Life at Littlefield
LITTLEFIELD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
7560 Littlefield Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-1699
PASTOR: NANCY BASS, CRE
I admit, I am a F.R.O.G. There, I've said it. Your newly hired Interim Pastor is an avid animal lover — the furrier the better. Lately however, I've taken to the amphibious world of frogs. (I wonder if this has anything to do with moving into a new house that just happens to have a 120-gallon salt water aquarium built into one of the walls?) But the F.R.O.G. to which I refer is the species that Fully Relies On God. This F.R.O.G. has become a very good and close friend during the past several years of my ministry.
Several years ago, now, a small congregation in the City of Roseville, made a courageous decision: Erin Presbyterian Church decided their only way forward was to leave their building behind. While this was bittersweet, the blessing in disguise allowed for their joining with a faith community in Warren to continue God's work and mission. After two years of work at First Presbyterian Church in Warren, the time was right to move on. The blending of two individual congregations into one unified congregation was complete. Time to F.R.O.G.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better in the coming months — and grateful that name tags are provided for all your bright, and welcoming faces. I seek your grace in helping put names to faces and patience as I navigate practical things like ‘new to me’ sound systems — there might be another learning curve when we move back to the Sanctuary space ;-) I commit to keeping a F.U.N. office. (Forgiving, Understanding, and Never too Busy). If the door is open, please stop in and share a cup of coffee with me. I am eager to learn about and live into the faith community at Littlefield. I understand that things might not always go perfectly or as you might hope, but with openness in our conversations, giving (and receiving) grace where needed, and keeping the foundational love of Christ in front of us, we will explore our future.
On a more personal note, my son, Jeremy, just recently graduated from University of Detroit Law School and passed the bar Exam in March. Adopted cats Tigger & Monty amuse me daily. I enjoy photography, needle arts (knitting & hardanger), gazing at the stars, reading, and watching sports (especially football). This past season was my 15th year volunteering at The University of Detroit Jesuit High School Football Program — Go Cubs! Naturally all of my interests happen around a good cup of coffee! Music has always been an important part of my life and I can't ever remember not having a piano in my home. For the past 30 years on Sunday mornings, I have sung in the church choir, feeling it was a small way to give back to God.
I look forward to growing in our spiritual journey together and discerning what God has in store for us at Littlefield.
Grace and gratitude,
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Epistle Lesson-Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Gospel Lesson-Luke 14:1, 7-14
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Epistle Lesson-Philemon 1-21
Gospel Lesson-Luke 14:25-33
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Epistle Lesson-1 Timothy 1:12-17
Gospel Lesson-Luke 15:1-10
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Epistle Lesson-1 Timothy 2:1-7
Gospel Lesson-Luke 16:1-13
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
Epistle Lesson-1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gospel Lesson-Luke 16:19-31
KING SOLOMON'S INSIGHT
Most of us know all too well what that moment is like —- the panic that sets in when we realize we've made a major mistake at work. When we fall out of good graces with the person in charge, life can be very stressful. Such times tempt us to scramble to make amends or to just give up, defeated. King Solomon, the most powerful ruler of Israel, offers some insight about dealing with such an experience. The king's advice? Don't panic. Be calm. Listen well. Speak with a matter-of- fact, honest spirit. Solomon tells us that such a response will go a long way toward making amends.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
Bravery is being the only person who knows you're afraid.
Lord, today I pray for all those struggling. Give us strength to hold fast to what we know is right even in the face of conflicting opinions and advice that is well meaning but off the mark. You alone can supply the peace of mind we need to get through the toughest of times. Stay close to us, Lord, and amaze us with your works! We thank you for our many blessings. Amen. (Taken from a Woman's Daily Prayer Book)
If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness will undo great offenses.
SEPTEMBER 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Light, prayer and music are woven together in a contemplative prayer service. Short, simple songs, repeated again and again, help one enter into a meditative state. Thus, this meditative singing becomes a way of listening to God. All are invited, regardless of faith background and age, to come and renew your spirit. You are invited to dress comfortably and casually. Invite a friend!
FALL SCHEDULE BEGINS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8!
FALL SCHEDULE BEGINS ON SUNDAY,
Adult Sunday School
@ 9:00 a.m.
@ 9:30 a.m.
@ 10:15 a.m.
@ 10:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School -
when excused from worship
WORSHIP & CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Christian Education begins for Children and Adults:
Sunday, September 8, is the first day of our fall schedule. The Adult Bible Study class will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Lounge on the first floor of the Education Building. All are welcome to attend and the time allows choir members to attend class before choir rehearsal begins.
Children's Sunday School will begin the same day. Children, ages 5 to 10, will sit in the worship service with their family until released for Sunday School, which meets on the second floor of the Education Building. Children's SS will only be offered three Sundays per month. On the first Sunday of each month there will be no Children's SS, and children will remain in the service with their parents. Childcare will be available every Sunday for children 4 and younger.
Music Ministry at Littlefield:
The adult choir will begin on Sunday, September 8, with rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. and welcomes everyone who wishes to praise God with their voice. We normally rehearse before the service at 9:45 a.m. and after the service from noon to 1:00 p.m.
