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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

June 18, 2023

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In-Person Worship at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

Livestream Worship, 10:30 am.

Summer Sunday School Schedule

Child Care available for 9:00 and 10:30 am services.

Sunday School for Pre-K through 12th Grade during 10:30 am Worship, every Sunday.*

*early middle schoolers welcome to attend

Register for Sunday School here.

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Message from the APNT and Session

Save the Date - July 9th, 11:45 AM

The Session of Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church has called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday July 9 at 11:45 AM. The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Team (APTN), in which they will nominate Jennifer Kubit McCullough to be the Associate Pastor of Ark and Dove. The floor will be open for questions and discussion and then the candidate will leave the room. There will be further discussion and then the vote.

Introducing Jennifer Kubit McCullough

Jennifer Kubit McCullough has most recently served as Creative Organizer of Youth Ministry at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. In this role, Jenn worked alongside the congregation, staff, and volunteers to show young people that the church is theirs and that they are called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. While in seminary, she also served as a Ministry Intern at Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church in Anaheim Hills, CA. Before deciding to pursue a call to ministry as a career, Jenn taught middle and high school Literature and Composition for 8 years at the Orange County School of the Arts.

As a long-time member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church and as a staff member, Jenn served in a number of roles including member of the Pastor Nominating Committee; leader for a Brew Theology conversation group; facilitator of a panel discussion on racial justice; member of Adult Discipleship and Nurture Commission; and as a Lenten devotion leader.

In the area of youth ministry at St. Mark, Jenn helped lead youth delegations to retreats at Triennium and Montreat; was a Youth Group and Youth Sunday School Volunteer; and was a Member of the Children and Youth Ministry Commission. Jenn received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her teaching credential in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In May 2022, she completed her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado through the school’s online/hybrid Journey program. She will be ordained later this year.  

Jenn, who grew up in Orange County, loves music and musical theater, being outdoors, eating/trying new foods, exercising, and reading. She and her husband Shane are parents to three creative and playful kids. As a family, they are committed to making the world a more just and joyful place.


Shane grew up in San Diego (and is San Diego sports fan) and has a large extended family in Southern California. He has worked in the real estate industry for more than 15 years building high-density apartments and mixed-use projects through Southern California. In his free time, he loves reading, puzzles (crossword, word, or jigsaw), time with kids, and exercising.


Bryn, 11, is a huge reader, a lover of animals, and an actress and wants to be a librarian. Dean, 9, loves baseball, building LEGOs and is interested in politics and world events; he received a letter from President Biden that is displayed on the family’s refrigerator. Jack, 7, is a natural comedian who loves video games. He was recently diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (“but that's only a part of who he is,” says his dad) - he wants to be a gardener when he grows up.


I give you thanks, Holy God,

that you have made me your own,

a treasured possession.

Hold me close to your heart

and bear me up on eagle's wings;

in Jesus' name I pray. Amen

Dear Friends,

I hope that you will be there to join us this Sunday, as the band and choir unite in one final collaboration before their much-deserved summer hiatus. Our grand finale is the offertory Anthem “The Blessing”, arranged by Heather Sorenson. We did this piece at Pastor Jon’s final service, but this is a different arrangement, with gorgeous cello, piano and synthesizer playing a full strings section.  

This piece will serve as our temporary farewell, as we part for a few months this Summer and therefore leave you, the congregation, with a blessing. I want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated band and choir members for the gorgeous music that they have made this past year. We have grown together in number and musicianship and I’m looking forward to working together in the Fall.  

This Summer, we will have members of the groups singing in small groupings- trios, duets, quartets, and we will have a mixture of both traditional and contemporary music. Next week, I will be away on education leave in Montreat, North Carolina, and then my family will join me for another week of vacationing in the mountains. I will be leaving you in the very capable hands of Jackie Scheer and will look forward to seeing you when I return on July 9th.

With love,


Director of Music

[email protected]

Musician Spotlight

Amy Stavely is a new member to the choir but not to Ark & Dove. She and her family found the church in late 2011. They quickly fell in love and threw themselves into volunteering at the church. Amy has served on the Logos Board, as team leader for the Fellowship Team and active member of the Outreach and Connections Team. When she’s not at church, Amy can be found volunteering at her children’s’ schools, leading a multi-level Girl Scout troop or wrangling kiddos and coaches for Arden Youth Rugby. She also works full time and is excited to be starting a new job at the end of July. 

Amy has been actively involved in music and the arts her whole life including playing the piano, flute & handbells, singing in an assortment of choirs at school & church and performing in theater groups in high school & college. Amy’s fondest musical memory is performing Handel’s Messiah with the Hood College Choir and the US Naval Academy Glee Club all four years of college. 


