Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive February 7, 2020
This week we welcome my student, Aria Lunt, as a special musical guest, playing the lyrical second movement of Mozart's Concerto No. 3 for horn. Aria attends Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, where she is on the dance and soccer teams, in addition to her various musical activities. The choir presents Karen Marrolli's Let Us Come, an original tune that recalls early American hymn-writing. The text calls us to the table and then challenges us to go forth into the world and make a difference. Dr. Marolli is the director of music ministries at Central UMC in Albuquerque, NM and is equally at home in the sing-songwriter world and the classical-choral area.
Director of Music
This Sunday we continue with our ACT themes, and we will be focusing on safe and affordable housing. The band will be playing Fortress by LIVE Worship. This is intended to become a new congregational hymn as well, so please give it a listen on YouTube to become familiar with the melody. Just as a reminder, our single service Sunday is going to held on May 3rd at 10 am. It is Good Shepherd Sunday, and the youth will be leading the service.
God Bless!
Director of Contemporary Music
I want to thank Ark & Dove for the warm welcome! For those who haven't had a chance to meet me yet, feel free to catch me after services on Sunday. Your community's needs are my priority, so one-on-ones are a major component of my work this month; please reach out and we can schedule something. My passions in ministry focus on the fringes, marginalized groups, and the folks who want to learn about those things. My background is in psychology and sociology, with extensive work on trauma, grief, and crisis intervention. I also am well-versed in LGBTQ+ and human sexualities education. But, I am mostly just curious about people and want to get to know them and hear their stories.
I look forward to getting to know this community better in the coming months and helping various missions grow in that time.
Chris Wilson
Seminary Intern
God loves a cheerful giver!
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 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. -2 Corinthians 7
Stewardship Update: January 2020
At the Annual Congregational Meeting the Session presented our budget for 2020, which included meeting our top funding concern, adequate pay for our staff. After one month into the year the Stewardship team wanted to let you know how we are doing. To meet our budget we need to receive $41,963 per month in pledged, unpledged and loose plate giving. Through January 31st, we took in $35,243 or just about $6,700 less than we need.  Month to month giving is not constant (except for EFT givers that is) but this is still something we will need to monitor. At the same time Per Capita giving for January was $2,526, which puts us well on our way to the $6,200 budgeted by Session. Thank you for such a good start. Steve Debus,
Per Capita Per Person
Ark and Dove pays per capita to the Presbytery of Baltimore every year to support the programs of Presbytery and the General Assembly. Each adult member is invited to pay their $37 annual per capita payment. Write a check (with per capita in the memo line), give online or text PerCapita to 410-983-3481. Questions? Please contact Alta Paronto, treasurer,
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
As We Approach the Lenten Season
Shrove Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm
Ash Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm
Pancakes for all! Come to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner on February 25, beginning at 6:30pm. Just bring a pancake topping, fruit, side dish, or drink to share. There will be another Pancake Flipping contest this year! Come enjoy fellowship with a feast before the introspective journey through Lent to Easter! Nicole Howe,
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
After the banquet of Shrove Tuesday, we begin the necessary self-reflection of Lent in preparation for Easter. Please join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service on February 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Outreach and Connections
Men's Voyagers
The Ark and Dove Men's Group, the Voyagers, is sponsoring a trip to attend a theatrical performance of C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce, a fantasy about the choice between heaven and hell. All are welcome join us for the show in D.C. this Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. Please contact Paul Doughty ( for more information.
Here's a good website for tickets:
BAD Cyber Safety Event
Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!
Public & Permanent: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!
When: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Speaker: Richard Guerry
At this event the youth will gain the following information
• Preventing Cyber Cruelty
• Safe Communication in Gaming
• PC & Mobile Security
• Public Databases & Digital Transparency
• Preventing Abuse of Current & Future Apps
• Poor Social Media & Oversharing Behaviors
• Many Other Current & Future Cyber Issues
The Bay Area Disciples (BAD) is hosting this very important Cyber Safety Event for Middle and High School youth, parents are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions about the event please contact: Deborah Saylor, BAD Ministry Group Convener at
Christian Education
Parents' Night Out Youth Fundraiser
Parents’ Night Out, Saturday, February 15, 5:00-9:00 pm. Childcare, dinner, and activities are included. This is a fundraiser for Youth Group Summer Mission trips. Please register and pay online at, Ages 1-10, $20 for the first child and $10 per sibling. Questions? Please contact, Jerri Webb,
Special Offering
Refugee Support Fund
Last Sunday Pastor Jon focused his sermon on the immigration issues in our county. Three years ago, Ark and Dove added a new mission ministry to support refugees entering our community. The refugee welcoming team has supported two families. Koko and Rose are from Myanmar and the Solanos are from Mexico. It has been a joy to see both families become so firmly established in their community.