If you are interested in joining the vocal choir or sharing your musical talents in our worship service, please see Lonnie. Thank you to all who shared their musical talents with us during the summer months.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE SCHOOL KIT COLLECTION
Many of you may know of Church World Service from the local CROP walks. Church World Service, an agency supported by many denominations, responds to the needs of people in poverty situations and in disaster relief all around the world. We have often packed School kits, Hygiene kits and Baby kits in response to disasters such as earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.
However, they are always in need of kits and we hope that the members and friends of Littlefield might respond by packing School Kits this fall and bringing them to the church by Sunday, September 8. Be sure to take advantage of the sales of school supplies happening now. You can find the lists of school kit contents at cwskits.org.
If you are not able to pack kits, but would
like to help with this project, you may
contribute to the costs of shipping the kits by
making a check out to Church World Service
and sending it to Littlefield and we will forward
it to CWS with our kits.
Thank you for your help!
September 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
If you have an interest in this Women's Circle, please contact the church office. The study will be over the introduction and first chapter of Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments. This circle normally meets the 1st Monday of every month and shares a devotional, study and dessert. All women are welcome!
INTERFAITH PRAYERS FOR PEACE:
On the Sunday before the International Day of Peace, we will be joined by neighbors from the Muslim and Jewish communities, as well as some Christians who care about building interfaith bridges.
People of faith and goodwill need to come together to strengthen bonds of friendship, to increase understanding, and to find ways to pray and work together for peace in our communities, in our nation, and our world. During the 10:30 a.m. worship service, we will practice respectful presence as we share the wisdom of our various traditions and pray together.
May we make new friends and leave with greater hope and resolve to meet again and to work together for peace in our communities and the world.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY GROUP
September 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
The group will continue studying Interrupting Silence, God's Command to Speak Out by W. Brueggemann. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with the lesson/discussion over Chapter 6, The Crowd as Silencer, to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Lounge. If you have any questions or need a book, please contact the church office. All men are invited!
68TH AAUW BOOK SALE
Dearborn Ice Skating Center
14900 Ford Rd.
For more information, please see the website:
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY AND
PEACE AND GLOBAL WITNESS
EVANGELISM & MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
On August 11, we held our Annual Picnic. Fifty-three people gathered in the Hemlock Shelter to worship, to fellowship, and to share food. We were all thankful that the weather was perfectócool, dry and sunny. Many thanks to all who were there.
Our next Engage! Book Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16. We will be discussing Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit. We will gather at 6:15 p.m. for a pizza and salad dinner. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. The New Yorker states: “[Hope in the Dark is] an elegant reminder that activist victories are easily forgotten, and that they often come in extremely unexpected, roundabout ways.”
During the month of August, the Deacons distributed the 1-page Directory update. If you did not receive the update, please contact your Deacon.
MISSION & OUTREACH TEAM
Blessings in a Backpack Fundraiser Concert:
Soiree success! On Saturday, August 10, Manuela Blankinship and her friend Carolyn Blackmore (from Christ Episcopal) hosted a delightful event to raise support for the Blessings in a Backpack Program. Soiree Musicale was an intimate evening concert by Caruela Duo (Manuela on piano and recorder and Carolyn on piano, recorder and voice) held at Carolyn's home in Dearborn. The duo played 3 sets of various repertoire, ranging from Barbra Streisand and international folk songs to Bach and Saint-SaÎns. In between sets the guests enjoyed a delicious spread of summer refreshments and conversation around the garden. The program director Chris Burkhalter made a short presentation at the conclusion of the evening about the Blessings in a Backpack program and how it benefits so many local Dearborn Public School students. Approximately 50 people attended the fundraiser, 8 of them from Littlefield. Between concert attendees and added donations, the event raised over $1,100 for the program. What a wonderful way to use God's blessings to bless others. Thank you, Manuela, Carolyn (and Tom the bouncer) for your talent, time and generosity to this program.
Littlefielders are amazing! Thank you for
your generous donations to our Cents-ability
Offering in July. Your 2-cents-a-meal added up
to $260! That's a lot of meals! Your generosity
will be split between the Presbytery of Detroit
Hunger Program and our commitment to
Blessings in a Backpack, where we will be able
to help feed some McDonald School students
over the weekend. Our next Cents-ability Offering
will be on Sunday, November 10.
What Generous Littlefield Hearts!
What Generous Littlefield Hearts!
STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
In my last article I reported that Greater Sonora Early Learning Prep has vacated our pre-school area in the lower level of the education building. This presents us with a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is financial. It will be difficult to develop a balanced budget without income from the rental of this space. The opportunity is to be able to offer this excellent venue to others who may be interested. It is 3,300 square feet of space with an office, kitchen and rest rooms, certifiable for day-care or pre-school use. The amount of rent we were receiving from Greater Sonora was $1,000 per month. This is the bare minimum we will consider for use of this space. Many thanks to those who helped paint and restore the area.
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.