E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

   HOLY WEEK      
Good Friday 
TONIGHT, April 14, 7:30 pm 

Easter/Resurrection of the Lord
April 16, 9:30 am and 11:00 am 

Joy and Laughter/Care of Creation Sunday
April 23, 9:30 am and 11:00 am


Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Last night we set the sanctuary in a circle around the communion table. We watched and listened to Jesus washing his disciples' feet. We shared a communion meal together. It was good to be back among this circle of friends.
We departed in silence and walked into this Good Friday. As I reflect on the suffering of Jesus on this day, I cannot help but think of those who echo his cry today: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" On this holy day, we remember that Jesus entered into the darkness, horror, pain, and loss of this world. Our faith tells us God goes to hellish depths to help us. Let us remember this today.

This day is not without hope. We know that there is a light that dissipates the darkness. There is a love that trumps hate. There is a life that overcame death. That is what we celebrate this Easter. I invite you to join us in joyful celebration this Sunday. Let me tell you, the music will be fantastic! Come sing and celebrate with us at 9:30 and 11 am. Bring family and friend, this is a joyous occasion. I look forward to seeing you!

Pastor Jon 


My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. -Psalm 22:1-5
But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. -Matthew 28:5-8


God of resurrection: At times, our sufferings are too much. Our fear is often too real. The weight of darkness and death is oppressive. And yet, we know that out of suffering came salvation. We know that fear turned to hope. We know that light broke the dark, and death was overcome by life. God of life, let us live out of the hope and joy of Easter. With all that we are, let us worship you--the God who saves! Amen.


Please join us this evening for our Good Friday service.  The music is so moving, and will be lead by our choir, piano and strings.  On Easter Sunday morning, we will be joined by the trumpet, French horn, trombone and flute, in addition to our strings and piano.  The music is going to be incredible! And as always, we will invite you up to the sing the " Hallelujah Chorus" with us at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services.  Happy Easter, friends!




Many opportunities await you!



  Quarterly Giving Statements are now available in the lobby.  Please pick yours up today.  If you would rather not receive quarterly statements, please contact Wendy Wellington, Administration Ministry Elder, swt520@verizon.net, 410-923-3814.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING As we move from the somber, reflective time of Lent into the joyous Easter season, please consider making a gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. If you've already given to this important offering, thank you. Also, thanks to the children who have diligently filled their fish banks; we appreciate your generosity! You have enabled the hungry around the nation and the world to be fed; assisted those struggling with the aftermath of disasters; and empowered people to improve their lives through the Self Development of People. Our gifts join with those made by congregations around the country to lift up those in need and "loose the bonds of injustice" (Isaiah 58). There are dedicated envelopes for the One Great Hour offering that can be found in the sanctuary, or you may give online via our website. With thanks, Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com 

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. Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com.   
CAP WEST COUNTY'S FOOD PANTRY Featured item for April is CEREAL (raisin bran, grape nuts, muesli, kashi, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations! 
Coming Soon! Small Groups

The Six Marks of Discipleship will be the topic of Pastor Tim's workshop on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm. New members and anyone who has not yet learned about these six time-tested marks of living your faith are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Tim Stern at timsstern@gmail.com.
Word by Word will continue to be the topic in the Spirited Sisters Group, led by Kim Champagne. Open to men and women, the group will meet on Saturdays at 9 am on April 29 and May 13. The words for the first meeting are Receive and Enjoy. The group will decide together on the words for the second meeting. You need not have participated in the Lenten Study to join in. Let Kim know if you want to borrow a book or if you have any questions at kim.champagne@gmail.com.
Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis, by experts from World Relief, will be the focus of a new small group in response to the congregation's interest and activity in supporting refugees. Facilitated by Linnie Girdner, this group will meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm on April 25, May 9, and May 23 to read the first half of the book. The second half will be the topic for a fall small group. (Signing up for the spring group does not commit you to the fall group.) Contact: Linnie at Lkgirdner@comcast.net.
Presbyterian 101 is the offering led by Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com, Tuesdays at 7pm on May 2, 9, and 16 in the Marshall Room. Are you wondering what it means to be a Presbyterian? Please sign up in the lobby to join in this light and interactive study on being Presbyterian.
  • May 2: What's our story? (Presbyterian History)
  • May 9: What do we believe? (Presbyterian Theology)
  • May 16: How are we organized? (Presbyterian Polity)
Youth Fundraiser

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER The April 28th Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is just around the corner! Our current 5th grade through college-age youth are planning a wonderful night for you! Dinner will include salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs, drinks, and sherbet. Our very own talented youth will play live dinner music for you too! There's going to be 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. Please buy your tickets soon for Lotsa Pasta at a Low Costa!
YARD SALE Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm It's time for the annual church yard sale! Proceeds will go toward youth summer mission trips. We welcome your gently used clothing & shoes, various household items, books, DVDs, toys, games, and working electronic items. Donations may be brought to the Calvin Room one week prior to the sale beginning on Sunday, April 30 after the 11:00 service. Please contact Amy Tardiff itsmemim@gmail.com with questions about the sale. 
Prayer Concerns

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

for Colin and Christian Connally; Bob Johns; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Lori Kronser; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; 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 mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Laura Doughty's cousin; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Grant Kirby; Lindsey Hoxie and family; Jason Ziegler; Alex Hansen; Kristy Walcutt; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn, niece, Susan and friend, Debbie; Charlotte and Mike Davies' friends, Carol Scholl and Ramie Sakel; the Solano family; Sue Hanburger's friend, Kim; Rose Kearny; Remus Mayo; Nishikawa's friend, Drew DeArmond; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Marchand and Stancil families and Helene Marchand-Stancil on the death of Helene's father Paul.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Murray and Arey families on the death of Adrienne's and Zach's son Elijah Mark.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Walcutt and Massone families on the death of John Massone.

from Kim, Sue Hanburger's friend, whose biopsy results were negative.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE from the Stavely family, Ryan Stavely's grandmother, Agnes, has been released from the hospital. 
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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