E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

All are invited to celebrate the Reign of Christ, this Sunday at both the 9:30 am and 11:00 am worship services!  

  Christmas Revels
Sunday, December 3, 6:00 pm
1st Sunday of Advent--Worship Fully!
Sunday, December 3, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
2nd Sunday of Advent--Spend Less!
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
3rd Sunday of Advent--Give More!   
and the Christmas Pageant at 9:30 am  
Sunday, December 17, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
4th Sunday of Advent--Love All!  
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 am  
Christmas Eve Children's Service 
Sunday, December 24, 4:00 pm
Christmas Eve Contemporary Service 
Sunday, December 24, 6:00 pm
Christmas Eve Traditional Service 
Sunday, December 24, 8:00 pm


Dear Friends, 
I hope that your Thanksgiving celebration was both joyous and meaningful. Although Thanksgiving is a secular celebration in the United States, it has its roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions of harvest festivals, where God was thanked for bounty, and the first fruits were brought to places of worship. Deuteronomy 26:1-11 is worth reading for some perspective.

The Session is offering its thanks for the 41 families who have already pledged to Prelude, our fall stewardship effort.  Twelve households have increased their giving for 2018, and five pledges were brand new, which is wonderful because we hope to significantly increase our mission giving. This Sunday we will again have the opportunity to lay our Prelude pledge cards, and our tithes and offerings, on the communion table as an act of community and faith.  And please remember that if you give by EFT, which nearly half of us do, you can take one of the cards that are in the church chairs, which read like this, I contribute by Electronic Funds Transfer and or Online Giving.  The physical act of laying the card on the table, or next week in the basket, is deeply meaningful, community-building and prayer in motion. 

This year for Advent, we are visiting an old friend known as the Advent Conspiracy. Our worship themes will be Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All.  Pastor John and I will explore these themes in our sermons in December.

Save the date! Christmas Revels, December 3, 6:00 pm.  Music, poetry, band, choir, Mark, Rebecca, readings and great fun.
Please be sure to read Rebecca's note, below, about foster care.

Peace of Christ,  
Tim Stern 


When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. - Leviticus 19:33-37
We thank you for the peace of our country and our homes.
We pray that the fruits of work well done
may give joy to every worker.
Give your blessing to our congregation and church.
May we truly praise you and serve all your people.
We pray for our homeland,  
for the leaders of our nation,
and for all who have power and bear responsibility.
We pray for our loved ones,
and for those who have lived and died in faith.
May we follow their example,
and with them have a share in your kingdom of peace and light,
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Reformed Church in Hungary  

Many opportunities await you!


This Sunday, Erika Ford, from Anne Arundel Social Services, will be here to speak with the congregation about the foster care system and the need for foster families in our county. She will give a brief talk during the service and will give a 30 minute presentation following both services to anyone who might be interested in getting more information on becoming a foster parent.  
This Sunday, I have two of my talented students from Morgan State University coming to present the offertory and prelude. Please join us at the 9:30 service to hear some incredible singing!

Thank you!

POSTLUDE TO PRELUDE Last week was Dedication Sunday for Prelude, our fall stewardship campaign for the Mission and Ministry Fund.  Thank you to the over 40 families who provided their pledge.  We hope many more of you will provide your pledges of financial support and participation at this week's service.  Our collective support for Ark and Dove will ensure a great start to the next twenty-five years! Steve Debus, Stewardship Elder, steven.debus89@gmail.com.  
Equipping the Saints

EQUIPPING THE SAINTS With two services, each Sunday, there are many of us who don't know the other half of the congregation.  Wouldn't it be great to sit down for a 40 minute chat with another interesting member of Ark and Dove and get to know their story and what motivates them?  If this sounds like a fun night to you, please join us for the next Equipping the Saints on Wednesday, December 6th, where we will get an introduction on doing relational meetings and then practice the technique by having a meaningful conversation with another member.  Dinner is provided starting at 6:30 and the session runs from 7:00-8:30.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board and child care can be provided if needed.  Questions?  Please contact Steve Debus, steven.debus89@gmail.com

SIX MARKS OF DISCIPLESHIP What are the Six Marks of Discipleship? If you're not sure, then you should attend Pastor Tim's class, on Tuesday evening, December 12, 7:00-8:30 pm, because as members of Ark and Dove, we covenant with each other to live out the Six Marks of Discipleship. Please sign up in the lobby or contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com. Child care provided. 
2018 WOMEN'S RETREAT: Come for the day or the whole weekend! On Saturday, April 21, Ark and Dove will hold a women's retreat at the Claggett Center. The Claggett Center is located in the rolling hills of Frederick County--about an hour from church. You will have the option to go for the day or to stay over on Friday and Saturday nights. The cost will be $115 for Saturday only; $260/per person for double occupancy rooms; and $ 290 for single occupancy rooms. Meals are included. For more information, please contact Shelley Franklin (shelleyfranklin@vwrld.net) or Cheryl Walcutt (Walcutt_family@hotmail.com).
Outreach and Connection

