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7th Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2023

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In-Person Worship at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

Livestream Worship, 10:30 am.

Child Care available for 9:00 and 10:30 am services.

Sunday School for Pre-K - 12th Grade during 10:30 am Worship,

Sunday School Schedule until June 11th

Child Care available for 9:00 and 10:30 am services.

Sunday School for Pre-K through 12th Grade during 10:30 am Worship, every Sunday.*

*Youth grades 6th - 12th are in the Sanctuary on Communion Sundays.

Register for Sunday School here.

You can connect on YouTube HERE.

Message from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community

Since March 31 our Black Lives Matter, Dismantle Racism, and LGBTQ Rainbow banners have been vandalized on at least 8 occasions. We even had a camera stolen. That was one reason we hosted a peaceful demonstration on May 5. Since that time our tech team has upgraded security at the pillars and our GLEAM and Anti Racism Teams have ordered new banners to replace the ones that were stolen. Several. They take them down, we put them back up. We even had two neighbors drop off cameras we could use. Wasn't that a kind thing to do? And in fact, those Cameras yielded clues for the police, which they posted. Well, WMAR 2 saw the police post and came down today to take pictures and asked if they could interview me. I never feel like I do Ark and Dove justice when I'm interviewed, but you can judge for yourselves as a short section will be on at 5PM and the "Full Story" at 7:00.

With all the distractions of having to replace banners and with the anxiety and anger that is injected into our church ecosystem, it is possible that we forget why we have banners in the first place. God loves everyone and the world we live in. Every person is a child of God and God wants us to treat them like that.  God aches when people ache. God cries when people are recipients of hate and bias. God cries with those who cry from injustice. I think God gets angry too. Lucky for us that God doesn't smite us when we screw up. The Holy One is always hoping that we will get our act together and treat people like they should be treated. God tries to love us into loving. The world is not yet as it should be. Thanks for being a community filled with love. By the way, soon all three banners will be between the pillars.

This Sunday in worship we will learn about CEDEPCA, a ministry we support in Guatemala; they do wonderful work. I think you will enjoy it.



Reminder, I will never ask you to buy a gift card for the Church

Verse and Prayer

40 And the king (Jesus) will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40

Mighty and merciful God we rejoice and give thanks that you look upon us with favor and bless us with life and grace. Transform this weary world according to your promises, giving power to the weak, agency to the disenfranchised, justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. Use me this day to be an instrument of your peace. Amen.

This Sunday, the choir will lead the services and we have some very exciting music for this Ascension Sunday! I will open the services with a solo called Goodness of God, which I have sung once before. This time, I have some wonderful guest musicians joining me on violin, horn, and cello!  

Our offertory is called Crown Him by Dan Forrest. “Building from a rhythmic ostinato, this TRIUMPHANT Anthem arrangement soars with energy and grandeur on the Diademata hymn tune, cleverly interweaving Beethoven’s Hymn to Joy with powerful accompaniment!” (Beckenhorst Press). We will be joined by guest musicians Sean Meng, violin; Susie Lee, French horn, and our very own Brittany Wellington, cello; Karen Dodson, synthesizer; Jackie Scheer, piano; and John Goodwin, percussion. This will be followed by a Doxology taken from one of our recent anthems, and I am not kidding when I tell you this is the most beautiful arrangement of the Doxology that you will ever hear. You will not want to miss the music this Sunday!!!

With love,


Director of Music

Musician Spotlight

Amita Joshi Dubois is an Oregon native who grew up singing and dancing. From school productions, to dance company shows, choir and ensemble performances, and voice recitals, the performing arts were a staple of her youth and young adulthood.

Amita is classically trained as a Mezzo Soprano and has sung with the Ark and Dove choir for roughly six years, first as a Soprano, now as an Alto, and often times in between! She feels a deep spiritual connection making and listening to music in worship and loves the fellowship and support of the choir and all its dear members.

Amita is mother to Calixte (9) and Miranda (2), as well as wife to Camille Dubois. In addition to singing, she enjoys dancing, cooking, baking and . . . catching up on sleep whenever possible! In the past, she has worked in Journalism and Public Relations. Currently, she works on child negotiations, tantrum mitigation, loving parenting, and snack preparation.

Greetings! Our young people will lead the entire music portion of the worship service on Sunday, June 4, 2023! All rehearsals leading up to Sunday, June 4, 2023 will be dedicated to learning music for this specific Sunday. If you would like for your young person to participate in the upcoming worship service, please reach out via email or come to the remaining rehearsals. Thank you for your hard work, many sacrifices, and commitment to our Lord and ministry. 

