Ark and Dove Currents
Arkive August 7, 2020
 
This Sunday, members of the choir are excited to present another virtual choral anthem, David Haas' 'You Are Mine', featuring Laura Doughty on flute. Written in the early 1990s, this hymn, according to Hymnary.org, is now included in fourteen current hymnals across numerous denominations. The words are based on texts from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know…”; Isaiah 43:1b, “Do not fear…you are mine”; and John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (NIV*). The hymn’s text is written in God’s voice, assuring, comforting, and encouraging – “I am with you,” “Come and rest in me,” and “I love you and you are mine.” The themes of this hymn are God’s care, strength in troubling times, baptism, and confirmation. "'You Are Mine' is a reminder that no matter where we are and how low we may feel, God is always there, calling to us, and inviting us to follow” (The Faith We Sing: Worship Planner, 55).
 
These projects are so fun to put together and I love hearing how the voices layer over one another. They're also a wonderful way to contribute to the worship service and sing in a choir without leaving the safety and comfort of your own home. If you feel called to contribute your gifts of music to our worship, please be in touch.
 
Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
 
This week the band is recording 'Eye of the Storm'. This song holds a very special message, especially in times like these. Even during a storm, God remains in control and will lead us through these difficulties together and with love. So, as life continues to remain surreal, and as the solid ground seems to be slipping from underneath our feet, just trust in each other and God's love to lead us through the storms.
 
God bless!
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
 
Generosity!
 
DONATE ONLINE! One-time and recurring!
 
TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
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You will be enriched in every good way for your generosity….
- 2 Corinthians 9:11
 
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
 
All are welcome! Join livestream worship at 10:00 am.
 
Access the
 
 
Long-Range Planning
 
The Church Assessment Tool (CAT) is now ready for you!
 
By the time you read this, our Long-Range Planning team hopes you have received a link to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey. Please allow up to 1 hour to complete the survey. Once you begin the survey it is best to complete it because the format does not allow you to save a portion of your answers and return later.
 
We are using the current email addresses in the church directory. If by chance, you did not get a link or you share an email with your significant other and you both want to complete a survey, please send your updated email address to the church at lrp@arkanddove.org. If you need a paper version of the survey you can also email lrp@arkanddove.org as well.
 
We want to get feedback from ALL our members and our regular attendees too. We don’t want to miss anyone! The ball is now in your court. Please take the time to complete the survey. It is anonymous, so we won’t know who has or has not completed it, but we will be watching the number of surveys completed. PLEASE, PLEASE help our planning team by completing your survey thoughtfully, completely and within the next few days. Thank you! If you have any questions, please reach out to Chris Fox, long-range planning team, foxychris3@gmail.com.
 
July Financial Update
 
YTD Expected Unpledged Income
Actual Unpledged Income
Behind
 
YTD Expected Pledged Income
YTD Actual Pledged Income
Ahead
 
$22,568.00
$18,938.00
$3,630.00
 
$264,552.0
$269,274.00
$4,722.00
 
Outreach and Connections
 
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 fellowship@arkanddove.org 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, nicolehowe123@gmail.com.
 
Christian Education
 
Summer Sunday School
 
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at jbdevers@gmail.com. 
 
Mission
 
For many years Ark & Dove has partnered with the County Department of Social Services and the AA Public School System to purchase backpacks and supplies for elementary school students. Separately, we have also purchased supplies for Meade Middle School students. The Back to School Program is back this year, but with inherently different needs due to COVID-19. The Ark & Dove mission ministry encourages the same high level of participation we’ve had in the past.
 
This year, Back to School participation is in the form of financial donations, in order to support middle and high school students. Back to School will provide gift cards for Office Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart. The type of cards and amounts will depend on the family’s needs, and the cards can be used toward traditional supplies, as well as headphones, lap boards, and laptop accessories for virtual learning, as well as other essentials, such as clothing. Because of the extra stresses of COVID-19, the needs this year are different and greater than before. (Backpacks and supplies for elementary school students will be provided directly by the county.)
 
