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| ||Adults' Bible Study||9:00 a.m. in Room 14 (Library)|
led by Chris Olsen
The class is starting "In the beginning," i.e., the book of Genesis.
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From the Pastor
May 15, 2015
"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and I myself may be in them."
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
After much prayer and reflection I have come to the conclusion that the Lord is calling me away from this congregation to serve as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah, CA. My resignation as the pastor of this church will be effective August 31, 2015.
Since the day I came to be your pastor on December 1, 2008 I have been blessed with your unfailing love and support. We have served the Lord together and we have seen God bless our ministry. Numerous people have come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we created the Mayflower Presbyterian Preschool, we hired a Children's Ministry Director, we reestablished our own youth program, we remodeled the sanctuary organ, and Mayflower is now a part of the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
It has always been an honor and a privilege to serve the Lord with you. No pastor could hope for finer elders, deacons, congregation, and church staff.
This has been a very painful decision for me to make. I love you and the entire congregation very deeply. However, in order to continue serving in the US Navy as a chaplain, I must be a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). ECO is not yet able to endorse pastors to serve as military chaplains. The San Jose Presbytery will not give me permission to serve at Mayflower and remain a pastor in the PC(USA). If I leave the PC(USA) I will lose my ecclesiastical endorsement which enables me to serve in the US Navy.
I have been working for the past three years with the leaders of the San Jose Presbytery, ECO, the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel, and the US Navy Chaplain Corps to reach a solution that would enable me to remain at Mayflower and continue serving as a military chaplain. Recently, all of the parties involved have concluded that this is not possible.
I know that God will continue to lead and provide for this church. It is with this confidence that I entrust to God's faithful care this beloved congregation. May you always remain faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and grow in God's grace.
Rev. David B. Rodriguez
Upcoming Events . . .
Men's Marriage Group Study at Carmel Pres.
She is God's special gift to you . . .
If you're married or engaged to be married, consider joining your brothers at Carmel Presbyterian Church for a Tuesday evening (7 - 8:30 pm) men's bible study starting May 19th.
See flyer for more information.
Community Hymn Sing at Mayflower
On Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 pm, Tom DeLay will play many well-known hymns on the organ, and a dessert reception will follow. Please join us for a wonderful opportunity to experience fellowship with our church family.
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.
Daughters of the King
Women's small group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All women are welcome.
Good Old Days Booth
We invite you to volunteer for a two hour block of fellowship and outreach at our Good Old Days booth (on April 11 only), as we share the programs that Mayflower has to offer with our wider community. Contact Bill Warne with questions or to pick your favorite times.
Many thanks to those who served us Easter breakfast last Sunday!
Thanks also to Fay McCallister and the Congregational Life team for making the Fellowship Hall so welcoming. Breakfast volunteers included: Jim Hogan, Kevin Little, Jonathan Logan, Lynn McCallister, Jimmy and Rory Ryan, Dan Sakoda, Lexie Sakoda, Dick Stebbins, Cleve Thayer and Gary Williams
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.
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
A brief update on the I-HELP program
It has now been one year since Shelter Outreach Plus discontinued its support for I-HELP, and the churches came together to continue the program on the Peninsula. The program is still alive and doing well! We have had so much support from so many people in the community, and all of the wonderful volunteers in the various churches. The Pasta with the Pastors fundraiser brought in about half of the money needed to keep the program going, and we have also received generous donations from various churches and individuals to provide the rest of the needed funds. The program recently incorporated as a new non-profit called Outreach Unlimited, which is envisioned to be an umbrella organization for I-HELP as well other ministries. We have a Board of Directors, and we have hired a new part-time coordinator, with a wealth of experience, including past work at Shelter Outreach and Dorothy’s Place. He will be filling a number of roles, including counseling the men, assisting them in finding jobs and permanent housing, helping them set goals, and holding them accountable. He also has some good ideas for getting donations of food and supplies from local retailers, and increasing collaboration between the churches, various non-profit organizations, and other local community groups.
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.