Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive August 16, 2019
We welcome Savannah Howe on clarinet this week as she provides prelude music before the service. She will be playing an excerpt from Allegretto Fantasia by Sextus Miskow, a Danish singer and composer. The choir will present a rousing rendition of the African-American spiritual, Guide My Feet. The words are simple, but the tune and harry of the piece really make it exciting to hear and fun to sing.
We are looking forward to returning to a number of musical activities at Ark & Dove. This includes, but in not limited to: the choir, the children's choirs (Dove and Joyful Noise), Sacred Strings, the Ark & Dove chamber ensemble and some dramatic events like pageants. I hope you'll consider how you can offer your musical and artistic gifts to the congregation. If you'd like more information, please see me after church or email me.
Director of Music
If you have school-aged children, you are invited and encouraged to take the Children's Music Ministry Survey.
We are planning our music opportunities for this coming year, and we would like to hear from you!
There is still a call to help build our audio group for the band led service. A regular rotating schedule will begin this September with the start of the new school year. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday August 28th at 7pm for those interested in learning how to work the audio board as I will be teaching an overview of the system.
God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Christian Education
LOGOS Parents' Night!
Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm! All parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to learn about our midweek children and youth program. Please plan to attend this LOGOS information session. Questions? Julie Devers,
Youth Sunday School 2019-2020
We are getting excited for Sunday School, for pre-K through high school students, to start again this fall (September 8!), and we are in need of your help. There are opportunities for members of the congregation to get involved at all age levels. However, we are in particular need of teachers and helpers for pre-K (3-5 year olds) and Godly Play (kindergarten through 5th grades). As part of our child protection policy, all adults who participate in Sunday School need to complete a background check (paid for by the church). If you are interested in helping with Sunday school weekly, once a month, or as a substitute, please contact Julie Devers at
Anne Arundel County Back to School Program Update
On July 28 we began this year's Back to School partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services. Social Services matched Ark & Dove with 35 students at Ridgeway Elementary School, and thanks to your generosity we have already signed up sponsors for all of the students. If you wanted to sign up but didn't have a chance, consider contacting the Back to School program at 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4461. Or, you can be a big help to Meade Middle School students by donating loose supplies at church. We have a list in the church lobby of the most-needed items. The mission ministry will deliver the supplies, or you can take them straight to the school. For questions contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255,
Air Mattresses Pick Up
Thank you for generously lending your air mattress for the very successful hosting of our friends in June (1st Presbyterian Church of Salem, New Jersey, who were on their way to Puerto Rico for disaster relief). Friendly reminder, this is your last chance to pick them up from the Calvin room before they are donated. Cheryl Schafer Mission Elder, csscas@verizon .net
CANNED BEANS (garbanzo beans, black beans, refried beans, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations
Allying with the Jewish Community to say Never Again
Tisha B'Av is a day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar, commemorating several horrible events in Jewish history, starting with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. This year on Tisha B'Av, Jews and their allies in many American cities demanded an end to the current American version of separation of families, deportations and detention camps. We participated in the action in front of the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup last Sunday. Jan reflected that "despite hot weather, there was an impressive turnout to protest ICE. Warm camaraderie, stirring speeches, testimonies and songs evoked, for me, memories of the sixties, when we protested the Vietnam War." Linnie was struck by the personal signs many people held that told of grandparents who survived the Holocaust or of parents coming as immigrants or refugees. We all came away with a greater understanding of this important day for Jews and how their faith impels them to make connections between the past and the present. Never Again means never to any group ever again. We also came away with a feeling of hope, having participated in sacred chants and prayers and having seen people of different faiths and backgrounds coming together as one. Please keep in your prayers all those in HoCo and other detention centers and the Jewish communities in the greater Baltimore area, who have turned their re-traumatization into action. For more info please see here and here.
~ Linnie Girdner, Jan Hof, Ann Hirschy, and Stan Houck
Outreach and Connection
Sight and Sound Update!
We have reserved 15 tickets @ $69 for Friday, December 6, 3:00 pm performance. The number of reservations can be changed, but this is the price for all tickets during Fridays. At least two thirds of available tickets had already been reserved. We can change this number of tickets through October. If we have just one person in the group with a military ID (active or inactive), the price drops to $62.10. Somehow, I think we will find one person with a military ID who is going. We will pick up tickets at the box office to get the discount. Carpooling is still the plan. Please contact Joan Berry (410)672-5237 or
August Book Club
Interested in reading popular fiction and nonfiction that engages Christian faith? Join Ark and Dove's book club. August’s book is Beloved by Toni Morrison. Please contact Linnie Girdner ( or Kim Champagne ( for an online discussion.