Rehearsal Schedule for Sunday, May21, 2023

Hand Chime Ensemble Practice 9 AM – 9:45 AM

Choir Rehearsal 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM


Director of Music for Children and Youth

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Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Per Capita Special Offering

Ark and Dove is now receiving the Per Capita Special Offering. The church pays a combined $40.00 per member to the General Assembly of the PCUSA ($9.85), The Synod of the Mid Atlantic ($1.15), and the Presbytery of Baltimore ($29.00) to cover the Administrative Expenses of our denomination. Per Capita funding is how Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together and to set directions for the future. Contributions to Per Capita provide the ecclesiastical infrastructure that binds our ministry. It enables churches to call pastors; supports those pastors in their ministries; provides for guidance in troubled times; encourages those called to church leadership; and enables us to gather as the body of Christ. You can pay your per Capita by clicking here.

April Financial Summary

YTD Expected Unpledged Income $7,333

Actual Unpledged Income $5,533

Behind $1,800

YTD Expected Pledged & Electronic Giving $173,316

YTD Actual Pledged & Electronic Giving $164,420

Behind $8,863

Bulletin - 7th Sunday of Easter

Church Clean-up

Church Workday! We will be having a spring workday to take care of chores around the church and grounds tomorrow, Saturday, May 20th from 9 AM - 12 PM. Come out to help keep our facilities looking tip top. A pizza lunch will be served.

Ark and Dove's Lost and Found

Did you know Ark and Dove have a Lost and Found? It is located at the end of the coat rack with jackets, coats, and sweaters. Plus, a bin with water bottles and other lost items. Please take the time to see if any of your items are included in the collection by June 11th. The remaining items will be donated to Goodwill.

Banner Team

You may have noticed the new technology added to our anti-racism and BLM banners. Many thanks to Ryan Stavely and Rob Yeager for spending last Sunday afternoon installing solar powered motion sensor lights and cameras! Next step will be to move our GLEAM banner over so that it hangs above the other two. Our banners share an important declaration of love and affirmation to the community, and we greatly appreciate the folks who have been helping us keep that message alive despite continued vandalism. If you’d like to lend a hand with the banner team we’d love to have you join us.

For more information contact Paula Sparks or Debbie Saylor

Love Wins Again!

Many thanks to Passport Co-op group for creating this chalk art in response to the theft of the Pride flag. Many children created beautiful drawing showing that they care for everyone and to make sure everyone is loved. Hope you have a chance to view it in detail this Sunday!

Earth Care Team


Invitation to a Dessert Meet & Greet with Betsey Moe

Betsey Moe is our PCUSA mission co-worker in Guatemala who is our liaison to CEDEPCA and she will be making a thank you tour in the U.S. this summer. She and her husband, Eric, will be with the Baltimore Presbytery June 12-15 and the Mission team at Ark and Dove is planning to host a dessert evening Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM for the five churches in AA County. We will have a chance to meet her and hear about the wonderful programs/activities CEDEPCA is offering in Guatemala. There is a similar group meeting in Baltimore the evening before for her to thank churches there. We hope to have as big a turn-out as possible from Ark and Dove and if anyone is willing to make some cookies/brownies/finger food desserts for that evening, please contact Sher Atkinson, Lori Kronser, or Cheryl Walcutt. You may direct any questions to one of the three of us as well. Thanks in advance for your support.

Sher Atkinson

CAP Food Pantry Items for May

The Christian Assistance Program (CAP) food pantry in Odenton is grateful for our ongoing support. For May, the Items of the Month are pasta sauce and peanut butter. We have bins marked for CAP food in the cabinet across from the lobby coat rack. Food can also be taken directly to the pantry at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton, on Tuesdays 10:45am-1:30pm and Thursdays 2:45-5:30pm. Contact Greg Makar ( for more information.

Outreach & Connections

Parent Group Meeting

Parent Group will meet on Sunday, May 28th in the Marshall Room at 11:30AM. All caregivers of children through college-age are welcome to join in for casual conversation. We'll share pizza and sitter costs.

Ministry & Membership Interest Meeting

Find out how to get involved at Ark & Dove!

There are so many ways to be involved at Ark & Dove! Are you interested in ways to volunteer? Considering becoming a member? We will be having a ministry & membership interest meeting on June 24th from 9AM until noon. Breakfast will be provided, and childcare will be provided if needed. RSVP at We look forward to seeing you!

Annapolis Pride

Join us on Saturday, June 3rd. There will be MANY ways for all ages to participate. Info and sign ups in the lobby or at our Signup Genius link.

Spread the woof, squeak, and squawk!

Blessing of the Animals Service

A Board of Deacons’ Noah’s Ark Ministry

Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Rain date: June 4)

2:00 p.m. in the Church Parking Lot!

All are Welcome!

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church loves all of God's creatures and wants to share God's love with your beloved pets (as well as you). All are invited to bring their pets (leashed or contained) to the church for a blessing. Pastor Elizabeth D. McLean will lead a brief prayer service and then personally visits with and blesses each pet. All kinds of animals are welcome. Owners will receive a certificate of the blessing after the service. Bowls of water to drink & plastic bags to clean up are provided. RSVPs appreciated to 

This is a community event for everyone, and you do not need to be a member of Prince of Peace Church so spread the word!

