Youth Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Youth Sunday
This Sunday!
At the 9:30 and 11 am services, the children and youth of Ark and Dove will be leading us in worship. You are invited to hear the word of Jesus through his young disciples.

All participants, please arrive no later than 9:00 am.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

There is much to be thankful for in this church, and this Sunday in worship our lay preachers will explore gratitude, as we continue our exploration of linking gratitude with abundance. Our stewardship brochures have been mailed and are now arriving in the homes of the Ark and Dove community. They are coming in a large brown envelope. Please read the brochure and be in prayer for the next week . Our Celebration of Gratitude Sunday will be April 7th. We ask that you bring your pledge cards to worship on April 7th to place them on the communion table during worship in gratitude of God's abundance.

Coincidentally, or providentially, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County released their report, Poverty Amidst Plenty VI this very week. It is a community needs assessment for our county. As we plan our future mission endeavors, it will be wise for all mission-minded people to delve into this eye-opening, frank assessment of our county. You can download it from here: http://www.cfaac.org/

I am delighted that our Finance Team has created an avenue for texting contributions to the church. Already we have two options set up. You can give to the Operating Fund or to One Great Hour of Sharing. Details in the article below.

Peace to you as you continue your Lenten journey,

Pastor Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great Sovereign above all gods.
-Psalm 95:1-3
O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

by Walter Rauschenbusch
Stewardship
Stewardship Task Force Outreach
Are you ready for April 7th?

Brochures and pledge cards were put in the mail this week. The Stewardship task force has been working hard to meet with all of you to learn what you are grateful for in relation to Ark & Dove. We have had some incredibly great meetings where hearts and thoughts were shared. Thank you to all who accepted our meeting requests. If you didn't get the chance to meet with a member of our task force and would like to, we would still love to hear from you. Just reach out to anyone on the Stewardship team and we can help get that time set up. With receipt of our brochure and the pledge card, you should now have information on the church financial position and what our goals are and more importantly, what drove those goals.

While this is great information to have and should be shared with all our members and givers, as you prayerfully consider your pledge, focus on the relationship between your financial resources and your faith. As much as the church needs money to provide all the wonderful services and opportunities for spiritual growth, determining how much you should give is a faith based decision. It is between you and God, not between you and the Stewardship team. The Bible speaks to being a generous and cheerful giver and is clear that tithing should be a goal. I would also challenge you to consider all your methods of giving - your engagement, your passion and your investment.

So what is a pledge? From the Webster's dictionary we learn that pledge is both a noun and a verb meaning the following:

  • a solemn promise or undertaking (vow, word, commitment, assurance, oath, covenant, bond), or
  • the act of formally declaring or promising.

But why do we need to do this? Why do we need to put it in writing? What happens if something changes in my financial situation? What if I can't keep up with my pledge? For those that don't know, I will try to answer those questions. For those who know, a bit of patience please. 

Why do we need to do this? Why do we need to put it in writing? - This is actually for several reasons. Let's focus on your personal reason first. You are much more likely to follow through on a commitment if you write it down and even more so if you share it with someone else. This is true for any type of commitment - wedding vows, weight loss journeys, any time you attempt to learn something new (think note taking in school). For some of us, pledging will be a first time activity. We all need help to reach our goals and keeping a commitment is a goal. This is a commitment that you are making based on your faith. Secondly, we, as a church, actually use the information received from pledge cards to project forward our expected income for spending purposes. If we believe we will have enough money coming in that we could, just for example purposes, get the parking lot repaved with a short term loan as we expect sufficient cash flow to pay it back quickly, then that work could move forward. If we believe we will only have enough to meet existing expenses, then we have to wait until we actually get the funds. Our budgets are typically driven by our pledges, our commitments. When people don't pledge or don't pay their pledged amount, that impacts our planning and our spending.

