Trinity Sunday, Brahms' Requiem and welcome new members!
The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
Come celebrate the unfathomable mystery of God’s being as Holy Trinity , this Sunday, at both the choir led (9:30 am) and band led (11:00 am) worship services.
Not to be missed:
  • We will be welcoming new members!
  • The choir will be singing selections from Brahms', Ein Deutsches Requiem!
  • Field day at both services!
Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I am very much looking forward to the choirs' presentation of selections from Ein Deutsches Requiem this Sunday in 9:30 worship. They have been preparing for months, and three movements will be shared in place of the sermon.  However you are warmly invited stay for 11:00 worship, if you would like a sermon, too.

Thank you to the band for their presentation of the music of Hillsong last week. It was just very well done. We are blessed to have such talented musicians in our church, and I am grateful for their weekly commitment to rehearsal and worship. As the band and the choir move to summer pick-up rehearsals 8:30 (choir) and 9:15 (band), and a little bit of rest, maybe you will make a cameo worship appearance this summer?  You just come early the day you want sing.

Music is an essential part of our worship. It enriches our praise of God and widens our capacity for theological imagination and wonder. As many have said: when you sing in worship, you pray twice.

Thank you to the 43 people from Ark and Dove, who attended our ACT Action at Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis; nearly 600 people were in attendance counting late arrivals and county leaders. We learned what ACT has been doing about Safe and Affordable Housing and Gun Violence Prevention since the October 12 launch. Here is a link to an article from the Action reported by the Capital Gazette .

Through ACT, we exercise our call from God to make our community, and our world, a better place for all of God's people.

Peace of Christ,

Pastor Tim Stern
Verse and Prayer
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
-Psalm 150:1-4

For the light of God's word (Psalm 119:105)

Almighty, eternal, and merciful God,
whose Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,
open and illuminate my mind, that I may truly understand
your Word
and that my life may be conformed to what I have rightly understood,
that in all my ways I may be pleasing to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ulrich Zwingli, 1484-1531, reformed theologian and pastor
Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was begun shortly after the death of Brahms' mother in 1865 and completed in 1868. Its text was compiled by Brahms himself and though it is sacred, it is also non-liturgical, unlike centuries of latin requiem masses. Based on the Luther Bible, Brahms' Requiem also differs from its traditional counterparts in that it chooses to focus on the living in its opening movement with the text "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall have comfort." This theme of moving from anxiety to comfort permeates the work as a whole.

The choir will be singing 3 movements of this large-scale work, using the piano duet accompaniment created by Brahms in 1866-67. We are joined by Larissa Sanders and Cagdas Donmezer at the piano. Despite the title, A German Requiem, we will also be presenting it in English, and it was first performed so in 1871 in London, with Brahms' blessing.


Director of Music
Summer choir will begin on Sunday, June 23rd. Have you ever wanted to try choir out but haven't made it to a rehearsal yet? We'll meet at 8:30am in the Sanctuary. You do not need to read music, but a great attitude and love of singing are welcome! Childcare available upon request. Please see Margaret McGillivray,

Summer music sign-ups are posted on the bulletin board in the lobby. Let your light shine and contribute to the summer worship with your instrument or voice for prelude, postlude or offertory!
Thank you all for coming to Hillsong Sunday last week. It was a great and enthusiastic attendance! We had such a wonderful time playing the worship songs. This Sunday is special as well. It's Trinity Sunday, and the choir will be presenting selections from Brahms' Requiem at the 9:30 am service. Please join us to hear this fantastic piece of music and all the hard work the choir and Margaret have put into preparing for this Sunday.

