The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

Sunday, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Sunday, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm from February 21 to March 21
Wear your blue this Sunday! The first Sunday in Lent is designated "Wear your blue top/shirt/sweater to church Sunday" as a testament of one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference. Any blue will do!  Blue is the color of the tarps that cover so many temporary shelters of those who have needed assistance, due to natural disasters, displacement from war, and other tragedies. One Great Hour of Sharing supports disaster recovery efforts in the United States and around the world. Together let's tell the story of hope out of chaos.     

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

With Ash Wednesday (and Valentine's Day) now behind us, we are officially in the season of Lent. The Lenten season is a 40-day period of self-examination and self-discipline that intends to focus us on our faith journey. It is a time to prepare ourselves to once again hear that good news we proclaim on Easter Sunday.

One of the great benefits of Lent is being part of a community where individuals are each making concerted efforts to grow in relation to God and neighbor. Together, we can encourage one another in spiritual practices that expand our hearts for God and others. I invite you to join others in this congregation to grow in the grace and peace of the Jesus way.

This Lent, we are focusing on some ancient Christians who entered the desert and encountered God. They have much to say to us today. There is still time to join a Lenten small group. Here, you may discover new ways to experience God through one another. Please contact me if you have any questions about these groups.

Beginning next week, join us Wednesday nights at 7 pm for a meditative worship experience called Taize. These services are about 20-25 minutes each. Each Sunday, Pastor Tim and I will reflect on some ancient Christian wisdom about how to live faithfully now. Finally, daily devotions are available via e-mail (contact, if you want to be added to the email list). These devotions reflect on ancient Christian sayings from desert monastics and Scripture.

This Sunday, wear blue to show your support for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that supports disaster recovery efforts. 

This Lenten season, let us grow together in faith and charity.



And the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. - Mark 1:12 
God of stillness and silence: We have made much distraction and noise in our lives. It is often hard to discern your presence. In this Lenten season, help us to carve out time and space where there is a break in the busyness, a calm in the chaos of our days. Meet us there. Call us out even into those difficult places--those deserts, those wildernesses--that we might work out our faith with intention. Grant us the willingness and the courage to take your summons seriously. Send your Spirit upon us, that we might be driven into the places we need to go. Amen.


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Join us this Sunday as we present a beautiful choir anthem. We will be joined by the guitar, bass, piano, mandolin and violin.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Lenten Devotions and Worship

