The Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard
15 November 2018
The Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard
Don't Be Alarmed But...
 
In this Sunday's reading from Mark, Jesus responds to an enthusiastic comment about the magnificence of The Temple with a stark prediction that soon not one stone would be left upon another.
 
There is much scholarship devoted to this passage and to those verses that follow in Chapter Thirteen. One question debated is whether Jesus is talking exclusively about the destruction of The Temple (which happened in 70 AD), or whether he is also alluding to the end of time. But either way, his words of preparation are about staying the course despite the calamitous disruptions of war and natural disaster and fakes pretending to be saviors. 
 
What does staying the course look like for you?   Dreadful news on the front page can make me want to retreat under a quilt, eat sugar and read detective fiction. But our appointed Hebrews reading offers a refreshing alternative.  " Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. " (Heb.10:23-25).
 



Operation Meal Packing: Success

Eight members of our community lent a hand at the Harvard Interfaith Chaplains' annual meal-packing event. 40,000 meals were prepared to be distributed by End Hunger New England, and nearly $10,000 raised to benefit the organization's efforts throughout the region. 

Many thanks to all who participated in this event! Hairnets suit us, don't you think? 
Guest this Week: The Rev. Malia Crawford
The Reverend Malia Crawford
 
Will join our Chaplaincy Eucharist and dinner on November 18th to share about her sabbatical through a Lilly Foundation grant.  Rev. Crawford is the rector of Church of Our Saviour in Arlington.  She used her grant to reflect on and learn about Racial Justice and Spirituality through the Arts.



Friday Café--Nov. 16

This Friday, November 16th, is once again our chosen day to volunteer at The Friday Café, a ministry of our friends across the way at First Church, Cambridge. The Friday Café is a space for neighbors with and without homes to share conversation, a meal, and community. 

Volunteers are always needed, and are divided into three shifts:
  • Kitchen Prep (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.): Pretty Self-Explanatory;
  • Opening Shift (12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.): Setting up tables and chairs, serving food, sharing a ministry of presence with guests, distributing donations of clothing;
  • Closing Shift (2:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.): Continuing the ministry of presence with guests, as well as cleaning up the space in preparation for the following week. 
Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance. Particular questions can be directed to  Margery


Final HLS Bible Study of Fall Semester!

Due to the Thanksgiving Break and impending exams, this Friday, November 16th, will be the final meeting of the HLS Bible Study for the Fall Semester. If you've been waiting to pop in, now's your last chance until we resume in February! 

As always, we'll meet in Lewis 202 at Noon, and pizza will be served. No RSVP or HLS-affiliation necessary.  Let Hal (episcohal@gmail.com) know if you have any questions!

This Week at the Chaplaincy 

Thursday, 11/15 --Chaplaincy Office Hours. Biblical Greek Study from 4-5, more general hanging out from 5 onward. Cookies, tea, and hot chocolate will be abundant. 

Friday, 11/16 --Bible Study and pizza at the Law School, noon. Meet in Lewis Rm. 202.

Sunday, 11/18--Worship and Eucharist at Christ Church, beginning at 5:30. Supper will follow, and Margery will be preaching. This week, The Rev. Malia Crawford will also be joining us for dinner discussion about anti-racism work within the church. 

Tuesday, 11/13--Compline, 8 p.m. at 2 Garden Street. Hal is typically around from 7 or so, so drop by and hang out!

Prayer Requests
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