Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive May 7, 2021
It's been so interesting to go back and look at hymns we've previously recorded to see how our platforms and methods have changed over the past year. Even though we've learned a lot about how to make music in the digital space, I'm really looking forward to making live music again. I hope very much that you're getting ready at home by singing along with the hymns on Sunday, singing in the shower, singing in the car and whenever you remember to make a joyful noise. I hope you enjoy this week's postlude, a snappy arrangement of "Old 100th," most commonly used as a doxology in our denomination.
Director of Music
This week the band has continued with a super popular hymn and one of my favorite worship songs, 'Multiplied' by Need to Breathe. Our offertory song is 'Christ is Enough' by Hillsong, and our response is 'Doxology (Amen)' by Phil Wickham. The prelude, 'Valseana,' is by a Brazilian guitarist composer, Sergio Assad. It is from a longer work called Aquarelle that was written for Scottish guitarist David Russell. Don't forget that we are starting outdoor worship service on May 16th which will happen every other week for the summer. I am so excited to see many of you again!
Have a blessed week!
Director of Contemporary Music
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Outdoor Worship Services
Beginning Sunday May 16, 9:15 am
To RSVP for the outdoor worship services, please sign up HERE. Outdoor service will begin Sunday, May 16, and will be held every other Sunday at 9:15 am. Please check the homepage of the Ark and Dove website for cancellation due to inclement weather. The website will be updated the morning of the outdoor service. Out of consideration for other attenders, masks are required. Outdoor worship services will be held May 16 and 30, June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, and August 8 and 22.
Spring Flower Planting
Ark and Dove Facilities Ministry is looking for a few people to help plant flowers in the flower beds and spread mulch. If you would like to help, please email Autumn Vernon, Facilities Elder,
Vacation Bible School
CAP Food Pantry Donations and Volunteer Need
We have resumed our collection of food for the Christian Assistance Program food pantry in Severn. Donations can be left at church on the table just inside the front door or in the covered picnic area. The CAP featured item for April is hot or cold cereal (cold or hot), and for May it’s canned or dried fruit. In addition, CAP needs volunteers to carry bags of food from the pantry out to the cars, 3-5 pm one or more Thursdays per month, especially during the first hour and especially April-June.
GLEAM Planning Meeting
The GLEAM (God’s Love Embraces All Ministry) team will be holding its next planning meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 pm. If you would like to join us or would like more information about our team and what we do contact Amanda Crose or Amy Tardiff
A Brief Guide to Ministry With LGBTQIA
Youth Book Discussion Please join us Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 pm for a Zoom discussion of the book A Brief Guide to Ministry With LGBTQIA Youth by Cody J. Sanders. Short and packed with information, this book provides useful advice, case studies, and ministry examples for churches that are looking to expand their youth ministry in ways that fully affirm and welcome LGBTQIA youth. Any questions, please contact Pastor Jon To RSVP, please contact Amy Tardiff
Christian Education
The Intersections Class
Everyone is made up of a bunch of parts, right? But it’s not just eyes, hands, elbows—it’s also class, cultural background, sexuality, gender, education, race. That combination of other parts, the sometimes less visible parts, is called intersectionality. Everyone has their own intersectional identity. So what does that mean for faith? There is the concept of intersectional theology that honors the many parts that make up each of us and how those parts can impact our relationship to God and to the Church. Many marginalized groups have theological traditions that reflect their relationship to and understanding of God in light of their marginalized identities. Recognizing and honoring these rich theological traditions can not only enrich our relationships with God, but with others as well.
In this drop-in-friendly class, we will be exploring what intersectional theology is, as well as learning about some of the traditions that can be found around us. Please RSVP Katie Nilsen Johnson ( for a Zoom link.
  • May 13, 8 pm: The Witness of Black Women Christians
What does the theology look like of the women who called out James Cone for not going far enough, for ignoring them - black women in America? Using the story of Hagar we’ll look at the theology of Delores S. Williams, Wilda Gafney, and Katie Geneva Cannon.
  • May 20, 8 pm: The Witness of Latinx Christians
  • May 27, 8 pm: The Witness of Queer Christians
  • June 3, 8 pm: The Witness of Asian-American Christians
Summer Book Club
Summer Book Club returns in May with Ta-Nehisi Coates' highly acclaimed magical realism novel "The Water Dancer." Set on a struggling tobacco plantation in Virginia, the novel follows Hiram Walker, a young mixed-race boy born into slavery, who discovers he possesses a superhuman ability when he falls into a river. We will meet on Zoom, Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 pm. As the summer goes on, we may be experimenting with different meeting options, so stay tuned! Contact Kim Champagne ( or Pastor Jon ( if you are interested. Here are other books we have selected so far with the meeting dates: "A Children's Bible" by Lydia Millet (June 15th), "When No One is Watching" by Alyssa Cole (July 20th), TBA (August 17th). Since we've not chosen an August book yet, we are open to your suggestions!
Outreach and Connctions
Crafting Group
The next two meetings for the crafting group are Wednesday, May 5 and Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. All skill levels and handcrafts welcome! Anyone interested in joining please contact Amy Tardiff at lilac.n.spruce(at)
Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church
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