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e-Arkive for October 13, 2017
This Sunday, October 15, please come to the 9:30 service to hear beautiful music played on the harp!  We are so lucky to have harpist, Anastasia Pike, with us and you will NOT want to miss this!

Thank you to the amazing youth, in Joyful Noise, for singing such a beautiful anthem this past week!  They are working to present special music with the Adult Choir and for our 25th Anniversary, so be sure to be at church in the morning and get your tickets to hear more great music in the evening!  
Silver Anniversary! Celebrate!
DON'T WAIT--TODAY IS THE DAY TO ORDER YOUR ANNIVERSARY DINNER TICKETS Come celebrate Ark and Dove's 25th anniversary (and look ahead to our future) at our Silver Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, October 22 at 6 pm. Tickets must be ordered by this Monday, October 16--so don't wait--today's the day!  Come share a lovely catered meal, music, remembrances, photos and more.  The meal includes chicken Marsala, California pasta, roasted potato, mixed vegetables, garden salad, and dinner rolls with honey butter.  Go to  and make your reservations now.  Tickets are $20 adults, and $10 for kids 6-12.  Kids under 6 are free.  Child care will be provided. We're excited to see you there! Questions? Please contact Donna Anderson (, Amy Stavely (, or Ray Bussey ( for more information.       
Would you like to share a memory, story or anecdote about Ark and Dove and its impact on you, your family or our community? Email your anecdotes to, and we will publish some of them on the night of the dinner and share others throughout the rest of the 2017.    
WELCOME TO "PRELUDE" As we celebrate our first 25 years at Ark and Dove, we'll also look ahead to our future. This year's Stewardship Campaign, to support the Mission and Ministry Fund, is titled Prelude: Beginning the Next 25 Years of Ark and Dove. Each year we ask for your pledges so that our ministries can continue to improve and grow in service to God and God's work. Over the next five weeks, you'll have the chance to hear from our Session, about the work of our Ministries, and then envision what more can be done as we add resources to support this work. Dedication Sunday is November 19th! On this day, we will all have the opportunity to pledge our commitment to strengthening our ministries, and creating, in turn, a stronger church home, community and world. Yours in service, Steve Debus, the Discipleship Elder,    
Antiracism and Social Equity
BALDWIN AND COATES: LETTERS OF LOVE AND CAUTION Our next event continues with the words of James Baldwin. His letter to his nephew was a cautionary tale on what it meant to be a black man in America in 1962. More than a half century later, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote his award-winning book Between the World and Me as a letter to his teenage son. Join us to discuss excerpts from these letters on Thursday, October 19th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Both are available online.   
Dear companions in mission,

As I write, Costa Rica has just been hit with heavy rains that Tropical Storm Nate dragged across the country as it formed off the Caribbean coast, before it started its northward trek. There are official reports of 8 deaths, 17 still missing and more than 7000 in shelters. Unofficially, I can also report that around Costa Rica graduates of the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) are working in their communities to accompany those who have suffered loss. UBL graduates are also on the ground in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. Extreme weather events and natural phenomena will continue to mean disaster for vulnerable communities. As we respond generously to current emergencies, I invite you also to keep in mind institutions like ours that are training those church and community leaders working to reduce vulnerability. The link below will take you to my latest newsletter with stories and words from women and men who have graduated from the UBL in the twenty years since we became a university.
To read more, please click HERE
REFUGEE MENTORING MINISTRY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE The Ark and Dove mission ministry has partnered with Baltimore's International Rescue Committee (IRC) to mentor a refugee family. This mentorship program aims to help refugee families become better integrated into American culture through English language practice, cultural exchange, and support from church members. We've selected a young Burmese family to mentor; this will be a six-month commitment. For more information or to get involved, please contact Debbie Arey, team leader, at or 508-579-7748. For more information on IRC Baltimore, please visit
Burmese citizens waiting for medical treatment. 
CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY 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!         
Adult Christian Education
REFORMATION QUESTIONS, REFORMATION ANSWERS What do you know about The Reformation?  Did you know this year is the 500th anniversary of this church-changing event?  How many theses did Luther post (or not post) on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Germany?  These, and many other questions about The Reformation, will be answered in a four class session for adults on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. in October leading up to Reformation Sunday on October 29.  The basis of our study will be a book called:  Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers, 95 Key Events, People, & Issues by Donald K. McKim.  Sign up, purchase your book, read the first 30 pages, and come to class on Oct 15, 22, and 29.  If you have further questions, please contact Betsy Baer,, or Pastor Jon,
SEEKING REFUGE SMALL BOOK GROUP This fall we will resume our book study  Seeking Refuge from last spring. This will take place on Tuesdays, 10/24, 11/7 and 11/14, 7pm. Those who did not attend the group in the spring can still join the group. You can order the book online. Questions? Please RSVP, Debbie Arey,    
In and Around Our Community
LECTURE at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN The Honorable Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, Member of the South African Parliament, will lecture at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, this Sunday, October 15, 7:00 pm. Parking in the Hillman Garage across from the Sanctuary off Duke of Gloucester. Wilma was raised within the Dutch Reformed Mission Church of South Africa and received PCUSA support to study at Gallaudet University in D.C. in the 1980s.  Upon her return to South Africa she emerged as a leader with the deaf community and has held a position in the Parliament since the new constitution was approved in 1997.
Outreach and Connection
NEW MEMBERS INQUIRERS CLASS Please join us for the New Members Inquirer's Class on October 28 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!  Please sign up in the lobby signup or by contacting Donna Anderson at, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.  
FRIENDLY SENIORS PLUS Friendly Seniors, and anyone else who wants to come, plan to take Frances Keyes out to lunch at the Nautilus Diner, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00 pm.  Frances was a key person in starting Friendly Seniors and the one who made things happen in the church for her husband, Spence, when he was our worship elder.  So, come and give Frances a lunch and a good time.  Reservations will be needed at the restaurant, so please talk to, email ( or call (410-672-5237) Joan Berry to make sure there's space for you!
CALLING ALL MEN! You are invited to the Nautilus Diner in Crofton at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 21 for a delicious breakfast, great fellowship, and a thought-provoking presentation by our own Chris Wilkins! Chris will be sharing his experiences about his time in the military, including his experiences in Vietnam. For those of us who've watched the Ken Burn's Vietnam series recently, this will be a great opportunity to hear from someone who actually was there in this pivotal time in our country's history. Please respond if you are coming, so we know how many tables to put together! This replaces the breakfast event we planned for this Saturday, October 7, which we postponed because of the planned church cleanup. Because of this postponement, we are planning to also postpone our visit to Annapolis, previously scheduled for November 7, for later in November. Hope to see you on October 21! Paul Doughty,