What happens if something changes in my financial situation? What if I can't keep up with my pledge? - This is not a legally binding agreement, like a credit card or loan. This is a faith based project of what you plan to do. If you get behind, try to catch up if you can. Ark & Dove provides quarterly statements so you can see where you are relative to your pledged amount. Should your situation change, for better or worse, you might want to change your pledged giving amount either up or down. All you need to do is submit a new pledge card. The pledge card period runs from June 1, 2019 to December 2020. Obviously for financial planning purposes, we would struggle greatly with managing the church's finances if everyone was changing their pledge all the time. Your pledged amount should be realistic as well as the time-frame for which you pledge - weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. I personally would love to see increases in giving because our members are experiencing abundance! That would be awesome. With our team's commitment to you all to serve for the entire year, there will be ongoing dialogue relating to stewardship throughout the year. We will be here to support and answers questions going forward!

Please read the letter and brochure you receive in the mail and then faithfully consider your pledge. On April 7th we will be bringing forward our completed pledge cards. We will have extra pledge cards in the pews going forward. Our youth are also encouraged to pledge if they receive an allowance or are working. Their faithful relationship with God starts early on and learning to be good stewards is something we should not only model but teach as well. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me, Julia Kirby at maybe_soon98@yahoo.com or Steve Debus at steven.debus89@gmail.com.
This week we look forward to leadership from our youth at Ark & Dove in both services. With musical offerings by the Dove and Joyful Noise Choirs, the Youth Band and the Ark & Dove Youth Ensemble, it will be a Sunday not to be missed! There will be something for everyone!

Palm Sunday and Easter are fast approaching, but it's not too late to contribute your musical talents to the choir! Please join us for rehearsal on April 4th, 11th and 20th as we prepare for these very special services.

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Youth Sunday is approaching quickly. March 31st is the date to mark on your calendars. Our youth will be involved with leading both the choir led and band led services. We will need parent support, so our youth will be able to attend when they are needed. Middle school LOGOS kids will be involved with the band led service; please plan accordingly. Thank you for help with growing our youth program and their leadership and worship arts skills.

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity Opportunities
Generosity Made Easy!
All it takes is one simple text to Ark and Dove’s new Give-By-Text number: 
410-983-3481

Simply text an amount, no dollar sign needed, to the above number, and you will be making a one-time donation, in the amount specified, to the Operating Fund for Ark and Dove.  First-time text givers will receive a link via text for setting up a payment method for giving. Set yours up today, and then during Sunday Offering you can text your donation as you listen to the musical offering. Be sure to provide your email when prompted, so that you receive email receipts for your donations.

You may also donate, at this time, to our One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Type the amount, hit space, type GreatHour.

Watch the weekly Arkive for information about giving by text. 
(Alta Paronto, church treasurer, alparonto@gmail.com; Wendy Wellington, swt520@verizon.net)

DONATE ONLINE ! One Great Hour of Sharing , Peace and Global Witness Offering for ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together , Pledged Giving , and more! Many opportunities await you!
Anne Arundel Connecting Together
Door Knocking Training
TOMORROW!
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 11AM-3PM

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 
COUNTY-WIDE DOOR KNOCKING CAMPAIGN

Help us hear directly from people what issues they are most concerned with addressing!

Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church
8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton
Training, Breakfast, Lunch and Childcare Provided
(RSVP for childcare at Walcutt_family@hotmail.com)
Lent
Taize Contemplative Worship
Come join us for a silence-filled Taize worship service! Join us April 10 at 7:00pm for a half hour of worship designed to help us find the silence within us. Questions? Contact Ryan Stavely (ryan@stavely.org, 410-980-2307).
Pub Theology
Does praying do anything? A conversation over beer and beverages. Join us at the Fricso Tap House on April 3, 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact Pastor Jon ( jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Inquiring Hearts
Learn what it means to be a member!
If you are new to Ark and Dove, please join the New Members/Inquirer’s Class on Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 am to noon 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 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 on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Nicole Howe, nicolehowe123@gmail.com, so we can plan for breakfast and childcare.
Palms and Flowers
Preparing and Welcoming
The Flower Team is accepting donations for palms and flowers for Palm Sunday (April 14) and Easter (April 21) services. Suggested donation amount is $7-$10 dollars. Forms are available in the church bulletin and in the lobby. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Griggs at 443-510-6687 or paulagriggs32@gmail.com.  
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, April 30 to May 28. Need childcare? Let us know. Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) and Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) 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, which is a short story about heaven and hell. We will meet at the end of April for a brief discussion. RSVP: Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Mission
One Great Hour of Sharing
You shall be called the repairer of the breach - Isaiah 58:12
 
