Trinity Sunday 2018
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter

Come celebrate the unfathomable mystery of God’s being as Holy Trinity. Welcome this Trinity Sunday  with some very special music! At both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services, Rebecca and Mark--along with special guests David Degge and Eric Echols--will come together one final time to bring you some of their favorite collaborative pieces from the past decade. You won't want to miss it!
Message from Pastor Jon
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove Church,

This Sunday, Pastor Tim will share a homily about caring for the earth, while the mystery of the Trinity is marked on the liturgical calendar. While "the Trinity" is not explicitly named in Scripture, the Bible does tell us how God encounters people as the God of creation, in Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit. When Jesus commissioned his disciples, he commanded them to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is quite fitting, then, that we are baptizing Paige Grace Loveless at 9:30 in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God and Mother of us all.

At both services, we will experience a pop-up collaboration of music led by Rebecca Bell Echols, Mark Edwards, David Degge and Eric Echols. These very talented musicians with many degrees to mount will play music spanning a decade of playing together. Many of you have seen these four collaborate on incredible pieces over the years. Their talent will surely lift our hearts in thanksgiving and praise to God. You won't want to miss this!

Many members of Ark and Dove have been listening very well to the concerns of our community this week as part of the listening campaign Pastor Tim discussed in last week's Arkive letter. I am happy to report that leaders in our congregation listened to over 100 people name what they want changed in Anne Arundel County in just this past week!! We still need you to voice your concerns so we, the 20 faith-based organizations now of Anne Arundel IAF, can act for change. Please come to a listening session on Saturday (tomorrow) at 10 am or after service this Sunday at 12:15 pm.

Peace,
Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com
Verse and Prayer
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the earth is full of the glory of God. -Isaiah 6:3
Gracious Parent,
giver of all good things:
For our home on earth
and for your unfailing mercy,
we give you thanks.

Christ our Redeemer:
For your sacrifice on the cross
and rising from death that we might live,
we give you thanks and praise.

Holy Spirit, giver of life:
For your abiding presence in our lives
and for comforting and guiding us,
we give you thanks, praise, and glory.

O triune God:
To you be glory and praise
now and forever. Amen.

~ Book of Common Worship: Daily Prayer

FAREWELL LUNCHEON!
Sunday, June 17, 12:10 PM

Let's celebrate Rebecca's ministry and express our thanksgiving and appreciation! All are invited!  
Notes for you!
Pop-up Music Celebration!
This Sunday, at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services, Mark and I--along with special guests David Degge and Eric Echols--will come together one final time to bring you some of our favorite collaborative pieces from the past decade. It’s going to be so fun! Don’t miss it!

Love,
Rebecca
rebeccaebell@gmail.com
Pledging
Financial Planning for the Ministry Year
Each year the session of Ark and Dove creates a financial plan for the ministry year. Before the session does this, it asks every household to fill out a pledge card.  A majority of our households pledge and even more give by EFT. So the session has some solid numbers, but they always have to make educated predictions about what the silent givers will give.

As of April 30, the session was expecting to receive about: $165,000
As of April 30, the church has received about:                    $155,000
There is concern about this shortfall in the amount of:      $ 10,000

Your giving is both needed and deeply appreciated,
Discipleship Ministry

Donation Opportunities

DONATE ONLINE ! Youth Mission , Peace and Global Witness Offering , Per Capita , and more! Many opportunities await you!
Christian Education
All Graduates!
The Deacons want to celebrate all those who have achieved educational milestones this year! If you or a family member recently graduated from high school, undergrad or grad school, let us know admin@arkanddove.org! Please include the graduate's name, school and, if applicable, his/her major. Graduates will be included in the prayer list and formally acknowledged in an upcoming church bulletin.
Vacation Bible School 2018
God's Good Creation, Monday July 9th through Friday, July 13th, 6:00-8:05 pm

