The Lord's Prayer
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Single Service, Sunday, July 14, 10:00 am, with a special congregational meeting immediately following worship.
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends,

It occurred to me this week, after my sermon on the Lord's Prayer, that I don't offer it up very much except in church. As I said to the children, in the children's message on Sunday, our is an important word because it reminds us that even though we might offer this prayer alone, it is a prayer we offer with all our sisters and brothers in the church. We are all beloved children of God. So, this week, my morning devotions have been the Lord's Prayer, except I have prayed much slower, so I could ponder each phrase. This has been a useful experience because sometimes in church it seems like some of us, or all of us, are in a race to the finish line. Try it out. Offer it slowly. Praying slowly, or slower, goes with the general theme of summer: recreating yourself as God's disciple by "sabbathing", praying, resting and enjoying recreation.

This Sunday Pastor Jon will offer the second in a series of six sermons on the Lord's Prayer, and I will speak to our children about the second phrase of the Lord's Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. A reminder to all children 4 and older and their parents--our goal is to have everyone memorize the Lord's prayer by September.

I really appreciated Julia Kirby's announcement on Sunday, which was more like a devotion on Stewardship. As many of us will be traveling and "recreating" ourselves away from home this summer, let's remember to use electronic giving to keep up our commitment to stewardship. 

During Vacation Bible School, I will be leading the adult class on Mister Rogers, who was a Presbyterian pastor. We will be watching the documentary on his life and discussing neighbors.  Won't you be my Neighbor? Who is my neighbor?  What was Mister Roger's understanding of neighbor and how does Jesus define neighbor. Here is a LINK to a review of the documentary.

See you in church on Sunday neighbor!
Pastor Tim Stern
Verse and Prayers
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
   Your kingdom come.
   Give us each day our daily bread.
   And forgive us our sins,
       for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
   And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

- Luke 11:1-4
Household Prayer: Morning

Gracious God,
we thank you for the peace of good sleep
and for keeping us safe throughout the night.
Let this new day be a time of praise and joy
as we go out to meet you in our sisters and brothers.
We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Merciful Lord, as night comes to this house,
we thank you for the challenges and accomplishments of this day.
Give our hearts and minds the comfort now to rest in your care,
trusting that whatever tomorrow brings,
your hand will be ready to catch us if we fall. Amen.
This week, our introit continues to paraphrase the words of the Lord's Prayer, focusing on the passage "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven." The choir will present a version of the Lord's Prayer during the offering that I grew up singing almost every Sunday of my childhood. My childhood church had a tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer during regular Sundays and then speaking various versions during communion celebrations.


Director of Music
Summer pick-up band is in full swing. If you are interested in singing with the band for service, please don't hesitate to let me know or just come to rehearsal Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. We'd love to have you join! This Sunday continues our six week sermon series of teaching the Lord's Prayer to the congregation and youth. See you then!

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Shortfall as of May 31, 2019        


This Weekend!
Parents' Group
Save the date for Parent's Group! Our Parent's fellowship group welcomes all families with school aged children and will meet regularly on LAST Fridays each month ( TONIGHT, June 28 , for this month!), from 6 to 8 pm in the Marshall room. Childcare provided for a small contribution. Come whenever you're available and let's chat about parenting and get to know each other!
Inaugural Pride Festival
Ark and Dove will be participating in this year’s inaugural Pride festival in Annapolis tomorrow, Saturday, June 29, 12pm to 5pm . If you would like to participate please sign up in the lobby. Email Amanda Crose, if you have any questions.
Book Club
Our June book is American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer. Join us for a bagged lunch discussion this Sunday, June 30. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions.
Christian Education
Summer Sunday School Teachers Needed!
We need summer Sunday school teachers for this Sunday, June 30, at 11:00 am, and beyond! Curriculum is prepared and ready. Please contact Pastor Jon, Step right up!
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus
VBS is coming! Register TODAY !
Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 6-8 pm

Join us as we answer the question “Who is My Neighbor?” and learn about the ways we can show love for our neighbors near and far. Each night consists of skits, music, art, snacks, games and stories. Don’t miss out! Add this event to your calendar today, and let us know you’re coming at

Questions? Please contact Christina Nelson (

Vacation Bible School! Are you in? Don’t wait, register now!!
(Really, it takes about 2 minutes...and your phone is right there...
Don’t put it off any longer!)
*One adult leader to serve as Group Leader: connect with awesome kids, support session leaders, no prep required (and you can eat the snacks, too)! Please contact Christina Nelson ( for more information. *Four adult or high school leaders to share the Bible story through a short skit each night of VBS (you can help out and still make it to Adult VBS at 6:30!). Contact Christa Kronser ( to sign up.
VBS Supplies
Please remember that all non-perishable supplies should be placed in the Calvin room by this Sunday, June 30th . Thank you for honoring this deadline, so that we can plan accordingly!
Children's Book Drive: June 15 to August 1
Thanks so much for your donations of new books for children and youth of incarcerated women and their officers at Jessup.  The collection box will be in the lobby through July. Thank you so much for your loving support of this ministry. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
Featured item for June--MACARONI AND CHEESE. Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!  Thank you for your donations
Winter Relief
Save the date, October 14 to 21, 2019. This will be Ark and Dove’s week to host 25 men who are homeless and show radical hospitality. Please contact Debbie Saylor, and Ylonda Fauntleroy, if you have any questions.
Outreach and Connection
Antiracism and Social Equity
Racial Justice Essay Contest
The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with our local Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th–12th grade students attending public high schools in Anne Arundel County during the 2018-2019 school year. Prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants. Essays are due on August 7th . Any questions, please contact Linnie Girdner, point of contact for Connecting the Dots, at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at .
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Ardeth Johns; Edie and Richard Budd; Chip Burnett; Dot Forloines; John Mikeska; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis and James Shorter; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Judy Cooper’s sister, Barb Eardley; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise; Amy Tardiff’s father-in-law, Richard Tardiff; Margaret McGillivary’s friend, Kim Nolet; James Franklin’s father, Homer; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother and sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda, and grandmother, Peggy; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor and friend Jawahn Clark; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown and his sister, Kathie; Frances Keyes; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Steven Kirby; Greg and Diane Makar's cousin, Michael Makar; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Sue Hanburger and Sue's grandson, Enzo; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lisa Mezaache’s friend, Pearl McNamara; Denise Grassel’s friends; the Winter family; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Kimberly Ann Barnes; Sally Schoener; Eileen O’Gorman; Amanda Crose’s friends, Patty and Mike Hester; Lt. Louis Tao; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Mikeska family on the death of John’s mother, Irene.

THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go with Dave Michels, who is living with cancer and moving to Texas.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE for a daughter beginning a new job this week.

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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