Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive July 2, 2020
The prelude this week is a jaunty arrangement of 'Come, Christians Join to Sing' by Becki Slagle Mayo, composer and pianist at Carriage Lane Presbyterian in Peachtree, GA. I'm looking forward to music plans this summer. If you would like to offer a recorded solo, prelude or postlude, let me know. It's a wonderful way to contribute to worship in this new format.
Director of Music
This weekend, being a holiday, I decided to give the band a much earned break. Everyone has been working very hard and getting used to the recording process very well. This week Adell Gaurin and I will be sharing our version of 'Blessings' by Laura Story. It's a very sweet song with a very important message during these times in our world. I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July weekend. Stay healthy, safe and happy.
God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
All are welcome! Join livestream worship at 10:00 am.
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Antiracism and Social Equity
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When We Wear Masks,
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Outreach and Connections
Sunday Fellowship!
You're invited to "Sunday Fellowship" Zoom meeting after our Sunday worship live-stream! It will begin at approximately 11:15 am. Since we cannot meet in person yet, and we miss our Sunday morning snack and chat time, we thought we'd see if this could be a sort of virtual substitute! Sorry, you'll have to supply your own coffee and snacks. ;) If you'd like to log onto the Zoom session for this fellowship opportunity, please contact before 11:15 am this Sunday morning. He will send you a link to join in.
Fresh Air and a Good Workout
Ready for summer? We are! To make the playground area ready for children we have wood chip mulch that needs to be shoveled from the parking lot to the playground. 
Need some lighter work? The flower beds, to include around several bushes, are in need of weeding. 
Please sign up below and annotate your available day/time, so I can coordinate for social distancing.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Autumn Vernon,
Christian Education
July 13-August 14, 2020 This summer, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church is holding a virtual Summer Bible Club. Registration is open to kindergarten through 8th grade students (2019/2020 school year). We are adapting the Vacation Bible School Curriculum "On Earth, As in Heaven", for five weeks of Summer Bible Club fun. The program invites us to (re)-experience the Lord's Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. Register today at Questions? Want to get involved? Please contact Christina Nelson, christinajoy87(at) or Linda Lewis, lclewis022(at)
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at 
Healing Through Grief
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim, Deacon Cathy Debus and I will be co-facilitating the next Healing Through Grief group on Tuesday, July 14, 7pm again as a Zoom meeting. The Healing Through Grief small group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, whether it is recent or a long time ago. While quarantining during COVID-19, many have found grieving for lost loved ones, even from years ago, a difficult thing to bear.
Let me know if you have the slightest inclination to attend on July 14, so that we can send you the link to the Zoom meeting. If you change your mind later, no problem. Also, let me know if you have not used Zoom before, so that we can provide you with some information in advance. Any questions, please contact Pastor Tim Stern at or 410-674-6400 or Linnie Girdner at or 410-999-7892. Let's be there for one another in this new way of healing through grief. If you need to talk with someone prior to that date, feel free to give me a call or contact your Deacon.
Ark and Dove Church is supporting a new initiative: The Youth Rising Coalition
You can help by filling out the pledge form found on their website! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder,
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.
Antiracism and Social Equity
First Thursday Film Discussion
I recently attended a panel discussion regarding the movie “Just Mercy.” The discussion was the first in a series of film discussions being sponsored and facilitated by the leadership of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. The discussion was engaging and challenging to some of my understandings. 
If you haven’t seen “Just Mercy,” it is a good introduction to difficult anti-racism work. The movie tells the story of Bryan Stevenson’s work as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The work of EJI is geared toward equal representation of death row inmates who may have been wrongly convicted of felony crimes. Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, is the inmate that the movie follows to the end.
At the end of the movie, Bryan Stevenson spoke these words at the US Senate hearing on the Death Penalty. “…Through this work, I’ve learned that each of us is more than the worst thing that we’ve ever done. That the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice. That the character of our nation isn’t reflected in how we treat the rich and the privileged, but how we treat the poor, the disfavored and condemned. Our system has taken more away from this innocent man than it has the power to give back. But I believe if each of us can follow his lead, we can change this world for the better. If we can look at ourselves closely, and honestly, I believe we will see that we all need justice. We all need mercy. And perhaps, we all need some measure of unmerited grace. Thank you.”
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project will be offering First Thursday film discussions each month. On July 2, will be the film “Rigged, The Voter Suppression Playbook.” From their website: “The cause and course of racial justice in our nation is intimately bound to the outcome of the 2020 election. It’s therefore incumbent upon all of us to understand the grave and imminent threat that voter suppression poses to “free and fair elections” and what we, as citizens, can do to protect the vote and our democracy.” Watch the film “Rigged” on your own time and then register for the discussion at
The film is available on Amazon, either free on Prime or just $2.99 to rent. For more info about the film see here. Hope you'll join us for the discussion.  
Lori Kronser
Ark and Dove Antiracism and Social Equity Team
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Codenames Over Zoom!
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from Get the game at There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.