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From the Pastor
August 29, 2014
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."
From September 9 to October 23, Cathy and I will be on an ancient pilgrimage called "El Camino de Santiago" which means "The Way of Saint James". Our route starts in France at St. Jean Pied de Port and ends 500 miles away in Spain at Santiago de Compostela, which is in the province of Galicia where my grandfather was from. We will be walking and carrying backpacks the whole way.
In preparation for this, we've been walking about 6 miles per day with backpacks on. My pack feels fine to me and I really don't notice it much. However, I do notice my feet. All of my old boots were rubbing my feet the wrong way, causing blisters. Now I have some new boots that feel better, but as I'm breaking them in I'm still getting blisters. Not as often as before, but they still hurt.
All of us are on a journey as we follow our Lord Jesus Christ, who is Himself "The way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). And sometimes, the Lord rubs us the wrong way as we walk with Him. Loving enemies, forgiving those who've hurt us, and being generous with our time and finances do not come naturally to us. And yet, the Lord still calls us to do things like this which cause the rub.
I am learning that the rub is part of the journey. The pain draws my attention to my dependency on God for every step. In some ways, pain isn't something to be avoided. Rather, it can be a blessing.
Spiritual Transformation Discussion
Small group discussion on Sunday's sermon, this Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Upcoming Events . . .
Mayflower Hosts New Taize Services in Pacific Grove
Mayflower, St. Mary's by-the-Sea, The Christian Church, and First United Methodist Church have joined together to offer a new monthly Taize service on the first Friday of each month from 7-8 pm. The candlelit service includes scripture, singing simple refrains to beautiful music, and contemplative worship and prayer.
Mayflower will host the Taize service on Friday, September 5. Anyone interested in cantoring or playing in the Taize ensemble may contact musical director Heidi Toy.
Celebration of Life services for Dennis Fike
On August 15, 2014, Dennis lost his battle to cancer. He passed away peacefully at his brother's home in Texas. Two celebration of life services will be held; one on Saturday, September 6 at 3pm at Mayflower, and another on Saturday, September 13 at 10am at Pioneer Bible Church in Somerset, CA (6851 Mt. Aukum Road). In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to your local Salvation Army.
At Mayflower, we'll be celebrating Dennis' life with a potluck reception following the service. Please contact Fay McCallister with Congregational Life to let her know how you can contribute to the reception.
I-HELP "Pasta With The Pastors" Fundraisr Dinner
The Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HLELP) will hold its annual fundraiser, Thursday, August 28th - 4:30pm-6:30pm at the San Carlos Cathedral Hall, 500 Church St. in Monterey. Suggested donations for the all-you-can-eat pasta dinner are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 4-11 with an accompanying adult. Children 3 and under eat for free. See the I-HELP web site, wehelpihelp.org, for more information.
Annual Church Picnic
Our annual church picnic will be held immediately following the service on Sunday, September 14 at Whispering Pines Park in Monterey
. The park is located at Pacific and Alameda Streets.
Parking is available on-site.
Family Night @ Mayflower
Wednesday nights is Family Night @ Mayflower. A time for the entire family of God at Mayflower to come together to love, to serve, to grow.
Childcare for ages 0-5th grade is provided during small group time.
Theodyssey Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning September 17, 2014 - May 6, 2015. Registration deadline: Sept. 7, 2014
Curriculum materials are required and may be purchased directly from the Theodyssey web site. Cost is $122.20 for course materials plus retreat cost. Contact Paul E. Davis for more information.
Women's Study: The Daniel Plan
The Daniel Plan starts October 8 Program includes a 30-minute video that includes a segment of Pastor Rick Warren emphasizing the Faith factor and how we can make wiser choices with God's help in order to fulfill his purposes in our lives.
Mayflower Youth Group
The new mid-week Youth Group (middle and high school students), led by Pastor David, will begin on October 29. Detailed information is available in the church office.
All are welcome!
Discussion Concerning Mayflower Presbyterian Leaving the PCUSA
Link: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION REGARDING LEAVING PCUSA
Mayflower is asking the San Jose Presbytery to send a Presytery Engagement Team. Read the letter of request, here. (36k PDF)
Where would Mayflower go? Here are links to two Presbyterian denominations under consideration.
Designated Missions Giving
Would you like to donate to a specific Mayflower missionary? Just write a check to Mayflower Church, and write the missions agency & missionary names on the "memo" line. For example, write "Greater Europe Mission - Drew & Linka Parlee" or "Intervarsity - Steve & Susie Colby". For a full list of our missionaries, see the missions board in the Fellowship Hall.
Mayflower In The Community
Dorothy's Place: A Homeless Women's Ministry
The second Saturday of each month a faithful team of volunteers from Mayflower prepares a meal, drives to Dorothy's Place in Salinas, and lovingly serves dinner to homeless women. Dorothy's Place, run by the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra, maintains the only no-questions-asked emergency walk-in shelter for street women in Monterey County. The team invites you to come along and experience the joy of serving our neighbors - either once or on a monthly basis. Contact Miriam Little to get involved.
"By The Back Door"
We are collecting unopened, unexpired, nonperishable food. The food will be delivered to Dorothy's Kitchen in Salinas, where it is used to prepare daily meals for homeless women. Do you need ideas? Suggestions for donations include: large cans of tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes, bags or sacks of rice and beans, large bags of cornbread mix, packages of pasta or parmesan cheese from Costco, and large jars of canned fruit. If you have any questions or would like to help with the delivery, please call Bill Warne
If you are interested in providing meat products for these guests, please give me a call or call the church office.
Dorothy's slogan is, "Love Loudly," lets hear a big roar from Mayflower.
Monthly Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) is scheduled at Mayflower the first Tuesday and first Saturday of the month; and the 5th Thursday (lodging ony).
Contact Joe Blau if you want to help
Resources for the Homeless
See the 2014 Monterey County Homeless Services Resource Guide online. It includes services for both youth and adults in the areas of emergency shelter, community kitchens, transitional housing, rent assistance, health related services, and food banks.
A hard copy of the guide is also available on the desk in the church office.
Congregational Life Needs Your Help
What ideas has God given you for fellowship and fun for the rest of 2013, or 2014? Join the Congregational Life Team
and share your special skills in organizing, planning, decorating and hosting. Muscle power is
also needed and appreciated. Talk to Fay at church, or leave your name and number at the church
office and Fay will be in touch with you.
Mayflower Library Is A Treasure Trove
Did you know that there are nearly 3,000 books cataloged and ready to be checked out in our Mayflower Library? From daily devotionals to books on psychology, evangelism, pastoral care, missions, addiction and 30 additional Christian-based topics, the library is a treasure trove of reading available to our church members.
Special thanks to Teri Cotham who has worked diligently, behind-the-scenes, to catalog our books into a computer database to better track and inventory our works. Teri has spent four months getting the library in order before her move later this month to Gardnerville, Nevada. Thanks Teri for all you have done for us.
You can now search for a book by title or author (first or last), on line.
Builder's Plaque on the Historic Mayflower Pipe Organ
Read about the Mayflower's historic pipe organ
Mayflower Presbyterian Preschool
We are now accepting registration and enrollment for our Standard Preschool Program and our Cooperative Preschool Program.
Ages 3 years to entering kindergarten.
Preschool is now in session
Office Hours: Monday, Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Visit the Mayflower Presbyterian Preschool web site.
CA State License # 274411613.