Mark your calendars! Children in Pre-K (age 4-5) through grade 5 are invited to journey with us as we celebrate the gifts that God has created--gifts that can help build a world where all people are fed. Registration will be open soon!
Volunteer for VBS!
Please consider joining the team as we teach children about hunger, hope, and the work to which God calls us in the world. Adult and youth volunteers are needed to assist in four different rotation activities (craft, games, snack, story time and simulation station--learn about hunger, poverty and our response) as well as team members to help with decorating, supply organization, and sign-in and sign-out on the nights of the program. Please contact Christina Nelson (christinajoy87@gmail.com) or Laura Rockwell (laura.a.rockwell@gmail.com) to get involved.
Sunday School Appreciation Lunch
Calling all Sunday School and Godly Play teachers! Come join us for an appreciation lunch on June 3rd at 12:15 in the Marshall Room. Please contact Laura Rockwell for more details. 253-312-1656 or Laura.a.rockwell@gmail.com
Worship Ministry
Children's Musical and Single Service
Mark your calendars! On June 10 you will be treated to the children's musical O Jonah! at SINGLE SERVICE, 10:00 am! Questions? Ryan Stavely, ryan@stavely.org.
Outreach and Connection
Parents Potluck
A fellowship opportunity for all who are in a parenting role. June 8th, 6 to 8 pm. This time we can grill, so bring a side dish or dessert. See you then! Contact Pastor Jon for any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
Mission Ministry
Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip
The youth and young adult mission trip will travel this year to work with the Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat For Humanity. The trip is Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22. The registration deadline is this Sunday, May 27. Please register by sending an e-mail to Pastor Tim, timsstern@gmail.com. Habitat requires that participants be 16 years old, or older, by June 17, 2018.
Friendships Forged
Cheryl Schafer and Debbie Arey hosted a Burmese-American dinner on May 19th. The refugee resettlement team and our familis celebrated our friendship, while sharing cross-cultural food. Koko is an amazing cook. He made 3 dishes along with Jasmine rice. It was all delicious, and we appreciated him toning down the spices. Paul Doughty, Koko and Rose performed on guitar with many sing-along choices. We very much appreciated Cheryl Schafer hosting graciously at her home. As our 6 month contract ends, we plan on continuing our support and friendship with them. We would love to have more folks join us in this effort, which we have all come to enjoy immensely, especially if we decide to take on a new family in the future. Debbie Arey, 508-579-7748, debarey@hotmail.com.
Immigration Forum
CAP West County Food of the Month
Featured item for May is DRIED FRUIT (prunes, raising, craisins, pineapple rings, etc.). Please drop off food items in the Mission Zone bin. Thank you for your donations!      
Prayer Concerns: Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

Prayers of Healing and Support for: Carol Baily; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Karen Dodson; Don Ziegler; Cliff Wellington’s father, Roy; Rob Yeager’s mother, Rebekah Jennings, stepfather, Bill Jennings and grandmother, Peggy Jones; Cheryl Walcutt's sister, Judy Walsh; Amanda Wehage’s family; Debbie Arey’s sister, Denise Dostoler; Julie Devers' cousin, Blane; Jon Nelson’s aunt, Linda; Jay Olson; Emily Burnett; Kim Champagne; Laura Doughty's aunt, Marie; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Diane Johnson's aunt; Brooks Emrick's sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown's sister, Kathie, and brother, Jim; Erin Morrison's husband, Les; Arlyce Lohr; Joy Dabbs; Ann Hirschy; Carol and Dick Baily; Hollis Butterworth; Christy Yeager's father, Leon Jordan; Donna Anderson's brother-in-law, Tom; Josh Ederheimer's father, Stanley; Mary Beckwith; Frances Keyes; Dot Forloines and her brother Jack; Helene Marchand-Stancil; Ellen Makar's father, Don Erickson; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman; Steve and Brandi Downs; Mary Stum's sister-in-law, Sandy; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd; Amy Carskadon's nephew; Jason Ziegler; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Tawes Dewyngaert; Archer and Honor Bauman's grandmother, Jackie; Sue Hanburger's grandson, Enzo; Laura Rockwell's friend, Adam Hurst; Edie and Richard Budd; Dotty Kaufmann's grandson, Nathan; Amy Benson's family; David Michels; Joel Davie's father-in-law; Mike and Charlotte Davie’s friend, Richard Mensi; Bill Jennings; Ashton Milcalski; Patrie Conroy; Kelly Stern’s friend, Bill Paul; Don Griffis; Lori Reed and Antonio; Pearl McNamara; Dillon and Kaleb Benson’s grandmother, Jan Sheets; and Jerri Webb's best friend, Jodi and her best friend's mother, MaryAnn Van Orten. 

Prayers of strength and love for: a friend struggling with depression; a friend awaiting test results; acquired families; and for a young father to make a positive decision to seek drug treatment.

If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at patriceobgreen@gmail.com and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
The church office will be closed, Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day .
A Prayer for Memorial Day
Eternal God, from whom all life comes, to whom all life returns, we remember all who served our country in the military. We remember and we give thanks. We give thanks for sacrifices made and losses endured. We give thanks for acts of courage, grace and hope. We give thanks for our brothers and sisters who gave the full measure of devotion. We give thanks for those we knew well and those we never met. For the life, goodness, faith, courage, and love that was in each one, we give thanks. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are recovering from wounds in body, mind, spirit, or soul. Work healing in them in all the forms that healing takes. We pray for those who provide care to them. Show us ways that we can extend care and support. We pray for families and friends and all who grieve for loved ones who have died. Meet them in the valley of death's shadow. Embrace them in the healing warmth of your comfort, grace and love. Grant them and all of us the assurance that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. May the day soon come when swords are beaten into plowshares, war is studied no more, and all peoples and your world will know peace. May we work for that day. We pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Mark Koenig
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