MINISTER – FRAN HAYES

“Do you love me?” Jesus asked Peter. “If you do, then feed my lambs.”

In the last chapter of John, we hear how, after the Resurrection, the disciples have gone back to their old jobs. A group of them had gone fishing. They fished all night, but they didn't catch anything. Then Jesus showed up and told them where to cast their nets, and they got an amazing catch.

Later, Jesus asks Simon Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter says, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” And each time, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep.”

Littlefield has a long history of working to alleviate hunger, in a variety of ways. But lately we've been considering how we might do more. A team has been exploring the needs in our neighborhood and how we might address them. One of the possibilities is to send food home for the weekends with the children of McDonald School who are most food insecure. We have been exploring options, talking with the leaders of the local Blessings in a Backpack program, and talking with staff and leaders of McDonald School.

The “old-timers” and those who know Littlefield's history would know about the congregation's history with McDonald School. For the first 10 years or so of Littlefield's history, the congregation didn't have a building. For much of that time, Littlefield worshipped at “the new McDonald School.” Some members of the congregation were involved in the Parent Teachers' Organization and helped out in various ways. When Littlefield used to do the holiday food box project, which was a huge operation, with many partners, we had volunteers and participation from McDonald School, as well as Fordson High School and other organizations. And, as some of you know, Littlefield Church is designated as a safe place in McDonald School's emergency evacuation plan. The children are taught that, if they ever need to be evacuated from school, they are to “run to the church.”

Please pray for discernment, as we explore and plan how we can put our love into action in a new way and carry out Christ's command to “feed my lambs.” This has the potential of caring for our young neighbors in need, but also of deepening our relationship with McDonald School, with those who work together in the Blessings in a Backpack program, and possibly with other organizations with whom we could partner.

Peace – Salam – Shalom.

SCRIPTURE READINGS


May 7
First Lesson-Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
Epistle Lesson-1 Peter 2:19-35
Gospel Lesson-John 10:1-10

May 14 Mother's Day
First Lesson-Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Epistle Lesson-1 Peter 2:2-10
Gospel Lesson-John 14:1-14

May 21
First Lesson-Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
Epistle Lesson-1 Peter 3:13-22
Gospel Lesson-John 14:15-21

May 28
First Lesson-Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Epistle Lesson-1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Gospel Lesson-John 17:1-11

PRAYER MINISTRY

Celebrating God's Gifts
The 100th Psalm reminds us that the entire earth should “Shout for joy to the Lord.” As God's children, we are blessed beyond measure, but sometimes, we are busy people living in a demanding world, we are slow to count our gifts and even slower to give thanks to the Giver.

Our blessings include life and health, family and friends, freedom and possessionsófor starters. And, the gifts we receive from God are multiplied when we share them. May we always give thanks to God for our blessings, and may we always demonstrate our gratitude by sharing our gifts with others.

The 118th Psalm reminds us that, “This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” May we celebrate this day and the One who created it.
     – 100 Days of Praise For Women


SCRIPTURE VERSE
Is anyone happy?
Let them sing songs of praise.
     – James 5:13 NIV


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Not every day of our lives is overflowing with joy and celebration. But there are moments when our hearts nearly burst within us for the sheer joy of being alive. The first sight of our newborn babies, the warmth of love in another's eyes, the fresh scent of rain on a hot summer's eveó moments like these renew in us a heartfelt appreciation for life.

PW MARY CIRCLE IS MAY 1

The Mary Circle is meeting May 1 at 7:30 p.m.. If you have any questions or interest in this ladies group, please contact the church office.

TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE

Our next Service is Tuesday, May 2, @ 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All people regardless of faith background and age are welcome. Invite a friend!

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER OBSERVANCE

The event is posted as a Facebook event on the Dearborn Area Interfaith Network Facebook page, and you can share from there if you wish.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: INTERFAITH PRAYERS

Thursday, May 4 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Dearborn Administrative Center
16901 Michigan Ave, Dearborn 48126

Prayers for our community, our neighbors, our state, our nation, and the world. Prayers for our fellow citizens, our leaders and elected officials, our first responders and public servants, and for all in need. Please join us as we join together in prayer.

This event is sponsored by the Dearborn Area Interfaith Network.

PROPERTY COMMITTEE

Plans are underway to have a Spring Work Day at the church on Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. ñ 1:00 p.m. Amongst the jobs to be done at that time are:

  • Bush and tree trimming
  • Fill dirt on both sides of education building to prevent leaks into the basement
  • Put down 100 bags of mulch
  • Clean up grounds

We will have a picnic lunch when we're done. Bad weather on Saturday, we'll work after church on Sunday. Please sign up during the coffee hour if you can help. Thanks.

CENTS-ABILITY OFFERING

We will be collecting our second Cents- Ability (Two Cents/Meal) offering for 2017 on Sunday, May 14. It will have been 91 days since our last collection, and at 2 cents/meal for three meals/day the total amount per person will be $5.46. Realizing that many of us eat more than 3 times/day and that food prices have increased, donations of any amount are welcome. Our portion of this offering will go to the summer food program at the Second Mile Center.

HEALTHY WOMEN HEALTHY FAMILIES MOTHER'S DAY PROJECT 2017

The Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother's Day Project is a mission activity that Presbyterians have generously supported since 2001. The Mother's Day project has expanded beyond the four African countries that were 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 empower women and protect children by supporting vital programs and services such as prenatal care, primary education, food security initiatives and trauma healing.

