2nd Sunday of Advent, Reception of New Members and Christmas Revels!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
2nd Sunday of Advent & Reception of New Members , December 8, 9:30am & 11am
Christmas Revels , December 8, 6 pm
3rd Sunday of Advent and Christmas Pageant , December 15, 9:30am & 11am
4th Sunday of Advent , December 22, 9:30am & 11am
Christmas Eve Children's Service , December 24, 4pm
Christmas Eve Service: Band Led , December 24, 6pm
  Christmas Eve Service: Choir Led , December 24, 8pm
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

We are full out in Advent celebration mode, and this Sunday we will light the second candle on the Advent wreath and continue to work our way through the O Antiphons ( O Come O Come Emmanuel) after we light the candle. Aside from hymns that are Bible verses, O Come O Come Emmanuel is the oldest hymn in our Presbyterian hymn books. The church has been singing O Come O Come Emmanuel to various tunes for well over 1000 years.

Each of the seven antiphons or chants is based on a messianic title, which comes from the Hebrew Scriptures:

Emmanuel (God with us)
Wisdom From on High
Lord of Might,
Root of Jesse,
Key of David,
Dayspring Source of Light
Desire of Nations

They were originally sung in cathedral and monastic worship--one on each of the seven days before Christmas Eve, before and or after the Magnificat (Mary's Song, see Luke 1:46-55)

Speaking of singing... there will plenty at Christmas Revels on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm, in the Sanctuary with the Band, the Choir, The Ark Ensemble, The Dove Ensemble, as well small groups of talented musicians and soloists. The Outreach and Connections Ministry will be providing refreshments, and childcare for young children will be provided. Some carols as well!

I am looking forward to seeing you there.


Peace of Christ,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight.’”
-Matthew 3:3

We come to this season of candles, in the darkness, with a spirit of humility of God. How else can we come? Does one approach the birth of a child carelessly? Does the birth of our own children leave us unmoved and not choked up with love and deep emotion?  How much then is our feeling intensified when we prepare to give witness to the birth of a child by whom salvation comes? So put to rest our mutterings in this time of Advent. Compel our hearts, we pray, to take notice, to prepare, to receive you all walls down, in this most precious child of heaven and humanity. Amen.
Christmas Revels is here! This Sunday we get to celebrate the Christmas spirit with our Revels event at 6 pm in the sanctuary. There will be readings, music, snacks, and fellowship provided by volunteers who have worked hard to get ready for the celebration. Please join us this Sunday, December 8, for services in the morning and the Christmas Revels concert in the evening. It's a wonderful way to bring in this holy season with joy!

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
November Financial Status
Expected Unpledged Income
Actual Unpledged Income

Wow Factor


Expected Pledged Income
Actual Pledged Income

Ouch Factor
25,700.00
35,700.00

$10,000.00


424,000.00
393,300 .00

$30,700.00

Generosity!
God loves a cheerful giver!
DONATE ONLINE ! Christmas Joy offering , one-time and recurring!

TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
Text give to get started. Text commands for more options.


  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 7
Stewardship
Giving Statements
Giving statements were sent out by email (and mail for select people) last weekend. If you did not receive one or have questions, please contact Steve Debus (Steven.debus89@gmail.com). Your gifts are what ensure our Ministries continue to make a difference for the congregation and the community.
Advent Devotional
Creating a Matthew 25 Advent season
During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to follow Jesus’s command epitomized by Matthew 25:31–46 to love one another and care for “the least of these.”

The Advent devotionals are available in the lobby! $2.00 donation.
Christmas Revels!
Parents Night Out!
Youth Fundraiser!
Parent’s Night Out
This Saturday, December 7, 5pm to 9pm
 
$20 for 1st child * $10 per sibling
Register and pay online .

This is a fundraiser for youth group summer mission trips! Includes childcare (ages 1-10), dinner and activities!
 
Next PNO is tentatively scheduled for February 15!
Bring in the Joy!
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above...
- James 1:17
Please support the Christmas Joy offering during Advent. Are you looking for a meaningful way to participate in Advent, the time in the church calendar leading up to Christmas? Are you weary of the commercialism that dominates this season in our culture? The remedy could be supporting the Christmas Joy special offering , now through December 24.
 
