MINISTER - FRAN HAYES

As some of you know, I've been part of the Poor People's Campaign. It launched the Monday after Mother's Day. Which was fifty years after the first Poor People's Campaign was held after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's death. Last weekend, I traveled with part of the Michigan PPC “family” to be part of the rally on the National Mall and to march with thousands of people from around the country to deliver a statement to Capitol Hill about the need for justice for the poor in our nation.

In the Poor People's Campaign, we've learned a number of songs that were written by the movement “theo-musicologists” to give voice to our call for justice. One that keeps going through my head says, “Somebody's hurting our children, and it's gone on far too longÖ. And we won't keep silent anymore.” Other verses name “my brother,” “my sister,” “our planet,” and so on.

When people asked Jesus what the most important commandment is, Jesus quoted the Shema from the Hebrew scriptures: “Love God with everything you've got, and love your neighbor as yourself.” When they asked him, “But who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.” (Luke 15)

In the Creation story in Genesis, we hear God saying, “Let us make human beings in our image.” I believe our scriptures teach us to see each person as being made in imago dei, in the image of God, and that we are called to love every person as a beloved child of God. If we do see each person as made in the image of God, a neighbor, a brother or sister, then we will care when they are hurting, and we won't be able to be silent. If we believe that God is love and calls us to love all God's children, it will trouble us to hear people in power dividing people into “us” and “them.” When we see marginalized persons or migrants being rejected or dehumanized or oppressed or hear those in power speaking of them as less than human, can we be silent?

We follow Jesus the Christ, who inaugurated his earthly ministry by announcing that he came to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free. So, it made me especially proud to be a Presbyterian when the General Assembly took up a special offering and then marched to the detention center in St. Louis to deliver nearly $48,000 to a group that provides bail money to non-violent offenders who can't afford bail.

So many of our brothers and sisters and neighbors are hurting, and many other neighbors long for a way to work together to make a difference. My hope and prayer is that we will grow in our sense of “family” and live more and more fully into the beloved community, where everyone born has a place at the table, where “God will delight when we are creators of justice!”

Peace…Salam…Shalom.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

July 1
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Gospel Lesson-Mark 5:21-43

July 8
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
Epistle Lesson-2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Gospel Lesson-Mark 6:1-13

July 15
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel Lesson-Mark 6:14-29

July 22
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 2:11-22
Gospel Lesson-Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 29
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 11:1-15
Psalm 14
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 3:14-21
Gospel Lesson-John 6:1-21

August 5
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 5:1-12
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 4:1-16
Gospel Lesson-John 6:24-35

August 12 - Worship in the Park
Hebrew Scripture-2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel Lesson-John 6:35, 41-51

August 19
Hebrew Scripture-1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel Lesson-John 5:51-58

August 26
Hebrew Scripture-1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43
Psalm 84
Epistle Lesson-Ephesians 6:10-20
Gospel Lesson-John 6:56-69

PRAYER MINISTRY

Scripture
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for God is with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9

Vacation with God
Lord, what a relief it is to know that whether I'm going to the corner grocery store for milk and eggs or on a multicity adventure via planes, trains, and automobiles, you are with me. You never have a scheduling conflict, and you are more necessary than my car keys or boarding pass. Thanks for always coming along, Lord. Some days I could hardly take a step outside my house without leaning on you.
— A Women's Daily Prayer Book

God's Tender Care
When trouble comes, as it does to us all God is so great and we are so smalló But there is nothing that we need know If we have faith that wherever we go God will be waiting to help us bear Our pain and sorrow, our suffering and careó For no pain or suffering is ever too much To yield itself to God's merciful touch!
— H. S. Rice

Thought for the Summer
Failure is one of life's most powerful teachers. How we handle our failures determines whether we're going to simply “get by” in life or “press on.”

Prayer
Lord, we have so many reasons to be thankful; let our attitudes be a reflection of the many blessings we have received. Amen

WORSHIP INFORMATION

Remember that summer vacations are a wonderful time to bring friends to Sunday Worship in a more casual setting at 10:00 a.m. If the weather is too hot, we will move the service to the Lounge. Please look for signs on Sunday mornings indicating that we have moved the service. We will resume our normal worship schedule on September 9 at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, the Adult Bible Study class will resume on September 9 at 9:00 a.m. and the Children's class will resume during worship. Watch your bulletins for more information.