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Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Per Capita Special Offering

Ark and Dove is now receiving the Per Capita Special Offering. The church pays a combined $40.00 per member to the General Assembly of the PCUSA ($9.85), The Synod of the Mid Atlantic ($1.15), and the Presbytery of Baltimore ($29.00) to cover the Administrative Expenses of our denomination. Per Capita funding is how Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together and to set directions for the future. Contributions to Per Capita provide the ecclesiastical infrastructure that binds our ministry. It enables churches to call pastors; supports those pastors in their ministries; provides for guidance in troubled times; encourages those called to church leadership; and enables us to gather as the body of Christ. You can pay your per Capita by clicking here.

May Financial Summary

YTD Expected Unpledged Income $9,167

Actual Unpledged Income $7,243

Behind $1,924

YTD Expected Pledged & Electronic Giving $216,645

YTD Actual Pledged & Electronic Giving $205,707

Behind $10,938

Bulletin - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Children and Youth's Christian Education

Our theme this year for Prek-rising 5th graders is ChangeMakers Lab. Children are invited to discover and share creative ways to make a difference in the world through words and actions. Changemakers Lab invites children to ask questions, make observations, and work together to solve problems, as well as see and experience the transforming love of God.

Our Middle Schoolers (Rising 6th-8th graders) will focus on learning about the 6 Marks of Discipleship throughout the week. They will have opportunities to do activities and learn about Daily Prayer, Daily Bible Reading, Regular Worship Attendance, Commitment to Spiritual Growth and Relationship Building, Generous Stewardship, and Acts of Mission, Mercy, and Justice. There are plans to have two off-site activities during this time. (Bowling Alley and Skate Center). More details will be shared with participants who sign up.

Registration for VBS can be found here.

As always, with any questions or concerns please reach out to me at [email protected].

Social Justice Teams

Peaceful Demonstration

The Anti-racism and GLEAM teams invite all to join us in a peaceful demonstration to show the community we stand steadfast behind the faith statements displayed on our banners. Security will be present. Please don’t share on social media. For details contact the church admin. All questions, please contact Paula Sparks or Deb Saylor.

Congratulation 2023 Graduates

Christian Education

Sunday Service Christian Education Opportunities

9:00 AM Service:  

  • Nursery open for children age birth to 3

10:30 AM Service: 

  • Nursery open for children age birth to 3, 4 year olds may attend 
  • Summer Sunday School for PreK-5th grade, early middle schoolers are welcome to attend as well.

Leaders and Helpers Needed

To ensure that we can continue to offer the above services we need 2 adult/teenage leaders, from different nuclear families to help provide leadership. Please consider volunteering for one of the following this summer. 

Please sign up here: Nursery Volunteers

You will be assisting Cara Moody as needed and be another set of eyes/hands in the nursery.

Please sign up here: Summer Sunday School

We need help! All materials and lesson plans will be prepped for you. 😎

Ark and Dove Book Club’s June Read

Ark and Dove Book Club has chosen Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall as their June reading selection. Join us on Zoom Friday at 7:30 on June 23rd for our discussion of this international bestselling novel based on a true story. Contact Kim Champagne [email protected] for more information.

Second Saturdays Prayer Class

Kim Champagne is facilitating a monthly contemplative prayer class in the Ark and Dove Room every second Saturday, in which together we will practice one of many types of ancient prayers of the heart. We will focus on a particular type of prayer each month, with our first meeting beginning with breath praying and then moving into the Morning Prayer from the Divine Hours. June Class is canceled. Next class is July 8th.

For more information contact Kim at [email protected]

LGBTQIA+ Authors in the Ark and Dove Library

New to our Challenged and Banned collection this month: Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders. “On June 25th 1978 a new flag was unfurled in San Francisco… a flag with rich, beaming rainbow colors that would become a symbol of hope and pride for millions of LGBTQ people across the world. The inspiring story of activist Harvey Milk, designer Gilbert Baker and their roles in the birth of the symbolic, rainbow colored Gay Pride Flag.” This joyful book of Pride history also includes two timelines and further reading recommendations on the last pages. Check it out!

House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is another lovely book in our Challenged and Banned collection. In this contemporary fantasy story, Linus Baker is a quiet man living a solitary life working as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth. His job- to oversee the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. “When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.” This crossover YA title delivers a strong message of love, chosen family, acceptance, and inviting in. These loveable and inspiring characters will stay with you! 

To find out more about these books and the rest of our library’s collection,

see the Online Library Catalog

Outreach & Connections

Parent Group Fellowship

Parent Group will meet on Sunday, June 25th at 11:30 in the Marshall room or outside. All caregivers of children through college-age are welcome to join in for casual conversation. We'll share lunch and sitter costs.

Ministry & Membership Interest Meeting

Find out how to get involved at Ark & Dove!

