Black History and First Parish on Bedford Common ~ Nanne’s Life Matters

In a Sunday morning service on February 2, at the start of Black History Month,  First Parish on Bedford Common dedicated a small new plaque. It remembers a woman named Nanne and is installed beneath a memorial to Bedford’s first minister, Nicholas Bowes, her owner.

St. Paul’s/ASP Flatbread Benefit Night

St. Paul’s High School Youth Group is embarking this summer on its sixth weeklong mission trip with Appalachia Service Projects, doing home repair and construction for people living in rural poverty in Guyan Valley, WV. Flatbread in Bedford is holding a Benefit Night on February 11 to help raise money for the trip. Every pizza sold between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, either dine-in or takeout, will earn money toward the trip. Please come out and support teenagers performing meaningful service to others, and have a delicious dinner while you’re at it!

Caroline Holt Larson Receives the St. George Episcopal Award

The Baptismal Covenant of the Episcopal Church asks individuals to pledge to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. “Caroline Holt Larson has made such service her life’s work through the Girl Scouts, the church, and her career as an occupational therapist serving children with mobility impairments. She is a living witness to Jesus’ instruction that we care for the children in our midst,” noted John C. Mitchell in nominating her for the St. George Episcopal Award.

“We are privileged by her presence in our congregation and our community, and we hold her in high esteem. I recommend her for this award without reservation or hesitation,” Mitchell continued.

St. Paul’s/ASP “Dining for a Cause” at the 99 Restaurant

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is embarking on its sixth summer youth mission trip with Appalachia Service Project this year, with nearly thirty high school students and adult crew leaders heading to Guyan Valley, WV, to do home repair and construction for people living in rural poverty. The 99 Restaurant on Lexington Rd/Middlesex Turnpike in Billerica is holding a “Dining for a Cause” benefit night on Monday, January 13, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Diners who show the attached flyer to their server will earn 15% of their bill toward the mission trip.

Letter to the Editor: Coming Together Over Climate Change

Do you ever wonder what we really need to do to shift the tide of Climate Change? Such a big and overwhelming question has no simple answer.  We have the technology to shift to renewable energy and dramatically improve energy efficiency, but will it be enough and will it be fast enough?

Bedford Women Develop Environmental Curriculum, Earth Circles

Bedford residents Maureen Oates and Janet Powers are lifelong environmentally conscious people. Their childhoods featured regular outdoor life – Oates at the beaches and in the forests of San Diego county and Powers with summers in the Adirondacks. Oates, a high school biology teacher who became involved in environmental education projects in the 1970s, worked with both science and social studies teachers at all grade levels and was for seven years the Director of Education for Maine Audubon Society before her retirement.

Chanukiah Candles Bring Forth Light against Darkness

In this multicultural age, almost everyone probably knows about the 2,200-year-old miracle of the Chanukah light. A single day’s ration of olive oil, kindled in the ravaged Holy Temple in Jerusalem, continued to burn for eight days, enough time for the production of a new supply.

HAPPY EARTHMAS ~ Awaiting the Winter Solstice   

The Citizen received a note from First Parish’s Senior Minister who, in the waning days of his 3-month sabbatical, is in New York City, spending time with, among others, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping ( Rev. Billy and his anti-consumerist and climate-activist gospel choir have visited Bedford three times.  “Earthalujah! Changealujah!” they would say.

Rev. Billy and his anti-consumerist and climate-activist gospel choir have visited Bedford three times.  “Earthalujah! Changealujah!” they would say.  

This is an excerpt from Rev. Billy’s sermon for the 2019 Winter Solstice:

Christmas Bazaar at First Baptist Church

On Saturday, December 7th, from 2-5pm at 153 Concord Road in Bedford, at the Connections building of First Baptist Church, there will be a Christmas Bazaar with many activities, gifts, baked goods, ornament making, free gift wrapping and a CAROL SING at 4:30pm. FREE admission, great crafts for kids of all ages to make to bring home. Incredible gift items for all ages. Toys, Hot Wheels, new Melissa and Doug wooden toys, Star Wars puzzles, music cd’s and records, housewares, Christmas decorations, books, powertools, vases, many surprising gift possibilities. ALL THE ACTION will take place in the “Connections” building of FBC (153 Concord Road).