The First Parish Plant & Craft Fair ~ A Short History and What to Expect on May 18, from 10 am to 3 pm

By Jean Balfour

The original First Parish Plant Fairs took place in the 1950s at the Fitch Tavern, where parishioners Frank & Peg Joslin lived. At that time, most of the sources for plants were from many members’ gardens.

It was fun to think that your lavender phlox that is such a big patch now, came from Peg Joslin. She had a nice rock garden and you could count on pots of interesting flowers. Abigail Bacon (yes, the upstairs front room at the church is named for her) brought herbs of many kinds to sell in the yard in front of the wood shed. Emily King would spend hours digging and potting at Betty Balfour’s house. Betty was happiest when she was gardening. In later years my mother and I worked together, finding some of our favorite plants to ready for the Fair.

Congressman Moulton Meets with Sanctuary Guest

By Meredith McCulloch

Congressman Seth Moulton was in Bedford on April 12 to meet a constituent who is living in sanctuary in a nearby church to avoid ICE arrest and deportation.  Others in the room were her lawyer, the Congressman’s aides, Bedford’s Town Manager, a few supporters, and reporters from WBUR and The Bedford Citizen. Her real name is withheld for her protection, but she goes by “Maria.”

Bedford’s 68th Annual Ecumenical Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake and Easter Breakfast at First Chuch of Christ

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s 68th annual ecumenical Easter dawn service on the banks of Fawn Lake drew a sizeable crowd despite grey skies.

The ecumenical service draws on participation by multiple Bedford churches.  Coordinated by Emily Mitchell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the leadership changes each year, rotating among the congregations each of which is represented in the service.

Passover 5779: In Every Generation

By Dan Brosgol

I remember when the trailers for The Prince of Egypt came out in 1998 and the tagline said it was “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” This, of course, built on the longstanding annual showing of “The Ten Commandments” on ABC around Easter, which told the same story, albeit without CGI, with a cast of thousands, and certainly with a whole lot of artistic license and questionable Anglicization of Biblical Hebrew names.

Both of those now-legendary movies tell an adapted version of the Passover story, one which Jews around the world will tell all over again this Friday and Saturday night when the holiday begins. It’s a tale that many of us know well, one of plagues, miracles, destruction, redemption, and eventually revelation, one that has spawned music, poetry, art, and commentary for over 2500 years…and also my favorite piece at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “The Seventh Plague of Egypt” by John Martin.

Temple Shalom Emeth’s Second Seder and Dinner ~ Saturday, April 20

Submitted on behalf of Temple Shalom Emeth

The Temple Shalom Emeth community invites you to their annual Passover Second Seder and Dinner, Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm. The Temple’s Passover Community Second Seder is both spiritual and entertaining.  The lively musical Seder and dinner feature Rabbi Susan Abramson, the temple band, and our famous: “Haggadah Get Outta This Place” as well as a Passover skit featuring State Rep. Ken Gordon and possibly Middlesex DA Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, who will also be present. 

The seder includes a chicken dinner with matzah ball soup, potato kugel, and tzimmes. The kids get to search for the afikoman and everyone gets a treat.   

Bedford’s Holy Week and Easter Services

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Holy Week and Easter services in Bedford are many and varied.

There is the Town’s lay-led ecumenical service on the bank beside Fawn Lake at 6:30 on Easter morning.

Additional services are scheduled from Palm Sunday through Easter morning at Carleton-Willard Village; First Baptist Church; First Church of Christ, Congregational; First Parish, Unitarian Universalist on Bedford Common; St. Michael Parish, Roman Catholic; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; and by Rev. Sharon Dickinson, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest.

Ecumenical, Lay-led Community Easter Service at Fawn Lake ~ Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 am

The 68th annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 am on the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue in Bedford.

Lay representatives from five of Bedford’s churches—St. Paul’s Episcopal, First Parish on the Common (UUA), First Church of Christ (UCC), First Baptist, and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic—are organizing and will lead the service early on Easter morning. Music will be provided by the Ecumenical Brass Ensemble, led by John Bridgeman.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer will be Portrayed at First Parish on Sunday, April 14

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Performance artist Al Staggs will bring theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer to First Parish on Sunday, April 14

Performance artist and ordained minister Al Staggs will bring German pastor, theologian, spy, and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer alive in “A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” at 10 am on Sunday, April 14 in the sanctuary of Bedford’s historic meeting house, First Parish Unitarian Universalist on Bedford Common.

There is No Shame

By Lee Vorderer Former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court John Broderick and Congressman Seth Moulton had a lot to say about mental health on Monday at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (the Bedford VA).  Chief Justice Broderick...

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