E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

All are invited to the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services, and bring a friend!      

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

While on our Center experience this summer, our middle school youth were asked what they like most about Ark and Dove. As we went around the table, almost all of the youth said that there is so much for kids to do at their church. They talked about how much they appreciate getting "to do stuff in church."

I was so happy to hear this. It gives me so much encouragement as I look into our school year. We are getting ready for Sunday School, LOGOS, youth group, and music programs. All of these ministries give our children and youth opportunities to grow in faith and be a part of our community in meaningful ways.

Ark and Dove is a church that highly values the full participation of our children and youth in all areas of the community. Please consider ways that you can join our children and youth ministries this coming school year. (You can, also, even teach right now with Holy Moly!) Your involvement is important for the faith of our youth now and for their journey forward.

Thank you for making Ark and Dove a church where kids get "to do stuff in church."

Pastor Jon 


How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!  Psalm 133:1

God of community: Among family, we can get testy and irritable. We are frustrated by our neighbors. At work, we are annoyed with colleagues. In our nation, there are seemingly impossible divides. Keep us firm in our convictions, O God, regarding your justice, peace, and love. But give us that almost impossible hope that we can all live together in unity, so that we can live with mercy and grace at all times. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.


Many opportunities await you!
This Sunday, we have a gorgeous quartet planned for the 9:30 service!! I hope that you will be here to hear God, Be In My Head.  A friendly reminder that choir rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 7th.  Please contact me if you have any questions.


I was thinking during a recent trip to NYC that it would be nice to share the music that the band will play in Sunday worship.
 That way, we can come together on Sunday and sing loud and proud!  Here are our songs for this week - enjoy!
God bless,

Summer Book Club


Our final book for the summer is Lisa Sharon Harper's The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Harper works at Sojourners, a Washington DC organization that works to engage Christian faith and social action.  The Very Good Gospel is a highly praised, personal reflection on shalom, meaning wholeness. Please pick up a copy wherever you get good books and join us Thursday, August 31 at 7 pm for discussion. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).   
Corn Party

THE FIESTA DE MAÍZ You are invited to come celebrate with Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad, the Hispanic worshiping community begun by the Bay Area Disciples last year, during a special festival at the site of CPT's Garden Project near Annapolis .The Fiesta de Maíz (Corn Fiesta, or, literally, party) is a traditional El Salvadorian festival to celebrate a successful planting season. Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad established a grant project this spring to enable Hispanic families to grow their own fresh, organic produce, helping to create a new community while enabling self-sustenance. Members of the Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad community along with members of the six supporting churches are invited to gather for an evening of food, drink and celebration this Sunday, August 20 from 4 to 8 pm at the Grow Annapolis Hollywood Community Garden site at 1922 Weems Farm Road, Annapolis MD (near St. Margaret's Road). We are also looking for a few volunteers to help run programs and activities for the children in attendance.To RSVP or sign up to help, please contact Marty Clayton at mclayton@atlanticbb.net.


Christian Education

LOGOS is Coming! Our mid-week children and youth program returns on September 26th! This year, we will all meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At LOGOS, children and youth have dinner, play games, worship, and grow in faith. We will have a parent interest meeting on September 19 at 5:30. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jon (jgnelson1985@gmail.com). 

Antiracism and Social Equity

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, 
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
- Psalm 86:5

ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE After Charlottesville, we all are aware of the threat to God's dream for the world posed by white supremacist ideology. PC(USA)'s official statement concludes with: "By God's grace may we remember the events in Charlottesville; repent of our acquiescence and failures; and renew our commitment to proclaim and live the good news of Jesus Christ. May that commitment lead us to stand against, speak against and work against racism and white supremacy, this day and every day." Be supported and encouraged in taking on this commitment by joining other Ark and Dovers. Questions? Please contact Paula Sparks at 443-623-1169 or trebleclef48@gmail.com to be a part of the Anti-Racism and Social Equity team and Social Justice Facebook group. If not now, when? Linnie Girdner, co-leader of the Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team
SECOND SUNDAY COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE Sunday, September 10, 3-5pm , Broadneck Baptist Church (1257 Hilltop Dr., Annapolis, MD) will feature a conversation with Rev. Stephen Tillett, Pastor of Asbury-Broadneck United Methodist Church and President of the Anne Arundel County NAACP, about his newly published book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of 'Race' Continues to Undermine Our Country. For more information, contact Pastor Abby Thornton Hailey at  broadneckpastor@gmail.com .
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Save the date: On October 1st the Ark and Dove Social Equity Team will host our next forum featuring  the movie, "I Am Not Your Negro," based on the writings of James Baldwin who is acclaimed for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. 
Paula Sparks, Co-Team Leader, Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team


This fall we will resume our book study Seeking Refuge from last spring. This will take place on Tuesdays, 9/19, 10/3 and 10/17. Those who did not attend the group in the spring can still join the group. You can order the book online.Questions? Please contact, Debbie Arey, debarey@hotmail.com


Featured item for August is CANNED BEANS (red beans, black beans, refried beans, etc.) Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!        
PRESENTATION ON RESILIENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: Monday 8/28 at 6:30 PM Christ Our Anchor's Mission Committee, in focusing attention on mental health issues, is proud to host a community presentation on resilience (www.mindresilience.org). This presentation will be conducted by two experienced staff of Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency and focuses on how every one of us can build towards better mental health and stability, regardless of diagnosis. There is a positive and hopeful focus, and it particularly offers insight about resilience in our children and young people. Anyone is welcome---please feel free to bring family, friends or neighbors. RSVP is needed due to space constraints. Please respond if you can attend to pastorcoapc@gmail.com by no later than Thursday 8/24. Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church, 1281 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409 (on the Broadneck Peninsula)

Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Marie Shorter; Merlin Berry; Charles Lawrence; Bill Champagne; Lydia Doughty; Vaughn Brown; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Frances Keyes; Joan Berry's son, Bryan Flom; Doug Walcutt's aunt, Vicky Goodnough; Donna Anderson's mother, Martha; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; 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; the Stantons' niece, Susan and Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn; Amy Stavely's aunt; the Hoxie family; Steve and Brandi Downs; Janet Dabbs's sister, Diane Maloy, and niece Melissa Bender; 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; Charlotte Davie's niece, Paige; the Bauman family; Sarita Barrow's brother, Rashad; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Rhys; and Dick and Carol Baily.  

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for Bob John's good medical test results.
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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