Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King ~ “Who is My Neighbor?”

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network are partnering to plan an expanded community day of learning and service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2020. For the first time, the commemoration will include a community service component, with a choice of activities that reflect Dr. King’s message. The theme for the day is, “Who’s My Neighbor?”

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9) at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, with a light breakfast, followed by inspirational remarks by the Rev. Vernon K. Walker. The speaker is affiliated with Berachah Church in Dorchester and is a leader in social justice and climate action. Participants will then have the option of joining one of the community service projects, some of which will be offsite.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at Breakfast and for a Day of Service on Monday ~ You’re Invited!

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Community service projects are among the highlights of Bedford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network are partnering to sponsor this fourth annual observance.

The celebration will begin with a light breakfast and keynote remarks by the Rev. Vernon K. Walker of Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Cambridge, speaking on “Who’s My Neighbor?” Rev. Walker received his master’s degree in theological studies from Boston University School of Theology.  He is the program manager for the Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), which fosters climate change resilience.  His resume also includes service in racial and economic justice.

Admission will be $5, covering the breakfast, plus a suggested donation of paper goods or toiletries for the food pantry at Middlesex Community College. This community service project will help students’ and teachers’ families in need. Appropriate items include paper towels, tissues, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream and razors, and personal hygiene products, as well as dish and laundry detergent, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, plastic storage bags and cleaning supplies. Donations will be delivered to the Springs Road campus later in the week.

Community service projects include:

Service of Reflection in Memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The public is warmly invited to join the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at the First Baptist Church, 155 Concord Road, on Sunday, Jan. 12, beginning at 4 p.m.

The church has marked Dr. King’s birthday for more than three decades with a service of reflection, a celebration in Gospel music, consecrated poetry and prayer. A reception will follow. And on January 20, 2020 ~ Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King ~ “Who is My Neighbor?” Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network are partnering to plan an expanded community day of learning and service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2020.

MLK Jr. Service at First Baptist Church on Sunday, January 12

A special church service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at 4 pm on Sunday, January 12 will take place at Bedford’s First Baptist Chuch, 151 Concord Road. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You from the Bedford Community Table/Pantry

I wish to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Chuck Connell for taking on the task of organizing and running this year’s Turkey Trot.  Also to Callahan’s Karate and WT Phelan Insurance for sponsoring the event, and to long-time contributor Bedford Florist for donating the floral arrangements for winners in particular areas. 

Letter to the Editor ~ First Parish Opts Up to 100% Community Choice Aggregation

In October, First Parish in Bedford Opted Up to 100% renewable energy through the Community Choice Aggregation program of electricity through the Town of Bedford.  Many thanks to Bob Dorer for his work in gathering the data and presenting the information to the Parish Board on behalf of First Parish in Bedford’s Environmental Justice Committee. Thanks also to the Parish Board for considering this option.  This is an important step for First Parish in reducing the harmful carbon emissions in our environment.

Letter to the Editor ~ Thank You from the Bedford Friends Supporting Students in Need

On behalf of our group, the Bedford Friends Supporting Students In Need, I would like to thank you all for the generosity and support to our September 22 fall semester packing. Many of you also donated time and effort to volunteer on the day of packing with your high school-aged children.  
 

By the end of the day, our group had prepared 200 bags for the universities and community colleges that had signed up to receive the bags.  We would not be able to fill all the bags without the donations we received from you and your organization.  Business owners like Callahan Karate Studio in Bedford and Sevak Abrahamian DDS Dental Group in Wilmington have been our long-time supporters with a donation like the tote bags and the dental toiletries. All the individuals like you had also made a significant contribution to our donation drive to complete all the items in the bags.  
 
We appreciate your spirit of giving to make this worthwhile project possible.  Our goal is to support the homeless and foster care students who may not have families supporting them through their educational journey. One of the items in the bag, the cheer card (written by our long-time volunteer, the Fisette family) in the bag, is to let them know that we care, and we hope they will succeed in higher education and breaking the cycle of poverty with motivation quote.  
 
You all have been one of the cheerleaders from Bedford, and again we thank you all for your kind giving.  
 
Have a wonderful holiday!  
Bedford Friends Supporting Students In Need  
Andrea, Beth, Cindy, Mary Ellen and Shirley (founding members)