The Pumpkin Walk

 

 

 

 

 

The Pumpkin Walk

Hurry, hurry, hurry  🙂
Come children and parents, too.
It’s Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

At the church –
Kids “treated” with games.
Safe fun – no one “tricked.”
The music plays shoom, shoom.

‘Round, ’round, ’round
Until the music stops.
Around the chairs they march,
Quickly – chop chop.

Pumpkins for children,
From a short or loooong walk.
“Listen for your number.”
“Be careful, don’t you drop!”

Chomp, chomp, chomp,
Popcorn, and candy made like cotton.
Apple cider to wash it down,
This day won’t be forgotten.

Ha, ha, ha,
A funny puppet show.
Then the Gospel message,
For the kids to know.

Slowly, slowly, slowly 😦
Go children and parents, too.
‘Twas Pumpkin Walk time again,
For everyone like you.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Pumpkin Walk © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Pumpkin Walk / Harvest Festival / Fair / Celebration, or Hallelujah Night, etc. are used by many churches as a safe alternative to Halloween.  Plus this is an outreach to the community.   I’ve taken some of those Harvest Festival and school Pumpkin Walk memories and put them in the above poem.

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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2018 Calendar

 

 

 

 

2018 Calendar

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Greeting the New Year – 2017

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Greeting the New Year – 2017
Ephesians 6:12

This last year was kinda bad.
We had a lot of problems.
We look ahead to this New Year
To see God continuing to solve them.

There was the plumbing deluge,
Then Mom became ill last Winter.
They laid Dad off at the factory,
And then the broken printer.

The truck needed a new battery.
It was done before its years.
The radiator leaked like a sieve,
And our rent was in arrears.

The electric bill soared so high,
And now it’s the water heater.
U.S. politics didn’t go our way,
And food too scarce for eaters.

We know it’s really not these things,
But how to them we react.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It’s those spiritual forces who us attack.

It doesn’t depend on how we feel
Or even what we do.
It’s whole-souled trust in God above
That always gets us through.

— Charles B. Mayes

Greeting the New Year – 2017 © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Was 2016 a good year for you?  Is every year a good year when we follow Jesus Christ?  Is there such a thing as a bad day or are all days good in Jesus Christ?

When we follow Jesus, how can we have a bad year or day?  We may have a day with many challenges.  We may have a hard day, but with Him we can see the blessings of each day.  This is not an easy thing.  It is a very hard thing sometimes, but it is a necessary thing as we thank Him and see what He does for us yearly and daily.

And when I don’t trust enough,
Whatever “enough” is,
I ask Him to supply that trust
And He always gives.

[From “Running to the Cross” – 2014 – Charles B. Mayes]

I want to thank those who followed my website regularly in 2016, and some for several years! Also I’m happy for each of you who stop by time to time. May God richly bless all of you in 2017!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

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Curtain Up!

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Curtain Up!

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
This New Year’s drama starts
With you on the stage,
As the foot and spotlights
Both shine bright.

Not a lark.
You’re excited, yet fearful
In this program to embark.

All thespians ready to move
Through each scene
With dilemmas quite a few.
Plots thickens as characters careen.

You trust your Heavenly Director,
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Dealing with the lying antagonist.
Dealing with the sacrifice.

Whether showstopper or upstaged.
Whether dialog or soliloquy.
No bit parts here.
The finale is Heaven’s eternity.

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
A New Year – looking ahead.
With Christ, nothing to dread.

— Charles B. Mayes

Curtain Up! © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

I usually write something here about my poems.  The inspiration for this one comes from two persons.  The first is my high school speech teacher, Joan [/Jo-Ann/] Murray-Hogan.  She taught English, speech, broadcasting, and drama; and is currently active in productions. The second is Steve Dini, a TV personality, who has been teaching high school broadcasting and drama for many years.

Thank you for following this website. I also appreciate those dropping by for a visit. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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A New Year Resolution

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A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future.   We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future.  Our part is being
faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

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Many of the followers of this blog have received it for one year or close to it.  Thank you!  Welcome also to those who stop by right here at this website.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Old Fashioned American Thanksgiving Dinner

 

 

Old Fashioned American
Thanksgiving Dinner

Put the turkey on the table.
See it golden brown.
Then bring the mashed potatoes.
The best feast in town!

With heads bowed
Around the table, hush –
Now thank the Lord out loud
For what He’s given us.

Hot rolls, kept warm
Covered by the cloth.
Turnips, corn, and peas,
A wonderful eating thought.

