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led by Chris Olsen
The class is starting "In the beginning," i.e., the book of Genesis.
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From the Pastor
January 23, 2015
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
"QUESTIONS FROM GOD"
For the past two weeks we've been involved in a series of sermons about the questions that God has for us. We started out with the question that God asked the Prophet Elijah, "What are you doing here?" Last week we looked at the question that God asked Job, "Where were you when....?" This Sunday we'll consider that question that Jesus asked the disciples. "Who do you say I am?"
In asking the question, Jesus gives away the answer. One of the names for God in the Scriptures is, "I AM." In answering the question, the Apostle Peter says, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16) Jesus tells Peter that he has given the correct answer. Jesus goes on to say that the correct answer was revealed to Peter by God the Father.
So, who do you say Jesus is? We'll wrestle with this question together on Sunday. God will help us with the correct answer as well.
Upcoming Events . . .
Donations for the payoff of the church building loan are needed by January 31. Please make payments out to Mayflower Church and label for building loan.
Youth Group Gathering
Mayflower Youth Group meets each Wednesday night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The group is led by Pastor David and Allison Hornisher. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend - invite your friends and neighbors! A snack is always provided.
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.
Small Group Study: The Daniel Plan
The Daniel Plan starts February 4 and will continue through March 18, 2015. The group meets for six Wednesday evenings through March 18th, with no class on Ash Wednesday (Feb.18th). Registration forms are available in the church office, and at the Mayflower Connection table. Men and couples are welcome to the group.
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.