E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent, where we will be exploring our second Lenten theme -- "Let Go."  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,   

In this first full week of Lent, I have been enriched by conversation and contemplation. Our Lenten devotional, "Word by Word," has provided opportunity for deep reflection and inspiring discussion. The band led us in Taize worship this Wednesday and it was a needed break in the week to be in peace. Please join us this coming Wednesday night at 7 pm for another Taize service.

On Wednesday night, several of us participated in a training for refugee resettlement. The meeting began with a sober moment as two of the World Relief representatives, Nan and James, talked to us about losing their jobs and how many refugees will not find safe haven in the U.S. due to a national climate that is increasingly hostile to refugees and immigrants. Nevertheless, Nan and James inspired us to do what we can to care for the strangers and sojourners in our land. We will be talking to two other Presbyterian churches soon about how we can prepare to help a family in need. Additionally, we are partnering with Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad to assist a local family. See below how you can support them. Please contact Christine Caufield-Noll (ccnmission@outlook.com) with any questions.

On Sunday, at the 9:30 service, we will be celebrating the baptism of Cassie and Caleb Saliby. Baptism is a beautiful and necessary sign of God's great love for us. It is a great privilege to baptize and an extraordinary thing to witness. I invite you to surround Cassie and Caleb with your love and support.

This weekend we will be remembering our sister and faithful deacon, Dot Bruno, whose baptism is now complete. The visitation will be held at Ark and Dove tomorrow (March 11) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. On Sunday, March 12, we will be celebrating her loving life in a Service of Witness to the Resurrection in the Ark and Dove sanctuary with a reception to follow. If you would like to help with Dot's reception, please contact Cathy Debus (smcw@debus.name).

Prayers of peace and comfort friends,  
Pastor Jon 


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. -Ecclesiastes 3:1 
Eternal God: the wind blows, the seasons change, time marches on, but you are faithful. In the ebb and flow of life, ground us in your everlasting love. As we navigate transitions, may your comfort be our constant. Give us the wisdom to hold onto what we must. Grant us the courage to let go of what we need to leave behind. With every new day, may your grace sustain us. Amen.


Join us this Sunday for a beautiful women's piece, accompanied only by cello. Our talented Brittany Wellington will be playing with us. As this week we celebrated International Women's Day, it is the perfect week to hear a piece sung by the amazing women that make up our choir. 



and Per Capita. Many opportunities await you!

Deacons' Corner

POSTPONED DEACON ALL CALL and NAME TAG SUNDAY, which had recently been scheduled for Sunday, March 12th, need to be postponed again. The All-Call is when the Board of Deacons reaches out to the congregation to see how everyone is doing.  The Deacons also periodically conduct Name-Tag Sunday at the worship services, so everyone can learn more names.  We will let you know when we reschedule these events.  Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons, glmakar@juno.com.
I would like to share with you the meditation The Seasons of Grief: Winter to Spring posted on the blog Still With You Through the Veil by Kristen Lamb. ~ Linnie Girdner

There are daffodils in the yard. How did spring sneak in so stealthily? I'm not ready. Winter fit my mood, my grief. Now there are flowers in the yard and a garden to tend. Things are growing. Life marches forward, even when we aren't ready. Spring reminds me of this. MORE


FOUND: wedding band. If you have lost (or know someone who has lost) a wedding band, please contact Pastor Tim or the admin office. Thank you! 


TAIZE CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP Many teams in our church will be pooling their talents together to once again offer contemplative worship services during Lent. The services will be based on the simple and beautiful service pioneered in Taize, France, with its calming music, time for meditation, and featuring readings and prayers based on themes from our Lenten devotional Word by Word. As its author, Marilyn McEntyre, writes in its subchapter Listen Through the Noise to the Music, "the retrieval of the Psalms as song in Taize worship ... reminds us that to 'sing unto the Lord' is a commandment for a reason. The words call us to attention. The music deepens that attention into prayer." Each of the services will start at 7:00 pm and will last no longer than 30 minutes. Questions? Paul Doughty, padough@verizon.net. We welcome you to come, attend, and pray with us on these evenings in the sanctuary: 

*    March 15 - Session leads

*    March 22 - Spirited Sisters lead

*    March 29 - Men's Group leads

*    April 5 - Logos Youth leads 
HOLY WEEK FLOWERS The Flower Team is accepting donations for Holy week flowers and palms.  Suggested donation amount is 5-10 dollars.  Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at paulagriggs32@gmail.com or 443-510-6687.
Trivia Game and Spaghetti Dinner

ARK AND DOVE TRIVIA Our church youth groups would like to create an Ark and Dove Trivia game as a way to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We are looking for some awesome questions (and answers!) to include! If you have any cool, interesting, trivial, well-known, or little-known facts about our church that would be fun to ask as part of our game. Please email them to nicolehowe123@gmail.com by April 14th. Thanks for your help! Also.. save the date for our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, April 28th!  


CAP WEST COUNTY'S FOOD PANTRY Featured item for March is RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, brown basmati, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations! 
A letter from Linnie Girdner, Co-Leader, Antiracism and Social Equity Team

On March 6th I went to the Maryland State House in Annapolis for an extraordinary event, marking the 160th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision. Click HERE for more.

CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS NEEDED   Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad is in need of a few items for one of the families the mission has been assisting. The family are refugees, who arrived in Annapolis this past fall, and all of the family income is only enough to provide modest food and shelter. If you have any of the following items, please drop them off in the Mission Zone (across from the coat rack) in the last bin on the left or, if a larger item, please leave in the cribbery. 
  • A set of full sheets and a comforter
  • Pots/pans for cooking (the family has only one pot currently)
Spring and summer clothes:
  • Size 32 pants (men's); small or medium shirts (men's)
  • Size 5/6 and 7/8 clothes (for two girls)
  • Maternity clothes (4/medium/petite women's)
  • Spring and/or rain jackets and umbrellas
Shoes (each member of the family currently has one pair of shoes):
  • Water-resistant shoes with tread for work (9.5 men's)
  • Tennis shoes (6 women's)
  • Girls shoes, sizes 1 and 13
For questions and clarifications, please contact Laura Willoughby Perry at ljwilloughby@gmail.com or 410-507-7129.
Outreach and Connections


Smile for the camera! Please consider joining the team working on our next photo directory.  If you are interested, please see Julia Kirby (jukirby@deloitte.com), Donna Anderson (donna.anderson30@aol.com) or Ryan Stavely (ryan@stavely.org).  We want everyone to be included, so please watch for more information soon!!  And keep practicing that smile....

Prayer Concerns

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Mike Davie's stepmother, Reverend Kathleen Davie; Lori Kronser; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Adell Gaurin; Cliff Wellington's father, Roy; Joshua Anthis; Zach Murray; Ray Mosella; Ann Hirschy; Rob Yeager's mother, Rebekah Jennings; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; Laura Talbert; Fred Barrow's nephew, Sam Jackson; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Dot Forloines; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's parents, Paul and Mimi Marchand and nephew Alexis Morin; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Pat Stanton's aunt, Evelyn, uncle, Hallie Hawn, and nephews, Eli and Andy; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Janet Dabbs' sister, Diane Maloy; Paul Doughty's mother, Ruth; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Laura Doughty's cousin; Charlotte and Mike Davie's friend, Carol Scholl; Shelley Franklin's friend; Roy Winkler; Cheryl Walcutt's supervisor, Eldre Bogg; and Dick and Carol Baily.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT AND STRENGTH go out to a mother in treatment for addiction.

go out to the Bruno family on the death of Dot Bruno.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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