Dear Mayflower Church Family,
My family and I want to thank all of you for making Beverly's memorial service such a great success! The music, the food, the decorations, the audio, the visual, the at-home meals, the flood of consoling cards, all were so wonderful and appreciated. Thank you all again.
Roger Newell & family
Upcoming Events . . .
Congregational Meeting October 26 - Members' Vote
Members, please attend this important meeting on Sunday! At this time, we will vote on the Terms of Dismissal from the PC(USA). Come a few minutes early to church, register at the table in the Fellowship Hall, and receive your ballot. There will also be a brief period of time to register and receive your ballot immediately after the service. Ballots may be cast only when they are called for during the meeting. Although non-members may not vote, they are encouraged to attend the meeting.
Dear Mayflower Church Family,
This letter is to announce a special meeting for the members of Mayflower Presbyterian Church to vote on the terms of dismissal of Mayflower from The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014 after the regular worship service.
The terms for the dismissal are a $35,000 assessment at 4.25% for 10 years with no prepayment and a full payoff of the outstanding loan Mayflower has with PCUSA for $95,000.
Copies of the Essential Tenets of ECO and ECO's polity have been placed on the table at the 14th Street entrance. Copies of forms describing the final financial costs of dismissal, including a dismissal pledge form, will be in Sunday's bulletin, and are also on the table.
While only members may vote, we encourage all to participate and attend.
In His Service,
The Mayflower Session
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.
Community Hymn Sing
A Community Hymn Sing will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 2. Invite your friends and neighbors!
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.