Have a safe and spiritually refreshing summer!

MISSION AND OUTREACH

Cereal for Summer:
Thank you all for so generously donating to the Presbytery of Detroit's Cereal for Summer Campaign. We collected over 170 boxes! Many of them came from students at Hedke Elementary School in Trenton. 70 boxes were delivered to Westminster Church in Detroit to be distributed locally. 100 boxes were delivered by Lorelei Muñiz to McDonald School and went directly to the 50 students there who benefit from our Blessings in a Backpack program.

Block Party-Saturday, July 14:
We still need plenty of help for our upcoming community event. We are requesting side dish and dessert donations, lawn games and help with set up and clean up.

Littlefield Logo:
We are very excited to present the Littlefield logo, created by Dearborn graphic designer Lisa Thomas. Our block party will be the first opportunity to show off our new logo! If you have more ideas for how we can use our logo at Littlefield, contact the church office. Thanks again to the committee who helped inspire the design.

18th ANNUAL PEACE CAMP
July 24-26

Peace Camp 2018 is around the corner. We hope you have already cleared your calendar for the week of July 23 because a successful Peace Camp needs volunteers! Children of yours, your neighbors', our neighbors' between the ages of 6 and 12 are all welcome to come and enjoy three evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 to have a meal, get to know each other (& us!) and through crafts, music & activities learn some skills needed to build a community of peace. Youth leaders are usually former campers between the ages of 13 & 20. Perhaps you are wondering how you may best serve this free, intergenerational, community experience. Well, here are some of the volunteer opportunities available:

Registration forms ~ You can pick up registration forms from the church office, the library on Sundays or from the church website. Registration forms are printed in English, Spanish and Arabic. Don't wait to register your family or to pass these on to friends! The deadline is July 19, but the sooner we know how many campers and their ages the better for our planning.

Monday, July 23 @ 10:00 a.m. ~ transform Fellowship Hall & adjoining rooms into Peace Camp. There will be no visqueen to lay out but there will be tables to be arranged; signs to be posted & hung; tee shirts & craft items to be set out. There is something for you no matter if you have a strong back or agile fingers!

Monday, July 23 @ 6:00 p.m. ~ youth & adult leaders will gather to learn songs, educational modules, rules and responsibilities. Trudy & Lonnie may need some help with that.

Tuesday, July 24 @ 4:30 p.m. ~ volunteers will be at work setting up the dinner; the registration tables & preparing for campers & their parents to arrive. Then dinner is served (by volunteers!) and the campers start to learn about ëpeace building' at 6:00 p.m. with the help of the volunteers who will work with them on decorating tee shirts; learning songs & chants; leading activities to build community and finally starting to build a community of peace.

Wednesday, July 25 — More of the above with the addition of making Pinwheels for Peace!

Thursday, July 26 — More of the above with the addition of an Ice Cream Social and a Rally outside. Campers' family & friends are invited to come and see what the children have learned and made. Maybe you just want to come to the Rally and Ice Cream Social on Thursday evening at 7:30 to see what has been accomplished! Also, on Thursday we will need to restore the basement rooms for our renters.

Let us know when you are available or what you are interested in helping with and we will let you know the specific time frames involved.

So, you can see, whether you would like to simply come for an hour or two to observe; or spend an evening helping out; or immerse yourself in the Peace Camp experience there is a way you can participate in furthering the understanding of inclusiveness and God's love in our community with our youth. Please let us know by signing the volunteer sheet in the library.

Let us make this a memorable Peace Camp!

WORSHIP SERVICE AND CHURCH PICNIC IN THE PARK
AUGUST 12, 2018

We hope you will join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 12, at Hemlock Park.

We have rented a shelter and will have our morning worship service there at 10:00 a.m. before the picnic. The shelter is very close to the parking lot, accessible to all and has its own bathrooms. We hope you will come and bring your friends for a unique worship experience followed by the usual food and fun. We will provide the meat and buns for grilling, condiments and beverages; you may sign up to bring salad, chips or dessert.

The city has a “Splash Pad” at Hemlock Park! So, bring a towel and a change of clothes if you want to go play in the water!

For planning purposes, if you are attending, please sign up on the sheet in the library or call the church office.

