Guest Preacher Sarah Wilson
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
As we enter the hottest part of summer, refresh your heart and spirit at both the 9:30 (choir led) and 11:00 (band led) Sunday worship services!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove Church,

This week has been uplifting and encouraging.

During Vacation Bible School, adult and youth leaders have come together to create a wonderful program for children of our church and surrounding community. Each day, children have learned about certain animals that help hungry people. Through worship, crafts, recreation and stories, they have learned about hunger in the world and have been given ideas and opportunity to address it. The children are raising money to support Heifer International. There has also been a great Adult Education Class led by Cheryl Walcutt and Cheryl Schafer with over a dozen participants. I am grateful for all our leaders that made this wonderful week possible. They have worked hard and with joy. I am especially thankful for Christina Nelson and Laura Rockwell who planned this great experience.

On Thursday night, 45 leaders of Ark and Dove participated in an Industrial Areas Foundation action. There were nearly 500 people present from faith-based organizations around our county and also leaders of the national IAF training there to witness the action. We heard stories from people impacted by gun violence, unjust immigration laws, addiction, inadequate education, unaffordable housing and the difficulties of transportation. Hundreds of people, including many of our own, were commissioned to research teams to find ways we can address these issues. The organizations present promised to bring over 1,000 people to an action on October 4, where we will found the organization officially and take on one of the above issues. You will not want to miss this event. It will be newsworthy across the county.

If you were unable to participate in Vacation Bible School, be sure to talk to a child, youth or adult involved. You will be enriched. And if you were unable to come to the IAF action on Thursday night, talk to Pastor Tim, our team leader Cheryl Walcutt, me or the others who came to the gathering. You will be encouraged.

Ark and Dove never tires in being active. We are strong because we are engaged in good children's ministry and meaningful social action in our community. I am thankful you are a part of this place.

Please don't miss worship this Sunday. We have a guest preacher, Sarah Wilson, a charter member of Ark and Dove and seminarian at Union Theological in Richmond. We will benefit from her presence.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Anne Arundel County IAF Action, July 12, 2018
Verse and Prayer
Verse
The gifts God gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

-Ephesians 4:11-12
Prayer
Generous God: you have gifted us. Help us to claim our talents and passions. Give us courage to use them for advancing your dream in this world. Teach us how we might work together for the benefit of all your children, near and far. Amen.
Thank You Reception for Vaughn Brown, Jr.
You are invited to a reception for Elder Vaughn Brown, Monday, July 23 at 7:00 pm in the Marshall room. We are gathering to thank Vaughn for his many years of church leadership. Vaughn joined Ark and Dove on February 28, 1999 and was ordained an elder in 2005. If you would like to get involved, please contact Wendy Wellington, Admin Elder, swt520@verizon.net. Looking forward to celebrating with you! RSVP admin@arkanddove.org
Donation Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Peace and Global Witness Offering , Capital Savings Fund , Per Capita , and more! Many opportunities await you!
Giving Statements
Coming soon! Look for your "giving statement" in your inbox!
Ark and Dove will begin providing giving statements via e-mail this July.  The reports will contain the same information as the paper copies, but will look slightly different. Each person who has made a contribution during the specified period will receive an email. If you prefer to continue to receive a paper copy, please drop us a line (admin@arkanddove.org). Or feel free to contact Wendy Wellington, Administration Elder (swt520@verizon.net) or Steve Debus, Stewardship-Discipleship Elder, (steven.debus89@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Thank you! Stan Houck, stewardship team, shouck@aol.com.
Outreach and Connection
July Book Club
For the month of July, we are reading Brené Brown's Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Brown is a social scientist made famous for her TED Talk, "The Power of Vulnerability." In Braving the Wilderness, her newest book, Brown explores what it means to belong and be connected in an age of division and isolation. Please pick up the book wherever you find books and join us July 22 after worship for lunch. Please contact Pastor Jon for any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Mission Ministry
Stated Clerk issues statement on executive order regarding family separation at U.S. border
Nelson calls on Presbyterians to "harvest tears" into action

Office of the General Assembly - June 28, 2018

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, stated clerk of the General Assembly, has issued a statement in response to the executive order issued on June 20, 2018, by the president of the United States. Nelson points out that, though Joseph's call to flee to Egypt has long since passed. "People are still in danger. People still flee into the night to find safety..."

The Stated Clerk calls on Presbyterians to, "Take the tears you have shed and harvest them into acts of peaceful resistance, advocacy, pastoral care, and prayer to bring about peace for the hundreds of families suffering from this nation’s border policies."

Full text of statement HERE.
CAP West County Food of the Month
Featured item for July is CANNED FISH (tuna, salmon, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!      
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Cindy Timbie’s mother; LillianTalbert; Lori Kronser; Emily Crose; Mary Beckwith; Colette Efiom; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Don Ziegler; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Rob Yeager’s mother, Rebekah Jennings, stepfather, Bill Jennings and grandmother, Peggy Jones; Cheryl Walcutt’s sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Debbie Arey’s sister, Denise Dostoler; Julie Devers' cousin, Blane; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda; Jay Olson; Chip Burnett; Kim Champagne; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Arlyce Lohr; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Steve and Brandi Downs; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Jason Ziegler; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; David Michels; Charlotte Davie; Joel Davie's father-in-law Richard Mensi; Bill Jennings; Ashton Milcalski; Patrie Conroy; Don Griffis; Lori Reed and Antonio; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Dakota Miller; Dillon and Kaleb Benson’s grandmother, Jan Sheets; Clarence Scott; Doug DeHaven; John Ricciuti; the DeCroix family; for a newly pregnant family; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Jodi and her best friend's mother, MaryAnn Van Orten.  

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.
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