E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

All are invited to celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost at both the 9:30 am traditional and 11:00 am contemporary services, this Sunday.

Coming up! Single Service with the band, June 25th,10:30 am!
"United We Stand, As Family We Go"

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Thank you to Christa Kronser, Paula Sparks, Adell Gaurin and Rebecca Bell Echols  and their team and cast of children for a wonderful children's musical on Sunday.  Great music, spirited acting and a nice message; we appreciate your work.  That was at 11:00.

At 9:30, we had the pleasure of welcoming our 14th confirmation class into membership.  Hiley Green, Tory Saylor, Jennifer Taylor,  and Ashtyn Rosenthal are now full adult members of our church.  Lydia Doughty was unable to join our class because she  was recovering from heart surgery.  However, Lydia is doing so well, she was released from the hospital early, and we will receive her into membership on Sunday at 9:30.

Thank you  to the 29 individuals and families who pledged to the Transformations: Capital Savings Fund Account last Sunday.  That is a terrific start.  We appreciate your commitment to the vision of our congregation.

Next Sunday, June 25th, is a Single Service Sunday. Worship will begin at 10:30 am, and our theme is, "United We Stand: As Family We Go." Our band will present songs of unity.

This Sunday is field day during Sunday School.  Children and youth, don't forget to wear sneakers and play clothes!

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Tim 


  The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son." But Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. He said, "Oh yes, you did laugh."
- Genesis 18:13-15

Procession of Prayers from Around the World 

Lord, we long to speak effectively in our name, but our words come out muddled and blunted. Give us the fresh, new-minted words, that heart may speak to heart and a new day begin. (United Kingdom)

We offer you, Lord, the bustle of each day, all the energy created by our work and the enthusiasm of our eager hearts. (Nicaragua)

I dedicate my life to you, O God. Take me, pardon me, polish me, keep me. Use me, O Lord, for the work you would have me do. and taking me, help me not to resist you. (Africa: prayer of a young pastor)

- collected by John Carden


Transformations: The Capital Savings Fund Campaign

TRANSFORMATIONS! A GREAT START TOWARDS OUR GOAL Thank you to everyone who submitted pledges last week in support of Transformations. We received 29 pledges totaling over $111 thousand dollars for the three year campaign. That puts us over 20% towards our eventual goal of $475-500 thousand dollars. If you were not able to submit your pledge last week, please feel free to add it to the offering this week. The closer we get to our goal, the sooner our dreams to transform Ark and Dove can become a reality. Steve Debus, steven.debus89@gmail.com   

Many opportunities await you!

Say Cheese! 

CHURCH PHOTO DIRECTORY Sign up now for pictures!  We are continuing to move forward with updating our church photo directory.  Online sign-up registration was emailed earlier this week or you can follow this link to register: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0b44a8ab2aabf49-picture/10121560

We want everyone to be included so please sign up soon.  We are asking for a $10 donation to help with the cost of printing the directory.  You will receive a printed copy, and we will provide you a digital copy of the family picture for your use.  As announced in church on Sunday, we are simultaneously creating an online directory, which will be maintained on the church website in a members only section and password protected.  This will allow us to maintain a current directory and add photos of new families or new additions to families on an ongoing basis - saving us from having a massive project every few years to produce a new directory (YAY)!   
We also have a second link to sign-up to volunteer during our picture days.  Each date we are doing pictures has a 4 hour time block.  We are hoping volunteers will sign up for one or more hours to greet families, confirm addresses, assist with flow of families in and out of picture room, and collect donations for the printed version of the directory.  Here is the link to sign up to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b44a8ab2aabf49-arkdove

Please assist us with this important project.  If you have questions, please contact Julia Kirby, maybe_soon98@yahoo.com or Ryan Stavely, ryan@stavely.org.    
Christian Education for Adults


