The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
All are welcome to the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
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Summer Bible Club begins next week! Register here !
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

Our relationships will carry us through this pandemic and toward racial justice. I truly believe that. Connections and conversations will uphold us as COVID-19 keeps us apart, as a presidential campaign pulls us apart, and racial inequity sets us apart. In the last few months, we have found new ways to connect with one another. In the last week, our children and youth leaders have demonstrated great creativity as we plan to connect in the coming months.

This week, the Ark and Dove ACT Core Team* and I invite you to a new way to relate with one another. We invite you to have one-on-one conversations on race with other members and friends of this congregation. Over the last couple weeks, we have worked on a conversation guide that will enable us to have safe and meaningful conversations on race. One-on-one, we will talk through the impact of race in our personal and professional lives, our experiences of racism, and racial/ethnic diversity in our community and church. Here is the discussion guide. In the coming days, members of the ACT Core Team will begin reaching out to have these discussions. If you are willing to talk now, please contact me. These conversations are only 30-40 minutes long and can be done however you are safely connecting now.

Why are we doing this? Because the work of antiracism begins with an honest reckoning of race within ourselves. It starts by acknowledging the ways we live in a history of racism, in communities often defined by race, and in institutions that uphold racial inequalities. In order to dismantle racism in our world, we must dismantle it in ourselves and our community. As our Session has recently stated, we intend to heal racial wounds through listening and learning. I look forward to these conversations.


*The Ark and Dove Core Team is the group of Ark and Dovers that represents our congregation in the ongoing work of Anne Arundel Connecting Together. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact me.
Verse and Prayer
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 3:28
God of communion: in so many ways, we distance ourselves from you. In so many ways, we separate ourselves from others. Distanced and divided, we have created enmity where there should be unity. Help us to dismantle the ideologies that alienate us from others. Let us be found in you. May we see all others in you. Amen.
As we prepare to kick off Summer Bible Club, we are so excited to have our former music director, Rebecca Bell Echols, join us to sing a lovely contemporary setting of 'The Lord's Prayer'. Dr. Bell Echols is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Morgan State University, and Ark and Dove has been fortunate enough to hear her students as guest singers in the choir from time to time.

Director of Music
Summer Bible Club starts next week and the curriculum is going to be wonderful for the kids that are participating. Just like Sunday services, it will all be compiled online and lessons, activities, music, and games will be streamed online. It is unfortunate that we have to keep it online, but it's safe, and I am very happy we are still able to provide a Summer Bible Club experience for our youth this summer. Many thanks to Christina Nelson for her leadership and hard work to get everything together and ready in time. Have a great Summer Bible Club!

God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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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.
Big Win for School Transportation
AA Connecting Together: Power and Race Workshop
Christian Education
July 13-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 
Healing Through Grief
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim, Deacon Cathy Debus and Linnie Girdner will be co-facilitating the next Healing Through Grief group this Tuesday, July 14, 7pm on Zoom. The Healing Through Grief small group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, whether it is recent or a long time ago. Please contact Pastor Tim Stern ( or 410-674-6400) or Linnie Girdner ( or 410-999-7892) to receive a link to attend or with any questions on how to use Zoom. Let's be there for one another in this new way of healing through grief. If you need to talk with someone prior to that date, please feel free to call Linnie Girdner or contact your Deacon .
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
Our 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 on 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 evening, 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
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 Linda Jordan; Stone and Donna Ashwood; John Mikeska; Sean Futch; John Rolewicz; Adell Gaurin; 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; Bruce and Debbie Arey and their daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; 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; Debbie Saylor’s two friends and her uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman and Laura’s friend; 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; Kennon Bauman's colleague Clint; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh, Lori Henninger and Lori Johnson; 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, cousin, Judy, niece Amy Heiny, and friend Barb Cleland; 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, Nellie Eboli, and Jim Zaranosky; Margaret McGillivray's friend, Kim Nolet; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice and friends Amaris Wallace, Caitlin Flowers, Liam Flowers, Lexie Kier Charbal, Eloise Kier Charbal; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Tracy Churchill’s friend, Tammy; Jerri Webb’s friend, Chuck Mabry; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; the Yeagers’ older neighbors and Rob Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Connie Kinnick’s friend, Robbie Heverling; Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford; Mo Gaba; Iyabode Adenirani; 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: 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.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Dot Forloines' friend, Monique Nelson; Laura Willoughby’s friend, James Carberry; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa; and Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio.

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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