Communion Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost with communion at both the choir led (9:30 am) and band led (11:00 am) worship services.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends,

What a wonderful Sunday of worship, last week especially the Brahams German Requiem presented by Director of Music Margaret McGillvary and our choir; a beautiful piece of music beautifully done. Much thanks to our music leaders and all their hard work.  They put several months into preparations.

We also had the bittersweet goodbye to Laura, Liam and Claire Rockwell who are packing the house up and getting ready to join Jeremy in Portland Oregon. Laura has been just a terrific Christian Education Elder and so we thanked her for her leadership and wished the family Godspeed on their new adventures.

We are able to announce that Julie Devers has accepted the call to finish Laura's term as Christian Education Elder and they have undertaken a thorough hand off. Therefore the Session has called for a Special Congregational Meeting to take place on Single Service Sunday July 14 where the Nominating Team will present their report .  Worship at 10:00 AM and Special Congregational Meeting to follow immediately in the Sanctuary.  

With all the wonderful things happening at our church every week you would think financial stewardship would be a breeze. We are experiencing some challenges and therefore invite everyone into prayer.  We are still inviting people who have not turned in their pledge cards for June 1 2019 to December 31, 2020 to pray about their level of support and turn in a pledge card. We are continuing to invite people to pay their per capita special offering any time this year. Extra commitment giving would also be deeply appreciated.

This Sunday in worship I am beginning a six week preaching series that Pastor Jon and I will be offering on the Lord's Prayer. We also will be talking about the Lord's Prayer in the children's sermon each week and are asking all children age 4 and up to memorize the Lord's prayer by the end of the summer. We will offer the traditional version of the Lord's Prayer each Sunday at the end of the children's sermon. Those who are not attending Sunday School will get the opportunity to offer alternative versions after the sermon.

May God bless your summer journeys.


Peace of Christ,

Pastor Tim Stern
Welcome new members!
Verse and Prayer
Exodus 20: 8-11
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
The Lord’s Prayer  - from the Book of Common Prayer of New Zealand
Eternal Spirit
Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echoes through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the earth!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.
Keeping the sermon series on the Lord's Prayer in mind, the introit for the next 5 weeks will feature the tune "Vater Unser," a medieval chant harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach. The text reflecting on the prayer is by Dewey Westra and further adapted by Mary J. Post in 1984; the choir will present a different verse each week. Our anthem during the offering is Down the River to Pray, a traditional American tune arranged by Mark Liversidge and made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.


Director of Music

Summer choir will begin this Sunday, June 23rd. Have you ever wanted to try choir out but haven't made it to a rehearsal yet? We'll meet at 8:30am in the Sanctuary. You do not need to read music, but a great attitude and love of singing are welcome! Childcare available upon request. Please see Margaret McGillivray,

Summer music sign-ups are posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. Let your light shine and contribute to the summer worship with your instrument or voice for prelude, postlude or offertory!
This year went by so fast. I am so happy to be a part of this church and its' worship leadership. The band has moved into summer pick-up status. We will only meet on Sunday mornings for rehearsals and service. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact me or just come to a rehearsal. We meet at 9:15 am in the Director of Music office aka Margaret's office. We pick songs that are well known, and we welcome anyone who is interested in singing with the band!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music


DONATE ONLINE ! Per capita, pledged and un-pledged, one-time and recurring! Click HERE to donate online today!
TEXTING YOUR DONATIONS to 410-983-3481. You can text one-time or recurring donations to this number. Text Give to get started. Text Commands for more options. Questions? Please contact Alta Paronto, church treasurer,; or Wendy Wellington,
May Financial Update
Year to date budget on giving 

Year to date actual giving         

Shortfall as of May 31, 2019        


Christian Education
VBS Drama Team: Forming Now!
We are looking for 5-8 people to join the VBS Drama Team! Each evening during the opening session of Vacation Bible School the Bible story is represented through a short drama involving about 3-5 people. It is not necessary for you to participate every single night, unless you are so inclined. All participants are very much appreciated! If you would like to participate, please email Christa Kronser,
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus
VBS is coming! Register TODAY !
Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 6-8 pm

Join us as we answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” and learn about the ways we can show love for our neighbors near and far. Each night consists of skits, music, art, snacks, games and stories. Don’t miss out! Add this event to your calendar today and let us know you’re coming at . Questions? Please contact Christina Nelson,

Adult Christian Education
Book Club
Our June book is American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer. Join us for a bagged lunch discussion on June 30. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions.
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. Thank you so much for your loving support of this ministry. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
Featured item for June--MACARONI AND CHEESE. Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  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
Parents' Group
Save the date for Parent's Group! Our Parent's fellowship group welcomes all families with school aged children and will meet regularly on LAST Fridays each month ( June 28 , this month!), from 6 to 8 pm in the Marshall room. Childcare provided for a small contribution. Come whenever you're available and let's chat about parenting and get to know each other!
Inaugural Pride Festival
Ark and Dove will be participating in this year’s inaugural Pride festival in Annapolis, Saturday, June 29, 12pm to 5pm . If you would like to participate please sign up in the lobby. Email Amanda Crose, if you have any questions.
Antiracism and Social Equity
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 .

This scholarship contest coincides with a forthcoming dedication of a historical marker in Annapolis, MD. The marker will memorialize five African American victims of racial terror lynching, killed between 1875 and 1911, along with victims who remain unknown. Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at the unveiling of the marker on September 7th at 10 am on Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD.

To learn more about participating in this contest, please look closely at the e ligibility and essay guidelines . Any questions, contact Linnie Girdner, point of contact for Connecting the Dots, at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at . A flyer is available here . We especially need your help in reaching out to seniors who just graduated. Thanks.
Healing Through Grief
Grief Group Considering Meeting More Often
When more friends and members are grieving, Pastor Tim and I want to meet that need by offering the Healing through Grief Small Group more frequently. At the last meeting we discussed the possibility of having the group meet monthly rather than quarterly. If that is something that you might attend on occasion or regularly, please indicate your possible interest by emailing Linnie Girdner ( or texting/calling 410-999-7892) or Pastor Tim (
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck; Ardeth Johns; Edie and Richard Budd; Dot Forloines; Kathy Miller; Chip Burnett; John Mikeska and his mother, Irene; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis Shorter; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Nikol Sahai's mother, Marie Krizanova; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise and brother, Justin; 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; Ann Hirschy; 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; David Michels; 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.  

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.
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