Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are welcome at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

The Church Reformed Always Reforming is the cry of Presbyterians. We Presbyterians are in the Reformed family of Christians and always aspire to serve the world in new faithful and innovative ways. This Sunday is Reformation Sunday on the church calendar and in that spirit three flashes of news regarding how Ark and Dove is reforming.

After an extensive search, I am very pleased and excited to introduce to you Margaret McGillivray, our new Director of Music. First of all, Margaret is a warm, kind person and a lover of music and worship. Margaret is a pianist, horn player and director, who grew up in the Canadian Presbyterian Church, and was raised by her mother, also a director of music, and her father, a pastor. The search team was wowed at the first interview, and members of the choir were quite impressed with the second interview, which was a choir rehearsal. Margaret has a true gift for teaching music.

Here are some details about her education:
University of Arizona
Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance and Conducting. Medici Scholar.

Northwestern University
Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature.

McGill University
Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Minor in English Literature.

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) in Piano Performance with Great Distinction.

Margaret, lives in Columbia, has three young children and is married to Todd Stubbs who serves in the US Army. You can find out more about Margaret on her website Margaret will begin leading worship on Sunday, November 25. I am very excited to welcome her to our staff. She has much to bring to Ark and Dove, and I look forward to ministering with her in our congregation.

As we get ready to welcome Margaret, we are very grateful to our Interim Director of Music, Dorene Chen, who jumped in at a moment's notice to lead our choir, when our first interim, Justine Koontz, accepted a permanent position. Thank you Dorene for your grace-filled ministry among us.

Secondly, our congregation is in the midst now of a Consensus Building Process in the area of Stewardship. You should have received a stewardship brochure in the mail this week. We actually are not running a fall stewardship campaign
( did I just write that?), instead we are entering into a period of listening and discernment that we may build a consensus for moving forward in the spring. To that end, please come ready this Sunday to sign up for a small group listening session and be sure to fill out the survey that is in the brochure. We are calling upon you to help us reform our congregation into a more faithful body.

Lastly, I look forward to seeing everyone at the church clean-up tomorrow. Rain or shine. Lots to do indoors to spruce up our church.

Peace of Christ,

Verse and Prayer
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

- Hebrews 11:1
For the light of God's word
Psalm 119:105

Almighty, eternal, and mercifal God,
whose Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,
open and illuminate my mind, that I may truly understand your Word
and that my life may be conformed to what I have rightly understood,
that in all my ways I may be pleasing to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Prayers of the Reformers by Thomas McPherson
Notes for you!
This week we have some exciting additions to our music service. A youth string group will be playing “A Mighty Fortress” as the prelude this Sunday. Our choir will be singing “Simple Gifts” for the anthem, a shaker tune arrangement based on Johann Pachelbel’s Canon, quite a unique arrangement. Come and join us for some musical treats on this brisk autumn weekend!


Interim Music Director
We are always on the lookout for those who want to join the worship leadership team by joining the band. No experience needed! We are more than happy to help you strengthen your call with lessons, so that together we can create a welcoming worship community. Lessons are available in voice, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and percussion. Reach out to Dorene Chen or myself if you have any questions.

God bless!

Interim Director of Contemporary Music
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , Capital Savings Fund and more! Many opportunities await you!
Church Clean-up!
Fall fun and fellowship!
TOMORROW, Saturday, October 27, 8am to 2pm. Come join us in cleaning up our building and grounds! We need people to paint, people to weed and people to rake. We need lots of people! Come for 1 hour or stay the whole day! Please contact Rob Yeager, Facilities Elder, , for more info.
Is the Bible really relevant to us?
A Lens of Love
Can it speak to the complicated issues of our time? Join us, beginning today, October 28th and ending November 25 th , as we read the Bible with A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World . Come as you are, even if you haven't read the book. Contact Kim Champagne ( or Pastor Jon ( with any questions.
Renewing our Annual Stewardship through a Consensus Building Process
This week you should have received an information brochure in the mail about the Consensus Building Process we are doing in place of our regular Annual Stewardship Appeal this fall. Your thoughts, questions, ideas and perspectives are essential to this process so please sign up today to attend a small group dialogue session. There are groups meeting a variety of locations, days and times between November 3-11. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the lobby, or you can sign up ONLINE!
Anne Arundel Connecting Together
ACT in Action!
Mission Ministry
Winter Relief: October 15 through October 22
  Setting the sanctuary back up after Winter Relief. A mighty team: Christy, Charlotte, Alexis and Nicolas Yeager, Mike Davie, and Kelly and Chip Burnett. Thank you!
CAP featured food item for October
Featured item for October is CANNED VEGETABLES (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  
Mental Health Presentation
Please contact Christ Our Anchor or sign up in the lobby! Cheryl Schaefer, Mission Elder,
DC Presbyterian Church Invites Historian Ibram Kendi to Speak
Westminster Presbyterian Church in DC is doing some awesome work in anti-racism. Last Saturday they hosted the Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival with Dr. Ibram Kendi as their keynote speaker. Dr. Kendi, a historian and author of the award-winning book Stamped from the Beginning, entitled his address and subsequent workshop “How to be an Anti-Racist.” That is also the working title of his new book coming out in Summer 2019.
When Kendi began his research on the history of racist ideas, he had expected that hate or ignorance was the source of racist ideas, which then created racist policies. By examining both the producers and the consumers of racist ideas from colonial times to the present, he found this was not so. Those in power produced racist ideas to justify the policies that would most benefit them. Thus, people come to believe that inequitable outcomes can be attributed to racial characteristics rather than the uneven playing field that has been constructed.

The four areas of policy that he thought needed the greatest attention by anti-racists are health disparities, voter suppression, environmental policies, and justice. And the work white anti-racists need to do with white people is to help them see how their own self-interest would be served by a more equitable society.

When I read his book last year I was impressed by the astuteness and thoroughness of his analysis. Hearing him in person, I was struck by how he could emerge from years of painstaking research on racist ideas throughout American history with such hope and suggestions on how to move forward.

Linnie Girdner
GenOn Ministries: Discipline with Love
Outreach and Connection
New Members/Inquirers Class
If you are new to Ark and Dove, please join the New Members/Inquirer’s Class tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, from 8:30 am to noon 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 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 on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Donna Anderson at, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.
Adult Christian Ed
Weekly Bible Study
Are you interested in delving a bit deeper into the Bible? Are you looking for some companions on your journey of faith? Come as you are, there are no prerequisites. We discern and discuss new Bible passages every Wednesday, 10:00 am. Questions? Please contact Pastor Jon,
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Joan Berry’s son, Bryan Flom; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Arden Echols; Helen Wilkens; Donna Hahn; Charlotte and Mike Davie; Jay Olson; Colette Efiom; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Cheryl Walcutt’s sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her friend, Doris Weber; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Greg and Diane Makar’s aunt, Adeline; Annetta Fenstermacher’s sister, Margaret; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; Declan Steward's mother, Cynny; Christy Hipchen’s cousin, Corey; David Michels; Dakota Miller; Clarence Scott; Marlene and Doug DeHaven; Mike Stefanick; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Rob Yeager’s co-worker Wayne Sweet; Jordan Sun’s mother, Amy Han; Father Jim Kiesel; Pastor Jennifer Karsner; Karen Neale's granddaughter, Teaghan; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; and Matthew Fellows.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Agape Deliverance, North Glen Church and Light of the World.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Rice family upon the death of Deanna.

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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