The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

    Come celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter!  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove, 
As I write to you, the temperatures are approaching 80 degrees. This is incredible, since some of us were lamenting the appearance of snowflakes on our weather apps only a week ago. This is a way of reminding me that our summer youth opportunities are quickly approaching. There are some pretty great silent auction items that you will want to bid on in the lobby. Also, please sign up for the trivia night to support our youth on April 28. Our older youth mission trip partnering with Habitat for Humanity is scheduled for the end of June. The GenOn Summit Youth Experience is scheduled for mid-July in West Virginia. And at the end of July, younger youth will be partnering with the STAIR program in Annapolis to support children in need of guidance and care. These are excellent opportunities for our youth to grow as disciples of Christ. Please support them.

As we look forward in this Easter season and as buds are blooming, I pray that faith and hope are rising within your hearts and minds.



Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." - Luke 24:36b

God in Christ: In a world where violence threatens, anxieties abound and safety is uncertain, send your Spirit of peace upon us. Grant us the security that comes in believing you are for us. Give us the courage to be agents of peace amidst violence. Still troubling thoughts that we might live out of calm. We are thankful that your purposes for this world are peace. Let us partner with you in peacemaking. Amen. 

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If your child is interested in being one of our leading roles in our summer musical, Jonah and the Whale, auditions will be this coming Thursday from 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm! If they are interested in being part of the chorus, but not a leading role, please have them come to rehearsal this Thursday as well. They will not need to audition. I am so looking forward to doing this show!



A Service of Witness to the Resurrection
THE LOVE, SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS OF CONGREGATION go out to the Lawrence and Grassel families on the death of Denise Grassel's father, Charles Lawrence. A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at the church on Saturday morning, April 21st, at 11:00 am. The service will be preceded by a viewing and gathering at the church at 10:00 am. There will be a reception for the family and guests after the funeral, and the deacons could use some assistance, particularly since many people will be on the Women's Retreat. Please contact Kelly Burnett,, and Laurie Barrow, There will also be a gathering and viewing at Donaldson's Funeral home in Odenton from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, April 20th.
Outreach and Connection
PARENTS POTLUCK Join us for the next meeting of our parent group, a fellowship opportunity for all who are in a parenting role. Here you will find support, new perspective and grace for the many difficulties and joys of parenting. We will gather for a potluck on April 20th at 6 pm. We will then split into small groups for discussion. Childcare will be provided. We will finish by 8 pm. Contact Pastor Jon for any questions ( 
NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRER'S CLASS Please join us for the New Members/Inquirer's Class on Saturday, May 5, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 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 you 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! Please sign up in the lobby or by contacting Donna Anderson at, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.    
CHILDREN OF EDEN at Woods Memorial Church, Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm to Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 8:00pm . Based on the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis, the performance includes stories about Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the flood.  $10.00 per person. For questions please call David at 410-647-2550 or email
Sunday, April 15
2:00 masterclass; 3:30 concert
Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church
Tickets ($25) available at the door; all proceeds go to the artists

Christian Education
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Our VBS program this year is titled, "God's Good Creation." Please join us on Sunday, April 22nd between the two services (at approximately 10:45) in the Marshall Room for a brief interest meeting. We'll share an overview of the program, the calendar and timeline of VBS-related events, and a volunteer sign-up. Adult and youth volunteers are needed! We look forward to your attendance as we prepare to help children learn about hunger, hope and the work to which God calls us in the world. Contact Christina Nelson,, or Laura Rockwell,, with questions. 
FUNDRAISER FOR YOUTH Saturday, April 28, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, $10 per person. Rounds of team trivia, light refreshments, and PRIZES! Register a team (up to 6) or be placed on a team. Childcare for ages 5 and under available (let us know.) See Amy Tardiff or Chloe Salkeld for more info.

CAKES, CAR WASHES, COLORING BOOKS AND MORE! The Youth and Adults will be running a silent auction from April 9th until April 28th. The money raised from the auction will help send our youth and adults on their summer mission trips and GenOn Conference. Some have offered to make deserts, do yard work, crafts, car washes, etc... Auction items are located in the lobby on your way to the Marshall Room. We hope you will stop by and place a bid. Please contact Debbie Saylor if you have any questions. 
JOIN THE USHER TEAMS The usher teams are seeking new ushers for both Sunday worship services. As part of the worship ministry, the purpose of the 9:30 and 11:00 usher teams is to provide hospitality and help ensure a smooth service of worship. Training is provided, and you can ease into it by "shadowing" one of the current lead ushers. If you want to sign up or just learn more, please contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255,
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for April is CEREAL (raisin bran, kashi, grape nuts, muesli, oatmeal, shredded wheat, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!        
Healing through Grief
CHANGES IN THE SEASON both liturgical and natural, can be difficult for those who are mourning a loss. How can one honestly sing hallelujahs at Easter and chuckle on Joy and Laughter Sunday when one feels so bereft? How dare the earth move on with evidence of renewed life sprouting everywhere when he or she is not here to experience it, not given the chance to live longer! And, for some, there is the anniversary effect at this time of year. I remember that the daffodils were blooming when my first husband was actively dying of cancer. For many springs afterward I had grief spasms triggered by the blooming of daffodils. 

Sometimes spring can be a time to actively include the natural environment in one's mourning. Planting a tree, perhaps with a plaque by it, is a frequent choice. Others create a memorial garden with flowers, stepping stones, and a bench. Some incorporate statues or fountains. It becomes a place of refuge to contemplate, meditate, and pray.

For some ideas, please see:,article/692/creating-a-memorial-garden-to-honor-remember-loved-ones  

If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, we hope you will join Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner at the next Healing through Grief Group on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Whether your loss was recent or long ago, please come to be with others who can understand the difficult journey you are making. So that we have enough materials and beverages, we appreciate if you would sign up on the bulletin board, though it is not required. Or contact Linnie at 410-999-7892 or
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:     

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick's sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown's sister, Kathie; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Arlyce Lohr; Clarence Duffy; Ashton Milcalski; Brandi Spradling; Karen Dodson; Bill Champagne; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Hollis Butterworth; Brooke Berry's father, John Calhoun; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Charles Lawrence; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Mary Beckwith; Bob Johns; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Steve and Brandi Downs; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Jason Ziegler; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Tawes Dewyngaert; Archer and Honor Bauman's grandmother, Jackie; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Mary Benson and Mary's mother and brother; Edie and Richard Budd; Don Johnson; Dillon; Brianna Lapp; the Nishikawa family; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Rev. Ed Geigen's son, Micah; Dann Griffis; the Miller and May families; Keith Campbell; Amy Benson's family; Chris O'Brocki's grandmother; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Mary Van Orten, and her best friend's mother.   
PRAYERS OF JOY AND PRAISE on the birth of Bill and Kim Champagne's grandson, and Alex Champagne's son, Rainer James Champagne, born April 10, 2018.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF CONGREGATION go out to the Kercher and Benson families on the death of Amy Benson's friend, Patrick Kercher.
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.     
8424 Piney Orchard Parkway  
Odenton, MD  21113
Phone: (410) 674-6400
office hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 
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