Good Friday and Easter Sunday
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Good Friday , April 19, 7:00 pm
Easter: Resurrection of the Lord , April 21, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Joy and Laughter Sunday , April 28, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

We are living the Christian drama in real time. Many Christian holidays celebrate this or that happening in Judaeo-Christian history throughout the year. But when we enter Holy Week, we live into a pattern of hours and days experienced by Christ and those who circled his orbit.

On Maundy Thursday, we entered a room where Jesus prepared supper for his disciples. Last night, we washed feet and partook in supper. We left not with a good word (a benediction), but the bad word of Jesus' betrayal.

Today we spend our week's end with the dark realization that Jesus spent hours on some Friday suffering on a Roman cross. He spoke a set of seven words on that day, on that cross. I invite you to contemplate them tonight during our Good Friday service at 7 pm. Spend at least an hour this day contemplating the cross and the Christ who died upon it.

Saturday was a day of grief for the first disciples, and it is a day of anticipation for disciples today. Those first followers of Jesus sat in the first waves of grief that Sabbath day: shock, horror, emptiness, surges of anger. We do well to consider the realities of many for whom evil has won and endures. What does hope look like in loss?

On this side of the resurrection, we have a hope that was not known in real time. Still, we do well to go through those movements of Holy Week: love, betrayal, denial, suffering, death, mourning, and finally resurrection. Easter morning is something different when we have contemplated the night that preceded it. I pray that resurrection hope surprises you, that you come to experience the light of life in an extraordinary way. May dawn scatter your darkness and buds burst out of cold ground. There is a new life beyond the grave, and it can transform everyday.

Come celebrate Easter with us this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Holy Week and Easter Blessings,
Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer
Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb...
-John 19:41-20:1
God of life: there are powers in this world that oppress. There is evil that overshadows. There is death that overwhelms. You confront power, evil, and death in Christ. You have defeated them. And so we know that there is love that frees us from the powers that be. There is good that overcomes evil. There is resurrection from death. This is our Easter hope. May we believe it, live it, and proclaim it. Amen.
Joy and Laughter Sunday!
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Heaven! Heaven who?
Heaven seen you in ages!

If you rolled with laughter (like the stone that rolled away from Jesus' tomb), or if you think you can do better (we'll see!) then send in your jokes (pronto!) to Pastor Jon ( for Joy and Laughter Sunday, April 21.

What! Are you waiting for an Ark to get in your submission? Because I Noah guy.
Good Friday's service will utilize musical from Estonia, England and America. The service begins with Arvo Pärt's " Spiegel im Spiegel", a minimalist piece of music written in  tintinnambular style, or where one part uses slow moving variations on a single scale, while the other part collaborates with broken chords or triads. The title means "mirror in the mirror" and refers to infinity mirrors, which produce an infinity of images reflected by parallel plane mirrors. Nicole Rumeau will sing Samuel Barber's "The Crucifixion", a powerful expression of Mary's rational to the sight of Christ on the Cross. The service music will conclude with the choir's rendition of John Stainer's "God So Loved the World", which we used in service a few weeks ago, but is especially apt on Good Friday.

On Easter Sunday, the choir is joined by several instrumentalists in the joyous celebration of Christ's resurrection. Prelude music includes works by Bach and Natalie Sleeth, as well as an arrangement of Marty Sampson et al's worship tune, "Praise the Name" (Anastásis). We continue with Molly Ijames' setting of "When Morning Gilds the Skies." The creative accompaniment and slowly blooming of this arrangement helps us to visualise the sunrise. Philip Stopford's joyful setting of "Christ the Lord is Risen Again" abounds with energetic alleluias. The singable nature of this anthem may mean that you walk away with this tune in your ear for the week! We close with Händel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from the Messiah. Those gathered in worship who would like to sing this stalwart of the choral repertory should join the adult choir on the last verse of the preceding hymn.


Director of Music
This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord! The band has three new anthems that we are going to share. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate the love of Jesus!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
Generosity Opportunities
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May grace and peace be yours in abundance! 1 Peter 1:2b


Please join the ACT Gun Violence Reduction and Violence RAT to learn about:

The national Metro IAF campaign that
addresses the public health issue of gun
violence and can make all our communities safer.

Sunday May 5, 2019
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Childcare available.
Mount Olive Community Life Center 2 Hicks Ave, Annapolis, MD

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Temple Shaaray Tefila, NY and Metro IAF organizer/co-chair of Do Not Stand Idly By campaign Bishop Charles Carroll, New Deliverance Creations Ministries, ACT member and Chair, Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Join other ACT members to find out how ACT, and our local elected leaders and police organizations can join together with gun manufacturers and dealers to commit to gun safety technologies and foolproof distribution practices. Learn what Metro IAF and affiliates are doing to prevent illegal gun sales and lower gun violence and increase safety for our children.

