Modern Prophet Sermon Series: Katie Cannon
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany with communion at both the 9:30 am (choir led)
and 11:00 am (band led) worship services.

This Sunday the focus of the Modern Prophets sermon series will be Oscar Romero .
Be on the winning team: bring in your cans for our local food pantry, CAP. This year, we challenged ourselves to bring in one can of soup for every meal that we ate between January 13 and February 3. Is it a touchdown?
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

As we were leaving our annual meeting last Sunday night, Pastor Tim and I talked with hope and optimism of 2019. The atmosphere at Ark and Dove is very warm, despite the freezing temperatures. There is a general good feeling and there are many great leaders ready to step forward in faith this year.

At the annual meeting, the congregation voted to give me a generous raise in my salary. I am deeply thankful for your gift and for affirming my ministry here at Ark and Dove. I am grateful to work with a staff that brings the best of what God has given them to the work of this place. And I am so pleased to be part of a community that is vibrant, loving, welcoming, affirming, and dedicated to doing what God asks of us. Thank you for supporting Christina, Elias and me.

Three exciting things are happening in worship this Sunday:

1) Melva Lowry, who works with our denomination's Hands & Feet initiative, is preaching this Sunday. Melva is now supporting The Center , a ministry that provides missional experiences and community partnerships within and beyond our presbytery. She will be preaching on Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon , who was a pioneer in the Presbyterian church in raising neglected voices to the pulpit and lectern. You will greatly benefit from this sermon.

2) It is Super Bowl, I mean, it is Souper Bowl Sunday ! Please bring in soup cans and line them up on the steps of the platform. I challenge you to fight hunger and malnutrition in our county and make it really hard for us to get up those steps Sunday morning.

3) We are accepting your per capita payment of $37 , of which a portion goes to Presbytery. Thank you for your commitment to support shared ministry.

Verse and Prayer
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
-Jeremiah 1:4
God of creation: you call, you equip, you inspire each of us for the work we must do. Before birth, you planned how we might fit into your dream. Now, remind us of what you have called us to do. Recall in us those gifts and graces that make us suited for good service. Fill us with passion to act in this world with conviction and purpose. You gave us life so that we might truly live. May this be so. Amen.
This week's prelude is a fresh arrangement of There is a Balm in Gilead by Wendy Stevens. The opening phrase comes from Jeremiah 8:22: "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?" The phrase has been used in several hymns to refer to salvation and even in a poem by Edgar Allen Poe from the last stanza of "The Raven." The choir will be offering a bright, up-tempo version of the spiritual, O Mary, Don't You Weep. This version, originally arranged by Albert McNeil for the Morgan State University Choir, will feature Catherine Chambers, Paul Doughty and Wendy Wellington as soloists.


Director of Music
This week, as part of our Modern Prophet Series, we welcome Melva Lowry. She will be preaching on Womanist Theology. Join us this Sunday to partake of the message, wisdom, and light she will shine on the topic. As always, if you have interest in joining any music ministries, please do not hesitate to contact Margaret or myself with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday!

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!
Ark and Dove Budget 2019
Each month the Stewardship team will be providing an update on our progress in achieving our goals. This information is being provided based on feedback we received in our listening sessions last fall. January was a tough month for us for a couple of reasons. First, we were impacted by the snow day single service Sunday. Second, we believe there may have been a giving impact of the Federal government shutdown. We are very thankful to those who gave and hope that February will bring an upturn.

Per capita received is at $1,461 as of January 31, 2019. This is only 15% of our required per capita allocation. Each member is invited to pay their $37 annual per capita payment as soon as possible. If you were at the annual meeting, you saw that the budget did not contain any raise for Pastor Tim. If everyone pays their per capita, we could recommend to the session that the money now budgeted to cover our historic underfunding of per capita be used for that purpose instead, which would align to what we discerned is a priority for our congregation - "pay our pastors at or above the median income for clergy in our Presbytery".

If you have any questions or suggestions, please speak with Steve Debus ( or Julia Kirby ( Our Stewardship team will be presenting more information each month going forward and will soon be sharing our theme.
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.
Sunday, February 3, 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

Souper Bowl of Caring is dedicated to tackling all of the issues that exist in your communities, including poverty, hunger and homelessness.

Did you know?
  • 48 million Americans live in poverty?
  • 1 in 7 Americans face hunger every day?
  • More than 630,000 people in the United States are homeless?
  • 23% of those struggling went to college?
  • Or that 16 million children live in food insecure households?
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!    
Adult Christian Ed
Conquest, Caste Systems and the Christian Church
These are just some of the big concepts that help us make some sort of meaning out of the issues that surround our brothers and sisters in Latin America, "the only continent among the exploited and oppressed people where Christians are in the majority." Bring your bagged lunch to the Ark and Dove room at 12:30pm on February 10th and join Kim Champagne in a discussion of some of these larger forces that have shaped contemporary South and Central America. What are the sources of its current problems and where do we find hope? Knowing a little about the history of this region will help us understand some of the terrible problems millions of Latin Americans currently face which unfortunately has prompted many to leave their homes in search of safety and survival. It will help us to consider how we as Christians might respond. Kim
Outreach and Connection
Friendly Seniors' Lunch Postponed to February 20
We're moving the date to meet at Romano's to Sunday, February 10, 1:30pm. Perhaps more of us will be able to make it then once we've thawed out. Once again, let me know by Feb. 6 if you can make it! Thanks! Joan Berry, 410-672-5237 or
Anti-racism and Social Equity
This Sunday we will have a special guest preacher, Melva Lowry, who will be introducing us to Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon . She was the first black woman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, in 1974. She went on to become one of the foremost scholars of the womanist theology movement. This short film (7 minutes) tells the story of her ordination, her call to teaching and her legacy as a teacher who informs and challenges her students.
Confronting the Truth About History, for Recovery, Reconciliation and Justice for All
The Antiracism and Social Equity team invites you to a film screening and panel discussion at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, February 7, 7:00-9:30 p.m. The theme of this event is “Confronting the truth about history for recovery, reconciliation and justice for all.” To reserve your FREE tickets, please visit the Maryland Hall website. How does a community primarily of black and white Christians come together to face a racist and violent past? How can there be reconciliation without recognition of and accountability for the history and trauma of the past? Sometimes white American Christians say "let's look to the future," "the past is the past" or "why can't you forgive," and don't understand the power of past traumas to be ever-present and experienced as reenacted in different forms. These are the questions that will be presented and explored in this process of remembering, reconciling and healing.
Christian Education
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Jonah Murray; Chris Wilkens; Justin Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Jay Olson; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; 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; 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; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; David Michels; Laurie Barrow’s uncle, George Slater; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Cynthia Knott’s mother, Madeline; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; Sage Worrell; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING go out to Rose and Koko, who welcomed their baby girl, Jessica Htet Myat Tu, on January 30. She weighed 7lbs 10oz. Mom and baby are both doing well.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Boudreau and Daley families on the death of Brian's Boudreau's aunt, Jeanette Daley

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Brown family on the death of Vaughn Brown’s brother Jim.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to families of the victims of the church bombings in the Philippines.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT go out to the guests and churches involved with Woods Memorial Presbyterian, St. Joseph Odenton Catholic Church and St. Mary’s (St. John Neumann).

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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