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From the Pastor
July 18, 2014
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
"THE ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY"
This summer, Mayflower is studying the book The Good and Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith. This book is all about being the community that God has created us to be. This Sunday, we'll be looking at how followers of Jesus belong to a reconciling community.
On page 128, James Bryan Smith writes about a false narrative in the church that keeps many from experiencing the encouragement that God brings us from one another:
"The community exists to serve me and my needs. The community should not tell me what to do-that is up to me. We live in a consumer culture. Each day we are treated as a customer, and this leads us to believe we are entitled to have all of our needs met. We have become spoiled. The modern ethos of narcissism is pervasive in our culture and prevalent in our churches. The phenomenon of 'church shopping' reveals our comfort with the consumer narrative."
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I hope you will join us on Sunday mornings for the sermon series on this book. I also invite you to join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm for a study of this book.
Summer Sermon Series
The Good and Beautiful Community book study began Sunday, June 15. Pastor David's sermon series will cover the material in each chapter, followed by chapter discussions on Wednesday evenings. The Wednesday night program will begin on Wednesday, June 18th and conclude on Wednesday, August 13th. The program begins at 6:30 pm with song and prayer, followed by small group discussions from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Mayflower Preschool Summer Program At Reduced Rates
The Mayflower Presbyterian Preschool will have a Monday through Friday summer program during June, July, and August from 8:00 am to 1:00pm.
The monthly rate is $300. There is no additional registration fee, and no enrollment fee.
- Ages: 3 years to entering Kindergarten
- Transitional Kindergarten Program
- Faith Based Curriculum
- Phonics Education
- CA State License: 274411613
For more information, call: (831) 373-0226
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.
"The Good and Beautiful Community"
Join a small group discussion on the summer sermon series and the book, The Good and Beautiful Community, by James Bryan Smith.
Small group discussions are Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. From June 18 through August 13.
All are welcome!
2014 Men's Retreat at St. Francis
A few men of Mayflower spent a Spirit-filled weekend of fellowship and discipleship at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA.
We're looking forward to doubling the size of the group, next year: (tentatively) September 11-13, 2015.
Mayflower Vacation Bible School (VBS)
During the worship service, Sunday (June 15), children who attended VBS blessed the congregation with songs of praise. Many thanks are due to all the volunteers and leaders of the Zoo Crew! We are so thankful and blessed by the children and hope they will learn more about our Great, Awesome and Loving God!
Upcoming Events . . .
Dessert reception for Meagan Wodecki
A reception on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30 will be held for Meagan Wodecki, a former Mayflower kid. Meagan just graduated from UC Berkeley and is going into full time ministry with Campus Crusade. Please join her for dessert to learn about God's calling for her life, and how you can support her financially or through prayer.
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. The first service is on Friday, August 1 at The Christian Church (442 Central Avenue). Mayflower will host the second Taize service on Friday, September 5. Anyone interested in cantoring or playing in the Taize ensemble may contact musical director Heidi Toy.
Memorial Service for Pat Mahaney
A service will be held Sunday, August 10 at 1:00pm at Mayflower for Pat Mahaney who went to be with the Lord earlier this week. A pot-luck reception will follow at Veterans Memorial Park in Monterey
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.
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.