Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive January 21, 2022
This Sunday you are in for a special treat! A student of mine from Morgan State, Brittany Haynes, will be joining us to sing a stunning version of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", by Thomas Dorsey. I heard Brittany sing this piece in a Master Class with a master clinician, Damien Sneed, and I told her I would love to have her sing it at Ark and Dove. I hope you'll tune in. On January 30th, we have another special piece, prepared by Paul and Laura Doughty, called "The Lord is My Rock" for Tenor solo, piano and flute. I am looking forward to seeing people in the congregation in a few weeks, and getting back to a place where we can safely bring the choir back together. Stay healthy, friends.
Interim Director of Music
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2 Corinthians 9:7
Bulletin - The Proclamation of Salvation
Reserve Worship Service Space HERE for both the 9am & 10:30am Indoor Worship Services
In-Person Sanctuary Worship at the 10:30 am service will resume on January 30th. Attendance is limited so please reserve your place here. On February 6th we will bring back the in-person 9am worship service and Sunday School during the 10:30 am service.
Please RSVP to attend either worship service in the sanctuary, please sign up HERE.  No child care for now. Singing with masks on is allowed. Only the 10:30 am service will be live streamed, and most seats will be on screen for a moment or more. A limited number of off-camera seats will be available; more details will be available in the sanctuary.
How Close Can You Get?
Per Capita: What it is and how Ark and Dove Benefits from it
Per capita is a set amount of money (a pass-through apportionment per member) that all congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As WilliamMcConnell, a Mission Engagement Advisor for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, states it:
"As a connectional church, our work is maintained, sustained and funded by a financial system called “Per Capita.” In this system, each governing body above the local congregation’s session determines how much it will cost to do what the Book of Order and the next higher governing council require. Each body also calculates what it will cost to do the ministries it believes God is calling it to do. And the General Assembly determines the cost of maintaining the structures and systems at the national level that support the internal work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its relationships with other faith communities around the world."
When we participate in paying our per capita, we’re saying, “I’m in. I’m a part of this denomination; connected to it and intend to fund it and support it.”
The per capita apportionment that Ark & Dove will be responsible to pay on each member’s behalf in 2022 is over $10,500 [$38.50 x 276 members]. Historically, Ark & Dove receives only 40% of the per capita from its members leaving a -$6,000 hole in our ministry & mission budget each year.
When you pay your $38.50 PER CAPITA APPORTIONMENT, please know that our contributions will immediately go to improve Ark & Dove’s bottom-line, enabling us to further fund our mission and ministry programs in 2022. 
End of Year Giving Statements
Your End of Year Giving Statements were emailed out on Monday, 1/17. Please check your email (including Spam folder) to make sure you received your statement. If you have questions, please contact Steve Debus (
Congregational Meeting - January 30th
The Annual Congregational meeting will take place on Sunday evening, January 30, at 7:00 PM. This will be a Hybrid meeting taking place in the Sanctuary and on Zoom at the same time.  Following the meeting, the Adult Education Team will host a congregational "Zoom Pub Trivia." (see more in article below) We hope you will join us!
Establish/Update EFT
Would you like to establish an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for your pledge with Ark and Dove? Or perhaps change your existing EFT? The forms to do both of these actions can be found on the Ark and Dove website under the Giving tab. For those that requested an update to their EFT by checking the box on their pledge card, the appropriate form should have been sent to you. Check your Spam box if you didn't receive it. If you have any questions, please email our treasurer: Alta Paronto, at:
Adult Christian Education
Pub Trivia Night!
The Adult Ed Team is hosting Pub Trivia on Zoom immediately after the congregational meeting on January 30th! Topics include Bible trivia, Church history, and wild card questions, and don't worry about forming a team beforehand, teams will be formed that evening.
But ... we do want your help! Please submit trivia questions in this google form
Contact Katie Nilsen-Johnson with any questions (
Mid-Week Bible Study
Join us every Wednesday at 10 AM for Bible study and fellowship. Contact pastor Jon (jnelson@arkanddove.rog) for the Zoom link.
Outreach and Connections
Parents Group Meeting
Parent Group will meet over Zoom on Friday, Jan. 28th at 8:00 pm. Please email Pastor Jon,, for an invitation link.
Change to 'Afternoon Tea'
Because of a conflict with another program we are looking to move our Afternoon Tea on Zoom from Thursdays at 3pm to another time and/or day. If you have a preferred day and time, please email Joan Berry before February 1st with that suggestion (
Ark & Dove Veterans Group
Would you like to connect to other veterans in the church? Do you want to help local service members and veterans? Come join Ark and Dove's Veterans Group. You don't need to be a veteran to join, just have a desire to connect and help current service members and veterans. Next time you see a Vietnam Vet, say thank you, they didn't hear it enough when they returned and it's time they hear it a little more! Contact Autumn Vernon, for more information. 
Meal Prep Help Needed
One of the ways we care for friends and members of the congregation is to provide meals for people during difficult times. If you are someone who is able and willing to make meals periodically, please contact our Deacon's Meal team leader, Annetta Fenstermacher, at: 410-519-0309, or email:
Antiracism and Social Equity
The White Ally Toolkit Study
The Anti-racism and Social Equity team invites you to join us for The White Ally Toolkit Study. We will spend 12 weeks studying David Campt's in-depth work on personal storytelling and his R.A.C.E method (Reflect, Ask, Connect, Expand). This study will prepare us for uncomfortable but essential conversations with skeptics about race and how to use listening and empathy to call others into dialog around racial issues. This class will be led by Lori Kronser, with assistance from Jen Roman and Shirley Fuller. Lori, Jen, and Shirley have met once a week for a year working through this book with open hearts and minds while working toward our best attempts at allyship. This class will be limited to the first six participants to register. Workbooks will be provided. We will meet on weekly on Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, from January 20, 2022 to March 24, 2022. (This will also serve as a Lenten Study.) Contact Paula Sparks or Deb Saylor to register.
Mission Ministry
Earth Care Team
Join us Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30pm, via Zoom, to discuss becoming an Earth Care Congregation and Earth Care projects for 2022. All are welcome. Please contact Bob Fuller at for the Zoom invite if interested. To learn more about Earth Care Congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), click here.
Christian Education
Until at least the first week of February, Logos (our midweek children's program) and youth groups will not meet in-person indoors. Please stay tuned for directed emails. If you are not on the Logos e-mail list, please contact Amy Goldberg ( If you are not on the youth group e-mail lists, please contact Pastor Jon (
Next week's meeting will be held online (January 25th). Every Tuesday, 6-7 pm! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's mid-week intergenerational program for pre-K and elementary aged children. LOGOS is a great way to grow your relationship with God and others at Ark and Dove. Sign up to register at Questions? Jen Roman at or Julie Devers at