E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 


Take time to rebuild, reinvest and revitalize this Sunday at both the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services!  
 
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR TIM

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

What is the IAF?  Answer: The Industrial Areas Foundation

What is the Industrial Areas Foundation?  An organization that helps religious people and groups organize, so they can advocate for change in their communities.

Since November of last year, several people in Ark and Dove have been attending meetings to explore the possibility of being a part of an Anne Arundel IAF group.  The methodology early on is for local religious leaders to get to know each other, so they can discern and help their congregations discern whether they should be a part of the Arundel IAF.  Only when there is trust and relationship in the religious community can people of diverse backgrounds come together to bring positive change.  Linnie Girdner, Jon Nelson and myself have attended meetings, perhaps you are interested?

For years now, at Ark and Dove, we have been very pleased by a congregation that is active in mission projects.  Literally hundreds of Ark and Dove members support mission with hands-on acts of mission, mercy and justice. For years now, we have also  asked ourselves how we can be more hands-on at addressing the root causes of poverty, oppression and systemic injustices.  The Arundel IAF might be a way we can work with other religious people to bring change to our county.  Pastor Jon and I would be happy to meet with you individually for 40 minutes in a one-on-one format to help you discern whether you might feel called to participate in this emerging movement.  Send one of us an e-mail.

Peace,
Pastor Tim  
timsstern@gmail.com 
 


VERSE AND PRAYERS

 
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:27-28 

Household Prayer: Morning
In whatever shelter I wake this morning
I know this place is holy because you meet me here.
As I wash my body and prepare for the day,
I remember baptismal waters and the claim upon my life.
Wherever darkness looms, Sovereign God,
traffic in mercy this day.
Traffic in mercy this day. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening
As darkness spreads over the land,
I trust that you move in it.
As I yield the night to sleep and dreams,
I pray you would remake me
into a servant bold,
for the sake of Jesus. Amen.
 
 

 

Many opportunities await you!
            
 
N TES FOR YOU
  


T
his Sunday, in addition to the exciting baptism of baby Elias, we will hear a beautiful duet by Laura Doughty and Alta Paronto. The piece is called Jacob's Ladder. You won't want to miss it!


Love, 
Rebecca 
rebeccaebell@gmail.com       
   
   


Compost Corner

One Minute Workout
COMPOSTING In this picture of the Ark and Dove compost pile, you will spy a compost crank.  Exercise:  Drill down into compost pile and pull cooking compost up 12 times. Remember to keep your coffee grinds and kitchen scraps out of the landfill.  Bring them to church when you worship, and feed our compost pile.    
  
Thank you from the Solanos

Refugee Assistance Family
MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS FROM THE SOLANO FAMILY The Ark and Dove community turned out in force for the Solano family, the church's refugee family, on Saturday April 8, for a baby shower to welcome the newest member of the family, Ra úl. The family was beaming from the love and the support of the congregation, and had a wonderful time celebrating. In so many ways, the baby marks a new start for the family in the United States, and your donations of needed baby items helps set the family up for success.

The image here is the family's thank you note to all: they wrote it in English to thank the congregation for all the support.


Thank you to all those who helped make the shower possible: Erin Quigley for decorations; Paula Griggs and Kim Young for flowers; Jennifer Roman for gift organization/wrapping; Lillian Van Rompay at Prince of Peace for helping organize the sign-up sheet and registry; and all who brought food, gifts and well wishes. Laura Willoughby Perry, ljwilloughby@gmail.com
 
Mission

WE CHOOSE WELCOME
WE CHOOSE WELCOME Just in time for last Sunday's forum on refugees, PCUSA rolled out the We Choose Welcome Action Guide that provides tips and resources for welcoming refugees. You can find it at www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/choose-welcome-action-guide. Twenty-eight people watched the documentary Salam Neighbor and engaged one another on the challenges and strengths of the people we vicariously met on the film. Afterward Debbie Arey, Ark and Dove's Refugee Welcome Team Leader, led the group to a hopeful place by laying out what we are preparing to do at Ark and Dove. If you missed this event, it is not too late to catch up. Salam Neighbor is available on Netflix, the brief video by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service can be found at LIRS.org/act/resettlement/, and you can contact Debbie at dbarey@hotmail.com or 508-709-7748, if you want to inquire about the Refugee Welcome Team. Thank you to all who attended, brought delicious desserts, and helped make the forum a success. Linnie Girdner, Co-Team Leader, Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team

