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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.
| ||One Worship Service: ||10:15 am|
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From the Pastor
Aug. 27, 2015
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
"May The Lord Bless You And Keep You"
During these past three months since I've announced my resignation, I have been busy finalizing my ministry with you. Saying good-bye and tying up loose ends is never easy. I wish I could have spent time with each and every one of you to give you a blessing. I will miss all of you. You will always been in my thoughts and prayers.
So, as I depart, I would like to leave you all with this blessing:
May the LORD bless you and Keep you.
May the Lord cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace.
Now and forever more. Amen.
Dear Mayflower family,
I am currently in Portland, Oregon with my son, daughter-in-law, and beautiful grandson Wendell. I had hoped to be with you on David's last Sunday. But, Wendell was 11 days late and born by c-section, so my family needs me to stay for a couple of extra weeks.
I want to thank you for warmly welcoming me each time I worshiped with you. And, thanks as well for graciously allowing me the freedom to worship elsewhere. God has lavishly gifted each member of Mayflower. I loved that you are a congregation of faithful prayer.
May God enable each of you to grow into the likeness of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A Salute to Pastor David
The Mayflower Session thanks and salutes Pastor David Rodriguez for being Mayflower's shepherd for almost 7 years. Pastor David led our church faithfully, graciously and with humor. Many came to salvation during his watch and the Children's and Music Programs grew. Pastor David launched the Mayflower PreSchool and Wednesday morning chapel for the preschoolers. He started a mid-week youth meeting for mid and high school students. He brought Tom DeLay to Mayflower and worked along side him to add many pipes to our historical pipe organ. Pastor David served as a member of the Praise Team playing his guitar. In addition, he led the selection and installation of a new sound system.
We are thankful for his sermon series and teaching about the Good and Beautiful God, Life and Community series as well as the Sermon on the Mount, the Abides sermons and the Old Testament study. Pastor David traveled many miles to visit our shut ins and provide in-home Communion with the deacons. If a congregant was scheduled for surgery, he would be there even if it was in San Francisco! Many memorial services for Mayflower saints were conducted beautifully reminding us of our home in heaven.
As a naval reservist, he traveled many miles to lead and serve wounded warriors and developed suicide prevention and care program guiding other naval chaplains to minister to military personnel.
Under his leadership, Mayflower completed a mission study and transitioned to the Evangelical Covenant Order.
He regularly collaborated with pastors on the Monterey Peninsula to provide Taize services and a Palm Sunday service in the Berwick Park.
Pastor David encouraged us to have fun as showed us how to by being a scuba diver with other men in our Christmas Talent Show.
We wish him the best as he goes to Ukiah Presbyterian Church and hope he will visit us
when he is in our area.
Upcoming Events . . .
Perspectives Class at Cypress Church
Perspectives will give you a whole new understanding of how God's plan to extend his Kingdom develops from Genesis to Revelation. Course runs Monday evenings August 17th - December 14th at Cypress Church, 681 Monterey-Salinas Highway.
Contact Joyce MacKenzie or Jeannie Petrinovich for more information. To sign-up, go to www.perspectives.org. Go to classes, click on CA map and scroll to Fall 2015, click Monterey-Salinas
23rd Annual Pasta with the Pastors
Join hundreds of community supporters to raise funds for the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), Thursday, August 27, 4:30 - 6:30 pm at San Carlos Parish Hall, 500 Church St., Monterey. Suggested donations for the all-you-can-eat pasta dinner is $15 per adult and $10 per child (ages 4-11). Free for ages 3 and under. See the flyer.
August 30 - Farewell Luncheon for Pastor David
Special Meeting of the Congregation
On Sunday, August 30, immediately after worship, there will be a Special Meeting of the Congregation. The purpose of the meeting is to dissolve the pastoral relationship between the Rev. David Rodriguez and the Mayflower Presbyterian Church.
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.
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.
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