MINISTER – FRAN HAYES

“Lord, is this the time?”

There's so much bad news in the world–– so much fear and anxiety and hatred. Our hearts have been heavy with the news of the precious lives lost in Manchester, England and a promising young college graduate in Maryland, stabbed to death by a white supremacist. In the 24–hour news cycle, we haven't been hearing much about refugees in the past few months, but a few days ago we heard that more than 30 perished when an overcrowded boat listed while trying to reach Europe from North Africa, and that most of the bodies recovered were toddlers. A caravan of Coptic Christian pilgrims were on their way to worship when they were massacred by terrorists. In our nation's capital, politicians are debating matters that include who deserves to have enough to eat and adequate, affordable medical coverage, how we will care for the environment, and much more. The litany of losses and pain and fears and struggle is long.

In the forty days following the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his followers a number of times. He continued to talk with them about the kingdom of God. But they were still living under Roman occupation. There were still people who were poor and hungry and marginalized. Things were still not right in the world.

When Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem, where they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, they asked, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus answered, “It isn't for you to know these things. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” Then they saw Jesus lifted up, and a cloud––which the Bible uses as a symbol of God's presence––lifted Jesus out of their sight. They came to understand that things were never going to be the same, that everything had changed, because Jesus had ascended into heaven.

More than two thousand years later, we are still waiting and wondering. Like Jesus' first disciples, we long for a better world. We have a hard time living in the midst of pain and injustice and conflict and loss. In the Ascension story, two men who look a lot like angels ask the disciples why they were standing around and gawking up at heaven. Then, the story tells us, the disciples went back to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Our faith tells us that, in the midst of challenging times, there are reasons to hope and to live expectantly. The Spirit is working in and among and through us and will give us the power to live into God's future.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

June 4 Pentecost Sunday
First Lesson–Acts 2:1–21 or Numbers 11:24–30
Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
Epistle Lesson–1 Cor 12:3b–13
Gospel Lesson–John 20:19–23 or John 7:37–39

June 11 Trinity Sunday
Hebrew Scripture–Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 8
Epistle Lesson–2 Corinthians 13:11–13
Gospel Lesson–Matthew 28:16–20

June 18
Hebrew Scripture–Genesis 18:1–15 (21:1–7)
Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
Epistle Lesson–Romans 5:1–8
Gospel Lesson–Matthew 9:35–10:23

June 25
Hebrew Scripture–Genesis 21:8–21
Psalm 86:1–10, 16–17
Epistle Lesson–Romans 6:1b–11
Gospel Lesson–Matthew 10:24–39

PRAYER MINISTRY

If You Meet God in the Morning, He'll
Go With You Through the Day

“The earth is the Lord's
and the fullness thereof” —
It speaks of His greatness,
It sings of His love,
And each day at dawning
I lift my heart high
And raise up my eyes
to the infinite sky…
I watch the night vanish
As a new day is born,
And I hear the bird's song
On the wings of the morn,
I see the dew glisten
In crystal–like splendor
While God, with a touch
That is gentle and tender,
Wraps up the night
And softly tucks it away
And hangs out the sun
To herald a new day…
And so I give thanks
And my heart kneels to pray—
“God keep me and guide me
and go with me today.”
– Helen Steiner Rice


SCRIPTURE
Every day will I bless thee: And I will praise they name forever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy, The Lord is good to all: And his tender mercies are over all his works.
– Psalms 145: 2, 3, 8, 9


PRAYER
Lord, may I grow more like You each and every day.
– Debbie Macomber

WORSHIP COMMITTEE

On Sunday, June 4, we will 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 teaching 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 at a cake reception following the worship service. Sunday, June 4, is also Pentecost Sunday this year, so traditionally we invite you to wear the colors of red, orange or yellow to symbolize the tongues of flame that appeared as the Holy Spirit came down to the disciples.

If you have difficulty reading the print size in our pew Bibles and Hymnals, we now have large print copies of the Glory to God Hymnal as well as the Bible available for use during worship. These books can be found on the rolling carts by the front and back entrance to the sanctuary.

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!

PENTECOST & THE OFFERING

On June 4, Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit as a bringer of new life. With the spirit's coming, we no longer need to settle for business as usual but can know the transforming, redeeming love of God that makes the impossible, possible.

Gifts to the Pentecost Offering unite young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.

The Pentecost Offering is the 2nd special offering of the Presbyterian Church each year. 60% of the money collected goes to GA and 40% remains at Littlefield. For the last several years, we have used our portion to help support our Peace Camp program. The GA divides their portion up 3 ways: using 10% for the national “Educate a Child” initiative, 25% for ministries with youth, and 25% for Young Adult Volunteer opportunities. The goal of the “Educate the Child” initiative is for Presbyterians to better the lives of 1 million children in the next 3 years. Young Adult Volunteer opportunities use some of its 25% to train and equip Young Adult Volunteers to engage in faithful and thoughtful mission at 15 sites around the U.S. and 6 around the world.

Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $11 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God's family. They are the future of our faith and world.

PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 4

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

TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE

Our next Service is Tuesday, June 6, 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!

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Starts June 11
Worship is at 10:00 a.m.

