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Summer Worship 10 A.M.
Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
We move into the wonderful season of summer this week, with its heat and the opportunity it provides for renewal. Each year as summer is about to begin, the 600 United Methodist churches in New England, with clergy and laity from each, gather for our Annual Conference, as we did last week. Appropriate for the summer, it was a time when we were focused on turning up the heat on our denomination and demanding renewal focused on full inclusion.
At Annual Conference we made it clear that the hearts and minds of United Methodist of New England are united in belief in a God who loves all people and welcomes all people into loving ministry in God’s name. Many actions were taken that reflected this, including a near unanimous vote supporting the establishment of an “Open Spirit Task Force” to examine whether and how United Methodists of New England might align with, create, or form a new church body in the Methodist tradition. This task force will report back to the 2020 Annual Conference and will lead to important future decisions for our church. I encourage you to go to this site to find out more about decisions made at Annual Conference. Also, as I have mentioned before, for additional information about the response of New England United Methodists follow this link.
Also, with it just being Father’s Day, I need to celebrate my father, Rev. Blaine Taylor, who before he died in 1994, started the Taylor Fellowship, with my mom, to benefit retired pastors. These Taylor Fellowships are given out each year to 3 or 4 retired pastors at Annual Conference through the Preachers Aid Society. Here is a photo of my mom, brother John (also a UMC pastor), and I about to give out the Fellowships this year. Each of the three recipients this year received $7,500 to help with home improvements, travel, or other life expenses.
Lastly, I hope you can be in church this Sunday as we celebrate those who have volunteered in our Sunday School, Youth Group, Children’s Church, and nursery, as well as those who have led an adult forum. We are all on a journey of learning and growth together, and we are so appreciative of each of the over 30 people who have served with heart, mind, and soul within our educational programming this past year. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get involved in this way, I hope you will consider volunteering next year. I promise you will feel blessed by it.
See you in church (starting this Sunday for worship at 10am for the summer through Labor Day Weekend!).
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Herb Taylor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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