The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

  You're invited to celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter with communion, at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) worship services! 

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

- Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1864)


Dear Friends and Members of the Congregation, 

Sometimes the most heartfelt prayers are a deep sigh of contentment in the presence of nature or special people in our lives. This hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, captures that interaction with the Holy.  Now that spring has truly arrived, may you have caught yourself reveling in beauty.  Celebrate that prayer.

In terms of word prayers, I am thankful to Chloe and her father Brett Salkeld, and the whole team, who organized our Trivia Night last week.  Terribly hard questions, but many wonderful moments of koinonia (Christian fellowship).  It was a very nice night.

Also prayers of thanksgiving for your generous support of One Great Hour of Sharing during Lent and Easter.  We received over $4000 in giving, which will go to hungry people, people who have survived disasters and people who are learning to lift themselves out of poverty.  

Peace of Christ,


I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. - John 15:5

Creator God, we give you thanks for the great abundance and nourishment that you provide us through your Creation and through your great love for all beings and creatures. As we come to this weekend and enjoy some sabbath rest, reveal to us ways we can honor you and your created world. Inspire our worship and re-creation.  Shape our lives, we pray, to reveal your glory.  Amen.

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This Sunday, the offertory for the 9:30 service will feature a beautiful trio by Laura Doughty, Paul Doughty and Alta Paronto.  It will feel like you've been transported back to the renaissance!  
It is not too late for your child to participate in the summer musical!  This coming Thursday will be the last day to join.  If your child is interested in being a part of the chorus of "Oh, Jonah!" (The story of Jonah and the whale), please let me know or come on Thursday at 6:00.  We will present the musical in worship on June 10th.


Antiracism and Social Equity

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 this 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,
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? Contact Wendy Wellington,   Administrator Elder,
Discipleship Ministry
BEYOND THE OFFERING PLATE 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." Questions? Steve Debus, Stewardship Elder, and Pastor Tim Stern,  
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 20th after each service in the Marshall Room
* Monday,  May 21st @ 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.
Outreach and Connection
THE VOYAGERS MEN'S GROUP will be visiting the National Cryptologic Museum tomorrow, 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
NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRER'S CLASS Please join us for the New Members/Inquirer's Class tomorrow, 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.    

All are invited, Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 pm to take part in an exciting mission ministry meeting!   George Clack  from Howard County Indivisible will be presenting a brief presentation, "Understanding the Immigration Debate." Hope to see you there! Cheryl Schafer,


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!         
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.

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.  
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Karen Dodson, who is in surgery, as we write this Arkive; Don Ziegler; Cheryl Walcutt's sister, Judy Walsh; 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; LeeAnn Makar; David Michels; Joel Davie's father-in-lawy; Ashton Milcalski; Patrie Conroy; 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.     
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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