I have always been amazed at how fast life can change. Things are one-way one day, and totally different the next. One day everything in your life is going well, the next day everything has fallen apart. One day it appears that there is no hope for your situation, the next day your problem has been solved. Many changes can occur over the course of one day.

That was never truer than the day Jesus rose from the dead. When the body of Jesus was placed in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the day He was crucified, that was a dark and terrible day. As the sun went down that night, so did the hopes and dreams of all the Lord's disciples and followers.

But, once again, what a difference a day makes! From that tragic Saturday to a glorious Sunday, the world changed forever.

Why is the day Jesus rose from the dead so important? That day is important because the events of that day have made a difference in every day that has and will follow that day. That day makes a difference because what happened that day has influenced many people. That day is important because what happened that day can make a difference in your life today.

Some people still live in Saturday. I am here to tell you today that you do not have to stay in that condition. The Lord can roll away the stone from your heart. He can lead you out of your darkness into His light, out of your death into victory.

In the 6,000 years of recorded human history, the most important message that has ever been heard is this, "He is not here, for He is risen!"
   Caleb Jones, M. Div.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

July 7
Hebrew Scripture-2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Epistle Lesson-Galatians 6:1-16
Gospel Lesson-Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

July 14
Hebrew Scripture-Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82
Epistle Lesson-Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel Lesson-Luke 10:25-37

July 21
Hebrew Scripture-Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Epistle Lesson-Colossians 1:15-28
Gospel Lesson-Luke 10:38-42

July 28
Hebrew Scripture-Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Epistle Lesson-Colossians 2:6-19
Gospel Lesson-Luke 11:1-13

August 4
Hebrew Scripture-Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Epistle Lesson-Colossians 3:1-11
Gospel Lesson-Luke 12:13-21

August 11 Worship in the Park
Hebrew Scripture-Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Epistle Lesson-Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Gospel Lesson-Luke 12:32-40

August 18
Hebrew Scripture-Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Epistle Lesson-Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Gospel Lesson-Luke 12:49-56

August 25
Hebrew Scripture-Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Epistle Lesson-Hebrews 12:18-29
Gospel Lesson-Luke 13:10-17

PRAYER MINISTRY

SCRIPTURE
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
   Luke 18:27


Summertime
Don't you love the summertime
With its warm and gentle breeze
That lingers in the valley,
Softly sighing in the trees?
When the birds are sweetly singing
And comes the early dawn,
Don't you wonder what they say,
Talking back and forth in song?
Don't you love the fragrant scent
Of the blossom's sweet perfume
That steals through an open window
To make heavenly each room?
Now that Summer's almost here,
Don't you wish it would stay?
Then do not waste a moment -
Enjoy Summer while you may.
    Kay Hoffman


THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.”
    Vincent Van Gogh — Painter (1853-90)


PRAYER
Lord, thank you for our growing faith, for our
strength, for our health and for all blessings
we can receive from your love when we
prepare our hearts for prayer. Amen.


TODAY'S CHUCKLE
A pessimist may not know what he wants,
but he knows he'll never get it.

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. We will stay in the air-conditioned lounge until we resume our normal worship schedule on September 8 at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, the Adult Bible Study class will resume on September 8 at 9:00 a.m. and the Childrenís Sunday School class will resume during worship. Watch your bulletins for more information.

Have a safe and spiritually refreshing summer!

PULPIT SUPPLY

We welcome the following to our church for Sunday Worship:

Rev. Renee Roederer – July 7
Rev. Keith Provost – July 14
Regina Jemison, M. Div. – July 21
Rev. Marjorie Wilhelmi – July 28
Rev. Jill Mills – August 4
Elder Caleb Jones, M. Div. – August 11
TBD – August 18
TBD – August 25

LITTLEFIELD FOLK SUMMER PERFORMANCES

s 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:

  • 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 fors Alzheimer's research.
    A donation is required to attend.
Please join us if you can, and if you can't - please join us in spirit.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE KITS COLLECTION

The Presbyterian Women will continue to collect Hygiene Kits for Church World Service (CWS) through Sunday, July 14. See the list in the June issue of Life at Littlefield or take a flyer from the table in the Lounge.

When August rolls around each year, we begin to see school supplies on sale in the stores. Beginning on August 4, we will start our traditional collection of CWS School Kits. There will be cloth bags available for you to take home and fill with the required supplies found on the list below. The deadline for returning the School Kits will be Sunday, September 1.

  • One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
  • Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
  • One 30-centimeter / 12" ruler
  • One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
  • One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
  • Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers, removed from the package
  • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
  • One 12"x14"to 14"x17" finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag with handles

More information and lists of kit contents can also be found at www.cwskits.org.