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

1657 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD 21114

410-721-2313;; Email:

Facebook© at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church and at Friends of POP

Christian Education

Ark and Dove Book Club’s June Read

Ark and Dove Book Club has chosen Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall as their June reading selection. Join us on Zoom Friday at 7:30 on June 23rd for our discussion of this international bestselling novel based on a true story. Contact Kim Champagne for more information.

Second Saturdays Prayer Class

Kim Champagne is facilitating a monthly contemplative prayer class in the Ark and Dove Room every second Saturday, in which together we will practice one of many types of ancient prayers of the heart. We will focus on a particular type of prayer each month, with our first meeting beginning with breath praying and then moving into the Morning Prayer from the Divine Hours. Next class is on June 10th. For more information contact Kim at

Learn About the World Major Religous Traditions - POSTPONED

This course will be postponed until further notice. For more details on future dates, contact Richard Greydanus

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT FOR the Dabbs family upon the death of Garry Dabbs; Patti Sheahan having surgery on Friday for hip replacement; Norman Willoughby; The Hamil and Kronser families upon the death of Braydon Hamil; Carl Lucas, friend of the Kareha's, who has cancer; healing for Linnie Girdner; Linda Taylor's mother, Izola; Jason Devono recovering from surgery and his family; Gahzal Abawi in serious condition in the hospital; Chuck Stern for health and healing; Libby Kahwajy in the hospital with broken hip; prayers for Dr. D Brooks, Connie Batt's daughter, who has a job interview; Brooks Emrick and her family upon the death of her husband Vaughn Brown; Elain Kam upon the death of her husband Paul; Debbie Arey's sister, Denise who was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica; a young friend recently diagnosed with an inflammatory lung disease; Chris C. as he seeks treatment for his addiction; prayers for children struggling with depression and anxiety; Sarah Hendricks friend's daughter in the hospital and those caring for her; Sandra Krezanosky, Amy Hagemann's mother; a sister suffering from addiction and for her family; Lori Johnson, mother of Cheryl Walcutt; Connie Batts; Steve Debus's niece, Amanda Kuhl; Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner's great grandson, Ronan; a young child hurt in a car accident; our partners at CEDEPCA in Guatemala doing God's work every day; a friend who is hospitalized; families in the world facing housing insecurity; Janet and John Morgan, Wendy Wellington's parents; Achsah's mother, Rachel; Shelley Franklin; Ron Holman; Pat Devers' Cousin who has entered into hospice; family friend of Julie and Pat Devers, Joe Burgoyne; the Herman's next door neighbor - recovering from open heart surgery; Jan and Al Jank's daughter-in-law, Irina Lee; Layla Tyus and her family; Dan Atkinson; Kamarii Miller; The Solano Family; Val preparing for another surgery; Friends living with cancer; Jeff Faiman; someone struggling with depression; Doris Fields; Diane McPhail; Nikol Sahai; Elizabeth Carter; Joseph Cate, Craig West's partner, Children with cancer, their families, and their care providers; Jimmy Carter; Tim Soyars, nephew of Dot Forloines; Cyndy Ingram, step-daughter of Dot Forloines; Laura Talbert; the people of Syria and Turkey; Barb Benson, Mary Benson's sister; the family of Jatin Patel, who died after a battle with brain cancer; Bernice Taylor; Bri R and Ezra; the Ostrach Family; Loretta Frick; the Bonstrom family; the Houseknecht family; Dick Eckersley's granddaughter; Amy Tardiff's mother; Aunt Teri in home hospice care; the SeonBuchner family dealing with ongoing challenges and preparing for upcoming surgeries; Ardeth Johns; for family members suffering from addiction; Sarah; the Knight Family; a friend facing brain surgery; a mother in the hospital; Don Clark; MaryAnn Buckley; Sue Miller, Laura Willoughby-Perry’s mother; Audrey Miller, daughter of Kathy Miller; Dotty Kaufmann; Mary Elizabeth Nay; Bri Lapp; a teen struggling with peer concerns at school; Holly Folk, friend of Laura Willoughby-Perry; Carol & Henry Saylor; Deb Saylor's grand-nephew, Jordan; Chantel Seetram; Debbie and Bruce Arey's Daughter, Allison; families impacted by gun violence; Dr. Jesse Nicholson, Connie Batts' brother-in-law; Danni Johnson; the family of Gavin Hurley; Amanda Welford; Dee going through breast cancer; Doug Dehaven; Marie, Nikol Sahai’s Mom; Dot Forloines; Dick Paronto; Julie Devers' friend Zenia Dacio-Messina; Hope Sutphin; Freyja Hartzell; Cara Moody’s father-in-law, Gary Moody Sr.; Debbie Saylor's Friends: Carlene Printy and Helen Rossum

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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