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Baltimore women move to a new level with publication

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Many people associate writing skills with an educational , such as in school. The ladies of Ark Church, however, are taking writing to a new level. Sunday May 4, 2014 found them gathered together at 4:00 p.m. for a booksigning of their new release entitled, 'Water at the Ark'.

The book is a self-published compilation of poetry and other reflections on water, life, God and Jesus, written by the women.

The idea for the project was birthed last year and actions were set in place to see it to fruition. A call for submissions was made at the end of January and one month was allowed for any woman at the church to submit their creations, which were then put together in one file. The project generated excitement and enthusiasm among the women, who waited patiently for the book release day.

Church members were given the opportunity to pre-order their books.

The women whose works are included in 'Water at the Ark' are: Pat Abraham, Niger Alabi, Wanda Burns, Minister Satarah V. Cheeks, Shahvir Cheeks, Janice Duncan, Carolyn Eden, Cynthia Hall, Kim Michelle Hawkins, Pam Moten, Sonia Moyd, D'Ana Nelson, Robin Oliver-Wright, Cassandra Randall, Sharon Rogers, Edith Smiley, Elayne Smith, Shirley Waddy, Donna Warking, Betty Williams, and Jennie Wyche.

For some of the women, this was a step outside of their comfort zone because some had never even composed a poem before or been an authoress at all. A reception followed the booksigning. It was a great time for fellowship and unity.

The church's website is

'Water at the Ark' is available for purchase at the church or by calling 410-539-1591.

The pastor of Ark Church, located at 1263 E. North Avenue is Bishop-elect J. L. Carter. The church's website is