God bless,

Director of Contemporary Music

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Calling All Graduates!
If you or a family member recently graduated from high school, undergrad or grad school, let us know! The Deacons want to celebrate all those who have achieved educational milestones this year! Please include the graduate's name, school and, if applicable, degree. Graduates will be included in the prayer list and formally acknowledged in the June 23rd bulletin.
Christian Education
Field Day!
This Sunday, June 16th! Both services! All Sunday School classes will participate in an outdoor field day to kick off summer. Get ready to have some fun with games and crafts. Please dress children appropriately, they may get dirty!
Vacation Bible School: Learning to Love Like Jesus
Registration is live for Vacation Bible School, Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 12, 6:00-8:00 pm! This summer's theme is: Who Is My Neighbor? Children in Pre-K (age 4-5) through grade 8 are invited to journey with us as we learn to love like Jesus ! Adults and high school students can join in the fun too by assisting with the children and youth programs or attending adult Vacation Bible School! Register now!
Adult Christian Education
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 on June 30. Contact Pastor Jon with any questions.
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.
Children's Book Drive: June 15 to August 1
We have a wonderful opportunity to help the families of women incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup and their Correctional Officers. We are collecting new and like-new children's books for the residents to read and give to their children when they visit. As a support to the Officers, who are often single moms in a low-paying job, we are also providing books for their kids. There will be a box in the south hallway, June 15 to August 1, for donations of new and like-new books for children age 2- 16. In selecting books please be mindful of the diversity of race and family configuration of many of the children who will be receiving our gifts of books. Thank you so much for your loving support of this ministry. If you have questions contact Caroline Price-Gibson (308-380-4699,
World Refugee Day: June 20
A time for remembrance, prayer, celebration and commitment. In 2019, we remember that there are 68.5 million people around the world forced from their homes in fear for their lives due to war, natural catastrophe, persecution or fear of persecution.  We take time to look beyond our own microcosm and recognize the incredible commitment of developing countries in the developing world who host 84% of the world’s refugees. read more
Salem County Habitat for Humanity: Young Adult and Youth
The older youth (16 and above) and young adult mission trip is scheduled for August 4-9. This year we are traveling to Salem County Habitat for Humanity in southern New Jersey. Please register with Pastor Tim or Don Ziegler
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
Outreach and Connection
Save the Date for 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 ( June 28 , 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!
Annapolis Pride Festival
Ark and Dove will be participating in this year’s inaugural Pride festiva l in Annapolis Saturday June 29th from from noon to 5pm . If you would like to participate please sign up in the lobby. Email Amanda Crose, Amanda.rose.crose if you have any questions.
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 .

This scholarship contest coincides with a forthcoming dedication of a historical marker in Annapolis, MD. The marker will memorialize five African American victims of racial terror lynching, killed between 1875 and 1911, along with victims who remain unknown. Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at the unveiling of the marker on September 7th at 10 am on Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD.

To learn more about participating in this contest, please look closely at the e ligibility and essay guidelines . Any questions, contact Linnie Girdner, point of contact for Connecting the Dots, at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at . A flyer is available here . We especially need your help in reaching out to seniors who just graduated. Thanks.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Stan Houck; Ardeth Johns; Edie and Richard Budd; Dot Forloines; Kathy Miller; Kim Young's sister-in-law, Ruth Young; Wendy Wellington’s mother, Janet Morgan; Walt Kelly; Christy Yeager’s parents, Linda and Leon Jordan; Declan Steward’s father, Daryl; Lewis Shorter; Barbara Reynold’s brother, Dan Campbell; Bruce and Karen Sanders’ granddaughter, Hannah Algoet; Lori Kronser’s father Cliff Corn; Nikol Sahai's mother, Marie Krizanova; Chris Wilkens; Pat Sise’s grandfather, Ed Sise and brother, Justin; 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; Ann Hirschy; 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; David Michels; Thomas and Judy Kochis; Kimberly Ann Barnes; Sally Schoener; Eileen O’Gorman; Amanda Crose’s friends, Patty and Mike Hester; and Doug Mattingly’s mother. 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE from the Chen and Steward families on the birth of Dorene and Declan’s son, and Astrid’s brother, Atrius, who was born on May 22, 2019.

PRAYERS FOR UNDERSTANDING, APPRECIATION AND LOVE between families, neighbors, communities and nations.

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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