The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community,

As you know, early Wednesday afternoon, by text message and Facebook, we found out that someone vandalized our dual banners down on the road: 'Dismantle Racism' and 'Black Lives Matter'. They tore the frames down, and there were some minor rips. We inspected the damage with some heavy hearts and deep sighs. And then Ark and Dove sprang into action, and before you knew it the Antiracism Team and the Session called for a peaceful demonstration for Thursday. A special 'Arkive' was published, donations were made for repairs, the banners were pieced back together, and the A.A. County Police began an investigation.

Though our signs were temporarily dismantled, our commitment as a congregation to stand with our Black and Brown siblings remains steadfast. Our commitment to be in conversation, change hearts, and to dismantle racism stands firm. Well over forty people from our congregation, from 11 months of age and up, and one person from the community stood (or sat) on our property along Piney Orchard Parkway with signs, smiles and waves. We stayed an ally to our disenfranchised neighbors near and far.  We encountered, a good dozen or so, mis-arranged fingers; it takes a certain kind of broken heart to flip off a church, doesn’t it? But we also encountered hundreds of smiles, hundreds of waves, hundreds of thumbs-up and hundreds of supportive horn honks (some people did all four).

Members of the Antiracism team debriefed today.  We reminded each other that our goal is not to make a name for our church.  We believe that all people are created in the image of God, that there is one human race, and every member of that single race should be treated like a child of God.  We seek to share that message of God’s love with our community by putting faith into action. We seek to change broken hearts with healing love of Christ.  And that’s why I love our congregation. It is an adventure and a privilege to walk in faith with you.

Peace of Christ,

P.S. Watch for the SurveyMonkey from Ark and Dove. It is called the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). Our Long Range Planning Team needs your input.
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

John Rolewicz, who was a member with his wife Emily, died last week after a difficult, yet determined battle against a most aggressive cancer. John was an incredible person to know. He was caring, empathetic, competitive, loyal, and humble. John was a highly gifted athlete who set team records on the baseball team of his alma mater and was a sought after umpire for the Anne Arundel Umpire Association. Of course, he would not tell you these things. Competitive as he was, he was even more humble and gracious.

John and his wife, Emily, have been a part of the Ark and Dove family since 2016. John and Emily exhibited such tremendous love and care for one another. They have always lit up the sanctuary and lobby with their joy. John was not only hard-working, but he was incredibly caring. Everyone who met him felt as if they really mattered to him. Even more, his smile made others smile.

When John was diagnosed with a rare and invasive cancer months ago, he remained incredibly hopeful and strong. Emily became an expert in his cancer and advocated for John to the top oncologists in the world. As others have noted, she pushed oncology forward in her valiant fight for John. They were dedicated in unimaginable difficulty.

We grieve at the loss of John, who was only 30 when he died. We grieve for Emily, who lost her beloved husband. And we grieve as a church, who wrestles with the terrible reality of a young beloved life lost. As we do, we remember the deep and abiding joy that radiated in John.

Please join us at 10:30 am tomorrow (Saturday) for a service remembering John and bearing witness to the resurrection ( click for bulletin). It will be streamed on our YouTube page.

Verse and Prayer
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.   Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

- Matthew 5:11-13
I know, O Healer of Souls,
That you are not far away.
I know, O Physician of the Heart,
That you will not forsake me,
But will stich my wounds
And gently restore my soul.
I will gain the strength
To serve you once more,
For you are my health
And my Joy
- excerpt from "Psalms of Lament" by Ann Weems
I'm so pleased to present a fun, up-tempo prelude for this week's service. Mark Hayes' arrangement of the American hymn, 'Christians, We Have Met to Worship', is full of fun rhythmic passages, and lots of key changes and energy. I'm organizing music for August and beyond. If you feel called to help lead this important part of a worship, online or offline, please be in touch. There's always more room to make a joyful noise!

Director of Music
As cases of COVID-19 rise, I would like to send a reminder to stay healthy and practice all recommended directives that have been put in place to keep people safe. Wear a face mask, wash your hands (use hand sanitizer in a pinch) especially if you have touched your face, and maintain social distance. The band, choir and staff have been doing a great job with these directives each week during preparations for service and during service. We all must keep doing our part if we are to keep each other safe and help our communities recover. Things are still very surreal with what "normal" life has become. If you are struggling, please don't hesitate to reach out, so that we all can help each other maintain a semblance of happiness during a crazy time.

