The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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From the Session of Ark and Dove
Statement on Racism
The brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and far too many others are tragedies of systemic racial injustices that stand in stark contrast to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We mourn with the families of those killed or injured and grieve for all who experience ongoing racial injustices.
 
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church unequivocally affirms that the lives of African Americans and all people of color matter. We express our support and solidarity in confronting the tragic legacy of slavery and racism in our country. In the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We must let the cry of the prophet Amos ring through our hearts and our land, “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

Justice and love are perfectly united in God’s nature and character. We at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church stand for justice with all those who are oppressed. We express our love and compassion to all people of color by reaffirming our commitment to combat systemic racism, brutal abuse of authority, and white supremacy. We cannot abide by the silence and denials by those in power that spawn widespread inaction and indifference. We unite in peaceful protest and lend our voices in condemning these horrific acts of violence. We renew our pledge to help heal the wounds of racial inequality through listening, learning, advocating, organizing, and seeking policy change.
 
Together, with the peace and love of Christ as our guide, we can be a community that lives out justice and love for all people so that lives are transformed and God’s dream is carried into the world.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community,

I consider it an honor to serve in a church whose Session created the above statement on racism.  When a Session passes a resolution, it is prayerfully speaking to their congregation and the wider community. The hope is that people will take pause and pray about the matters at hand.

In speaking with my African American friends and colleagues these past three weeks, I have heard two themes resurface time and time again. One: the images of the murder of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have re-traumatized them--again. Two: they have some hopefulness in seeing so many white Americans speak up in peaceful protest. In that vein I am going to participate in one more peaceful action this Saturday in Severn--with my mask on while keeping social distance. Details are provided below. No one, who for health or other reasons finds it imprudent to attend, should feel pressured to attend. If attending, please clothe yourself in love. Please wear a mask.

Praying for peace and racial justice,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Late last week, I learned about a Black Lives Matter Peace Walk organized in my neighborhood. At the end of Sunday's live-stream service, I tried to inform you that some Ark and Dovers were planning to attend the walk (which was starting within an hour). However, my voice was not picked up and so we tried to get the message out as soon as possible. Several of you heard within 20 minutes of the march.

Nevertheless, at least 36 members and friends of Ark and Dove showed up! Wearing masks, walking at a distance, holding signs, we knelt in silence and then prayerfully walked a two mile loop through Seven Oaks. Many raised their voices, chanting "George Floyd," "Black Lives Matter," "Justice, Now," and more. Several of these chants were initiated by children, including one of our own. It is amazing that after about 3 months of not seeing one another in person, we quickly assembled.

I am grateful for a congregation so willing to assemble and speak out for justice. As we join voices with many desiring peace in our nation, I encourage you to continue the 21-day race equity challenge: https://myersparkpres.org/project/better-when-were-back-together/

Peace,
Jon
jnelson@arkanddove.org

*p.s. new e-mail: jnelson@arkanddove.org
Verse and Prayer
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

- Matthew 9:35-36
Merciful God, strengthen us in prayer that we may lift up the brokenness of this world, for your healing, and share in the saving love of Jesus Christ. We pray for those who are victims of injustice that they might find fairness and peace. We pray for your creation, that we who inhabit this globe might be good stewards of the air water and land. We pray for those who are lonely in this time of social separation. We pray for those who mourn that they might find comfort. We pray for the sick, that they might find strength. In the name of Jesus. Amen. 
The prelude this week is a meditative version of the famous hymn tune, 'Slane', also known as 'Be Thou My Vision'. Through the wonders of the internet, I'm so happy to welcome my brother as a soloist this week. Peter is based in Sudbury, ON but sings all over Canada and the US at various opera houses, and recently he began his own classical music touring organization with a focus on bringing the arts to underserved communities in Canada's North. You can find out more about him by going to  petermcgillivray.com.

There's still time to submit a recording for our children's 'Jesus Loves Me' project! Let me know asap if you'd like to participate.

Also, we're getting together a virtual adult choir for June 28th. You'll need a device to record, a device to listen to the guide track and earphones. If you've been unable to join choir due to scheduling issues, have a bit of singing experience and would like to exercise those muscles again, we'd love to have you join our virtual community.

Peace,

Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
Most of you might be aware now that the audio and video system have received crucial updates to hardware and software from the generosity of your giving to the livestream fund. This has made it possible to integrate our systems and run smooth services. If you have any interest in learning some of these systems, such as running the audio board, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It is always great to teach these skills, so that we have a larger team of volunteers in rotation to help run services.

God bless,

Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
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Second Sunday After Pentecost
All are invited to join livestream worship at 10:00 am.

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When We Wear Masks,
We Clothe Ourselves in Love
Calling All Graduates
We Want to Celebrate Your Achievements!
If you or a family member graduated—winter 2019 or spring 2020—
from high school, undergrad or grad school, please let us know (admin@arkanddove.org)! We understand that it has been very hard to complete programs without the traditional endings and celebrations. We want to celebrate your achievements, especially under these circumstances. Please include the graduate's name, school and, if applicable, degree. Graduates will be included in the prayer list, formally acknowledged in the June 21 bulletin and celebrated by the Ark and Dove community.
Prayer and Peace Walk
Christian Education
The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis. Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha.

