Life at Littlefield - June 2015
LITTLEFIELD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
7560 Littlefield Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-1699
MINISTER - FRAN HAYES
As a fire is meant for burning with a bright
and warming flame,
So the church is meant for mission, giving glory to God's name.
Not to preach our creeds or customs, but to build a bridge of care,
We join hands across the nations, finding neighbors everywhere.
There 's so much bad news in the world–so much fear and hatred. As much as we might hope or wish, we still don't live in a 'post racial' society. We haven't yet learned to 'all get along.' There are people who don't know any Muslims and who are fearful of Islam. One recent piece of bad news is about the protest being planned by a group of armed bikers in Arizona around a mosque.
Littlefield has a long history of mission and a ministry of reconciliation, which is part of what we're celebrating in this 85th year of the life of the congregation. Over the years, Littlefield has brought people together in a variety of ways to promote peace, understanding, and cooperation. It really has been fun for me to go through the archives and remember the variety of ways Littlefield has done this over the years and the people who were part of it. I hope you've been following the “Littlefield Church: 85 Years of Mission” page and enjoying it. This church is a place where people feel welcome and respected, and where we all continue to learn and grow and work together.
This is a very challenging time in the life of the church in North America. But there is reason for thanksgiving and hope. God has entrusted us with this ministry of reconciliation. As long as there is fear and prejudice and hatred in the world, Littlefield and other peace-building churches have an important mission: 'To love God, one another and all people. To show God's love in our work for peace and justice.'
Salam Shalom Peace.
(Based on Revised Common Lectionary)
Old Testament Lesson-1 Samuel 8:4-20
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Gospel Lesson-Mark 3:20-35
Old Testament Lesson-1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Gospel Lesson-Mark 4:26-34
Old Testament Lesson-1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20 or Psalm 133
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Gospel Lesson-Mark 4:35-41
Old Testament Lesson-2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Gospel Lesson-Mark 5:21-43
Lord, I know it is your will for us to
forgive those who do us wrong, and I know
that once we do, everything goes so much
more smoothly in our lives.
We forgive because you first forgave us, and I'm
starting to understand that.
Help me to forgive, Lord.
Take away the hurt and
betrayal, and leave only your peace.
- A Woman's Daily Prayer Book
We give thanks, Holy Spirit, that You never forsake us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot protect you.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.
- Psalm 143:10
TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE - JUNE 2
Our next Service is Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. There will not be a service in July or August. All people regardless of faith background and age are welcome. You are invited to dress comfortably and casually. Invite a friend!
HOMECOMING SUNDAY - JUNE 7
We hope you are all planning to attend our special Homecoming Service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 7. This service will be a celebration of 85 years of Mission and Ministry of the Littlefield congregation in east Dearborn. We will recognize some of the founding members that established our congregation as well as many of the people and programs that make Littlefield special today. Invitations have been sent to many previous members inviting them to return for this special Sunday. Please invite anyone who might enjoy celebrating with our congregation. Following the service, a reception will be held in the lounge, which will be a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make some new friends. Check out our Showcase in the foyer, and also the special Facebook page “Littlefield Presbyterian: 85 Years of Mission” and see all the historical photos posted of Littlefield people and events. See you on June 7.
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE STARTS JUNE 14
Worship is at 10:00 a.m.
No Sunday school for the summer.
CHURCH & SOCIETY COMMITTEE
Planning for Peace Camp, July 28 to 30, is underway. There will be a meeting on June 9 at 7:00 p.m. for the leadership team. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact the church office.
We have two new personnel needs this year as people who have filled these positions in the past are not available. Please contact the church office if you are willing to fill one.
1. PAINT MIXOLOGIST - This job is for Wednesday only and involves mixing the paints and setting up the paint area to dispense the paint to the children during the time they are painting their buildings. We have notes and procedures that we have set up to make this time run as smoothly as possible. There are also people needed to help with washing brushes and cleanup.
2. GROUP LEADERS meet with small groups of similar age children for ìgetting to know youî activities and discuss curriculum topics. These groups meet each night for a short time following dinner. The majority of the evening is spent in whole group activities.
We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall on MONDAY, JULY 27, for Peace Camp. We need people who can help with the laying of the Visqueen on the floor and moving tables and other items to set up the dining area and activity center.
We will have a signup sheet on the Library table for the various jobs involved with Peace Camp. Please prayerfully consider how you can participate as Peace Camp is not possible without everyone's help.
