Baptism of the Lord!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

This Sunday rejoice in the Baptism of the Lord --
The heavens open, the Holy Spirit descends as a dove and we hear the voice of God...
I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you. -Psalm 2:7

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Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

We are over a week into the new year. For those who make New Year's resolutions, some are going strong or have gone days since breaking resolve. Our culture is big on new beginnings. Since the new year, we've seen the rise (again) of Marie Kondo's cleaning and organizing method. Also, near the top of Amazon's bestseller's list is David Goggins brutal book on self-transformation via a military mentality. Many of us want a fresh start and there are many ways to go about one.

Last week, I was very encouraged and challenged by a leader of our congregation who told me that one of her resolutions was to spend at least one more hour a week planning and preparing for her ministry at Ark and Dove. Many of the resolutions we make are intended for self-improvement, but this leader was intending hers for the improvement of our church. This is a great idea and one that is consistent with a motto of our denomination: reformed and always reforming. How can we resolve this year to do more meaningful and impactful mission and ministry? How can we, by our commitments, transform the church and world?

In that vein, I offer you two small commitments, to make a meaningful change early this year:

1. You can join us for our door-knocking training tomorrow 10-11:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis. There you will be equipped to learn from our neighbors how we can make way for affordable and safe housing.

2. You can commit to donating cans for our Souper Bowl of Caring offering. This year, we challenge you to bring in one can of soup for every meal that you eat between now and Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. This is a way that you can be grateful for every meal you eat, while also being conscious that not all have a a good meal.

Happy and healthy 2019, friends!

Verse and Prayer
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Luke 3:21-22
God our Loving Parent: Remind us this day of our baptism. For in baptism, your love is showered upon us. In it, you claim that we are your children with whom you are well-pleased. Assure us with the great confidence that comes in knowing that, no matter what, we are your beloved for eternity. Amen.
In worship this week, Brittany Wellington will be playing Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone. The work is originally from the film, The Mission, a period drama about the experiences of an 18th-century Jesuit missionary in South America and starring Jeremy Irons. The choir will be presenting Be Not Afraid, by Taylor Davis, a gentle, anthem with text based on Isaiah 43: "Be not afraid, for I have redeemed you. Be not afraid, I've called you by name." Brittany will close the service with the third movement from Bach's first cello suite, BWV 1007, a vivacious Courante.


Director of Music
LOGOS is back and has hit the ground running! I am excited to continue helping our youth develop their worship arts and build our community. On January 20th, Margaret is calling on some of our youth leaders to be a part in an anthem for the choir led service at 9:30 am. Please don't hesitate to reach out to her or myself if your child would be interested in singing with the choir on that Sunday. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. Thank you and God Bless!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Capital Savings Fund , Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , and more! Many opportunities await you!
Stewardship Update
This week I want to focus on the importance of paying your per capita payment and the impact this once a year payment has on our overall budget. First to make sure everyone understands--per capita is NOT pulled from your ongoing pledged payment. You are requested to pay a separate, identified per capita payment in addition to your pledged for January. This year's per capita per member cost is $37.

Per capita is a special payment that helps fund the costs of running the church as a whole (regionally and across the US) and the amount is set by the Presbytery, Synod of the Mid Atlantic and the National Church, which we call the General Assembly, and then communicated to the church. These amounts cover church governance at the Presbytery, regional and national levels and for this we are provided almost boundless resources for ministry as well as prayers, advice and support. Each church is allocated a cost based on its membership numbers. The amount is then requested from you to pay a per capita payment. The amount varies year to year. 

Here is where the challenge arises. Not every member has been paying their portion of the per capita allocation. However, we still have to pay the total amount due to the Presbytery. When we don't as a church meet this obligation (which for 2019 is just in excess of $10,000), the money is pulled from other areas of our budget. Historically we only receive about HALF of the per capita from our members. In past years, this has meant that $4,000- $5,000 has had to be reallocated from another area of our budget. As previously reported, we did not receive all expected funding during last year although we had a very good December. 

The ask is simple. EVERY member is asked to pay their portion of per capita and mark that payment specifically for per capita. It's $37. To be clear, that is per member, not per household. If you have two members in the household, the amount is $74. If there are 3 members, the amount is $111. We will include this in our updates going forward so that you can see how we are doing. Let's make this year a first in having the full allocation be funded by our members. If you can round up, go for it! If you have any questions, feel free to talk with myself, Julia Kirby (, or Steve Debus ( If we can actually pull this off, I will work on a special celebratory event!!

Sunday, January 27, 5:15 potluck, meeting 6:00 pm. Plan to attend!

