The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Communion this Sunday!
All are welcome to the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
with livestream worship , 10:00 am!


Please connect on YouTube HERE
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I understand that the virtual gatherings have lost their luster. Maybe they never appealed to you in the first place. Parents of children who engaged in online learning are just now recovering from the nightmare. Those of us who spend hours on Zoom are exhausted. And yet, our present circumstances do not give us other safe options to meet.

During this summer, we may want to disengage from online activities. However, I believe it is crucial to connect with people who share our values. For instance, I am participating in a summer long virtual race. Every day, I log my miles and see how other runners are doing. It is providing me encouragement and motivation to stay strong and healthy. The online community renews my resolve.

For this reason, I ask that you engage in Summer Bible Club. Starting the week of July 13th, registered families will receive a video link as well as an invite to gather for one Zoom meeting each week for five weeks. The theme is the Lord's Prayer and families will be encouraged to reflect and act on Jesus' prayer. This is an opportunity to keep your family mindful of the values that will sustain us through these difficult times. See the article below for information. I hope to see you in one of the groups.

As tired as we are of screens, let's commit to online worship, education, and fellowship events of the church. God will provide for us as we "meet" with one another.

Peace,
Jon
jnelson@arkanddove.org
Verse and Prayer
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
-Matthew 10:40
Holy One: we welcome you into our homes, that they might be full of love. We welcome you into our hearts, that we might have compassion. We welcome you to our conversations, that they might be considerate. We welcome you each day, that we might live in grace. Amen.
This week, by popular request, we get a reprise of our children singing 'Jesus Loves Me' after 'The Lobby' segment. It's sure to fill your hearts with joy to see all those faces! Encourage your children to sing along or try the ASL version so they can "sing" with their hands.

The prelude this week is an arrangement of John Dykes' tune (St. Agnes), most often used for the text to 'Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee' by Bernard of Clairvaux. Schackley writes that he "tried to preserve the serenity and meditation of Bernard's words in this piano setting, which I trust will give your congregation an opportunity to contemplate the beauty and kindness of the Savior."

The choir returns with a full anthem this week in our first true, virtual choir experience. I am so chuffed to see how far we've come with our technical capabilities. Preparing and singing in these kinds of projects is a very different experience than singing in choir each week before the pandemic. We'll be presenting Pepper Choplin's 'We Are Not Alone', an anthem full of the  reassuring message of God's faithfulness and power. The choir supplies rhythmic energy with its repetitive phrase, “We are not alone,” while the soloist glides above in smooth sustained lines. This may leave you singing this simple but profound truth long after the service has ended.

Peace,
Margaret
Director of Music
margaret.mcgillivray@gmail.com
This week the band is happy to share our hymn, which we think is well known by both the 9:30 and 11 o'clock services, 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)' by Hillsong United. I will be sharing another well known work on guitar, Pachelbel's 'Canon in D'. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. The band looks forward to when we begin our plans of reopening services for the congregation. Just to prepare for that time, the band will continue to record for services, as studies have shown that singing can increase chances of COVID-19 spreading.

God bless,
Pat
Director of Contemporary Music
psise11@gmail.com
Generosity!
DONATE ONLINE ! Samaritans Today fund, Streaming Services fund, one-time and recurring!

TEXT your donations! 410-983-3481
Text give to get started. Text commands for more options.

  • Text an amount followed by stream to contribute

  • Text an amount followed by GoodSam to contribute


You will be enriched in every good way for your generosity….
- 2 Corinthians 9:11
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
All are welcome! Join livestream worship at 10:00 am.

Access the

Discipleship
From the Stewardship Team at Ark and Dove
The Stewardship Team and the Ark and Dove staff would like to thank you for your diligence in keeping current your financial commitment to Ark and Dove, especially in the midst of a global health crisis. Moreover, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for everything that this congregation has done and continues to do in support of the Church, the community and most of all each other. 

Just a few short months ago our world was forever changed by the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Even in the early stages of this global health crisis, it quickly became apparent that the impact of this virus was going to be devastating and far-reaching. In an effort to contain the crisis, social distancing measures were put into place and many businesses, schools, and churches across the nation were forced to close their doors. This seemingly unfathomable action left many with a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty about the future. What would this mean for the church? How would we adapt?

