April 4, 2021
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A Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,

           As we approach Easter, the COVID pandemic still brings uncertainty and the pandemic of racism still brings sadness and grief. Yet, as always, we are called to persevere and ensure God’s love and hope rises up from our church’s ministry as we continue to be an Easter people in the ways we have been alive in ministry despite the challenges. 

           Last Sunday we had a church wide celebration through zoom and many people gathered together to remind ourselves of this legacy of ministry through which we all share. The 2020 Annual Report (click HERE) and the Benevolence Report (HERE) definitely celebrate how resilient and adaptive we were in 2020, along with the difference we made in countless lives, including our own. The way we give of ourselves through our church truly matters, and this is why, with re-opening within our sight, I invite you to make a special Easter gift to the ministry of Harvard-Epworth as the church continually strives in new and different ways to share peace, hope and love.

           Your special Easter gift is an answer to God’s call to be the giving and generous people we are called to be and will help the church adapt and grow its ability to minister in new ways that help to form and inform lives through university student ministry at Harvard-Epworth. Thank you for providing this “resurrection” gift that will ensure we are ready to rise up and respond in the months ahead to the needs of young adults that will come long after this crisis is over.

Please give through our website at www.harvardepworthchurch.org/giving, mail in a gift, or use bill pay from your bank. Give generously knowing your commitment to our church’s ministry brings alive the promise of Easter and ensures that generations to come will feel blessed by our ministry. In this spirit, I hope you will be able to join us for Worship through the live stream of our service at 11:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, or any Sunday, by clicking the link on our website or watching later on our YouTube channel. Thank you for all you do to help the love of God to rise up through our church’s ministry!
 

Grace and peace,

Herb

Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00am
We will hold an outside Easter Sunrise Service at 7am in Cambridge Common. We will meet near the memorial in the center of the Common.  This will be a brief prayer service which will be undertaken with all COVID safety protocols in place (masks, distance, and limited talking/singing). If you would like to attend Sunrise Service, please email pastor.herb@harvardepworthchurch.org. Also, please email if you have any questions. (Please note that the unmasked picture to the left is from 2019.)
Ways to Advocate Gun Violence Prevention
As we have been confronted again with a week where mass shootings have occurred, and recognize that every day gun violence brings death and destruction, I hope you will consider ways you can get informed and advocate to prevent gun violence. Here are a few organizations that have helped me learn and which inspire me to advocacy. Please click on any of the following, and if you have questions or want more information, contact me at pastor.herb@harvardepworthchurch.org .

- Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence https://www.mapreventgunviolence.org/
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- Brady campaign to prevent gun violence  https://www.bradyunited.org/
- Coalition to stop gun violence.  https://www.csgv.org/
- Everytown for Gun Safety.   https://everytown.org/

May we all work for peace every day.
Rev. Herb Taylor
Responding to Change:
Wesleyan Wisdom for Our Lives, Our Church, and Our World
New Six-Week Series Starting Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00pm
John Wesley
United Methodists have been recognized through the years as agents of change in society. As we walk through our changing world today, join us in looking back on our Wesleyan heritage to uncover the beliefs and practices that make us Methodists and enable us to journey through change. In this six session series, on Wednesdays at 7pm beginning on April 28, we will examine John Wesley’s life and legacy to reconnect with the core beliefs of our faith and to find some Wesleyan wisdom for responding to the changes of our lives, our church, and our world today. To access the discussion each Wednesday, join by zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99925205944
Or by phone dial 1-929-205-6099 and use the Meeting ID: 999 2520 5944. We hope you can join us!


April 28: Introducing John Wesley: Transformer of Souls and Society
May 5: Wesleyan Theology: ReOpening the Heart and Mind
May 12: Methodism in America: Responding to New Beginnings
May 19: Contemporary Wesleyans: The Journey Forward
May 26: Wesleyan Practices for Us: Becoming Champions of Change
June 2: Wesleyan Practices for Our Church: A Change to Keep
We are the Church: Voices of Harvard Epworth
During the "online reality" that we find ourselves in, it is difficult for new people to get a sense of who we are as a church. Therefore, the Welcome and Evangelism committee is inviting people to submit a video (30 seconds or less) that introduces themselves and says what they find special about our church. We are hoping to put together a number of these short videos and release them in the coming weeks and months. This will be a great way for people to get a sense of this ministry we share in together. Please consider recording a short video and emailing it to Erin Lee, our Welcome & Evangelism Chair, at erinism614@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for being a part of this important opportunity of welcome! 
Virtual Menu for Programs and Support
Harvard-Epworth is making a commitment through this crisis we find ourselves to provide opportunities to connect each day.  Look for an email tomorrow that will outline program and support opportunities for next week. To see this week's programs and opportunities, click here.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Immediately after our livestream worship, we invite you to gather for a virtual coffee hour. People will enter the Zoom meeting, and then we will break out into random small groups and connect and get to know each other better.  Join us for coffee hour after church this week through this online 

