E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove

This Sunday we will be holding our special Youth Sunday Services at 9:30 am and 11:00 am Worship! Welcome!  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Christina and I were astounded by the generosity of this congregation over the past week and of the past months. The Marshall room last Sunday was beautifully decorated, there was an abundance of lovely food, the kindness was palpable, and the joy was tangible. Over lunch, the men shared great advice with me about fatherhood. Gifts have filled our house and continue to fill my office! We cannot even begin to express how thankful we are. Our baby boy is already so well taken care of--he is so loved. Thank you.

Youth Sunday is this weekend! You will not want to miss this. Nearly everything in the worship service was planned, written, and prepared by the youth. They have written illuminating prayers and encouraging words, they have been working on uplifting music for all ages, and they are ready to play a part in every aspect of the service. The children and youth of this church are leading us into the future with joy and commitment.

Following the 11 am worship service, the Antiracism and Social Equity Team is hosting a viewing of the Academy Award nominated documentary 13th. This film reckons with the ongoing legacy of slavery in our nation. Particularly, it addresses the distressing realities of mass incarceration in the U.S. As Matthew 25 tells us, we are to see Jesus in the stranger and prisoner. This film will get us one step closer to the vision Jesus requires of us. Lunch will be provided. Please see below for more information.

Lastly, we are heading into Lent this coming week. Please join us for Shrove Tuesday this week at 6:30 pm. There will be plenty of food and fun for all! The following day we will be blessed by an Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm. As you head into Lent, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Word by Word, which is a wonderful daily devotion that I know will encourage you. We have sign-ups for small groups available to deepen your devotional experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and one another.     
Pastor Jon 


Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. -1 Timothy 4:12

God of all generations: We thank you that you have raised up children and youth all around us to teach us. Grant us the patience, discernment, and open-mindedness to listen to what they have to say to us. Teach us your wisdom through our youth. Renew us, through them, in love, faith, and purity of heart. Inflame in us a childlike curiosity, wonder, and joy all of our days. Amen.  

YOUTH SUNDAY  February 26, 9:30 am and 11:00 am 
SHROVE TUESDAY  February 28, 6:30 pm 
ASH WEDNESDAY  March 1, 7:00 pm 
TAIZE March  1, 8, 15, 22, 7:00 pm 

Please join us this week for Youth Sunday!  The kids have been working hard to prepare a meaningful service, and they are excited to present our music at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services. You will hear blended music and talented singers, cellists, a clarinetist and so many others. Looking forward to seeing you there!



and Per Capita. Many opportunities await you!


WORD BY WORD A Daily Lenten Spiritual Practice, beginning March 5th. $14 per book and sign-up in the lobby. 
  • Sundays, 11:00 am, March 5th - April 2nd. Contact: Betsy Baer, bbaer1216@aol.com.
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am, March 8th - April 5th. Contact: Linnie Girdner, lkgirdner@comcast.net.
  • Thursdays, 7:00 pm, March 9th - April 6th. Contact: Tim Stern, timsstern@gmail.com.
  • Fridays, 7:00 pm, March 10th - April 7th. Contact: Shelley and James Franklin, shelleyfranklin@vwrld.net.
  • Saturdays, 9:00 am, March 4, 18 and April 1. Contact: Kim Champagne, kim.champagne@gmail.com.
LENTEN DEVOTIONS Join us this Lenten season for an opportunity to deepen your spiritual life with daily devotions! As a congregation, we are reading sections from " Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice" by Marilyn McEntyre. The book guides us on daily meditations on one word or phrase for a week. The meditations are rich and illuminating. Here are our weekly words to meditate upon for Lent:
March 5-11 Listen 
March 12-18 Let Go 
March 19-25 Resist 
March 26-April 1 Be Still 
April 2-8 Dare

We are putting together small groups throughout Lent that will discuss these themes each week. You can sign up for those in the lobby. Starting this Sunday, we will have books available to you. They are $14 dollars a book. They can also be found on Amazon. If you cannot commit to a small group, you are still encouraged to pick up a copy of the devotional book and read along with us. If you are looking for a Lenten discipline or spiritual practice, this is a great opportunity to enrich your faith. Questions? See Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com), or Linnie Girdner (lkgirdner@comcast.net).
Deacons' Corner


On Sunday, March 12th, the Board of Deacons will be conducting their annual all-call.  They will be reaching out to the congregation to see how everyone is doing!  Be on the lookout that afternoon for a call from your deacon.  Greg Makar, Moderator of Deacons, glmakar@juno.com.

