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6th Sunday after Pentecost

Single Service Sunday

Congregational Meeting

July 9, 2023

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In-Person Worship at 10:30 am only

Livestream Worship, 10:30 am.

Summer Sunday School Schedule

Child Care available for 9:00 and 10:30 am services.

Sunday School for Pre-K through rising 5th Grade during 10:30 am Worship, every Sunday. *

*Early middle schoolers welcome to attend

Register for Sunday School here.

You can connect on YouTube HERE.

Message from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community,

One of the hallmarks of Presbyterian Polity is that we elect our leaders. Leaders are not appointed by priest, pastor or bishop; we don't have priests or bishops. Leaders are elected by governing bodies. Presbyteries elect officers. Congregations elect Pastors, Elders and Deacons. Our original constitution was approved by our national body called the General Assembly in 1789 the same year as our nation's constitution. The winds of democracy were swirling about.

In the spirit of our long-time practices as a church, you have the opportunity to vote this Sunday at a Special Congregational Meeting in which we will hear a report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Team. Jenn Kubit-McCullough will be nominated to be our Associate Pastor. Jenn and her husband Shane will be at church on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 6:30, at an open house, so you can meet them. You can sign up below to bring something to the open house. Jenn will be preaching at our single service on Sunday at 10:30. Brunch at 11:30 - Can you bring something? Our special congregational meeting will be at 11:45. Move to the sanctuary with your goodies for the APNT report, discussion and vote. A special weekend in the life of our church.

ACT news: Anne Arundel Connecting Together listened to over 1200 people in Anne Arundel County this past Spring. The top four issues we heard about were Mental Health, Affordable/Attainable Housing, Schools and Gun violence. Four Research Action Teams have been formed and are meeting with key leaders and knowledgeable people this summer. In the Fall, we will vote on and make recommendations for action to County and State officials. Then we lobby. Our own Amy Tardiff is the chair of the Mental Health Research Action Team. Thanks Amy and thank you to everyone who led and or participated in a listening session.

Please be sure to sign up for the ChangeMakers Lab, VBS, today. See below article for details and signup link.



Reminder, I will never ask you to buy a gift card for the Church

Messages from the APNT and Session

This Saturday - July 8th, 5:00-6:30 pm

Open House

Join us at Ark and Dove to meet Jenn and her husband, Shane. Please RSVP here.

This Sunday - July 9th, 11:45 AM

Congregational Meeting

The Session of Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church has called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday July 9 at 11:45 AM. The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Team (APTN), in which they will nominate Jennifer Kubit McCullough to be the Associate Pastor of Ark and Dove. The floor will be open for questions and discussion and then the candidate will leave the room. There will be further discussion and then the vote.

If you are unable to attend in person, please RSVP for Zoom link:


Brunch will be enjoyed before the meeting begins - please bring a dish to share.

Introducing Jennifer Kubit McCullough

Jennifer Kubit McCullough has most recently served as Creative Organizer of Youth Ministry at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. In this role, Jenn worked alongside the congregation, staff, and volunteers to show young people that the church is theirs and that they are called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. While in seminary, she also served as a Ministry Intern at Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church in Anaheim Hills, CA. Before deciding to pursue a call to ministry as a career, Jenn taught middle and high school Literature and Composition for 8 years at the Orange County School of the Arts.

As a long-time member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church and as a staff member, Jenn served in a number of roles including member of the Pastor Nominating Committee; leader for a Brew Theology conversation group; facilitator of a panel discussion on racial justice; member of Adult Discipleship and Nurture Commission; and as a Lenten devotion leader.

In the area of youth ministry at St. Mark, Jenn helped lead youth delegations to retreats at Triennium and Montreat; was a Youth Group and Youth Sunday School Volunteer; and was a Member of the Children and Youth Ministry Commission. Jenn received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her teaching credential in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In May 2022, she completed her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado through the school’s online/hybrid Journey program. She will be ordained later this year.  

Jenn, who grew up in Orange County, loves music and musical theater, being outdoors, eating/trying new foods, exercising, and reading. She and her husband Shane are parents to three creative and playful kids. As a family, they are committed to making the world a more just and joyful place.


Shane grew up in San Diego (and is San Diego sports fan) and has a large extended family in Southern California. He has worked in the real estate industry for more than 15 years building high-density apartments and mixed-use projects through Southern California. In his free time, he loves reading, puzzles (crossword, word, or jigsaw), time with kids, and exercising.


