The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 10:00 am!


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

Thank you for your feedback on livestream worship and for your continued support of Ark and Dove church.  Thank you for the way you are taking care of each other in this time social separation and stress.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with our new Long Range Planning team, which will work to produce a report for our session in August. Like the eight Long Range Planning teams before them, they will listen extensively to the congregation and lay a road map for the next three to five years. This team also will conduct its work with the backdrop of COVID-19, and we all know this situation is unique. Thank you to Chris Fox for chairing the team, which is made up of Julia Kirby, Brian Boudreau, Christina Cosio-Futch, Sara Hendricks, Camille Dubois, Christy Yeager, Steve Roman and Donna Anderson.

Yesterday was also a day for more great meetings, including with our Stewardship team, which sees the needs in our community growing extensively in the weeks to come. Their aim in the next months is to communicate extensively with you about the resources we will need as a congregation to be a beacon of hope in West County and in Maryland. To that end, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Food Pantry fund ($600 as of last week), the Livestream fund and the Deacons fund in recent weeks. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

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

This Sunday we reflect on the image of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd. Fittingly, we will celebrate new members joining our flock. Over the last month or so, Pastor Tim and I have met with members of five families on Zoom. Eight will be joining on Sunday.

This will be an interesting reception, as we will prerecord these disciples answering the constitutional questions in a Zoom meeting. We will invite you, during the live-stream, to pray for these new members as you have for the many who have joined Ark and Dove. As we are figuring out different ways to connect with each other, I invite you to find a way to connect to a new member. Let them know what Ark and Dove means to you and invite them to a particular ministry or activity of the church.

As Jesus Christ shepherds us through this dark valley, know that we are in this together. Christ's comforting staff hedges us in, keeps us as one flock. When we enter plateaus and eventually green pastures, we will be a strong and tight-knit flock.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Verses and Prayers
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
   he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
      for his name’s sake.

- Psalm 23:1-3
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. -John 10:10
Good Shepherd, you call us by name; you know each one of us, and we know your voice. Open the gate for us that we may come and go freely, have life and enjoy it abundantly. So too empower us that we may share your love and justice with our families, our church, our community and our world. Amen.
God our guide: usher us into green pastures. Restore us with living water. When we walk astray, bring us into the fold. When we are wounded, tend to us. When we cannot walk, carry us. We trust, even now, that you are leading us to abundant life. May our hearts be filled with hope. Amen.
This Sunday, I'm exploring different settings of Good Shepherd-themed hymns. The first is Dan Forrest's setting of St. Columba, a commonly used tune for the hymn The King of Love, My Shepherd Is. Dr. Forrest is known primarily for his choral works, a number of which have been performed at Ark & Dove (Most recently, Arise, My Soul, Arise for Palm/Passion Sunday).

The second setting, with a text that paraphrases Psalm 23 by George Herbert from the 17th century, is by English composer, Thomas Tallis. The haunting tune for this setting is known as the "third mode melody" and was composed for Archbishop of Canterbury, Matthew Parker in 1567. The tune also forms the basis for Ralph Vaughn Williams Fantasia on an English Folk tune.

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Generosity!
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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
Good Shepherd Sunday
10:00 am 4th Sunday of Easter Service Bulletin
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
Hymn Sing
We will be holding an all-request Hymn Sing on Thursday, May 7th at 7pm. It will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and on Facebook Live. Margaret will be playing and singing live from her home studio with her family and everyone is invited to join in! If you would like to request a hymn, please email Margaret--margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com--
and let her know the name and/or number of the hymn. She'll combine the requests into a pdf file so everyone can access music and words. Request are due no later than Wednesday, May 6, 9pm. Hope you can join us to sing!
Christian Education
Zoom Games and Bible Lessons
Children and Youth and invited to participate in zoom games and a Bible lesson each week.

  • Senior High Youth: Sundays at 5 pm
  • Middle School Youth: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
  • Elementary Children: Wednesdays at 5 pm

Zoom links are sent to your email addresses. Questions? Please 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
Discipleship in Unsettling Times
Are you struggling with what it might mean to follow Jesus through a global pandemic? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who led and taught during the rise of Nazi power, is a help to us. Beginning Thursday, May 7, we are reading through Bonhoeffer's classic book, Discipleship. The study will be offered 10-11 am on Zoom. A second session will be held 7-8 pm for those who cannot join the earlier session. Please contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) or Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) if you have not already indicated interest. We will also find the book for you.
Book Club
Need to escape the walls of your home? Join us our book club! In May, we will be reading Sarah Blake's Naamah, a re-imagining of the Flood Narrative from Genesis. Contact Pastor Jon if you are in: 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
Spring Cleanup
Saturday, May 2
We will be holding our second Saturday of spring cleanup at Ark and Dove-- Saturday, May 2. Even though we can’t all come together to clean as a group, we can get the church grounds looking good for spring. We will be maintaining physical distancing by only having one family gardening at a time. Please consider signing up for a time slot to come as a single family or individual to make our flower beds ready for when we can meet in person again. Sign up HERE. Questions? Please contact Autumn Vernon, Facilities Elder, autumn.vernon03@gmail.com
Light House Homeless Prevention
Introducing Light House
Before COVID-19 took root in the US, our mission team was getting ready to introduce our partnership with Light House. They are a homeless prevention support center that take a holistic approach. They provide emergency shelter for families and individuals, as well as medium term affordable housing options. They also provide job training in the culinary arts and building trades, which comes with certificates, case management and workforce preparation. Beyond that they also offer support services to the community at large. This includes everything from access to meals, showers, laundry, and computers to services like housing and medical billing assistance. Further information can be found at http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/ .

I had the chance to visit several months ago and was treated to a tour of a beautiful facility, thoughtfully planned for the comfort of all their clients. More importantly every system is built with the understanding that all humans ought to be treated with dignity and respect. - 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; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; 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; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; 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, 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; Lou Kareha’s friend, Nellie Eboli; Jerri Webb’s friend, Chuck Mabry; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; the Yeagers’ older neighbors; for Brian Boudreau’s coworker, Rick who lost his son; for Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford, who lost her daughter and who is now in the hospital with pneumonia; Kayt Anderson; 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; 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.

T HE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Laura Willoughby’s friend, James Carberry; Becca Debus’ high school friend and his mother; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa; Ylonda Fauntleroy’s friends, Omar, Angelique and Lizzie; Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio; and Chris and Kaylee Wilson.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who have died from COVID-19: Diane Johnson’s neighbor, Ronnie; Paula Grigg’s friend Tim Cote’s sister, Bonnie; and Fred Barrow’s friend, Rex Ridenhower.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for those on the front lines; those experiencing domestic abuse; those who are furloughed or laid off; and for the children who are feeling lonely because they miss their friends and loved ones.

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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