We are continuing our journey through Lent! Live stream ONLY 10:00 am!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
This Sunday marks the 3rd Sunday in Lent!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are holding you in our prayers in this time of deep concern about the Coronavirus (COVID 19) as is the session of our church.

Yesterday, Governor Hogan issued orders to close school and restrict public gatherings. In addition, our denomination, the PC(USA) and our Presbytery of Baltimore have all been urging us for weeks to be faithful disciples and good citizens, placing the health of the nation and our communities at the forefront of our prayers and action. In this spirit, but cognizant of the spiritual cost, the session decided last night to hold live stream only worship and to cancel all church gatherings until further notice.  We are a vibrant congregation, and we deeply value our relationships, but for the time being, we will need to nurture those relationships by phone and online and by using social media and audio and video conferencing.

As a result we will live stream a single service this Sunday at 10:00 am at this web address:  http://arkanddove.org/livestream  

You are warmly invited and deeply encouraged to attend worship in this fashion.

As our physical contact is limited, in hopes of preventing suffering, we intend to dramatically increase alternative forms of communication. As your ministers, we will strive to be in contact with you by phone, e-mail, and video conference to provide pastoral care and presence. Our elders and deacons intend the same. Additionally, we will be updating our website, Arkive, and Facebook more frequently, so that you can connect through these platforms.

Just to be clear: LOGOS, Senior High Youth Group, small groups, ministry meetings, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other gatherings will not be held in the church building, with the exception of addiction and recovery groups. We know that some groups meet in homes, or elsewhere, but recommend that all Ark and Dove groups do not meet in person.

We are aware that our members and friends will experience increased isolation and loneliness in the coming weeks. Our intention and our charge to you is to increase and maintain other forms of contact, that each of us may continue to feel the warmth of God's love that is so often felt in our church building. In this season of separation and "social distancing", we believe we can continue to grow together in love.


Peace of Christ,

Pastors Tim and Jon
timsstern@gmail.com
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
...do not fear, for I am with you,
    do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
-Isaiah 41:10
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for
our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
wrap our arms around each other,
Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God
to our neighbors.
Amen.
The prelude for Sunday is one of the lesser-known movements from a lesser known collection Partita by Bach. I've found myself turning more and more to the music of Bach for the clarity and purpose it brings to my soul and fingers in the past few days. This week the choir is pleased to sing a sneak peak of our major music work, Gabriel Fauré's Messe-Basse, to be presented in June, when we will sing it in its entirety. This Sunday, we'll hear the Agnus Dei, which comes from the traditional Latin mass and is translated at "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace."

Stay tuned as we navigate this season of Lent and beyond with all our musical activities. May the peace of God wash over you as you wash your hands frequently!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This week we continue our Lenten study themes with Coins. This can also tie into the theme of images of God. The band will be playing a Scottish melody 'Images of Faith' by Vicki & Marty McCall for our anthem at the 10 am service. I would like to remind everyone, and especially parents, that May 3rd is Youth Sunday. It will be a combined service that week at 10 am. The kids are working hard to be leaders of that service. They will be presenting the play 'Tale of Three Trees'. Ms. Margaret is directing the play with help from other leaders in the congregation. The middle school LOGOS kids will be playing a song that we are currently finishing up the writing on. Please plan accordingly to support our youth leadership.

God Bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
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All Activities Postponed
Until further notice all activities at Ark and Dove and all Ark and Dove activities have been postponed
All social activities, upon the recommendation of the governor and health professionals, will be postponed until further notice.

If you have an activity, class, fellowship or meeting scheduled, please contact your participants and follow the recommendations to postpone.

Governor Hogan Announces Major Actions to Protect Public Health, Limit Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic:

Anne Arundel County Announces New COVID-19 Prevention Measures: https://aahealth.org/covid-19/
Meal Provider Sites for County Schools
AA County Public School Meal Provider Sites
SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PROVIDE MEALS TO STUDENTS AT 52 SITES DURING SCHOOL SHUTDOWN:

Worship!
Coming up....
May 3, 10:00 am! Single Service! With the musical "Tale of Three Trees!"
Outreach and Connections
New Members and Inquirers' Class
If you are new to Ark and Dove, please join the New Members/Inquirers' class on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 am to noon where you can meet other people who have been visiting Ark and Dove, and enjoy breakfast and fellowship. This “no obligation” class is just for you if want to learn more about Ark and Dove and what it means to be a member. We’ll provide breakfast and childcare. Hope to see you there! Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.
Easter Preparations
Our Church Home: Spring Cleaning Easter Preparation
Ark and Dove will hold spring cleaning on Saturday, April 4 th starting at 9 am.  We will have outdoor and indoor crews and plenty of cleaning activities for families to participate together. Please come out and help make our building and grounds reflect the joy and energy of Ark and Dove. To sign up or if you have any questions please contact Autumn at facilities@arkanddove.org.
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After!
Prayer Requests
Ple ase keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Daryl Sensenig; Joan and Merlin Berry; David Sparks; Richard and Edie Budd; John Rolewicz; Bill and Adell Gaurin; Shelley Franklin’s nephew, Chris; 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 sisters, Patty and Beth; Dotty Kauffman; 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 uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; 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; Dorene Chen’s family; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; 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 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; Michelle Schoonmaker's friend Amaris Wallace; Steve Debus’ coworker, Kip Krebs; Greg Makar’s coworker, Matt; Sara Paul; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and congregations involved with Winter Relief this week: St. Paul’s Lutheran, Pasadena United Methodist Church and Bay Area Community Church.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Kronser and Corn family on the death of Lori’s father, Cliff Corn.

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.
The church office will be closed on Monday, March 16.
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