E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove

All are welcome to the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 am Contemporary Worship Service, where we will continue our preaching series on the Six Great Ends of the Church focusing on "the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God."

 We will also continue to celebrate our Silver (25th) Anniversary with the special guest appearance of Doug Mattingly, who was Ark and Dove's first Director of Contemporary Music!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Thank you for hosting the 874th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore. About twenty Ark and Dove members were physically present to extend your welcome to our sisters and brothers from seventy or so other churches in our Presbytery.  We had guests from Cumberland, Havre de Grace, Crofton and many points between.  All were grateful for the warm building and the warm hospitality.  It was very well done.

One item of business was to endorse, as a Presbytery, this statement from J. Herbert Nelson, the Stated Clerk of our denomination about the recent travel ban  in our nation. The irony of the timing of the travel ban, for Ark and Dove, was that it came just days after we, as a congregation, decided to receive training by World Relief to become involved in refugee resettlement.  I am assuming that in some way the path for refugees coming to the United States will be open again, so this week I will work with Mission Elder Christine Caufield-Noll and World Relief, Anne Arundel Director, James Sunday to set up an evening date for training.

Thank you again to all who contributed cans to Souper Bowl Sunday.  The number is creeping up to over 800.  Pastor Jon and Greg Makar are telling me that we are in record territory for Souper Bowl generosity and that's awesome. 

Peace of Christ, 
Pastor Tim 


All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts....  
- Acts 2:44-46

God, open my eyes to see the world through your compassion.
Open my mind to understand the world through your wisdom.
Open my heart to receive the world through your love. Amen.

God of blessing, you call us to be one with you and your creation in love, faithfulness, and truth.  You call us to be one in community, in this church, Ark and Dove.  Help us to carry out the vows we make:  to adore you with our whole heart, to live in mutual support of one another, to serve others in humbleness and to love as if your reign has fully come. Amen.



The Six Great Ends of the Church are the Mission Statement of our denomination, and they have been a part of our church constitution since 1910:
1. The Proclamation of the Gospel for the Salvation of Humankind

2. The Shelter Nurture and Spiritual Fellowship of the Children of God

3. The Maintenance of Divine Worship

4.The Preservation of the Truth

5. The Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World

6. The Promotion of Social Righteousness   


We had a wonderful Presbytery meeting at Ark and Dove this week.  It was wonderful to see so many Ark and Dove people volunteer their time and make everyone feel so welcome.  I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful church!  

Dont' forget Jon and Christina's baby shower next Sunday.  If you have not received an invitation or RSVP'd, please let me know.  We need to know how many people to plan for!  We can't wait to see you as we celebrate Baby Nelson next week!


and Per Capita. Many opportunities await you!

Youth Fundraiser

PARENTS NIGHT OUT! YOUTH FUNDRAISER Parents, the next Parents Night Out (PNO) event is this coming Saturday, February 18, 2017. It's only $20 per child ($10 per additional child) for 4hrs of childcare!!! The PNO will be from 5pm-9pm and includes dinner, movies, and activities. Bring a snack to share.  If you'd like to sign up, check out the sign-up sheets on the board in the lobby. Or you can sign up online: https://form.jotform.com/70254096612958.  All proceeds from these PNO will go to send our youth to the GenOn Conference and the Youth Mission Trips.  Questions? Please contact Laura Talbert, lauramay77@aol.com.      

Outreach and Connections

PUBLISH IT! The Friendly Seniors are sponsoring a tea time event on 'Tell and PUBLISH Your Story' for ALL age groups interested in publishing.  Three of our local authors will recount their experiences publishing their stories and answer your questions.  Their books will be available for sale and signing.  So come and meet our authors--Amy Benson, Briah Ryan, and Irene Kucholick--and learn about their stories and publishing options open to you.  The place: Riconcito Mexicano; date and time: Sunday, February 19, 3-5 pm.  It should be an informative  time for all.  Please sign up in the lobby of Ark and Dove or contact Joan Berry (berry962@verizon.net, 410-672-5237) or Frances Keyes (frkeyes1005@gmail.com, 410-874-7253).  


DOCUMENTARY VIEWING OF 13TH The Anti-Racism/Social Equity Team invites you to join us on Sunday, February 26th immediately following the second service for soup, salad and viewing of the documentary, 13th.  Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary opens with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in the U.S. through mass incarceration. 13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.  Please sign up in the lobby for lunch and childcare.

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM What It Is And How To Help CAP is the Christian Assistance Program, Inc., a group of about 13 churches, including Ark & Dove, that provides food and clothing to families in West Anne Arundel County.  CAP operates a food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and a clothes closet at Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church.  Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, CAP provides about 200 families with the food for a full holiday meal. 

Member churches sometimes collaborate on Red Cross blood drives.  Ark & Dove helps sustain CAP through regular food donations, clothing donations, the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, and volunteers for CAP activities.  The team leader for CAP is Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255).
During the period October - December 2016, the pantry provided food to 490 households (1430 individuals).  We are always receiving donations of packaged foods for the pantry in the mission collection area in the church lobby across from the coat rack.  A list of the monthly featured items is posted on the bulletin board in the lobby.  Current and upcoming featured items are soup (February) and rice variations (March).
Some ways to help CAP:

* Bring food to church for the pantry
* Take food from Ark & Dove to the pantry occasionally
* Help pickup food at the Anne Arundel Food Pantry and unload at the pantry.  This is typically done once a month on a Friday morning.
* Help carry food from the pantry to cars on some Tuesdays (11-1) and Thursdays (3-5 pm)
* Work a monthly shift at the food pantry or clothes closet
* Donate money to CAP.  We have cards for making a gift donation in remembrance or in honor of a loved one.    (CAP, Inc., 1239 Murray Road, Odenton, MD  21113)

Deacons' Corner

DEACON ALL CALL On Sunday, February 26th, the Board of Deacons will be conducting their annual all-call.  They will be reaching out to the congregation to see how everyone is doing!  Be on the lookout that afternoon for a call from your deacon.   Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons, glmakar@juno.com.

Prayer Concerns

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Joshua Anthis; Kim Schroen; Zach Murray; Ray Mosella; Lance Bergersen; Ann Hirschy; Rob Yeager's mother, Rebekah Jennings; Dot Bruno; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; Laura Talbert; Fred Barrow's nephew, Sam Jackson; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Dot Forloines; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's parents, Paul and Mimi Marchand; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Benson's nephew, Peter; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Pat Stanton's aunt, Evelyn, and uncle, Hallie Hawn; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Janet Dabbs' sister, Diane Maloy; Paul Doughty's mother, Ruth; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Laurie Barrrow's sister-in-law Cathy; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Laura Doughty's cousin; Breinny Mosella's friend, Emma; Sue Hanburger's friend, Kim; Ann Marie Farely; Pierrette Kimble; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND STRENGTH go out to a mother facing addiction.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING for Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley.

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.    
8424 Piney Orchard Parkway  
Odenton, MD  21113
Phone: (410) 674-6400 
Fax: (410) 674-6481 
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