The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

All are invited to reflect and prepare, during this season of Lent, with communion this Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent!

Daily Lenten devotions can be found here.

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Last Sunday night, we held a listening session during our high school youth group. A listening session is a small group conversation that intends to identify issues people are commonly concerned about in their communities. To that end, I asked our youth: "What is one specific change that would make life better for you or your family in your school, community or neighborhood?" 

I was deeply moved by the ensuing discussion. Some talked about feeling unsafe at school. Others talked about drug use all around them. Some talked about depression and mental health. Others talked about peer pressure and performance anxiety. There is a lot to be changed in their lives. I asked them, "Do you think you can change these things?" They said, "It will take a long time, but yes."

One of the things that troubled me was that many of the youth felt like adults don't listen to them. It reminded me of Paul's counsel to Timothy, "Let no one despise your youth." The church can be and often is a place where our youth are listened to. This is due to the many youth leaders in our congregation who love and support them. I invite you to take time to listen to our youth and uplift them in their lives. They are wise. They are not the church of the future, they are the church of now. They can effectively lead us into the future God has for us. Are we listening?

One way we support our youth and youth leaders is through fundraising for their summer mission and discipleship opportunities. Please consider supporting them through their giving. Also, mark your calendars for a great fundraising event on April 28th!




But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. - Jeremiah 31:33-34

Prayer from Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
    and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
    a sinner when my mother conceived me.

You desire truth in the inward being;
    therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
    and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and sustain in me a willing spirit.



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Please join us this Sunday as the choir sings the first movement of Vivaldi's Gloria! You will not want to miss this incredible work!! On Sunday, March 25th, the Adult Choir and our Joyful Noise Youth Choir will combine on a Hosanna anthem for Palm Sunday.  They've all been working hard, and it shows!



every Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Palm Sunday
March 25, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday
March 29, 7:30 pm
Good Friday
March 30, 7:30 pm
Resurrection of the Lord / Easter
April 1, 9:30 am & 11:00 am

EQUIPPING THE SAINTS Leading through Listening As Ark and Dove engages more and more in our community, we need to be better informed as to what our community lacks, as well as what our community is searching for. This happens through listening. On Wednesday April 4th, our next Equipping the Saints class will participate in listening sessions.  We are living in an era of rapid change in our country, but also in our neighborhoods.  The more in-tune we are with those changes, the better a church community we can be.  All are invited at 6:30 for dinner, followed by lessons from Pastor Tim and Pastor Jon from 7:00-8:30.  Childcare can be provided. Please contact Steve Debus,
EASTER FLOWERS DONATIONS The Flower Team is accepting donations for palms and flowers for the Easter service.  Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars.  Forms are available in the lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at  443-510-6687  or  

If you're interested in serving as a greeter for either the 9:30 or 11:00 service, please reach out to Scott Howe at 410-868-3676 or on email at scottspe1@comcast.  No experience is needed!  Thank you for considering! Scott Howe,


3:00 p.m. March 25, 2018
Tickets on sale at the door, $10. 
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church

CAN WE COUNT ON YOU? Do you prefer doing things behind the scenes, staying out of the limelight?  Can you spare 20 minutes after worship service on a Sunday, just once a month?  The Administration Ministry is in need of some additional people to count the Sunday offerings.  You choose the dates and which service to count after; there are always two people counting, so you're never alone.  This is an easy way to help support Ark and Dove.  Want to know more?  Contact Wendy Wellington, Administration Elder:, 410-923-3814 (Where to find me at church: Adult Choir - 9:30 service; Sunday School - 11:00 service).      
As a part of One Great Hour of Sharing, one third of the proceeds go towards the Self-Development of People and helping organizations like Jubilee Arts. Jubilee Arts is a community organization providing arts classes to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods in Baltimore. With its Youth in Business program, it strives to teach high school students how to produce high-quality art and run a successful business as a team, with courses such as Ceramics and Graphic Design, and with special emphasis on teaching strategies of long-term economic success and sustainability. Help contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing. Contribute to making your community a brighter place. Anthony Saylor,       
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for March is RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, basmati, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!        
BOOK/MEDIA DONATIONS SOUGHT Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church seeks book donations (please no magazines, encyclopedias or Readers' Digest condensed books), along with DVDs, CDs, or computer games for its annual Used Book & Media Sale. Boxed or securely bagged donations can be left on the church's front porch (covered walkway facing Crofton Pkwy.), or loose books can be placed in the big beige bin (same location). Leave donations "24/7"; volunteers take books inside throughout the week (collecting until April 20, 2018). Tax donation receipts available in the bin. Can't haul your donations? Contact the office: 410-721-2313. Proceeds from this sale support Prince of Peace's mission projects such as the Crofton Christian Caring Council, Sarah's House, Light House Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. For additional information, visit (click Events and scroll down to the book sale information or call the church office at (410) 721-2313. 
Antiracism and Social Equity
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE Recently a group of Ark and Dovers went to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC. This Smithsonian Museum opened in 2016 and has been visited by over 2.5 million people. The entrance is free, though advanced time entry tickets are usually required. The impressive three-tiered structure draws from African and African American themes. With its location on the mall, it is in view of some iconic structures in DC built by enslaved black people. In our half day there, we took in the first of three floors of historical exhibits, which focuses on the slave trade and the history of enslavement in the U.S. We took a break from history and moved to the exhibits on African American music and other expressive arts. Blues, jazz, swing, rock and roll, funk, R&B,  hip-hop, rap -- there is something that will bring back memories for everyone. Though we came away with a richer and more nuanced view of our American history and culture, it still is difficult to understand how a country of primarily Christians, who espoused equality, could engage in what Jim Wallis calls "America's Original Sin." We plan to return to see more of African American history and culture in the future. We hope you will visit as well. Linnie Girdner,, and Jan Hof,

