9:30 baptism! 11 am ordination and installation!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
We will continue with the theme of Christ in the County focusing on just and fair immigration in the third of the Epiphany preaching series, this Sunday at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.

All are welcome!
Upcoming:
February 9, Safe and Affordable Housing
February 16, Gun Violence Reduction
February 23, Safe and Effective Schools
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

In a medium size Presbyterian church the offices of Deacon and Ruling Elder are absolutely essential in order to undertake effective ministry. At Ark and Dove we have 7 elders and 9 deacons who manage eight areas of ministry in partnership with the Pastors and other staff as well as a Clerk of Session and Treasurer. Our elders and deacons truly love our church and demonstrate that love by offering hours and hours of leadership every month.

Tomorrow three elders and two deacons complete their terms and leave their respective boards. I am deeply grateful for the work, caring and ministry of elders Steve Debus, Rob Yeager, Ellen Makar and Ryan Stavely and Deacons Cheryl Walcutt and Brian Boudreau. In addition Kathy Miller completes a term and answers the call to serve again for three years and Brian Boudreau switches from deacon to Clerk of Session and Ellen Makar switches from Clerk of Session to Worship Elder and Alta Paronto has agreed to one more year as Church Treasurer . They have devoted their hearts to their work. I hope you will take the opportunity to thank them for their labors among us.

I am excited to begin work with our new church officers: Brian Boudreau, Tricia Gray, Adell Gaurin, Amy Haggemann, Julia Kirby, Ellen Makar, Alta Paronto and Autumn Vernon.  Below you will find the line up of our leaders for the coming year. I give thanks for them all.

Reminder, we are receiving the per capita offering this month.

Peace of Christ,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
-Leviticus 19:34
God of the journey,
We remember that Mary and Joseph had to flee to Egypt, taking Jesus to safety, leaving home behind. Remembering, we pray for people around your world who are forced to leave their homes.We pray for those who are driven from home by natural disasters. We pray for those who are driven from unnatural acts of violence and persecution. We pray for those who are driven from home because of inadequate responses to natural events.We pray for those who leave their countries and cross borders. We pray for those who are internally displaced, finding new places to live within their own country. We pray for those who are exposed to freezing cold and searing heat, those who lack food, water, shelter, and other necessities of life, those who are exploited, violated, and abused, and those who mourn the loss of place and all that brings. We give thanks for the strength, courage, and grace of our siblings who are refugees or internally displaced. We give thanks for the contributions they make in their new places and for the ways in which they enrich our lives. Guide the leaders of the world to find creative ways to respond, to extend protection and provide safe haven, to care compassionately and respectfully for the needs of our siblings, to address the situations and circumstances that force people to leave their homes. To do justice and to seek peace. Show us ways that we can support those who we encounter. Inspire us to engage in the efforts to create a world in which all have a safe place to call home. We pray in the name of the refugee Jesus, Amen.
—Mark Koenig, Director, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
This week, the prelude is a delicate version of Soft and Tenderly, arranged by Joel Raney. The choir will present a fun arrangement of Who'll be a Witness for My Lord by Donald Moore. It's based largely on the on the original tune with some touches that result in an energy-filled piece with a driving beat.

Interested in being a part of the children's spring musical? Plans are coming together, and rehearsal will start soon! Please be in touch with me after the service or via email.


Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Continuing this Sunday, the fourth in Epiphany, with our Christ in the County theme, we move to just and fair immigration. The band will be singing a nice piece by Chris Tomlin titled This is Our God. Its message will cover how God can be our refuge and shelter through love, when we experience tough times. 

We will be adding a new congregational song from two Sundays ago. It is You Redeem by Aaron Shust. Have a wonderful week and see you all Sunday! God Bless

God Bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity!
God loves a cheerful giver!
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  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
A Message of Thanks!
Christian Education
Thank you for your financial support of our Christian Education programs this past year. Each week, children and adults alike deepen their faith and enjoy fellowship and fun through our educational programs. Without your support, these programs would not be possible. Our nursery is well staffed, we have exciting games and crafts for pre-K kids and excellent Godly Play curriculum and materials for our Kindergarten through 5 th graders. While Logos is self-supported, this program, as well as the high school youth group, use every facility and just about every inch of the church building. Your financial support of the building and facilities within is vital to all of the youth and adult education programs and very much appreciated. It is clear you value the small groups, Lenten study and Bible studies planned and organized by our pastors and the adult Christian education team. Thank you for providing these opportunities for Christian education to every member and child of the church through your pledges and offerings.
 