We have heard how about One Great Hour of Sharing is about Disaster Relief and helping those who lives are adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. It is about alleviating hunger, and addressing the root causes of poverty so all may be fed. It is also about the Self -Development of People, helping people better themselves and help loosen the bonds of injustice. The Presbyterian Committee on the Self Development of People continues to work with low-income communities across the United States to overcome oppression and injustice. Projects are focused on advocacy, youth-led initiatives, skills development, farming, worker rights and immigration/refugee issues. Through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, over 5,000 projects in economically poor communities in the United States and around the world have had an opportunity to develop solutions to their own challenges. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder csscas@verizon.net
Featured item for March-- RICE (wild rice, short grain brown rice, basmati, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  
Parents Night Out
A fun night for FUNdraising!
Save the date for a Parent's Night Out!  Friday, April 26th, 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Childcare for all ages, activities, and dinner included. Help support our youth groups to lower costs for their summer trips through this fundraiser, and treat yourselves to a night out or in sans kids! More details to come. Nicole Howe, Outreach and Connections Elder, nicolehowe123@gmail.com
Antiracism and Social Equity
Parenting Forum on Raising Race Conscious Children
Save the date! Sunday May 19th 2-4pm. Learn to talk to your kids about race and racism. We are currently arranging a speaker for parents and are considering inviting a Child & Family Therapist to do an interactive and play based discussion with children ages 3-14 years old on understanding race and racism. Please contact Jen Roman at jroman8414@gmail.com if you’re interested so we can determine the number of parents and the ages of children who might be attending.
Good Trouble and more!
Good and Holy Troublemakers! Please join Debbie Arey and Linnie Girdner at the Annual PCUSA  Compassion, Peace, and Justice Training Day  on  Friday, April 5th  at  New York Avenue Presbyterian Church  in D.C. Be prepared to be informed and inspired by learning, connecting, praying, and singing together with Presbyterians from across the country.
Anne & Emmitt: A One-Act Play
The  Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and Theatre Morgan announce a special benefit performance of Janet Langhart Cohen's Anne & Emmett on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the  Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The one-act play is directed by Broadway veteran, Reggie Phoenix.  Or choose from another evening or matinee performance to experience this moving conversation in "Memory" that has lessons for us for repairing the world, "Tikkun Olam. If you would like to connect with others and maybe carpool, let me know which performance and email Linnie Girdner, girdnerlinda@gmail.com or text/call 410-999-7892. 
Community Forum: Opioid Crisis Awareness
Opioid Crisis Awareness Event
Ferndale UMC and Refuge Church Ministries II are co-hosting an Opioid Crisis Awareness Event on Saturday, April 13 at Ferndale UMC (117 Ferndale Rd in Glen Burnie). The event will be held between 9-2 and includes a free lunch. Speakers include Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County Fire & Rescue, Arundel Crisis Response, Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse Coalition, as well as someone who is successfully in recovery. Narcan training will also be offered. Deb Saylor, saylordeb@yahoo.com
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Christy Yeager’s mother and father, Linda and Leon Jordan; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Marie Shorter; Sam Lawson; Agnes Stavely; Steven Kirby; 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; Kim Schroen; 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; Chip Burnett; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Lydia Doughty’s friend, Carley; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie; Ann Hirschy; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; David Michels; Jerri Webb’s friend, Mary Van Orten; Evelyn Ziegler; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Wayne Sweet; Yadong Wei; Laura Talbert’s friend, Kristin Goin; Joan Berry’s daughter-in-law, Camilla; Maxine Dixon and her family; Paula Sparks’ friend, Pat; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT go out to the guests and churches involved with Winter Relief: I-5 Church, Good Shepherd Catholic Church and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

PRAYERS OF SAFETY, SUPPORT HEALING AND LOVE for our sisters and brothers in Mozambique, Milawi and Zimbabwe, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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