Communion Sunday!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are invited to celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter with communion at both the 9:30 am (choir led) and 11:00 am (band led) worship services!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Our national climate is hot from heated debates on issues like abortion, race, immigration, sexuality, economics, and environment. People are polarized, divided into camps, arming themselves with argumentative ammo that cracks no barrier. There are few organizations and institutions willing and able to sustain difficult discussions in fruitful ways. Sadly, the Church often fails to do this very thing as well.

I do not want that to be true of Ark and Dove. Hopefully, here we can have tough talks that serve to draw us more into communion. James Calvin Davis, in his book Forbearance, suggests that disagreements in the church are opportunities to practice virtues like humility, patience, hope, faithfulness, and justice. They teach us, as Paul says, to bear with one another in love (Eph. 4:1-3). What if we approach all our conversations as opportunities for individual and collective growth?

So let us continue to meet and talk with (not passed) each other. Let's practice the virtues in these great opportunities for discussion:

  •    Listening sessions on gun violence and affordable housing: this Sunday at 11:00 and 12:15 pm; Wednesday after 10 am Bible Study; Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm.
  •    A conversation on faith and sex, guided by Nadia Bolz-Weber's Shameless: A Sexual Reformation, this Sunday at 12:15.
  •    Parent group: Friday, May 31st at 6 pm.
  •    Pub Theology: June 12 at 7 pm. Topic: atheism and agnosticism.

Let's grow in grace, friends.


Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
-Ephesians 4:1-3
Triune God: unite us in your love, that we might resist division. Ground us in truth, that we might call out lies. Move us with grace, that we might be grateful. Fill us with hope, that we might live boldly. Create in us faith, that we might follow your ways. Amen.
This week, our service begins with a meditative setting of All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name by Sandra Eithun. The choir will present a 15th century hymn tune with even more ancient 4th century words by Ambrose of Milan for the introit. For our musical offering, we fast forward to 1972 for a communion anthem that paraphrases the words of the Last Supper.


Director of Music
The choir will have a men's sectional in preparation for the Brahms' Requiem on Sunday, beginning right after the 9:30 am service.

Both children's choir will meet Thursday: Dove Choir - 5:30pm and Joyful Noise Choir - (6pm)
Sunday, June 9th the band will be doing an all Hillsong service. We are excited to lead worship with some of our favorite Hillsong tunes. We are also discussing a trip to D.C. to see Hillsong live on June 29th. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or interest in joining us for the concert.

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music
Make the difference!
An April Financial Update
Year to date budget on giving  $154,187.00

Year to date actual giving           $140,956.00

Deficit as of April 30, 2019        $13,231.00

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Special Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Please plan on attending a special congregational meeting this Sunday, between services at 10:40 . The purpose of the meeting is to receive a report from the Nominating Team as well as to approve the following change to the church by-laws. Bylaw 13: The Session shall be comprised of seven elders divided into two equal classes of 3, and one class of 2 (to be changed to to be divided into two equal classes of 2 , and one class of 3 ) whom shall be elected each year at the annual meeting for a term of three years....
Tell Us Your Story
  • Have you been impacted by gun violence in any way?
  • How does the high cost of housing in AA Co. impact you or your family?