2-cents-a-meal collection. Our next collection will be Sunday, June 14. It has been 98 days since our last collection. At 3 meals/day x $.02/meal we should have collected $5.88 in our containers. Realizing that many of us eat more than 3 times/day and that food prices have increased, donations of any size are always welcome. Our portion of this offering will be given to the Second Mile Center for their summer meal program. Please give generously!
WORSHIP & PICNIC IN THE PARK - JULY 26
The summer season is almost here! We hope you will join us for our Annual Church Picnic on Sunday, July 26 at Hemlock Park. We have rented a shelter and will be having our morning Worship Service in the park before the picnic. We hope you will come and bring your friends for a unique worship experience followed by the usual food and fun.
14th ANNUAL PEACE CAMP - JULY 28-30
Please join us for Littlefield's Annual Peace Camp from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. As always this will be a free, fun, multicultural, intergenerational activity for kids ages 6- 12. Peace Camp features songs, crafts, games, and hands-on activities designed to foster cooperation, sharing, and building peace within communities.
As always, we need YOUR HELP to make this a successful 3 days for the campers. Please put the dates on your calendar now and think about how you can help. There is always room for you, especially to join with the youth in their crafts, singing and neighborhood build. To volunteer for a specific job or if you have questions, please contact Pamela Moore or the church office.
We encourage your donation of items useful in our build. This year, we could really use fabric scraps, ribbon, wrapping paper, wallpaper scraps, artificial flowers, and items that can be used for ìarchitecture enhancement.î Watch for donation boxes in the foyers. We will again be collecting school supplies at Peace Camp for needy children.
Come and join the fun at Littlefield Church!
SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 10
Gleaners Food Bank, 9am - 12 Noon
ROAD WORK AROUND THE CHURCH
We received a notice from the City of Dearborn that the water main construction project is starting around the church. Starting sometime in June, Morrow Circle East street will be under construction.
The city will be replacing the water main lines and then resurfacing the streets. This may entail times where the water will be shut off to the building and we will have to close while they complete the process.
We will receive very little notice of start and completion of the various phases so when you come to the church you will have to be observant.
The city expects the project to be completed by the end of September to the beginning of October (weather permitting, of course).
Wednesday evening, May 20, was a special night at Littlefield as our second annual concert fundraiser for music was held in the sanctuary. The evening began with the Littlefield choir sharing several of their favorite selections. Various solos and duets from our Littlefield vocalists and instrumentalists followed. The Henry Ford College Chorus and the Blue Fusion Jazz Choir under the direction of Kevin Dewey performed and all in attendance agreed they were terrific! The concert concluded with all the vocalists joining together for the Hallelujah Chorus in two versions, original and soulful. Anna Loftus, Soprano, sang in all three groups in addition to several solos. Over 75 people were in attendance and more than $800 was raised! A portion of that was shared with the Henry Ford College Chorus for their upcoming trip to Stratford, Ontario. After the concert a lovely reception was held in the lounge. We thank all of the musicians and others who helped make the evening a success, including the Presbyterian Women who coordinated the reception. And thank you to all who donated so generously to keep music alive and well at Littlefield!
At our special Homecoming Service on June 7 we will also celebrate and recognize our worship, education and music leaders. What we are blessed to enjoy at Sunday worship is the result of many hours of planning, preparation and rehearsal on the part of those in our music program. We also appreciate those that are involved in the planning and caring for our little ones. If you attend any of the Bible studies, or Lenten book studies, you are benefiting from the planning and preparation of those leaders as well. Help us say “Thank You” to these saints that share their gifts. We are now planning our worship schedule for the summer months. If you are interested in being a liturgist for worship or sharing your musical talents with us, please contact the church office with the dates you are available. Thank you to all who are willing to serve Littlefield Church!
EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Just a few notes as we get ready for summer. First, we would like to thank our Ministerial Intern, Regina Jameson, for the time she spent with our committee. You can see the fruit of her labor in the new informational card that she designed. The blue card briefly and effectively tells who we are, what we do, and when we meet. We encourage you to pass these on to the community.
As mentioned in earlier newsletters, we will be producing a new Church Directory. The first step is to make sure that we have the correct contact data. So, towards the end of August we will be asking you to check the information that we have on file and to make any additions or corrections. We will begin taking member photos in September.
One last word: if you have not seen our newly designed web site, please take a few moments to check it out. Simply go to www.littlefieldchurch.org.
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.