Unfortunately, Bernabe Solano had a serious accident on December 2, 2019. He fell in a parking lot and broke his vertebrae resulting in extensive surgery, which required rods and screws in his back. He receives physical therapy at home, is walking a little and making small improvements. In addition he has been diagnosed with epilepsy, which may have been the cause of the fall. His prognosis is positive, but he has been out of work since the accident with no determined date to start back to work.
Prior to the accident he was working three jobs to support his family of four children. It goes without saying that they need help with their basic expenses. In addition to the regular expenses, the family is in the process of applying for their Green Card, which requires an examination from an immigration physician which will possibly cost up to $1500.00.
Ark and Dove has been able to help the family with your dedicated donations to the refugee support mission ministry. While the extra money has helped, their financial needs are ongoing. Due to the extensive needs of this family the mission team is asking for a Special Offering to further support this fund.
In my visits with the family I can assure you that they are extremely humbled and grateful for the help we have provided. Please consider donating to this Special Offering so we can continue to help support this family. You may write a check or donate online to the refugee support fund. Thank you. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder.
Equipping the Saints
224th General Assembly
Equipping the Saints: General Assembly. The Presbytery of Baltimore will host the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in June of this year. Are you curious about what General Assembly is and how it works and what governing bodies in the PC(USA) do? Join us March 4 at 6:30 pm in the Ark and Dove room for an informative look at this biennial gathering of delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries around the world. Dinner and childcare provided. Questions? Please contact, Bruce Sanders,
Antiracism and Social Equity
Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Project (ASSP)
Were you inspired by Pastor Jon’s sermon on immigration last Sunday? Looking for a way to help?
ASSP a is national program dedicated to finding sponsors for asylum seekers so that they can be released from detention and reunited with their families. We’re always looking for more volunteers to help interview potential sponsors over the phone, if you’d like to get involved there’s an upcoming online training on February 2, 9pm. Contact Jen Roman for more details:
Stated Clerk speaks out against president’s Middle East plan
J. Herbert Nelson says plan offers no willingness to include Palestinian community
Rick Jones | Office of the General Assembly - January 31, 2020
The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) says he sees nothing in President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan that would benefit the Palestinian community. The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued a statement to Presbyterians Friday denouncing the plan.
“This ‘deal’ is little more than a cynical rephrasing of the conditions that have kept the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation for decades,” he writes. “It codifies Israel’s egregious theft of Palestinian land and would continue Israel’s military rule, even over the areas allocated to the so-called Palestinian state.”
Nelson said that from the perspective of past Presbyterian General Assemblies, the plan is a “consummate violation” of the most basic principles required for peace in the region.
“We must speak out on behalf of the Palestinian community, residents of this land for generations,” the statement reads. “Their land has been stolen. Their holy sites have been denigrated. Their homes and businesses have been destroyed and they all live under the iron fist of Israel’s continuing military occupation.” Continued.
Healing Through Grief
The next meeting of the Healing through Grief small group will be on Wednesday, February 12 from 7 - 8:15 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a family member or friend, no matter how recent or long ago, is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. You can let us know in advance or just show up. The group is facilitated by Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner. For more information, please contact Tim Stern at 410-674-6400 or or Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or
Remembering a Loved One on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is not just for lovers. It is a day of considering all sorts of relationships where love lives -- with spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends. Send a card, go to dinner, give chocolates. So what can be done when the loved one has died and the love still exists? How can these loving relationships be honored and remembered?
Finding a way to do that can be another step in the long process of healing through grief. In 28 Ways to Remember a Loved One on Valentine’s Day, Chris Raymond gives loads of ideas. His suggestion of doing one a day seems awfully ambitious, but picking and choosing a couple from the list could be very helpful. (Personally I'd skip the helium balloons as they are bad for wildlife).
One that was new to me, I think would work for quite a few people is inviting family members, friends and others who knew and miss your beloved over for a Valentine’s meal featuring his or her favorite dish(es) and beverage(s). As you serve each item, share with your guests why he or she loved each offering, or your favorite memories involving this fare. Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or