GRIEF GROUP The next meeting of the Healing through Grief small group will be on Thursday, March 2nd,  7 pm - 8:15 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved family member or dear friend, no matter how recent or long ago, is invited to attend. No sign up needed, though it is appreciated. Drinks will be provided. The group is facilitated by Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner. For more information contact Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or lkgirdner@comcast.net.   
 The Deacons at Ark and Dove are excited to welcome Greg Makar, Kathy Miller
and Kaity Gaurin  to the Board of Deacons.  
Please meet the 2017 Board of Deacons with their new Alphas and responsibilities:
Greg Makar   
Moderator, All Saints List
glmakar@juno.com, h 301-483-8255, c 443-812-4611
Cheryl Walcutt
A,B, Y, Z Baptism Coordinator
walcutt_family@hotmail.com, c 240-421-5007, h 410-672-0842
Kathy Miller      
C-E Meals Coordinator
katemkmiller@gmail.com, 443-794-5122              
Brian Boudreau
G-I Secretary
boudreaubrian@hotmail.com, 847-563-0976    
Cathy Debus     
F, J-L Funerals, Memorial Services & other receptions  
cathy.debus@gmail.com , c 410-919-8284, h 410-451-4489
Sue Hanburger
M-P Prayer Partners, Communications
avongypsygal@gmail.com, 410-980-2800    
Lindsey Hoxie  
Q-R, T-X Nominating Team
lindseyraewalker@gmail.com, 757-303-0593    
Judy Cooper      
S Meals Coordinator
jkcooper@umd.edu, 301-919-0919    
Kelly Burnett    
Stephen Ministry Coordinator
kellyB327@aol.com, 410-320-7845    
Kaity Gaurin      
Youth and Young Adults
kmgaurin@gmail.com, 443-883-6761    
COMFORT QUICKIES: SELF-CARE WHILE GRIEVING Here are some pointers on how to take a break from strong emotions and take care of one's self. They are excerpted from the Comfort Quickies by Chris Rothman, Ph.D. www.griefcounselor.org.

*    Lie in the sun streaming in through your windows. Bathe, breathe in the sun.
*    Designate an afternoon or evening and take the phone off the hook.
*    When you are worried or obsessing, set up a specific time of the day to "worry" for 20 minutes.  Set a timer.  When time is up, do something rewarding for yourself.
*    Do something you're good at.  It is important to ground yourself in your skills and abilities, even if the outcome isn't up to par (trouble concentrating and decreased zest are common in grief).
*    Comfort yourself by taking a warm bath using your favorite scents, and burn aroma therapy candles-it's invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
*    Wrap up in a warm blanket.  Put on relaxation tapes and sip on your favorite tea or hot chocolate!
*    Dressed in comfortable clothing, find a rocking chair and "rock your troubles away."
*    Play music that matches your mood.  Feel understood by the songs and singers that share your experiences.
*    Find something alive to care for:  plants, pets, fish, etc.
*    Eat at least one nourishing meal each day, even if the food doesn't hit your taste buds like you're used to.
*    Breathe-really breathe!  Full belly.  In through the nose, slowly out through the mouth.
*    Say "No" to something...(and "Yes" to yourself).
*    Try gentle exercise like yoga, tai chi, or walking.
*    Spend some time in nature.  Hug a tree!
*    Make a memory box, collage, or journal to store your thoughts and memories.
*    And I would add to join a group and share with others who are also grieving.

~ Linnie Girdner, lkgirdner@comcast.net



with James Sunday of World Relief
All are invited the evening of March 8th.
Questions? Please contact, Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com.  

DOCUMENTARY VIEWING OF 13TH The Anti-Racism/Social Equity Team invites you to join us this Sunday, February 26th immediately following the second service for soup, salad and viewing of the documentary, 13th.  Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary opens with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in the U.S. through mass incarceration. 13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.  Please sign up in the lobby for lunch and childcare or HERE!

Our Silver Celebration

SILVER CELEBRATION:  25 YEARS OF FAITH, FAMILY AND FRIENDS Ark and Dove is planning many activities to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017. Among the activities are a 25th anniversary celebration worship service on October 22 (mark your calendar now!) followed by a lunch/brunch with lots of activities taking place that day.  We are also planning a new church picture directory to come out this year; a video; church members sharing memories in worship and the arkive;  new banners; a mission project; a prayer vigil; an updated church history shared on bulletin boards and many other activities.  If you would like to share your time and talents on any of these activities, please contact Donna Anderson at donna.anderson30@aol.com  There are many short and long term projects to help out with. 
Groundbreaking for First Building, 1995

Youth Fundraiser

All youth in 8th grade or above (for the '16-'17 school year), all college aged young adults, and all "young at heart" adults are invited to the GenOn Youth Summit at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Sunday, July 16th to Saturday, July 22nd. This is an opportunity to grow in FAITH, and have LOTS of fun! Early Bird Registration is $425 per person, which includes a $125 deposit that is due by 3/1/17. Forms due To Kelly B. by Sunday, February 26th to qualify for the Early Bird Rate. Regular Registration is $450 per person, also including a $125 deposit that is due by 4/1/17. Forms due To Kelly B by Sunday, 26th to qualify for the Regular Rate. Late Registrations will be accepted, based on space, at a rate of $475 per person. FINAL PAYMENTS are due by June 1st. Questions? Please contact Kelly Burnett (kellyb327@aol.com, 410-544-5779 home, 410-320-7845 cell) to get a registration package or visit www.genonministries.org and click on the Summer Youth Summits link anytime!        
Prayer Concerns

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Dot Bruno; Lori Kronser; Lori Kronser's father, Cliff Corn; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Adell Gaurin; Cliff Wellington's father, Roy; the Held family; Joshua Anthis; Kim Schroen; Zach Murray; Ray Mosella; Lance Bergersen; 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; 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; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Laura Doughty's cousin; Kathy Miller's friend, Maggie; Ann Marie Farley; Sue Hanburger's friend, Kim; and Dick and Carol Baily.

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

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Barrow and Beckwith families, on the death of Laurie and Fred Barrow's sister-in-law, Cathy Beckwith.

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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