Bryn, 11, is a huge reader, a lover of animals, and an actress and wants to be a librarian. Dean, 9, loves baseball, building LEGOs and is interested in politics and world events; he received a letter from President Biden that is displayed on the family’s refrigerator. Jack, 7, is a natural comedian who loves video games. He was recently diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (“but that's only a part of who he is,” says his dad) - he wants to be a gardener when he grows up.

Verse and Prayer

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:1-5, NRSV

The Creator who brought order out of chaos, give peace to you.

The Saviour who stilled the raging storm, give peace to you.

The Spirit who broods on the deeps, give peace to you.

 -Celtic Blessing


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May Financial Summary

YTD Expected Unpledged Income $11,000

Actual Unpledged Income $8,838

Behind $2,162

YTD Expected Pledged & Electronic Giving $259,973

YTD Actual Pledged & Electronic Giving $244,527

Behind $15,446

Bulletin - 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Children and Youth's Christian Education

Our theme this year for Pre-K-rising 5th graders is ChangeMakers Lab. Children are invited to discover and share creative ways to make a difference in the world through words and actions. Changemakers Lab invites children to ask questions, make observations, and work together to solve problems, as well as see and experience the transforming love of God.

Our Middle Schoolers (Rising 6th-8th graders) will focus on learning about the 6 Marks of Discipleship throughout the week. They will have opportunities to do activities and learn about Daily Prayer, Daily Bible Reading, Regular Worship Attendance, Commitment to Spiritual Growth and Relationship Building, Generous Stewardship, and Acts of Mission, Mercy, and Justice. There are plans to have two off-site activities during this time. (Bowling Alley and Skate Center). More details will be shared with participants who sign up.

Registration for VBS can be found here.

Will you consider donating items or monetary amounts needed for activities done during this week? If so, please sign up below. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Any questions or concerns please reach out to Sara Fox at

Christian Education

Leaders and Helpers Needed

To ensure that we can continue to offer the above services we need 2 adult/teenage leaders, from different nuclear families to help provide leadership. Please consider volunteering for one of the following this summer. 

Please sign up here: Nursery Volunteers

You will be assisting Cara Moody as needed and be another set of eyes/hands in the nursery.

Please sign up here: Summer Sunday School

We need help! All materials and lesson plans will be prepped for you. 😎

Sunday Service Christian Education Opportunities

9:00 AM Service:  

Nursery open for children age birth to 3

10:30 AM Service: 

Nursery open for children age birth to 3, 4 year olds may attend 

Summer Sunday School for PreK-5th grade, early middle schoolers are welcome to attend as well.

Ark and Dove Book Club - August Pick

Join the Ark and Dove Book Club as they read Barbara Kingsolver’s recent Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Demon Copperhead.” As Amazon’s summary accurately describes: “in transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story.” We will discuss the book on Zoom on Friday, August 18th at 7:30pm. Contact Kim at for the Zoom link.

Second Saturday Prayer Class

Join Kim Champagne on Saturday, July 8th at 9am, for an hour-long contemplative prayer class in the Ark and Dove Room. We will practice several types of ancient prayers of the heart, including Centering Prayer, Breath Praying and the Morning Prayer from the Divine Hours. 

For more information contact Kim at

Mission Ministry

The Benefits of Planting Native Plants in Your Yard

Native plants are plants that grow naturally in a specific region or habitat. They are adapted to the local climate, soil, and wildlife, and they provide many benefits for your yard and the environment. Some of the benefits of planting native plants in your yard are:

- They attract pollinators and wildlife. Native plants provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for a variety of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats. These pollinators are essential for the reproduction of many plants, including crops. Native plants also support other wildlife, such as birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, by offering diverse habitats and resources.

- They enhance the beauty and diversity of your yard. Native plants come in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures, creating a beautiful and unique landscape for your yard. They also add seasonal interest and variety, as they bloom, fruit, change colors, and drop seeds at different times of the year. By planting native plants, you can enjoy the natural beauty and diversity of your region in your own backyard.

- They conserve water and reduce runoff. Native plants typically require less water than exotic or introduced plants, because they are used to the rainfall patterns and drought conditions of their area. They also help prevent soil erosion and filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, improving the quality of nearby water sources.