No Sunday school or choir for the summer.

Childcare will continue.

EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Over a year ago, we began our Engage! Book Group. In the April 2016 Life At Littlefield edition, we wrote: “The purpose of this group is to meet throughout the year in order to engage with fiction and non–fiction works which challenge us to be God's witnesses in a world worth saving. We are calling the group Engage! (with the exclamation mark) to remind us that we are to be engaged in the text, engaged in the times, engaged in each other's concerns, and engaged in making God's presence known and felt in the world.” Over the past year, the Engage! Book Group has read several challenging and engaging books that have helped to expand our consciousness relative to social justice. During the past months, we have had several people participate in our discussions who have never before been to Littlefield. It has been a time to meet new people and discuss the relationship between our faith and our actions.

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.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Sunday, August 6, for our Annual Worship in the Park in the Hemlock Shelter in Dearborn's Hemlock Park. This year our outdoor service falls on the first Sunday of the month which means that we will also be celebrating communion on that day. Of course, the church picnic immediately follows the worship service. Come rain or shine and enjoy a time of worship, food, and fellowship.

16th ANNUAL PEACE CAMP – July 18–20

Peace Camp will be here soon and for the 16th year! On July 18, 19 & 20 our Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a creative space for children, 6ñ12 years old, to make a neighborhood of peace. They will sing songs, share meals, play games and learn the tools for living peacefully in community.

As usual, we need YOUR HELP to make this a successful 3 days for the campers. If you are able to help out with set–up, food preparation, registration, crafts, clean–up or working with small groups of children, please place your name on the Peace Camp Volunteer Sheet that you will find on the Library table.

If you are not able to be there to help, you can still participate by sharing registration forms with youngsters you know, or by bringing in some of the following items that we can use: staples, staplers, construction paper, craft/tissue paper, yardsticks, cardboard tubes from inside any paper products, shoe boxes, paper egg cartons, and packing corners/supports that the children can use as architectural features. Just bring these to church and place in the collection boxes in the Littlefield foyer or the narthex. This year we DO NOT NEED: newspapers, silk flowers, ribbon, yarn, fringe, fabric, beads, wrapping or wall paper, dairy containers, or anything Styrofoam. If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Registration forms in English, Arabic and Spanish will be available from the office, on our web site, or the Library table. We will again be collecting school supplies at Peace Camp for needy children.

Please join us in this intergenerational community experience!

PEACE CAMP 2017 – DATES AND TIMES

Thursday, July 13 – Registration deadline for children

Monday, July 17 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
–Orientation for youth and adult leaders

Tuesday, July 18 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
– First day of Peace Camp

Wednesday, July 19 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– Second day of Peace Camp

Thursday, July 20 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
– Last day of Peace Camp
Outside rally, parent visitation and Ice Cream Social

WORSHIP & PICNIC IN THE PARK

The summer season is almost here!

We hope you will join us for our Annual Church Picnic on Sunday, August 6, 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. So that proper planning for food can be accomplished, look for the sign–up sheet on the Library table closer to the event day.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

On Sunday, May 21, we surprised Rev. Hayes with a cake during the coffee hour to celebrate her 20 years at Littlefield. Actually, the 20 years were on Mother's Day but Fran was away on study leave and for a quick visit with her son and his family.

Thanks, Fran, for 20 good years serving God together at Littlefield Church. We look forward to more.

MUSIC AT LITTLEFIELD

Wednesday evening, May 24, was a special night at Littlefield as our fourth annual concert fundraiser for music was held in the sanctuary. The evening began with the Littlefield Folk Group performing two selections. This included the composition by Pete Caldwell for “The Longest Day,” a fundraising event held to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. Various solos and duets from our Littlefield vocalists and instrumentalists followed. Our special guests, the HFC Chorus and Blue Fusion Vocal Jazz Group, under the direction of Kevin Dewey, performed a number of selections from Paul Simon to Broadway show tunes including a tribute to the late Mary Tyler Moore. The Littlefield choir then shared several of their favorite selections. The concert concluded with the all the vocalists joining together for the Hallelujah Chorus, the soulful version, and a final benediction. Over 80 people were in attendance and over $700 was raised! After the concert, a lovely reception was held in the library. We thank all of the musicians and others who helped make the evening a success, including our greeters and ushers, and the Presbyterian Women who coordinated the reception. And thank you to all who donated so generously to keep music alive and well at Littlefield!

SPRING TEA

On Saturday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m., our church lounge was filled with the sound of soft piano music, conversation and the aroma of freshly baked scones. The PW's eighth annual Spring Tea was underway. Over forty women gathered to enjoy ëtaking Tea' in true Victorian style. We were entertained throughout by our own Alonzo Luzod on piano. We were served finger sandwiches, scones and sweets by our friend Kari Gorman and her helpers. We were entertained and enlightened further by The Tea Time Players of Littlefield Church in a program entitled, “ONE LUMP OR TWO? the evolution of tea.” And, our guests were generous and bid well on our Silent Auction! It was a huge success on two fronts ~ one, everyone had a very good time and two, we raised over $815 for our Mission Fund!

Fund–raising can also be fun–raising! Thanks to everyone who participated!

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.