A Time for Healing
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 5th Sunday after Pentecost with communion at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (choir led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove Church,

As you are likely aware there was a shooting yesterday at the offices of the Capital Gazette. Last night Pastor Jon and I were contacted by Annapolis clergy in regards to the shooting. They are hosting a prayer vigil tonight at the mall outside of Pottery Barn -- that side of the mall faces the building in which the Capital Gazette is housed. The vigil is at 7:00 pm. Jon and I will be attending and, if you will be attending, you are asked to bring candles.

Please keep the families affected by this tragedy in your prayers. I know that many people at Ark and Dove had professional and personal connections to the people who were shot, their colleagues and their families. Also please pray for all people in Anne Arundel County who are affected by gun violence and especially those who have lost a loved one.

We will name each of the five people who were killed in our prayers at both services on Sunday as well.

With deep hopes for peace,
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com
Declaration of the 223rd General Assembly
Verse
Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

-Mark 5:30-34
Prayer
Gracious God you sent your son Jesus into the world to show us the way to a true and lasting peace. Open our minds and hearts that we might hear his message of peace and unity and allow it to take root in our lives. We ask you this in his name. Amen.
The 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved this declaration in St. Louis, Missouri:

As confessing Christians, we trust God, whom we know through Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray as others pray in other names. We are obligated to declare our concerns about the direction towards autocracy that our country is taking. We say Yes to God’s power of love and justice for the neighbor as well as the self, and we say No to demonic power that urges hate of the other, scatters blame, and creates civic discord. We say Yes to our imperfect democracy with one person, one vote, and No to any corruption of our elections. We say Yes to universal health care and No to care based on the ability to pay. We say Yes to safe schools, houses of worship, and public gathering places; and No to civilian access to assault and/or military-style weapons. We say Yes to core human values and No to dividing our humanity by ideology and partisanship. We say Yes to bridges and preservation of families and No to walls. We say Yes to affirming and celebrating the full spectra of human identity and No to discrimination and bigotry.

We say: “In life, and in death we belong to God.”

—Declaration on Where We Stand Regarding Concerns about Direction Towards Autocracy that This Country Is Taking
(Hudson River Presbytery Consent Agenda Item 11-17)

Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

We are getting ready for our IAF Action on July 12 where we will hear stories of concern from our county and commit to research teams that will explore opportunities for action. You will not want to miss this great gathering of faith organizations.

We pledged to bring 34 Ark and Dovers. We need you to join us. People in our county know that Ark and Dove is a passionate and engaged congregation. Let's once again show our commitment to care for our neighbors on July 12, 7-8:30 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church on West St. in Annapolis. Carpooling is available. Contact Cheryl Walcutt (walcutt_family@hotmail.com) or Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) to let us know you are coming.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
EFT and Pledged Giving
Catching Up on Financial Planning for the Ministry Year

What a wonderful month of ministry May/June has been for Ark and Dove church. Three Sundays of amazing and very special music, terrific Sunday School, immigration forum, scores of people supported through prayer and hands-on ministry. Thank you for your generous gifts of time, energy and money!

Each year the session of Ark and Dove creates a financial plan for the ministry year. Before the session does this, it asks every household to fill out a pledge card.  A majority of our households pledge and even more give by EFT. So the session has some solid numbers, but they always have to make educated predictions about what the silent givers will give.

A recent financial report to the session shows that as of May 31 the church is more than $23,000 behind in expected EFT and pledged giving .

Please prayerfully meditate upon the state of your generosity.

Your giving is both needed and deeply appreciated,
Discipleship Ministry
Donation Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Peace and Global Witness Offering , Capital Savings Fund , Per Capita , and more! Many opportunities await you!
IAF Action
Christian Education
Vacation Bible School Leader Kick-off
Sunday July 8, 3:00-3:30 pm, all VBS leaders, middle school students to adults, are strongly encouraged to attend the leader kick-off event to learn essential information regarding their role in the program. Please inform Christina Nelson, christinajoy87@gmail.com, or Laura Rockwell, laura.a.rockwell@gmail.com, if you are unable to attend. 

