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Sunday Schedule:

 Classes . . . 
 One Worship Service: 10:15 am
 Child Care Provided: 10:10 am in the Nursery (CE Building)
 Children's Church: after Children's Sermon, escorted to 1st Floor of CE building
 Middle & High School Youth after Children's Sermon, meet in 2nd Floor of CE building
led by Gary Williams

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Celebrating 100 Years

    We are a church that believes in the miraculous power of the risen Christ

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

Pastor's Post

"Nick-Names & Epithets"

Crystal the Pistol. Bimbo. Baby Donnie. Sandi Loo Hoo. These were the Harris kids' nicknames. Why Crystal the Pistol? Well, it rhymes doesn't it? Besides, it was characteristic of my older sister. I hasten to add that my older brother's nickname, "Bimbo," was not an epithet at the time. It was the title of a popular song recorded in 1953 by Jim Reeves and, the next year, by Gene Autry. Bimbo became the No. 1 song on the Billboard Magazine country chart in January 1954 (the year my brother was born). Baby Donnie? I guess they thought they were done having children when I was born. Surprise! The derivation of Sandi Loo Hoo, the real baby, is reminiscent of our infatuation with Dr. Suess. It's the truth, even if we didn't like our nick-names, we knew they were terms of endearment.

Epithets are different, they sting like a verbal slap in the face. Yes, I was taught to ignore name-calling, because sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Epithets are words used to break the spirit, wound the soul, and embarrass the life out of someone.

So it was with Martin Luther. He had a prophetic nickname, the Swan. But he also endured an epithet meant to vilify his character and behavior. He was referred to as "a wild boar in the Lord's vineyard." Why was Martin Luther vilified by some and endeared by others?

Sunday is Reformation Sunday. Martin Luther is known as the father of the Protestant Reformation. So, I will present a biographical sermon about Martin Luther with stories explaining the origin of his nickname, the source of the wild boar epithet, and lessons we can learn from Martin Luther's life.

by His empowering presence,
Pastor Don

Memorial Service for Wallace Granstrom

NOVEMBER 3, 1944 - OCTOBER 23, 2016

Our beloved Wally passed away peacefully, in his home, surrounded by his family. After several years of declining health he is now at peace. He loved and was deeply loved by many. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Rev. Fred and Lilly Granstrom. Wally is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Melissa, son Joshua (Sarah), brother and best friend Wes (Laura), brother in law John Hoffman, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.

A service will be held on Saturday, October 29. Viewing is from 2 - 3 pm, and the memorial service from 3 - 4 pm at the Paul Mortuary, located at 390 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. After the service, all are invited to a gathering of friends and family at the family home in Marina (3350 Tracy Court). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Ships at

Thank you to our Youth

Youth Sunday

Youth Provide Music Offering on Youth Sunday (Oct. 23, 2016).

Mayflower Children, Youth, Families and Friends Enjoy Beach Bonfire

Last Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016), our Mayflower families with children and youth gathered with friends at Asilomar beach ... read more

Memorandum of Understanding

View the proposed Memorandum of Understanding discussed in the Oct. 2, 2016, Sunday meeting.

Upcoming Events . . .

Hour of Prayer

You're invited to join us on Wednesday evenings, 6 - 7 pm for an hour of prayer dedicated to the important and exciting steps ahead as Mayflower prepares for, and calls a pastor.

In light of the Body Life meeting that was held last Sunday, and the inspiring prospect of moving forward with the support of our friends from Carmel Presbyterian Church, we have a great opportunity and responsibility to pray for our leadership, the teams, and the future pastor.

If you are in a small group, may you dedicate some of your prayer time to this process. Specifically pray for: The advisory team; Rick Duncan as he seeks financial support. Mike Murphy as he makes contact with church planters and other organizations seeking qualified, trained pastoral leaders. And for the future pastor who God is preparing for ministry here at Mayflower.