This Sunday, May 26, 11:00 am and 12:15 pm (Ark and Dove room) and June 4, 7:00 pm (Ark and Dove room), the Mission Team will hold listening sessions to hear your stories. ACT, our interfaith organization of AA Co., is ready to act in a significant way on June 13. But first we need to hear from you! Please plan to attend! Questions? Cheryl Schafer (
Adult Christian Education
May Book Reading
The May book is Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber. We will meet on Sunday, May 26. Please RSVP Pastor Jon, jgnelson
Bible Basics: Revelation
The Bible is a library. It is hard to know what to read and how to read it. Join us for Bible study. For five weeks this spring, we will focus on the book of Revelation in an effort to learn skills and practices for Bible reading. We will meet Tuesdays at 7-8:30 pm, through May 28. Need childcare? Let us know. Pastor Jon ( and Kim Champagne ( are organizing. Please RSVP.
The Mission Team Needs Your Help!
On June 2nd we will be hosting an overnight mission team from the 1st Presbyterian Church of Salem New Jersey. The team is headed to Puerto Rico for disaster relief. The team will be staying with us before their early morning flight from BWI. We are in need of 14 air mattresses and 14 sleeping bags to accommodate our guests. Help is needed to set up after the 11:00 service on June 2nd, and again on Monday morning to reset the sanctuary at 9:00 am. Sign-up sheet is posted in the lobby. Thank you! Cheryl Schafer Mission Elder, csscas@verizon .net.
Salem County Habitat for Humanity: Young Adult and Youth
The older youth (16 and above) and young adult mission trip is scheduled for August 4-9. This year we are traveling to Salem County Habitat for Humanity in southern New Jersey. Please register with Pastor Tim or Don Zielger
Featured item for May--DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raisins, craisins, unsweetened pineapple rings, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  Thank you for your donations
Equipping the Saints
What's your temperament?
We all have different sets of personality traits, such as our communication habits, our patterns of action and our characteristic attitudes, values and talents. All of these add up to form our temperament and help shape how we interact with others.  Knowing your traits, and understanding your own strengths and challenges, can greatly improve how you interact with teams, co-workers and family. On Wednesday, June 5 , we will explore the Keirsey Temperaments Sorter and help you discover if you are a Guardian, a Healer, a Rational or an Artisan, as well as what each of these types mean. Cathy Debus will be leading the discussions. Dinner and fellowship start at 6:30 with discussions from 7:00 to 8:30. Childcare and special meals can be provided. See Steve Debus ( for more information.
Outreach and Connections
The Voyagers!
The next Voyagers men's group event is a visit to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge's North Tract on June 8. We will start at 8 am with breakfast at Panera Bread in east Laurel, then receive a short talk about the Refuge on site from our own Pat Devers, and explore the Refuge on a short hike. Please contact Paul Doughty ( with any questions.
Parents' Group
Save the date for Parents' Group! Our Parents' fellowship group is open to all families with school aged children and will begin to meet regularly on LAST Fridays each month ( Friday the 31st for May), 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! Nicole Howe, Outreach and Connections Elder,
Christian Education
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus
Registration is live for Vacation Bible School, Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 12, 6:00-8:00 pm! This summer's theme is: Who Is My Neighbor? Children in Pre-K (age 4-5) through grade 8 are invited to journey with us as we learn to love like Jesus ! Adults and high school students can join in the fun too by assisting with the children and youth programs or attending adult Vacation Bible School! Register now!
Needed! Summer Sunday School Teachers!
Teachers and assistants needed for the summer Sunday School program. No experience necessary! Contact Laura Rockwell for more information.
GenOn Youth Summit
It's not too late to sign up for this year's GenOn Youth Summit! The Summit is a national gathering of high school youth (those completing grade 8 or above this year), college-aged young adults, and the adults who love them. Over TWENTY of us from Ark & Dove will be headed to Wheeling, WV from July 14-20, and we've saved room for YOU! If you'd like more information, please reach out to Kelly Burnett (
Care of Our Church Home
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. - Matthew 18:20
It takes many hands to keep our facilities and property in adequate condition to host the many group events each week. Do you enjoy working outdoors? We need a grounds team leader to coordinate the mowing schedule, and work with volunteers to do regular maintenance for our flower beds and rain garden. Do you have an interest in security? The newly formed Safety and Security Team needs a leader to help coordinate an analysis of the property and create a structure for the team. Do you want to help, but aren't sure where? All of the facilities teams could use more members. If any of these opportunities interest you, or you would simply like more information, please contact Rob Yeager, Facilities Elder,
Deacons' Corner
Healing Through Grief
The next meeting of the Healing through Grief small group will be on Tuesday, June 11, 7 - 8:15 pm in the Ark and Dove Room. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved family member or dear friend, no matter how recent or long ago, is invited to attend. No sign up needed, though it is appreciated. Drinks will be provided. The group is facilitated by Pastor Tim and Linnie Girdner. For more information, please contact Linnie Girdner at 410-999-7892 or
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Edie and Richard Budd; Dot Forloines; Kathy Miller; Debbie Saylor’s mother, Carol Saylor, and father, Henry Saylor; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Christy Yeager and her parents, Linda and Leon Jordan; Dorene Chen; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; the Forgrave family and Norma Forgrave’s son-in-law, Mike Fox; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Corinne Baker; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Tameka Oberman’s grandmother; 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; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie; Ann Hirschy; Frances Keyes; Helene Marchand-Stancil; 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; Donna Black; 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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The church offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day .