You can also join by phone at 1 929 205 6099. The meeting ID is ID 935 3829 1213.
Adult Forum
Adult Forum meets once a week before the Sunday service. Feel free to come to all or to whatever might interest you. To join Adult Forums on Sundays at 10:00am, go to: https://zoom.us/j/96481096640 or call 1-929-205-6099 with meeting ID 964 8109 6640

This Sunday, April 4, as is our tradition on Easter, we will take the Sunday off from Adult Forum, but look forward to the Sundays to come.

Next Sunday, April 11, Clara Zundel will lead a discussion on "The Brain and Spirituality."
Events and Groups for University Students and Young Adults
All young adults are invited to the events hosted by the group, which usually range from engaging discussions to outings and meals. If you are a young adult or university student who would like to receive weekly email updates from Dom Mejia regarding programming for young adults and students, and are not yet receiving those, please email Dom at dom@harvardepworthchurch.org to be added to the list.

Neighborhood Text Groups: Connect with Your HEUMC Neighbors! As vaccines roll-out and weather improves, several young adults have volunteered to coordinate neighborhood group texts. Find someone to go for a masked walk, share info of interest for your neighbors, and check-in with your church family near you.
Right now we have Clara coordinating a group in JP, Janie connecting folks in Cambridge, and Bailey organizing people in Brighton. If you would like to join one of these group texts, please email Dom with your phone number and your neighborhood. Is your neighborhood not represented? Connect with Dom to set up your own group text. Please reach out with any questions.

Tuesday at 7pm: Book Club! For those signed up for the Book Club, we'll meet this Tuesday at 7:00. See you then!

Sunday at 7pm: Life Groups
Our life groups at Harvard-Epworth are a weekly opportunity to connect with other young adults in community. Those who join life groups commit to engaging in prayer practices twice a day, five days a week. Participants also seek to do good, find ways to nurture their relationship with God, and avoid doing harm.
These life groups meet weekly on Sundays at 7:00pm. If you would like to join the life groups or learn more, please send me an email.

Young Adult Check-ins: We have Young Adult Zoom check-ins only on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. 
Online Sunday School
Thanks for all the students and volunteer teachers who were involved in online Sunday School this past Sunday. It was a great experience and we had great numbers, so a wonderful start to this new initiative.

Children's Sunday School will be offered virtually for children age 3 to 4th grade from 10-10:25 am via zoom. We will have a brief Bible lesson and a craft or activity. To join, please go to https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/5397806919 at 10:00am on Sunday.


Youth Sunday School will be offered virtually for students grades 5 to12 from 10:30-10:55 am via zoom. We will provide an opportunity to check in and discuss how our faith relates to our church and wider world. To join, please go to https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/5397806919 at 10:30am on Sunday.

Volunteers are needed to help us ensure Sunday School on Zoom is a success this Fall.  Please consider volunteering in Sunday School this year. There are opportunities for people of any ability to get involved for whatever time in whatever way you can help. Please express your interest in volunteering for Sunday School go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4DA4AA2CA7FA7-youth to sign up.  By volunteering you will make a big difference to the children and youth of our church and a big difference to your life too!  Thank you in advance! 
Discover Harvard-Epworth Church
If you would like to take a tour of Harvard-Epworth join Rev. Taylor as he gives a brief visit to the building by going to https://youtu.be/Lp1YeyzDP84 or clicking the image below!


If you'd like to learn more about Harvard-Epworth, you can watch this video from the Harvard Square Business Association's (HSBA) "Sacred Spaces and Good Works" project by clicking on this link. 
Learn More about Harvard-Epworth Church
Sunday, April 18th at 12:45pm
If you are interested in finding out more about our ministry at Harvard-Epworth, whether you are new to the church, interested in membership, or just have questions of any sort, we hope you will join Rev. Taylor on Sunday, April 18, at 12:45pm after worship and coffee hour for a zoom discussion. You can access the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/97631785779 or else dial in at 1-929-206-6099 and use meeting ID 976 3178 5779. Rev. Taylor will discuss the history and ministry of Harvard-Epworth as well as membership in the church. But, anyone who wants any information about the church family or its ministry is welcome to come and ask any questions they have.
Harvard-Epworth Stained Glass Window Project
Please Give to Help Us Surpass Our Donation Goal
Thanks to all those who have donated to the Stained Glass Window Project. We have raised over $30,000 of our $35,000 goal, so are hopeful that we will reach it soon. Please help ensure the light of God shines bright and that these stained glass windows continue to inspire for decades to come.

