Communion Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany with communion!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

Christ in the County

Often when we discuss social issues at Ark and Dove: in groups and from the pulpit. we examine faith in action with a lens on the national lay of the land. Let's bring the county into our prayers and meditations. For the next six weeks, this is what we will attempt from the pulpit in our Epiphany preaching series.

January 19, Racial reconciliation
January 26, Mental Health, Addictions and Stigma
February 2, Just and Fair Immigration
February 9, Safe and Affordable Housing
February 16, Gun Violence Reduction
February 23, Safe and Effective Schools

IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

January is per capita month at Ark and Dove, see article below.

Peace of Christ,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation:

I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
-- Revelation 3:14-15

O persistent God,deliver me from assuming your mercy is gentle.

Pressure me that I may grow more human, not through the lessening of my struggles, but through an expansion of them that will undamn me and unbury my gifts.

Deepen my hurt, until I learn to share it and myself openly and my needs honestly.
Sharpen my fears, until I name them and release the power I have locked in them, and they in me.

Accentuate my confusion, until I shed those grandiose expectations that divert me from the small, glad gifts of the now and the here and the me.

Expose my shame where it shivers, crouched behind the curtains of propriety, until I can laugh at last through my common frailties and failures, laugh my way toward becoming whole.

Deliver me from just going through the motions and wasting everything I have, which is today, a chance, a choice, my creativity, your call.

O persistent God, let how much it all matters pry me off dead center.

So if I am moved inside to tears, or sighs, or screams, or smiles, or dreams, they will be real, and I will be in touch with who I am and who you are and who my sisters and brothers are.

-- by Ted Loder in Guerillas of Grace
We begin Sunday's service with an arrangement of a spiritual that is new to me, arranged by Marianne Kim, also new to me. It has a stately melody, and Kim has added some lovely chromatic chords in the arrangement. The choir will present Nancy and Don Besig's Walk in the Kingdom, an upbeat, jazzy version of this tune with great parts for all the singers.

Children's choir has resumed on Sundays at 12:15. We're currently visiting the music of Argentina. We hope you can join us! We will begin rehearsals for our spring music around the beginning of March. If you are interested in being involved in any way, please let me know, so we can include you in the coming email trains.


Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This Sunday marks the second Sunday of Epiphany. We are beginning a series of themes, for the services, which focuses on making Anne Arundel county a better place to live. This week is racial justice. Please mark your calendars now for May 5, Good Shepherd Sunday, as a single service Sunday. The service will be held at 10 am, and it will be our Youth Sunday. LOGOS and other programs will be involved with running service, and we need parent support to have them ready and available for the leadership ahead. Thank you!

God Bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
January 25!
Annual Congregational Meeting and Trivia Night
Saturday, January 25
5pm Twenty-eighth Annual Congregational Meeting!
6pm Trivia Night Fundraiser! (see article below).
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. 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
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
The Funnest Fundraiser!
Family Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, January 25, 6:00 pm (following the annual congregational meeting). This is a game for everyone! Teams of 4-6 people preferred. Advance ticket sales after church services on Jan 19 for $10 per person (ages 7+). Includes entry to the game, dinner (chili and mac&cheese) and drinks, and a chance to win some REALLY awesome prizes! Price will increase at the door. The nursery will be open. Hope you can 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)
A Message of Thanks!
A heartfelt thank you for your financial support of the Outreach and Connections ministry! The monies allocated to this ministry enable us to fund fellowship events throughout the year like the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, the Church Picnic, and our Christmas Holiday event. 

These gatherings allow us the opportunity to mingle and build deeper relationships with one another. We also enjoy fellowship every Sunday, after both services, in part due to budgeting money for snacks, drinks, and paper supplies. (A HUGE thank you to Cheri Hahn for donating specifically to this effort on a regular basis! Before Cheri, there was the assiduous Chris Wilkens!) 

Can you imagine not having a snack table to gather around after church?! We are also able to reach out to and invite members of our community to join us, as well as support new member meetings and breakfasts because of money set aside in this budget. Thank you for contributing to these wonderful things via your pledges and offerings! If you have any ideas for new Outreach and Connection events, please let me know! 

Sincerely,
Nicole Howe
Outreach and Connections elder
nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Summer Youth Opportunities
Join us this Sunday, January 19, 5pm, at the church, for an informational session on summer youth experiences. These week long experiences include mission, discipleship, and faith formation opportunities. Dinner will be provided as the information session. Please contact Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com, with any questions.
Listening Sessions
Kirwan Commission
Here are a few facts I bet you didn’t know:

  • When it comes to student learning, Maryland schools perform at a mediocre level both domestically and internationally
  • Less than half of kindergartners are entering school ready to learn
  • Only 40% of students in Maryland are graduating ‘college and career ready'
  • 67% of white students, compared with 28% of African American students are meeting 10th grade English college and career readiness standards
  • Maryland’s school funding is regressive, meaning that poorer schools are getting less financial resources

So what can we do about it? Can you think of one change to public education that would make life better for you and your family? Can you share a story that illustrates why you care about this issue? If so we want to hear from you! Come join us as we learn from each other and find out what recommendations the bipartisan Kirwan Commission report has to improve Maryland’s preK-12 system. 

Please choose one of the following one hour listening sessions:
  • January 19th at 10:45 am in the Marshall Room
  • January 19th at 12:15 pm in the Witherspoon Room
  • January 30th at 7 pm in the Ark and Dove Room

Any questions or if you need childcare, please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com
Antiracism and Social Equity
How to Be An Antiracist Book Study
Ark and Dove’s Anti-Racism and Social Equity team invites you to join us in studying the book How to Be An Antiracist by award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi. We meet in the Ark and Dove Room from 12:30 - 2:00, Sundays, 1/19, 2/2, and 2/16, which is every other Sunday. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch. The New York Times described it as "the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind." Feel free to invite friends and neighbors.
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 , 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.
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

Richard Guerry is the author of multiple cyber safety books and has been a featured speaker at numerous national & international conferences. He has also appeared as an expert on Radio Disney, CNN, FOX, CBS, MTV’s Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade
Magazine and many local, regional, and international publications.

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for John Rolewicz; 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; Kathy Miller’s sister, Beth; Dotty Kauffman; Greg and Diane Makar's mother LeeAnn, Aunt Adeline, and cousin Michael; Charlotte Davie’s sister, Janet; 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 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; 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; Franklin John Marks; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and congregations involved with Winter Relief this week: Ferndale UMC, Our Lady of the Chesapeake and Broadneck Baptist.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Mezaache family on the death of Lisa Mezaache’s father, Bo Blanks.

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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