Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 3/28/2013

Weekly Link 3-28-13

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, March 31

Easter Sunday

Worship for All Ages led by Rev. Parisa D. Parsa and

Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt

“Love Lives On”

Easter in Song and Story

by Rev. Kristin Grassel and Joel Hiller

Religious Education

There will be no RE classes this week. All children and youth are invited to join multigenerational worship in the meetinghouse. Nursery care is available for children under the age of 5.

Events and News

First Friday

April 5, 2013

The Differences that Make a Difference: Exploring the Layers of Culture

Rev. Parisa Parsa

We talk often about multiculturalism as a very good thing, but living it and understanding its meaning is left in a fog of mystery. This evening we’ll spend some time peeling back the layers of identity that make us each who we are, and consider how cultural self-awareness can help us be better ‘neighbors’ to those whose cultures are different from our own.

The Story of Unitarian Universalism

Sunday, April 7, 12-2pm in the Chase Parlor

What do we believe? Where did we come from? How did we get here? And why should we care? These are important human questions with particular relevance for Unitarian Universalists – ours is the “Living Tradition” after all! Only when we know our history can we benefit from its inspiration. Lunch will be provided. Childcare available by advance request. Please RSVP to

Film Premiere

Friday, April 12, 2013

7pm Parish Hall

Two Who Dared

The Sharps’ War

The remarkable story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife who boldly committed to a life threatening mission in Europe to help save imperiled Jews and refugees at the onset of World War II

Half-day Retreat for Couples

Perhaps you’ve experienced the gifts of a small group and wanted to share them with your partner. Or maybe you’d like to bring your faith and your relationship together in a new way. The intimate setting of a small group allows us to do these things at the same time we deepen our connections with others in our church community and help each other navigate the living out of our faith and values. We will be offering a small group for couples, consisting of four to six sessions in May, June, and July. The group will be co-facilitated by Harris and Melinda Collins. As in all small groups, we’ll be working into deep listening and holding of each other as explore and celebrate. On Saturday, May 4th, Melinda and Harris will host a half-day couples retreat as a kick-off for the small group. To register, or for more information, please contact

Anne LamottAnne Lamott Is Coming to Bedford Monday, April 8 at 7:30p

Anne Lamott, author and memoirist, will read from Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, her newest book about the simplicity and power of prayer, followed by a book signing.

The only Boston stop on her book tour!

First Parish on the Common in Bedford
75 The Great Road, Bedford, Ma • fully accessible

To learn more, visit —or call 781-275-7994

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church

Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice.