Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive February 19, 2021
Undine Smith Moore, (25 August 1904 – 6 February 1989), the "Dean of Black Women Composers," was an American composer and professor of music in the twentieth century. Moore was originally trained as a classical pianist at Fisk and Julliard, but developed a compositional output of mostly vocal music—her preferred genre. Much of her work was inspired by black spirituals and folk music. Undine Smith Moore was a renowned teacher, and once stated that she experienced “teaching itself as an art.” This week, we'll experience her beautiful arrangement of We Shall Walk Through the Valley.
Director of Music
This week marks the first Sunday in Lent. Our Lenten series follows the book ‘Jesus and the Disinherited’ by Howard Thurman. I recommend you pick up a copy so that you can follow along with this phenomenal book. It isn’t long nor hard to read. It is, however, thought provoking and eye-opening. This week due to the ice the band had to call an audible with our hymn selection since we couldn’t make it in to record a new hymn. We chose a favorite in ‘Oceans’ by Hillsong United. My postlude is a piece by Brazilian guitarist and composer Sergio Assad. It’s originally from a larger work for guitar duo, for him and his brother Odair Assad, who are one of the best duos ever. It’s a moving piece that Sergio arranged for one guitar called ‘Farewell.’ Have a safe and blessed week!
Have a safe and blessed week!
Director of Contemporary Music
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First Sunday in Lent
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Join the Blue Out!
Wear Your Blue this Sunday, February 21! This first Sunday in Lent is designated “Wear your blue t-shirt to church Sunday” as a testament of one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference. In 2021, Blue Shirt Sunday will take place in our homes! This year, we are encouraging everyone to stay safe at home and participate by submitting Blue Shirt Selfies! Send your selfies to worship elder, Ellen Makar,, and we will feature them on Sundays before and after the worship service. Lori Kronser, Mission Elder,
One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offerings
Disaster Assistance, Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People For over 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing has provided Presbyterians a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.
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 communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. Thank you for donating to this essential offering, and enjoy these special activities: coloring page for kids, and map with a daily prayer placemat! Lori Kronser, Mission Elder,
Lenten Devotions in Your Inbox
Would you like a brief devotion, like the one above, for each day of this Lenten season? Beginning on Ash Wednesday, you can receive a devotion which includes a Bible passage, brief reflection by Howard Thurman, and prayer. Please contact if you would like to receive these devotions.
Jesus and the Disinherited
Who was Jesus and who would he identify with today? What does he say to encourage us in the ongoing struggle for justice in our world? Do his teachings apply to the fear, deception, and hate we experience today? Howard Thurman, the great spiritual guide of the civil rights movement, answers these questions in his classic little book, Jesus and the Disinherited. Martin Luther King Jr. studied it during the Montgomery bus boycott and drew much from it. We can learn so much from Thurman today.
As we journey in faith through this Lenten season, let Howard Thurman be your guide. He will help us see Jesus more clearly and follow him more closely. Pick up Jesus and the Disinherited wherever you buy books, and we will discuss each short chapter during Lent in small groups.
Please sign up for one of the following small groups by contacting the group leader:
·        Fridays 7:30 pm, beginning February 19 to March 19:
·        Sundays, 4 pm, beginning February 21 to March 21.
·        Tuesdays 7:00 pm, beginning February 23 to March 23:
·        Wednesdays 10 am, beginning February 24 to March 24:
·        Thursdays 8 pm, beginning February 25 to March 25: