The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter  

Spring forward!
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead
this Saturday, March 10!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

This Sunday marks the fourth Sunday (of six) in Lent. And because we are in the Northern Hemisphere, bulbs are poking up through the snow, leaves and mulches getting ready to bloom, some even sneaking in a little color.

We have a Lent/Easter hymn in our Glory to God hymnal called In the Bulb There Is a Flower, and the first verse continues:

in the seed an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow  of winter there's a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

We don't sing the hymn until Easter because the second and third verse burst into resurrection.  For now we are nurturing our bulbs and tending to growth in our cocoons.  That is is the work of Lent, self-evaluation and examination of our faith and honest conversation with our selves about what needs to change.  Also conversation with fellow disciples about what we might need to change together.

May God continue to bless your Lenten journey.
Peace of Christ,



You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness.
- James 1:19-20

From all that preoccupies us, God both judging and forebearing, we draw apart to submit to our Lenten self-appraisal: to reflect on the mystery of the events that unfold before us, plumb our souls' deeps in search of all that enables us to receive them, and name and expel all that hinders us. Will you, merciful One, assume command of our time and our labor, that this hour of worship and reflection may be more yours than ours, and we be more your people than our own.

- Don Skinner

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Please join us this Sunday as the choir sings a beautiful arrangement of What Wondrous Love is This? Then the following week, we will hear the first movement of Vivaldi's Gloria. I look forward to seeing you then!


EQUIPPING THE SAINTS Leading through Listening What are the real concerns of your community? What needs to change in your neighborhood? What do you hope for, for you and your family? Leadership requires listening. If we are to be effective leaders at Ark and Dove and if Ark and Dove is to be a leader in change for our community, we need to listen to the concerns and hopes of those around us. At our next Equipping the Saints gathering, we are inviting you to be a part of some listening sessions. There we will learn what concerns we have in common. In doing so, we will be equipped to be leaders in change.  Join us on Wednesday, April 4th as Pastor Tim and Pastor Jon lead us in learning to listen.  Dinner is at 6:30 followed by Lessons from 7:00-8:30.   Childcare provided upon request.  Questions? Please contact Steve Debus,
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  

If you're interested in serving as a greeter for either the 9:30 or 11:00 service, please reach out to Scott Howe at 410-868-3676 or on email at scottspe1@comcast.  No experience is needed!  Thank you for considering! Scott Howe,
CAN WE COUNT ON YOU? Do you prefer doing things behind the scenes, staying out of the limelight?  Can you spare 20 minutes after worship service on a Sunday, just once a month?  The Administration Ministry is in need of some additional people to count the Sunday offerings.  You choose the dates and which service to count after; there are always two people counting, so you're never alone.  This is an easy way to help support Ark and Dove.  Want to know more?  Contact Wendy Wellington, Administration Elder:, 410-923-3814 (Where to find me at church: Adult Choir - 9:30 service; Sunday School - 11:00 service). 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Sharing Resources and Changing Lives As a part of One Great Hour of Sharing, one third of the proceeds go toward the Self-Development of People, helping low-income communities across the United States overcome hardships such as oppression and injustice.
For 47 years, Baltimore's own Glenwood Life Counseling Center has been treating heroin addicts with Methadone, a painkiller without the euphoric effects of heroin, to wean them out of addiction without triggering agonizing heroin withdrawal symptoms. Not only have they focused on curing the physical effects of addiction, they've dedicated themselves to improving the lives of their patients with finding homes, jobs, medical insurance, and other vital services for when they are less likely to relapse.

Last year, with the help of four local churches, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Habitat for Humanity, and several local merchants, Glenwood Life began a community 'Recovery Garden' in a formerly abandoned lot. Help contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing, and contribute to making your community a brighter place. Anthony Saylor, 

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!        
REAL JOYS! FOSTER/ADOPTIVE PARENT GROUP This Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Are you a foster/adoptive parent or are you interested in learning more about life as a foster/adoptive parent? Join us the second Saturday morning of every month, beginning this Saturday, from 10 am-12 pm at Ark & Dove, for coffee, discussion, and encouragement. This group is a place to discuss the very real joys and struggles of parenting through foster care/adoption. The group is open to any current or former foster/adoptive parents whether you are licensed with the state, a private agency, or are just interested in talking with other parents who have experienced this journey! Please contact Erika Ford at 410-897-3911 or to RSVP or for more information.
Antiracism and Social Equity
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US What is race?  How do we define or name the races, and what assumptions do we make about race?  Join us this Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 for a presentation of The Difference Between Us, Episode 1 of the PBS Series Race: The Power of an Illusion.  We'll follow the 1 hour film with discussion.  Sign up ONLINE. Questions? Paula Sparks,
Rev. Hawkins' tiny staff of three cannot do all this alone. Rev. Hawkins affirmed that "God is God of your whole life, not just at church. Political activity needs the presence of the church like never before." His advice: "Don't feel you have to handle every issue. Pick your fight. When you reach out to Congress members, make it personal. They have staff for the facts." So, when you attempt to discern where you are called "to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8), pay attention to the issues that tug at your heartstrings and step forward to be a social witness. Linnie Girdner,
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,     
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,   
Outreach and Connection


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 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 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; two granddaughters; 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; a family in transition; Rev. Ed Geigen's son, Micah; neighbors in Seven Oaks; and Jerri Webb's best friend and her best friend's mother.  
PRAYERS OF LOVE for Tanner Lennox and Tanner's family and friends.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Connally family on the death of Chris Dixon, Reggie's brother.
PRAYERS OF JOY AND GRATITUDE on the healthy birth of Willa Jean Murray, 6 pounds 3 ounces, the daughter of Adrienne and Zach and sister of Jonah, on March 8, 2018!
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
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