What is the Christmas Joy offering? The Presbyterian Church, USA has 4 special offerings that are collected throughout the year that benefit different programs and causes, within the PCUSA, as well as our local congregation. The Christmas Joy offering will support the following endeavors:


It's easy to give to the Christmas Joy offering . You may use the special envelopes that can be found throughout the sanctuary; designate "Christmas Joy" on your check; or donate securely through our website. When you give to the Christmas Joy offering , you not only provide financial support to important programs, but you also take a step towards refocusing on what is really meaningful about Christmas! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net
Adult Christian Education
Mid-week Bible Study
This is a “come as you are” discussion group that meets most Wednesdays, 10 am . To learn more, please contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com.
Exploring the Way
For those beginning the spiritual journey. Tuesdays, 7 pm , January 14 through February 25 . Calvin room. Please contact Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com, for more information. This group will have an interesting twist—we are looking for people who will commit to leading a 5 to 8 week small group in the next two years: so a small group to help us grow personally and in skills needed to lead a small group.
Mission
Christmas Holiday Sharing 2019
The Ark & Dove mission ministry is participating again in the Christmas Holiday Sharing Program organized by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. Sign-ups for gift-giving and delivery in the lobby! We will purchase a clothing item and another gift for each child and then deliver to the families after the 11:00 service on December 15 (other arrangements can be made).   For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com).
CAP Food Pantry Volunteer Need
CAP is the Christian Assistance Program, Inc., a group of about 13 churches, including Ark & Dove, that provides food and clothing to families in West Anne Arundel County. Ark & Dove helps sustain CAP through regular food donations, clothing donations, the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, and volunteers for CAP activities. CAP operates a food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church and needs volunteers to help carry food from the pantry to the clients’ cars. The pantry is open Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (3-5pm). Help is needed both days, but more on Thursdays and especially the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255).    
CAP Featured Food Item for December
Featured item for December—BAKING MIXES (bran muffins, Bob's Red Mill pancake mix, etc). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!
Christmas Flowers
To decorate our sanctuary for the celebration of Christ’s birth, we will purchase individual poinsettia plants and greens. Suggested donation amount is $7-10 dollars. Please fill out the form in the bulletins and place with your donation (checks made payable to Ark and Dove with Flowers annotated on the memo line) in the offering plate or place in the Flower Committee box in the workroom. You can also text FLOWERS, preceded by an amount, to 410-983-3481. If you have any questions, please see Paula Griggs, paulagriggs32@gmail.com or 443-510-6687.
Healing Through Grief
Grief and the Holidays
You are invited to our annual Grief and the Holidays session on Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Whether you are new to grief or grieving anew during the holidays this year, this is an opportunity to process and prepare, while being comforted by your church family and faith. Pastor Tim Stern (timsstern@gmail.com) and Linnie Girdner (girdnerlinda@gmail.com) will be facilitating.   
excerpt from Thoughtful Ways to Help a Friend Deal With Grief by Alice Wisler
When your friend is in agony after the death of her loved one, some of the best gifts you can offer her are your listening ears and support. Other things you can give her as she is thrust onto this journey of grief include:
 
  •    Soft tissues
  •    A sturdy journal
  •    Books on grief
  •    Soothing music CDs
  •    A memento for her garden or house (Depending on who died and what they liked you can tailor this gift to be something to remind your friend of his or her loved one.)
  •    Attending a bereavement workshop, seminar or conference with him or her
  •    Helping your friend find a grief group pertaining to the loss
  •    Making a donation to the memorial fund or charity in honor of your friend's loved one

Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bernabe Solano and Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sister, Beth; Lisa Mezaache’s father, Bo Blanks; Dotty Kauffman; Greg and Diane Makar's mother LeeAnn, Aunt Adeline, and cousin Michael; Fred Barrow’s aunt, Lee; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline Knott; Debbie Saylor’s uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Frank Dakai; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Edie and Richard Budd; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Jon Nelson’s grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s father, Dave; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Margaret McGillivrary and Margaret’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer of Faith Presbyterian Church; Johnetta Thuston; Chuck Mabry and family; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Severn Covenant Church, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and Mt. Olive AME Church.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Sise family on the death of Pat’s grandfather, Ed Sise.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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