Stay healthy and God bless!
Director of Contemporary Music
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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
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Long-Range Planning
Long-Range Planning Team: Church Survey
Every three to five years, Ark and Dove engages in a process of review, assessment and goal-development. This year we will be using the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) to help gauge the strength, vitality and trends at Ark and Dove. The information gathered from this assessment will be essential to planning the future of our church, and the long-range team is looking for your input to complete this work! You will receive an email, in early August, with a unique link to the CAT. (To request a paper copy, please email In completing the survey, we ask that you resist the temptation of discussing it, or your answers, with anyone else, as this may influence the candidness of the responses. All answers are strictly anonymous, so please feel free to honestly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. How we plan our future is dependent on your involvement, so the long-range planning team looks very forward to your full participation! Questions? Please contact Chris Fox via email at
The Call to Love One Another
Steadfastness Reigns:
Peaceful Demonstration
For more coverage, please watch Stetson Miller's (of WJZ-TV) interview
with Pastors Tim and Jon, tonight at 8 pm.
Outreach and Connections
Parent Group!
The Parent Group Meeting for tonight at 7:00 PM will be a listening session about virtual learning for the coming school year. We will discuss your concerns and your thoughts on possible solutions. Please contact Cheryl Walcutt at for a zoom link. Thank You!
Sunday Fellowship!
Sunday Fellowship after the live-stream church service continues! Via a ZOOM meeting, of course. If you'd like to join in for some light conversation and have a chance to see some familiar faces, simply send an email to to request an invitation. We will then send you a link to the Zoom meeting.  You only need to do this one time, and you can use the same link each week.  The meetings begin around 11:15 each Sunday. It will be great to "see" you! Nicole Howe,
Christian Education
The LOGOS planning team sent out an email this week to families and volunteers about the upcoming 2020-2021 year. If you or your family is interested in participating in  LOGOS  (our weekly children and youth program), please fill out this brief  survey  by July 28th. Thank you!
Through August 14, 2020 This summer, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church is holding a virtual Summer Bible Club. Registration is open to K-8th grade students (grade completed). The program "On Earth As in Heaven" invites us to (re)-experience the Lord's Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. Weekly videos starting on July 13 introduce the theme with a skit, music, and Bible story. On Thursday nights, children will meet with their age group for a live Zoom call featuring activities and conversation relating to our theme. Register today ! Questions? Christina Nelson, christinajoy87(at) or Linda Lewis, lclewis022(at)
Middle School Summer Book Club
As part of our Summer Bible Club, Ark and Dove Middle School youth are invited to join a discussion of the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. We will meet weekly for five weeks to discuss the book from a faith perspective. Several are already in. Want to join? Please contact Pastor Jon (
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at 
Summer Book Discussion
Deacon King Kong
Pastor Jon and I have picked a novel for this summer's book discussion that we are certain you are going to love: James McBride's "Deacon King Kong." NPR described this novel, which is set in the south Brooklyn projects in the late 1960s, as "a narrative about flawed, poor people navigating an ugly, racist world and trying their best with the help of God, each other, or the bottle; their stories are unique, but the struggles are universal — and that makes this a novel about all of us." The Zoom discussion will take place on Tuesday, August 4, 7pm . Please email Kim Champagne at for the meeting code.
Antiracism and Social Equity
Jesus and the Disinherited: A Retreat
The late Congressman John Lewis called Howard Thurman the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Both Pastors Tim and Jon have preached on Rev. Thurman in the past. The  Shalem Institute is now providing their course on Howard Thurman for free to help people be grounded spiritually in the fight for racial justice. Contact  with questions. Enter the self-guided retreat day  here .
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Codenames Over Zoom!
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from Get the game at There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Linnie Girdner and Linnie and Jan Hof’s friend, Grace Ligon; Julia Kirby’s mother, Margaret Floyd; Jess and Adell Gaurin; Wendy Wellington’s father, John; Debbie and Bruce Arey’s daughter, Allison; Linda Jordan; Stone and Donna Ashwood; John Mikeska; Sean Futch; Diane Johnson's Uncle Ed, Aunt Janet, and cousin Richard; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Joan and Merlin Berry; Mike Davie’s brother, Steve Davie; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave; Ben Rollins’ sister, Caroline; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Daryl Sensenig; Amy Grimm’s sister and grandparents and Amy’s father; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, granddaughter, Sarah, and grandson Nathan; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Ann Hirschy’s Aunt Cindy and brother; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dot Forloines and Dot’s friend, Mary Hiett; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; the Tardiff family; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor, and friend, Tanya; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd, and cousin, Judy; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis; Margaret McGillivray's friend, Kim Nolet; Ylonda Fauntleroy’s husband, Tony Schoonmaker; Jesse Penabaker, Michelle Schoonmaker and Michelle's Auntie Bernice; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; the Wagner family and Celine; Myrtha Henderson; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to Emily Rolewicz, and the Rolewicz and Rey families on the death of John Rolewicz.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING for the birth of Elijah Thomas, child of Erika and Ed Sealing and brother of Trip.

PRAYERS OF HEALING for those with COVID-19: Alta Paronto’s friend, Marilyn.
PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Tricia Gray’s mother; Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Caitlyn Bussey; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.

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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