Commissioning of GenOn Summit Participants!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Single Service, Sunday, July 14, 10:00 am, with a special congregational meeting immediately following worship.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends,

Who is my neighbor?

Vacation Bible School is always an exceptional time for fellowship and friendship. You and or your children can still sign up on-line. We will be focusing on the theme, Who is my Neighbor? in both the children's classes and the class for adults.

In the adult class, we will use the documentary film on Mr. Rogers' ministry-- Won't you be My Neighbor? to be a spring board for five discussions.

1. Your neighborhood and your call to neighborliness in your local community. My neighbor's kids.
2. And who is my neighbor?  Using the parable of the Good Samaritan, how small or large should my definition of neighbor be?
3. Pollution, Chemicals, Environment. How does my right to do what I want with my property affect my neighbors near and far?
4. Are people seeking asylum at our border really my neighbors? What about people in poverty in Anne Arundel County and Maryland? What does Jesus call us to do?
5. Should Ark and Dove sponsor another refugee family? An update on the Solanos and Rose and Koko and their families. What does it really take to support a refugee family?

In worship this Sunday, at 11:00, we will commission our youth and adults who will be attending the GenOn Summit.

And REMEMBER single service Sunday is July 14 at 10:00 am, followed by a congregational meeting, where we will hear a report from the nominating team.

See you in church on Sunday neighbor!
Pastor Tim Stern
Verse and Prayers
In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelite's saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[manna] For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat."

- Exodus 16:13-15
Graces for family prayer

Blessed are you, Holy One. You have fed us from our earliest days; you give food to every living creature. Fill our hearts with joy and delight. Give us what we need and enough to spare for works of mercy, in honor of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Through him may glory, honor and power be yours for ever. Amen.

Creator of the universe, you give us this gift of food to nourish us and give us life. Bless this food that you have made and human hands have prepared. May it satisfy our hunger, and, in sharing it together, may we come closer to one another. Amen.

God be our Holy Guest, our morning joy, our evening rest. And with this daily food impart Thy love and blessing to every heart. Amen

Holy God, I thank thee for the night and for the pleasant morning light, for rest and food and loving care and all that makes the world so fair. Help me to do the things I should, to be to others kind and good, in all I do at work or play to love thee better day by day. Amen.
This week we welcome Paula Sparks to the piano to lead music in worship. Thank you, Paula! The choir will continue with Bach's harmonization of the hymn tune Vater Unser for the introit, with text reflecting on the text "Give us this day, our daily bread". The choral offering this week is a lovely two-part version of Be Thou My Vision, arranged by Richard Shepard.


Director of Music
Sunday, July 14th, is a blended service that will take place at 10 am. Mark your calendars! Especially if you regularly attend the band led service. It would be a bummer if you arrived when service was ending. Margaret and I are working to share music that will use the band, choir, and both combined together!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Christian Education
Summer Sunday School Teachers Needed!
We need summer Sunday school teachers! Curriculum is prepared and ready. Please contact Julie Devers, Christian Education Elder, Step right up!
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus

Don’t forget to register for VBS !!
Monday-Friday , July 8-12, 6-8 pm.
VBS Leader Orientation Meeting this Sunday, July 7 from 3-5 pm . All those participating in Vacation Bible School in any type of leadership role should plan to attend this important meeting, followed by decorating for VBS.
VBS Decorating Event If you really wanted to be involved in VBS, but just can’t make it in the evening, here is your chance to get involved! Join us this Sunday, July 7, 3:30-5:00 to transform the church for VBS. All artistic skill levels welcome and appreciated!
Adult Vacation Bible School
Pastor Tim will lead the adult VBS on Mister Rogers, who was a Presbyterian pastor, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 6-8 pm. The class will be watching the documentary on his life and discussing neighbors.  Won't you be my Neighbor? Who is my neighbor?  What was Mister Rogers' understanding of neighbor and how does Jesus define neighbor. Here is a LINK to a review of the documentary.
Children's Book Drive: June 15 to August 1
Thanks so much for your donations of NEW books for children and youth of incarcerated women and their officers at Jessup.  The collection box will be in the lobby through July. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
Featured item for July—CANNED FISH (tuna, salon, etc). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin.  Thank you for your donations
Winter Relief
Save the date, October 14 to 21, 2019. This will be Ark and Dove’s week to host 25 men who are homeless and show radical hospitality. Please contact Debbie Saylor, and Ylonda Fauntleroy, if you have any questions.
Outreach and Connection
Mission Ministry
Racial Justice Essay Contest
The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with our local Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th–12th grade students attending public high schools in Anne Arundel County during the 2018-2019 school year. Prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants. Essays are due on August 7th . Any questions, please contact Linnie Girdner, point of contact for Connecting the Dots, at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at .
Race and Racial Justice
PCUSA has partnered with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to advance the Race and Racial Justice actions of the 222nd GA. Scroll down on the  PCUSA Presbyterian Disaster Assistance webpage to see the list of actions as well as the description of SURJ mission and values. Here are two ways in which you can be involved:

National SURJ: Sponsor an Asylum Seeker: In light of the recent news about the immigration crisis, I wanted to remind everyone of an opportunity to help. National SURJ and Freedom for Immigrants has a program that is seekng for US citizens and legal permanent residents willing to host an asylum-seeking individual or family in their home. If you’d like to learn more about what this involves, please contact Jen Roman at

Local SURJ: Attend the Workshop on Community Safety and Policing:
Sunday, July 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center . Who you gonna call? At this interactive workshop, we will work as a group to explore threats to safety and the resources available to residents that are appropriate to contact in various situations. When do the police need to be called and when are other choices better? What risks are involved in making different choices and how do those risks impact different populations? We will end by brainstorming goals and commitments that we can each take home. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions or want to RSVP email  or Linnie at
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Ardeth Johns; Edie and Richard Budd; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines; John Mikeska; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Anne-Marie Rosenthal’s mother; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Judy Cooper’s sister, Barb Eardley; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise, uncle, Rob Sise, aunt, Shannon McCumber-Sise, and cousins, Packy, Dean and Rachael; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor and friend Jawahn Clark; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie; Frances Keyes; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Steven Kirby; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Denise Grassel’s friends; the Winter family; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Kimberly Ann Barnes; Sally Schoener; Eileen O’Gorman; Amanda Crose’s friends, Patty and Mike Hester; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to Cindy Knott, her mother Madeline and the Knott family on the death of Cindy's father, Reverend Richard Knott.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Barbee family and Ylonda Fauntleroy on the death of her friend, Lemira Barbee. 

THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF THE CONGREGATION go out to a son and his family who are experiencing financial distress.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
The church office will be closed July 4 and 5. Happy 4th of July !
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