If you are looking for examples of Maryland native plants, you might want to check out some of these resources:

  • The University of Maryland Extension has a list of recommended native plants for Maryland, organized by categories such as groundcovers, ferns, wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. You can find photos and details for each plant species on their website.
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources also has information on native plants, including a link to the Maryland Plant Atlas, which provides a checklist of vascular plants of Maryland and whether they are native or non-native. You can also find information on invasive plant species and native alternatives to them.
  • The Maryland Native Plant Society is another source of information on gardening and landscaping with native plants. They have a monthly newsletter, a calendar of events, and a list of local chapters that you can join.
  • The Great American Landscapes website has some examples of Maryland native plants that can add beauty and diversity to your garden. They mention some native grasses, sedges, and rushes that can create an organic look and provide habitat for wildlife.

These are just some of the examples of Maryland native plant resources you can explore. Native plants are not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your own enjoyment and satisfaction.

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT FOR the daughter of a member who is in the hospital; Linnie Girdner’s mother and brother; Debbie and Bruce Arey's Daughter, Allison; Cheryl Walcutt, Jason Devono, Christi Loveless, all three recuperating from surgery; Russia; Victims of gun violence; Migrants in Greece who went missing and their loved ones, Canada in the wake of wild fires; Teens in the US struggling in the wake of anti-trans legislation, An Aunt and Uncle settling into assisted living; Debbie Keho; Carlene Printy; Joy Ajello; Kim Champagne's mother; Laura Doughty's father and mother, and their neighbor Denny; Amita Dubois' uncle; Jenn and Shane McCollough and their children as they prepare to move to Maryland; The Glen Burnie Korean Presbyterian Church as they move their worship space to Ellicott City; Debbie Arey's cousin, Carol; Jesse Pennabaker and his former coworkers - continuing to seek new employment; Norman Willoughby, Laura Willoughby's father; a family mourning a loss; Pati Sheahan, the mother of Kim Champagne; Saralee Bartgis; Gina Richardson battling cancer; Gahzal Abawi; neighbors taking care of each other through hard times; Carl Lucas; Linnie Girdner; Linda Taylor's mother, Izola; Libby Kahwajy; Debbie Arey's sister, Denise; a young friend recently diagnosed with an inflammatory lung disease; Chris C. as he seeks treatment for his addiction; prayers for children struggling with depression and anxiety; Sandra Krezanosky, Amy Hagemann's mother; a sister suffering from addiction and for her family; Lori Johnson, mother of Cheryl Walcutt; Connie Batts; Steve Debus's niece, Amanda Kuhl; Ann Hirschy; Linnie Girdner's great grandson, Ronan; a young child hurt in a car accident; our partners at CEDEPCA in Guatemala; families in the world facing housing insecurity; Achsah's mother, Rachel; Ron Holman; Pat Devers' Cousin who has entered into hospice; family friend of Julie and Pat Devers, Joe Burgoyne; Jan and Al Jank's daughter-in-law, Irina Lee; Layla Tyus and her family; Kamarii Miller; The Solano Family; Friends living with cancer; Jeff Faiman; someone struggling with depression; Doris Fields; Diane McPhail; Nikol Sahai; Elizabeth Carter; Children with cancer, their families, and their care providers; Jimmy Carter; Tim Soyars; Cyndy Ingram; Laura Talbert; the people of Syria and Turkey; Barb Benson; Bernice Taylor; Bri R, Ostrach family and Seonbuchner family - continuing rounds of medical treatment; Dick Eckersley's granddaughter; Amy Tardiff's mother; Aunt Teri in home hospice care; the SeonBuchner family; Ardeth Johns; for family members suffering from addiction; the Knight Family; a friend facing brain surgery; a mother in the hospital; Don Clark; MaryAnn Buckley; Sue Miller, Laura Willoughby-Perry’s mother; Audrey Miller, daughter of Kathy Miller; Dotty Kaufmann; Mary Elizabeth Nay; Bri Lapp; Holly Folk; Carol & Henry Saylor; Deb Saylor's grand-nephew, Jordan; Chantel Seetram; families impacted by gun violence; the family of Gavin Hurley; Amanda Welford; Dee going through breast cancer; Doug Dehaven; Marie, Nikol Sahai’s Mom; Dot Forloines; Dick Paronto; Julie Devers' friend Zenia Dacio-Messina; Hope Sutphin; Freyja Hartzell; Gary Moody Sr.; Helen Rossum

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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