The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10:00 am!


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

Generosity is the hallmark of Christian discipleship and evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the lives of the church. There are a variety of ways we can be generous. We can be generous with our time like Zooming extra long with a lonely or anxious friend. We can be generous with our spiritual gifts and talents like helping a small business owner navigate the loan/grant process for government assistance. We can be generous with our financial resources.

Thank you Ark and Dove for sewing hundred and hundreds of masks for fellow members and people who live in public and subsidized housing. 

Thank you Ark and Dove for delivering hundreds of pounds of food to the church door for food pantries.

Thank you for your 2020 financial gifts, which significantly exceed 2019.
                                          2020 Year to Date

One Great Hour of Sharing    $4787

Refugee Support                 $10,090

Livestream Worship              $3135

Food Pantries                         $2175
2019 Final

 $3315

$2000

 Not needed

 $400
Lives transformed, and God's dream carried into the world.

Gratefully,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

How are you doing? I am sure that you have been asked this question since the novel coronavirus has caused us to cancel much and quarantine. If you are like me, you have struggled with how to answer this question. This is a pandemic. How should I be doing?

When I served as a chaplain in a university hospital, I was told by colleagues that this question is not one that should be asked to people in a crisis. How are you doing? is especially hard to answer for people flooded with the feelings that swell in an unprecedented experience. I was encouraged to find other ways to ask the question.

In the last few weeks I have been experimenting with different ways to understand how our children and youth are doing. These are some of the questions I have been asking:

  • Pick a color that shows me how you are feeling. What is your color for today?
  • Rate your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being on a scale of 1-5. What is your rating?
  • Describe your day/week as a weather pattern. What is/was the weather like?

I have gotten varied responses, but have found that I learned much more from these questions than when I simply ask, how are you doing? The reason, I think, is because these kinds of questions cause us to reflect more deeply about what is going on within.

My encouragement to you is that you find a time in the day to check-in with yourself and with those you love. Find a way to name or describe the thoughts and feelings that arise each day. This gives us the opportunity to grasp our feelings and express them in healthy ways.

Once you have done so, give these thoughts and feelings to God. A tried and true way to do this is by praying a Psalm in the Bible. The Psalms cover the breadth of human emotions, from high elation to deep depression and more. When these emotions are hard to name and describe, the Psalms can say what we are often unwilling and unable to say. Here are a few examples:

  • For the feelings that arise in illness: Psalm 6
  • For loss, loneliness, abandonment: Psalm 22, Psalm 44:23-26
  • For darkness, despondency: Psalm 88
  • Anger at evil: Psalm 12
  • Anger at injustice: Psalm 37, 82
  • Gratitude for justice done: Psalm 113
  • Vengeance: Psalm 54, 109
  • Joy for recovery: Psalm 30
  • Confidence: Psalm 27, 91, 100
  • Feelings facing death: Psalm 23, 69, 103
  • Comfort: Psalm 139

In these difficult times, we are processing an array of difficult feelings. They need to be addressed. I believe that the Psalms can help us increase our emotional intelligence. I think they can unburden us of what we cannot continue to bear. Pray them with me and with all the faithful. Let us tell God how we are doing and wait for God's corresponding care.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
-1 Peter 2:2-10
You have chosen us, O God, to be agents of your grace in this time and place. Sometimes we do not feel up to the calling. Sometimes we feel the task is too large. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the need. Still, you do not bypass us or revoke your call and claim upon our lives. You continue to encourage us. You continue to guide us. Help us become what you have called us to be for this world. Amen.
This Sunday, we welcome Brittany Wellington to play the third movement of Lalo's Concerto for Cello in D Minor for prelude music. Brittany is studying music education at Towson University and is a student of Cecilia Barczyk. I'm also hoping to present a few surprise faces later on in the service--stay tuned!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Since we have been streaming our services, I am sure some of you have wondered how you can send comments to say "hello" and offer prayers and praises. It's an easy process to get set up to be able to comment. If you are streaming through YouTube through a computer just make sure to sign into your account by clicking the sign-in link that can be found in the upper right corner. You can use a gmail account to sign into YouTube. If you don't have a gmail account, then it's just a few easy steps that the site will walk you through to sign up.