James Cone wanted us to see the connection between these three killings. Famed artist, Chance the Rapper, tweeted Cone's reflections in the wake of Floyd's murder, making Cone all the more relevant to a new audience. In Cone's book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, he helps us to see how Christ has been and is crucified on American soil. His book is a sober look at the injustices done to black and brown bodies, including Jesus of Nazareth. It is also an exploration of the ways musical artists, theologians, and writers found hope in seeing Jesus in contemporary suffering.

On June 23, 7 pm, Pastor Tim and I will host a discussion on Cone's provocative identification of Jesus of Nazareth with the sufferings of black persons in America. We encourage you to pick up and read Cone's short book in advance, but you do not have to read the book to participate. Our discussion will include music and poetry. If you would like to join, please contact Pastor Jon at (jnelson@arkanddove.org).
My Life Matters
My Life Matters, photograph by Rebecca Bell Echols
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (timsstern@gmail.com) to receive an invitation.
Christian Education
Coming Soon!
Summer Bible Club
This summer, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church will be offering a virtual Summer Bible Club for kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade. There will be opportunities for youth and adults to get involved too! We will be adapting five lessons of the Vacation Bible School Curriculum "On Earth, as in Heaven", for five weeks of Summer Bible Club fun. The program invites children and adults to (re)-experience the Lord's Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. There will be a combination of online, family and Zoom activities. Summer Bible Club will start the week of July 13. Registration information is on the way. In the meantime, any adult or middle and high school youth interested in helping out (on-line/at home game and craft ideas, group leaders, music, AV, stories) can contact Christina Nelson, christinajoy87@gmail.com or Linda Lewis, lclewis022@gmail.com.
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at jbdevers@gmail.com. 
This week!
Zoom Games and Bible Lessons
We hope children and youth will join us for our opportunities to play zoom games and share lessons of faith.
 
·        Senior High Fellowship, Sunday @ 5 pm
·        Middle School Fellowship, Tuesday @ 5:30 pm
·        Kindergarten through 5th Grade, Wednesday @ 5 pm
 
Please check your e-mail for the zoom links. For security reasons, we will not post them publicly. Any questions? Email Pastor Jon (jnelson@arkanddove.org ) or Julie Devers (jbdevers@gmail.com).
Godly Play
Godly Play, our Sunday school program for Kindergarten through 5th grade, takes place via zoom on Sunday mornings at 9am. Amy Tardiff leads our Godly Play program. Our host welcomes the children; the storyteller tells a story and then leads the children in reflection and wondering. If you have any questions about Godly Play or would like to be put on our list to receive zoom invitations, please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, at jbdevers@gmail.com.
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.
Deacons
Codenames Over Zoom!
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from eemakar@aol.com. Get the game at www.horsepaste.com/deacons. There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for John Mikeska, Sean Futch and Joan Berry who are recovering from surgery; John Rolewicz; Adell Gaurin; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave; Bruce and Debbie Arey; Ben Rollins’ sister, Caroline; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Daryl Sensenig; Amy Grimm’s sister and grandparents and Amy’s father; Merlin Berry; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, and granddaughter, Sarah; Ellen Makar’s uncle, Carl Erickson; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Hollis Butterworth’s brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Debbie Saylor’s two friends and her uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman and Laura’s friend; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers, Shane and Aubrey Ard and Ashley Ruble; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Dot Forloines; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh and Lori Henninger and Lori Johnson; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd, cousin, Judy, niece Amy Heiny, and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis, Nellie Eboli, and Jim Zaranosky; Margaret McGillivray's friend, Kim Nolet and neighbor John Romero; Michelle Schoonmaker's friend Amaris Wallace, Caitlin Flowers, Liam Flowers, Lexie Kier Charbal, Eloise Kier Charbal, and Auntie Bernice; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Churchill’s friend, Tammy; Jerri Webb’s friend, Chuck Mabry; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; the Yeagers’ older neighbors and Rob Yeager’s friend, Kareh Schell; Connie Kinnick’s friend, Robbie Heverling; Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Koch and Biondolillo families on the death of Jane Biondolillo’s sister, Amy Koch.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Dot Forloines' friend, Monique Nelson; Laura Willoughby’s friend, James Carberry; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa; and Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio.
 
PRAYERS OF GRATITUDE from Joan Berry for the love and support of the congregation during her recent successful cancer removal surgery.
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for the recovery of Sarah and Lloyd Russ from COVID-19.
 
PRAYERS OF LOVE AND SUPPORT for all those who are working toward justice, truth and good; for those who fight against odds for others’ rights, safety and well-being; for those who care for, protect and strengthen the vulnerable and victimized; for those who choose healing; and for those who are finding their way to healing.

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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