While we were still physically in the church, Ark and Dove relied heavily on financial gifts made in the offering plate. Since transitioning to social distancing protocols and our livestream service, many members of the congregation fully embraced our online giving platform as a means of maintaining financial commitments during this time of physical separation. This move to online giving has been crucial in providing a means of continuing support for the church and we are grateful for your quick adaptation of this alternative form of giving. Fifty-five percent of our income this year has come from EFT, PayPal and Text gifts.
Although this crisis still presents an unprecedented challenge to our congregation, Ark and Dove remains steadfast in our call to be the Church. This call is being answered by the dedication and commitment of the congregation in stepping up during this time of crisis and intentionally uniting together to support the church. Thank you for being leaders in this time of need by maintaining and even increasing contributions when possible. Pledged giving for the first half of 2020 is the best it has ever been and the months of February through May saw 4 of the top 9 overall giving months in the last 2 ½ years. In each of those months overall giving exceeded $50,000. Prior to this, we had only seen two consecutive months over this amount.

Your generosity and dedication not only support the church, but also enables us to continue to extend our mission and ministries to those most vulnerable in our community. Especially in these times of crises, it is truly inspiring to see how this congregation repeatedly comes together for the encouragement and support of all God’s children. This not only provides solid evidence of the love, care and compassion that the Ark and Dove congregation has, but that it overflows in abundance.

We understand that these times are unpredictable, stable jobs could suddenly become unstable, unexpected emergencies and sickness will arise, and situations can change completely overnight, but the outpouring of generosity has been abundant enough that we not only have surpassed normal giving for the year, but we have exceeded it in this uncertain time.

There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your contributions. But understand that we are continually awe struck by the dedication and generosity of this congregation who continually answers the call to give under the most uncertain circumstances this country has ever gone through. Despite our physical doors remaining closed, we continue to worship together virtually, care for each other and our community, and extend the love of Christ in our relationships and interactions in the world. Thank you for everything you have done to support Ark and Dove and our endeavors to extend the physical outreach of the church to those in need during a time of physical separation. 
When We Wear Masks,
We Clothe Ourselves in Love
Parent Group
Tonight! If you are looking to connect with other parents or caregivers of children ages 0 to college age, consider joining the online Parent Group meeting on Friday, June 26, 8 pm . ( Note the later time this month! ) Please let Pastor Jon (jnelson@arkanddove.org) know if you would like an invitation to the Zoom meeting.
Outreach and Connections
Sunday Fellowship!
Beginning this Sunday, June 28, we are going to launch the "Sunday Fellowship" Zoom meeting after our Sunday worship live-stream! It will begin at approximately 11:15 am. Since we cannot meet in person yet, and we miss our Sunday morning snack and chat time, we thought we'd see if this could be a sort of virtual substitute! Sorry, you'll have to supply your own coffee and snacks. ;) If you'd like to log onto the Zoom session for this fellowship opportunity, please contact jnelson@arkanddove.org before 11:15am this Sunday morning. He will send you a link to join in.
Christian Education
July 13-August 14, 2020 This summer, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church is holding a virtual Summer Bible Club. Registration is open to kindergarten through 8th grade students (2019/2020 school year). We are adapting the Vacation Bible School Curriculum "On Earth, As in Heaven", for five weeks of Summer Bible Club fun. The program invites us to (re)-experience the Lord's Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. Register today at www.ArkandDove.org . Questions? Want to get involved? Please contact Christina Nelson, christinajoy87(at)gmail.com or Linda Lewis, lclewis022(at)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. 
Mission
Ark and Dove Church is supporting a new initiative: The Youth Rising Coalition
We are the Youth Rising Coalition ; an ambitious group of like-minded 14 to 24-year-old entrepreneurs and youth with a firm belief in job creation in Baltimore. In the city, employment is scarce. Youth do not wish to work in fruitless jobs earning below a living wage. Our solution is youth entrepreneurship and enterprise, allowing us to create opportunities for ourselves and our families, and be a model for other youth in the city. We are creative and full of hustle: all we need is the support of the community to improve our own lives and the lives of those like us. So, we are calling upon youth and adults, business owners, community leaders, and youth organizations, and people wanting to put their faith into action, to support and join our movement. The Presbytery of Baltimore is a proud partner and sponsor of the Youth Rising Coalition.

