The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

In a recent e-mail to the Long Range Planning Team, Sarah Hendricks inspired me to look up a quote I heard from Vaclav Havel who played a major roll in the Velvet Revolution that replaced communism in the former Chekosslvakia. He became President and then the President of the Czech Republic:

“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.”

The author of Hebrews writes in chapter 11:1 that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

I bring hope to your attention because our Long Range Planning Team has studied your responses to the Church Assessment Tool, met diligently with our consultant and is now putting the finishing touches on their hope filled plan which they will present to Session. I am grateful for their hard work and their vision. Thank you to Chris Fox, Julia Kirby, Brian Boudreau, Christina Cosio Futch, Steve Roman, Donna Anderson, Camille Dubious, Sarah Hendricks and Christy Yeager for their hard word and their vision and willingness to dream. We will keep you posted.

Please watch your USPS mailbox next week for an important mailing from our Stewardship Team. They are sending you a missal on Connections. My prayer is that you would read their brochure in its entirety and prayerfully consider their message. Additionally, our website is being updated weekly with all kinds of communications from your fellow members about stewardship. Please visit the giving tab and click on Connections 2021.

Peace of Christ,
Tim
tstern@arkanddove.org
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

Has the institution that employs you gone through a restructure? Have you been part of a committee that has had a big turnover in members? Have you played on a team that needed to rebuild between seasons? Have you worked with an organization that has rebranded? If you can answer any of the above in the affirmative, you know that institutions and organizations are hard to change.

And yet, the institution that is our denomination has placed constant change at the core of its identity. Following the Church split that occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries, our ancestors adopted a saying that was to describe and define the new church from then on: reformed and always reforming. From the European continent to North American shores, Presbyterians (and their Reformed siblings) have determined they will be a church ready to change and transform according to what God is doing every new day. 

Church history since then only shows how hard change has been. The faithful have always held certain dogmas, practices, polities, and opinions with tight fists. Sometimes this refusal to change served the church well, like when certain German Christians refused to obey any word other than the Word of God. Many times the church's refusal to change has only hurt others and herself, like when it has excluded people based on race, gender, sexuality, and class. All the while, Presbyterians have been reminded what they are: reformed and always reforming.

The European reformation happened just after the Black Plague and while revolts were ripping through the countryside. As we are enduring a plague and revolts, we are changing. That change has been hard. It will continue to be hard. But I must say that the changes we have made in 2020 have been good, because they have been made by faithful people discerning what is needed now. In a different sense, Ark and Dove has reformed over the last year. It is now reforming. Will you be the change you want to see in the church?

Peace,
Jon
jnelson@arkanddove.org
Verse and Prayer
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
-Matthew 22:34-40
Faithful God: when all seems unsettled and in turmoil, your love is steadfast. When I am uncertain of myself and my place in the world, your love claims me. When people are at odds and embattled, your love moves us toward the other. When everything changes, your love is the same. Amen.
Our virtual choir game continues to get better and better. This week, the choir prepared American composer, Mary Mcdonald's Still Be My Vision, inspired by the text of a beloved Irish hymn. This version has a unique haunting melody with a beautiful, flowing keyboard harmony. The Celtic flavor of the accompaniment, highlighted by Laura's Doughty's lovely flute-playing, complements the vocals and fits the origins of the hymn naturally. We hope that the congregation finds this setting to be contemplative, comforting and sincerely relevant.

Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This week the band recorded 'Build Your Kingdom Here' by Rend Collective. Definitely a staple in our regular service rotation of band hymns. I am sure most of you might recognize the song. Please sing along at home! There will also be some familiar faces in the video this week, although ones you haven't seen in a while. Next week I am super excited for the band anthem. It is a wonderful song and you will get to hear it performed by a wonderful singer! The hymn is also a beautiful song that we recorded sometime ago with a guest singer. Tune into service this week, next week, and every week to continue to worship, listen to excellent sermons, and breathtaking music. God Bless!

God bless,
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
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Pathways
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8

Ark and Dove creates Pathways that enable our spiritual journey and allow us to understand how God works through us to perform acts of social justice and mercy. 

Pathways are how we get from one place to another. Pathways sometimes connect destination points, and sometimes they are loops which we use to continuously renew and rejuvenate. We use pathways to guide us to move towards our desired place or goal. Not every outcome has a pathway and not every pathway can meet our individual needs. We need to use and build different pathways as God calls on us now. As Christians, we use pathways to build our individual relationship with God, mature our spirituality and commit to acts of social justice and mercy. As Christians, we also take on leadership roles to forge new paths where it is necessary. Our building and utilization of pathways changes as we grow in faith and spirituality and what it means to individually participate and lead in our body of faith. 

