E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

Come celebrate the Fourth Sunday of  Easter at both the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services!

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

It's always great to see cars come right up to our front door and start unloading items for our yard sale. The Calvin room is officially overflowing! I promise, I haven't grabbed goodies for myself. Thank you to the youth leaders, youth, and Boy Scouts who are making our yard sale possible. The sale is tomorrow 8 am to 1 pm. Please come by and support the youth and Boy Scouts!

I am also very grateful for the wonderful show of hospitality that was last week's Spaghetti Dinner. Thank you to all the youth, leaders, musicians, cooks, cleaners, and organizers. It was great to see so many people eating around tables, serving one another. After all, that was how the church began!

Pastor Tim and Laura Willoughby Perry are approaching the end of their experience in Guatemala. We pray for safe travels and are eager to hear from them about all they have learned.

Lastly, I want to invite you to the many opportunities for growth and learning we have coming up. Next week, our Adult Education team has a book study on the faithful response to Refugees and we will have a class on Tuesday night that will outline basic Presbyterian beliefs--all are welcome! For all church leaders who have or who are leading the various ministries in our church, I invite you to a special event on May 20. We will have Carol Howard Merritt, a sought after speaker and lauded author, come to speak. We are hosting members of churches around the Presbytery. 9 am to 12 noon, refreshments provided.

I always look forward to seeing you!

Pastor Jon    

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In grass meadows he makes me lie down, by quiet waters guides me. My life he brings back. He leads me on pathways of justice for his name's sake. Though I walk in the vale of death's shadow, I fear no harm, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff--it is they that console me. You set out a table before me in the face of my foes. You moisten my head with oil, my cup overflows. Let but goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for many long days. 
- Psalm 23, trans. Robert Alter

Guide us, O Holy One, to the places and spaces that rejuvenate us. Gather us alongside those that sustain us. Fill us with the food that nourishes the soul. Redirect us, when we have gone astray. Call us again by name, so we can hear you anew. You are the Good Shepherd who does everything for us to thrive. You are the Self-emptying One who goes to the ends of the earth with us. May we find comfort in this knowledge today and forevermore. Amen.


Please join us this Sunday as we sing a piece from our cantata. We will be accompanied by Laura Doughty on flute. Mark your calendars for May 21st. You won't want to miss the entire presentation of our cantata, Resurrection Alleluias, with the orchestra and choir. 



Many opportunities await you!

Youth Fundraiser

YARD SALE TOMORROW! Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm We will be accepting donations for the yard sale Friday evening until 8:00 pm. Shop for bargains Saturday and support our youth mission trips and the Boy Scouts. Please contact Amy Tardiff itsmemim@gmail.com with questions about the sale.
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER SUCCESS! A huge thank you to all patrons, volunteers, and sponsors of the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser!  The night was a big success in so many ways!  Fellowship, fundraising, good food, and fabulous teamwork! Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com


Transformations: The Capital Savings Fund Campaign
WELCOME TO TRANSFORMATIONS!  Transformations is the name of our new campaign to save for a building expansion -- an expansion that will allow us to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our congregation and our community in ways that we can't right now.  The transformation we envision will provide us with fellowship space to accommodate larger groups for receptions, funerals, community outreach meetings and more.  It will provide showers, so that we can better meet the needs of our winter relief guests, or host groups from out of town or families in temporary need.  It will provide more adult classroom and meeting space for continued spiritual growth.  It will improve the Sunday morning worship and fellowship experience through improvements to the lobby and sanctuary and relocation of the office spaces.  There will be much more communication coming from the Transformations team in the weeks ahead, but for now, we want you to imagine the possibilities for what this church could be if we take this step of faith to... transform.  Steve Debus, steven.debus89@gmail.com

Outreach and Connections


invites members and interested seniors to "LET'S HAVE LUNCH and Talk" at The Hideaway, on Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 p.m. Please sign up on the sheet in the lobby or let Joan Berry (berry962@verizon.net) or Frances Keyes (frkeyes1005@gmail.com) know so we can make the appropriate number of reservations.   We hope to see you then to socialize and see what you might want to do, and when, this summer.
NEW MEMBERS/INQUIRERS CLASS Saturday, May 13th, 8:30am thru 12:30pm. Please join us for a New Members/Inquirers Class where you can meet other people who have been visiting Ark and Dove and enjoy breakfast and fellowship.  This "no obligation" class is just for you if you want to learn more about Ark and Dove and what it means to be a member. We'll provide breakfast and childcare.  Hope to see you there!  Sign-up sheet in the lobby, or email Donna Anderson, Outreach and Connection Elder, donna.anderson30@aol.com. 
Adult Christian Ed


Are you wondering what it means to be a Presbyterian? Are you curious about what Presbyterians believe? Join us Tuesday, May 9 at 7 pm in the Marshall Room. All are welcome to a discussion about Presbyterian beliefs led by Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com). 
Stephen Minister Training

STEPHEN MINISTRY Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who are specially trained to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community experiencing challenges in life -- grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss and many other difficulties.  Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister?  There will be information sessions on May 31at 7:00 pm, and on June 4 after both services. Our Stephen Leaders Laurie Barrow and Kelly Burnett will host these 3 events. If you have an interest in learning more about this ministry, please plan to attend one of them.  If you cannot attend any of the sessions, but are interested in learning more please contact the leaders and one of them will be happy to set up a time to meet with you.  Training for the new class of ministers will begin on September 18, 2017.  Laurie Barrow, Stephen Minister, barrowfl@aol.com.

MISSION MINISTRY MEETING The bimonthly meeting of the mission ministry will be held on May 10 at 7:00 in the Ark and Dove room. All are welcome to attend. Team updates and formalizing our refugee resettlement and welcoming team will be discussed. Questions? Contact Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com. 
Have you ever witnessed hateful behavior, speech or harassment directed to another person because of their color, sex, religion, or refugee status? Would you know how to respond? Join us on Saturday, May 20th when SURJ Annapolis & Anne Arundel County will offer a free Bystander Intervention Training, conducted by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. Together we'll learn principles of nonviolence and de-escalation using interactive scenarios. For complete details and to register (note: registration ends May 17th) follow this LINK! Paula Sparks, trebleclef48@gmail.com. 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING If you haven't made your gift towards this offering yet, it's not too late; we will continue to collect this offering over the next few weeks. These gifts are used by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support the Self Development of People, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com

Featured item for May is DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raisins, craisins, pineapple rings, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!   
Prayer Concerns

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

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Bob Johns; Karen Dodson; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; John Boswell; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Brian Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; David Chidlow's mother, Betty Jayne Chidlow; Dot Forloines; Dot Forloines' brother, Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; the Solano family; Patty Tucker's father, John; Kenji Nishikawa's friend, Drew DeArmond; Robert Schultz; Lisa; and Dick and Carol Baily.
PRAYERS FOR SAFE AND BLESSED TRAVELS for those traveling to Guatemala with the Presbytery.

LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Russell family and the Central Presbyterian Church community upon the death of John Russell.

PRAYERS OF CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT go out to the Hilary and Paul Ferrell upon the birth of Lila, who is in the NICU receiving care.
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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Odenton, MD  21113
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