First Parish Earns AIM Certification for Becoming an Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry

Submitted by First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Church in Bedford

First Parish in Bedford recently became the second Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country to be named an “AIM-certified congregation.” AIM (Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry) is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and EqUUal Access, an organization whose mission is to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities. Marie Ryder, a member of First Parish’s Access for ALL team, accepted the award on the behalf of the congregation at General Assembly, the UUA’s recent national meeting in New Orleans.

Bedford High School’s Group Documentary Team Brings Home a National History Day Medal

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Congratulations to the four members of Bedford High School’s National History Day team — Lexia Ciccone, Cordelia Houck, Natalie Knight, and Georgia Michelman — and their history teacher, James Sunderland. In a ceremony live-streamed on the Internet, Bedford’s team and their senior group documentary, ‘Zora Neale Hurston: Taking a Stand for a Holistic Portrayal of Black Women & Black Culture in Literature,’ earned the third-place medal on Thursday morning at the University of Maryland.

The 2017 National History Day theme was ‘Taking a Stand in History,’ and Bedford’s team competed in a field of 100 entries from around the world. The field was narrowed to 10 finalists after each project was presented to a panel of judges.

St. Paul’s Annual Thrift Sale – Saturday, June 24 from 9 am until 2 pm

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s will hold its annual Thrift Sale on Saturday, June 24, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The sale features gently used clothing, household goods, white elephant objects, toys (in good shape), books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Clothing is sold by the bag.

The Thrift Sale is a wonderful example of stewardship in the broadest sense of the word: it’s a fun way for parishioners to collectively recycle what they have been given, while providing goods and clothing at reasonable prices to those who can benefit from them. All unsold items are donated to local charities.

Celebrate Summertime at the First Church Strawberry Festival ~ 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 8

Submitted by First Church of Christ, Congregational

Service with a smile, and a red cap to meet Health Department regulations – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Please join us for an evening of sweet treats, music, and fun on Thursday, June 8 from 6pm – 8pm. It’s the 67th Annual Bedford Strawberry Festival hosted by volunteers from First Church of Christ Congregational, rain or shine, at 25 Great Rd Bedford.

Our strawberry shortcakes are made with fresh strawberries in their own juices, homemade biscuits, Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream and real whipped cream. For chocolate lovers, hot fudge sundaes will also be served.

An Open Letter from School Superintendent Jon Sills – Hate Symbols Once Again Appear In Bedford

By Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford School Department

Since the start of this school year, swastikas have been found in middle and high schools in Reading, Lexington, Newton, Brookline, Billerica, Cambridge, Harvard, Stoughton, Canton, and Marblehead, and on the garage of an African-American family in Arlington. The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2016 Massachusetts ranked fifth in the nation for the number of anti-Semitic incidents, with reported offenses jumping from 50 in 2015 to 125 in 2016. During this school year, as well, racist graffiti has been reported to have been found in Attleboro, Concord, Newton, Harvard, Cambridge, Brockton and Natick public schools.

Sadly, Bedford has not been immune to this intolerable trend, as indicated by the high school’s discovery of two swastikas on Friday and the middle school’s discovery of a swastika on Monday. Both school principals sent messages to their parent communities and they are addressing the issue with their students in a variety of ways.

“Song Ascending: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams” at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, May 21 at 5 pm

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

On Sunday, May 21 at 5 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will present “Song Ascending: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.” This special concert will feature three soloists (including two parishioners), the parish choir, string quartet, and organ under the direction of Dr. Michael Monroe, Minister of Music. The four major works on the program were all originally written for orchestra, but will be heard in new arrangements by Dr. Monroe for quartet and organ.

Hitting the Boards This Weekend: St. Paul’s Tonight!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

St. Paul’s Tonight! opens its two-performance run with an evening performance at 7 pm on Saturday, and a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, April 30. Both performances will take place in the auditorium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. Available at the door, tickets are $10 each.

Begun a dozen years ago by then-Rector Frank Fornaro, St. Paul’s Tonight has delighted audiences every other year. The 2017 edition, produced and directed by Emily Mitchell, promises more of the same.

Earth Day and Arbor Day Capture Bedford’s Attention

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Our natural environment will be the focus of events around Bedford this weekend, and next. The events include Bedford’s 10th Annual Bike Sunday, a guest preacher and special service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, and Bedford’s annual Arbor Day talk — the 12th — this year featuring Ron McAdow’s talk, Trees and Wildlife in New England: Four Centuries of Forest Change.

St. Paul’s Tonight: Absolutely ‘Not’ the ’80s ~ April 29 and 30

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to present ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT: ABSOLUTELY NOT THE ‘80S, a musical revue for all ages, on April 29 and 30 at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium.

It’s the sixth incarnation of ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT, and this time the cast faces a dilemma: what happens when the director is out of ideas? Cast members offer several possibilities, with a strong emphasis on the songs and stylings of that most radical of decades, the 1980s. Will the show be totally tubular? Or will the director put the kibosh on their dreams of Valley Girl glory?

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