Our Individual pathway is the one that connects our gifts and talents in a way that is unique and serves the special purpose we are intended to fulfill. We all have time, talents and resources that are faithfully implemented to serve God’s purpose. We use pathways that others have created to enable us to lead in some capacity at the right time. And we create Pathways where we believe there is a need to lead so that others can follow. 

At Ark and Dove, we forge pathways to social justice and mercy through various classes and listening sessions with our community that guide us through careful examination and thoughtful study of social equity issues such as ongoing racial injustices and housing inequalities experienced in our community and our broader society. Equipped with greater understanding and fueled by the love of God, we create and travel pathways to positive change as we commit to working with Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT), a non-partisan organization rooted in community action and collaboration. We continue along the pathway of social justice as we hold peaceful demonstrations here at our church in the pursuit of dismantling racism and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. 

As Christians, the pathways of our individual faith journeys flow out of the connection and relationship we have in Jesus. As each of us journeys through this life in a pilgrimage of faith, we yearn for a greater spiritual vitality. We desire to have a closer relationship with God and we want to know more of his wisdom and power every day. At Ark and Dove we find pathways to spiritual vitality through advent devotionals, meditative Taize services, introspective Lenten services, thoughtful worship experiences, and meaningful classes and retreats. Looking to the future we are excited about the possibility of adding a labyrinth to our church grounds as an instrument to help guide us in our faith journeys through prayer and introspection. 
 
Jesus had 12 followers which he equipped and then sent out to lead. We are all disciples and all called to lead in love and action. Ark and Dove helps equip us to carry God’s dream into the world through pathways in Christian Education, in serving those that are in need, and in being a force for change towards a socially just and merciful world. Think about how Ark and Dove has touched and guided you to enable you to be the Christian disciple you are and where the Church may be leading you next in your faith journey. 

The Elders and Deacons along with the Long-Range Planning Team have faithfully reviewed the responses to the 2020 Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) in order to determine what priorities and goals we, as a congregation, want to accomplish in the coming years. Together, they have developed a plan with strategic initiatives that will enable us to make progress and achieve those goals. This is God’s voice and our reflection on where the congregation is leading this Church as our part of the community of Christ and our role in affecting the human condition here and abroad. As a congregation we have said what matters most to us. The budget is what it takes to achieve the vision that God has called on us to fulfill. 

The year 2020 has certainly been different. It has been a year that has required a great deal of flexibility and adaptation and yet, Ark and Dove has continued to rise to the commitment to make a positive impact in the world. 2021 will also have its challenges and changes in how we build and utilize pathways to fulfill God’s promise in our community. With a little change in your continued financial commitment (pledges) we can accomplish great things and make an impressionable impact within our church family, into our community, and in the world.  

This November, please prayerfully consider increasing your pledged commitment to Ark and Dove by 1% of household income. Your individual pledges are how we fund what it takes to fulfill God’s work through us and what we believe matters most. One percent is the difference between surviving at the status quo and delivering on the dreams which God inspires us to achieve. Your increased pledge properly funds our mission and ministry endeavors so that we can enable the pathways that form our discipleship, affirm and support pathways that drive social and spiritual impact, and forge new pathways where we must lead. 

One percent allows us to educate, build relationships and peer support systems, champion acts of mission, mercy, and justice which maintain our facilities as a vehicle of discipleship, and build new pathways of spiritual vitality. 

Your increased pledge matters and makes what matters most happen. 

-2021 Connections Stewardship Team. Doug Walcutt, Tricia Gray, Joe Gray, Dianne Johnson, Bruce Sanders, Steve Debus, and Pastor Tim

Ark and Dove Testimonials
Ark and Dove is MY church and I’m happy to be a part of it with you. I joined Ark and Dove in 2017 with my daughter and son-in-law. I have found peace, reassurance, guidance and leadership from our pastors and Session, my deacons, and from you. In this time of racial unrest, political strife, and pandemic, I have received God’s direction from sermons, opportunities for small group studies and peaceful demonstrations, as well as calm, responsible care for our collective health. I am particularly interested and involved in the Anti-Racism and Social Equity team within the Mission Council. Tim and Jon’s sermons in the past several months have seemed particularly inspired by the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ to show up for ALL of our neighbors in any way we can, representing my Christian values and understanding of God’s desires. I feel privileged to share my family’s financial resources to support the church mission.

-Lori Kronser
Outreach and Connections
Social Equity
He, She, They, Ze: Equity and Etiquette
Thursday, October 28th, 2020 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, the Anne Arundel County Public Library will be offering an introduction to LGBTQIA+ on zoom. "Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of letters in the LGBTQIA+ acronym? If you have questions about pronouns, identities, or other terminology, we cover the basics as well as give some direction to continue learning. Educators, parents, managers, and employers are encouraged to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join this virtual webinar." Go here to register.