When it comes to watching through YouTube apps on your phone or tablet, you should find a sign-in link in the upper right hand corner as well. When viewing YouTube through a TV app, just move the selection cursor (to the left this time) and you should find the sign-in link located in the upper left-hand side. Once you sign into YouTube, you will be able to comment. Hope this helps if you were unsure how to comment, and if you have any questions or issues just shoot me a message.

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
As we all work to adjust to a world that seems to be in constant fluctuation and uncertainty, it is important that we recognize that all of us are in a state of collective trauma right now. My undergraduate work focused on trauma in psychology and sociology: This seemingly fringe topic of study has become particularly relevant right now. While most people are aware of "fight" or "flight" in response to a crisis, there are two other responses called "freeze," like a scared bunny rabbit, and "fawn" as in be overly gracious and appeasing in order to stay safe. When our bodies don't know how to react to a threat, they cycle among these responses, trying to land on the best way to keep us each safe. But, with an invisible threat such as Covid-19 we find ourselves rapidly cycling between the four in a way that leads us all to be exceedingly volatile. So, be gentle with yourselves and with others as we all are a little more on edge than normal: Your body is just trying to keep you safe, even if it feels way out of balance at the moment. Certainly, God's grace is needed in this time and we are called to give as much grace as we can manage to ourselves and to others as well.

Blessings to you all,

Chris
Seminary Intern
Christina.L.Wilson84@gmail.com
Generosity!
Please give electronically!
DONATE ONLINE ! Samaritans Today fund, Streaming Services fund, one-time and recurring!

TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
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to the Samaritans Today fund .


  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
Fifth Sunday of Easter
All are invited to join livestream worship at 10:00 am.

Access the

April Financial Report
YTD Expected Unpledged Income
Actual Unpledged Income

Behind


YTD Expected Pledged Income
Actual Pledged Income

Ahead
12,896.00
10,758.00

$2,138.00


151,172.00
157,265.00

$6,093.00
Worship
Wednesday Evening Prayer
Join us weekly for evening prayer, 8:30-8:45 pm. This is a great way to end your day in thanksgiving and supplication.

Connect on Zoom, Wednesdays, 8:30 pm:

The Lobby
Tune in to worship a little early and catch up on church life! We are streaming a short video, The Lobby , every Sunday morning around 9:50 to fill you in on what's happening around Ark and Dove, outside of Sunday worship. Turns out, it's a lot! Join Brian Boudreau and other church leaders to catch up in The Lobby . On the Ark and Dove YouTube channel . Ellen Makar, worship elder, eemakar@aol.com

Stewardship
Samaritans Today! Ark and Dove's Stewardship Response
Samaritans Today is a stewardship effort of Ark and Dove and our response to the adverse economic impact the coronavirus pandemic is taking locally. The Samaritan took care of the traveler and the innkeeper as he would have family. As Samaritans those of us who are able can acknowledge the blessings we have and affirm our Christian beliefs with generosity that meets the needs of our church, our church family, and our community. Funds will first be allocated to support and sustain Ark and Dove’s ability to provide continuous ministry, as well as our ability to conduct weekly services and activities online. The good news here is that pledged giving for the first four months of 2020 is the best it has ever been. Thank you for your commitment and generosity. Funds in excess of foundational needs will be directed towards members of our church community who are in need and to local food programs, as directed and managed by our session, pastors, mission ministry and deacons. Our goals are to help families and prevent hunger. At least 50% of the offering will go to food pantries, food delivery and feeding programs. Today is the day that you can be a Samaritan.  Donate according to your ability , so that we may help heal the weary and feed the hungry during these unprecedentedly turbulent times. Please donate online or text an amount followed by GoodSam to 410-983-3481.
Christian Education
Zoom Games and Bible Lessons
We hope children and youth will join us for our opportunities to play zoom games and share lessons of faith. There will be no senior high fellowship this Sunday due to Mother's Day celebrations, but it will resume next week.

