Informal Communion 9 A.M. Traditional Worship Service 11 A.M.
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Informal Communion 9 A.M.
Traditional Worship Service 11 A.M.
We have just published Splendid Epworth, a history of our congregation.
The book is written by longtime Harvard- Epworth member Lane Lambert and published by Lexington Press.
It traces our history from its founding in 1868 as the North Avenue Methodist Society to the church's current role as a leading New England Methodist voice for LGBTQ inclusion.
The book also tells the story of a church member who went to China in 1875 as one of New England's first female Methodist missionaries, the arrival of an Alabama minister who was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan, and the civil-rights era Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office that operated in the church basement.
Splendid Epworth is now available for purchase for $25 per copy. To order copies, click here. 'Church History' on the memo line. For mail orders, please put your mailing address and 'Church History' on the memo line.
Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
In this time in which we live, prayer is especially important. It was always a centering
focus of Martin Luther King, jr., who said once, “to be a Christian without prayer is no more
possible than to be alive without breathing.” He felt that prayer was foundational for his work
against injustice and for peace. Of course, the march of justice is a continual one and as King
reminded us, the ultimate measure is not where we stand “in times of comfort and convenience,
but where we stand at times of challenge and controversy.”
We are called to always remember, as King said, “the time is always right to do what’s
right” and that “life’s most urgent question is “what are you doing for others?” Our church
continues to strive to do what is right for others and our “Benevolence Booklet,” presented at our
Annual Meeting a couple Sundays ago, highlights the many organizations that our ministry
supports. This booklet, as is shared in its introduction, “speaks to personal connections that we
have with individuals outside our church who are strongly committed to finding concrete ways of
ameliorating the multi-faceted burdens that weigh on our needy brothers and sisters.”
I encourage you to read the Benevolence Booklet for the year 2019 by going here,
and/or picking up a hard copy at the church. It is a testament to the generosity of all those who
give financially to our church that $43,874 was able to given away to others.
Our direct benevolent gifts this past year went to support 35 different organizations (18
local, 9 out of state, and 8 outside the U.S.). This includes groups helping to address issues like
homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, employment help, LGBTQ advocacy, prison ministry,
immigration rights, education, peace, and more. We also give significant funds through our church
members to support our ability to respond to the needy who come to our church seeking help. In
addition, we respond to need across the world through supporting the United Methodist Committee
on Relief and many other special offerings. Finally, through the United Methodist church our
giving combines with the giving of other United Methodist churches throughout the world to make
a significant difference on systemic issues which impact millions of people.
I give thanks for all the ways that your generous giving empowers these gifts that mean so
much to so many. See you in church.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Herb Taylor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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