Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive October 8, 2021
To everything there is a season and for me, at Ark and Dove, that season is changing. This is my last Sunday as Director of Music, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped lead and support the music ministry at Ark and Dove over the past three years. It has been a wild and unexpected ride! For the offertory this week, I'm joined by Kim Champagne and Pat Sise for an arrangement of the Wailin' Jennys 'One Voice.' Written by Ruth Moody, the sister of a dear friend from undergrad at McGill, I've loved this song for a long time and am so glad to share it with the congregation. This isn't goodbye: I'll be eagerly awaiting updates of all the wonderful things going on at Ark and Dove and will see you again soon.
God bless,
Director of Music
This week I am excited to announce that Margaret and I will be doing an anthem together! As you all know, Margaret is a wonderful musician, and it's a privilege to make music together for worship services. The band will be playing a few well-known songs. The prelude will be an instrumental version of 'Here I Am to Worship,' the Gloria response will continue to be the same for the rest of October 'Only Grace,' and the hymn is 'Forever' by Chris Tomlin. We are still looking for volunteers who would like to be trained on the tech systems used for services each week. Just to give you the gist, we need four people each week on the tech team. Training sessions with audiovisual engineer, Kevin Barrett, are coming up so please shoot me an email if you are interested and absolutely no experience is necessary.
Have a blessed week!
Director of Contemporary Music
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In-Person Sanctuary Worship Every Sunday, 10:30 am, we welcome worshipers of all ages, with masks, into the sanctuary with limited attendance. To RSVP to attend worship in the sanctuary, 10:30 am, please sign up HERE.  No child care for now. Singing with masks on is allowed. This service will be live streamed, so most seats will be on screen for a moment or more. A limited number of off-camera seats will be available; more details will be available in the sanctuary.
In-Person Outdoor Worship Outdoor service will be held every other Sunday. 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 truly welcome at the outdoor service, but no reservations are needed.
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Harvesting Generosity
Dear members and friends of Ark and Dove,
Last Sunday we heard from members of our Worship Tech Team detailing some of the many impressive ways that our Worship Ministry at Ark and Dove has adapted and grown this past year and a half. Despite the challenges of this time, they have remained committed to offering inspiring worship to God in both an online and in-person format. As we all know, worship services are an integral part of the life of the church and are the primary way that many people first connect with us at Ark and Dove. From our integrative services that uniquely combine the music styles and compositions of both traditional and contemporary worship, to the wise and insightful sermons brought forth by our Pastors, to our beautiful and safe sanctuary space and grounds, we remain dedicated to offering opportunities for all generations to praise and connect with God and each other.
In the past eighteen months, we have witnessed the versatility and team spirit of our entire Worship Team and staff as they continue to show up, overcome technical hurdles and difficulties, and put in the hard work of providing inspiring music, liturgy, prayers, sermons, visual arts, and so much more to enhance the worship experience for those inside the sanctuary, outside the church building, as well as those connected virtually. Even with the extra layers of wires and electronics, their contributions have enabled Ark & Dove to continue to maintain the intimate and meaningful church services that we were used to before the pandemic started. Moving forward, we have plenty of room to grow and there are many ways to harvest generosity in order to help sustain and grow this ministry through generously sharing your time, talents, and resources. Your continued support of the church and this ministry allows the Worship Team to continue providing these services and gifts for the benefit of the whole church even if it sometimes seems to be so seamless as to not even be noticed. This November 14th, Dedication Sunday, the Stewardship Team invites you to prayerfully consider making a pledged commitment or generously increasing your pledge to help us reach our church-wide goal of increasing our overall funding by $125,000. This would enable us to not only continue to provide the kind of worship experiences that mean so much to us and help us experience spiritual growth, but also expand our horizons and grow into new worship experiences that can deepen our faith and help us welcome new members into our church family. Let’s bring in the harvest together!
-The 2022 Harvesting Generosity Stewardship Team: Doug Walcutt, Steve Debus, Tricia Gray, Joe Gray, Diane Johnson, Shirley Fuller, Bob Fuller, aand Pastor Tim
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Church Picnic and Mission Fair
Images courtesy of Linnie Girdner
Church Picnic and Mission Fair!
What a great Sunday afternoon we had at Ark and Dove on October 3rd! Thank you to the Connections and Outreach Ministry members and the Mission Ministry members who worked so hard to put together a wonderful opportunity to gather together socially for the first time in such a long time! We certainly want to thank those who attended and brought your appetite and your energy to our event. The food was excellent, the company was delightful, and the Mission Fair was informative and fun! We gathered many new disciples to our mission teams, and we are grateful. We have two prize winners to announce from the Mission Fair: Owen Roman won a weekend for his family to David and Paula Sparks' condo in Rehoboth! Caroline Price-Gibson won a gigantic jar of candy corn by guessing the closest to the total number of candies in the jar without going over. There were 563 pieces of candy. Many thanks to all who made the Church Picnic and Mission Fair a joyous success! Lori Kronser( and Nicole Howe (
Outreach and Connections
Calling for Sunday Fellowship Snack Table Volunteers
We're excited to have our coffee and snacks back after Sunday 10:30 services, but we are in need of teams to make it happen. Please contact if you'd like to volunteer your time to set up or clean up the Sunday Fellowship snack table. Sign up for once a month, twice a month, quarterly, anytime! Any help would be much appreciated! Nicole Howe, Outreach and Connections Elder.
Friendly Zoom Meeting Reminder
Friendly Seniors will hold its Afternoon Tea on Thursday, October 14, 3 p.m. Joan will be sending out the link to those already on our list. Not on our list? If you want to join, contact Joan and she'll make sure you get the link. 410-672-5237
Antiracism and Social Equity
Me and White Supremacy
Ark and Dove has a special Social Justice page on Facebook where we share resources and opportunities for active participation in dismantling racism. The group is private but open to all. Simply go HERE and request to join.
Next: Mark your calendar for our drop-in session on October 19, 7:00 pm. Let's talk about white privilege and our participation in the oppressive system of white supremacy using prompt questions from “Me and White Supremacy – Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F. Saad. Contact Paula Sparks or Deb Saylor for the Zoom link.
Christian Education
Every Tuesday, 6-7 pm! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's mid-week intergenerational program for pre-K and elementary aged children. LOGOS is a great way to grow your relationship with God and others at Ark and Dove. Sign up to register at Questions? Jen Roman at or Julie Devers at
Sunday School and Godly Play
Every Sunday, 10:30 am! Please register HERE or in person, on Sunday morning, prior to service. Questions? Please contact Sara Fox at
Adult Christian Education
Fall/Winter 2021 Adult Course Offerings
All of the adult course offerings are now on one webpage! Scan this QR code by pointing your phone's camera at it (with the app open) or go to to see everything that is scheduled for Fall and Winter 2021. Katie Nilsen-Johnson (