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Sunday Schedule:

 Classes . . . 
 Adults' Bible StudyNote: Starting June 5th, there will be "Purpose Workshops" from 9-10 am in the Fellowship Hall
 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

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.
John 15:10 (NIV)

Pastor's Pen

WHY IS THE TRANSITION TAKING SO LONG?

"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!" Our propensity is to hurry. It is not easy for us to sit in traffic, stand in line, or go through a process. Waiting is especially difficult for action-oriented people. "Movers and shakers" are used to making things happen. But, when the rush is over, we often ask, "What was all the fuss about? Why were we in such a hurry?"

Some wonder, "Why is the Mission Study Team (MST) taking so long?" It is because the ministry of a transitional pastor is to work hand-in-hand with the MST, taking the congregation from its past and into its future through the process of a congregational mission study.

Others thought Mayflower did not need a transitional pastor in the first place. These folk wanted to move on and call a pastor right away. In their view, all the MST needed to do was "dust off" the old report.

According to the New Hope Presbytery "the MST should plan to meet weekly until their task is done. "If they are not prepared to meet that often, the mission study could take a year or more to finish." But Mayflower is not working under ideal circumstances. The transition process is taking so long because Mayflower must resolve systemic issues causing division and the decline of the congregation.

My dear friends, transition is tough, even under ideal circumstances. But, transition is especially challenging when some outwardly and actively oppose the transitional process. We all need to practice patience, longsuffering, and self-control. These godly virtues are the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

I plead with you to be part of the solution by patiently waiting and praying for the MST, and me to lead Mayflower through a healing process.

by his empowering presence,
Pastor Don


Opportunity to Bless International Students

John and Joyce Steers, two of our global partners in mission, reminded us during their recent visit of the many international students arriving here mid-July through August to begin their studies. They need your help . . .

In Appreciation of Shirley Granstrom

Please join the Mayflower staff in acknowledging Shirley Granstrom for her years of service on the Buildings & Grounds Committee. Known as the woman who will "make things happen", Shirley has organized annual church clean-up days, recruited and led volunteers, and tackled such projects as clearing out the basement, redecorating and sprucing up multiple rooms, creating storage systems, and preparing the entrances and sanctuary for worship each week. She leaves a significant void as she moves on from this position. Thank you for your service, Shirley!

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.

Results of the Semi-annual Congregational Meeting

Elders Tim Nico and Charles Mills were unanimously elected to serve. Tim will serve his second term and Charles will complete Charlie Hornisher's term vacated earlier this year.


Upcoming Events . . .

Annual Church Picnic

Put it on your calendars now ~ this is always a very fun day of food, fun, and fellowship! Sunday September 11, following the worship service we will enjoy a wonderful BBQ and family picnic at Whispering Pines Park in Monterey.
More information to follow soon.

What Makes For a Healthy Church?

Reading Schedule: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

On Sunday August 14th Pastor Don will start a new preaching series based on the book, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. You still have time to pick up your copy from the table in the central narthex and read it before the series begins. Suggested donation for the book is $9.00 (half price).

Each following Sunday morning we will meet at 9:00 o'clock to discuss the chapter and apply the sermon.

Date  Chapter
Aug 14  Mark One: Expositional Preaching
Aug 21  Mark Two: Biblical Theology
Aug 28  Mark Three: The Gospel
Sep 11  Mark Four: A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
Sep 18  Mark Five: A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
Sep 25  Mark Six: A Biblical Understanding of Church Membership
Oct 9  Mark Seven: Biblical Church Discipline
Oct 16  Mark Eight: A Concern for Discipleship and Growth
Oct 23  Mark Nine: Biblical Church Leadership

Mayflower Body Life Purpose Workshops

Sundays 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Please come on Sunday mornings and be a part of the discussion!
We will continue to discover what it means to Mayflower and what it means to us individually to:

  • Have a passion for God
  • Have compassion toward others, and
  • Engage in mission to the world (here in PG and beyond)

We believe that when we gather prayerfully, listen to God's Word, and listen to each other, God's purpose will emerge from our sharing and our seeking to be faithful.

Wednesday Night Prayer Meetings

The Mission Study Team invites you to join them for church-wide prayer meetings. Beginning Wednesday, June 8th, we will meet in Mayflower's library from 6 to 7 PM. The particular focus of our prayer meeting is Mayflower's future purpose and direction. Of course we will pray for one another as well. Please join us in prayer as we seek God on behalf of Mayflower Church.


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.

Results of the Mayflower Church Health Survey Are In!

The results from the recent Mayflower Church Health Survey are available here as a PDF (2.3 megabytes). The 110 page report presents results of the survey in chart and tabular data.

Summary: This table lists the results of Mayflower's Healthy Church Survey according to rank, from strong (at the top) to weak (at the bottom). The table also compares the responses of leadership with responses of the congregation.

Table of Survey Results

Transition Schedule-at-a-Glance

November 20, 2015

WE HAVE A TRANSITIONAL PASTOR! The Lord has blessed Mayflower with Pastor Don Harris. Don and his wife Ellen will be coming out from Florida to start on December 5th. Thank you for all of your prayers. We are truly blessed to see what the Lord has done!

The Mission Study Team, is in the process of developing a clear and up-to-date expression of who Mayflower is and where Mayflower is going. Please pray for this team as they continue their work.

The Pastor Nominating Committee is in the process of being formed and will be up for approval by the congregation along with the mission study once it is complete.


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

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


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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