Second Sunday of Advent!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent
at both the 9:30 am and 11:00 am worship services!
Advent and Christmas

2nd Sunday of Advent,
Elizabeth's song, December 9
 
Advent Celebration, Sunday, December 9, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
3rd Sunday of Advent,
Mary's song, December 16
 
4th Sunday of Advent,
Zechariah's song, December 23


 

Christmas Eve Children's Service, Christmas Pageant, December 24, 4:00 pm
 
Christmas Eve Band Led Service, Angel's song, December 24, 6:00 pm
 
Christmas Eve Choir Led Service, Angel's song, December 24, 8:00 pm

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

The Season of Advent preparations has arrived and how might we approach these days of waiting?  Some bible stories call us to watch. Some call us to hope.  Some say God comes like a thief in the night and so maybe we should be suspicious? Yeah, maybe, Advent calls us to be suspicious for the holy. God may surprise us. God may break in just when we least expect it. If we are sensitive to the many ways that Jesus the Dayspring disperses gloomy clouds, then the light of Christmas can break in. God comes near to us in incarnations everyday. God comes to us in all kinds of seemingly ordinary events. The fact is that God Godself, in God’s deep mercy and great power, took it upon Godself to become a human being. By this we are shown that God is in the world, conceivable and visible. We may notice, or we may walk clueless right by the stable. I guess we need to keep our hearts and eyes wide open. Maybe we will see the unexpected in worship this Sunday or in the afternoon Advent Celebration? Maybe we will find a trace of holy at work or at school?  I’ll bet that if attentive, we will.

Advent is a time of waiting in watchful hope, but, I wonder, who is doing the waiting? I wonder who it is that is suspicious? I wonder if Advent waiting isn’t more a case of God waiting for us; God suspicious that we might get it; waiting for us to recognize the image of God in our neighbor, in each person; God waiting for us to wake up and realize that we can’t keep treating our planet and our neighbors like we do.   

I suspect Advent goes both ways.

Peace,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

- Luke 1:42b-43
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace: our hearts leap again in us as once again we come to this season of Advent. Give us the patience to pray and ponder on the meaning of these busy days. Grant us the compassion to wait for one another. Give us the insight to see the Messiah in the haze of Herods who attack with malice. Grant us the hope to expect the Savior even when we cannot hear the angels. Give us that love that casts out fear, so our hearts might be ready for your joy, which is coming into our world. Then equip us, we pray, with the courage to change a world that is not as it should be.
This week's music includes an arrangement of Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming for the prelude. The most familiar version of this carol appeared in 1609 from German composer, Michael Praetorius and the original text expresses the prophecy of Isaiah, foretelling the birth of Jesus. The choir will be singing Advent Canon at the 9:30am service, composed by Mozart as an Ave Maria, but arranged here by Hal Hopson with an English text describing yearning for the birth of the Messiah.

We are in full swing of rehearsals for Christmas Eve and if you've ever wanted to add your voice to the choir, now is a wonderful time! The Adult Choir meets at 7pm on Thursdays.

This week, both children's choirs will be meeting--hurrah! The Dove Choir (ages 4-6) meets this coming Thursday at 5:30pm followed by the Joyful Noise Choir (ages 7+) at 6pm. We'll be rehearsing music for the Christmas pageant and beyond in the new year. All children are welcome!

The Christmas pageant is taking place at the 4pm service on Christmas Eve. We'll need a lot of children and adults to make it happen! If you are interested and able to help with staging, costumes or general child-wrangling, please email margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com. There will be a dress rehearsal on December 22nd, in the afternoon. Even if your child is not able to sing in one of the children's choirs, there are plenty of non-speaking and non-singing roles. Mark your calendars!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
The Advent Celebration is upon us! You are invited this coming Sunday, December 9th, from 4-6 pm in the Sanctuary for Christmas cookie decorating as some of our talented musicians share those talents in song. We will be ending with a Christmas Carol sing along that we invite all to join and sing. Bring your families to celebrate Advent and the anticipation of Jesus!

God bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Christmas Joy Offerin g, Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , Capital Savings Fund and more! Many opportunities await you!
Outreach and Connection
Advent Celebration!
Join your Ark and Dove friends to celebrate the season of Advent this Sunday, December 9 from 4-6 pm. Enjoy music and carols by our new directors of music and musicians, come decorate and take home holiday cookies, create several "easy to make" ornaments for your tree, and enjoy snacks. Wear your most unique (ugly) Christmas sweater, and enter our Unique Sweater Contest to win prizes. Child care provided. Please contact Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com. Get ready to celebrate! 

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Christmas Pageant
Christmas Pageant: December 24, 4pm
The Christmas pageant is fast-approaching and will be a little different than in years past. It will be taking place on December 24th at the 4pm service and all children of church (big and small) are welcome to participate. The pageant will be in tableaux format, with narrators describing the story and actors silently setting up the action. The Joyful Noise and Dove choirs will be presenting short pieces during some of the tableaux and the congregation will also be participating in the singing of carols during the pageant. Our main rehearsal take place on December 22nd from 2pm-4:30pm in the sanctuary. We are in need of adults to act as costumers, prop finders, child-wranglers, shepherds, wise men and to help with blocking and direction. Children’s and youth's roles include Mary and Joseph, angels, sheep and shepherds. We'll be sending around a Sign-up Genius via email soon to get this process started. Children who wish to sing in the special music will also need to attend Joyful Noise (Thursday @ 6 pm) or Dove Choir (Thursdays @ 5:30 pm) rehearsals. Margaret McGillivray, Director of Music, margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise
- Psalm 95:1
Joyful Noise Choir (ages 7+) will meet regularly on Thursdays form 6-6:40 pm.
We are currently preparing for the pageant and beyond!

