Stephen Ministers Commissioning
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are welcome to the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services, as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Easter and the
commissioning of the Stephen ministers .
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

The Bible teaches, by example and exhortation, that we each need companions who will stand by us and walk with us in this journey of faith (see Ruth, Proverbs 17:17, 18:24, John 15:13, etc.). This life is not meant to be lived alone. The sufferings of this life should not be endured alone. People of faith stand by those who suffer and struggle. For this reason, we have the Stephen Ministry. Stephen ministers are spiritual caregivers who are equipped to walk with us through many difficulties. They are well-trained to listen and love us through troubles and trials we ought not experience alone. We already have gifted Stephen Ministers who have been and continue to care for our congregation in this way. I am pleased that we are commissioning five more this Sunday! Join us Sunday as we celebrate the hard work they have done and commission them to serve us all. If you would like to speak with a Stephen Minister, please contact our leaders Kelly Burnett ( and Laurie Barrow ( All inquiries are kept in confidence. Stephen Ministers are ready to stand by you!

The Bible also teaches, by example and exhortation, to stand by victims of violence (the Good Samaritan, James 1:27, etc.). For this reason, Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) is hosting an education event to learn how we can commit to reduce gun violence in our communities. We cannot stand idly by as so many, even those we know, are taken by gun violence. We must stand by the victims. This Sunday, May 5th, we will learn from a national leader in gun violence prevention about how we might do this. The event is called "Do Not Stand Idly By" and will take place at Mount Olive Community Life Center in Annapolis, 3:00-4:30 pm. Please contact me or Cheryl Walcutt ( if you have any questions or need to carpool.

Let us stand by our friends and neighbors in faith, hope, and love.


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
Follow me. -The Risen Christ to Peter in John 21:19
God in Christ: prepare us to leave behind whatever hinders us from following in your footsteps. You walk in ways of love, peace, justice, and humility. We walk about with hatreds, troubles, ill-intent, and pride. Meet us again in our pathways and direct us forward. Let us go in faith. Amen.
As we prepare to install our new Stephen Ministers, this week's music contains themes of commitment, servanthood and hope for the future. The prelude, Here I am, Lord will be heard later on in the service as a congregational hymn. Kelly Willard's Make Me a Servant is a fitting introit and the choir will continue with a lovely choral setting of Natalie Sleeth's Hymn of Promise, which the congregation last sang on Easter. Sleeth's flowing music is one of very few contemporary sacred choral works to also become a steady part of congregational hymn-singing.

Our rehearsals for Brahms' Requiem will continue on Thursday, May 9th at 8 pm. Please get in touch if you're interested in being a part of this amazing journey! (Email:


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.
This Sunday we celebrate the commissioning of new Stephen Ministers! Join us as we welcome those who have been called to this ministry.

The band is looking for volunteers to assist with running the audio board, as well as help with setting up and striking gear for services. A very cool opportunity for anyone interested in learning their way around this side of worship! Anyone interested can email me, and we will train you on the board!

God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
Donating in the Digital Age

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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,
Stephen Ministry Commissioning
Commissioning this Sunday: Both Services
Stephen Ministry is designed to train laypeople for Christian caring ministry. It allows us to help bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, hurting or experiencing other stresses in life.  Stephen ministers work arm-in-arm with Ark and Dove’s pastors and deacons to extend care to members and friends who need one-on-one care.  

Our dedicated trainees have been meeting weekly since October for significant spiritual development, and we look forward to our second Stephen minister commissioning this Sunday at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) services!

Please keep our newly commissioned Stephen ministers in your prayers as they launch their ministry to bring Christ’s love, on behalf of the Ark and Dove congregation, to those who are hurting. We thank God for the gifts of these wonderful individuals who have devoted so much of their time, energy and love to this ministry:

  • Fred Barrow
  • Ed Barrett
  • Judy Cooper
  • J Perry
  • Anne-Marie Rosenthal

These five will join the first commissioned Stephen ministers: Laurie Barrow, Kelly Burnett, Denise Grassel, Mary Stum and Vaughn Brown (retired).

To learn more about Stephen Ministry, please visit Or ask a Stephen minister! We’d love the opportunity to talk to you about Stephen Ministry! In God’s love, Laurie Barrow ( and Kelly Burnett (, Stephen Ministry leaders      
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
- Galatians 6:2
Deacons' Corner
Deacons' Fund Giving: May 5 - May 12
One of the annual special offerings at Ark & Dove is the Deacons Fund offering, which we accept any time during the year. If you receive offering envelopes there is a pink one in the box for this offering (between May 5 and May 12). The Deacons Fund enables us to help our church households through situations that arise during the year and require more than we have available in the annual ministry and mission budget. Providing a reception for a large memorial service is one example, but often the circumstances require privacy and therefore are not known to most of the congregation. The Board of Deacons is grateful for your contributions. Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons,
Christian Education
VBS Information Meeting this Sunday!
Registration information coming soon! Parents, youth and all interested leaders, please join us for an information meeting this Sunday, May 5th between services (approximately 10:40). We’ll share an overview of the program and a sign-up for areas of need. Contact Christina Nelson or Laura Rockwell with questions.
Vacation Bible School
Save the date! Vacation Bible School! July 8 to July 12!
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 (
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 this Monday, 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,
Featured item for May--DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raisins, craisins, unsweetened pineapple rings, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  Thank you for your donations!  
Planning for the Future: Estates and Wills
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 2-4 pm, you are invited to a seminar on estates and wills. Items discussed will include: strategic wealth, tax considerations and legal implications. The seminar is free, but registration is requested. Please register at: Sponsored by the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter, Delta Theta Sigma Sorority. Questions? Please contact Ylonda Fauntleroy,
Our Church Home
Help Needed!
The Facilities ministry is in deep need of 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. 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
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, through 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 this 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.
Antiracism and Social Equity
Parenting Forum on Raising Race Conscious Children
Sunday, May 19th, 2-4 pm. Facilitator, Skye Bailey, from SURJ Annapolis is the founder of Speed Raceing, Save Our Kids, and Community Organized Prayer Schedules (a monthly prayer circle for police officers and communities of color to gather in prayer for community harmony and safety). Her presentation on race will be for elementary and middle school age children, with time for parents to provide feedback and discuss any fears and/or concerns they have on the subject matter. The following topics will be discussed in an age-appropriate manner:

  •    color blind
  •    bias
  •    empathy
  •    diversity
  •    stereotypes
  •    fairness
  •    kindness

Childcare will be provided for younger children. The event is free. Sign-up sheet in the lobby or you can email Paula Sparks or Jen Roman
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 15 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, which is referenced above. The volunteers from the sponsoring organizations could use some Ark and Dove folks' help with directing parking, greeting, etc. Let's show what a welcoming church we are. Please let me know if you are interested by texting or calling me at 410-999-7892 or emailing me at Thanks. Linnie
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Edie and Richard Budd; 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; Norma Forgrave’s son-in-law, Mike Fox; 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; 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; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; 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; Thomas and Judy Kochis; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Miller and Krauth families upon the death of Kathy Miller’s mother, Dolores Krauth.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Shorter family and Lewis Shorter upon the death of his wife, Marie.

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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