Sweet potatoes
With marshmallows on the top.
All that food.
We couldn’t even stop.

Coffee, tea, milk,
Water, and soda pop.
Drink quickly down
Pretty much nonstop.

Pimento stuffed olives,
Gravy on potatoes and meat.
Plenty of pickles and cranberry sauce,
Complementing  replete.

All kinds of desserts
With mincemeat and pumpkin pie,
Whipped cream on top,
All that meets the eye.

Good conversation
Between every bite,
Catching up on things,
Giving each the spotlight.

All enjoyed,
Can tell this now.
This great Thanksgiving Dinner
Was a blessing, Wow!

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.
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We should always be thankful for the daily food that God gives us.  Many can have an old fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner.  Many cannot.  We should provide help for those who need help with food.

I am thankful for those who read my blog.  Have a wonderful reminder of this  Thanksgiving Day!

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems.  The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of
International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description,  price,  payment,  and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you.

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Are You A Thanks Giver?

 

 

 

Are You A Thanks Giver?

Are you a thanks giver
As you walk along your way?
Do you remember to really
Thank God when you pray?

Do you talk to God
Like the Friend He really is
Thanking God for what
He constantly daily gives?

Are you thankful
Only for earthly things,
Or also for things heavenly
Does your heart sing?

Do you thank Him
Through good and bad?
Do you keep thanking God
No matter how happy or sad?

Are you a thanks giver
As you walk along your way?
Do you remember to really
Thank God when you pray?

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to  http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.
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We can never thank God enough for what He was done for us.  We tend to thank Him for material things, but should also remember the spiritual things.  The first is that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Rescuer and Leader.  This is not only something that happens when we trust Him, but continues to happen now, and in the future.

I am thankful to God for all of you who follow my blog whether by email; web browsers; or Linkedin.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems.  The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of
International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description,  price,  payment,  and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Mother and George Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and George Washington

The Father of our Country’s
Birthday is today.
It’s memorable,
But not in only one way.

Because, you see, our dear Mother
Was born on this day, too.
She remains such a blessing
For me and also you.

With ice cream (a la mode)
As we eat our cherry pie,
We’ll remember George and Mother
We cannot tell a lie.

So, we see that we are double blessed,
In 1918 Mother, and George 1732.
Both meaning so much to all of us,
Born on February Twenty-Two.

– Charles B. Mayes

Mother and George Washington Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I really appreciate my followers and those who find my blog.  I am so grateful that you read my blog and prayerfully hope that you will be blessed as God has blessed me!

I am thankful to Meredith Williams, Director of Publications, among other things,  at my alma mater, Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO, mentioning my book,  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems [including The Missionaries].  This in the current Winter 2012 Compass.

Meredith has also put together the booklet, In the Midst of the Storm  –             “stories of the Joplin Tornado and the presence of God.”  Please take time to read it.    [ See http://www.occ.edu/Tornado/ ].

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),       A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you.

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My Bible Is My File Cabinet

My Bible Is My File Cabinet

My Bible is my file cabinet
I’m ashamed to say.
I use it for filing
The things I need each day.

In Genesis and Exodus
I put my schedule – when I come and go,
In Numbers the church budget,
And employment applications in Job.

In Joshua, sports ministry
And the church’s Walk-A-Thon,
To build a larger building
Seven times bigger than this one.

In Chronicles some history
Of our church so long ago.
In Psalms and Proverbs
Poems and quotes so apropos.

In the Prophets pictures
Of Pastors past.
With the biography of the one
We got at last.

The church bulletins set in Hezekiah.
Which really isn’t a book.
I just put this in the poem.
To see if you were taking a look.

A crocheted cross in Matthew,
To Mark the Gospels’ trace.
In Acts, with missionary newsletters,
Some tracts prayerfully placed.

In the Letters, one from my Aunt Mary,
With Peter and Paul,
It’s getting pretty full now.
I hope it will hold them all.

And in Revelation
An old weather forecast – history,
It looked like rain,
But it’s always a mystery.

But even after Revelation,
In “The Helps,” you see,
Church workers names and emails,
Email back – I hope, to help me.

And in the very, very back,
Scratch paper – a slew – for message notes,
To be placed in whichever Books
From which the sermons are, for us folks.

So now you see my system,
For this I’m getting a name.
My Bible is my file cabinet,
For this I am ashamed.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.  Note:  The illustration is not to be used in any way without permission from GospelGifs.com.

This poem is from the book, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes, 2011.  The foreword  by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor, International Christian Center, San Jose, California.

I prayerfully hope that you will be blessed by the messages of these poems.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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