believe? (Presbyterian Theology)
  • May 16: How are we organized? (Presbyterian Polity)
Youth Fundraiser

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER Did you buy your tickets for the April 28th Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser yet? Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased in advance at Sunday services or by emailing nicolehowe123@gmail.com.  Cost is $10 per adult, $7 for ages 3-11, while ages 3 and under are free.  Seating times will be 5:30 or 7:00.  You won't want to miss this youth-led event that will include a spaghetti and meatball dinner, live music, a craft sale, a services silent auction, an Ark and Dove Trivia game, video booth, and more!  We're selling Pasta for a Purpose!  Please support our current 5th grade through college-age youth as they try to raise funds for their summer mission trips.  Thanks! 
YARD SALE Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm It's time for the annual church yard sale! Proceeds will go toward youth summer mission trips. We welcome your gently used clothing & shoes, various household items, books, DVDs, toys, games, and working electronic items. Donations may be brought to the Calvin Room one week prior to the sale beginning on Sunday, April 30 after the 11:00 service. Please contact Amy Tardiff itsmemim@gmail.com with questions about the sale.  

We have a wonderfully large collection of special beverage cups in the kitchen. If you've left yours behind, it's time to claim it! All those abandoned will be donated. Thank you!
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bob Johns; Adrienne and Zach Murray; Carol Saylor; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; John Boswell; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Dot Forloines; Dot Forloines' 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; Laura Doughty's cousin; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Grant Kirby; Lindsey Hoxie and family; Jason Ziegler; Alex Hansen; Kristy Walcutt; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn, niece, Susan and friend, Debbie; Charlotte and Mike Davies' friends, Carol Scholl and Ramie Sakel; the Solano family; Sue Hanburger's friend, Kim; Patty Tucker's father, John; Kenji Nishikawa's friend, Drew DeArmond; the family of Russ Hester; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE from the Connally family for Colin and Christian.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Keyes and Rocester families on the death of Mary Rocester.
PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE for Megan and Kenji Nishikawa, who are in the process of an international adoption of a special needs child from Serbia.
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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