The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

This Sunday, February 25, is the 2nd Sunday in Lent. All are welcome as we begin to prepare our hearts and minds for the great tiding!  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I hope your Lenten journey is filled with fruitful practices.  Pastor Jon has been preparing some very, very nice Lenten devotions.  If you would like to receive them by e-mail, please contact

Lenten Taize worship has begun--Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.   If you have not tried Taize worship yet, I recommend you give this worship style a test drive: contemporary simple chants and prayers, no sermon, 30 minutes.

In March, Arundel IAF will begin its listening campaign.  Our goal is to listen to thousands of Anne Arundel Neighbors about their needs.  We will be conducting listening sessions right here at Ark and Dove.  IAF will be offering a training at Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM.  My hope is that twenty of us can be trained.  Please sign up by contacting Shelley Franklin shelleyfranklin@ or Pastor Jon

Peace of Christ,



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Thank you to all of the people who helped make Christ Be in My Waking such a beautiful anthem last week.  This week, I am happy to share a beautiful anthem with you, and you can look forward to the choir singing my all-time favorite piece of the season on March 4th.


EASTER FLOWERS DONATIONS The Flower Team is accepting donations for palms and flowers for the Easter service.  Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars.  Forms are available in the lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at  443-510-6687  or
Deacons Corner
DEACON ALL-CALL The deacon ministry is based on compassion, witness, and service. That includes the call to serve anyone in distress: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless and those burdened by unfair policies and structures. At Ark & Dove each deacon is assigned a portion of the congregation according to last name. More information about the deacon ministry and the current assignments are on the Ark & Dove website (under About). There are brochures in the lobby, as well. Once a year the deacons try to speak with everyone in the congregation. This year's Deacon All-Call is scheduled for this Sunday, February 25, beginning early in the afternoon. Please keep an ear out that afternoon for a call from your deacon. Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons,  
Children and Youth
YOUTH SUMMER TRIPS INFO MEETING If you are in grade 6 or above, we invite you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) to join the fun at Youth Group on Sunday, March 4th to discuss the options for this summer's mission and summit trips:
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Easter Shore of Virginia Mission trip for those 16 years of age or above  (June 17-22)
  • THE CENTER Day mission experiences for those finishing 6th grade or above (July 23-27)
  • GenOn SUMMIT EAST For those finishing 8th grade or above, including college-aged young adults through adults (July 15-21)
We'll begin with dinner at 5pm and then we'll get into discussing the trips, fundraising, and address any questions you might have.  So that we're sure to have enough dinner, please RSVP to Kelly Burnett ( to let us know that you'll be joining us!  If you can't make the meeting, but are still interested in learning about these trips, please let either Pastor Tim ( or Pastor Jon ( know. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, March 4th @ 5pm! Kellyb327,
LOGOS TRAINING Ark and Dove LOGOS is co-hosting a LOGOS training with Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Colombia.  The training will consist of 2.5 hours that focuses on "Resources and Networking."  During the training we will discuss the reasons we do LOGOS, best practices, as well as sharing our ideas for each of the four parts.  Childcare and light snacks will be provided. March 3rd, 9:45-12:30, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Please RSVP Laura at  or 235-312-1656. Please specify if you require childcare.  
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Sharing Resources and Changing Lives In Pastor Jon's sermon on February 11, he quoted the German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, "...the church is the church only if it exists for others." This statement exemplifies what the gift to One Great Hour of Sharing is about. It is about the church not turning inward but reaching outward, and changing lives. One Great Hour of Sharing 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. It 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.

One of the local projects that your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing helps is: Strength to Love 2. Strength to Love 2 is a community based urban farm that has successfully transformed vacant land into an operational farm, growing organic produce for local consumption on 1.5 acres in Baltimore City, and is a part of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. Strength to Love 2 opened with the purpose of providing job opportunities for persons who have been released from prison and who are facing difficulties with re-entry into the community. It also addresses the serious problems that often plague city neighborhoods, such as the lack of nutritional food.

Regardless of where you live, in a rural African village or a bustling city center, without sustainable farming no one can thrive. The Presbyterian Hunger Program's mission is clear: alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing to end hunger for our neighbors next door and across the planet. To donate, please visit the Ark and Dove website. Thank you! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, 
THE REFUGEE WELCOMING COMMITTEE continues to foster positive and meaningful relationships with our two refugee families: Rose and Koko from Myanmar; and the Solano family from Mexico. Both families are very grateful for the support that members of the Ark and Dove family have given them. In a recent visit to the Solano's home Bernabe expressed a desire to attend church and express his thanks to the members of Ark and Dove. Unfortunately, he was called into work at the last minute, and he was unable to attend. I wanted to share with you, a text he sent to me:

I'm sorry we could not go to church because I had to work really, I'm so sorry I could not go. On behalf of my family, we thank you for all the support you have given us. We are very grateful to God for having found such good people who have helped us so much. - Bernabe and Griselda.

