Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive March 27, 2020
It's been a joy to plan the worship service so closely with Pat these past two weeks. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful colleague as a collaborator and fellow musician. For the choral offering this Sunday, we'll be singing Craig Courtney's The Whisper, a quiet invitation to communion in which we can hear the call of our own names.
 
Peace,
 
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This week has been a challenge for many of us, but it has also been full of wonderful examples of community. I have seen so many folks on Zoom meetings this week: despite all the concerns and challenges everyone is enduring right now, I see so much hope and community. I want to thank everyone who has stepped up and helped out with streaming services, and I want to thank everyone who has found ways to still help from home, as many of us needed to make that choice for the safety of ourselves and our families. This church truly is embracing the ways we can continue to be community even in the presence of physical distancing. I miss seeing all of you in person, but am so glad to see you online or in zoom sessions.
 
I'm still running the Queer Cafe on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/queercafeMD/] and will be hosting various Zoom meetings announced through that page. Feel free to like the page and follow for updates and virtual events.
 
Blessings,
 
Chris
Seminary Intern
Christina.L.Wilson84@gmail.com
 
Generosity!
 
Please give electronically!
 
DONATE ONLINE! One Great Hour of Sharing, one-time and recurring!
 
TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
Text give to get started. Text commands for more options.
 
Text an amount followed by PerCapita to contribute your portion of per capita.
 
 
 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
 
Sunday Bulletin 10:00 am
10:00 am Worship Service Bulletin
 
All are invited to join live stream worship this Sunday at 10:00 am.
 
Access the
 
Midweek Prayer Services
 
Prayer Services
Please join us for services of prayer. These services provide opportunity to reflect on Scripture, give thanks to God for the day, and offer prayer concerns. The evening prayers are a great way to close the day, and the noon prayer brings meaning in the middle of the day. Please follow the respective links below:
 
Easter Flowers
 
Accepting Text and Online Donations
 
The Flower Team is accepting donations for flowers for the Easter service. Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars. 
 
You may make donations by sending a check to Ark and Dove (flowers on the memo line), by texting an amount to 410-983-3481 followed by FLOWERS or online under Easter Flowers
 
Please email your honorarium submissions to Paula Griggs at  paulagriggs32@gmail.com, or you may call me at 443-510-6687.  
 
Thank you and wishing you peace and joy!
 
One Great Hour of Sharing
Special Offerings: Disaster Assistance, Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing—Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People—all work in different ways to serve individuals and people in need. From initial response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, substance, and hope. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. You can give online, text an amount to 410-983-3481 followed by GreatHour, or envelopes are available in the seat pockets. Thank you Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net
 
Outreach and Connections
Parents' Group: Virtual
Ark and Dove parents, join us tonight 7-8 pm via Zoom for a virtual parents group. We want to hear how you are doing during this pandemic and lock down. We also want to provide opportunity to encourage one another. I hope to see you tomorrow evening, just click on the link below.
 
 
Peace,
Pastor Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Time and Talent
If you have some free time these days, consider taking our online Time and Talent Survey! Doing so might help you realize different ways you can contribute to the workings of our church and get more involved. See http://bit.do/ark-dove-time-talent
New Members and Inquirers' Class
If you are new to Ark and Dove, please join the New Members/Inquirers' class (part 1) on Saturday, April 4, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on ZOOM. This “no obligation” class is just for you if want to learn more about Ark and Dove and what it means to be a member. Hope to see you on Zoom! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
 
Church Photo Directory
Send Us Your Selfies!
As we practice social distancing it is even more important that we look for alternate ways to stay in touch as a congregation. This can include emails, phone calls, ZOOM, etc. Another aid can be our first Church Photo Directory (in nearly eight years). No formal photos required. Just send us your favorite selfies. Be sure to include pictures for everyone in your family – either a group photo or multiple photos. Feel free to be creative and make this fun. If you sat for a photo for our last, uncompleted directory we can use that as well, just let us know. Photos can be sent to selfie@arkanddove.org. If you have questions, email Steve Debus (Steven.Debus89@gmail.com)
 
Mission: Volunteer Opportunities
Donations Needed for Lighthouse
Lighthouse is a homlessness prevention support center. As such, they serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Just like the rest of our community they have been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and the measures needed to contain the spread. They are in urgent need of donations in support of their mission.
 
Financial donations are currently the most helpful.
 
If you want to give physical items and are able to do so safely, please drop items off by Tuesday 3/31 no later than 3pm. Donations can be left under the overhang by the front door of the church. We do not have the ability to transport refrigerated items at this time so please donate only shelf stable food or non-food items.  
 
To see the items that they can accept at this time go to http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/needs
 
Even though we are physically apart, we can still act together as a community of faith. 
 
Christina Cosio-Futch
Team Lead for Lighthouse Shelter Project
c.cosiofutch@gmail.com
Feed Anne Arundel County
Feed Anne Arundel County along with Department of Family and Children have launched an exciting program. Feed Anne Arundel County has partnered with 25 restaurants throughout the county to provide a hot meal. The restaurants are providing this meal at a very reduced rate. This partnership helps to provide a healthy meal, in addition to providing employment for the restaurant workers.
 
In addition, the AA Co Volunteer Action Network is building a network of dedicated people who, while practicing social distancing, will move food and essential supplies from central points to doorsteps throughout Anne Arundel County.  ACT is NOT coordinating this network but the network is recruiting willing volunteers, who will work in conjunction with agencies throughout the county as is helpful, safe, and necessary.
 
The county’s Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families is making extensive use of this network and recently called up at least 13 volunteers to assist with food distribution in the Robinwood neighborhood in Annapolis.  The AA County Office of Emergency Management has identified a need for volunteers to move food from a county-run warehouse to food banks throughout the county.
 
As of this afternoon, they have 38 volunteers in the network.  If the county’s emergency management office begins to rely on this network, they are going to need many more volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.
Take care and stay well, Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder csscas@verizon.net