Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive November 20, 2020
 
For the Reign Of Christ Sunday, I found this fun arrangement of Crown Him with Many Crowns but in the style of Bach's prelude in D Major. As we look back on our Stewardship campaign and towards Thanksgiving, we welcome Kiana Cobb to sing a stunning setting of Now Thank We All Our God, arranged by Richard Walter. Kiana has finished their undergraduate degree in music at Morgan State and is currently studying for their master's in education at the same institution. Kiana will be familiar to Ark & Dove - we've had the pleasure of their singing during special services over the past two years. Speaking of which, this week marks my 2nd anniversary of my time at Ark & Dove. I've learned a lot about myself and you these past two years. Thank you so much for your support!

If you are or have a child wanting to sing and record Away in a Manger for Christmas Eve, please let me know as soon as possible. The video to sing along with is almost ready to go.

Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
 
 
Thank you everyone for all the comments that were in the livestream chat this week. It always means a lot and warms the heart. Kim did such a great job with preparing that anthem and her performance in the recording is a testament to her preparation. This week the band recorded one of our newer hymns, ‘God, You Reign’ by Lincoln Brewster. Please check out the song ok YouTube to refresh your memory so you can sing along. Please don’t forget the directives Gov. Hogan has issues so we can all work together to slow down the revamped spread of COVID-19. Have a safe, healthy, and blessed week!

God bless,
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
 
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- 2 Corinthians 9:11
 
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The 2021 Connections Stewardship Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who has submitted a pledge commitment. Last Sunday we dedicated our pledges and we will do so again this Sunday. If you have not sent your pledge card back to the church yet, either via USPS or giving@arkanddove.org, there is still time to do so. We are excited to share that 59 of 164 households have pledged so far and many have increased their pledges to help meet the needs of our church and community! We are so grateful for your generous giving to support our mission and ministries at Ark and Dove. Separately, we are all individuals. But together, connected in loving and supportive community, we are one body of faith in Christ. With each gift we give, we multiply Christ's work in our world through our mission and ministry efforts. Every pledge counts, no matter how big or small, and every gift is sacred. If you are a regular giver through EFT or PayPal, we would like to invite you to fill out a pledge card this year. Our pledges are important because they help us plan how much of the vision put forth by our elders and deacons we can fulfill. And finally, we ask that you pray for each other, our church, and all the good that we do together to bring hope and healing to each other and to those most vulnerable. Thank you!
 
-The 2021 Connections Stewardship Team; Doug Walcutt, Steve Debus, Tricia, Gray, Joe Gray, Bruce Sanders, Diane Johnson, and Pastor Tim.
Discipleship Ministry and Board of Deacons
 
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Outreach & Connections and Worship Ministries
 
Facilities and Administration Ministries
 
 
Matthew 25 Church!
 
Our congregation has accepted the PC(USA)’s invitation to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31–46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference in our community and the world.
 
As part of our Matthew 25 commitment, we pledge to embrace one or more of these three areas of focus:
 
• Building congregational vitality
• Dismantling structural racism
• Eradicating systemic poverty
 
Join us Sunday as we officially receive our official designation as a Matthew 25 Church.
 

Advent Begins November 29
Welcome the Holy Season of Light
 
1st Sunday of Advent with communion
Let There Be Light, November 29

2nd Sunday of Advent
The Lord Is My Light, December 6

3rd Sunday of Advent
The People Who Walked In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light, December 13

4th Sunday of Advent
Arise Your Light Has Come, December 20

 

 

Christmas Eve Children’s Service,
December 24, 4:00 pm livestream

Lanterns and Luminaries,
December 24, 5:30 pm church grounds

Christmas Eve Service,
December 24, 7:00 pm livestream


Advent Wreaths Coming Soon!

LOGOS and the Worship Ministry want to help each Ark and Dove family feel connected as we prepare for Christmas during ADVENT. We would like to give each Ark and Dove family an Advent wreath, so we can all light candles at home and count down toward Christmas. Please click here for a link to sign up to receive a wreath, let us know if you want it delivered, or if you can help deliver to other A&D families. If you do not sign up to have a wreath delivered, you can pick it up at church starting on Nov. 29 (more details to follow).

Sign up here to get connected this Advent.


Advent Devotional Online
Welcome to Presbyterians Today’s Advent and Christmas devotional, “Let Us Light Candles: Matthew 25 and the work of Advent.” This extended online devotional — taking us not just through Advent but through Christmastide and ending with Epiphany, Jan. 6 — brings to you the inspiring words in Howard Thurman’s poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas.”

Advent Devotional: Introduction


 

Mission Ministry

Sleeping Bags and Tents Needed
 

Annapolis Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center is in need of gently used sleeping bags and tents. If you have one you’d like to donate, please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com or text her at 443-758-3273 to arrange porch pick up.

Christmas Joy Offering
 

Christmas Joy Offering is one way we join together as Presbyterians from around the country. We might not be able to meet face to face, but we are very much together. The gifts we share connect us. They also change lives. Through the Christmas Joy Offering, we support church workers and their families who experience critical financial needs. We connect with the young people by supporting the education and leadership development for students of color, who will soon be leaders in our Church and in the world. “God is with us.” All the time. Thank you for your generous gift to the Christmas Joy Offering. During this season of Advent there isn’t a more perfect gift than that.  “If we all do a little — together — it adds up to a lot.” You can donate online, by text (text amount followed by joy to 410-983- 3481) or by check. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net.

Christmas Holiday Sharing
 
As part of our mission ministry, Ark and Dove is participating again in the Christmas Holiday Sharing Program organized by The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. Through this partnership we share some of our blessings and provide Christmas gifts to children in our community. Sign-ups will be online. Ark and Dove participants will still purchase gifts for each child, but for COVID-19 safety, shopping and delivery will vary to some extent according to the needs and preferences of the Holiday Sharing families. To manage this we will have several team captains to serve as the points of contact for the Holiday Sharing families and the Ark and Dove participants. We still expect to need help with delivery, but that will be known later. Detailed instructions will be provided when you sign up, and we will provide the sign-up information soon. For more information now please contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255).
 
 
Adult Christian Education
Lectionary Bible Study
 
Every Wednesday at 10 am, we gather online for fellowship, Bible study on the upcoming Sunday scriptures, and prayer. This has been and continues to be a great way to deepen friendships and faith. Please join us, there is no commitment or homework. Contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom invitation (jnelson@arkanddove.org).
 
Youth Christian Education
Godly Play
 
Our Sunday school program for grades K-5 takes place via Zoom each Sunday from 9:00- 9:40 am. Our host welcomes the child(ren), the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. Normally, our class would involve a work/creative response time as well, so our Godly Play team has put together response bags containing art supplies and other materials for the children to keep at home for personal use. If you are interested in getting a bag for your child(ren), or you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at jbdevers@gmail.com.
LOGOS Weekly Lessons and Activities
 
LOGOS has begun; check your emails each Tuesday! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's midweek intergenerational experience for children and youth up to 8th grade. It is a time for all ages to come together to learn about God and grow in their relationships. Unlike previous years, we will not be meeting in the church building. Instead, each week will have a different family-centered activity to do either at home or outside at church. There will be crafts, games, bible study, and opportunities for worship and mission. If you’d like to get on the weekly emailing list, please contact Amy Goldberg at amygoldberg.2010@gmail.com. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com.
 
Growing With Each Other
Sunday Fellowship!
 
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to fellowship@arkanddove.org to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week. The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com.
 
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
 
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (tstern@arkanddove.org) to receive an invitation.