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All are invited to the Fifth Sunday in Lent, where we will be exploring our Lenten theme -- "Dare."   

Dear Friends,

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent.  Next week begins Holy Week.

I hear many of you talking about reading Marilyn McEntyre's book Word by Word.  Many of you are in a small group.  Some of you have been striving to be at every Taize worship service on Wednesdays.  Some are reading the Bible. Some of you have adopted dietary changes as a part of your Lenten Journey toward Easter.  One common Lenten practice that we have not yet focused on is almsgiving.  Almsgiving is the traditional word for donating money or food to the poor.  Almsgiving can also mean specific extra acts of mission, mercy and justice in the world.  In two articles below you will read about One Great Hour of Sharing and the West County Food Pantry.  I hope you will consider almsgiving in these directions.  For those of you who know not where your checkbook is, we now have online giving options.

Holy Week Worship  
  • Palm Sunday, April 9, 9:30 and 11:00 Worship Have you mastered the art of making a cross from a palm leaf?
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:30 A Communion Service, which focuses on Christ's mandate to love one another.
  • Good Friday, April 14, 7:30  As you enter the sanctuary you will receive a nail, and we will recall together the last days and hours of Jesus' life.
  • Easter Sunday, 9:30 and 11:00 Worship Special music from the choir, band and the Hallelujah Chorus at both Services.
This Sunday, April 2, is also a Communion Sunday.  The Lord's Supper will be served at both services.

This summer, June 25-30, the Older Youth (16 years and older) and Young Adult Habitat Trip will be with the Salem County Habit for Humanity in New Jersey. Please contact me to register for this opportunity in mission.

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Tim

Holy Week
Passion/Palm Sunday , April 9, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday , April 13, 7:30 pm
Good Friday , April 14, 7:30 pm
Easter/Resurrection of the Lord , April 16, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Joy and Laughter Sunday , April 23, 9:30 am and 11:00 am


Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, "You are not also one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not." One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?" Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
-John 18:25-27

Household Prayer: Morning

Good morning, Lord. The day has dawned with the gift of sunlight, and I awaken from sleep into the light and grace of Christ. Thank you for this new day. Stay with me, I pray, shepherding me through all that the day will hold. Lead me into pleasant places, and give me the provisions I will need if I find myself in difficulty or danger. Whenever the cup of gladness overflows, help me to recognize that it is filled with your goodness and mercy. In praise and anticipation I begin this day in Jesus' name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

With the night, Good Lord, comes rest and a chance for my soul to be restored. You are with me in this and every darkness, so I will not be afraid. For all I have seen with my own eyes today, for all others have helped me to see,  I give you thanks. For those things that I did not notice -- signs of beauty and kindness, evidences of your grace -- I pray that you will improve the eyes of my faith, so that I can see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly tomorrow, and all of my tomorrows. In the name of your Son, my Savior, I pray. Amen.


TAKE ACTION TODAY: Tell Congress & the White House that you OPPOSE the Administration's executive order that suspends refugee resettlement & discriminates against people from certain countries


There are so many exciting things happening in our music program!  We have beautiful music planned for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday!  You will hear almost all of our musical groups  -- from the Children's Choir, to the Adult choir and the orchestra, the music is gorgeous, and we are so excited to share it with you!  We will also invite you to sing the Hallelujah Chorus with us on Easter morning at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services.  

If you or your child are interested in being a part of our summer musical, please let me know!  I am still in need of a director!  The musical is called A Plane Ol' Mission Trip and is about a group of children traveling to a summer mission trip, when they get stuck at the airport---- with NO WIFI (the horror!). It is hilarious, the music is catchy, and we will all learn a valuable lesson by the end of it.  If you have ever though about being a part of our musicals, this is the one to join!  



Many opportunities await you!



, Logos Youth will lead the final Taize of this sacred Lenten time, so that we may prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week.   

The Flower Team is accepting donations for Holy week flowers and palms.  Suggested donation amount is 5-10 dollars.  Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at paulagriggs32@gmail.com or 443-510-6687.   
CEDAW with Senator Ben Cardin 

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women
TOMORROW! Saturday, April 1, the Social Action and International Committees  will present a forum on "CEDAW" ( Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). CEDAW is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on September 3, 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states. However, the United States has not yet signed on to the Treaty.
The forum will feature presentations by Senior Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and Deborah Wilder, National Social Action Commissioner, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The purpose of the forum is to educate, inform, and explore what actions can be taken by individuals, groups, and organizations in the Anne Arundel Community to eliminate discriminatory policies and practices against women.