Seven of the Little Rock Nine meeting at the home of Daisy Bates, March 1958 
WAKING UP WHITE Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis this Sunday, March 18th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  Her book is recommended by Presbytery, and those of us who studied it grew in our understanding of systemic racism and white privilege.  Tickets are available online, and carpools can be arranged (please contact Paula Sparks,   
ADVOCACY TRAINING CONFERENCE Join us April 20 for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.   Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in our country and abroad. In plenaries and workshops we will analyze our current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to address these urgent issues. We will learn how we build a unified public witness of subversive love amidst the abuse and hatred running rampant in our country. Questions? Please contact Debbie Arey,     

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection 
A memorial service for Tanner Lenox (July 3, 2006 to March 13, 2018) will be held this Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm, at Ark and Dove, followed by a reception.

Henry Dulaney Duncan Jr.
August 8, 1929 - January 26, 2018

On Joy and Laughter Sunday, April 8, 12:20 pm, Ark and Dove will hold an informal memorial service to celebrate the life of Henry Duncan.

Henry Duncan was a husband, father, grandfather and friend.  His love of his family, friends, church and country was evident every day.  After high school in 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy.  When he left the Navy in 1954, he joined the National Security Agency as a cryptologist until his retirement in 1984. 
Henry and his wife Irene were charter members of Ark and Dove.  Their contributions are seen throughout the church both inside and outside.  They were a wonderful couple and are greatly missed.  Henry was a very hard worker with a great sense of humor.  Henry and Irene led the effort to building and varnishing all of the cabinets that are now in the Sheppard, Nursery, Prentice-Whitman, and Witherspoon rooms, and in the former Cribbery room.  Henry was a perfectionist on the cabinets and you needed to prove yourself to work on the project, ask Jane for more on this.  Irene led the volunteer work on adding landscaping to our grounds. 
Henry served the church as a Deacon, caring for the members of the congregation.  He genuinely cared about everyone and wanted to know how they were doing.  He loved to talk and more importantly, listed to everyone.  He loved children.  He was there during the early years when Vacation Bible School was on the church property before there was a building. 
As you walk through the church there are memories of Henry.  Most Sundays, when they were not in their RV touring the country, Henry was the greeter at the front door.   As you walk in the Sanctuary you see the cross and communion table that Henry and Irene commissioned for the church.  Like many of us, Henry had his seat and wanted to get in early before anyone sat in it.  Henry loved fellowship time, both the sweet treats and time to talk to everyone.   He brought meals for Sarah's House dinners, flipped pancakes at breakfast meals and quietly did many things that we will never know.  Henry had a great sense of humor.  During the Christmas holiday, he would wear one red and one green sock to church and make sure that everyone saw them.  The next week he wore the matching set. 
Henry was a Boy Scout in his youth and continued as a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.  We miss our friend as we celebrate his life.

- Linda Lewis 
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Brooks Emrick's sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown's sister, Kathie; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; the Murrays; Ruth; Clarence Duffy; Ashton Milcalski; Brandi Spradling; Karen Dodson; Bill Champagne; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Hollis Butterworth; Brooke Berry's father, John Calhoun; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Charles Lawrence; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Mary Beckwith; Bob Johns; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; 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; two granddaughters; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Mary Benson's mother and brother; Edie and Richard Budd; Don Johnson; Dillon; Brianna Lapp; the Nishikawa family; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Rev. Ed Geigen's son, Micah; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.  
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Lenox family on the death of Tanner Lenox.
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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