Joy and Laughter Sunday
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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,

Easter is a season of awe and wonder at resurrection. I was awed on Sunday. I will admit, I was a bit tired Sunday morning, but my eyes were opened by the amazing music. At 9:30, the choir and orchestra moved me with anthems and hymns. There were several times that Pastor Tim and I said, "Wow!" The Hallelujah Chorus, now an essential tradition of ours, was as powerful as ever at both services. At 11:00, the bass and drums kept me tapping, and the emphatic choruses stretched my vocal ranges (I hope my mic was not on), but it was during the now familiar Unstoppable God that I was caught up singing with conviction. Thank you choir and band, thank you all, for sweeping me into this awesome Easter season.

This week is "Joy and Laughter Sunday", a set of services wherein we tell jokes and proclaim with audacity that sin and death have no final sway over us. It is a tradition of old to laugh at evil on the second week of Easter because of the promise of the resurrection. We do not need to fear, sin has lost its power, death lost its sting, God's love wins. Please (please!) send in your holy humor to me so that we don't have to suffer through "Dad jokes," as one of our deacons called some of our lamer jokes. I can't promise you will be rolling over in laughter on Sunday, but I promise that you will laugh.

Easter blessings,

Pastor Jon
Fish Banks
Children and youth, please bring in your One Great Hour of Sharing fish banks, this Sunday, and place them aroun the comunion table!
Verse and Prayer
Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. - John 20:20
God of the living: you raised your Son Jesus Christ from the grave, forever giving us hope that sin and death have no final claim on us. Let us live in the freedom of this faith. Help us understand that our chains are broken. May we proclaim to captives: you are free! In the face of evil, grant us audacious courage. At death's door, encourage us to say Alleluia! All thanks to you, O God, for your promise of peace. All thanks to you, for your vital power. Amen.
Molly Churchill, in anticipation of her senior recital, will be presenting Jane Smisor Bastien's Song Without Words for prelude music. Molly is a student of Christina Nelson. After a wonderful Holy Week and Easter, we welcome the members of our youth choir on Sunday for the anthem, Jimmy Owens' version of Make a Joyful Noise. You may even see some surprising instruments being used in the service!


Director of Music
Adult Choir: Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem
Now that Lent and Holy Week are over, the adult choir will begin practicing for our next project on June 16th: selections from Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem A German Requiem). This is a truly momentous work and we would love to have as many join us as possible! And who knows, you might like it so much that you stick around! We will be rehearsing the Brahms at 8pm on Thursday nights, beginning May 2nd.
Easter was wonderful! Beautiful weather, and the band and choir did an amazing job with the services. Many thanks to all whose volunteer and dedicate time to glorify the resurrection of Jesus!

This Sunday is Joy and Laughter. Don't miss all the jokes that the pastors tell, or attempt to tell. ;) It really is such a special service.

I would still like to call volunteers who are interested in joining the audio team. You will receive training on how to run the board for the band. I need three more people to get a decent rotating schedule going so it's not left to one person each week or left vacant. Thank you!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
Generosity Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! One Great Hour of Sharing , Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , and more! Many opportunities await you!
Texting Your Generosity
Ark and Dove’s text number is: 410-983-3481. You can text one-time or recurring donations to this number. Text Give to get started. Text Commands for more options. Text an amount followed by GreatHour to give to One Great Hour of Sharing. 

Questions or concerns, contact: Alta Paronto, church treasurer,; or Wendy Wellington,
Linking Gratitude and Abundance
Thank you to all who have already submitted their pledges for the upcoming cycle, which runs from June 2019 through December of 2020. We are asking that everyone to continue to give at or above the 2018 giving level as this will help us maintain a stable budget. As the stewardship team continues to do some initial analysis of the 70 pledges received to date, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of pledging. First, this is a demonstration of one of the six marks of discipleship, being a generous giver. These gifts are of BOTH your time and treasure. Second, the operations of the church are the responsibility of the congregation, and our session takes direction on how we want to spend our funding. Part of our operating budget goes to things like regular repair and maintenance of our building and grounds. As we enter the rainy season of spring, challenges with upkeep may become more apparent. We spent a great deal last year on the roof, HVAC and siding (approximately $120,000) and have more that we need to do. Third, we as a church need to be fiscally responsible, which includes operating with an effective and well-managed budget. Without knowing what gifts will be received, it is very difficult to plan how best to spend the resources we have available. The full budget, including salaries and operating expenses, is shared with all the members and voted on during the annual meeting. If you have questions about the budget or spending, please ask me--Julia Kirby--or Steve Debus, and we will get you the information you are seeking. If you are hesitating to pledge, as you expect your circumstances will change, I would still encourage you to pledge and make that pledge realistic for your situation. If you need to change it later, you can do so. 

