E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

All are invited to the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services this Sunday!  Welcome!     

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Children and youth are a central part of our mission and ministry at Ark and Dove. Youth are individuals in middle school and high school and children are all those who are younger.  What could be more important than working to keep our children safe at Ark and Dove?

For several years now, various members of Session and our Administration Ministry have been working on a child protection policy for our church.  It may be hard to get excited about a policy, but I am excited, and so grateful for the many people who researched, wrote, discussed and edited our new policy, which was officially adopted at Session last week.  Thank you.

There is much to share about this policy, but one important piece is that now, like the public schools and the Scouts and sports organizations, Ark and Dove will be conducting background checks on all people who work with children and youth. Watch for more information to come, and thank you for being a part of a congregation that loves children and youth and values their contributions to the life of the church.

Below is a summary of our policy.

In Christ,
Pastor Tim 


This policy is intended to:
  • Protect those in our community who are most vulnerable
  • Provide a safe, secure, and loving environment for children and youth
  • Guide Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church in the conduct of its employees and volunteers when they work with children and/or youth, and prevent incidents and allegations of abuse
  • Protect adults who work with children and youth from unwarranted allegations of abuse
This policy applies to both employees and volunteers, who have engaged in children and/or youth specific activities at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church, including but not limited to: 
  • Sunday school classes
  • Other fellowship and education programs, primarily for children, sponsored by Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church
  • Children and youth music groups
  • Confirmation Covenant Partners
  • Retreats, mission trips, and outreach programs that involve children
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Nursery and childcare
  • All employees of Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church are governed by this policy.
  • All volunteers of Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church, who work with children and/or youth, are governed by this policy.
  • This policy applies to all church sponsored activities that involve children, including on campus and off campus gatherings, and church sponsored trips.


People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

Breath of God

Breath of God inspire us,
     Renew our faith
     Restore our vision
     Revive our love.

Breath of God inspire us,
     Replace our sorrow
     Relieve our sins
     Redeem our situation.

Breath of God inspire us,
     Repair our broken-ness
     Recover our nakedness
     Resurrect our deadness.

Breath of God come,
     Restore us.

Caim Rune

This is the prayer
I make today
This is the rune
I wish to say
The Presence of God
To you abound
The Power of God
Keep you sound
The Love of God
Your life surround
This is the rune
I wish to say
This is the prayer
I make today.

In the Father's way
In Son's bright ray
In the Spirit's sway
Be this day

In the Father's sight
In the Son's light
In the Spirit's might
Be this night

- from Tides and Seasons by David Adam


Many opportunities await you!
Just a friendly reminder that ALL of our choirs and our orchestra will resume the week of September 6th and 7th.  Orchestra will meet on some Wednesday evenings, while our children, youth and adult choirs will meet every Thursday evening.  Please email me with any questions.  I hope to see many new and familiar faces in a couple of weeks!


Spiritual Meander and Reflection Circle

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FUNDRAISING As part of my Eagle Scout Project, I am working on part of the spiritual meander on the church grounds. The section I am working on will include a reflection circle containing a gazing ball at the end of an approximately 40' path. I will be collecting donations this Sunday, August 27. Money and resources are welcome. For details please contact me at dillon.i.benson@gmail.com. I will also be available to answer questions after service. Have a blessed day, Dillon Benson 
Small Groups

FRIENDLY SENIORS RESUMES! Calling all Friendly Seniors and those who want to join! Just a reminder that we are an open group: no dues, no auditions. We don't even ask your age! Just email or call Joan Berry (410-672-5237, berry962@verizon.net), to be added to the mailing list. Our next meeting will be Sunday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., at the church, in the Marshall Room. Unless people object, there will be pizza with attendees bringing drinks and sides/dessert to share.   Please R.S.V.P.(indicating meat or veggie pizza), so we know how much and what pizza to bring. We will be planning our events for next year and seeking a new co-leader. If you can't attend and have an idea, just email Joan. See you soon!    