Let's continue to learn about all the ways children of God are in the world, so that we can be a welcoming and inclusive church.

If you are interested in joining the Antiracism and Social Equity Team, please contact me at girdnerLinda@gmail.com. Linnie Girdner
Peace in Anne Arundel County!
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Through your participation in the Peace and Global Witness Offering, our church extends Christ’s peace throughout our community. The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be used to support ACT, as we support peace in Anne Arundel County. This offering is currently underfunded! Thank you for your support, as we weather one of the most difficult times in our history--together! You can donate online, by text (text amount followed by peace to 410-983- 3481) or by check. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net.
Adult Christian Education
Being Grateful in Difficult Times
We will meet weekly through November 25, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm. Even though the class is based on Diana Butler Bass's book by that name, you don't have to read the book to participate. I wanted to facilitate a class because I myself am dealing with a lot of negative emotions that are interfering with my health, my sleep as well as my spirituality. I know I am not alone! Bass's course in gratitude offers a different approach to all the negativity, something I know many of us need right now. I hope others will join me in this six week adventure.
Creating a Life With God
If you would like to explore some different ways of praying, Pastor Tim is leading a group beginning October 27 using the book Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert.  The group will meet for five weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Please register by emailing tstern@arkanddove.org.
Lectionary Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 10 am, we gather online for fellowship, Bible study on the upcoming Sunday scriptures, and prayer. This has been and continues to be a great way to deepen friendships and faith. Please join us, there is no commitment or homework. Contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom invitation (jnelson@arkanddove.org).
Youth Christian Education
Godly Play
Our Sunday school program for grades K-5 takes place via Zoom each Sunday from 9:00- 9:40 am. Our host welcomes the child(ren), the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. Normally, our class would involve a work/creative response time as well, so our Godly Play team has put together response bags containing art supplies and other materials for the children to keep at home for personal use. If you are interested in getting a bag for your child(ren), or you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at jbdevers@gmail.com.
LOGOS Weekly Lessons and Activities
LOGOS has begun; check your emails each Tuesday! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's midweek intergenerational experience for children and youth up to 8th grade. It is a time for all ages to come together to learn about God and grow in their relationships. Unlike previous years, we will not be meeting in the church building. Instead, each week will have a different family-centered activity to do either at home or outside at church. There will be crafts, games, bible study, and opportunities for worship and mission. If you’d like to get on the weekly emailing list, please contact Amy Goldberg at amygoldberg.2010@gmail.com. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com.
Growing With Each Other
Sunday Fellowship!
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to fellowship@arkanddove.org to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week. The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com.
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (tstern@arkanddove.org) to receive an invitation.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Brenna Kirby; Wren Suggs; Grant Kirby’s mother, Caroline; Dick Paronto; Camille Dubois; Clarke Beaudry’s mother, Judy LaMarque; Kennon Bauman’s uncle, Dan Johnston; Amy Goldberg’s grandmother, Ruth Cooper; Dot Forloines’ family and her great-grandson Luke; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Christy Yeager’s mother, Linda Jordan; John Mikeska; Jesse Pennabaker; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice; Diane Johnson's Uncle Ed, Aunt Janet, and cousin Richard; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brifgzan Smith; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave, and friend; Fred Barrow; Laurie Barrow’s nephew, Gunther Kurtz; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Sue Hanburger's friends, Barb, Phyllis, and Martha; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth, and friend Sandee Dickson; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, granddaughter, Sarah, and grandson Nathan; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Ann Hirschy’s Aunt Cindy and brother; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s cousin, Philip Brown; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters; 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; Lou Kareha’s aunt, Judy Kochis and cousin, Thomas; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Margaret McGillivray's friend Gregg Hanson; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friend, Grace Ligon; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Ylonda Funtleroy's friends, Gloria Jean Austin and Tanya; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; and Kathy Emmert's friend, Patty.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Gray family on the death of Joe Gray's grandmother, Myra Gray.

PRAYERS OF HEALING for those with COVID-19 including: Edith Bud's son's father-in-law, Jim Parker; Doug Walcutt’s father, Chuck Walcutt, stepmother, Linda Walcutt, and Linda Walcutt’s mother, Mary Jane King; Ylonda Fauntleroy's friends, Sandra and Elijah Williams; Ed Barrett's friend, Joe Bogner; and the leaders of our nation.

PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Tricia Gray’s mother; Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Caitlyn Bussey; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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