VBS Decorating Party

Sunday July 8, 3:30 pm, everyone is invited to come and help transform the church for God's Good Creation. This is the perfect opportunity to become involved in VBS if you are unable to commit to the actual event. No experience needed; just come and have fun! For more information please contact Christina Nelson, christinajoy87@gmail.com, or Laura Rockwell, laura.a.rockwell@gmail.com.
Adult Vacation Bible School
Join us during VBS, July 9-13th 6-8:15 pm, for a Bible study on community organizing and spirituality. Our Bible study will include our IAF Action on July 12th at 7 pm, where faith organizations will commit to act on key issues in our county. We will be following a concise and profound study by Jeffrey Krehbiel entitled, "Reflecting with Scripture on Community Organizing." This study will help us understand the scriptural basis for gathering as people of faith for social change. Please contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) with any questions.
Outreach and Connection
July Book Club
For the month of July, we are reading Brené Brown's Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Brown is a social scientist made famous for her TED Talk, "The Power of Vulnerability." In Braving the Wilderness, her newest book, Brown explores what it means to belong and be connected in an age of division and isolation. Please pick up the book wherever you find books and join us July 22 after worship for lunch. Please contact Pastor Jon for any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Administration
Search Team Update
Last Wednesday the Music Director Search Team met to begin refining the director’s job description. To aid in this process, we have sent out a brief questionnaire to members (as well as to the parents of the children and youth members) of the various Ark and Dove choirs and ensembles. We appreciate your continued prayers and support as we move forward!
Mission Ministry
Imagine if the Civil Rights Movement had really resulted in Martin Luther King's "Beloved Community." What would America look like today? Who would we be? Several years ago when I embarked on this journey toward becoming anti-racist, I was shocked to learn how much about race I didn't know and how much of what I thought I knew was simply not true. Even more disturbing was the realization that racist policies adjust over time to maintain the supremacy of the white race. 

Of the many books I've read, White Rage by Carol Anderson presents the history of oppression of people of color from the Civil War to today and makes clear how racism and white rage are fueling policies at our border. The book is 178 pages (with another 178 pages of references and citations) and is not an "easy" read. Learning these truths is often painful, but our challenge as Christians is to search for truth and understanding. To quote the author, "This is the moment now when all of us - black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American - must step out of the shadow of white rage, deny its power, understand its unseemly goals, and refuse to be seduced by its buzzwords, dog whistles, and sophistry. This is when we choose a different future." Are you up for the challenge? Paula Sparks, trebleclef48@gmail.com
Families Belong Together Rally
Catholic Charities is chartering buses to bring friends of Catholic Charities to the Families Belong Together rally in DC on Saturday, June 30. The Families Belong Together march in DC, this Saturday, is an opportunity for us to stand together and advocate for just immigration policies that keep families together. Please click HERE to register.
CAP West County Food of the Month
Featured item for July is CANNED FISH (tuna, salmon, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!      
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Cindy Timbie’s mother; LillianTalbert; LoriKronser; Emily Crose; Mary Beckwith; Colette Efiom; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Don Ziegler; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Rob Yeager’s mother, Rebekah Jennings, stepfather, Bill Jennings and grandmother, Peggy Jones; Cheryl Walcutt and her sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Debbie Arey’s sister, Denise Dostoler; Julie Devers' cousin, Blane; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda; Jay Olson; Chip Burnett; Kim Champagne; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Arlyce Lohr; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Steve and Brandi Downs; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Jason Ziegler; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; David Michels; Joel Davie's father-in-law Richard Mensi; Bill Jennings; Ashton Milcalski; Patrie Conroy; Don Griffis; Lori Reed and Antonio; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Dakota Miller; Dillon and Kaleb Benson’s grandmother, Jan Sheets; Clarence Scott; Doug DeHaven; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Jodi and her best friend's mother, MaryAnn Van Orten.  

PRAYERS OF JOY AND THANKSGIVING on the birth of Wren Joelle Suggs, the daughter of Stacey Schoonmaker and Robert Suggs, granddaughter of Ylonda Fauntleroy and niece of Michelle Schoonmaker.

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.
The Ark and Dove church office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 , in observance of Independence Day.
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