You can help by filling out the pledge form found on their website ! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder, csscas@verizon.net
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.
Antiracism and Social Equity
First Thursday Film Discussion
I recently attended a panel discussion regarding the movie “Just Mercy.” The discussion was the first in a series of film discussions being sponsored and facilitated by the leadership of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. The discussion was engaging and challenging to some of my understandings. 
 
If you haven’t seen “Just Mercy,” it is a good introduction to difficult anti-racism work. The movie tells the story of Bryan Stevenson’s work as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The work of EJI is geared toward equal representation of death row inmates who may have been wrongly convicted of felony crimes. Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, is the inmate that the movie follows to the end.
 
At the end of the movie, Bryan Stevenson spoke these words at the US Senate hearing on the Death Penalty. “…Through this work, I’ve learned that each of us is more than the worst thing that we’ve ever done. That the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice. That the character of our nation isn’t reflected in how we treat the rich and the privileged, but how we treat the poor, the disfavored and condemned. Our system has taken more away from this innocent man than it has the power to give back. But I believe if each of us can follow his lead, we can change this world for the better. If we can look at ourselves closely, and honestly, I believe we will see that we all need justice. We all need mercy. And perhaps, we all need some measure of unmerited grace. Thank you.”
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project will be offering First Thursday film discussions each month. On July 2, will be the film “Rigged, The Voter Suppression Playbook.” From their website: “The cause and course of racial justice in our nation is intimately bound to the outcome of the 2020 election. It’s therefore incumbent upon all of us to understand the grave and imminent threat that voter suppression poses to “free and fair elections” and what we, as citizens, can do to protect the vote and our democracy.” Watch the film “Rigged” on your own time and then register for the discussion at https://www.mdlynchingmemorial.org/events

The film is available on Amazon, either free on Prime or just $2.99 to rent. For more info about the film see  here . Hope you'll join us for the discussion.  
 
Lori Kronser
Ark and Dove Antiracism and Social Equity Team
Statement on Race
Hundreds of Black pastors and theologians came out with a theological statement last week that put front and center that "All Black Lives Matter." So, you might wonder why that would be groundbreaking. This document is incredible in many ways, but what struck me the most was the statement of repentance that led to that conclusion:

It is no secret that the Black Church has been imperfect in its approximation of this moral claim. Self-reflexively, Black Church commitments to the patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia, class fragmentation and Christian triumphalism indicate moral failure and a stronghold of anti-Blackness in our own communities that compels us to despise ourselves and our mirror image in the world. We repent for our paradoxical defiance of the “Good News” that reveals a God in Christ whose radical Body does not conform to the status quo. We repent for the disposition of anti-Black self-loathing that is a direct consequence of hegemonic white supremacy in the modern world. We repent for how anti-Black self-loathing has bolstered our repudiation of and violence toward Black women, Black queer people and Black non-Christian theisms (especially our African traditional, Black Muslim and Black Jewish kindred), humanism and atheism.

This type of self-reflection, acknowledgment of past wrongs, and repentance is work that white churches still need to do. Only then can we understand that all lives can't matter until all black lives matter. The Antiracism and Social Equity is grateful that Ark and Dove Session has taken a formal stance with the following Statement on Race , which can be found on the Ark and Dove website

Linnie Girdner, girdnerlinda@gmail.com
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim (timsstern@gmail.com) to receive an invitation.
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 Stone and Donna Ashwood; John Mikeska; Sean Futch; John Rolewicz; Adell Gaurin; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Joan and Merlin Berry; Mike Davie’s brother, Steve Davie; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave; Bruce and Debbie Arey and their daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; 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; 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; Diane Johnson’s cousin, Richard; 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; 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, and 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; Dot Forloines and Dot’s friend, Mary Hiett; 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; Kennon Bauman's colleague Clint; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh, 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; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice and friends Amaris Wallace, Caitlin Flowers, Liam Flowers, Lexie Kier Charbal, Eloise Kier Charbal; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Tracy 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, Karen Schell; Connie Kinnick’s friend, Robbie Heverling; Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford; Mo Gaba; Iyabode Adenirani; Pat Devers colleague, Jeff; 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; Caitlyn Bussey; 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 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.

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.
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church | 410-674-6400 | admin@arkanddove.org | www.arkanddove.org | 8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy. Odenton, MD 21113