Special Mother's Day cards will be available again this year in exchange for donations to the Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother's Day Project. This year's cards feature a photo of an Iraqi refugee mother and daughter as they approach the border crossing into Croatia. Cards will be available in the library during Coffee Hour on April 30 and May 7, or by contacting the church office. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14.

MEN'S STUDY GROUP

The Men's Group will meet on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. for dinner followed by their study. The men will continue their study of The Church and Politics with Session Four, “The Recovery of Moral Politics.” All men are invited to join for the dinner and study. If you have interest in this group, please contact the church office.

LITTLEFIELD MUSIC CONCERT

Our fourth annual fundraiser concert to benefit the Littlefield Presbyterian Church Music Program will be held in our sanctuary on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature the Littlefield Church vocal and instrumental musicians and our special guests, the Henry Ford College Concert Choir and Blue Fusion, a vocal jazz group, both directed by G. Kevin Dewey. A free-will offering will be taken and a reception will follow in the library. If you enjoy our Sunday morning worship service music, you will not want to miss this event. Invite your friends to join you for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment at Littlefield.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE HYGIENE KITS

The Presbyterian Women will be collecting Hygiene Kits for Church World Service (CWS). We have an opportunity to get these kits to a collection point this time, rather than paying shipping costs. CWS Hygiene Kits are collected in the US and stored until needed for victims of natural disasters, war, poverty or other causes all around the world. Kit collection will begin on May 14 and kits must be returned to the church and placed in the library no later than Sunday, June 4. If you are unable to shop and make kits, you can donate money for their shipment overseas. Please make your checks out to “Church World Service Kit Program.” For more information, visit www.cwskits.org.

Hygiene Kit contents:

  • One hand towel measuring
  • approximately 15? x 28? to 16? x 32? (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
  • One toothbrush in the package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. We will provide bags and a list of kit contents on the display table in the library. Last year we collected 34 kits. Can we increase that number this year?

PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 4

You are invited to wear red and orange to symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit like tongues of fire.

PENTECOST OFFERING

The Pentecost Offering is the second of four special offerings in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this year. This offering unites us in a church wide effort to support our young people, and nurture their faith during the first third of their lives, from childhood through young adulthood. This offering will be divided among four groups. Our congregation will keep 40% of the funds raised to initiate or support programs for young people in our community. Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) will receive 25% to serve in communities around the world and grow as Christian leaders. Another 25% will go to “Ministries with Youth” by lifting them up as leaders and messengers of God's word, and the last 10% is used to advocate for at-risk children. When you give to the Pentecost Offering you are making a real and lasting impact in the lives of our young people.

We will collect this offering on Pentecost Sunday, June 4.

MUSIC, TEACHER & WORSHIP LEADER RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, JUNE 4

We hope you will join us for worship and a special reception to celebrate our worship, education and music leaders. Help us say “Thank You” to these saints that share their gifts.

EVANGELISM & MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

On April 2, we made our Annual Feather Bowling Trip to the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. This year we had thirty people attend. We divided ourselves into 4 teams and feather bowled for two hours. Team number 1 took first place. No matter what place each team took, we all had a lot of fun. Following our feather bowling time, we spent time eating and fellowshipping in the Cadieux Cafe.

We finished our directory update project. By now you should have received an insert page that has both address updates and the photos of some of those who are new to our fellowship. If you have not received the update insert from your deacon, please contact the Church office.

On the evening of April 19, the Engage! Book Group met in the Church lounge to discuss America's Original Sin by Rev. Jim Wallis. Eleven people gathered together to discuss issues dealing with systemic racism in our society. Our next book is Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli. Stephen Sparks of Point Reyes Books states: “Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare thing: a book everyone should read." This book is rather short, but very powerful. Valeria Luiselli writes both fiction and non- fiction and this non-fiction work is very moving and beautifully written. It is available in both paperback and Kindle versions. It is also available at some local libraries. We will meet on Monday, June 12, at 6:15 p.m. for a pizza and salad dinner. The book discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Here comes the sun! Summer is just around the corner which means it won't be long before we have our Annual Picnic. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 6, for our Annual Worship in the Park and Picnic.

We have Littlefield's Core Values on display in the showcase. As we enter the building, we are reminded of the values that we as a Church cherish: Compassion, Joyful Faith, Peacemaking, Openness, and Inclusiveness.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

HELP IS NEEDED
PEACE CAMP 2017
JULY 18, 19, & 20

SAVE THE DATE

WORSHIP IN THE PARK AND CHURCH PICNIC
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
HEMLOCK PARK SHELTER

LOVE IN ACTION: FEEDING HUNGRY NEIGHBORS

The session has approved some seed money to begin a trial project of weekend food backpacks for children at McDonald School (pending school approval). This will occur from May through the end of the school year.

We will be purchasing some food and would welcome donations of specific items and/or cash to help with the purchases. Want to help? Sign-up in the Library area or contact the church office.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Littlefield Church received a letter from The Rev. Dr. Allen D. Timm, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Detroit.

He thanked us for giving to Shared Mission, Special Offerings and Per Capita of the Presbytery in 2016. The total amount of our contributions in 2016 was $9,541.12. Of this amount, $3,500.00 was Shared Mission and $1,452.32 was Per Capita that the Session had in the 2016 budget. Church & Society Committee contributed $1,000.00 from their budget to community missions and hunger programs. The balance, $3,588.80 was gifts that you all made to the Cents ñ Ability Hunger program and Special Offerings. The Session thanks you for your generous support of our 2016 budget and your extra giving to Special Offerings and the Cents - Ability hunger program. These contributions do not include all that was given to the Presbyterian Women programs during the year. God is good all the time and we are truly blessed.

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.