 

HELP A YOUNG NEIGHBOR
HELP A YOUNG NEIGHBOR GET BACK TO SCHOOL The Mission Ministry is teaming up again this summer with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services to provide school supplies for local elementary and middle school students. Social Services matched Ark & Dove with 35 students at Meade Heights Elementary School on Reece Road. The staff is preparing for the new school year and is grateful to Ark & Dove for supporting them. After worship services July 30 through August 13, we will have sign-ups and provide detailed instructions and the Meade Heights supplies lists. Ark & Dove donors will select a student to sponsor, purchase the backpack and supplies, deliver them to the school before August 25th, or bring them to church by August 20th for delivery. We will also be teaming up again with Meade Middle School to collect supplies they need to support their students. For questions, or if you want to sign up but can't do so at church, contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com).


PRAYER LETTER FROM Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll
As July began, I was in Leipzig, Germany, serving on the language services team for the General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). It was wonderful to see the Reformed family gather from around the world. The WCRC includes more than 80 million Christians in over 220 churches from 109 countries, though not all member churches were able to send representatives to Leipzig. Though English was the dominant language, we worked in five additional languages: Spanish, French, German, Bahasa Indonesia, and Korean. My friend and colleague Elsa Tamez, who served as the first president of the Latin American Biblical University (UBL), offered two of the Bible studies. It was a joy for me to be able to interpret for Elsa, allowing those who didn't understand Spanish to enjoy her creative approach to Paul's letter to the Romans through the voice of Phoebe, the minister from the church in Cenchreae and bearer of the letter to the church in Rome (Rom. 16:1).
BLOOD DRIVE

BLOOD DRIVE
Giving blood doesn't require much time. About one hour should do it. Please give blood today. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monday, July 24, 2:00pm to 7:30pm. To schedule your lifesaving donation please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: odentonstjosephcatholicchurch or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Questions? Please contact Karen Zajdek, kznurse@verizon.net.



JULY'S FOOD OF THE MONTH
CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY Featured item for July is CANNED FISH (salmon, tuna in water, sardines, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!         
Summer Book Club

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

SUMMER BOOK CLUB
What does it mean to be human? Look no further than the ancient poems, letters, and stories of the Bible, says Rob Bell. Bell, a New York Times Bestselling author, speaker, and podcaster, takes an unconventional approach to the Bible. Bell is engaging and will help us rethink our assumptions about Scripture. Pick up or download a copy of his new book What is the Bible? wherever you find books, and we will meet to discuss on July 27 at 7 pm. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions ( jgnelson1985@gmail.com). 
  
Parents Group

PARENTS GROUP NOW FORMING
PARENTS GROUP You've heard it said, "It takes a village to raise a child." But when do we gather as a village anymore? Join Ark and Dove's parents group for an opportunity to support one another on the always joyous, often difficult journey of parenting. Interested? Contact Pastor Jon for more information ( jgnelson1985@gmail.com).     
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS 
PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Charles Lawrence; Bill Champagne; Lydia Doughty; Vaughn Brown; Bob Johns; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Bryan Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Joshua Anthis; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines, her brother Jack and her friend Eileen Gray; Henry Duncan; Helene Marchand-Stancil and Helene's mother, Mimi; Judy Cooper's sister, Barb Eardley; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; Amy Stavely's aunt; the Hoxie family; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy; Claire Henderson's father, Walt; Denise Nooe's husband, Kevin Hood; Connie Kinnick's brother, Rick; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Stephen Bates and Steven Janssen; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Carol and Henry Saylor; John Boswell; the Fenstermachers' relative, John Burn; Charlotte Davie's niece, Paige, and friend, Carol; the Bauman family and the Baumans' friends, Jacqueline Brink and Tony Ferrer; and Dick and Carol Baily.
 
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Reynolds and Campbell families on the death of Barbara Reynolds' mother, Ruth Campbell.
 
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION for the GenOn participants who are taking part in the GenOn East summit this week.
 
PRAYERS OF PROTECTION AND HOPE for the 65 million refugees worldwide.
 
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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