The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

   You're invited to celebrate the 7th Sunday of Easter at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services! 

Dear Friends and Members of the Congregation, 

Yesterday, May 10, was the celebration of the Ascension, according to the church calendar. This day recalls when the risen Jesus spoke his final words to his disciples and "was taken up." In the book of Acts, Luke says "he took him from their eyes."

That phrase, "from their eyes," is very significant. It marks the time when Jesus' disciples no longer followed him by sight, but by faith. They now tell others that their Lord is very much alive and present, albeit invisible. In the ancient world, to say that someone is present but not visible was not a problem. But it is in our modern world.

In the age of the enlightenment, we have reduced what is "real" to what can be intuited by our senses. It has been said that we can't know what we can't touch, taste, smell, hear or see. Thankfully, we live in a time when this is changing. Astrophysicists, neuroscientists, psychologists, analytic philosophers, among others are now affirming what the ancients always knew: there is a deeper and higher reality than what we can intuit by sense.

The ascension of Jesus Christ teaches us this. Jesus ascends beyond what we can imagine. But he also directs us to go deeper into the world. Jesus ascends so that he might be more fully present to people of every time and place.

We know there is more than what meets the eye, as the saying goes. Remembering the ascension, let us attend to the present Christ in the heights and the depths--and all the places in between.



And saying these things, as they were watching, he was taken up, and a cloud took him from their eyes. Acts 1:9

Eternal God: We need a perspective that allows us to discern your hidden presence. We need to listen above the noise and blare to what you would say to us, because they are words only you can speak. We need to look beneath the glamor and beyond the superficial and see what remains hidden--what eye hath not seen. Amen.
-John B. Rogers


Dear Friends,

Rebecca has shared her gifts of music among us for almost ten years.  Sunday, June 17, will be her last Sunday of leading worship at Ark and Dove.  We will celebrate her ministry and express our thanksgiving and appreciation at a luncheon after the 11:00 service.  Please save the date.

Peace of Christ,

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I am looking for volunteers to help with our summer musical, "O Jonah!"  Our most pressing need is someone to make the whale!  We also need help with costumes, props and the set.  If you are interested in helping bring this production to life, please see me on Sunday or email me!  Thank you!


Worship Ministry
JONAH AND THE WHALE Mark your calendars! On June 10, 10:00 am you will be treated to the children's musical O Jonah! at Single Service! Questions? Ryan Stavely, 

Christian Education
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT Calling all parents! Who needs a night off? Once again the youth will be hosting Parents Night Out on May 19th from 4pm to 8pm. Drop your kiddos off at the church for an evening of games, movies and crafts. We'll even feed them dinner!!! Just $25 for the first kid and $15 for each additional kid. This event is open to everyone, even if they don't attend the church, so if you have friends you've just been dying to hang out with, they can sign their kids up too! All ages are welcome, though we do have a max number per age group so sign up early! Sign up ONLINE or on the board in the lobby. Please make sure to tell us how many and what ages your kids are if you sign up on the board. Please email Amy Stavely,, if you have any questions.
Mission Ministry
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY The youth and young adult mission trip will travel this year to work with the Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat For Humanity.  The trip is Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22.  The registration deadline is Sunday, May 27.  Please register by sending an e-mail to Pastor Tim, t  Habitat requires that participants be 16 years old, or older, by June 17, 2018. 
SAFE PASSAGE: IMMIGRATION CHANGES COMMUNITY IMPACTS An informational forum on the immigration crisis. June 10, 2:00-4:00 pm. Panelists include representatives from The Esperanza Center and Annapolis Immigration Justice Network, as well as DACA/TPS recipients. A lunch will be hosted by members of Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad at 1:00 pm. Childcare provided. Please RSVP Contact: Cheryl Schafer,    
PRESBYTERIANS ARE CALLED TO ACT PCUSA co-moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston called on Presbyterians to be active in the Poor People's Campaign. This follows the 2016 General Assembly approved overture On Choosing to be a Church Committed to the Gospel of Matthew 25, which affirmed that Presbyterians should "locate ourselves with the poor, to advocate with all of our voice for the poor, and to seek opportunities to take risks for and with the poor..." 
The Poor People's Campaign kicks off on Sunday, May 13th. It is a national call for moral revival. The first two fundamental principles of the campaign are that: 1) We are rooted in a moral analysis based on our deepest religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. Moral revival is necessary to save the heart and soul of our democracy. 2) We are committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and to building unity across lines of division. The complete set of principles is available here .
The document, The Souls of Poor Folk,  provides a factual assessment of the conditions and trends of poverty today, and of the past fifty years, in the United States, since MLK began the original PPC. The statistics are staggering. How can we continue to turn a blind eye? Co-moderator Anderson is one of the leaders in Maryland's Poor People's Campaign. For more information about actions in Maryland, go to  . The first local action is in Annapolis on Monday, May 14th at 2pm at Lawyer's Mall. The nonviolent direct action training, that is necessary for participation, begins at 12:00pm. For more info, please contact Linnie Girdner, or 410-999-7892. 

C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for May is DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raising, craisins, pineapple rings, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!         
Outreach and Connection
PLANNING MEETING Friendly Seniors will be holding a planning meeting over lunch at  Newks  on Sunday, May 27, at 1:00.  If the weather is nice, we plan to meet outside so look for us there.  Please let Joan Berry know if you plan to come so we have the table(s) arranged properly ( or 410-672-5237)      
The After People

STEPHEN MINISTER TRAINING We will begin our next Stephen Ministry training series this coming fall.  If you are interested in exploring becoming a Stephen Minister, please plan to join us at one of THREE Information Meeting Opportunities:
* Sunday, May 20 after each service in the Marshall Room
* Monday,  May 21, 7pm in the Marshall Room
If none of these dates works in your schedule but you're interested,  please reach out to either Kelly Burnett  ( or Laurie Barrow ( to set up a one-on-one meeting.
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Karen Dodson; Don Ziegler; Cheryl Walcutt's sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage's family; Debbie Arey's sister, Denise Dostoler; Julie Devers' cousin, Blane; Emily Burnett; Ray Bussey; 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, and brother, Jim; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Arlyce Lohr; Brandi Spradling; 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; David Michels; Joel Davie's father-in-law; Mike and Charlotte Davie's friend, Richard Mensi; Bill Jennings; Ashton Milcalski; Patrie Conroy; Greg and Ellen Makar's neighbors, the Shelton family; 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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