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This Sunday's sermon will continue with our eleven part series focusing on readings from Genesis. All are welcome!  

Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

This week in worship we will baptize Kelsie Ocloo at the 9:30 service and, at the 11:00 service, we will commission our younger youth and advisors who will be serving for several days this week at The Center in Baltimore.  At both services we will wrestle with Jacob, who wrestles with God (see Genesis 32).

The Center is a mission organization supported by Ark and Dove and the Presbytery of Baltimore. Their goal is to inspire churches to engage in their neighborhoods--to find those places in their local communities where compassion meets justice--and get involved.  The Center hosts church groups of all ages for mission experiences that allow participants to engage in hands-on service, while also taking time to reflect theologically and learn about the intersection between compassion, justice and faith.

Please keep Pastor Jon and our youth and advisors in your prayers this week, and thank you for your generosity, which supports youth mission trips and innovative organizations like The Center.

In Christ,
Pastor Tim   


Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."-Genesis 32:24-26

Life-changing God, you have touched us and transformed us to reach out to all who hunger for what only you can give.  You have called us to speak the truth to power and to work for the powerless.  You have shown us how to live lives of integrity. Keep our feet in your paths  and bless us to multiply blessings to others,through Jesus Christ our Rabbi and Lord. Amen.

O God, help me to walk in the boots of the miner, the shoes of the trader, the moccasins of the trapper, and in the sandals of Jesus Christ the Master, and to see others as he would see them. ( Canada: an Inuit prayer from the far north


Many opportunities await you!
Are you interested in singing with the choir?  We will be rehearsing this Sunday at 8:40 to prepare the music for worship.  We'd love to have you sing with us!  Our regular choir season will resume on Thursday evening, September 7th.  We rehearse in the sanctuary from 7:00-8:30 and we will be working on some really exciting, new music (including Faure's "Requiem", which we will have the chance to perform in NYC at Carnegie Hall).  Talk to me if you are interested!


I wanted to take this opportunity to share a book that I was introduced to at the GenOn East Youth Summit.  One day we were talking in a group about how to interpret rules through spirituality, and the subject came up of the difference between the generations.  Since I am an adult (mostly), I was struggling to get on the same page as everyone else, and it finally dawned on all of us that it is because Millennial kiddos interpret the world so differently than other generations.

As the conversation went on, one of the pastors there told me about a book by James Choung called True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In.  Not to give too much away, but it is a fantastic (and quick) read, and a great way to see how the world is changing, but still holding on to core beliefs.  I also have my copy in my office, so feel free to swing by or come up to me on Sunday, and I'm happy to lend it to you, and have you pass it along!

God bless,

Movie and Discussion

THE VOYAGERS MEN'S GROUP from Ark and Dove will be seeing the movie Dunkirk at the 12:35 p.m. showing at Gambrills Regal Cinema on Saturday afternoon, July 29. We plan to go to Yo Lavie afterwards to discuss the movie. The movie is about the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in the early stages of WW II, after soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France were surrounded by the German Army. Even though this is sponsored by the Voyagers, all are welcome to join us for both activities! Please contact Paul Doughty (padough@verizon.net) if you want to go, and if enough people want to go, we can get a group discount.   

Stephens Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING Monday, August 7th @7pm Our first group of Stephen Ministers at Ark & Dove have been actively engaged in caring relationships, but we know that there are more needs for which we'd like to be available.  Therefore, we are planning to begin our second series of Stephen Ministry training on Monday, September 18th so that we can better support our Congregation, our Pastors, and our Deacons.  Please join us on Monday, August 7th @ 7pm for a Stephen Ministry Training Information Meeting, where we'll share info about the process (and BENEFITS!) of being trained and commissioned as a Stephen Minister.  We invite you to visit www.stephenministries.org to give you a general overview of the ministry, and then we'll share specific details at our meeting on August 7th. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ark & Dove's Stephen Leaders {Kelly Burnett (kellyb327@aol.com) & Laurie Barrow (barrowfl@aol.com)} at anytime.  We hope to see you there!

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).   

WE CHOOSE WELCOME PCUSA has rolled out the We Choose Welcome Action Guide that provides tips and resources for welcoming refugees. You can find it at www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/choose-welcome-action-guide.  If you would like to learn more about Ark and Dove's Refugee Welcome Team, please contact Debbie Arey at Debarey@hotmail.com. ~ Linnie Girdner, Co-Team Leader, Anti-Racism and Social Equity Team


HELP A YOUNG NEIGHBOR GET BACK TO SCHOOL The Mission Ministry is teaming up again this summer with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services to provide school supplies for local elementary and middle school students. Social Services matched Ark & Dove with 35 students at Meade Heights Elementary School on Reece Road. The staff is preparing for the new school year and is grateful to Ark & Dove for supporting them. After worship services July 30 through August 13, we will have sign-ups and provide detailed instructions and the Meade Heights supplies lists. Ark & Dove donors will select a student to sponsor, purchase the backpack and supplies, deliver them to the school before August 25th, or bring them to church by August 20th for delivery. We will also be teaming up again with Meade Middle School to collect supplies they need to support their students. For questions, or if you want to sign up but can't do so at church, contact Greg Makar (301-483-8255, GLMakar@juno.com).

CAP WEST COUNTY FOOD PANTRY 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!         
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.
Parents Group

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).     
Prayer Concerns

PRAYER CONCERNS Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: 
PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Marie Shorter; Bob Johns; 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; 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; the Fenstermachers' relative, John Burn; Charlotte Davie's niece, Paige; the Bauman family and Archer's and Honor's grandmother, Jacqueline Brink; and Dick and Carol Baily.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the Davie and Scholl family on the death of Charlotte's good friend and bridesmaid, Carol.
PRAYERS OF GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT for a big decision that needs to be made by a member of a family.
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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