There are so many ways to be involved at Ark & Dove! Are you interested in ways to volunteer? Considering becoming a member? We will be having a ministry & membership interest meeting on June 24th from 9AM until noon. Breakfast will be provided, and childcare will be provided if needed. RSVP at We look forward to seeing you!

By popular demand, the IRIS Group, the LGBT+ focused group for teens, will now meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, at 7pm in-person in the Calvin room, led by Adora Grace Nilsen-Johnson and Craig West. The next meeting is on the 21st. Expect fun, games, and discussion! Bring friends!

Huh? What’s a Ladew? It’s a topiary garden located in Monkton Maryland.  The Friendly Seniors are arranging a trip there on Friday, June 23. They have gardens, of course, a butterfly house, a nature walk, and a manor house to explore. They have a dining room so we can eat there if we want or bring our own and use the picnic tables.  This is open to anyone of any age, church member or not. Admission costs are Adult: $17, Student or Senior $12, Children $5. For an additional $7 there is a guided tour. Tickets are good for the whole day, excluding special events. Since there is no group rate, people are asked to buy their own tickets. Please let us know if you plan to join us by emailing [email protected] by Monday, June 19, and indicate if you need, or are willing to provide, a ride. Sounds like a fun day to me!

Click Image to see more details of the Garden!


We will not continue the monthly Affinity Group during the summer to give us a chance to regroup and plan activities for the fall. We welcome any suggestions you may have for us going forward. Stay informed on our Social Justice FB page!

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT FOR Kim Champagne's mother; Laura Doughty's father and mother, and their neighbor Denny; Amita Dubois' uncle; Jenn and Shane McCollough and their children as they prepare to move to Maryland; The Glenn Burnie Korean Presbyterian Church as they move their worship space to Ellicott City; Debbie Arey's cousin, Carol; Jesse Pennabaker and his co-workers; Norman Willoughby, Laura Willoughby's father; a family mourning a loss; Patti Sheahan, the mother of Kim Champagne; Saralee Bartgis; Gina Richardson battling cancer; Jason Devono recovering from surgery; Gahzal Abawi; neighbors taking care of each other through hard times; Carl Lucas; Linnie Girdner; Linda Taylor's mother, Izola; Libby Kahwajy; Debbie Arey's sister, Denise; a young friend recently diagnosed with an inflammatory lung disease; Chris C. as he seeks treatment for his addiction; prayers for children struggling with depression and anxiety; Sandra Krezanosky, Amy Hagemann's mother; a sister suffering from addiction and for her family; Lori Johnson, mother of Cheryl Walcutt; Connie Batts; Steve Debus's niece, Amanda Kuhl; Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner's great grandson, Ronan; a young child hurt in a car accident; our partners at CEDEPCA in Guatemala; families in the world facing housing insecurity; Janet and John Morgan; Achsah's mother, Rachel; Shelley Franklin; Ron Holman; Pat Devers' Cousin who has entered into hospice; family friend of Julie and Pat Devers, Joe Burgoyne; Jan and Al Jank's daughter-in-law, Irina Lee; Layla Tyus and her family; Kamarii Miller; The Solano Family; Friends living with cancer; Jeff Faiman; someone struggling with depression; Doris Fields; Diane McPhail; Nikol Sahai; Elizabeth Carter; Children with cancer, their families, and their care providers; Jimmy Carter; Tim Soyars; Cyndy Ingram; Laura Talbert; the people of Syria and Turkey; Barb Benson; the family of Jatin Patel, who died after a battle with brain cancer; Bernice Taylor; Bri R and Ezra; the Ostrach Family; Loretta Frick; the Bonstrom family; the Houseknecht family; Dick Eckersley's granddaughter; Amy Tardiff's mother; Aunt Teri in home hospice care; the SeonBuchner family; Ardeth Johns; for family members suffering from addiction; the Knight Family; a friend facing brain surgery; a mother in the hospital; Don Clark; MaryAnn Buckley; Sue Miller, Laura Willoughby-Perry’s mother; Audrey Miller, daughter of Kathy Miller; Dotty Kaufmann; Mary Elizabeth Nay; Bri Lapp; Holly Folk; Carol & Henry Saylor; Deb Saylor's grand-nephew, Jordan; Chantel Seetram; Debbie and Bruce Arey's Daughter, Allison; families impacted by gun violence; the family of Gavin Hurley; Amanda Welford; Dee going through breast cancer; Doug Dehaven; Marie, Nikol Sahai’s Mom; Dot Forloines; Dick Paronto; Julie Devers' friend Zenia Dacio-Messina; Hope Sutphin; Freyja Hartzell; Gary Moody Sr.; Carlene Printy and Helen Rossum

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

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