The mission committee at Ark and Dove church believes in taking action to help our fellow human beings in the local community. Our church supports:
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE CHESAPEAKE
As a covenant church of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, we provide donations of money, lunches and labor for work crews.
THE CENTER BALTIMORE
The Center connects groups with opportunities to make a positive impact on the local community and to strengthen one's personal faith journey through action. Our middle school youth and younger high school students have served at The Center since 2015. Also, several of our adult members volunteer year round at The Center. A sincere thank you to Vaughan Brown who led this mission opportunity with gusto for three years! And welcome to Pastor Jon, who will now lead.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Super Bowl Game Day, also called the Souper Bowl of Caring is an effort to glorify God and care for "the least of these our brothers" by encouraging people to give one dollar each as they leave worship on Super Bowl Sunday. Where does the money go? Each congregation selects and sends the contribution directly to the charity of choice. Ark and Dove's is usually a local charity. Ark and Dove also asks the congregation to bring in cans of soup for a local homeless shelter or our local food pantry. Organizers do not touch the funds, only asking that congregations around the United States report their results on game day so that national totals can be determined. Who collects the donations? Youth from each congregation use large soup pots to collect the donations as parishioners leave worship the morning of the game. When and where did the "Souper Bowl" start? The effort began with the Senior High Youth Fellowship of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. in 1990. The partnership grew from 22 churches the first year to over 10,000 congregations representing every U.S. state and Canada.
In coordination with the Arundel House of Hope, Ark & Dove provides a safe, warm place to sleep for 25 homeless men for one week during the winter. This is the largest single mission project our church undertakes during the year.
BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Back to School program is a partnership with the county schools and the Department of Social Services. Each year Ark & Dove members and friends provide the whole package of backpack and school supplies for 35 students at elementary schools in West County. We also provide assorted supplies for students at Meade Middle School.
CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP)
CAP is a team of 13 West County churches that provides short-term assistance to families in need. CAP operates the West County food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and a clothes closet at Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, CAP also provides families with the food for a full holiday meal. The pantry typically serves about 180 families each month. In addition, members of Ark & Dove volunteer at the pantry, help unload trucks of donated food, and help pack food for the holiday meals.
Holiday Sharing matches donor organizations and individuals with county families unable to provide a Christmas meal and gifts for their children. Each year Ark & Dove participants provide a clothing item and gift for about 80 children in West County families. There are options for those who are able to buy a gift for a child, for those who prefer to work behind the scenes to facilitate the process, and for those who are prepared to deliver the gifts directly to the families in need. We make the deliveries on the last Sunday before Christmas. Being able to connect with the families in this way is for some the most meaningful part of sharing Christmas.
REFUGEE MENTORING MINISTRY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (IRC)
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. To learn more, please head to our Refugee Resettlement page.
Ark & Dove supports the promotion of social justice in the world. Learn more about Office of Public Witness on Presbyterian Mission Agency website.
Karla Ann Koll, Costa Rica
Karla Koll serves at the Latin America Biblical University, a PCUSA mission partner that has been training church leaders throughout Latin America.
Eliane Menezes, CEDEPCA, Guatemala
The Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA) is an educational institution that contributes to the transformation of lives and contexts by providing training and accompaniment, and by offering spaces for reflection to women and men from diverse Christian traditions, communities and contexts. Read more...