Children Lead Us in Praise

Moving our bodies while singing a praise song can help sink the meaning deeper into our souls. Besides, it's fun! Our children sing almost every Sunday in their Sunday school classes, often doing motions to the key words, sometimes creating the motions themselves. On Youth Sunday in September, kids in grades 1-5 led our congregation in doing motions to the praise song "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High." Since then, they've enjoyed creating motions for "Indescribable." Consider what a challenge that could be! They're up to it, though, and on our next Youth Sunday, October 23, they'll be down front helping us praise our "Indescribable" Lord in song and motion. Don't miss the joy!

Celebrating "Re-Formation" Sunday!

Sunday October 30th will be a very special day of celebration and commitment at Mayflower.

Along with other historical milestones (The Reformation-500 years; and Mayflower Church-125 years), we will celebrate the marking of a new beginning for Mayflower as we re-plant. Each of us will have the opportunity to re-commit ourselves to the Mayflower body in covenant partnership.

We will hold a Body Life meeting along with a special potluck lunch. Please put this on your calendars, and join in this special celebration!

"Over 55" Adult Bible Study

A Bible Study for adults 55 and over will meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 7:00 pm, starting, October 7 at the Davis's residence. The location will rotate between the Paul and Joan Davis and Lynn and Fay McCallister residences. Please call Joan or Fay for more information.

Women's Bible Study

The Thursday morning Women's Bible Study group will be beginning a new study on Thursday September 22. The study is titled, "A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything," by Lydia Brownback. All women are invited to join us on Thursdays from 9:30am-11:30am. Contact Ellen Harris with any questions.

In the Office

Kristin Guertin and Cheryl Puckett are now both working in the church office. Kristin is present Mondays through Wednesdays, and is focused primarily on administrative duties. Cheryl is present on Thursdays and Fridays, and is focused more on communications and design (logos, letterhead, advertisement and graphics). Office hours continue to be 8:30am to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Mayflower Church — Quick Look

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Mayflower Safe Church Policy

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:13-14

Mayflower's Safe Church policy enacts procedures to protect those persons most vulnerable to abuse, namely our children and susceptible adults. Mayflower's policy addresses safe procedures to protect all vulnerable persons, with primary focus on preventing child abuse.

Mayflower's leadership assumes responsibility to establish the safest possible worship environment, but implicit responsibility lies with all church members and regular visitors to proactively implement the policy to safeguard our church family.

First Touch Volunteers Needed

We are grateful for those who arrive a little earlier on Sunday mornings and prepare fresh brewed coffee for us! The First Touch ministry team is looking for a few more volunteers to help set up or clean up. No experience necessary! See Cathy Smith for details.

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

I-HELP Dinner

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

I-HELP Ministry Update

Mayflower has been involved for many years in the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). A group of about 20-25 men come to our church on the first Tuesday and first Saturday of each month; we provide them a nourishing meal, a warm safe place to sleep, and a sack lunch the next day. We have a dedicated team of more than a dozen volunteers who participate each month; we enjoy our fellowship with each other and the men, and are blessed by the opportunity to serve Christ through this ministry. You are welcome to join us! We often need extra hands, especially on the first Saturday of the month. Perhaps you could bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to accompany the meal, or assist with making lunches.

A particular need at this time is someone to help with morning check-outs. This volunteer assures the church is left clean (in my experience, the men always do a good job of cleaning), gives the men their sack lunches, and locks the church buildings. It's an easy, 20 minute job, but does involve arriving at church early in the morning (any early risers out there... perhaps someone who lives near the church?). You wouldn't have to do it every time; we will have a rotation schedule. If you would like to join us, please contact me.

Joe Blau
Mayflower I-HELP ministry coordinator

Dorothy's Place: A Homeless Women's Ministry

Dorothy's Place in Salinas is a ministry of the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra. One of their programs is Dorothy's Kitchen, which was "founded with the desire that all people who are hungry in our community should come and eat". On the second Saturday of each month, a team of Mayflower volunteers lovingly prepares and delivers a meal for the homeless at Dorothy's. To participate in this ministry or get more information, contact the church office. You may read more about Dorothy's place at

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.

Learn about Small Groups and Motorcycles at Mayflower.

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