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

This morning I spied my US passport in my desk drawer, as I got ready to go to church. I closed the drawer.  I entered my Maryland registered automobile, which was built according to USA safety standards, to drive to church only a few days after I filed my federally required income tax form 1040 and a bunch of other paperwork. In my pocket was my Maryland driver's license, which I received after passing my eye test at the MVA.  You do need to be able to see to drive, it makes the roads safe for all the other people.  I stopped at all stop signs and red lights because those are the rules. As I accelerated to get on 32, I looked behind me and saw no blue cloud of smoke. My car passed its state required emissions test a few months back. I yielded to the traffic in the Sappington Station Circle because those are the rules of the road, and I did not want to endanger anyone. I try to be a good citizen.
I stopped at the store, put on my mask, and bought some ultra pasteurized half-and-half, for the fridge at church, for my coffee. You can only buy pasteurized dairy products in Maryland. It’s the law. As I stood in line, I stayed on the six-feet-apart lines, socially separating myself from two other customers, so in case I have Covid-19 I wouldn’t endanger them.  As a disciple of Jesus, I feel called to follow the rules and the laws that keep other people safe.  Two people in the store were not wearing masks. Well one of them had on what one of our elders calls a chin shield. Their mouth and nose were not covered. The other person was wearing a cross. Hmmm.
I mentioned to both people that faces fully covered does help to protect our neighbors. Neighbor, like Jesus calls them in the Bible; people who help (can I add protect?) other people. Even if people are not disciples of Christ, wouldn’t being a good citizen involve wearing a mask?  It is no harder than applying for a driver's license, or getting a car tested, and way easier than filing your taxes.
A bunch of Ark and Dove people stopped by the church this week. Thank you--all of you--for wearing your masks.

Peace of Christ,
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Members and Friends of Ark and Dove,

The last 4 months and counting have us thinking about essentials. At first, when the pandemic caused us to lockdown, we flooded stores for essential items stocked by essential items. Since then, quarantine and safety measures have forced us to consider our fundamental and crucial needs. COVID-19 has made us go back to the basics.

We have been doing that at Ark and Dove, considering the essentials of worship, Christian education, fellowship, community care, and mission. In worship, the most essential thing is that the Word is proclaimed through preaching, prayers, and music and that the sacraments are administered. Knowing that, we have made sure that Word and sacrament in speech, song, and act are live-streamed. This Sunday we are excited to celebrate our first baptism of the pandemic. The most basic aspects of Christian worship are crucial for us now. That is why we are trying to be as creative as possible in making sure they are available to you.

Last week, the LOGOS team met to discuss what our Tuesday evening preK through 8th grade program might look like for the 2020-2021 year. At first, we were discouraged by all the logistics involved in trying to make our program happen as it has happened before. But then we pivoted the conversation to discuss the basics, the essence of LOGOS. It is about relationships between all members of the church, regardless of family configuration or age. Knowing that, we got creative, trying to figure out how we might do the basics well under our current circumstances. Jen Roman, our LOGOS director, outlined some ideas and put together a survey I encourage all families to complete. Actually, if you are interested in the spiritual growth of our children at Ark and Dove, I encourage you to take a look at the ideas and take the survey. This year, we want to do the essential thing: develop intergenerational Christian relationships. Take a look HERE.

Verse and Prayer
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
-Romans 8:24-25
God of our futures: the past is often a burden, the present is sometimes oppressive. Let not our futures be daunting. Help us to remember that Jesus came in the past to show us love, that he is in the present renewing our faith, and that he has gone ahead of us giving us hope for the future. Grant us the patience to wait for a good future. Give us peace in the present. Relieve us from the weight of the past. We put our hope in you. In Jesus Christ's name, we pray. Amen.
This Sunday, I'll be playing a snappy version of 'Old Hundredth', arranged by Victor Labenske. We normally sing this tune as a doxology after the offering has been received, but it's fun to play and hear in this fresh new version. I hope that everyone has had a chance to check out Ark and Dove's Vacation Bible Club, which began this week. All the volunteers led by Christina Nelson have done a wonderful job in pulling together a great curriculum in this new format.

Director of Music
Greetings from the beach! I am on vacation this week, however, I am very excited to announce this week that I had some friends as guest musicians for the offertory this week. We recorded Dry Bones by Gungor. It has a huge arc to it and hits hard. On drums is Cody Cook and singing is Kevin Barrett with me taking care of everything, bass, synths, etc. I really think you will enjoy the performances of these phenomenal musicians that volunteered their time. It really is an honor to get to play music with them and they are super excited for you to hear the song.

God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
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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
Community Safety
As we mentioned last week o ur denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), is taking some steps to address unjust policing in the United States. We intend to as well. The Ark and Dove Anti-Racism and Social Equity team invites you to participate in two up-coming events promoting community safety. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (SURJ3A) is offering a workshop entitled Reimagining Community Safety and Policing . The event will take place TONIGHT, Friday, July 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Zoom. We will explore factors that contribute to community safety, resources that are available in the county to provide for community-based response, and we will work together to unpack proposed policies that have been termed police reform, defund/refund, and abolition. We will also work together to better understand how implicit bias and automatic fear reaction may trigger white people to falsely report innocent behavior by Black and Brown people. See here for more information and here to register. SURJ3A event:
The second event is a discussion led by the Ark and Dove Antiracism team around the proposals of Campaign Zero  on Thursday, July 23, 7:00-8:30 pm on Zoom.  Campaign Zero is an organization promoting 10 actions to ensure fair and reasonable police reform. It is our intent to have a balanced and fair discussion around these 10 policy recommendations. 

See here for the Ark and Dove discussion event and here for registration. 
For more information, contact Lori Kronser at
Outreach and Connections
Sunday Fellowship!
You’re invited to "Sunday Fellowship" Zoom meeting after our Sunday worship livestream ! It will begin at approximately 11:15 am. Since we cannot meet in person yet, and we miss our Sunday morning snack and chat time, we thought we'd see if this could be a sort of virtual substitute! Sorry, you'll have to supply your own coffee and snacks. ;) If you'd like to log onto the Zoom session for this fellowship opportunity, please contact before 11:15am Sunday mornings to receive a link to join in.
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 Adell Gaurin; Wendy Wellington’s father, John; Linda Jordan; Stone and Donna Ashwood; John Mikeska; Sean Futch; John Rolewicz; 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; Diane Johnson’s cousin, Richard; 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; 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; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; the Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Steve Debus’ cousin-in-law; Lori Kronser's friend, Barbara Noonan; Pat Devers colleague, Jeff; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

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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