The Refugee Welcoming Committee provides not only financial support to the Solano family, but has also shared fun activities with both families, including trips to parks and playgrounds, library events, movies, restaurant outings, a guitar ensemble with Koko, who plays the guitar, and English language lesson activities. If you would like to join this committee, please contact either Debbie Arey, , or Cheryl Schafer,, and we will get you connected.
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for February is SOUP (tomato soup in carton, mushroom soup in carton, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!       
IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation)
RELATIONAL MEETING MIXER Thursday, March 1, 7:00- 8:30 pm at First Community Church of Annapolis. This is a very important opportunity to build relationships with communities that will help us make changes in our county. There will be a brief overview of relational meetings at the beginning of the meeting. Contact Pastor Jon ( or Shelley Franklin ( to sign up.
LISTENING CAMPAIGN TRAINING Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Asbury Broadneck UMC. Come learn how to conduct "house meetings" in our church and partner communities. Learn how to move from listening to action! Contact Shelley Franklin ( to sign-up.
Antiracism and Social Equity
LESSONS TO  BE LEARNED: A Historian's View On February 17, a small group from the church journeyed to the National Holocaust Museum to experience two special exhibits, now open to the public: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Syrian exhibit, Syria: Please Don't Forget UsMORE

ADVOCACY TRAINING CONFERENCE Join us April 20 for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.   Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in our country and abroad. In plenaries and workshops we will analyze our current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to address these urgent issues. We will learn how we build a unified public witness of subversive love amidst the abuse and hatred running rampant in our country. Questions? Please contact Debbie Arey,  
February 23 and 24. A Special Documentary entitled Bates: Center of Excellence, Memories of Bates' Teachers will be shown at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis. Come learn about the only high school for black students in the entire county during segregation. The event is free, but REGISTRATION is required.  
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. Tuskegee airman, Colonel Charles McGee at the Odenton Library 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD. Colonel Charles McGee, a highly decorated Tuskegee pilot, will be visiting our library to talk about his life, including a record of 409 fighter combat missions. More info .
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Family Day: Celebrating Frederick Douglass at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD. Families with children of all ages can stop by the museum to celebrate the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass through fun, guided tours and arts & crafts activities.  Snacks will be provided. Click here  for more info.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. Arias and Shanties at Asbury United Methodist Church. Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) and the Annapolis Opera present a powerful concert with selections from opera and Negro spirituals, woven together by a poignant historical narrative. Click here
for tickets ($25.00; $15.00 for students) and more info.

Other events can be found at Capital Gazette and  AACC     
WAKING UP WHITE Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis on Sunday, March 18th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  Her book is recommended by Presbytery, and those of us who studied it grew in our understanding of systemic racism and white privilege.  Tickets are available online, and carpools can be arranged (please contact Paula Sparks,   

SOCIAL JUSTICE: FREE LUNCH AND OPPORTUNITY TO MEET REV JIMMIE HAWKINS Who is Jimmie Hawkins? He is the Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness and has been influential in community advocacy and ecumenical relations as a leader in the Moral Monday Movement and a member of the National Council of Churches. On March 4, The Reverend Hawkins will be the guest preacher at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for all three worship services (8 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11 AM). Then from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM there will be a lunch and workshop for those interested in learning Rev. Hawkins' thoughts on compassion and justice initiatives which might be pursued across our community without divisiveness. To manage attendance, a sign-up sheet is on the Mission's bulletin board, or contact Shelley Franklin ( ) by this Sunday, February 25

Outreach and Connection

FRIENDLY SENIORS INVITE THE CHURCH Come join the Friendly Seniors to see Frankenstein (adapted from the Mary Shelley novel) at the Bowie Community Theatre on Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. We will be taking reservations after church services on February 18 and 25.  If we get a group of 10 or more the price per person drops to only $15.00!  Money will be due by March 1 to purchase tickets as a group.  See the sign-up, with details and individual prices, on the flier in the lobby.  For more information please contact Joan Berry, 410-672-5237, or  
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bill Champagne; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Brooke Berry's father, John Calhoun; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Charles Lawrence; Marcia Bussey; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Mary Beckwith; Bob Johns; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; 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; Charlotte Davie's sister, Ann; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Tawes Dewyngaert; Archer and Honor Bauman's grandmother, Jackie; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo, and friend, Susan; a granddaughter; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Mary Benson's mother and brother; Richard Budd; Don Johnson; Dillon; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.  

go out to the family and friends of Henry Duncan who died on January 26, 2018.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the people of Parkland, Florida.
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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