MINISTER - FRAN HAYES

Twenty-two years is a long time. As I prepare to move into the next chapter of my life, I give thanks to God for the joy and privilege of being Littlefield Church's pastor and leader–for the relationships we have formed, for the learning and laughter and tears we've shared together, for the baptisms and weddings and funerals, potlucks and picnics, for our worship and prayer.

Over the years, we've grown together in the way of love. Littlefield is a place where people are nurtured and challenged to grow in their faith. We have shared God's love and promoted interfaith understanding in a variety of ways, including the annual interfaith prayer service and Peace Camp. We have touched people's lives through our hunger ministry, Taizé service and the Engage Book group. We've glorified God through our worship and work, and we've made lots of beautiful music together. We've grown in our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ and part of the Beloved Community.

Now, it's time for a new chapter for Littlefield Church and for me. In my next chapter, I hope to serve God in some new ways. I've taken the training to be a Transitional Minister, which I could do part-time or short-term in congregations that are in transition. And I look forward to having more time with family–especially my granddaughter!

It's time for a new chapter for Littlefield, too. The Session is working on finding a Transitional Minister or Interim to be your next pastoral leader, and to help you discern a faithful future for Littlefield's next chapter.

Our pastoral relationship will end on May 31. After that time, I will not be available to provide pastoral services at Littlefield. Specifically, I will not be available to perform baptisms, wedding, funerals, or provide pastoral care for the members of Littlefield. It's the policy of our presbytery that a former pastor will speak and act in ways that support the ministry of your new pastoral leader, and will not meddle or comment on actions of the session or the congregation. The reason for these boundaries is so the congregation can move on into your next chapter. Because I love you all, because I care about the health of the congregation, I need to not function as your pastoral leader-- so that your new pastor becomes your pastoral leader as he or she performs pastoral duties like funerals and weddings.

I want to express my appreciation to those who organized the wonderful retirement dinner and am grateful to anyone who helped to make it the amazing event it was. I've skimmed through the Thank You album and know I will continue to go back and re-read the beautiful, loving notes people wrote, and that I'll enjoy viewing the 200+ photos in the slide show plus the great photos taken at the party. I feel overwhelmed with the generosity of your love gift, which I will put to good use in the process of relocating to be close to family.

I will always be grateful for the years we have ministered together, and I will treasure the memories of this long chapter of our life together. I will always hold you in my heart and pray for your continued growth and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ and his way of love.

In faith, hope, and love,

SCRIPTURE READINGS

June 2
First Lesson-Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Epistle Lesson-Revelation 22:12-14,
16-17, 20-21
Gospel Lesson-John 17:20-26

June 9 sPentecost Sunday
First Lesson-Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Epistle Lesson-Romans 8:14-17
Gospel Lesson-John 14:8-17 (25-27)

June 16 Trinity Sunday
Hebrew Scripture-Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Epistle Lesson-Romans 5:1-5
Gospel Lesson-John 16:12-15

June 23
Hebrew Scripture-1 Kings 19:1-15a
Psalm 42 and 43
Epistle Lesson-Galatians 3:23-29
Gospel Lesson-Luke 8:26-39

June 30
Hebrew Scripture-2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Epistle Lesson-Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Gospel Lesson-Luke 9:51-62

PRAYER MINISTRY

Ask Not What God Can Do For You

Ask not what God can do for you –
He does it every day,
From the first bright rays of sunlight
To moonlight on the bay.
Each day's another blessing –
Each season a delight,
For those who truly know Him
And walk within His light.
His love is everlasting –
His promises are true.
His children know already
What God can do for you.
His words are awe inspiring –
His gifts are free to all,
And He is always watching
Each time a sparrow falls.
He's the Alpha and Omega –
Creator of us all!
Ask not what God can do for you –
Believe and let Him in!
    Clay Harrison


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort,
but where he stands at times of challenge
and controversy.
    Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


TODAY'S CHUCKLE
At 20, you want to be master of your fate
and in charge of your soul. At 50, you'll
settle for being master of your weight and
the captain of your bowling team.


PRAYER
Lord, grant us the strength and courage to
live each day through your grace. Thank
you for keeping our hopes high and our
faith strong.
     Amen

PULPIT SUPPLY FOR JUNE

We welcome the following to our church for Sunday Worship:

Rev. Dr. Allen Timm – June 2
Caleb Jones, M. Div. – June 9
Caleb Jones, M. Div. – June 16
Caleb Jones, M. Div. – June 23
TBD – June 30

MARY CIRCLE END OF YEAR PICNIC
June 3 @ 6:00 p.m.

The Mary Circle will meet on Monday, June 3. Reminder that this is a Salad Potluck.

PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 9

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 9
MUSIC, TEACHER & WORSHIP LEADER RECOGNITION

We hope you will plan on joining 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.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE

On Sunday, June 9, Pentecost Sunday, we will also celebrate and recognize our worship, education and music leaders. What we are blessed to enjoy at Sunday worship every week 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. Please join us at a cake reception following the worship service.

On Sunday, June 16, we will begin our summer schedule of worship at 10:00 a.m. We will also transition to holding our worship service in the air-conditioned Lounge instead of the sanctuary. We will meet every Sunday morning in the Lounge until we begin our fall schedule on September 8.

We are now planning our worship leaders for the summer months. If you are interested in being a liturgist for worship, please contact the church office. If you would like to share 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!