Sincerely,
Julie Devers
Christian Education Elder
jbdevers@gmail.com
Win the Souper Bowl!
Souper Bowl of Caring this Sunday!
Help fill the stairs of our sanctuary with soup cans this Sunday! Be on the winning team: bring in your cans for our local food pantry, CAP, between now and February 2nd. Last year we collected over 1350 units—in 2020, let’s go for 2020 cans of soup!
CAP Featured Food Item for January
Featured item for January—PASTA and PASTA SAUCES. Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!
You Are Invited to Make a Difference
Per Capita Per Person
Ark and Dove pays per capita to the Presbytery of Baltimore every year to support the programs of Presbytery and the General Assembly. Each adult member is invited to pay their $37 annual per capita payment . Write a check (with per capita in the memo line), give online or text PerCapita to 410-983-3481. Questions?  Please contact Alta Paronto, treasurer, alparonto@gmail.com.
Outreach and Connections
Trivia Night: Where Everyone Was a Winner!
Thank you to our Trivia Night attendees! Hope you had fun! Our youth groups raised $845 toward their summer trips! Thanks so much for participating! Nicole Howe (nicolehowe123@gmail.com)
Parent Group
Parent Group meeting tonight, Friday, January 31, 6:00 pm, in the Marshall room! If you're looking to get to know other families with children age 0 to high school, come join us! Potluck dinner and discussion. Childcare provided for a small contribution. Nicole Howe (nicolehowe123@gmail.com)
Men's Voyagers
The Ark and Dove Men's Group, the Voyagers, is sponsoring a trip to attend a theatrical performance of C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce , a fantasy about the choice between heaven and hell. All are welcome join us for the show in D.C. on February 9 at 3:00 p.m . Please contact Paul Doughty (padough@verizon.net) for more information.

Here's a good website for tickets:
Adult Christian Education
Pub Theology
Can you forgive 77 times? Join us for another round of Pub Theology at Frisco Tap House in Waugh Chapel, 7 pm on February 6 . Our topic is the limit of grace and our ability to forgive.
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.
Equipping the Saints
224th General Assembly
Equipping the Saints: General Assembly. The Presbytery of Baltimore will host the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in June of this year. Are you curious about what General Assembly is and how it works and what governing bodies in the PC(USA) do? Join us March 4 at 6:30 pm in the Ark and Dove room for an informative look at this biennial gathering of delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries around the world. Dinner and childcare provided. Questions? Please contact, Bruce Sanders, brusanders1@gmail.com.
BAD Cyber Safety Event
Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!
Public & Permanent: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!
When: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Speaker: Richard Guerry

At this event the youth will gain the following information
• Preventing Cyber Cruelty
• Safe Communication in Gaming
• PC & Mobile Security
• Public Databases & Digital Transparency
• Preventing Abuse of Current & Future Apps
• Poor Social Media & Oversharing Behaviors
• Many Other Current & Future Cyber Issues

The Bay Area Disciples (BAD) is hosting this very important Cyber Safety Event for Middle and High School youth, parents are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions about the event please contact: Deborah Saylor, BAD Ministry Group Convener at saylordeb@yahoo.com.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Shelley Franklin’s sister, Teri, and nephew, Chris; John Rolewicz; Bill Guarin; Dorene Chen’s family; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Karen Dodson and her brother, Ron; Amy Stavely’s grandmother, Ruth Countryman; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dick and Alta Paronto’s friends, Claire and Doug Sherman; Dotty Kauffman; Greg and Diane Makar's mother LeeAnn, Aunt Adeline, and cousin Michael; Nikol Sahai’s mother, Marie Krizanova; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; 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; Doren Chen’s family; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Kennon and Tameka Bauman; Rhianna Bauman; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; the Tardiff family and Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; 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, cousin, Judy and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Margaret’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer of Faith Presbyterian Church; Brianna Reed; Samantha Moore and her son Abraham; Rowan Edgin and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and congregations involved with Winter Relief this week: Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Mary’s.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Benson and Nelson families on the death of Mary Benson’s aunt, Marie Nelson.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Dixon family on the death of Maxine Dixon’s mother.

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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