Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive April 16, 2021
Our prelude and hymns this morning are seeking to amplify the theme of care for creation. We are so blessed to welcome Jennifer Piazza-Pick as our soloist this morning to sing 'I Know My Redeemer Liveth' from Handel's Messiah. Jennifer recently completed her DMA at the University of Maryland and is currently instructor of voice at Georgia College. Her particular research interest is on the works of American women composers for voice, and she is a champion of these composers, past and present.
Director of Music
This week we celebrate Care for Creation Sunday. It is a good reminder to continue to support and consider all the measures we can take, as a community, to keep our earth healthy, and to do our part to improve our environment. The band hymn is 'The Earth is Yours' by Gungor and is led by a familiar face and voice that we haven't heard or seen in a while. The Gloria is a favorite hymn, 'Water.' My postlude is a piece by Bach from the sixth cello suite. It is two french dances, both of which are gavottes.
Have a blessed week and remember to reuse, reduce, and recycle!
Director of Contemporary Music
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CAP Food Pantry Donations and Volunteer Need
The Ark & Dove mission ministry is again receiving food donations for the CAP west county food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church. CAP is the Christian Assistance Program, Inc., a group of about a dozen churches, including Ark & Dove, that provides food and clothing to families in west Anne Arundel County. The pantry has been operating throughout the pandemic, with more than 300 households added since last March. For a while there were limitations on what could be donated, but our donations are welcome again and 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. Greg Makar (
Unity Garden
Ark and Dove is considering starting a Unity Garden to grow vegetables to donate to CAP food pantry and the food pantry at Kingdom Celebration Center. This project will require a large number of dedicated people in order to make it feasible to sustain the garden over the long-term. If you are interested in participating in the leadership, planning, creating or day-to-day work in our Unity Garden, please fill out this form HERE. Lori Kronser, Mission Elder, 
Mission Ministry Meet and Greet Zoom Party Postponed
We hope to hold this event in August in preparation for fall mission activities. Thank you! Lori Kronser,
Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad
One of the families involved with Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad, a ministry of the Bay Area Disciples, is seeking two sofas for their apartment.  A sleeper sofa would be wonderful but any sofa is appreciated.  If you have a sofa (or two!) that you are interested in donating, please get in touch with Rev. Jose Lopez-Chapa at
Baltimore Presbytery presents Liberation Theology
Liberation Theology. What is it? How has it influenced generations of activists from Moses to Martin Luther King Jr. to Pope Francis? Why do people on the margins read the Bible differently than most Presbyterians? This B’more Human session Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm, features a panel that will discuss the import of theology as a force for liberation. From the lived experiences of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities, and people with disability, hear how theology has been used historically and currently to liberate or oppress. Register here! Lori Kronser,
The next GLEAM class will be an introduction to queer theology with an emphasis on the clobber passages, the biblical verses that have been misused to denounce and demean LGBTQ+ persons. Please join us April 22, 7:30 pm, on Zoom for “Unclobber: understanding homosexuality in the Bible.” RSVP to Amanda Crose at
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
Outreach and Connections
Crafting Group
The next virtual gathering of the Crafting Group will be Monday, 7:00 pm, April 19. We are a group of handcrafters (all skill levels welcome) who meet on the FIRST WEDNESDAY and THIRD MONDAY of each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join. To receive the zoom link please contact Amy Tardiff at
Equipping the Saints
Best Ways to Be a Bad Church Leader
Parish Associate Stephen Price-Gibson will lead us in exploring leadership, through the lens of family systems theory in the third session, Tuesday, April 20, 7 pm. The goal will be to equip leaders to be more confident in making positive contributions in every kind of church group, as well as at home and at work. To register, please email Tricia Gray at For more information, contact Stephen Price-Gibson at
Christian Education
All Shall Be Saved?
Join us April 29, 8 pm for a discussion about heaven, hell, and universal salvation. We will explore what should and should not be believed about heaven and hell. Our session will be informed by David Bentley Hart's short book, That All Shall Be Saved, but reading is not required. The discussion will be facilitated by Tricia Gray and Pastor Jon. Please contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom link.
Antiracism and Social Equity
My Grandmother's Hands
Join Linda Girdner and Kim Champagne for a three-week introduction to the ideas proposed by Resmaa Menakem in his ground-breaking book "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies." Participants need not purchase the book at this time as we will be using a variety of support materials to begin to make sense of the damage caused by racism in America, using a body-centered understanding of white supremacy and its destructive effects. We will also look at some of the strategies Menakem uses to encourage healing. We will explore how these strategies can help us deal with the biological and psychological damage caused by racialized trauma, and how we can use these practices to draw us closer to God as we continue with racial justice work. Three Fridays at 7:30 on Zoom, beginning April 30. (