MISSION AND OUTREACH

Cereal for Summer: Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Cereal for Summer Campaign. We collected 96 boxes thanks to Littlefielders and several community members. 90 of these boxes were delivered to McDonald School and were distributed to their 50 Blessings in a Backpack recipients. They were very grateful! The other six boxes went to the collection at Cherry Hill Presbyterian. What an easy yet beneficial way to help our community. Thank you for your generosity!

Cents-ability Offering: Our next Cents-ability Offering is Sunday, July 14. It will have been 112 days since our last collection on March 24. At 2 cents-a-meal, 3 meals-a-day (6 cents/day) we will have collected $6.72. So many of us are fortunate not to have to worry about where our next meal will come from. Wouldnít we be truly doing Godís work if we helped others have that same security? Donations from this offering will benefit Littlefieldís commitment to our Blessings in a Backpack program.

Blessings in a Backpack: Thank you to all Littlefielders who participated in Blessings in a Backpack this year by contributing time and donations (and jam making!). So many students benefited from this program – many of them right here in our neighborhood. When one student recipient was asked if he liked receiving the food each week, he said he has several siblings at home and itís the only thing he can call his own. This program is definitely touching the lives of our youth and we are fortunate we can be a part of it.

19th ANNUAL PEACE CAMP
July 16-18

By the time you read this article Peace Camp will just be a couple of weeks away. July 16, 17 & 18 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thanks for all the support our team has received so far. We hope to have about 24 campers ages 6 – 12 from our church community and our neighborhood. We hope to have about 6 or 8 Youth Leaders ages 13 to 20 to assist our Adult Leaders.

We invite all of you to come any evening and see what Littlefield Love In Action looks like. Plan to attend our ìshow and tellî and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 18, at 7:45 p.m. to see what our campers and their Youth Leaders have done. Peace! Peace! Begins with me! Letís be the best that we can be!

May God bless our endeavors to build bridges and create unity through understanding and love.

Let us make this a memorable Peace Camp!

EVANGELISM AND MEMBERSHIP

Our next Engage! Book Group meeting will be Wednesday, August 7. We will be discussing “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. We will gather at 6:15 p.m. for a pizza and salad dinner. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. About this book, Dave Eggers of the New York Times Book Review states: “Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many- layered mysteries that also happen to be true. As a reporter, he is dogged and exacting, with a singular ability to uncover and incorporate obscure journals, depositions and ledgers without ever letting the plot sag.”

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. If you have any directory information that needs to be updated, please let the office know.

Our Annual Summer Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 11. We will meet in Hemlock Park in Dearborn. The worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by our picnic. A few weeks before the picnic, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can designate what dish you will be bringing. As in the past, Littlefield will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.

WORSHIP SERVICE AND CHURCH PICNIC IN THE PARK
AUGUST 11

We hope you will join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 11, 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 ìSplash Padî 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 lounge or call the church office.

THANK YOU, PASTOR FRAN!

Pastor Fran's retirement was recognized at the June 25 meeting of the Presbytery of Detroit held at Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian Church. Several Littlefielders attended and were invited to come forward and stand with Fran, while a lovely tribute was read in honor of Fran and her many years of service to Littlefield. She received a standing ovation from the presbytery members in attendance.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY

Every church in the denomination must have a Sexual Misconduct Policy. Littlefield has had one since 2015 and it was recently revised in the process of updating our Manual of Operations.

While we would all hope and pray that there will never be an incident of sexual misconduct at Littlefield, it is always possible. To that end, it is important that those in church leadership read the policy and then agree in writing not to violate the policy. If you would like to review the updated policy, there is one on the table in the lounge for that purpose. If you would like to review it online, it can be sent to you.

Within the last week, many of our church leaders, including staff, members of the Session and the Board of Deacons, Sunday school teachers and all committee members, have been sent a copy of the policy. They have each been asked to review the policy and then sign their agreement over the next several weeks. We will repeat this process at the end of the year and hopefully get on a calendar year routine.

If you have questions about this process or would like to see a copy of the policy, please check with the church office.

FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP

We are sad to report that we have ended our association with Greater Sonora Early Learning Prep. Greater Sonora is a successful provider of pre-school and day care services on Detroitís East side. However, after several years of trying, they were unable to obtain a contract within the federal Head Start program for their Littlefield location. With low enrollment and the lack of Head Start support, they were unable to continue to cover expenses. We wish them continued success at their East side location.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!

As you travel this summer, staying at hotels/motels, please remember the Presbyterian Womenís 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 lounge for donations.
Thank you.

THANK YOU

THANK YOU for your contributions to the Pentecost Offering. We collected $415 to support ministries with children and youth. Our portion will be used to help with Peace Camp expenses.

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.