The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

Good Friday, March 30, 7:30 pm
Come to a powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross.

Resurrection of the Lord / Easter, April 1, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Easter Hallelujah chorus at both services. 

detail from Resurrection of Christ by Fra Angelico  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,
The Lenten journey takes us to these holy days. Last night, at our Maundy Thursday service, we heard the stories of the disciples, were led by the band in songs of unity, and shared a communion of solidarity.

Tonight, we contemplate the cross of Christ in a moving presentation led by several members of our community. The choir will lead us in powerful music that will help us reckon with the self-giving love of Jesus Christ.

After the stillness of Holy Saturday, we invite you to rejoice in the truth that death and darkness are overcome by the light of resurrection! Join us at 9:30 and 11:00 am for Easter services that brim with joy and overflow in alleluias. 

Please remember to bring in your fish banks for the One Great Hour of Sharing.

We look forward to joining you in contemplation and celebration this weekend!

In grace and peace, 
Rebecca, Mark, Mondee, Jon and Tim


Peter said, "That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:37-43)

God in Christ Jesus: in these holy days, help us to receive your message anew. Let us be moved by your self-giving love. May we be stirred by your power to raise life from death. Raise within us faith, these days. Build in us courage to go into the deathly places and bring life. Grant us the power of your Spirit to proclaim in word and deed resurrection hope. Amen.  

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Tonight, on this Good Friday, our orchestra and choir will be presenting some incredibly beautiful and dramatic music. I hope that you will be there at 7:30. Pastor Betsy Baer and Pastor Jon have worked really hard on creating this moving service.

On Easter Sunday, we will invite you to join us in singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services. We will have music provided, but please feel free to bring your own copy if you have one. Happy (almost) Easter, friends.   


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING : SHARING RESOURCES AND CHANGING LIVES One Great Hour of Sharing is about disaster relief and helping those who lives are adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. It is about alleviating hunger, and addressing the root causes of poverty so all may be fed. It is about helping people by educating them about their rights to land ownership and improved farming methods. It is about the Self-Development of People, helping people better themselves and help loosen the bonds of injustice. It is about women who were once trafficked for domestic labor and now own their own cooperatives. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. Your gifts mean so much. Thank you. Chery Schafer, Mission Elder,
Outreach and Connection
NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRER'S CLASS Please join us for the New Members/Inquirer's Class on 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 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 signup or by contacting Donna Anderson at or admin@arkand so we can plan for breakfast and childcare. 
BE HEARD! IAF WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU Ark and Dove has pledged to perform 29 Listening Sessions. It will engage up to 290 members of our communities in discussions about pressures facing our families and identify deeply felt community concerns.
Listening Session Campaigns are used to set a grassroots agenda for the Anne Arundel IAF organization and take place through a series of small or large group meetings hosted within member institutions, like Ark and Dove. These discussions will lead to a new collective action agenda for the Anne Arundel County IAF organization.
How can you and your community be heard?
  • Attend a Listening Session at Ark and Dove.
  • Contact Shelley Franklin ( to set up one in your community.
EQUIPPING THE SAINTS Leading through Listening Our neighborhoods, our country and our world are changing at an ever increasing pace, but do we know what the most important issues are in our community?  How are these issues reflected in our family and our congregation? Understanding these concerns and supporting Ark and Dove's mission to be leaders in our community requires that we learn to listen.  You are invited on Wednesday, April 4th to participate in listening sessions.  There is much we can learn from each other and even more as we expand our listening outside the church walls.  Join us starting at 6:30 for dinner followed by lessons from 7:00-8:30 led by Pastor Tim and Pastor Jon.  Childcare is available upon request.  Please contact Steve Debus ( with questions. 
Saturday, April 28th  

Trivia Night hosted by A&D middle and high school youth groups.  

All proceeds to benefit summer mission trips.

Please contact: 
Chloe Salkeld (  
Amy Tardiff ( for details.

