Prayer Station and Inter-generational worship this Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
 All are invited to a special inter-generational worship this Sunday, with prayer stations at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.
Message from Pastors Tim and Jon
Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community,

We are excited to invite you to an innovative worship service this Sunday. Some members of our community have been working on aspects of the services for six weeks. Our children's choir will be singing with the choir at 9:30. Our middle school youth will be leading with the band at 11:00, and other children in LOGOS will be leading the Call to Worship. Take note of the autumn colors as you make your way to church.

We will enjoy our traditional children's sermon at both services and then preschool children will leave. The sermon will be much shorter this Sunday, and we all will have the opportunity to visit, in silence, a variety of prayer stations set up around the sanctuary. There will be hands-on activities for those who might not be able to sit still, and there will be Bible passages to read and study for those who like to engage heart, soul and mind. You might choose to read from a book of prayers. So many choices.  Communion will be set up so that you may celebrate the Lord's Supper as you feel moved. An offering station will be set up, and we ask that you bring your offering to the station. You are invited to walk around the sanctuary, before worship, so you can get the lay of the land. We look forward to greeting you on Sunday.

We still are receiving the peacemaking offering for ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together). Our goal of $4,500.00 has not yet been met.

In terms of our mission and ministry resources, we rejoice that un-pledged giving is ahead and pray the people who have pledged to the church will catch up in these weeks before Christmas and the New Year.

In thanksgiving for a vibrant, open-hearted, open-minded congregation,

Pastors Tim and Jon,
This week for our children's Sabbath, the children's choir will be joining the adult choir for a joyful presentation of Siyahamba, a traditional Zulu/Xhosa song. The children have been "visiting" different regions and countries as part of our "Around the World" theme this year. We were in Ghana and South Africa in October and are currently in Canada for the month of November. 

In December, we look forward to a whole host of musical opportunities at Ark and Dove. On December 8, we have our Revels concert, followed by the pageant on December 15 and two very full services of music on December 22 and 24. 

  • The adult choir welcomes those who would like to join for the Christmas season (and maybe you'll consider staying!). They rehearse on Thursdays and this week will begin Christmas and Advent music at 7:30. 
  • The children's choir (ages 6-11) will also be working on Christmas music starting next Sunday (November 17) after service, from 12:15-12:45. All children are welcome!
  • The Ark & Dove chamber ensemble is back! They will rehearse November 17, 24 and December 1 at 7pm, right after youth group. This group is open to instrumentalists in high school and up.


Director of Music
This Sunday is our inter-generational worship service. The LOGOS kids will be involved with both services. If parents would please plan accordingly, it is much appreciated. The middle school kids will be a part of the 11 am band led service and will be needed for a rehearsal at 10 am in Ms. Margaret's office. Let's all support our youth in their sharing of leadership and worship arts during both our services this coming Sunday.

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
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Healing Through Grief
An Empty Place at the Table:
An Evening of Remembrance and Thankfulness
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If you have lost a loved one over the last year or longer ago, holidays can be really tough. You are invited to attend the first of two Grief and the Holidays small group sessions on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Light refreshments will be offered. Sign-up is optional. Just come. For more information, please contact Pastor Tim Stern (, 410-674-6400) or Linnie Girdner (, 410-999-7892).

♥   Share what you are thankful for in having had that person in your life.
♥ Feel supported by others who are also grieving.
♥   Consider what you might wish to do this Thanksgiving. 
♥  Just remember.

Holidays are clearly some of the roughest terrain we navigate after a loss. The ways we handle them are as individual as we are. What is vitally important is that we be present for the loss in whatever form the holidays do or don’t take…. Even without grief, our friends and relatives often think they know how our holidays should look, what the family should and shouldn’t do. Now more than ever, be gentle with yourself. Don’t do more than you want, and don’t do anything that does not serve your soul and your loss. David Kessler,

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Adult Christian Education
Understanding Difficult Books of the Bible: Job
Join us for a 3-week course that seeks to understand another one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible, Job. Pastor Jon will teach a course that draws on literature, history, art, and current events . Tuesdays, November 12 and 19, 7:30 to 9 pm . Kindly RSVP Jon (
World Religions Study Group
Sundays through November 24, at 12:30! Are you curious about other world religions, but intimidated by foreign words and concepts? Stephen Price-Gibson will introduce six of the world's religions through the use of popular film clips and stimulating discussion. We will focus on one concept, for each religion, that will help give insight into that belief system. We will delve into Taoism, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Bring a bagged lunch! Questions? Please contact Stephen Price-Gibson at
Pub Theology
Pub Theology is an informal gathering over beer and other beverages that engages difficult questions of faith in a lighthearted manner. We meet 7 pm, at Frisco Tap House, Crofton .

  • Thursday, December 5 Virgin Mary? And other questions to address at Christmas dinner.
Questions? Pastor Jon,
Mid-week Bible Study
This is a “come as you are” discussion group that meets most Wednesdays, 10 am . To learn more, please contact Pastor Jon,
Exploring the Way
For those beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim,, for more information. This group will have an interesting twist—we are looking for people who will commit to leading a 5 to 8 week small group in the next two years: so a small group to help us grow personally and in skills needed to lead a small group.
Forum dates and times: November 10 th , and 17 th all from 2:30-4:30pm, in the sanctuary at Ark and Dove. 
Facilitators: Paula Sparks and Lori Kronser
When They See Us
The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Justice team will host four forums to view and discuss the Netflix series When They See Us . The series is based on the true story of five black and brown teenagers who were wrongfully charged and convicted of attacking and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City in 1989. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the series is necessary viewing in the work toward dismantling racism in our communities. We hope you will be moved to action by this experience and the recognition that youth of color continue to be targeted by law enforcement and victimized by miscarriages of justice. Any questions, please contact Paula Sparks at or Lori Kronser at

Sign up for one or all dates at 

Intended for mature viewers. Disturbing subject matter is depicted.
CAP Featured Food Item for November
Featured item for November—CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!
Troop 119 Quarter-mania!
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Fred Barrow’s aunt, Lee; Kathy Miller’s sister, Beth; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline Knott; Debbie Saylor’s uncle, Wayne and her grand-nephew, Jordan Ace Jabri; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Jon Nelson’s grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Diane Maker; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Margaret McGillivary’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer of Faith Presbyterian Church; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s father, Dave; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; 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; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Michelle Schoonmaker’s friend, Ellie Brown; Paula Griggs’ friend, Judy; Denise Grassel’s friend, Jacki; Megan Plander; Marlene DeHaven; Rose and Skip Dorrell; Jon Sutliff; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the McNamara and Mezaache families on the death of Lisa’s friend, Pearl McNamara.

PRAYERS FOR GUIDANCE AND LOVE for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING from those who are healing from addiction and mental illness.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: The Church at Severn Run, Fresh Start Church and Cape St. Claire UMC.

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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