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)

Slippery Words and Sticky Words: Teflon and Velcro in the Month of Elul

G’mar Hatima Tova: Yom Kippur begins at Sunset on October 8, 2019, and ends at Nightfall on October 9, 2019

Barbara Ostfeld became Judaism’s first ordained female Cantor in 1975 after a course of study at Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music. A long-time friend of Senior Minister John Gibbons, Cantor Ostfeld spoke about Yom Kippur at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist on September 15, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Elul, just in time for Jews to begin preparations for the High Holidays.

Native American Powwow at the Bedford VA Hospital This Weekend

The Thirty-Seventh Annual Bedford Powwow, a Native American cultural event, is being held on the grounds of the Bedford VA Hospital, at 200 Spring Rd., Bedford MA. Everyone is invited, and admission is free to this family-oriented event. It’s called a Powwow, which is a word that has come to mean ‘a gathering of the people.’