Preparing for Solar Panels ~ First Parish on Bedford Common Gets a New Roof

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Karl Winkler, head of First Parish’s ECo Taskforce, confirmed on Monday that the newly-installed shingles on the roof of Bedford’s historic meeting house are in preparation for the four rectangular clusters of solar panels that will soon be spread out over the building’s four roof surfaces.”This long-awaited project, once approved, was funded within a month,” Winkler continued.

A Concert to Support Sanctuary in Bedford ~ Jacqueline Schwab at First Parish on Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm

Submitted on behalf of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

What brought over 250 people from Bedford and surrounding communities to the First Parish in Bedford Church this past January 5th?

Commitment to our country’s founding ideals as a nation of immigrants.  Commitment to welcoming the stranger.  Commitment to living one’s faith.  Commitment to confront and fight injustice.  Commitment to community, friends, and family.  Commitment to continuing the loving and material support of a Central American sanctuary seeker at First Parish in Bedford.

First Church to Host Second Annual West Virginia Mission Festival on Saturday, March 9

Submitted by First Congregational Church

Bedford’s First Congregational Church, 25 Great Road, will host its second annual West Virginia Mission Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The celebration will feature Appalachian music and story-telling, a Southern-inspired dinner, Cake Walk, a sweet-and-savory food sale and a variety of children’s activities. A suggested donation of $15 per person or $40 per family, covering dinner and entertainment, will be collected at the door.

Humanity’s Call for Justice: We’ve Had #Enough

By Hannah O’Connor and Lily Nemirovsky
Voices @ Bedford High School

On January 13th we attended the annual Spirit of Democracy service at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Bedford. This service honors the legacy of activist minister Jack Mendelsohn, minister emeritus of First Parish. Citizens of Bedford – both members and non-members of the church – had the privilege of hearing words of encouragement and passion from senior minister John Gibbons, youth members of the church, and special guest speaker Julian Diego Lopez-Leyva.

Lopez-Leyva was the lead organizer of Boston’s March for Our Lives held last spring in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He is an experienced, dedicated and persistent advocate for social justice particularly in relation to the #Enough movement. #Enough is an offshoot of the March for Our Lives Movement and is focused on pressuring federal and state lawmakers to tighten laws on gun ownership.

Reminder: Bedford’s 3rd annual MLK, Jr. Diversity Breakfast ~ Monday, January 21

Submitted on behalf of Bedford Embraces Diversity

A panel of educators, clergy, young people and parents will address challenging issues of racism to highlight Bedford’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9:30.

The event will be presented by Bedford Embraces Diversity in Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road. The public is encouraged to attend. The first two events sold out, so reservations are required through bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or (781) 538-4690.

Peace But Also Justice

By Selectman Mike Rosenburg

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was only 30 when he made that declaration in Stride Toward Freedom, his 1958 essay on the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

That 60-year-old message will be paramount when the community gathers for Bedford Embraces Diversity’s third Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration on Monday, January 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will be in Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road. The public is encouraged to attend though reservations are required through bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or (781) 538-4690.

A panel of educators, clergy, young people and parents will address challenging issues of racism nationally as well as at the neighborhood level.

Bedford’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast to Address Challenging Issues of Racism

By Bedford Embraces Diversity

A panel of educators, clergy, young people and parents will address challenging issues of racism to highlight Bedford’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9:30.

The event will be presented by Bedford Embraces Diversity in Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road. The public is encouraged to attend. The first two events sold out, so reservations are required through bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or (781) 538-4690.

Christmas Services in Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to Bedford’s faith communities – First Baptist Church, First Church of Christ Congregational, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Lutheran Church of the Savior, St. Michael Parish, and St Paul’s Episcopal Church – for sharing their 2018 Christmas Eve and Christmas service schedules.

The churches and services are open to the public, and newcomers are especially welcome during the holidays.

Additional Christmas Eve Note: Bedford becomes a twinkling village at dusk on Christmas Eve, with luminaria glowing along roads, driveways, and paths throughout the town. Thanks to neighbors, friends and the Bedford Minuteman Company the Historic District along The Great Road is especially lovely. (Shameless promotion: luminary sales at Chip-in Farm benefit the Minuteman Company’s scholarship fund — it’s a double win!)

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