Life at Littlefield - April 2015
LITTLEFIELD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
7560 Littlefield Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-1699
MINISTER - FRAN HAYES
On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we heard the prophet Jeremiah deliver the good news of Godís promise of a new covenant, in which God will write the divine law upon human hearts. In John 12, we heard Jesus assuring us that in dying we will be reborn. We heard the metaphor of a grain of wheat: unless a grain of wheat dies, it canít have new life and grow into more wheat.
The season of Lent and Holy Week is a season of honesty and repentance, in preparation for a radical new beginning in Easter. When weíre honest with ourselves, we see that in our society the fabric of human community is broken by systemic racism, the widening gap between economic classes, and the other ways our human brokenness keep us from living more fully in Godís peace and justice. In the church, things are changing in ways that are troubling and uncomfortable for some. In our personal lives, there are some things we cling to-- illusion and denial and old ways or understandings-- that keep us from being the Easter people God created us to be.
Some of these things need to die in us, in order to bring forth new life.
The journey through Holy Week and Easter is part of our lifelong journey of discipleship. On this journey, our understanding of who God is changes, and that changes our understanding of who we are and who our neighbor is. It changes how we live.
During Holy Week, we follow Jesus on the way of the cross and hear his commandment to love others as he has loved us. We are invited to look deep into our lives and relationships to face whatever it may be that keeps us from living more fully as Godís forgiven, free, and gracious people.
On Easter, at the empty tomb, we encounter radical new reality and can imagine new possibilities for our personal lives and relationships, in our society, and in the church. The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ reveals God to us in a new light and calls us into newness of life.
As we approach Holy Week, we look forward to a new day, the new hope God promised and the prophets proclaimed. We have this promise of newness and hope. As followers of Jesus the Christ, we live into the promise.
I pray that Holy Week and Easter will be a truly blessed time for each and every one of us, a time when we grow more fully into Godís beloved and loving, joyful Easter people.
(Based on Revised Common Lectionary)
April 5 Resurrection/Easter Sunday
Old Testament-Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Epistle Lesson-1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or
Gospel Lesson-John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
First Lesson-Acts 4:32-35
Epistle Lesson-1 John 1:1-2:2
Gospel Lesson-John 20:19-31
First Lesson-Acts 3:12-19
Epistle Lesson-1 John 3:1-7
Gospel Lesson-Luke 24:36b-48
First Lesson-Acts 4:5-12
Epistle Lesson-1 John 3:16-24
Gospel Lesson-John 10:11-18
THE MIRACLES OF EASTER
The sleeping earth awakens,
The robins start to sing,
The flowers open wide their eyes
To tell us it is spring.
The bleakness of the winter
Is melted by the sun,
The tree that looked so stark and dead
Becomes a living one...
These MIRACLES of EASTER,
Wrought with divine perfection,
Are the blessed reassurance
Of our Saviour's Resurrection.
- Helen Steiner Rice
He Is Risen!
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.
- Luke 24:5-6
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.
Lord, you have trusted us with freedom and rescued us from our sins.
May we live now freely and fully in your love. Alleluia!
- A Wondrous Love
The most important week of the Christian year is approachingÖ inviting us to ìsurvey the wondrous crossîÖto reflect on Godís amazing love and how we are called to respond. For many of us, the Holy Week services are the most meaningful and powerful services of the year. We hope that you will set apart time to be with us and invite a friend as we move through the events of Holy Week and prepare our hearts to receive the good news of Easter.
Sunday, March 29 Palm/Passion Sunday
Join us at 10:30 a.m. as we wave our palm branches in the service and as we remember Jesusí triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Follow Jesus to the cross on Calvary as we hear the Passion story from the Gospel according to Mark.
Thursday, April 2 Maundy Thursday
This reflective service begins at 7:00 p.m. and will include the Sacrament of the Lordís Supper around the table. Then we will follow Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane and to the cross as we hear the story of Christ's Passion in a Tenebrae service, a service of darkness in which candles are gradually extinguished.
Sunday, April 5 Resurrection Sunday
This festive service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is the most joyous in the Christian year. Come and hear the good news, enjoy the beautiful music and leave with a ìHallelujahî in your heart. Invite your friends to worship with you and celebrate Christís resurrection. Childcare will be available.
The Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Detroit (PWPD) will gather at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Detroit on Wednesday, April 1, from 9:45 a.m. through lunch. Reverend Michelle James, Pastor of Allen Park Presbyterian Church, will present an overview of the 2015 – 2016 Horizon’s Bible Study, “Come to the Waters” by Judy Record Fletcher. The program will also include the interpretation of the Birthday Offering. Lunch will cost $8, and reservations should be made to the church office by Friday, March 27.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
“I was hungry and you gave me food”(Matthew 25:35) is the theme for this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. This is the first of four special offerings collected by the national Presbyterian Church. Our gifts to this offering support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36% of the money collected. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People each receive 32% of the revenue. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing you are assisting in the empowerment of others as they move past emotional, physical, and spiritual misfortune. Your help gives hope.
This offering is received during Lent through Easter Sunday. There are envelopes in the pew racks and we also have boxes that can be placed on your dining table for a daily collection.
TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE - APRIL 7 at 7 p.m.
Our next service is Tuesday, April 7, @ 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All people regardless of faith background and age are welcome. You are invited to dress comfortably and casually. Invite a friend!
THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING TEA
Spring is here and that means it is time to make plans to attend the Annual Spring Tea of our Littlefield Presbyterian Women. Take that spring bonnet out of the hatbox and call your friends! The Tea will be held in our transformed Lounge on Saturday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. There will be scones and finger sandwiches and teas of choice; there will be a lovely Silent Auction; there will be a program enlightening us about the chapeaux we wear and have worn; and the best part is that all the while we will be raising money to support our Mission Fund.
Tickets are now available and are still only $12 but you will need to make your reservations early as seating is limited. Please call the church office for tickets.
Our program this year, A HISTORY OF HATS, will be presented by Harper Wildern, artist and designer, currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. Harper has been exposed to fashion and costumes of all kinds from a very early age. Both her parents are theatre professionals so it seems quite natural that she would have a strong imaginative and creative gift. Ms. Wildern is currently a member of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is taking a break from her studies at Wayne State while she serves at Focus Hope in the position of Youth Development Coordinator as part of her term of service as one of Metro Detroit’s Public Allies. Those of you who attended the Tea in 2014 may remember meeting her. She is Nancy Kammer Wildern’s daughter.
HEALTHY WOMEN HEALTHY FAMILIES MOTHERS DAY PROJECT 2015
The Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother’s Day Project is an exciting opportunity to broaden the impact of the annual Mother’s Day mission activity that Presbyterians have generously supported since 2001. The Mother’s Day project has been expanded beyond the four African countries originally supported to include a range of partners around the world. Your donations to Healthy Women Healthy Families, through the Mother's Day Project, will provide grants that not only provide medical care for needy women, but will also provide literacy, education and leadership training as well as support for community development projects.
The Mother's Day Project supports life- changing activities with overseas partner churches of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Local water and sanitation programs, improved farming methods, and other health education and community development projects chosen by local Community Health Evangelism (CHE) committees are part of the ongoing programs. These activities are long-term responses to families trapped in cycles of poverty and poor health.
Mother’s Day cards will be available again this year in exchange for donations to the Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother’s Day Project. Cards will be available in the library during Coffee Hour on April 19, 26 and May 3, or by contacting the church office. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10.
MEN’S STUDY GROUP
The Men's Group will meet on Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. for dinner followed by their study. The men will start a new Study on “The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” by John P. Burgess. This study looks at the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, including his decisions to become a theologian, to give his life to the church, and to remain in Germany in an attempt to overthrow Hitler. The study guides will be available after April 1st in the church office. All men are invited to attend both the dinner and the study.
Another opportunity for live theatre! Trudy Mason McCreadie will be opening in a play at the Tipping Point Theatre in Northville this month. This three character play is called THE OUTGOING TIDE and opens on April 11 and plays Thursdays through Sundays until May 3. Tickets are on sale now at www.tippingpointtheatre.com or by calling 248-347-0003.
The play is a story about a senior couple who are retired and living in their Chesapeake Bay summer home. Gunner, the husband, has an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future, but his wife of 50 years and their son have plans of their own. The three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding before the tide goes out. This drama echoes the responsibilities of family members to one another and how our loved ones shape our identity as we grow up.
The play is for adult audiences only.
MUSIC AT LITTLEFIELD - WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 at 7:00 p.m.
A fund-raiser to benefit the Littlefield Music Program that will feature:
Littlefield Church Choir Littlefield Instrumental Musicians
with Special Guests Henry Ford Concert Choir & Blue Fusion Jazz Choir directed by G. Kevin Dewey
Free-Will Offering & Reception
SAVE THE DATE - 85th ANNIVERSARY & HOMECOMING SUNDAY - JUNE 7
Celebrating 85 Years of Mission and Ministry!
Please join us for a Homecoming Service as we give thanks for how God has been using Littlefield to share God's love and to promote peace and understanding. A reception will follow the service.
SAVE THE DATE: PEACE CAMP - JULY 28, 29, & 30
EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Due to inclement weather, our study of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” was postponed on March 3rd. The following week, we combined the Taize service with our soup and salad dinner and book study. As of this writing, we have one more week before we see Harold finish his pilgrimage. Our discussions around the book have been very lively. We have explored the issues of reaching out and searching within, moving beyond our comfort zones and exploring new spiritual territory, and dealing with loss and transition. In our final week we will discuss the power of forgiveness.
On Sunday, March 22, we had our annual feather bowling event at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Feather bowling was followed by dinner in the cafe. As usual we had great fun.
As you may be aware, Littlefield Church is 85 years old this year. We are now planning a special Sunday to celebrate both the past and to rejoice in the possibilities for our future. You will hear more about this in the weeks ahead.
Our annual summer picnic is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, at Hemlock Park in Dearborn. We will meet for worship followed by food, fellowship and fun.
Finally, in the months to come we will be working to revise our web site and to publish a new members directory. These projects will take some time, but the time will be well spent.
2015 FEATHER BOWLING
There were twenty-three members and friends who came and enjoyed our Feather Bowling event at the Cadieux Cafe. Many stayed for dinner, enjoying such delicacies as steamed mussels, rabbit & Belgian beer stew.
CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT
Who we are:
We are a community of ordinary people
committed to growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ
through worship, fellowship, learning, prayer, and mission.
Why we exist:
To love God, one another, and all people.
To show God's love in our work for peace and justice.