About the Ark


READINGS FOR THE WEEK:   Use this to view or print off the study materials for the coming week.  Join us as we connect our own lives with the Word.

Times and places to join one of the study groups.

Monday evening and Thursday afternoons: Monday 7: 00- 8:30 Thursday 3:30-5 pm

Zoom Video Conference  Join us via video conferencing on your computer, Ipad or smartphone.

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Thursday afternoons: 3:45-5:15  St. Ludmila Parish Center at 2107 J. St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Beginning Nov. 29th you will be able to join our Thursday group which will have a new time starting at 3:30- 5:00 pm via zoom also. 

Here at The Ark you will find the lectionary pdf files, links of interest, short book reviews and more.

Prayer sheet

Note new time for Thursday group 3:30-5 pm

Dec. 16th

Dec. 23rd

MERRY CHRISTMAS: no classes this week

Dec. 30th

HAPPY NEW YEAR -no classes Monday-join us on Thur. afternoon at 3:30 via Zoom

Jan. 6th

Jan. 13th

Jan. 20th

These prayer sheets are being used to open committee meetings in churches and the discussion questions are being posted in bulletins. This enables faith communities using either the Roman or Revised Common lectionaries to pray together more fully, while preparing worshipers to receive the Word more attentively. Please feel free to use and or recommend them to others. Some have suggested they be the front pages of bulletins.

For years I have used my “bible tower” to help people visualize the importance and place of each book in the Old Testament (BCE). The size of the block, and where the block is on the tower is a way to sense the context and importance of each book. Click on the link to print off your copy. It will give the dates, important theological insights and historical events of the period.

From Connie:  The river Jordan flows into two seas: the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The main difference between the seas is the life in them. One is full of abundant life, the other has very little. The one receives the river and lets it flow on through. The other only receives. This site is the way that I can let the river “flow on through”. In this metaphor the water is the gift of the Holy Spirit, or as my friends will tell you, I call the Sneaky Spirit. So I hope you find water for your spiritual growth within these offerings.

Biography: I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and has served as a NACC Chaplain in hospitals, a prison, and most recently retired after 20 years as a co-founder and chaplain for a hospice program.  I hold degrees in Criminal Justice from Kirkwood Community College and a Masters in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology. I received certification as a Catholic Chaplain after  completing a residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.When serving as a pastoral associate of a large urban parish I conducted a lectionary study program that has now met continuously for over 38 years. The Lectionary Study Guides available on this site are the outcome of all those years of “breaking open” the Word with as many as 4 groups a week. If you find them useful please feel free to introduce them to others.