EFT Giving
Establish or increase EFT here!
Wanting to increase or establish an EFT with Ark and Dove? It's easy to do. The forms can be found on the web site and here are the links: EFT Authorization Form and EFT Change Form.
ACT: Door-knocking for affordable housing
Anne Arundel Connecting Together
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 10 am - 11:30 am (NEW TIME)
Training and Light Breakfast
Childcare Provided - please RSVP

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, 21401

Sunday, February 3, 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

Help line 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 3rd. This year, we challenge you to bring in one can of soup for every meal that you eat between now and Super Bowl Sunday.

Anti-racism and Social Equity
Justice and the Beloved Community 2019
The Anti-racism and Social Equity Team will be holding a meeting (between services, 10:35 am) on Sunday, January 20th in the Marshall room. We will discuss our plans for 2019. All are invited. If you would like to be part of the pre-meeting email communications and/or have suggestions (e.g. forum topics and speakers, films), please contact Linnie Girdner at or text 410-999-7892. If you would like to join the Ark and Dove Anti-racism and Social Justice Facebook Group, please contact Paula Sparks at or 443-623-1169.
Confronting the Truth About History, for Recovery, Reconciliation and Justice for All
Connecting the Dots, the Equal Justice Initiative, and the Maryland Lynching Project will be sponsoring events throughout the year to help us grapple with the history of lynching in our area. Jan Hof and I attended the Remembrance for Henry Davis on December 21st in Annapolis. Henry Davis was lynched in Annapolis on that date in 1906. Speakers, including Pastor Tim, spoke powerfully about the racism then and now. The next event is Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing: The Family Tree Revealed: Film Screening and Panel Discussion  on  Thursday February 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD . Will Schwarz’s film “BURN: The Lynching of George Armwood” (see film here ) will be shown and followed by a panel discussion, featuring Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree, the story of a lynching in Georgia, a legacy of family secrets, and her search for the truth (see more on Karen and her book here ). Tickets are here .
Pockets of Hope
The Guatemala Experience
Please join Wendy Wellington and Cheryl Schafer for a discussion of their mission trip to Guatemala! Two dates: January 22, 7:00 pm and January 24, 10:00 am.
For more information please read their reflections of the trip.
Featured item for January, PASTA AND PASTA SAUCES (semolina pasta, brown rice pasta, whole wheat, etc. / Bertolli jarred sauce, Classico jarred sauce, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!    
CAP food pantry volunteer need
if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10
Ark & Dove is a member of the Christian Assistance Program (CAP), which operates a food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church. The pantry is beginning 2019 with a few holes to fill in our monthly schedule (job descriptions listed below):

  • Someone to pack bags on 3rd Tuesdays from 11 am-1 pm
  • Someone to pack bags on 4th Thursdays from 3-5 pm
  • Someone to greet people (also known as a "floater") on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th OR 5th Thursdays from 3-5 pm (we can schedule 5 different people, or volunteers may take on more than one week)

Packers: Pack/bag food for clients (should be able to lift up to 10 pounds; some bending and reaching is required). Our packers work in pairs and typically assist 15-30 clients per session.

Greeter/"Floater": Greet clients as they enter the church and ensure they sign in; after they sign in, transfer clients names to the Registration/Packer sheets; call clients into Registration room; help set out bread and "extra" food items and then assist clients with these items after they have been registered.

Please contact me if you are interested in taking on any of these volunteer positions or if you have any questions please contact volunteer coordinator Amy Gantt (410-733-6022), or Ark & Dove's CAP representative Greg Makar (, 301-483-8255).
Christian Education
The Future of Our Children
Did you know that Ark and Dove runs six Sunday School and Godly Play classes every Sunday to help educate the youngest members of Ark and Dove? We have a bunch of dedicated leaders running our outstanding programs, but many of them are leading every single Sunday. Our program is amazing, but we need help. Please consider lending a hand, even if it is just a few times a year. No experience needed, and all training provided. Contact Laura Rockwell for more information
Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
Baby shower, held on January 6, for Rose, Koko and Htet Htoo! A terrific success!
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Cliff Wellington's father, Roy; Chris Wilkens; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Declan Steward; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Joan Berry’s son, Bryan Flom; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Jay Olson; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Cheryl Walcutt’s sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Ann Hirschy; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Annetta Fenstermacher’s sister, Margaret; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; David Michels; Laurie Barrow’s uncle, George Slater; Dakota Miller; Clarence Scott; Marlene and Doug DeHaven; Mike Stefanick; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Thomas Kochis; the family of Stephen Carlisle; Nikki Barrow; Damien Sergeant; for a friend whose baby has died; Cynthia Knott’s mother, Madeline; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
PRAYERS OF SUPPORT go out to the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Mid Atlantic Community Church and Bay Ridge Christian Church.
PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND LOVE for all those who have been effected by the government furlough.

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