This is an opportunity to provide a comprehensive discussion within the Annapolis community on this critical issue. There will be time for Q & A and participant discussion. Materials will be disseminated for further understanding of the CEDAW issues and its full review of the many areas of discrimination against women. The forum will be held:

Date: TOMORROW, Saturday, April 1 2017
Time: 10:00-2:00pm
Location: Severna Park Community Center 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park MD 21146
For additional information contact:
Michelle Schoonmaker, International Chair
Nas Afi, Social Action Chair, socialaction@annapolisalumnaedst.org

Map Key:
Light Green - Party through Signature and ratification
Dark Green - Party through accession or succession
Yellow -Only signed
Red - Non-signatory
Youth Fundraiser

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the April 28th Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser! Our current 5th grade through college-age youth are raising funds for summer mission trips and have a wonderful night planned for you!   The event will include a spaghetti and meatball dinner, live music, a craft sale, a services silent auction, an Ark and Dove Trivia game, video booth, and more! Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased in advance at Sunday services or by emailing nicolehowe123@gmail.com.  Cost is $10 per adult, $7 for ages 3-11, while ages 3 and under are free.  Seating times will be 5:30 or 7:00. It's going to be "sauce-some" and "noodles" of fun for all ages!  We hope you will join us!

Immigration and Refugee Forums

IMMIGRATION & MISSION FORUM The President's Executive Order on Immigration and refugees changed, overnight, the reality of life in the USA for immigrants -- both documented and undocumented. Please join Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad for a special forum -- in English and designed for church members -- on immigration changes with lawyer Waleska Casiano. Waleska has been the volunteer at our monthly free immigration clinics for the local Hispanic community. A local immigration attorney, Waleska has witnessed first-hand the immediate changes that have come.  She will cover the long-reaching implications of the order's changes and how it has already impacted the immigrant  community, with an eye for how the Presbyterian congregation's mission committee and members might be able to help. The Immigration Session will be held on Friday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church. Questions? Please contact Laura Willoughby, 410-507-7129, laura@laurajanewilloughby.com. Thank you!

REFUGEE FORUM, Tuesday April 4, 6:30-8:00 You are invited to a special forum on church-based refugee work, featuring team leaders from First Annapolis, Harundale, and Woods Memorial. Mary Stuart Kempton, Sheila Breuer, and Kathy Lohff have led refugee welcoming teams in their respective congregations and are generously sharing their experience with us. If you want to learn more about what working with refugees as a part of a church community is really like, please come to the forum and bring your questions! We will be meeting in the Ark and Dove room. Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com   
Equipping the Saints


EQUIPPING THE SAINTS Calling all elders, deacons, team leads, and those individuals who want to get involved! Please join us for Equipping the Saints training on Wednesday, April 5th, from 6:30-8:30, in the Marshall Room. Our topic for discussion will be "Leading Group Prayer."  Chipotle will be provided for dinner.  You can sign up in the lobby; childcare will be provided upon request. Please contact Sam Dewey with any questions: samanthadewey@gmail.com.


CAP WEST COUNTY'S FOOD PANTRY The CAP food pantry needs volunteers in two areas:
  • Food Lion Pick-Up.  We're looking for someone to pick up donated baked goods and deli items from the Food Lion in Piney Orchard (8741 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton) on Tuesday mornings and take them to the CAP Food Pantry (Severn UMC, 1215 Old Camp Meade Road, Severn).  Pick-up is between 9:30-10:30 am and generally consists of 3-5 medium sized boxes of food. 
  • Substitutes to Carry Bags/Boxes of Food.  We need 2-3 individuals to fill in when our regularly scheduled carriers are not available.  This is the most physically demanding volunteer position and requires able-bodied volunteers to carry bags/boxes of groceries out to the clients' cars.  Individuals must be able to repeatedly carry 25-35 pounds up 10 steps and out to the parking lot. 
The Food Lion pick-up need is a result of CAP volunteer Buford Hansberger stepping down after many years of service.  Buford is 87, and we are grateful for his dedication to CAP.  To help or to get more information, contact Greg Makar (GLMakar@juno.com, 301-483-8255).

