Day of Pentecost, Hillsong Sunday and Appreciating Our Educators!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
This Sunday you are invited to be awed by the Day of Pentecost!
There will be a special celebration at the 11:00 am band led service with songs from Hillsong United!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

This Sunday our band is drawing from the Hillsong catalogue to inspire us at 11 am. You will be ushered into God's presence with powerful choruses and sweeping melodies. We have worshiped with some of their songs before, including a favorite of ours: "Oceans." The bridge of the song is particularly appropriate for Sunday, as we celebrate Pentecost. It goes...

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Pentecost celebrates the beginning of the Church, where the Spirit of God led people to a new way of being. The Spirit came upon a diverse group of people in Jerusalem. They represented various nations and spoke different tongues. With the Spirit's inspiration, each and all of them spoke and heard one another despite the linguistic barriers. The people were united in diversity. Their trust extended now beyond borders and their faith was made stronger, as Hillsong sings it. At the birth of the Church, the Spirit was already leading them farther than they could fathom.

Birthdays celebrate beginnings and that is what we will do this Sunday. And yet, birthdays always are cause for reflection. I suspect we will do the same Sunday. Where is the Spirit leading us now? What borders are we meant to transgress? Where can faith be made stronger? To whatever, wherever is God calling us?

Come for celebration and reflection, while wearing red, yellow and orange, on this Pentecost Sunday.


Pastor Jon
Verse and Prayer
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. -Acts 2:4

Come, Holy Spirit, bring light to places too long languishing in deep darkness and relentless fear.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring fires of justice to people right now exploited, devalued and oppressed.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring winds of change to the farthest corners of the earth, ushering in God’s peace and abundant life.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring words of God’s deeds of power spoken in languages understood by all creation.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring news ways of being community, a revolution of grace, mercy and kindness that reveal the dignity and worth of each and every person.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring an upending of evil, an upbuilding of goodness, an upheaval of anything counter to the will of the Triune God.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring flames that burn away our dross and refine our faith so that the whole world will be drawn through us to the light of Christ and the love of God.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring truth that unmasks idolatry, undoes false teaching and leads to greater understanding among God’s children.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring reconciliation that breaks down walls, builds bonds of kinship and knits together every tribe and nation.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring comfort to those who mourn, relief to all who suffer, hope to the hopeless and encouragement to those on the cusp of giving up.

Come, Holy Spirit, bring your advocacy and intercession, your gentleness and power, your presence and compassion in order that we will be bravely participate in the new things God is doing in our midst.

Come, Holy Spirit, come that we may abide in God and God in us until Christ comes again. Amen.
 -Jill Duffield

We welcome the young musicians of our own Sacred Strings to play for the prelude music at the 9:30 service. They will be playing Sweet Hour of Prayer by William B. Bradbury and Amazing Grace . Our tune for our introit, Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow uses a text relating to Pentecost by Thomas Troeger. You may be more accustomed to singing/hearing this hymn during Advent, where it's often found as Watchmen Tell Us of the Night . Later in the service, the choir will be singing a beautiful arrangement of a Scottish folk tune, set with a Pentecost text by Simon Browne (1680-1732). The lilting melody and rich harmonies have made this anthem a fast favorite with the choir.


Director of Music
There will be a men's sectional for the Brahms' Requiem from 10:30-11:10 in the Marshall room this Sunday.

Summer Choir is almost here! If you would like to try out choir, summer is a great time to do so. There are no Thursday rehearsals! Just show up on Sundays at 8:30am, ready to sing. No experience necessary.

Summer Music sign up sheets will be going up in the lobby/narthex. If you would like to contribute instrumental music to any portion of the service, sign up for a date that would be best for you and to get more information!
This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost! No better way to celebrate than for the band to lead with some of Hillsong's best tunes at the 11 am service. We will be starting a bit early with a prelude and also ending with a postlude. All are welcome and encouraged to join in and sing! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Calling All Graduates!
The Deacons want to celebrate all those who have achieved educational milestones this year! If you or a family member recently graduated from high school, undergrad or grad school, let us know! Please include the graduate's name, school and, if applicable, his/her major. Graduates will be included in the prayer list and formally acknowledged in an upcoming church bulletin.
Events and Fellowship this Weekend
Tonight, June 7, 2019 6:30 p.m. Screening of the film The Hate U Give at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis 333 Dubois Road Annapolis, MD. (PG-13) Free admission! Bring your family! Childcare is available. More info here . Facebook event here .
The Voyagers!
The next Voyagers men's group event is a visit to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge's North Tract tomorrow, Saturday, 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.
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.
Christian Education
Field Day!
June 16th both services! All Sunday School classes will participate in an outdoor field day to kick off summer. Get ready to have some fun with games and crafts. Please dress children appropriately, they may get dirty!
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!
Children's Book Drive: June 15 to August 1
We have a wonderful opportunity to help the families of women incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup and their Correctional Officers. We are collecting new and like-new children's books for the residents to read and give to their children when they visit. As a support to the Officers, who are often single moms in a low-paying job, we are also providing books for their kids. There will be a box in the south hallway, June 15 to August 1, for donations of new and like-new books for children age 2- 16. In selecting books please be mindful of the diversity of race and family configuration of many of the children who will be receiving our gifts of books. Thank you so much for your loving support of this ministry. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
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 Ziegler
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
Outreach and Connection
Parents' Group
Our Parents' fellowship group is open to all families with school aged children and meets regularly on the LAST Fridays of 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!
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
Life After Caregiving
About 40 million adults in the U.S. care for another adult, perhaps an ill or disabled spouse, parent, or adult child. Caregiving can be one of the most stressful and rewarding times of one’s life. When the family member dies, the caregiver may find the emotions and tasks of grief and of life confusing. See  here  for a recent article on what happens when caregiving ends. 

Some caregivers are ashamed to admit if they experience relief at the loved one’s death. There can be relief from the incessant tasks of daily and nightly caregiving that so frequently have impacted the caregiver’s health. And there can be a great relief in knowing that the person, one has been so devoted to, is no longer suffering. Bearing witness to suffering, to life ebbing away from a person whose life has been intertwined with your own, changes you. Especially for those who have been caregivers for years, they may feel they have a lot of life to catch up on. For others, they may feel that what gave their life meaning has gone. Whatever the experience has been, it can be helpful to talk about it with supportive others. You are invited to the next meeting of Healing through Grief, this Tuesday, June 11.
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; 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; Lewis Shorter; Barbara Reynold’s brother, Dan Campbell; 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; 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; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.  
PRAYERS OF LOVE, COMMUNITY AND GUIDANCE for those suffering from depression.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Oberman and Porter families on the death of Tameka Oberman’s grandmother, Mary Porter.

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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