Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive May 22, 2020
I'm looking forward to having the children present some music in worship in June. If you would like to participate, please let me know. You'll need a device that allows the children to hear me singing (phone, tablet, laptop), earphones, and a device to record them (phones are great!). Just drop me a line.
Director of Music
I am very excited to announce that we have purchased a new mixing board for the sanctuary that is going to help the recording process and streaming drastically. The previous board was quite outdated, so it was definitely time for an upgrade. This upgrade will last a very long time as well! Thank you to all those who are supporting the broadcast of Ark and Dove's services through their time and energy, and a special thanks to those who have generously donated to the streaming fund to allow for these hardware and software upgrades. It is helping immensely with streamlining our process and this new board is going to save me hours upon hours of work each week.
This week the band is presenting a special treat for the offertory. We had planned on playing a special service last week of all music by Gungor, but due to COVID-19 that was postponed. It is with great pleasure that we get to share one of those songs this week however. Our offertory anthem will be 'Beautiful Things' by Gungor.
God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Ascension Sunday
All are invited to join livestream worship at 10:00 am.
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Calling All Graduates
We Want to Celebrate Your Achievements!
If you or a family member recently graduated from high school, undergrad or grad school, let us know (! We understand that it has been very hard to complete programs without the traditional endings and celebrations. We want to celebrate your achievements, especially under these circumstances. Please include the graduate's name, school and, if applicable, degree. Graduates will be included in the prayer list, formally acknowledged in the June 21 bulletin and celebrated by the Ark and Dove community.
Healing Through Grief
Healing Through Grief During Quarantine
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim and I will be co-facilitating the next Healing through Grief group on Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, again as a Zoom meeting. The Healing through Grief small group is open to anyone attending Ark and Dove and their family, who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether it is recent or a long time ago. While quarantining during COVID-19, many have found grieving for lost loved ones, even from years ago, a difficult thing to bear. There will be another meeting on June 10. Questions? Please contact Pastor Tim Stern at or 410-674-6400 or Linnie Girdner at or 410-999-7892.
Adult Education Opportunities
May Book Club
Join us as we read Naamah by Sarah Blake, a contemporary re-telling of the Flood Narrative in Genesis, told from Naamah's point of view, the wife of Noah. We will gather virtually on the evening of Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, to discuss the book. Please let Pastor Jon know if you plan to join (
Outreach and Connections
Parent Group
You are invited to meet via ZOOM on Friday, May 29, 6:30 pm. Join other parents/guardians of children from ages 0 to 18 for informal discussion. Looking forward to connecting with you! Nicole Howe,
Equipping the Saints
Structured Decision-Making
Leadership at Ark and Dove is tasked with making countless decisions covering a myriad of topics such as long-range plans, budgets, mission and ministry programs, and so much more. Structured decision-making can be a helpful tool in this endeavor. What is structured decision-making? Structured decision-making is a general term for carefully organized analysis of problems in order to reach decisions that are focused clearly on achieving fundamental objectives. In our next Equipping the Saints class, our own Pat Devers will help us delve into how this approach to decision-making can better equip leadership at Ark and Dove to make good and effective decisions that align with our core values and accomplish objectives. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm. Please contact Pastor Tim to receive an invitation.
Send Us Your Selfies!
Although Gov. Hogan has cautiously announced that parts of Maryland are entering phase 1 of reopening, Ark and Dove will continue livestreaming (please see County Executive Steuert Pittman's executive order). We all miss seeing each other, so please submit selfies of you and your families, so we can share during worship. We especially love seeing how you are worshiping! In front of the TV? On the phone at the kitchen counter? Little ones in jammies? Please send photos to Ellen Makar, Worship Elder,
The Lobby
Tune in to worship a little early and catch up on church life! We are streaming a short video, The Lobby, every Sunday morning around 9:50 to fill you in on what's happening around Ark and Dove, outside of Sunday worship. Turns out, it's a lot! Join Brian Boudreau and other church leaders to catch up in The Lobby. On the Ark and Dove YouTube channel. Ellen Makar, worship elder,
Christian Education
Zoom Games and Bible Lessons
We hope children and youth will join us for our opportunities to play zoom games and share lessons of faith.
  • Senior High Fellowship, Sunday @ 5 pm
  • Middle School Fellowship, Tuesday @ 5:30 pm
  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade, Wednesday @ 5 pm
Please check your e-mail for the zoom links. For security reasons, we will not post them publicly. Any questions? Email Pastor Jon ( or Julie Devers (
Godly Play
Godly Play, our Sunday school program for Kindergarten through 5th grade, takes place via zoom on Sunday mornings at 9am. Amy Tardiff leads our Godly Play program. Our host welcomes the children; the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. If you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.