Dove Choir (ages 4-6) will begin meeting this week on Thursday at 5:30.
We have a special Christmas song chosen for this wonderful group.
Equipping the Saints
How is Ark and Dove run?
If you have ever asked this question, come to the next Equipping the Saints, Wednesday, January 9th, where Pastors Tim and Jon will explain the organization of the Church, as well as the roles of Elders, Deacons and Session in fulfilling the daily function and mission of Ark and Dove. Dinner will be served at 6:30, and discussion will go from 7:00-8:30. Please sign-up in the lobby. If you have questions, please contact Bruce Sanders (brusanders@aol.com) or Steve Debus (steven.debus89@gmail.com)
Consensus Building
A message from Stewardship
Thank you to everyone who participated last month in our Stewardship Consensus Building small groups, one-on-one sessions and surveys. All told 64 members representing 46 households participated in face-to-face discussions, and we received 69 completed surveys. All of your ideas, concerns and priorities concerning Stewardship have been heard and are being analyzed by the Stewardship Team as we plan for our Pledge Campaign that will begin after the new year. Increased communication about Stewardship was the first and most common take-away from your inputs, so let this be the first of many regular updates. Steve Debus, Discipleship Elder, steven.debus89@gmail.com)
The Longest Night: December 21, 4:30 pm
Mission
Christmas Holiday Sharing!
Thank you to everyone who signed up to provide or deliver gifts to children in Odenton and Severn through the Christmas Holiday Sharing Program. This week we added a family with four young children, so please contact us if you want to sign up. For those already signed up, the focus now should be on contacting the families, purchasing the gifts, and making sure they are ready for delivery during the afternoon of December 16. Please follow the instructions provided for contacting families, shopping, and gift-wrapping. We will gather the gifts at church on the 16th and sort them for delivery. If you can help with delivery, thank you; we will be very grateful for your help and can tell you how it works. We will be in the lobby again Sunday to assist. For more information contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com).
The Perfect Gift
Every generous act of giving is from above. James 1:17
 
In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift--the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we love them. The Presbyterian Church (USA) reflects God’s gift to us, through the Christmas Joy Offering. We can never match God’s perfect gift in Jesus, but through the Christmas Joy Offering we can testify to whom we know God to be. Our perfect gift comes from above. One half of this offering goes directly to Ark and Dove to support Communidad Presbiteriana la Trinadad and the Refugee Mentoring ministry. Please support the Christmas Joy Offering during Advent. Envelopes can be found in the chair pockets, offering box or you may give online. Thank you for the gift of Christmas. Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net.
Featured item for December is BAKING MIXES (bran muffins, Bob's Red Mill pancake mix, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!    
The Voyagers
Christmas Truce
The Voyagers, our church men’s group, will meet at Ed & Kristin Barrett’s house (1541 Star Stella Drive, Odenton) at noon, on December 15th, for a screening of the movie Joyeux Noel, a movie about the World War I Christmas Truce. The Barretts will provide some soft drinks, some Gluhwein punch, and some small appetizers. If the attendees would like to bring some (pot lucky?) snacks, that would be appreciated. Please let Ed Barrett (ejbarrett13@verizon.net) know, if you plan to attend.
Holiday Flowers
Flowers for Advent and Christmas
The Flower Team is accepting donations for greens, for Advent, and flowers/poinsettias, for the Christmas Eve service. Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars. Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at 443-510-6687 or paulagriggs32@gmail.com.
Antiracism and Social Equity
Harvest of Empire
Join co-director, Eduardo López for this special screening and discussion of the untold story of Latinos in America. Based on the groundbreaking book by Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

Friday, 12/7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, from 7 - 10 pm. $5 suggested donation.
Refugee Resettlement
Save the date! Baby shower, January 6!
The Refugee Resettlement Team is giving a baby shower for Rose and Koko who are expecting their 2nd child in February. Htet Htoo is 5 now and was born in Malaysia while they were refugees from Myanmar, so they have nothing for this new baby. And it’s a GIRL! We will be following up with a sign-up soon. It will be a potluck luncheon held after the 11:00 service. If you haven’t met the family, this is a wonderful time to meet them. Any questions, please call Debbie Arey at 508-579-7748 or email, debarey@hotmail.com.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Helen Wilkens; Patrick Sise’s mother, Carol; Joan Berry’s son, Bryan Flom; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Jay Olson; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; 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 and Ylonda Fauntleroy’s and Michelle Schoonmaker’s aunt, Alice Turner; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Ann Hirschy; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; 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; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Annetta Fenstermacher’s sister, Margaret; Dorene Chen’s grandfather, Tian Tao Li; Christy Hipchen’s cousin, Corey; David Michels; Dakota Miller; Clarence Scott; Marlene and Doug DeHaven; Mike Stefanick; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Rob Yeager’s co-worker, Wayne Sweet; Mike and Charlotte Davie’s friend, Dave Page; Matthew Hagemann’s friend, Michael Prosperi; and Matthew Fellows.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT go out to the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief this week: Holy Family Catholic Church, Fresh Start Church and Asbury Broadneck UMC.

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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