  • Middle School Fellowship, Tuesday @ 5:30 pm
  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade, Wednesday @ 5 pm

Please check your e-mail for the zoom links. For security reasons, we will not post them publicly. Any questions? Email Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) or Julie Devers (jbdevers@gmail.com).
Godly Play
Godly Play, our Sunday school program for Kindergarten through 5th grade, takes place via zoom on Sunday mornings at 9am. Amy Tardiff leads our Godly Play program. Our host welcomes the children, the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. If you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at jbdevers@gmail.com.
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (admin@arkanddove.org) to receive an invitation.
Adult Education Opportunities
May Book Club
Join us as we read Naamah by Sarah Blake, a contemporary re-telling of the Flood Narrative in Genesis, told from Naamah's point of view, the wife of Noah. We will gather virtually on the evening of May 26, 7pm, to discuss the book. Please let Pastor Jon know if you plan to join (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.
Spring Cleanup
Light House Homeless Prevention
In the Same Storm but Not the Same Boat
This pandemic has made starker the line between those with privilege and those that are vulnerable. It has also left many of us feeling like there is nothing we can do to help our neighbor without risking our health or the health of those we love. We can feel hopeless and overwhelmed watching the suffering of so many from the sidelines. Luckily we live in an era when technology can bridge some of that gap. At Ark and Dove we have been able to participate in worship service, collective prayer, and bible study via zoom. And we can give our offering online too. Similarly we can also help our neighbors via the internet.

If you are able to, Lighthouse is still in need of monetary and in kind donations. You can find their list of needed supplies at http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/needs , and you can help meet those needs while social distancing. Light House has updated their list to include grocery stores that will deliver directly to them. Just click on the link search for the items requested, pay and have items delivered directly to their address (10 Hudson Street, Annapolis, MD 21401).
- Christina Cosio , c.cosiofutch@gmail.com
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bruce and Debbie Arey; Sue Hanburger's sister-in-law, Susan; Ben Rollins’ sister, Caroline; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Mark Johnson, Sr.; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Daryl Sensenig; Amy Grimm’s sister and grandparents and Amy’s father; Joan and Merlin Berry; Adell Gaurin; John Rolewicz; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, and granddaughter, Sarah; Ellen Makar’s uncle, Carl Erickson; Barbara Reynold’s sister-in-law, Kay Campbell; 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 two friends and her uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman and Laura’s friend; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers, Shane and Aubrey Ard and Ashley Ruble; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh and Lori Henninger and Lori Johnson; 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, niece Amy Heiny, and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis, Nellie Eboli, and Jim Zaranosky; Margaret’s friend, Kim Nolet; Michelle Schoonmaker's friend Amaris Wallace; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Michelle Schoonmaker’s friends, Everly and Emilia Stugart; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jane Biondolillo’s sister; Tracy Churchill’s friend, Tammy; Jerri Webb’s friend, Chuck Mabry; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; the Yeagers’ older neighbors; Connie Kinnick’s friend, Robbie Heverling; Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Emily Dellinger’s sister; Laura Willoughby’s friend, James Carberry; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa; Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio; and

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for those on the frontlines; those experiencing domestic abuse; those who are furloughed or laid off; for the children who are scared and lonely; for those going through marital stress; and for those challenged by mental illness.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for the recovery of Ylonda Fauntleroy’s friends, Omar and Angelique; Becca Debus’ high school friend and his mother; and Chris and Kaylee Wilson.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Hedrick and Forrester families on the death of Lisa Forrester’s father, James Randal Hedrick.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go to a family in tragedy and crisis and a member seeking to support them.

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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