The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

   All are invited to Joy and Laughter Sunday, this Second Sunday in Easter! Communion will be served.
A cheerful heart is a good medicine  - Proverbs 17:22 


Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove, 
In this season of resurrection, give thanks! Thank you to our musicians and singers for beautiful Lenten and Holy Week music and lots of extra rehearsals. Thanks to our worship ministry and staff for wonderful work.

In this season of resurrection, live with joy.  Joy and Laughter Sunday may help. Church and religious jokes will be shared at 9:30 and 11:00.

In this season of resurrection, stay connected to your communities of support. This Sunday we will be serving communion in worship. Come and join your church family around the communion table.

In this season of resurrection, remember to be generous. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is still being received. None of these funds are for Ark and Dove. One Great Hour of Sharing is for people who are hungry, people suffering from disasters and people who are working to lift themselves out of poverty.

In this season of resurrection, support our children and youth. Youth Sunday is April 22. Youth fundraisers for summer trips are coming.

The Easter season is 50 days in length and concludes with the great celebration of the church's birth on Pentecost, which is May 20.

May the peace and joy of Christ be with you,


Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (4:32-33)

Holy One, you come to us with power beyond all knowing.  You lift all things out of the dust, you breathe love into every cell, you call us into communion with you and you claim victory over death.  Blessed be your holy name now and forever.  Amen.

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The music over these past few weeks has been incredible!  I am so very thankful for our talented group of musicians--the Adult Choir, the Orchestra and the Children's Choirs are an absolute joy to direct, and I am so grateful for their hard work and dedication.  This week, the Joyful Noise group will be singing the anthem at 9:30 for "Joy and Laughter" and you will hear them again in two weeks as they sing for Youth Sunday.  I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!    


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.

Outreach and Connection
PARENTS POTLUCK Join us for the next meeting of our parent group, a fellowship opportunity for all who are in a parenting role. Here you will find support, new perspective and grace for the many difficulties and joys of parenting. We will gather for a potluck on April 20th at 6 pm. We will then split into small groups for discussion. Childcare will be provided. We will finish by 8 pm. Contact Pastor Jon for any questions (  
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 you 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 or by contacting Donna Anderson at, 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.
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.


AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for April is CEREAL (raisin bran, kashi, grape nuts, muesli, oatmeal, shredded wheat, 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

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.  
HEALING THROUGH GRIEF DURING EASTER SEASON The Easter Season can be a difficult time for those who are grieving over the death of a loved one. All those hallelujahs do not touch the place that is hurting. Colleen Mitchell invites those who are grieving not to fake Easter joy in her blog "On What Easter Means for the Grieving Heart."  Sometimes Easter can feel like a bit of rub to our hurting hearts, like the permission that Good Friday gives us to grieve our loss and our pain is suddenly eclipsed by Easter joy, and we feel pressured to just wrap it all up neatly and set it aside. Like it is a failure of our faith if we cannot happily step out of our grief all at once and embrace resurrection joy.
But this is a mistaken notion of what Easter means for us. Easter doesn't mean we can no longer grieve. Easter doesn't mean that if we truly believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life, we will stuff down all our pain and sorrow and put a pretty "Alleluia" cherry on top of all our hurts. Easter doesn't prohibit our lament. As a matter of fact, Easter is the very thing that makes grief safe for us, that lets us embrace the pain and walk slowly through it, knowing that it has a story to tell. Easter says it is okay to touch the deepest pains of our humanity and be shaken to our deepest parts by them, because our Jesus has already been there before us and healed them.
If you are grieving during this Easter season, we hope you will join Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner at the next Healing through Grief Group on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm in the Ark and Dove room. Whether your loss was recent or long ago, please come to be with others who can understand the difficult journey you are making. So that we have enough materials and beverages, we appreciate if you sign up on the bulletin board, though it is not required. For more information, contact Linnie at 410-999-7892 or
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; 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; the Miller and May families; Keith Campbell; Amy Benson's family; Chris O'Brocki's grandmother; Amanda Crose's friend, Imane and her three children; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Mary Van Orten, and her best friend's mother.     
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Custudio family on the death of their son, Ian.
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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Odenton, MD  21113
Phone: (410) 674-6400
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