Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive March 15, 2019
 
 
Lent has begun and the adult choir is in full preparation mode for Palm Sunday and Easter. If you have been unable to join the choir regularly until this point, would like to try participating in the musical leadership of our services, are able to sing or play for services in April (or any time!), or are interested in learning more about any of the musical opportunities at Ark & Dove, I'd love to chat!
 
Peace,
 
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
 
Youth Sunday is coming up on March 31st. We will need all hands on deck for both services to support the youth that will be leading worship. Parents please mark this date on your calendars, and check with your children about which service they are taking part. The LOGOS middle schools kids will be leading music and running VMG/audio board at the band led service. They will be performing a song that they wrote about prayer!
 
God bless,
 
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
 
Generosity Opportunities
 
 
DONATE ONLINE! One Great Hour of Sharing, Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together, Pledged Giving, and more! Many opportunities await you!
Establish or increase EFT here!
 
Wanting to increase or establish an EFT with Ark and Dove? It's easy to do. The forms can be found on the web site and here are the links: EFT Authorization Form and EFT Change Form.
 
Financial Update for February 2019
As requested during our fall stewardship consensus building activity, we learned that the congregation desired to received regular financial updates. The first update was provided at the end of January. This update covers income received year to date through February 2019. Our income received during February was $36,077.22. This does place us still in a deficit position of approximately $16,000 from where we would like to be based on our approved budget. We appreciate the gifts that everyone is sharing with Ark & Dove. We are also still behind on per capita which is the $37 per member for this year, not per household. This does include young adult members who may be away at college. Thank you to those who have already paid their per capita. If you have any questions either about our current financial position or per capita, please reach out to Steve Debus (steven.debus89@gmail.com) or Julia Kirby (maybe_soon98@yahoo.com). Let's start this year strong and link our gratitude, for everything Ark & Dove brings to our lives, to our abundance in giving back through our engagement, passion and investment.
 
Adult Christian Education
 
Listening Sessions
The Christian Education team is requesting your input on future adult education offerings. Please join us this Sunday, March 17, for 15 minutes at 10:45 or 12:15 in the Marshall Room.
 
Lent
 
Pub Theology
Does praying do anything? A conversation over beer and beverages. Join us location TBD on April 3, 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
 
Mission and Christian Education
 
Youth Summer Trip Info Meeting!
All youth, young adults, and their associated grownups are invited to an information meeting this Sunday, March 17th (new date!) at 5pm in the Sanctuary to hear about our opportunities for this year's Summer Trips (Habitat, The Center, Youth Summit, etc...). We will serve dinner and share info and stories about these exciting happenings. More info is being mailed to each home, so please keep an eye out for the flier, and mark your calendars to join us that evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
 
Palms and Flowers
 
Preparing and Welcoming
The Flower Team is accepting donations for palms and flowers for Palm Sunday (April 14) and Easter (April 21) services. Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars. Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at 443-510-6687 or paulagriggs32@gmail.com.  
 
Mission
 
One Great Hour of Sharing
You shall be called the repairer of the breach - Isaiah 58:12
 
One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering is about alleviating hunger, and addressing the root causes of poverty so all may be fed. It is about helping people by educating them about their rights to land ownership and improved farming methods.It also addresses the serious problems that often plague city neighborhoods, such as the lack of nutritious food. Regardless of where you live, in a rural African village or a bustling city center, without sustainable farming no one can thrive. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing to end hunger for our neighbors next door and across the planet. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net.
Featured item for March--RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, basmati, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!   
 
Anne Arundel Connecting Together
 
Door Knocking Training
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 11AM-3PM
 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING 
COUNTY-WIDE DOOR KNOCKING CAMPAIGN
 
Help us hear directly from people what issues they are most concerned with addressing!
 
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church
8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton
Training, Breakfast, Lunch and Childcare Provided
(RSVP for childcare at Walcutt_family@hotmail.com)
 
Environmental Stewardship in the Community
 
Baltimore Clean Air Act Signed Into Law
On Tuesday March 7, 2019, the Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine E. Pugh, signed into law the Baltimore Clean Air Act. It's significant legislation: a bill proposed by Councilman Ed Reisinger from District 10, serving the south side of Baltimore. The bill takes aim at air pollution coming from two city incinerators, the one known at Wheelabrator on the south side and the other at Hawkins Point, owned by Curtis Bay Energy. Both are major polluters to the city. Curtis Bay owns the largest medical waste incinerator in the country. Both locales emit cancer causing and respiratory damaging toxins into the air for citizens to breathe. The bill will require both companies to radically lower their nitrous oxide emissions (NOX) down to acceptable levels of 45 ppm. by the fall of 2020. Each company has signaled they cannot comply with the new requirements. It appears, both entities will be required to shut down, if not complying by Sept. 2020.
- David Mayeske, mayesked@gmail.com
 
Presbytery News
You are invited a workshop on SUICIDE PREVENTION and how to develop faith communities that companion the desperate into hope and connection. The workshop will be held Saturday, March 30 from 9am to 3pm at Catonsville PC. The fee is $15, which covers the cost of workshop materials and lunch. This workshop is being offered by the Presbytery of Baltimore, Commission on Spiritual Leader Development.
This training is a one-day training to equip leaders of faith communities including pastors, paid and unpaid church workers and those who are passionate about doing ministry to those who are desperate due to any type of experience with suicide. The training includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories. Register HERE.
 
Education in Our Community
 
Anne Arundel County Public Hearing
Anne Arundel County is holding a public hearing on March 19 @6:30pm at Arundel High School to consider three options to redistrict the schools that many of our children at A&D attend. Since many schools are already overcrowded I (we) would strongly recommend that parents educate themselves on the options and their consequences and attend the hearing to voice their position. Wear school colors and let the board know how you feel about these changes and their impact on our children's learning. Questions? Please contact Russell Hester, r_hester2000@yahoo.com.
 
Memorial Service
 
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held for Jay Olson
Saturday, March 16, at 11:00 am. Donations may be made in honor of Jay to Hospice of the Chesapeake.