VBS is not only for children and youth! Adults also will study "Renew!" From July 9-13, 6 pm to 8:15 pm, we will host an interactive discussion on creation care. We will follow J. Matthew Sleeth's video series, "Serving God, Saving the Planet." We also hope to finish the week by starting a garden that supports our mission opportunities, such as Winter Relief and CAP. Any questions? Please contact Pastor Jon ( jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Christian Education for Children

FIELD DAY!  We will hold our annual Field Day for PreK through 5th graders, this Sunday, June 18th! Make sure your children wear their play clothes to church when they come this Sunday!  Summer Sunday School sessions begin on June 25th.  This is a combined class of preschool through the fifth grade, which will run through August 27th. 
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL AND VBS TEACHERS Adult volunteers are needed as teachers for Summer Sunday School.  Please pray and consider signing up as a teacher for one Sunday or several Sundays.  Kim Champagne (kim.champagne@gmail.com) will provide all the materials, including a lesson plan, a video and a craft; hopefully we will attract middle and high school youth as our assistants. Speaking of...   

SERVICE LEARNING CREDITS Attention all Middle School and High School Students! Are you interested in earning service learning credit over the summer? Do you like being helpful in a place where you are really needed?  The Christian Education Ministry needs your help in the nursery, Summer Sunday School and Vacation Bible School this summer.  Please contact Kim Champagne ( kim.champagne@gmail.com) to find out how you can help out and earn credit for helping!
RENEW! The Green VBS is coming to Ark and Dove July 9 through July 13, in the evenings.  Please see Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com) or Christina Nelson (christinajoy87@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping out this summer.  Registration is now open! Register HERE!
Fundraising for Eagle Scout Project

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FUNDRAISING DATES As part of my Eagle Scout Project, I am working on part of the spiritual meander on the church grounds. The section I am working on will include a reflection circle containing a gazing ball at the end of an approximately 40' path. I will be collecting donations on June 18, June 25, and August 27. Money and resources are welcome. For details please contact me at dillon.i.benson@gmail.com. I will also be available to answer questions in person on any of those dates. Have a blessed day, Dillon Benson,
Summer Book Club

SUMMER BOOK CLUB Do you love to read? Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to talk about it with others? This summer, we will host a book club just for you! In June, July, and August, we will read a different book and come together for fellowship and discussion. June's book is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. From Amazon.com: "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, [the novel is] a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South." 
Pick up the book and join us at church on Tuesday night, June 27 at 7 pm. Contact Pastor Jon ( jgnelson1985@gmail.com).

Deacons Corner

CALLING ALL GRADUATES The Deacons want to celebrate all those who have achieved educational milestones this year. If you or someone close to you recently graduated from high school, undergrad or grad school, please let us know admin@arkanddove.org. Graduates will be included in the prayer list and formally acknowledged in an upcoming church bulletin.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. - Deuteronomy 31:8 


Featured item for June is MACARONI AND CHEESE (Annie's organic, Amy's, Back to Nature, Pirate's Booty, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!        
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:  

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Benjamin Bradley; Vaughn Brown; Hillary and Paul Ferrell's daughter, Lila; Bob Johns; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; John Boswell; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Brian Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; Christy Yeager's mother, Linda Jordan; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil, Helene's mother, Mimi and friend, Madeleine Brown; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Mary Benson; Mary Stum's sister, Barbara Kendig; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; the Howe family and Scott Howe's father, Ron; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Cindy and Dave Oquist's son, Chris; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; Amy Stavely's aunt; the Hoxie family; Catherine Chambers' sister-in-law, Tonia McLendon; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy; Claire Henderson's father, Walt; Denise Nooe's husband, Kevin Hood; Charlotte and Mike Davie's friend, Carol Scholl; Connie Kinnick's brother, Rick; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Howe family and to the family of Nicole's cousin, Todd, on his death.
PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for Lydia Doughty's successful surgery.
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Sue Hanburger at avongypsygal@gmail.com, and she will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.    
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