FRIENDLY SENIORS Christmas Celebration
CHRISTMAS WITH FRIENDLY SENIORS Friendly Seniors will be getting together for their Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm at Christopher's in Crofton.  For a celebration like this, friends and family are welcome to join us. Please let Joan know  (410-672-5237 or berry962@verizon.net) how many are coming no later than Wednesday, Dec. 6 to make your reservation(s).  We look forward to seeing you there!
ARK AND DOVE PARENT GROUP! Join us Friday, December 8 at 6:30 pm for a potluck for all parents. We are gathering a group where parents can get to know each other and find support and encouragement for the parenting journey. Please let Pastor Jon know if you are interested in attending. Childcare provided upon request. (jgnelson1985@gmail.com)
Mission Ministry

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SHARING Ark & Dove is participating again in the Christmas Holiday Sharing Program organized by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. Through this partnership we share some of our blessings and provide Christmas gifts to families in our community. The Holiday Sharing office matched us with 36 families (80 children) in Odenton and Severn. We will purchase a clothing item and another gift for each child and then deliver to the families after the 11:00 service on December 17. Sign-ups for gift-giving and delivery will begin in the lobby after worship services on November 26. For more information, or to sign up between Sundays, contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com). 
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (IRC) Our resettlement team has met our new Burmese family.  They are eager to learn more English, socialization through fostering a caring relationship with their mentors, and to be able to participate in all aspects of community life.
As mentors, we were able to participate in a Thanksgiving dinner put on by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Refugee Youth Soccer Program. For our family, it was their first Thanksgiving.  We look forward to sharing in Christmas activities, also.  
In learning about each other, we also look forward to introducing them to the library, museums and sporting events, while building their confidence and social skills through navigating public transportation and helping them gain access to web resources, curriculum, as well as helping with in-kind donations.  The team will continue monthly workshops to teach mentors new skills through the IRC. Questions? Please contact Debbie Arey, debarey@hotmail.com.
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for November is CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!           
CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HOLIDAY MEALS The CAP Food Pantry is gearing up for its Holiday Sharing program where we provide 200 households with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.   All events will take place at the Church at Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd. in Severn.  For more information please contact CAP representative Greg Makar ( GLMakar@juno.com , 301-483-8255)
  • Christmas
    • Monday, Dec 18
      • 8:30-11 am:   5-7 strong people to meet at the church at Severn Run and travel together to Walmart and Aldi's to pick up the food and bring it back to the church
      • 11 am-12:30 pm: volunteers to help unload trucks and then pack the food into 200 bags
    • Tuesday, Dec 19
      • 3-4 pm, 4-6 people to help bag turkeys
      • 4-7 pm, volunteers to assist with the food give-away
Healing through Grief

You are invited to our annual Grief and the Holidays session on Tuesday, November 28th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Whether you are new to grief or grieving anew during the holidays this year, this is an opportunity to process and prepare, while being comforted by your church family and faith. Pastor Tim Stern (timsstern@gmail.com) and Linnie Girdner (lkgirdner@comcast.net) will be facilitating.
Holidays are time spent with loved ones' was imprinted on our psyche from a young age. Holidays mark the passage of time in our lives. They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when a loved one has died? For many people, this is the hardest part of grieving, when we miss our loved ones even more than usual. How can you celebrate togetherness when there is none? When you have lost someone special, your world loses its celebratory qualities. Holidays only magnify the loss. The sadness feels sadder and the loneliness goes deeper. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. - David Kessler 
Christmas Honorarium

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS The Flower Team is accepting donations for flowers and greens for the Christmas Eve service.  Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars.  Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs, paulagriggs32@gmail.com or 443-510-6687. Thank you!
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Sarita Barrow; Mary Beckwith; Jan Hof; Kathy Miller; Marie Shorter; Karen Dodson; Debbie Saylor's aunt, Gail, and cousins, Ed and Jen; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Nicole Howe's aunt, Linda; Bob Johns; Frances Keyes; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Amy Stavely's aunt; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Sarita Barrow's brother, Rashad; Sue Hanburger's sister-in-law, Evelyn Hanburger; Kelly and Tim Stern's nephew, Hunter Field; Julie Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Zach Rosenthal; Ken and Jacqueline Sievers; Logan and Luke Sievers; Jason Ziegler; Brenda Figueroa; Jon Nelson's aunt, Linda and uncle, Gene; Linda; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE, PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION go out to Karen Dodson and the Dodson family on the deaths of her uncle, Jim Dodson, and her cousin, Steve Dodson.
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.   

The church office will be closed
Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:15-17 

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