Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive June 21, 2019
Keeping the sermon series on the Lord's Prayer in mind, the introit for the next 5 weeks will feature the tune "Vater Unser," a medieval chant harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach. The text reflecting on the prayer is by Dewey Westra and further adapted by Mary J. Post in 1984; the choir will present a different verse each week. Our anthem during the offering is Down the River to Pray, a traditional American tune arranged by Mark Liversidge and made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.
Director of Music
Summer choir will begin this Sunday, June 23rd. Have you ever wanted to try choir out but haven't made it to a rehearsal yet? We'll meet at 8:30am in the Sanctuary. You do not need to read music, but a great attitude and love of singing are welcome! Childcare available upon request. Please see Margaret McGillivray,
Summer music sign-ups are posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. Let your light shine and contribute to the summer worship with your instrument or voice for prelude, postlude or offertory!
This year went by so fast. I am so happy to be a part of this church and its' worship leadership. The band has moved into summer pick-up status. We will only meet on Sunday mornings for rehearsals and service. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact me or just come to a rehearsal. We meet at 9:15 am in the Director of Music office aka Margaret's office. We pick songs that are well known, and we welcome anyone who is interested in singing with the band!
God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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May Financial Update
Year to date budget on giving 
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Shortfall as of May 31, 2019        
Christian Education
VBS Drama Team: Forming Now!
We are looking for 5-8 people to join the VBS Drama Team! Each evening during the opening session of Vacation Bible School the Bible story is represented through a short drama involving about 3-5 people. It is not necessary for you to participate every single night, unless you are so inclined. All participants are very much appreciated! If you would like to participate, please email Christa Kronser,
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus
VBS is coming! Register TODAY!
Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 6-8 pm
Join us as we answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” and learn about the ways we can show love for our neighbors near and far. Each night consists of skits, music, art, snacks, games and stories. Don’t miss out! Add this event to your calendar today and let us know you’re coming at Questions? Please contact Christina Nelson,
Adult Christian Education
Book Club
Our June book is American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer. Join us for a bagged lunch discussion on June 30. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions.
Children's Book Drive: June 15 to August 1
Thanks so much for your donations of new books for children and youth of incarcerated women and their officers at Jessup. The collection box will be in the lobby through July. Thank you so much for your loving support of this ministry. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
Featured item for June--MACARONI AND CHEESE. Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations! Thank you for your donations
Winter Relief
Save the date, October 14 to 21, 2019. This will be Ark and Dove’s week to host 25 men who are homeless and show radical hospitality. Please contact Debbie Saylor, and Ylonda Fauntleroy, if you have any questions.
Outreach and Connection
Parents' Group
Save the date for Parent's Group! Our Parent's fellowship group welcomes all families with school aged children and will meet regularly on LAST Fridays each month (June 28, this month!), from 6 to 8 pm in the Marshall room. Childcare provided for a small contribution. Come whenever you're available and let's chat about parenting and get to know each other!
Inaugural Pride Festival
Ark and Dove will be participating in this year’s inaugural Pride festival in Annapolis, Saturday, June 29, 12pm to 5pm. If you would like to participate please sign up in the lobby. Email Amanda Crose, if you have any questions.
Antiracism and Social Equity
Racial Justice Essay Contest
The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with our local Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th–12th grade students attending public high schools in Anne Arundel County during the 2018-2019 school year. Prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants. Essays are due on August 7th.
This scholarship contest coincides with a forthcoming dedication of a historical marker in Annapolis, MD. The marker will memorialize five African American victims of racial terror lynching, killed between 1875 and 1911, along with victims who remain unknown. Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at the unveiling of the marker on September 7th at 10 am on Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD.
To learn more about participating in this contest, please look closely at the eligibility and essay guidelines. Any questions, contact Linnie Girdner, point of contact for Connecting the Dots, at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at A flyer is available here. We especially need your help in reaching out to seniors who just graduated. Thanks.
Healing Through Grief
Grief Group Considering Meeting More Often
When more friends and members are grieving, Pastor Tim and I want to meet that need by offering the Healing through Grief Small Group more frequently. At the last meeting we discussed the possibility of having the group meet monthly rather than quarterly. If that is something that you might attend on occasion or regularly, please indicate your possible interest by emailing Linnie Girdner ( or texting/calling 410-999-7892) or Pastor Tim (