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 Adults' Bible Study9:00 a.m. in Room 14 (Library)
led by Chris Olsen
The class is starting "In the beginning," i.e., the book of Genesis.
 One Worship Service: 10:15 am

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From the Pastor

November 26, 2014

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:3)

"KEEP THE THANKS IN THANKSGIVING"

Tomorrow we'll be celebrating a national holiday, Thanksgiving. To help us remember why we're doing this, here is a portion of the original Thanksgiving Proclamation made by President George Washington on October 3, 1789:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and-Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

Your Pastor,
David

Citation: US Library of Congres


Last chance to get rid of extra weight (in coins)

Only one more Sunday remains in November for you to feed the turkeys at church with your spare change. After that, the kids will count all of those pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to see how much money they can add to the rest of the Deacons' Fund that is collected on the first Sunday of each month. Don't wait! Dig around for spare coins. Maybe your friends and neighbors would like to get rid of some extra weight, too! Tell them that it will all go to help people in need at Christmas time.


The Deacons' Corner

Dear Mayflower Family,

The holiday season is upon us - Thanksgiving is tomorrow and Advent begins this Sunday, November 30! In the past your generous donations have enabled Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas gift cards to be shared with families in need and with our missionary families. In recent months, our church has also helped church members with groceries, phone and gas money among other needs.

For Christmas, there will be stockings to fill for both the homeless ladies of Dorothy's Kitchen in Salinas, and the men of I-HELP who come to share a group meal and sleep safely inside.

By doing all this, we reflect God's love by helping those in need. If you know of a need within our church family, please contact any Deacon (names listed on back of Sunday's bulletin).

Thank you from the Mayflower Deacons


Upcoming Events . . .


Thanksgiving Morning Gathering at Lover's Point

Join us for a long-standing Mayflower family tradition (started by Kelly Harper in the 1990s). We gather beginning at 9am on the grassy picnic area of Lover's Point park in Pacific Grove for a prayer of thanksgiving, a potluck breakfast, and fellowship!
See you there!

Poinsettia Dedication Orders

Poinsettia dedications will appear in the November 30 bulletin. Thank you for your orders!

Mayflower Mid-Week Youth Group

Next Youth Group is Wednesday, December 17 - and it's a Christmas Party! Middle and High School students, come from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Invite your friends - pick up flyers at the The Mayflower Connection table in the Fellowship Hall. Questions? Talk to Pastor David or Allison Hornisher.

Mid-week Youth Group is back at Mayflower Middle- and high-school students....get ready for games, food and fun with Pastor David every Wednesday night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Invite your friends!
For more information contact the church office.

Family Night @ Mayflower

Family Night Banner

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

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.


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

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 Bill Warne or Miriam Little. You may read more about Dorothy's place at www.dorothysplace.org/ourwork.

"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.

Thank you,
Bill Warne

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

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.


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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