CPT GARDEN PROJECT - NEEDED ITEMS & FARM PREP DAYS Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad has started a new, multi-acre farming project, just outside of Annapolis, designed to provide healthy, organic food and self-sufficiency to its member families. It's planting season, and they're looking for a few folks to help work the farm THIS SATURDAY: volunteers will be preparing the land and planting some seeds/plants for a few hours. Come enjoy beautiful vistas at the finca, situated on a beautiful spot of land in St. Margarets. Rendezvous at 9 am at the WaWa off Exit 29a of route 50 on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, the finca project is also looking for donations of tools and organic fertilizers. Can you provide any of the needed items? Follow this LINK to see what's needed and sign up. 
CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is holding its second annual resurrection walk Saturday, March 31, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, First Lutheran Church of Odenton.
The theme this year is "Journey to the Cross," admission is free, and the all-ages event features a walk around 12 stations that teach the biblical passion story.  Activities include:
  • Tasting Passover foods and learning about the Lord's Supper
  • Praying with an olive garden owner who tells about the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Listening to reports about Jesus' resurrection
  • Petting a real donkey
  • One-act play of the trial of Jesus
  • Bake sale and lunch for sale
The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the CAP food pantry. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Greg Makar (, 301-483-8255)
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. 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, please visit (click Events and scroll down to the book sale information or call the church office at (410) 721-2313.     
Antiracism and Social Equity
A.C.T. TO END RACISM On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, of which PCUSA is a member, and its partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.  April 4th will be fifty years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which will be marked by a prayer walk, interfaith service, and RALLY

null AWAKEN oneself to the truth that racism is e
ver-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities.


CONFRONT racism, speak truth to power, and stand up against injustice.


TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.

Let Linnie Girdner know if you plan to attend. or 410-999-7892.


AMERICA'S GOLGOTHA On Palm Sunday Pastor Tim helped us see the connection between the cross and the lynching tree. He added that: "(t)hrough their experience of suffering, African Americans have often found themselves existentially at the foot of Jesus' cross, experiencing his fate, believing that only Jesus understands their lot because he suffered as they have. The point of the cross is not in the end suffering and death; it is rather that love conquers fear."

Showing Up For Racial Justice - FAITH, the faith-based branch of SURJ, has found a way to express that love and to help the aggrieved. It, as well as the congregations that embody its values, "recognize that during Holy Week, Jesus -- a poor, brown, colonized man from an occupied land -- was executed by the Roman Empire with the participation of the Empire's policing system in his arrest, interrogation, torture, and execution. Jesus was targeted and criminalized not only for who he was but also for his refusal to ensure his safety at the expense of others."

"Crucifixion is not an act of salvation, but an act of state-sanctioned violence," says Rev. Anne Dunlap, SURJ Faith Coordinator.  " As white Christians, we make the connections from Jesus's time to our time, to declare that the historical and current crucifixion of Black and brown bodies is not required to keep white people safe and comfortable.  By withdrawing our support as white people from a key form of state violence, ...we can do our part in dismantling white supremacy."

For more information on SURJ-Faith, see their Facebook page or website.

Linnie Girdner
Co-Leader of the Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team


BOOK SIGNING AND CONVERSATION Saturday April 7 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Book signing and conversation on race
featuring Rev. Stephen A. Tillett, author of Stop Falling for the Okeydoke; How the Lie of "Race" Continues to Undermine Our Country
at St. Philips Episcopal Church. Facebook event here .  Rev. Tillett is the President of the Anne Arundel Chapter of the NAACP and Pastor of Asbury Broadneck Methodist Church. Stephen Tillet is on the Strategy Team of IAF.
JUSTICE FOR ALL Saturday April 7, 2018 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Secular Social Justice Conference 2018 at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC. For more information, please see the Secular Social Justice website or their Facebook events page.  

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.

Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick's sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown's sister, Kathie; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Mary Van Orten; Arlyce Lohr; 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; 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; 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; Dann Griffis; Barbara's grandmother; the Miller and May families; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.     
PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the young people and their efforts to change the gun environment and the country at the March for Our Live protest.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Barrow, Beckwith and Sardou families on the death of Laurie Barrow's cousin, Linda Beckwith Sardou.
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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