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Arkive September 10, 2021
This week's postlude is a kind of response to Pastor Jon's sermon title: I'll be playing an arrangement of a song by Ben Fielding and Reuban Morgan, famous for such contemporary Christian songs such as "Mighty To Save." Tracey McKibbon's arrangement has a bit of Celtic flair, but it's generally a departure from what I usually prepare for worship. I hope you enjoy my little experiment, as I step a bit out of my pianistic comfort zone.
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Reserve Worship Service Space HERE
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.
How Close Can You Get?
Before you enter the sanctuary, on Sunday morning, please select a RED, YELLOW or GREEN name tag, write your name on it, and wear it. This will let others know HOW CLOSE CONTACT is acceptable for you. RED means no contact please. YELLOW means elbow bumps. GREEN means handshaking is okay; please ask before hugging. This way we all will be within our own comfort levels during this Covid surge. We want to show each other maximum care! Thank you! Ellen Makar, Worship Elder,
Mission Ministry
Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
Our Peace and Global Witness Special Offering continues through World Communion Sunday on October 3. Through our Peace and Global Witness donations, we will support Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) with 75% or our giving and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, supporting emergency relief for Afghan refugees, with 25% of our giving. Your continuing generosity is a blessing to so many in our county and to refugees coming to our area. A link for Peace and Global Witness Special Offering can be found here. Thank you again, Lori Kronser ( Mission Elder
Tornado Relief
Tornado relief donations accepted HERE.
Church Picnic and Mission Fair
Save the date! October 3!
Mission Ministry Fair and Church Picnic or Church Picnic and Mission Ministry Fair, Sunday, October 3, after the 10:30 service. The Mission Ministry invites you to learn about mission teams and the ways you can share your time and talents. There will be food, games, prizes, and family fun at the picnic! Please mark your calendars now! Do you have EZ Up canopies or a children's wading pool to lend? Would you like to help set up tables before and take them down after? Do you know of a middle school or high school youth to help run the carnival games? If you are interested in helping or loaning, please contact Lori Kronser, Mission Ministry Elder and Nicole Howe, Outreach & Connections Elder,
Christian Education
Youth Group 2021-2022 Kick-Off
Youth group for Middle and High School youth will begin on Sunday, September 19.
  • 6th-8th Grade Meet Outside at Church from 4-5pm.
  • 9th-12th Grade Meet Outside at Church from 5-6:30pm.
See you then and bring friends! Pastor Jon (
LOGOS is just around the corner! Logos is Ark and Dove's mid-week intergenerational program for pre-K and elementary aged children. Logos this year will be a 1 hour program from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesdays. Activities will be outdoors, as much as possible, with some indoor activities (with masks) during inclement weather. Meals will not be served during Logos this fall. Middle and high school aged children will be meeting separately this year. Logos is a great way to grow your relationship with God and others at Ark and Dove. Parents and everyone interested in participating are invited to learn about the 2021 program and sign up on Tuesday, September 14, from 7:30-8:30 pm via zoom. Contact Jen Roman at or Julie Devers at for a zoom link or more information. We hope you can join us to learn about this awesome program!
Adult Christian Education
A Basic Introduction to The Prophets of The Old Testament
Led by Pastor Tim, September 21 and 28 and October 5, 7:00 to 8:15 pm by Zoom. Less than one hour of prep for each class. Please register by contacting Tim at This is Prophets .50, as in beginner: creating a safe space for people at the beginning of their Bible exploration journey.
Introduction to Prayer
Join us throughout the month of September for three sessions exploring prayer. These sessions will be useful to people who pray much or little. You may attend all three or just the ones that interest you. Each session answers a common question about prayer. Contact to RSVP.
September 12, 9:15 am, in-person:
"Does prayer do anything and what do I do when I pray?"
September 23, 7:30 pm, Zoom:
"How do I find some stillness and silence in my life?"
September 26, 9:15 am, in-person:
?"How do I teach my children and youth to pray?"
Ark and Dove Book Club
The summer book club now meets every other month on a Friday at 7:30 pm on Zoom! Our next meeting is on September 24, 2021, 7:30 pm: "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal hosted by Ellen Makar. For more information about our club, email Kim Champagne (
Faith Seeking Understanding Book Series
Beginning this September, the Adult Education, GLEAM, and Antiracism teams will recommend one book a month that they believe is worth reading. You will find the book title and date of discussion in the Arkive under "Faith Seeking Understanding." For additional information and Zoom links, contact
September: "The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found" by Angela Williams Gorrell. September 30, 7:30 pm by Zoom. Led by Achsah Callahan.
Outreach and Connections
Friendly Seniors' Zoom Meeting
After our Thursday, September 16 meeting, 3:00 p.m., future Afternoon Tea Zoom meetings will continue indefinitely on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. If, once again, we go into more isolation, we may meet more often using this venue. Please let Joan Berry ( or 410-672-5237) know if you want to meet more frequently.
New Members/Inquirers Session
Are you new to Ark and Dove? Have you been joining worship in-person or online? Would you like to know more about the ministry and community of Ark and Dove? Are you interested in joining the church? Join us for an orientation and discussion Saturday, September 25, 9 am - 11 am, for all those inquiring into membership at Ark and Dove. To RSVP and get more information, please contact
Annapolis Run for the Light House 5K
Help support The Light House in Annapolis, a public charity working to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty, by registering for The Annapolis Run for The Light House on Sunday, September 19, 2021 (or virtually anytime between Sept. 11-19). There are options for a 1.25 mile walk, 5K run, or half marathon race. For more details and registration, please select HERE. Notify Nicole Howe ( if interested, and we'll establish a meeting place for all Ark and Dove attendees. Nicole Howe,
Antiracism and Social Equity
Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism
The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism/Social Equity team is gearing up for exciting opportunities this fall. We are thrilled to welcome Deb Saylor as our new co-leader! Deb brings a unique perspective to our studies (not to mention a new generation!) During the course of the year, we’ll be offering discussions on documentaries, books, and podcasts as well as monthly “drop-in” Zoom discussions. Special book studies are scheduled for later in the year, and we’ll revisit our Racism 101 and 102 slide presentations for those who haven’t participated or those who’d like a refresher.
The House We Live In
Lori Kronser will facilitate our first documentary discussion on “The House We Live In," part three of the PBS series, “Race: The Power of an Illusion” on Sunday, September 26, 12:30 on Zoom. If you haven’t seen this or are new and open to learning more about the creation and effects of race in America, these 1-hour presentations are the perfect introduction. Watch part 3 on Kanopy or online here, then join us for discussion. RSVP here, or contact Lori (
On September 28, 7pm, Deb and Paula Sparks will hold the first “drop-in” discussion. These discussions will be considered “white space” – a place for us to talk honestly about white privilege, understand our participation in the oppressive system of white supremacy, and take responsibility for dismantling the system, both personally and within community, using prompt questions from “Me and White Supremacy – Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F. Saad. We hope you’ll “drop in” for these discussions! Contact Paula Sparks ( to sign up for the Zoom link.
For other opportunities, please follow us on our Social Justice Facebook page. Request to join at