   This individual giving, plus funds available within the church and a grant from the Cambridge Historic Commission combine for us to accomplish this $125,000 project to restore and refurbish the stained glass windows which have not yet been restored. This project will include the large windows behind the altar, as well as 15 other windows in the sanctuary and vestry hall. As you can see in the photo below, the stained glass windows have already been taken out and work has begun on them. We took photos of the windows people could see on the worship livestream and hung these posters in front of the weather tight wood structure that replaced the windows

Please send in a check to the church (1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138) or go to http://harvardepworthchurch.org/givingand click on Give Now so you can be a part of this important effort. Note on your gift that this is for the Stained Glass Window Project.(This picture is from Easter, 2017.)
Volunteer with Friday Cafe
Friday Cafe will now works in a bag-lunch format, offering lunches provided by caring neighbors like you! With the help of Doing Good Together, Friday Cafe has set up an online signup  where you can commit to making 10 or more bagged lunches each week. Sign up to make sandwiches once, or once a month, or every week, if you want to! This is a great activity to do with kids, if you're home with family and looking for things to do. Lunches can be dropped off curbside on Fridays from 12:30-1:00: You don't even have to get out of your car. Just text Rev. Kate Layzer, Director of the Friday Cafe, at (617) 851-5074, and she'll come to you.
Connect with Us Electronically: New Instagram!
Harvard Epworth Church Member Online Directory
Remember that we have a Harvard Epworth Church Member Online Directory.  You can log in to the directory by going to directory.harvardepworthchurch.org by clicking on the link in the menu on the church website (it's next to the live stream link).

Current users can reset their password with the "Need a password" button on the directory login. If you don't have a directory account or access to it, email pastor.herb@harvardepworthchurch.org  and we will be in touch with login information for you
Sermon Podcast Update: If you would enjoy listening to the Sunday sermon during the week they can now be found on Apple, Google, and Spotify by searching for Harvard-Epworth Church podcast. You can also still find them on the front page of our church website at www.harvardepworthchurch.org
Podcast Devotionals: On Tuesdays, Dom Mejia will release an audio devotional podcast with prayer, scripture, and a time for reflection. This is a great way to connect with our community and engage in spiritual practices without being on a computer screen!  The audio podcast devotions are on the church website or on Apple, Google, and Spotify .
Help Harvard-Epworth While You Shop: Our Amazon Smile link shares some of the profits from any Amazon purchases with the church: If you shop via this link, a percentage of what you spend is automatically donated to the church. If you were considering doing belated Father's Day shopping or buying other items on Amazon, you can also click on the image to the right to be directed to the site!
Prayer Ministry: Each Wednesday morning (from 7:45am to 8am), some of the Harvard-Epworth congregation gather by phone for meditation and prayer. This gathering is a wonderful way to begin the day and to hold the concerns of our congregation in prayer. We would love to have you join us! To join in, dial +1 (605) 468-8016 and type in our access code: 658031#.
Looking Ahead...
  • Friday, April 2: Caring Conversation with Alyssa. 
  • Saturday, April 3 : Check in/Prayer Call 
  • Easter Sunday, April 4: LIVESTREAM WORSHIP At 11:00AM. 
  • Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00am
  • Virtual Coffee Hour at 12:10pm.
  • NO Sunday School for children at 10:00am and for youth at 10:30am.
  • NO Adult Forum at 10:00AM. 
  • Young Adult Life Groups at 7pm
  • Monday, April 5: Caring Conversation with Dom. 
  • 40Form Lenten Reflection Discussion
  • Tuesday, April 6: Caring Conversations with Herb.
  • Podcast Audio Devotion. 
  • Wednesday, April 7: Prayer Call. 
  • Final "Journey through the Bible" Study
  • Friday, April 9: Caring Conversation with Alyssa. 
  • Saturday, April 10 : Check in/Prayer Call 
  • Sunday, April 11: LIVESTREAM WORSHIP At 11:00AM. 
  • Virtual Coffee Hour at 12:10pm. 
  • Sunday School for children at 10:00am and for youth at 10:30am.
  • Adult Forum at 10:00AM. 
  • Welcome & Evangelism Committee at 12:45.
  • Young Adult Life Groups at 7pm
  • Monday, April 12: Caring Conversation with Dom. 
  • Wesley Foundation Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 13: Young Adult Book Group
  • Sunday, April 18: Intro to Harvard-Epworth after church

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