If you would like to participate, you can make a donation to Ark & Dove, electronically, text “school” to (410) 983-3481, or by check (please designate “Back to School” on the check memo). To donate directly to the Back to School program, please visit them online or by mailing a check to: Back to School Program, 80 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, please contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255), or the Back to School Program (community.programs@maryland.gov, 667-500-4658). Thank you.
 
Lighthouse Homeless Prevention: Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
 
There is a new (virtual) volunteer opportunity at Light House! They are in need of assistants for their employment preparation classes. The typical weekly commitment is 2-3 hours and classes vary in length (please see individual descriptions below). If this is something that interests you, you will need to complete the Volunteer Questionnaire (please click to complete).  Once the questionnaire is completed, a member of the Workforce Team will connect with you to discuss additional information and logistics. Zoom training will be provided.
 
Employment Preparation Program Classes
Class time: 4-6pm Tue-Fri Start Date: September 8th
Three week recurring sessions
 
Resume Building: (virtual) 3 days, 3 Volunteers Needed
This workshop is designed to assist community members and residents to write concise resumes which will help them get noticed by employers in the Annapolis area. Curriculum will be taught by a soft skills instructor and volunteers will assist students individually in the virtual chat. 
 
Cover Letter Building: (virtual) 2 days, 3 Volunteers Needed
Cover Letter Building will require 2-3 volunteers total to assist students one on one. Curriculum and materials will be provided that will allow students structure for their cover letters while still allowing personalization for each individual student. Curriculum will be taught by a soft skills instructor and volunteers will assist students individually in the virtual chat. 
 
Interview Workshop: (virtual) 3 days, 6 Volunteers Needed
This workshop is designed to give community members and residents the opportunity to experience the motions of a virtual interview. The Workforce Development team will guide the main classroom and then volunteers will enter into breakout sessions with students in order to conduct interviews. Workforce Development will provide the questions for each volunteer to use. 
 
Job Application Workshop: (virtual) 3 days, 6 Volunteers Needed
This workshop will require six volunteers to assist students with filling out applications for employment. The process of filling out applications with students will require a volunteer to assist in editing their cover letters as well. The Workforce Development team will guide the main classroom and then volunteers will enter into breakout sessions with students in order to assist in job search and follow up with completing job applications to the chosen vocations. 
 
Community Needs Classes
Class time: As Needed
 
GED Tutoring: (virtual) 1 hour sessions, 2-5 Volunteers Needed
This workshop will consist of GED tutoring for all subjects. The volunteer will assist our current residents and BEST students with preparing for their high school equivalency exam. The volunteer will then assist them with any questions while they take their placement tests in language arts, math, reading, and science. Key skills include patience, communication skills, and instructional skills. The volunteer instructor will be working with both groups of students and one on ones.
 
Interview Attire and Preparation: (Carol’s Closet) 1 day, 2 Volunteers Needed
Interview attire and prep day will require 2 volunteers to assist in the selection and records of clothing inventory taken by each individual student in Carol’s Closet. Volunteers will spend one day with students assisting in finding appropriate interview clothing. All volunteers will need to fill out a google form and attend one zoom training session with the workforce development team before starting.
 
If you have additional questions, please contact our liaison to the Light House, Christina Cosio-Futch, c.cosiofutch(at)gmail.com.
 
Antiracism and Social Equity
 
Jesus and the Disinherited: A Retreat
 
The late Congressman John Lewis called Howard Thurman the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Both Pastors Tim and Jon have preached on Rev. Thurman in the past. The Shalem Institute is now providing their course on Howard Thurman for free to help people be grounded spiritually in the fight for racial justice. Contact info@shalem.org with questions. Enter the self-guided retreat day here.
 
Tea at Three
 
Friendly Seniors
 
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (tstern@arkanddove.org) to receive an invitation.
 
Deacons
 
Codenames Over Zoom!
 
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from eemakar@aol.com. Get the game at www.horsepaste.com/deacons. There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.