Modern Prophet Sermon Series: William Sloane Coffin Jr.
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Celebrate the 5th Sunday of Epiphany 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
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

"Wow! What a huge amount!" said the coordinator of the Christian Assistance Program at Severn United Methodist Church. That was after I told him that 1,350 cans of soup were coming his way this week. He suggested that Ark and Dove is the "Patriots" of the "Souper Bowl." His words, I promise, not mine.

Thank you for your great display of generosity. It is just one example of how we, as a congregation, are responsive to need. Hunger and malnutrition, as our middle schoolers learned in LOGOS this week, is a growing concern for our county. "The Souper Bowl of Caring" is a charity that increases our awareness of this big social concern. In acts of charity, we are made more mindful of those who receive our gifts. Ever more mindful, we can act with greater intention. As William Sloane Coffin Jr. argued, who you will hear about this week in worship, the church ought to be more about justice than charities.

The stairs of our sanctuary are now bare and the pantry shelves are full. This is good work we have done. Yet still, let those empty steps remind us that there is ever more work to be done.

Verse and Prayer
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
-Romans 12:18
God of peace: relieve me from guilt, that I may be full of grace. Forgive me my sins, that I may be forgiving. Release me from my grudges, that I may be more loving. Open doors I have long closed, that I might be more accepting. Soothe my hurt and harm, that I might not harm another. Grant me peace, that I might be peaceful. Amen.
This week, we're joined by a talented violist, Peyton Yu, for prelude music. I had the pleasure of meeting Peyton when he was preparing for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition. He's currently a student at Mount View Middle School in Howard County, is a member of BSYO and just participated in the Junior All-State Orchestra last week. Peyton studies viola with Nana Vaughn in Ellicott City and loves to do archery, and play ultimate disc and video games in his free time.

The choir will be celebrating the message of peace this week with an introit by Sebastian Temple based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. The musical offering is John Rutter's Gaelic Blessing, a setting of a text he claims to have found in an old Celtic rune, but is also similar to texts found in a Christian-era, Scottish-Gaelic collection of prayers called the Carmina Gadelica. The words "deep peace" are repeated at the beginning of each phrase and connect various images of the natural world to the light of Christ.


Director of Music
This week, representing our Modern Prophet series, will be William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Join us as we learn about the life of this modern prophet and his impact. LOGOS is going great as we begin gearing up for the spring. The middle school youth and I are working hard on our song to share with you on Youth Sunday. See you all 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!
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 this Sunday, February 10, 12:30pm 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 Champagne,
Linking Gratitude to Abundance
If you are a member or regular guest of Ark and Dove, you have made a connection with the church. Something about our missions, programs and ministries resonates with you to keep you coming back. Stewardship is the role each of us take in nurturing the church so that those aspects that we value can thrive and continue to grow. Stewardship then is a way for us to show gratitude for the abundance of gifts we receive from the church. This Linking Gratitude to Abundance is our Stewardship theme for the year.

Talk of stewardship often focuses on financial gifts--and that is an important aspect of the real world needs for the church--but stewardship is and has to be much more than just money. Long time Presbyterians have often heard the phrase Time, Talent and Treasure when talking about stewardship. This year we are changing that phrase (somewhat) to Engagement, Passion and Investment.

As your connection to Ark and Dove grows, so should your engagement. You may start with just attending worship and then attend a small group, then teach a Sunday school or become part of a ministry team. You may even find yourself as a deacon or elder. You become part of the church, and the church grows to be part of you.

Your passions are what interest and excite you and through these you may find other gifts to share with Ark and Dove. It may be a love of music expressed by joining the band or choir, the joy of working with children through participating in LOGOS, or the satisfaction of seeing something fixed by helping with maintenance around the church building. Your skills become your gifts and bring you closer to the Ministries of Ark and Dove.

Lastly, your connections to Ark and Dove hopefully are something you find worthy of investing in through your financial resources. We invest to earn growth. Growth in giving to the church is not seen in retirement wealth, but wealth in spirit as you see the church support the congregation and community doing the things you value.

Over the next several weeks, we hope to continue discussing these themes as we prepare for our spring Stewardship effort Linking Gratitude to Abundance. We hope you will keep reading these notes and considering your role in the stewardship of Ark and Dove.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please speak with Steve Debus ( or Julia Kirby ( 
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.
Antiracism and Social Equity
Did You Know?
Ark and Dove has a special Social Justice page on Facebook where we post articles of interest, education, and opportunities to support social justice causes. This is a closed group, however, we welcome all to join. The only requirement is that you have a Facebook page of your own. Once you sign in, type "Ark and Dove Social Justice" in the search box, click on the link to enter the page, and then click "Join Group." An administrator will add you. If you have difficulties or questions, please contact Paula Sparks ( or Amy Stavely (
CAP FEATURED FOOD ITEM Featured item for February-- SOUP (tomato soup in carton, mushroom soup in carton, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!   
Outreach and Connection
Friendly Seniors' Lunch this Sunday! February 10!
The lunch at Romano's for Friendly Seniors is this Sunday, February 10, 1:30 pm. Hope to see your there! Joan Berry, 410-672-5237 or
Women's Night Out
Please join the women's social group for a plant night February 23, 3pm, at Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill (105 Chesapeake Center Ct Glen Burnie, MD). Advanced ticket purchase is required and can be made HERE, a ticket discount code "YAYMAKER" can be applied until February 14th. If you have any questions please email Amanda Crose at, or see her in person.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Linda Jordan; Jonah Murray; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s brother, Justin; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Monet; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Jay Olson; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; 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 SUPPORT go out to the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief: Severna Park UMC, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Kirby and Blair families on the death of Julia Kirby’s cousin, Arnold Blair.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to Lewis and Connally families on the death of Linda Lewis' brother-in-law, Drew Haas.

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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