The Spirited Sisters Saturday Morning Women's Group will begin meeting in the fall starting September 23rd at 9:00 am in the Marshall Room. This fall's Bible study is "Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes," published by the Presbyterian Women. The group meets twice a month, and we determine rest of our schedule at the first meeting. See Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) or Linda Girdner (lkgirdner@comcast.net) for more details. A signup sheet will be posted in the lobby with more details about the book ($7).
Summer Book Club


Our final book for the summer is Lisa Sharon Harper's The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Harper works at Sojourners, a Washington DC organization that works to engage Christian faith and social action.  The Very Good Gospel is a highly praised, personal reflection on shalom, meaning wholeness. Please pick up a copy wherever you get good books and join us Thursday, August 31 at 7 pm for discussion. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).   
Christian Education

LOGOS is Coming! Our mid-week children and youth program returns on September 26th! This year, we will all meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At LOGOS, children and youth have dinner, play games, worship, and grow in faith. We will have a parent interest meeting on September 19 at 5:30. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com). 

Antiracism and Social Equity

Love one another as I have loved you.  John 13:34
SURJ DISCUSSION GUIDE CHART How do we process the kind of white supremacist violence and hate we recently witnessed in Charlottesville?  Some say, "We all just need to come together and love each other."  That's a crucial goal, but actions need to be taken, and knowledge gained, in order to make that happen.  We've been taught that love is patient, kind, and non-confrontational.  But as Christians working for social equity there are times we need to be proactive, engaging in conversations that lead to understanding and change, even if doing so takes us out of our comfort zone. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has prepared a discussion guide chart that can help us understand our own reactions, facilitate discussions, and respond proactively against white supremacy.  Check it out HERE.

, Broadneck Baptist Church (1257 Hilltop Dr., Annapolis, MD) will feature a conversation with Rev. Stephen Tillett, Pastor of Asbury-Broadneck United Methodist Church and President of the Anne Arundel County NAACP, about his newly published book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of 'Race' Continues to Undermine Our Country.

For more information, contact Pastor Abby Thornton Hailey at 
broadneckpastor@gmail.com .

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Sign up in the lobby! On October 1st, 2:30-4:30, the Ark and Dove Social Equity Team will host our next forum featuring  the movie, I Am Not Your Negro, based on the writings of James Baldwin, who is acclaimed for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Paula Sparks, Co-Team Leader, Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team

PRESENTATION ON RESILIENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: This Monday 8/28 at 6:30 PM Christ Our Anchor's Mission Committee, in focusing attention on mental health issues, is proud to host a community presentation on resilience (www.mindresilience.org). This presentation will be conducted by two experienced staff of Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency and focuses on how every one of us can build towards better mental health and stability, regardless of diagnosis. There is a positive and hopeful focus, and it particularly offers insight about resilience in our children and young people. Anyone is welcome---please feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. RSVP is needed due to space constraints. Please respond if you can attend to pastorcoapc@gmail.com by no later than Thursday 8/24. Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church, 1281 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409 (on the Broadneck Peninsula)


CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for August is CANNED BEANS (red beans, black beans, refried beans, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!         
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Marie Shorter; Charles Lawrence; Bill Champagne; Lydia Doughty; Vaughn Brown; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Bryan Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Amy Stavely's aunt; the Hoxie family; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy, and niece Melissa Bender; Claire Henderson's father, Walt; Denise Nooe's husband, Kevin Hood; Connie Kinnick's brother, Rick; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Stephen Bates and Steven Janssen; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Carol and Henry Saylor; Charlotte Davie's niece, Paige; Sarita Barrow's brother, Rashad; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Rhys; Kelly and Tim Stern's nephew, Hunter Field; Ray Bussey; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Green family on the death of Patriceo's cousin, Patrice Haughton.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for the healing of Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; niece, Susan; and friend, Joe Layman.
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.   

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