We are putting out daily devotions for Lent by email. If you would like to receive these devotions please sign up in the lobby or send an email to
TAIZE CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP Many teams in our church will be pooling their talents together to once again offer contemplative worship services during Lent. The services will be based on the simple and beautiful service pioneered in Taize, France.  With its calming music and quiet time for meditation, each service provides a midweek venue to stop, reflect, and re-center yourself as we journey together through Lent. Each of the services will start at 7 and will last no longer than 30 minutes. Questions? Contact Ryan Stavely (
WHERE GOD HAPPENS: A LENTEN EXPLORATION Often the question is, "Where is God?" Maybe the better question is, "Where does God happen?" That is the question we will explore during Lent this year. For answers, we are looking to some ancient Christians known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers. They teach us how to find God even when we feel we are lost in a desert or wilderness. Daily meditations on "desert sayings" and scripture will be available to deepen your Lenten journey. Small groups will read together Rowan Williams' Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another. Books will be sold at church and are available online. Please sign-up for a group in the lobby or by contacting Pastor Jon. Groups will meet beginning the week of February 18 on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday and Friday evenings. Join us as we see where God happens this Lent!
  • Sundays, 10:45 am, February 18 - March 18. Contact: Betsy Baer, Marshall Room
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am, February 21 - March 21. Contact: Jon Nelson, Ark and Dove Room
  • Thursdays, 6:30 pm, February 22 - March 22. Contact: Tim Stern, At the home of Kelly and Tim Stern (soup and salad).
  • Fridays, 7:00 pm, February 23 - March 23. Contact: Shelley Franklin, At the home of Shelley and James Franklin, 305 Linden Shade Court, Millersville.
  • Saturdays, 9:00 am, February 24 and March 10 & 24. Contact: Kim Champagne, Ark and Dove Room
PCUSA'S CHIEF ADVOCATE Woods Church, in Severna Park, has invited Ark & Dove members and friends to hear and meet Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office of Public Witness on March 4th. The Rev. Hawkins will preach at Wood's 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 morning services. Following the 11:00 service, we are invited to have lunch and attend a workshop led by Rev. Hawkins. But we must sign up! The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in Ark & Dove's lobby. Please contact Shelley Franklin,, for more information. 
Children and Youth
LOGOS TRAINING Ark and Dove LOGOS is co-hosting a LOGOS training with Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Colombia.  The training will consist of 2.5 hours that focuses on "Resources and Networking."  During the training we will discuss the reasons we do LOGOS, best practices, as well as sharing our ideas for each of the four parts.  Childcare and light snacks will be provided. March 3rd, 9:45-12:30, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Please RSVP Laura at  or 235-312-1656. Please specify if you require childcare.  
GENON YOUTH SUMMIT 2018 We're gearing up for another great week at GenOn Youth Summit 2018! Summit is an annual national gathering where   high school youth, college aged young adults, and adults come together to grow in our faith and have a TON of fun! We will hold an information meeting soon to discuss all of the details, but we wanted you to get the important dates on your calendar NOW. Summit will take place from July 15th through 21st at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Any questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Burnett ( 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Sharing Resources and Changing Lives A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor, and people who are dealing with oppression in our society. One third of the offering goes to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Whether providing relief from the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico, Florida, and Mexico, the fires in California, or the earthquakes in Mexico and on the border of Iran and Iraq, your generosity to One Great Hour of Sharing brings renewed hope and joy in the wake of disaster and its aftermath. In the next few weeks, you will hear more about One Great Hour of Sharing and how your donations can tell the story of hope out of chaos. Don't forget to wear your blue to church this Sunday! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder,
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for February is SOUP (tomato soup in carton, mushroom soup in carton, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!       
Antiracism and Social Equity
MEETING OF OPPORTUNITIES The Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team will be meeting on Sunday, Feb. 18th after the second service (@ 12:15pm) to discuss plans for 2018. This will include ideas for forums, small groups, and special events. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. Sign up on the bulletin board or email Linnie Girdner at or Paula Sparks at We will meet in the Marshall Room.  
THE ANTI-RACISM AND SOCIAL EQUITY TEAM  will be meeting on Sunday, Feb. 18th after the second service in the Marshall Room to discuss plans for 2018. Everyone is welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch. No sign-up required. Questions: Contact Linnie Girdner at  or Paula Sparks at
Feb. 17 - Feb. 25 several showings. A Special Documentary entitled Bates: Center of Excellence, Memories of Bates' Teachers will be shown at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis. Come learn about the only high school for black students in the entire county during segregation. The event is free, but REGISTRATION is required.  
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. Tuskegee airman, Colonel Charles McGee at the Odenton Library 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD. Colonel Charles McGee, a highly decorated Tuskegee pilot, will be visiting our library to talk about his life, including a record of 409 fighter combat missions. More info .
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Family Day: Celebrating Frederick Douglass at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD. Families with children of all ages can stop by the museum to celebrate the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass through fun, guided tours and arts & crafts activities.  Snacks will be provided. Click here  for more info.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. Arias and Shanties at Asbury United Methodist Church. Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) and the Annapolis Opera present a powerful concert with selections from opera and Negro spirituals, woven together by a poignant historical narrative. Click here for tickets ($25.00; $15.00 for students) and more info.
Other events can be found at Capital Gazette and  AACC

Outreach and Connection

FRIENDLY SENIORS INVITE THE CHURCH Come join the Friendly Seniors to see Frankenstein (adapted from the Mary Shelley novel) at the Bowie Community Theatre on Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. We will be taking reservations after church services on February 18 and 25.  If we get a group of 10 or more the price per person drops to only $15.00!  Money will be due by March 1 to purchase tickets as a group.  See the sign-up, with details and individual prices, on the flier in the lobby.  For more information please contact Joan Berry, 410-672-5237, or
Deacons Corner

DEACON ALL-CALL The deacon ministry is based on compassion, witness, and service. That includes the call to serve anyone in distress: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless and those burdened by unfair policies and structures. At Ark & Dove each deacon is assigned a portion of the congregation according to last name. More information about the deacon ministry and the current assignments are on the Ark & Dove website (under About). There are brochures in the lobby, as well. Once a year the deacons try to speak with everyone in the congregation. This year's Deacon All-Call is scheduled for Sunday, February 25, beginning early in the afternoon. Please keep an ear out that afternoon for a call from your deacon. Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons, 
Prayer Concerns

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

for Joy Dabbs; Carol and Dick Baily; Brooke Berry's father, John Calhoun; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Charles Lawrence; Marcia Bussey; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Mary Beckwith; Nicole Howe's aunt, Linda; Bob Johns; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; 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; Charlotte Davie's sister, Ann; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Tawes Dewyngaert; Archer and Honor Bauman's grandmother, Jackie; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo, and friend, Susan; a granddaughter; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Victoria Saylor; Mary Benson's mother and brother; Richard Budd; Don Johnson; Barbara's grandmother; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.  
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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