Per capita payments are also still being received--to date we have received $5,531 of the approximate $10,000 allocation we must pay. Thank you to the 82 individuals/families who have paid, and an extra thank you to those who have paid in excess of their $37 per member cost. With over 265 members on our books, we are still missing this payment from a significant number of our members. Please mark your per capita payment so that we can get it in the right place. If you can't remember if you have paid, again, please just ask, and we can confirm for you! 

We are trying hard to take the mystery out of our church finances. We will be sending out confirmation letters to everyone who has pledged to date. Please place your pledge card in the offering plate or leave it in the office. I will be providing the financial update for April soon. This will keep everyone up-to-date on expected income versus received income, as we want no surprises in the fall. Additionally, I received a recommendation to highlight some of our spending activities, so that people can better understand some of where our funds are spent. I will be trying to incorporate this as well. If you have ideas on updates you would like to receive or any questions, please reach out to any of our stewardship team members. 
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.

This 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,
Christian Education
Parents Night Out!
Parent's Night Out Fundraiser from 6:00 to 9:30 pm TONIGHT! Support our youth group summer mission trips and enjoy a night out while kids enjoy activities and dinner at the church! Register online via
GenOn Youth Summit
It's not too late to sign up for this year's GenOn Youth Summit! 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. Over TWENTY of us from Ark & Dove will be headed to Wheeling, WV from July 14-20, and we've saved room for YOU! If you'd like more information, please reach out to Kelly Burnett (
Vacation Bible School
Save the date! Vacation Bible School! July 8 to July 12!
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 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 some weeks, please contact Nicole Howe ( We'd really appreciate your service!
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 (
May Book Reading
The May book is Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber. We will meet on Sunday, May 26.
Mission and Advocacy Dinner
Did you ever wonder what CAP stands for? Want to learn more about CEDPCA (Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America)? Are you interested in learning more about these and many other Mission and Advocacy ministries at Ark and Dove? All are invited to attend a potluck dinner on May 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm , where we will share information about all the important ministries and opportunities that you may be interested in.  Hope you can make it! Cheryl Schafer,
One Great Hour of Sharing
You shall be called the repairer of the breach - Isaiah 58:12
(Now available! Donate to One Great Hour Hour of Sharing via 410-983-3481. Text the dollar amount, space bar and GreatHour !)

Through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, over 5,000 projects in economically poor communities in the United States and around the world have had an opportunity to develop solutions to their own challenges. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder
Featured item for April--CEREAL (raisin bran, Grape-Nuts, 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
Dismantling Racism
Dismantling Racism: One Conversation at a Time is a three hour training to be held in the Ark and Dove Sanctuary on Tuesday, May 21st from 6-9 pm . The first ten Ark and Dove members who register can get in at half-price using the code ARKANDDOVEMEMBER . Please see here . Sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice and Maryland Coming to the Table Groups and presented by Dr. David Campt , this training is designed to equip and empower white allies in the fight against racism by learning how to engage in difficult conversations. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, greeting, etc. Please contact Linnie at 410-999-7892 or
Help Needed for Hosting SURJ Training
On May 21st from 6 - 9 pm we are providing space in our church for an important training called Dismantling Racism: One Conversation at a Time. This training is sponsored by the White Ally Toolkit, local Coming to the Table groups, and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. More about the event is here and will be in upcoming editions of the Arkive. As there may be up to 250 people, the volunteers from the sponsoring organizations could use some Ark and Dove folks' help with directing parking and greeting. Please let me know if you are interested by texting me at 410-999-7892 or emailing me at  
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
This 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 this 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 Edie and Richard Budd; Marie Shorter; Dot Forloines; Debbie Saylor’s mother, Carol Saylor, and father, Henry Saylor; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Christy Yeager’s mother and father, Linda and Leon Jordan; Augustus "Gus" Franklin Macintire, the Macintire family and the Todd family; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; 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; Steven Kirby; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; 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; Eileen Gorman; Hannah Brennan; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the family of Kevon Dix who was killed this week in a senseless act of gun violence. Kevon was a music major at Morgan State and a student of Rebecca Bell Echols. Our prayers also go out to the Morgan State community.

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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