3rd Sunday After Epiphany
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
We will continue with the theme of Mental Health Addictions and Stigma in the second of the Epiphany preaching series, this Sunday at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.

February 2, Just and Fair Immigration
February 9, Safe and Affordable Housing
February 16, Gun Violence Reduction
February 23, Safe and Effective Schools
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

If you know the answer to one of these Bible trivia questions (without looking them up), I will personally give you a prize:

1. There was a young man who was apparently so bored with the preaching, that he fell asleep and out a window three floors up. What was the name of this poor young man and who was preaching?

2. What happened to the group of boys who made fun of Elisha for his baldness?

I hope you are coming to Trivia Night, tomorrow night at 6 pm. There will be trivia, fun, and food. You may even win a prize! Even better, why not come an hour early to the annual congregational meeting at 5 pm. There you will hear celebrations of 2019 and anticipations of 2020. As members of this church, we want you to be engaged in discerning God's purposes for our congregation. You won't be eligible for a prize for this part of the evening, but it will be worth your time.

I am grateful for the youth and parents who are putting on events like our Trivia Night to benefit our summer youth experiences. I am also grateful for the many, many leaders who make Ark and Dove what it is, because it is great.

Verse and Prayer
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:4-7

When the mind is troubled, O God, calm me. When fears and worries move or stall me, find in me faith and amplify it. When I feel defeated and abandoned, lift me into your company. When my beloved are occluded by clouds, dispel the darkness with light. When your beloved are oppressed and strangled by torments of the mind, liberate them. Send your Spirit into head and heart, that we may all be found rejoicing. Amen.
This week, as we focus on issues and stigma associated with mental health in our community, the music chosen for Sunday's services reflects the role of love, kindness and connection with our relationships. The prelude is a simple but touching arrangement of O Love That Will Not Let Me Go by Albert L. Peace, arranged by Craig Curry, and Joseph Martin's Change the World With Love will be sung for the musical offering.

If you or a child you know is interested in participating in our spring musical on May 3rd, please let me know. The children's choir is currently meeting at 12:15 on Sunday afternoons and will begin learning the music beginning in February.


Director of Music
This Sunday we continue with the theme Christ in Our County. This week we are focusing on the stigma of mental health challenges. The band will be playing a anthem called Healing Is Here by Deluge. Please listen to the song and put some thought to mental health challenges that people and the county are facing to prepare for the message coming this Sunday during service.

God Bless!

Director of Contemporary Music
Tomorrow! January 25!
Annual Congregational Meeting and Trivia Night
TOMORROW, Saturday, January 25
5pm Twenty-eighth Annual Congregational Meeting!
6pm Trivia Night Fundraiser! (see article below).
Want to reach out to someone in the Ark and Dove family for a chat and a warm cup of cheer? Want to continue that conversation that started at fellowship Sunday morning? Here's the latest household directory !
Need a printed directory? Please email admin@arkanddove.org.
God loves a cheerful giver!
DONATE ONLINE ! Per Capita , one-time and recurring!

TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
Text give to get started. Text commands for more options. Text an amount followed by PerCapita to contribute your portion of per capita.

  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.
Julie Devers
Christian Education Elder
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 Steve Debus, steven.debus89@gmail.com.
Outreach and Connections
Family Trivia Fundraiser TOMORROW at 6:00 pm (following the annual congregational meeting). Join us for a fun night of trivia, dinner, and a chance to win great prizes all while helping our youth raise money for their summer trips! Tickets will be on sale at the door for $11 per person (ages 7+).  Dinner will include chili, mac & cheese, corn bread, and drinks. There will be a bake sale too! The nursery will be open. Hope you will spread the word and join in the fun!!! Nicole Howe (nicolehowe123@gmail.com)
Parent Group
It's been a few months but we're hoping to meet again on Friday, January 31, 6 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 for a potluck dinner and discussion. Nicole Howe (nicolehowe123@gmail.com)
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.
Men's Voyagers
The Ark and Dove Men's Group, the Voyagers, are sponsoring a trip to attend a theatrical performance of C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce. We will catch the show on February 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Michael R. Klein Theater in Washington D.C and welcome others to come along too. The company performing it is very good, and tickets (starting at $59 per seat) are going fast. Please contact Paul Doughty ( padough@verizon.net) if you are going so we can car pool. Per publicity for the play:

The Great Divorce -- C. S. Lewis' mesmerizing fantasy about heaven, hell, and the choice between them -- comes to life with Lewis' signature wit, amazing actors, and dazzling, state-of-the-art stagecraft! Lewis' brilliantly drawn characters take a fantastical bus trip from hell to the outskirts of paradise. Each receives and opportunity to stay ... or return to hell. The choice proves more challenging than imagined.

Here's a good website for tickets:
A Preview of Good Things to Come
As you may have noticed, in every store display, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you'd like to plan a special evening with your sweetheart, we have a childcare option for you! Parents' Night Out is scheduled for February 15th as a fundraiser to support High School and Middle School youth summer and mission trips! Start planning now!
Souper Bowl of Caring!
Help fill the stairs of our sanctuary with soup cans! 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! Just one can of soup for every meal that you eat between now and Super Bowl Sunday.
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!
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.
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.
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 John Rolewicz; Amy and Jeff Grimm’s son, Wesley; Matthew Hagemaan; Bill Guarin; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Karen Dodson’s brother, Ron; Amy Stavely’s grandmother, Ruth Countryman; Kathy Miller’s sister, Beth; 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; 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; Maxine Dixon’s mother; Brianna Reed; Samantha Moore and her son Abraham; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Devers and Williams families on the death of Julie’s aunt, Joan Williams.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Albert, Perry, Willoughby and Ward families on the death of J Perry’s stepfather, Adow Albert.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Coker family on the death of Chris Cokers’ mother, Evelyn.

THE PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go with a loved one who has been deployed.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and congregations involved with Winter Relief this week: Mid-Atlantic Community Church, Nichols Bethel UMC and Riva Trace Baptist.

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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