CAP WEST COUNTY'S FOOD PANTRY Featured item for March is RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, brown basmati, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!   
The ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING SPECIAL OFFERING is collected during Lent and funds three distinct and important programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; Presbyterian Hunger Program; and Self Development of People (SDOP).  A portion of the funds collected are returned for use in our local community. In 2016, the local SDOP committee funded the following organizations: 
  • Jubilee Arts is a well-known organization in West Baltimore.  Youth In Business is a project that SDOP funded in the past, and we are honored to be able to fund their project in 2016 to expand their products.  The Presbytery awarded them $1,000.
  • Glenwood Life Recovery Garden is a community garden in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood.  Several congregations have worked with them to establish the garden and now they wish to hire a part-time Youth Works manager (from the community) and begin selling produce at the Farmer's Market. The Presbytery awarded them $3,000.
  • Baltimore Youth Organizing Project has also been funded by SDOP in year's past.  The goal of BYOP is to develop and organize the collective voice of young people in Baltimore City.  They partner with another past recipient, No Boundaries Coalition and work closely with Jubilee Arts.  The Presbytery awarded them $1,000.
  • Youth Empowerment Summer Camp is another exciting project in Woodbourne-McCabe.  Various congregations as well as The Center partner with this neighborhood association to provide a three week summer camp experience for their young folks. The Presbytery awarded them $3,000. *
I hope that you can incorporate giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing into your Lenten practice! Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com

* source: January 30, 2017 issue of Tidings (Presbytery of Baltimore's newsletter)
Spring Fever

IT'S SPRING! Spring means time for spring cleaning and the refreshing of our facilities. A BIG thank you goes out to Sarah Salkeld and Ryan Stavely for helping to rake leaves in a couple of our garden beds, and to Al Furlow for cutting some trees earlier this week.
There are always things that need to be done to keep our building and property looking the best it can for ourselves and our visitors -- my list grows bigger every day. In order to accomplish this list, I am asking that you consider giving some of your time to Ark and Dove. Nearly all the maintenance and upkeep of our building happens through volunteers. Even if you only have an hour to give at an odd time in the week, your contribution will be welcome. Whether you prefer to paint a wall inside, mulch a garden outside, do heavy manual labor, or methodically organize a closet -- I have jobs for you. If you are willing and able to help enhance the appearance and operations of our facility, please contact me, Rob Yeager, Facilities Elder, facilities@arkanddove.org. 
Stephen Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY Last April I was commissioned as a Stephen Minister after months of training. After participating in the training and helping to establish this ministry at Ark and Dove, I felt called to become a leader. Earlier this year, I was privileged to attend Stephen Leader training. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to meet and network with many other new Stephen Leaders and receive extensive training in care receiving. I'm excited to join Kelly Burnett and our pastors in leading this ministry.
What is Stephen Ministry? some of you may be asking. Stephen Ministry is a way congregations can provide high-quality care and outreach to hurting people in the congregation and community.  Stephen Ministers are congregation members who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care. Stephen Ministers care for those dealing with grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, financial struggles, loneliness, convalescence, terminal illness and many other life difficulties.
Ark and Dove has a group of trained ministers who are prepared to walk with congregation members who are hurting. We are hoping to train our next group of ministers next fall, look for announcements about informational meetings later this spring. If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry, how it works, about receiving care or becoming a minister, please feel free to contact me (Laurie Barrow, barrowfl@aol.com) or Kelly Burnett (KellyB327@aol.com), either of us will be happy to discuss this program with you.
Deacons' Corner

The DEACON ALL-CALL is rescheduled for this Sunday, April 2.  The Deacons will be reaching out to the congregation to see how everyone is doing!  Be on the lookout that afternoon for a call from your deacon.  

To support even more reaching out among the congregation, this Sunday will also be NAME TAG SUNDAY at the worship services. 

Prayer Concerns

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

for Colin Connally; Adrienne and Zach Murray; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Mike Davie's stepmother, Reverend Kathleen Davie; Lori Kronser; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Adell Gaurin; Joshua Anthis; Rob Yeager's mother, Rebekah Jennings; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Dot Forloines; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's parents, Paul and Mimi Marchand; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Janet Dabbs' sister, Diane Maloy; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Laura Doughty's cousin; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Grant Kirby; Denise Grassel and Denise's co-worker; Lindsey Hoxie and family; Jason Ziegler; Alex Hansen; Kristy Walcutt; John Massone; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND STRENGTH go out to a mother in treatment for addiction; a brother who is looking for a full-time job; Steve Downs, who is dealing with career challenges; Katie Gaurin's boyfriend who is entering the Navy; and Zach Rosenthal, who is joining the Marines.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the healing of Alta Paronto's father, Bob Haight, and Pat Stanton's Uncle Hallie, Aunt Evelyn, and infant nephews, Andy and Eli. 

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND UNDERSTANDING for the family and friends of Glen Nelson. 
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.    
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