Jericho Walks at Burlington’s ICE Headquarters

By Julie McCay Turner
Photographs by Emily Mitchell

In attendance – Image (c) Emily Mitchell, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

With the actions of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) holding unaccompanied children apart from their parents along the southern US border so much in the news, local protests at Burlington’s ICE District Headquarters took place on both Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27.

Reflecting on the Hart-Desiato Bridge Dedication during a Rally on Boston Common, and Civil Disobedience at the State House

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On Tuesday, May 29, First Parish in Bedford’s Senior Minister Rev. John Gibbons spoke during a protest rally on Boston Common organized by the Poor People’s Campaign – a National Call for Moral Revival.

The Campaign seeks to reinvigorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and focus attention on “systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” It has engaged in a 40-day initiative which undertook weekly themes on May 13. The theme for Week Three, to which Rev. Gibbons spoke on Tuesday, addresses the War Economy, the Needs of Veterans, and the Proliferation of Guns.

Reflecting on the recent dedication of the Hart-Desiato Bridge over the Concord River, Rev. Gibbons pointed out that perhaps more could be done to truly honor John Hart and Travis Desiato, Bedford Veterans who lost their lives in the Iraq war.

65th Annual First Parish Plant & Craft Fair ~ Saturday, May 19 on Bedford Common ~ 10 am to 3 pm

Submitted by the First Parish Plant & Craft Fair

The First Parish Plant and Craft Fair, a spring-time tradition has been taking root on Bedford Common for the past 65 years. The 2018 edition will take place from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, May 19, rain or shine. The fair’s snow date is Sunday, May 20, from noon to 3 pm.

There will be plants — hearty annuals grown by local suppliers will share pride of place with heritage perennials from parishioners’ gardens, and there will be veggies and herbs — crafts, lunch, live music, the 4H Petting Zoo from Chip-in Farm, and fun for the family.

RUMMAGE! Great Sale at First Church of Christ, Congregational ~ Saturday from 9 to 2

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Looking for a huge variety of gently-used goods at rock-bottom prices? Head to 25 The Great Road on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm for the Annual Rummage Sale at First Church of Christ, Congregational.

Smart shoppers know to show up when the doors open because the sale has the best selection of clothing (men’s, women’s, and children’s); books, CDs, DVDs; children’s toys and games; and costume jewelry. Antiques, fine jewelry, and other better items are placed on the stage

Planning the Future for Bedford’s Easter Dawn Services at Fawn Lake

Submitted by Emily Mitchell

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm regarding the annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake, to plan for 2019 and beyond.

Members of the five churches who rotate leadership for the annual service will meet to confirm community interest in continuing the tradition, share best practices for planning and running the service, and lay out the rota for leadership for the next ten years. Any member of First Church of Christ Congregational, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, St. Paul’s Episcopal, First Baptist, and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic—or any other Christian parish in Bedford who would like to get involved—are cordially invited to attend.

Chris Stefanick “REBOOT!” ~ Hosted by the Parish of St. Michael ~ Wednesday, April 25

Submitted by the Parish of St. Michael

Chris Stefanick, international Christian speaker, television host, and author will appear at the Parish of St. Michael in a sold-out event on Friday, April 25, 2018. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please call 781-275-6318.

REBOOT! is described as a fun, inspiriting and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of life — from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more.

Celebrate Earth Sunday Outdoors: Attend a Special Fawn Lake Eucharist at 4pm on Sunday

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Chuch

All are welcome to a joyful outdoor Eucharist this Sunday at 4 pm at Fawn Lake, sponsored by the Green Team at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Park in the lot off Sweetwater Ave.

The service will feature music by Judy Criscitiello (fiddle) and John Mitchell (guitar), creation-care themed prayers and a celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Bedford Youth Attend United Nations Conference on Worldwide Migration and the Refugee Crisis

Submitted by First Parish in Bedford

Members of Bedford’s First Parish Unitarian Universalist church attended the annual “Intergenerational Spring Seminar,” a conference at the United Nations last week (April 4-7) where they learned about worldwide migration and the refugee crisis. The four teens and three adults heard first-hand from speakers who had escaped violence or persecution in their native lands.

The group will report back to the congregation and discuss some of what they learned at a Lyceum to be held at First Parish on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 9 am. The church is located at 57 The Great Road, on Bedford Common. Using the Elm Street entrance, the building is fully accessible. The Lyceum is open to the public.

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