Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive January 8, 2021
The events of this week caused me to reassess the music I'd chosen. Thankfully I had an accommodating musical partner. The prelude this week is an ethereal setting of 'Shall We Gather at the River', arranged by Joel Ranay. Listening to this is almost like looking in a broken mirror--you still hear the melody you'd expect, but in a fractured kind of way. The words of Mark Miller's anthem, 'I Choose Love', was written for Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. The words are incredibly poignant as we seek to refine our understanding of our place in the world:
In the midst of pain, I choose love.
In the midst of pain, sorrow falling down like rain,
I await the sun again, I choose love.
In the midst of war, I choose peace.
In the midst of war, hate and anger keeping score,
I will seek the good once more, I choose peace.
When my world falls down, I will rise.
When my world falls down, explanations can't be found,
I will climb to holy ground, I will rise.
Director of Music
This week the band prepared music to celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. 'Water' is one of the band's favorite songs, and we are happy to have it in as one of the hymns. The gloria response, 'Eye of the Storm,' is one that is quite recognizable, as we have used it in the past, but I think it's an important one to have this week. It was a tough week in our nation, after the events at the Capitol. I am sure many of you are thinking about the division that our country is experiencing right now, as am I. Let us not forget that baptism can be associated with rebirth. Even during these stressful times, do not lose hope for our country and leaders. We need to think of baptizing our country to be reborn into peace, community, and justice.
I hope you all have a blessed week!
Director of Contemporary Music
29th Annual Congregational Meeting
January 31, 2021, 7 pm
We will celebrate 2020 at our Annual Congregation Meeting on January 31 by ZOOM, where we will break out into small groups, at least twice during the meeting, so we can talk with other people in the congregation.
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Per Capita
What is the Presbyterian Per Capita Apportionment?
Why do I need to contribute?
Deeply rooted in Presbyterian history — the first-known mention of per capita dates back to 1734 in a letter to ministers — per capita makes it possible for the Office of General Assembly to organize and manage General Assembly, as well as to staff and support special committees and commissions, provide legal counsel for churches dealing with staff issues and seek ways to minister to a growing immigrant population.
When Presbyterians participate in paying their per capita, we’re saying, “I’m in. I’m a part of this denomination; connected to it and intend to fund it and support it.”
Per capita is a set amount of money (a pass-through apportionment per member) that all congregations pay in the 1st Quarter of each year to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Said another way, it is a Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund — part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. Because every Presbyterian share in the benefit of the PC(USA)’s system of government, the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system should be shared by everyone as well.
The per capita apportionment that Ark & Dove will be responsible to pay on each member’s behalf in 2021 equals $10,027 [$37.00 x 271 members]. Historically, Ark & Dove receives only 40% of the per capita from its members leaving a -$6,000 hole in our ministry & mission budget each year.
Per capita dollars help sustain mission at all levels - local, regional and national. In effect, per capita becomes the channel through which local Presbyterians can see their role in not only local mission programs but also the regional, national and worldwide mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
So, when you pay your $37.00 per person PER CAPITA APPORTIONMENT, please know that our contributions will immediately go to improve Ark & Dove’s bottom-line, enabling us to further fund our mission and ministry programs in 2021. 
Thank you,
The 2021 Connections Stewardship Team: Doug Walcutt, Steve Debus, Diane Johnson, Bruce Sanders, Tricia Gray, Joe Gray, and Pastor Tim
Source: Presbyterian Outlook, Stated Clerk: “What per capita pays for, why it matters.” January 2, 2020 by J. Herbert Nelson
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. Small group offerings will be made available in the coming weeks. Please contact Kim Champagne ( or Pastor Jon ( with any questions.
Campfire Quarrels
Join us in masks, hats, mittens and hand warmers around a campfire at church, where we discuss the hot topics of our time with charity. Our January meeting is next week, January 13, 7 to 8:30 pm. The topic? Honor the Emperor/Support the President? Please let Pastor Jon know you are coming (
Christian Education
In the upcoming year Amanda Crose and Amy Tardiff will be hosting a series of classes and book discussions on topics related to the LGBTQ+ experience. The first will be a class entitled, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the LGBTQ+ Experience and Were Afraid to Ask", which will take place on ZOOM, 7:30 pm, January 12. The second event will be a book club. We will read the book “Outside the Lines: How embracing Queerness will Transform Your Faith” by Mihee Kim-Kort on February 16, 7:30 pm, on ZOOM. Contact Amanda at with any questions or to RSVP.
Lectionary Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 10 am, we gather online for fellowship, Bible study on the upcoming Sunday scriptures, and prayer. This has been and continues to be a great way to deepen friendships and faith. Please join us, there is no commitment or homework. Contact Pastor Jon for the Zoom invitation (
Youth Christian Education
Godly Play
Our Sunday school program for grades K-5 takes place via Zoom each Sunday from 9:00- 9:40 am. Our host welcomes the child(ren), 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
LOGOS Weekly Lessons and Activities
Check your emails each Tuesday! LOGOS is Ark and Dove's midweek intergenerational experience for children and youth up to 8th grade. If you’d like to get on the weekly emailing list, please contact Amy Goldberg at If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Roman at
Growing With Each Other
Sunday Fellowship!
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting. You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week. The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe,
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.