The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

  Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, a time in the church year when we remember how Christ gave his life in love for the world! Come sing, "Hosanna" this Palm Sunday!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Our Lenten Journey is almost complete.  We began with the imposition of ashes, and now we come to the most central week of the Christian Faith Journey--Holy Week.  Our Lenten disciplines and worship have led us to this place.  During Holy Week (an eight day week),  we walk with Jesus as he marches on to Jerusalem, and we walk with Jesus as he is forced to march to Golgotha.  Gratefully, we end with the Alleluias of Easter.  I think you will find that your Easter faith experience will be far richer if you attend worship on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  Every year people come to those mid-week services and tell us, "I've never been before. I am really glad I came."

May the deep peace of Christ come over you in this the holiest of weeks.

Maundy Thursday , March 29, 7:30 pm  
Come celebrate communion with the Twelve Disciples! 

Good Friday
, March 30, 7:30 pm
Come to a powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross.

Resurrection of the Lord / Easter , April 1, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Easter Alleluiah chorus at both services.

Peace of Christ,



Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!   - Mark 11:7-9

Come Holy One, source of all life. As we hear again the story of the passion, let the mind be in us that was in Jesus Christ, who became a servant that we might be free, humbling himself to death on the cross.  Awaken our ears, open our hearts and enliven our spirits as we journey with Jesus from palms to cross and resurrection. Amen.

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The next 2 weeks are packed with incredible music.  Beginning this Sunday, our adult choir and Joyful Noise will combine to sing a beautiful "Sing Children, Sing Hosanna", accompanied by Laura Doughty on flute, Paula Sparks on piano and Keon'e Mullings on percussion.  I hope that you will also join us on Good Friday. The choir and orchestra will lead the music in a deeply moving service.  On Easter Sunday, we will again be accompanied by members of our orchestra, Paula Sparks and we will welcome all of you to come up and sing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" with us at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services.  



Palm Sunday this Sunday!
March 25, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday
March 29, 7:30 pm
Good Friday
March 30, 7:30 pm
Resurrection of the Lord / Easter
April 1, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
EQUIPPING THE SAINTS Leading through Listening Our neighborhoods, our country and our world are changing at an ever increasing pace, but do we know what the most important issues are in our community?  How are these issues reflected in our family and our congregation? Understanding these concerns and supporting Ark and Dove's mission to be leaders in our community requires that we learn to listen.  You are invited on Wednesday, April 4th to participate in listening sessions.  There is much we can learn from each other and even more as we expand our listening outside the church walls.  Join us starting at 6:30 for dinner followed by lessons from 7:00-8:30 led by Pastor Tim and Pastor Jon.  Childcare is available upon request.  Please contact Steve Debus ( with questions. 

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  


3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018
Tickets on sale at the door, $10. 
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church


HOPE FOR ALL As a part of One Great Hour of Sharing, one third of the proceeds go towards the Self-Development of People, in order to support organizations like House of Hope.  Since 1992, Arundel House of Hope has not only provided shelter for the less fortunate, but breaking new humanitarian ground in Anne Arundel County, through efforts like; establishing the county's first transitional housing program for homeless men as The Fouse Center, opening the county's first free standing (not hospital affiliated) completely free medical clinic, and sheltering homeless veterans through the Patriot House program. Help contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing and contribute to making your community a brighter place. Anthony Saylor, 

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is holding its second annual resurrection walk Saturday, March 31, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, First Lutheran Church of Odenton.
The theme this year is "Journey to the Cross," admission is free, and the all-ages event features a walk around 12 stations that teach the biblical passion story.  Activities include:
  • Tasting Passover foods and learning about the Lord's Supper
  • Praying with an olive garden owner who tells about the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Listening to reports about Jesus' resurrection
  • Petting a real donkey
  • One-act play of the trial of Jesus
  • Bake sale and lunch for sale
The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the CAP food pantry. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Greg Makar (, 301-483-8255)
C AP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for March is RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, basmati, 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
A.C.T. TO END RACISM On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, of which PCUSA is a member, and its partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.  April 4th will be fifty years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which will be marked by a prayer walk, interfaith service, and RALLY

AWAKEN oneself to the truth that racism is e
ver-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities.


CONFRONT racism, speak truth to power, and stand up against injustice.


TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.

Let Linnie Girdner know if you plan to attend. or 410-999-7892.



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.

Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Brooks Emrick's sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown's sister, Kathie; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Mary Van Orten; 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; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.   
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.     
8424 Piney Orchard Parkway  
Odenton, MD  21113
Phone: (410) 674-6400
office hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 
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