The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

  All are welcome, this Sunday, to celebrate the 5th Sunday of Easter, at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services! 

Dear Friends and Members of the Congregation, 
This Sunday, in our text from Acts 8, God chases after the Ethiopian Eunuch: a bit of a sexual outcast.  This story give us an opportunity to explore human sexuality and faith in the pulpit.  As I write the sermon, I am aware that some families will not consider the sermon age-appropriate for elementary school children.  Please plan accordingly.  We will have Sunday School.

Peace of Christ,


Dear Friends, 
Youth Sunday was but a glimpse of the lively and lovely children and youth ministries at Ark and Dove. The leadership of our children and youth in worship and mission always fills me with gratitude.

Our preachers were Ashtyn Rosenthal, Chloe Salkeld and Jack Burnett. They are three seniors set to graduate very soon. On Sunday, they demonstrated the wisdom and charity that this church has nurtured in them. These three have been active in our children and youth opportunities and are evidence of the great youth leadership of this congregation.

They have also been active participants in our summer youth mission and discipleship experiences. Opportunities like the GenOn Youth Summit and Habitat for Humanity mission experience have had profound impacts on their Christian character. This is why it is so important for us to support our youth summer experiences.

Please participate in our youth fundraising this season at our Trivia Night tomorrow, the silent auction and/or the "100 Reasons" (the last two are in the hallway). Your generosity provides awesome experiences for our youth. As we saw last Sunday, our youth give back to us from what they have been given.   



No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

God Above and Beyond Us: You are invisible and immortal. You are Mystery. We can seek to understand you all our days and still there is infinite more to know. Yet you still reveal yourself to us in simple ways. You show us glimpses of your nature in the love of the neighbor. Give us this day a hunger to know you and so a desire to love more. Amen. 

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It is not too late for your child be part of our summer musical, "Oh, Jonah!" Rehearsals are on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 6:40 pm, and we will have extended times as we get closer to the date, June 10th!



Administration Ministry
QUARTERLY GIVING STATEMENTS  A note from your Administration Elder With the implementation of our new church management software, Breeze, well underway, Ark and Dove is now able to send your Quarterly Giving Statements via email.  I will be working with our wonderful treasurer to implement this feature of Breeze sometime during the next week or so.  If you wish to have your Quarterly Giving Statement mailed via USPS, please contact our treasurer, Alta, at  Any questions or concerns, I can be reached at:, 410-923-3814. Wendy Wellington, Administration Elder 
Discipleship Ministry

You are invited to a  conversation about stewardship, which will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm, May 8, 15, 22 and 29.  There is wisdom and faith in our congregation, and we would like to be open to what God might be saying to us about stewardship through the experiences of our members.  We will be looking at Beyond the Offering Plate, A Holistic Approach to Stewardship to help seed discussion. Part of the conversation will include identifying the many dimensions of stewardship, "including stewardship of time, work, body, mind, spirit, community, technology, and more." Steve Debus, Stewardship Elder, and Pastor Tim Stern,  
Outreach and Connection

THE WOMEN'S RETREAT! Many thanks to Shelley Franklin, Debbie Saylor, Cheryl Walcutt, Laura Doughty, and our supreme storyteller, Tracy Radosevic, for the 2018 Women's Retreat! It was a wonderful success. Soul sisters who ruach together, stay together.  
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.    
THE VOYAGERS MEN'S GROUP will be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum on Saturday, May 5, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We will receive a special guided tour of the museum if we have a group of more than five. Questions? Paul Doughty
Christian Education

FUNDRAISER FOR YOUTH This Saturday, April 28, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm! Join in the fun and help support summer youth mission trips at the same time! There will be team trivia played in rounds, light refreshments, and prizes for the top winning teams. Register online now or pay $10 cash or check at the door! For more info, please contact Amy Tardiff or Chloe Salkeld

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL Do you like working with kids?  Can you commit to a couple of Sundays during the summer?  If so, we're looking for a few teachers to help teach summer Sunday School.  Lesson plans and all supplies will be provided, you just need to come show up, follow the plan, and demonstrate your love for God.  No long term commitment required, you can pick as many or as few Sundays as you please.  Contact Laura Rockwell for more information at or 253-312-1656. 
CAKES, CAR WASHES, COLORING BOOKS AND MORE! The Youth and Adults will be running a silent auction through tomorrow, 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.     
Antiracism and Social Equity
PLANNING MEETING FOR IMMIGRATION FORUM This Sunday, April 29th after the second service.  The Antiracism and Social Equity team along with Ark and Dove Refugee support teams are hosting a forum on immigration, Sunday, June 10, from 2-4 pm. We're excited to attract a large turnout from both congregation and community! We hope you will attend the planning meeting and help make this a successful event! Questions? Linnie Girdner,

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION How long has the idea of race has been around?  Were Africans enslaved because they were deemed inferior, or were they deemed inferior because they were enslaved?  Join us on Sunday, May 6th at 2 PM when we'll view and discuss episode two of Race: The Power of an IllusionThe Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept, the ideology of white supremacy, and the idea of race that persists today.  Sign up on the bulletin board or on online. Childcare is provided if we know at least 48 hours in advance. Questions? Please contact, Paula Sparks,
COMPASSION PEACE AND JUSTICE (CPJ) TRAINING DAY 2018 On April 20th, Linnie Girdner and I attended the CPJ training day at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The open plenary began with keynote speaker, Dr. Matilde Moros, Assistant Professor with the Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She spoke on racism, militarism and capitalism. She was followed by an impressive list of speakers, while the training itself was comprised of three workshops with many sessions to choose from, including Can We Ever Go Home Again? The Ongoing Reality of Palestinian Refugees and The Least of These: Engaging Presbyterians in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty and Homelessness. The sessions provided up-to-date information and discussion on their specific areas of expertise. It was very empowering to have an opportunity to learn from so many intelligent and compassionate people. MORE... Debbie Arey, Refugee Welcoming team leader,
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!        
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Julie Devers' cousin, Blane; Kim Champagne; 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; Brandi Spradling; Karen Dodson; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Hollis Butterworth; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Mary Beckwith; 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; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Rev. Ed Geigen's son, Micah; Amy Benson's family; LeeAnn Makar; David Michels; Don Ziegler; a friend and her son going through a difficult separation; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Jodi and her best friend's mother, MaryAnn Van Orten
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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