Christ in the County Preaching Series!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
This Sunday, you are invited to worship for the last theme of the Christ in the County Epiphany preaching series. The focus will be on safe and effective schools. All are welcome!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

Will we open ourselves to the holy not only in heaven but also on earth and right in front of us?

This is the invitation, the question Jill Duffield poses for us as we enter this Lenten season. Lent is a forty day season for us to focus in, find, and reflect on the holy in and among us. During this time, we discipline ourselves for the purposes of deeper faith.

I invite you to the discipline of daily devotion and small group discernment this Lent. As a church, we are reading and reflecting on Jill Duffield's devotion, Lent in Plain Sight. This accessible little book is concerned with the ways in which God can be evident in the ordinary. I think it will increase your faith, especially if you join one of the small groups that are discussing the theme of the book. These groups will meet, starting next week. Please see the article below for information regarding these groups. You may also sign up in the lobby.

I also invite you to our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, where you and your family can feast on pancakes and fixings. This is a great family event, complete with a pancake flipping contest. The next night, at our 7 pm Ash Wednesday service, we will have a contemplative service including the imposition of ashes. This service will help you get in the mindset and mode of Lent.

Let us, one another, walk together in faith.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all? Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
-Mark 12:28-31
With all my mind? With all my open questions?
My restless questing after hidden truth?
With all my science, all my suppositions?
My search for certainty, my lust for proof?
With all my mind? its logic and obsession,
Its wordless reveries, its language games,
Its reason and its deep imagination
Its mysteries, its riddles and its dreams?
 
With all your mind, with every gift I gave you,
For every drop of truth is drawn from me.
Not that your mind itself will ever save you,
But that it lives within my mystery.
Ask and be answered, seek and you will find
I am the life of every loving mind.
 -Malcolm Guite
This week we welcome the children and youth of the church to help lead music as we focus on education and the Kirwan report as part of the sermon series. Lydia Doughty will be playing the first movement of Richard Strauss' Concerto No. 1 for horn and orchestra, ably assisted by her mother, Laura Doughty, on the piano reduction. The Children's Choir will join the adult choir for the introit, Santo, Santo, Santo, based on an Argentinean folk song and sung in both English and Spanish. They will return for the offertory, where the congregation will get a sneak preview of the first song from our spring musical, A Prayer for Tomorrow, by Allan Pote.

Children's Choir rehearsals are held every Sunday at 12:15, and we will be learning the music for the May musical, as well as music for Palm Sunday and continuing with our Around the World theme. The musical will have additional Saturday morning rehearsals in April, leading up to our production on May 3rd. If you have an interested singer/performer, please plan on joining us for rehearsal next Sunday, March 1st. We would love as many children as possible to be involved!

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
We are wrapping up our ongoing ACT Christ in the County series this week with safe and effective schools. This will focus on improvement of education and opportunities for all in our community. Marking this as the last Sunday of this thematic series before Lent. Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are coming up, so begin planning your devotions for Lent.

God Bless!

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Monday morning as I stood greeting people in the House Office Building in Annapolis, I was so happy to see so many of you join us for the education-focused action on the Kirwan Recommendations and Blueprint for Maryland. Our congregation really showed up and engaged in being a visible part of direct action in our state. I am excited by the upcoming opportunities that ACT is engaging with and hope even more of you can come out and see if one of the research action teams matches with your own passions about improving our community. As always, I am available for one-on-one meetings or you can catch me after services on Sunday.

Blessings,

Chris Wilson
Seminary Intern
Christina.L.Wilson84@gmail.com
Generosity!
God loves a cheerful giver!
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  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 7
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
As We Approach the Lenten Season
Shrove Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm
Ash Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm

Come to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 25th beginning at 6:30pm. Free pancakes for the whole family! Just bring a topping, fruit, side dish, or drink to share. Get ready for another Pancake Flipping contest too! Hope you will join us! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
After the banquet of Shrove Tuesday, we begin the necessary self-reflection of Lent in preparation for Easter. Please join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service on February 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Lenten Studies
Lent in Plain Sight
Is God only in the miraculous, mountaintop moments of life? Or is God in the mundane? Join us this season of Lent in small groups intent on finding God in the ordinary. Each group will be following the short and accessible devotional by Jill Duffield, Lent in Plain Sight. We encourage you to purchase a book from the church or from your favored bookseller. Then, please, sign up for one of the small groups that will meet during the following times, beginning February 28. You can do so in the lobby or by contacting the leader.

  • Fridays: 7:30 to 9 at the Champagne house: Kim Champagne, kim.champagne@gmail.com
  • Sundays: 11 am at church: Pastoral staff, jgnelson1985@gmail.com
  • Tuesdays: 7 pm at church: Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com
  • Wednesday: 10 am at church: Pastor Jon, jgnelson1985@gmail.com

Please sign up in the lobby or contact Pastor Jon if you want to get involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to walk deeper in faith.
Outreach and Connections
Parent Group
Parent Group will meet on Friday, February 28, 6 to 8 pm. Join other parents/guardians of children from ages 0 to 18 for a potluck dinner and informal discussion. Looking forward to connecting with you!
Christian Education
GenOn Youth Summit
It's not too late to sign up for the 2020 GenOn Youth Summit that will take place in Wheeling, WV from July 5-11! The Summit is a national gathering of high school youth (those completing grade 8 or above this year), college-aged young adults, and the adults who love them! Almost 20 of us from Ark & Dove signed up for the early registration, and we've saved room for YOU! If you'd like more information, please reach out to Kelly Burnett (kellyb327@aol.com)
Equipping the Saints
224th General Assembly
Equipping the Saints: General Assembly. The Presbytery of Baltimore will host the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in June of this year. Are you curious about what General Assembly is and how it works and what governing bodies in the PC(USA) do? Join us March 4 at 6:30 pm in the Ark and Dove room for an informative look at this biennial gathering of delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries around the world. Dinner and childcare provided. Questions? Please contact, Bruce Sanders, brusanders1@gmail.com.
Mission
Refugee Support Fund
A Special Offering is being taken to assist the Solano family. We have supported the Solano family through the refugee welcoming team. Bernabe fell and required a spinal fusion. He has been out of work since December 2nd, with no clear start date to go back to work. You can help by donating to the refugee support fund. You may write a check to Ark and Dove, donate online or by text. Text the amount and then refugee to 410-983-3481. The Solanos are very grateful for all your support. Thank you! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder csscas@verizon.net
Prayer Requests
Ple ase keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Richard and Edie Budd; John Rolewicz; Bill Guarin; Frank Dakai; Shelley Franklin’s nephew, Chris; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Karen Dodson and her brother, Ron; Amy Stavely’s grandmother, Ruth Countryman; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dick and Alta Paronto’s friends, Claire and Doug Sherman; Dotty Kauffman; Greg and Diane Makar's mother LeeAnn, Aunt Adeline, and cousin Michael; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Debbie Saylor’s uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Jose Lopez’s mother, Queta; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Jon Nelson’s grandmother, Peggy; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Doren Chen’s family; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Janet Dabbs’ sister, Diane Maloy; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Kennon and Tameka Bauman; Rhianna Bauman; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; the Tardiff family and Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s father, Dave; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd, cousin, Judy and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Margaret’s friends, Kim Nolet and Pastor Virginia Studer; a child recovering from surgeries; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for the guests and congregations involved with Winter Relief this week: Pasadena Assembly of God, First Presbyterian and Chesapeake Christian Fellowship.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Gaurin and Chick families on the death of Bill Gaurin’s grandmother, Ruth Chick.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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