CEREAL FOR SUMMER
Through Sunday, June 9

We are so grateful for all the cereal we have received so far. Thank you! You only have a few more Sundays if you're able to contribute to the Presbytery of Detroit's campaign to help curb hunger this summer.

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Starts June 16
Worship is at 10:00 a.m. in the Lounge
No Sunday school or choir for the summer.
Childcare will continue.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE HYGIENE KITS

The Presbyterian Women will be collecting Hygiene Kits for Church World Service (CWS) beginning June 16. 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. In 2018, more than 244,368 CWS Kits and blankets were shipped to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Cuba in response to the hurricanes. Kits must be returned to the church and placed in the lounge no later than Sunday, July 14. If you are unable to shop and prepare kits, you can donate money for their shipment overseas ($2 processing fee per kit). 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 (available at beauty supply stores like Sally Beauty)
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath-size bar of soap in the original package
  • One toothbrush in the original 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 lounge. Last year we collected 50 kits. Can we increase that number this year?

LITTLEFIELD FOLK SUMMER PERFORMANCES

The Littlefield Folk has a busy summer playing schedule coming up. We have had a couple of private performances for the Alzheimer's Association, with at least one more to go. We have some wonderful opportunities to raise money for Alzheimer's research and to worship with our music.

Our schedule:

June 16 (Sunday) - 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at The Henry Ford Village Chapel. 15101 Ford Rd, Dearborn (at Greenfield Rd). A donation for Alzheimer's research will be taken by HFV.

July 7 (Sunday) - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service at Lincoln Community Methodist Church. 9074 Whittaker Rd. Ypsilanti MI

August 9 (Friday) - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. "Music on the Plaza, Christ Episcopal Church" 120 N. Military Dearborn

August 24 (Saturday Morning) - 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. The Detroit Zoo Walk to raise money for Alzheimer's research. A donation is required to attend. Please see Tammy Croxall for details.

Please join us if you can, and if you can't - please join us in spirit.

EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Our next Engage! Book Group meeting will be Wednesday, June 19. We will discuss White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Before the discussion begins at 7:00 p.m., we will gather at 6:15 p.m. for a pizza and salad dinner. About this book, Amazon states: “Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions that white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality”.

We are currently working on updating the Church directory. This summer we will be issuing a page that includes new members and updates address information.

Our Annual Summer Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 11. We will meet in the Hemlock Park Shelter at Hemlock Park in Dearborn. The worship service will begin at 10 am followed by our picnic. See you there!

2019 PEACE CAMP

PEACE CAMP is just around the corner! Flyers announcing our 2019 Peace Camp have been distributed to our ESL classes. We will be making flyers and registration forms available to McDonald School before the end of the semester, as well. There are flyers available in English and Arabic and Spanish in the library for you to share with friends and neighbors. Registration forms will be available as well from the office.

There are many ways you can serve to spread the word of 'peace' at camp this year:

If you like to work with youngsters you may wish to lead a small group or help with crafts, music or building our 'peaceful community'.

If you want to stay in the background you may wish to help with setting up our Fellowship Hall for the week of camp. We will do that on Monday, July 15, in the early part of the day. Many hands will make light work and we will need some strong ones as well! You may also feel called to help with serving our meals and cleaning up.

If you are not available on the evenings of July 16, 17 & 18 from 5:00 to 9:00 but are available for just an hour or two or just one evening, there are always ways you can serve to help our young people learn about peaceful resolutions to everyday problems. Sometimes just being there to chat with parents or show a youngster how to stabilize a cardboard box or admire our children's handiwork is enough to share the love that nurtures peace building.

There are a couple of things everyone can do between now and July 16:

  • Please pray for good, clear weather for the week of July 15 so our campers and their families will be comfortable in our basement.
  • Please pray for the neighbors in our community to feel they can trust us to work with them and their children.
  • Please pray to hear where you are needed to support Peace Camp this year.
  • Please bring in any odd shaped pressed cardboard forms from packaging to place in the collection boxes that will appear in the lobby at the end of the month.
  • Please watch for more information about Peace Camp 2019 in your bulletins.
  • Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends with children ages 6 to 12 to be campers; and children 13 – 20 to be youth leaders; and others who might want to see what the love of Littlefield looks like in action!

If you have questions about Peace Camp please contact the church office.

More details next month…keep watching and praying!

SUMMER CHILDCARE

It's that time of year again when we are looking for help with childcare during the summer. If you would like to volunteer for one or two Sundays, please contact the church office. Thank you.

SPRING TEA

What a lovely Spring Tea we had on May 11! Our church lounge felt like a Victorian Tea Room and the women who attended certainly graced the space with their finery. The atmosphere was made even more convivial by the beautiful piano music played for us all afternoon. Many, many thanks go out to the many hands that made this happen. We were able to give out five lovely baskets to our raffle participants. That would not have happened without the generous gifts of several of our members and friends. We were able to serve our guests a lovely tea of scones and sweet cream, sandwiches and sweets. And that would not have happened without the generous sandwiches and baked goods prepared by our members. We learned a little about Mother Verses of the 20th century from Diann Dupuis, who also supported our mission with a gift. And, finally, our Mission Fund has grown by almost $600. Thank you to all who sold tickets, brought friends and helped to set up and clean up. We are 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.