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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

In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me.
Psalm 71:1-2

Pastor's Pen


"Tell me a story," we four siblings and cousins often asked our grandmother. We never tired of hearing grandma's southern stories, or those of our father. They were imaginative and informative. Their stories imbued us with a perspective on the world, and gave us a sense of place in that world. We laughed and cried, because we often laughed until we cried!

The Bible performs a similar function. The characters and stories of the Bible imbue us with a worldview, too. The Bible also helps us find our place in this world. The biblical worldview stands in sharp contrast with our culture.

There are sixty-six "books" in the Bible, thirty-nine in the Old Testament (OT) and twenty-seven in the New Testament (NT). We read and study the "books" of the Bible in context, as we should (and this is good). But some of the "books" are not books at all. Along with narrative stories (proper books) there are "books" of poetry and prophecy in the OT. In the NT there are gospels and letters. Both old and new testaments contain scary apocalyptic "books" of the end times.

Though each "book" has its own merit, they also stand together and form a meta-narrative — a grand story. The grand story is "the drama of redemption." The drama of redemption unfolds in seven acts: Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, Expectation (the interlude), Restoration, Mission, and Consummation. Each act moves along the story of the history of the world and the kingdom of God.

The main character in the drama is God himself. But we must find ourselves in the drama of redemption too. That is the subject of Sunday's message. Please, join us as we consider the drama of redemption, and our place in it.

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 . . .

Strategic Planning Workshops

The Mission Study Team, in it's final phase of work, is leading a two-day strategic planning workshop. The workshop will be held Friday, August 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All congregants (members and non-members alike) are encouraged to attend.

This is your best opportunity to influence the future direction of the church, and the selection of our permanent pastor.

The 7-hour process begins by defining our values, and ends with establishing specific goals and objectives for the next 12-18 months. Each hour of the workshop builds upon the previous hour. This group planning process is a key moment in the life and future of our church - please come and participate!

I-HELP FUNDRAISER: Pasta with the Pastors

Pasta with the Pastors Flyer

Join hundreds of community supporters as together we raise funds to support the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) – now in its 24th year. The event is Thursday, August 25th, 4:30pm-6:30pm at San Carlos Parish Hall, 500 Church St in Monterey

Potluck & Body Life Communication Meeting

Please bring a dish to share on Sunday, August 28. We will gather after the service to share a meal together, and hear the Mission Study Team present it's report.

Annual Church Picnic

Our annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, September 11 at Whispering Pines Park in Monterey. The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. In the Fellowship Hall after the service, you may sign-up to 1) bring a dish to share, 2) request your entree(s) of choice, and 3) sign-up as a picnic helper/volunteer. Please bring your own drink. Suggested donation: $5 per person, or $10 per family. Please sign-up for the picnic by August 31, to allow our Congregational Life Team enough time to shop and prepare for the event.

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 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

"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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