June 6, 2021
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A Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,

           As I begin to wind down writing these letters after about 350 of them (only one left after this), I have been thinking a lot about what I might leave you with. As always, a good place, to look for guidance is the scriptures, where Jesus and Paul give good advice. As Jesus appears with his disciples after the resurrection, before his ascension into heaven, he says “Peace be with you.” At the end of Paul’s letters to the early churches, as at the end of 2 Corinthians, he encourages them to “live in peace” and know that the “God of love and peace will be with you.” Now I am certainly not comparing my departure to Jesus or Paul, but I would leave you with their departing message – Feel God’s peace and live lives of peace.

           I mentioned on Sunday, how important “Passing the Peace” is as a centerpiece to worship, and as a reminder of what should be center in the living of our lives.  In a world too often filled with violence and hate, we people of faith are called to always and everywhere “pass the peace.” First, of course, is the necessity to feel that peace ourselves – not always easy when anxiety and stress surround us, but so important to strive daily to feel, know, trust in that peace within us. Then, of course, to not only feel it ourselves, but to let it exude from us in every breath, word and action.

           We are always far from perfect in this, both as individuals and as the church. But, despite our faults and failings, we are called to strive forward with peace and grace as our goal. I am glad to be a United Methodist, even with all of our division and challenges, because I do believe our UMC does on the whole, yearn for peace. You can see what I mean by this by taking a look at the “2020 state of the UMC” report by clicking HERE .

      Let me leave you with my favorite prayer, that each of us and our church should pray and yearn for in all we do. The prayer of St. Francis:
           Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
           Where there is hate may I bring love;
           Where offense, may I bring pardon;
           May I bring union in place of discord;
           Truth, replacing error;
           Faith where once there was doubt;
           Hope, where there was darkness;
           Joy to replace sadness.
           Make me not to so crave to be loved as to love.
           Help me to learn that in giving I may receive;
           In forgetting self, I may find life eternal.
 
 
Grace and peace,

Herb

Are You Interested in Attending Sunday Morning Worship?
Church Council Votes to Increase Attendance Slightly,
Using MIT Analytical Tool
The Church Council has voted to move up to allowing 15 worship attenders on Sunday morning (a total of 20 in the sanctuary including worship leaders). In making this decision the church used an analytical tool developed by MIT, which you can also access by going to https://indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com/ .  The analytical tool, with data for our sanctuary and worship, showed that making this decision was a very cautious and safe step toward the journey of opening fully. If you are interested in attending a Sunday morning worship service, you must go to this google form - https://forms.gle/rjbQPEzZnGdSGXjeA - and register your interest. We will then assign people to Sundays and be in touch relative to the date for attendance. Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees and there will be no singing by attenders in worship. Please keep this process in your prayers and let Rev. Taylor at pastor.herb@harvardepworthchurch.org know if you have any questions.
 New England Justice for our Neighbors: 
Virtual Benefit "No-No Boy" Concert - June 5th
Harvard-Epworth has donated a virtual table for this NE JFON fundraising concert on Saturday, June 5Some might remember that "No-No Boy" performed at Harvard-Epworth for a NE JFON benefit concert a couple years ago. If you would like to attend this informing and inspiring virtual concert, contact Pastor Taylor at
 pastor.herb@harvardepworthchurch.org and he will send you a link for a ticket at the Harvard-Epworth table. Click here for a poster with more information.

New England Justice for Our Neighbors (NEJFON) is a faith-driven ministry that justice-oriented resource for providing hospitable, compassionate and high-quality, legal services for immigrants. No-No Boy is an immersive multimedia work that blends original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images to illuminate hidden American histories. Taking inspiration from his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors and other stories of Asian American experience, Nashville-born songwriter Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral research at Brown University into an innovative project bridging a divide between art and scholarship.
Farewell Celebration:
Pastor Herb Taylor and Sarah Taylor
Dominic J.S. Mejia
Please join us as we share in our love to celebrate the retirement of our beloved Pastor Herb and Dom's next adventure.
Sunday, June 13, 2021,
1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Cambridge Common (Park)
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
RSVP or Contact Erin Kipeum Lee, Cell: 857-243-1067 E-Mail: erinism614@gmail.com
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, June 6, Graham Kelder will be leading adult forum on the “Lessons learned from Tobacco Control and Their Application to Fighting Climate Change."

Next Sunday, June 13, will be the last Adult Forum before moving into summer. We will debrief on the Adult Forum for the year and talk about ideas for when we gather back together for the forum after Labor Day. 
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.





Sunday, June 6 and June 13 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.

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.
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. 
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...
  • Saturday, June 5 : Check in/Prayer Call 
  • Sunday, June 6: 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. Young Adult Life Groups at 7pm
  • Monday, June 7: Church Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, June 8:  Caring Conversations with Herb. Podcast Audio Devotion. 
  • Wednesday, June 9: Prayer Call. Caring Conversation with Alyssa. ReOpening Discussion with Mitch and Barb
  • Thursday, June 10: Beginning of New England United Methodist Annual Conference Meeting, which goes through Saturday, June 12 
  • Saturday, June 12 : Check in/Prayer Call 
  • Sunday, June 13: 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. Farewell Celebration for Herb, Sarah and Dom. Young Adult Life Groups at 7pm

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