NEXT TAIZE SERVICE
SEPTEMBER 4

Our Taize Worship Service will NOT be offered in July and August.

Join us Tuesday, September 4 @ 7:00 p.m.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
SCHOOL KIT COLLECTION

Church World Service is an agency begun in 1946 and supported by 37 Christian denominations that 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 to serve the global refugee and immigrant communities and we hope that the members and friends of Littlefield might respond by packing School Kits this summer and bringing them to the church by Sunday, September 9. Beginning in late July, we will have cloth bags available that you can take home and fill with school supplies. Be sure to take advantage of the sales of school supplies at the end of summer. We will have the lists of kit contents available in the library, or you may find them 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!
- The Presbyterian Women

EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP

Our Engage! Book Group met on Wednesday, June 13, to discuss Bryan Stevenson's book entitled, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Ten people gathered around the table in the lounge to discuss the injustices committed against the young, the poor, and people of color in the American penal system. All of us were amazed at the grace and stamina of Bryan Stevenson and his staff at the Equal Justice Initiative (eji.org). We thank God for those who take a stand for social justice. This book both inspired us and challenged us.

Our next Engage! book selected is Colson Whitehead's, The Underground Railroad: A Novel. This is a very creative approach (akin to science fiction) which deals with the horrors of slavery. Amazon.com writes: “As [Colson] Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage — and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.” We will meet on September 12 to discuss this novel. Before the discussion begins at 7:00 p.m., we will gather at 6:15 p.m. for a pizza and salad dinner. We encourage all to come.

We are currently printing our new Church directory. Your deacon will be giving you the new 2018 Littlefield Directory very soon. If you already have a directory, the new one will completely replace your current sheets. In other words, you will replace all of the sheets in your current loose-leaf binder with the sheets that you will receive.

We have organized a planning team for our Annual Picnic. If you have not done so, please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 12. We will be meeting at the Hemlock Shelter in the Hemlock Park in Dearborn.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!

As you travel this summer, staying at hotels/motels, please remember the Presbyterian Women's Ingathering is in need of personal care items for personal kits. These kits are distributed to homeless shelters around the Detroit area.

We need SAMPLE sizes of bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, mouthwash and toothpaste. We also need toothbrushes and disposable razors. We do not need shower caps and sewing kits.

There is a basket on the table in the library for donations.
Thank you.

WORSHIP & CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU for your contributions to the Pentecost Offering. We collected $350 to support ministries with children and youth. Our 2-cents-a-meal collection from February was $424.77. Seventy-five percent (required amount) was sent to the Presbytery Hunger Program. We do not have a second collection scheduled yet. God is good all the time. All the time God is good!

MUSIC AT LITTLEFIELD

Tuesday, June 19, was a special night at Littlefield as our fifth annual concert fundraiser for music was held in the sanctuary. The evening began with three rousing selections from The Littlefield Folk group. This was followed by the Littlefield Handbell Choir who performed three classical pieces. The Littlefield Vocal Choir then shared several of their favorite selections from the past year. Various solos and duets from our Littlefield vocalists and instrumentalists followed. Our special guests, the Renaissance Voices, a women's vocal choir under the direction of Kevin Dewey, performed a number of beautiful pieces in a variety of languages from a variety of different locations in the sanctuary. The concert concluded with all the vocalists joining together for our traditional benediction, Peace and Love. Over 75 people attended and almost $600 was raised! After the concert, a lovely reception was held in the library. We thank all of the musicians and many others who helped make the evening a success, including the Presbyterian Women who coordinated the reception. In addition, thank you to all who donated so generously to keep music alive and well at Littlefield Church!

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK

Blessings in a Backpack has ended for this year. Your donations helped fund 50 children per week for 40 weeks. Eligible children get a bag with extra food and snacks every Friday during school. According to McDonald School Elementary principal, there are plenty of smiles every Friday.

Donations are needed to continue this very successful program for next year. We already have $600 for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Please make checks out to Littlefield Presbyterian Church and mark them for “Blessings in a Backpack.” The funds will be forwarded to Christ Episcopal Church who manages the program for Dearborn.

If you wish to learn more about the program, please see the Michigan website at www.blessingsinabackpackmi.org. Thanks to all who have purchased jam or contributed money!

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.