E-Arkive The Electronic Newsletter for Ark and Dove 

Take time to rejoice this Sunday at both the 9:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Worship Services! 

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

 After our third night of Vacation Bible School I was in the parking lot when a van pulled up next to me. The back window rolled down and I saw the smiling face of one of our children. "Pastor Jon!" He said, "I love this VBS because we are recycling and taking care of the earth!"

That comment alone makes all the hard work and effort of Vacation Bible School worth it. Many of the children echoed the same sentiment. They've been sharing the joy of learning how to compost, make new things out of old material, planting seeds, eating good food, and playing games. The theme of the week was "Renew!" and the story the children learned is the parable of the sower. God created this world and told us to take care of it. It has been inspiring to see how many children have been excited about creation care.

Vacation Bible School takes a lot of work. All of your donations made it possible! So many volunteers have pulled long hours preparing for VBS and making it a wonderful experience. I am so thankful for all the volunteers, leaders, teachers, shepherds, decorators, care-givers, drivers, music leaders, and all who jumped in wherever there was a need. Some of our younger youth took on difficult leadership roles. They brought good energy and I think they learned a lot. I am also thankful for Kim Champagne and Christina Nelson, who coordinated VBS. They brought a great program to us.

I am leaving Sunday morning to join youth and young adults for a week of Summit camp. I leave with much gratitude in my heart for all the children, youth, and adults I spent this week with.

Pastor Jon 

Ark and Dove rain garden 


Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  Let anyone with ears listen! Matthew 13:3-9
God of creation, may we tend to our good soil: the soil of our land that needs our tender care, the soil of the earth that has been polluted and misused, and the soil of our hearts that needs our time and attention. You give the gift of seeds that good things might grow. Like a sower, you spread your love and grace over all the earth. On this day, let it implant deep within. Amen. 


Many opportunities await you!
Join us this Sunday at the 9:30 service to hear a beautiful quartet called The Prayer Perfect (that is not a typo).  As always, we invite you to join us.  We will be rehearsing this Sunday at 9:00!  You get to sleep in!  Looking forward to seeing you all then.


Salam Neighbor Movie Screening

YOU'RE INVITED! Salam Neighbor movie and discussion this Sunday, July 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at Ark and Dove. We will discuss the plight of refugees and our call as Christians to welcome the stranger. The award winning documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into a Syrian camp in Jordan. Millions who flee war and persecution in their homeland end up in camps, often for years, unable to integrate into the new country, to earn a living, or to give their children a decent education. What can we do, and what are we already doing?  All are welcome in the conversation! Go to the evite at http://evite.me/SHunYwKnFq to sign up.  

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


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).     


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.


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!         
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for 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; Barbara Reynolds mother, Ruth Campbell; 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; Pat Stanton's Aunt Evelyn and friends, Debbie and Joe Layman; 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; Anne-Marie Rosenthal's co-worker, Zack ; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Raynor family and friends on the death of Carol, Laura Willoughby Perry's brother's stepmother.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for Amy Benson's happy results after some medical testing.
PRAYERS FOR SAFE TRAVELS for Sue and Hank Hanburger who are driving across the US.
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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Odenton, MD  21113
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