PLEASE RSVP TO Cheryl Walcutt,
Our Church Home
Help Needed!
The Facilities ministry is desperate for team leaders and volunteers. It takes many hands to keep our facilities and property in adequate condition to host the many Ark and Dove , and outside group events every week. 

  • Do you enjoy working outdoors? We need a Grounds Team leader to coordinate the mowing schedule, and work with volunteers to do regular maintenance for our flower beds and rain garden.
  • Do you have an interest in Security? The newly formed Safety and Security Team needs a leader to help coordinate an analysis of the property and create a structure for the team. 
  • Do you want to help but don’t know where? All of the facilities teams could use more members.

If any of these opportunities interest you, or you would simply like more information, please contact Rob Yeager
Fellowship Snacks Clean-up
If you attend the 11:00 service on Sundays and are willing to help clean up our fellowship snack table around 12:30, please contact Nicole Howe ( We'd really appreciate your discipleship!
Christian Education
Parents Night Out!
On Friday, April 26th from 6:00 to 9:30 pm, your children can receive loving care, enjoy a yummy dinner (that you do not have to prepare!), and participate in fun activities! You can enjoy a night out and have good feeling inside for helping to support our youth group summer mission trips! Register online via
Vacation Bible School
Save the date! Vacation Bible School! July 8 to July 12!
Youth & Young Adult Mission
Salem County Habitat for Humanity
The older youth (16 and above) and young adult mission trip is scheduled for August 4-9, 2019. This year we are traveling to Salem County Habitat for Humanity in southern New Jersey. Please register with Pastor Tim or Don Zielger
Adult Christian Education
Pub Theology
Join us for another round of Pub Theology, May 1, 7 pm at Frisco Tap House. The night's question: is there a place for politics in church? Please contact Pastor Jon,
Bible Basics: Revelation
The Bible is a library. It is hard to know what to read and how to read it. Join us for Bible study. For five weeks this spring, we will focus on the book of Revelation in an effort to learn skills and practices for Bible reading. We will meet Tuesdays at 7-8:30 pm, April 30 to May 28. Need childcare? Let us know. Pastor Jon ( and Kim Champagne ( are organizing. Please RSVP.
Book Club: The Great Divorce
Interested in reading popular fiction and nonfiction that engages Christian faith? Join Ark and Dove's book club. April's book is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. We will meet for lunch on Sunday, May 5. RSVP: Pastor Jon (
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Featured item for March--CEREAL (raisin bran, Grape-Nus, muesli, shredded wheat etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  Thank you for your donations!  
Antiracism and Social Equity
Parenting Forum on Raising Race Conscious Children
Save the date! Sunday May 19th 2-4pm . Learn to talk to your kids about race and racism. We are currently arranging a speaker. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Jen Roman at if you’re interested so we can determine the number of parents and the ages of children who might be attending.
First National Antiracist Book Fair
Saturday April 27 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM First National Antiracist Book Fair at The American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC . This event is being hosted by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center founded by Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning. "This free community book festival brings nationally renowned authors to engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from how to improve racial diversity in children's literature to what it means to be an antiracist public intellectual. The festival also features children’s activities and readings, poetry slams, refreshments and book sales courtesy of Politics & Prose .” More info here . Tickets need to be purchased for some of the main stage events here .
Anne & Emmitt: A One-Act Play
Some of us plan to attend the performance of Janet Langhart Cohen's  Anne & Emmett on Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm at the  Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The one-act play involves an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till. Perhaps you would like to join us. Linnie Girdner, or text/call 410-999-7892.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Marie Shorter; Dot Forloines; Debbie Saylor’s mother, Carol Saylor, and father, Henry Saylor; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Christy Yeager’s mother and father, Linda and Leon Jordan; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Steven Kirby; Corinne Baker; Lori Kronser and her father Cliff Corn; Amy Benson’s friend, Brian Shriner; Tameka Oberman’s grandmother; Nikol Sahai's mother, Marie Krizanova; Kim Schroen; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise and brother, Justin; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother and sister, Judy Walsh; Cheryl Walcutt’s student, Mo Gaba; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Lydia Doughty’s friend, Carley; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie; Ann Hirschy; Frances Keyes; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; David Michels; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Evelyn Ziegler; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Wayne Sweet; Yadong Wei; Laura Talbert’s friend, Kristin Goin; Joan Berry’s daughter-in-law, Camilla; Maxine Dixon and her family; Paula Sparks’ friend, Pat; Donald Hall; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.  

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out the Chen and Steward families on the death of Declan’s grandmother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Forgrave family on the death of Norma's great-granddaughter, Julianna.

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.
The church offices will be closed on Monday, April 22, for Easter.
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