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Friday, September 23, 2011

Peace Vigil Photographs from the Bridgewater Independent

The front page of this week's Bridgewater Independent features photos and an article about the Peace Vigil. Click the link for more photos. The article is not yet online.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Donations for Project 50/50

Shay Kelly of Project 50/50 is coming to Bridgewater as part of her journey to 50 states in 50 weeks. She will be in Bridgewater Sept. 20 and 21and will be delivering gifts to two local charities. Join the Bridgewater Celebration for Peace on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Basil's Chapel to hear Shay tell about her adventures around the country aiding the homeless and others in need.
Help her project by donating to School on Wheels which provides school supplies for homeless children and to A New Day which provides aid to victims of relationship violence including battered women.
Donations may be dropped off at St. Basil's Chapel, 122 Park Ave., Bridgewater, MA.
Here are the items requested.
School on Wheels
Quality NEW backpacks for grades Pre-K -12
Glossy Pocket Folders
Zipper Pencil Pouches
Educational workbooks (all levels)
Student Dictionaries
Flash Drives
Notebook Binders (for Junior High and Senior High students)
A New Day
Toiletries for women and children of all ages, including toothbrushes, deodorant, diapers, etc.
Non-perishable food
Gift cards in $10.00 and $20.00 increments for pharmacies, grocery stores and box stores (such as Target & Wal-Mart)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Water Communion

First Parish Bridgewater will host its annual Water Communion this Sunday at 10:30. Members and guests are asked to bring some water, from home or from their summer travels, for our in gathering. This is an intergenerational service to mark the start of the new church year. Religious Education programs for children begin on September 25.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

One Book One Community

Bridgewater's One Book One Community Read for fall 2011 is Dragon House by John Shors. The T"UU"rning Leaves book club will discuss this novel on September 30 at 7:00 (place TBD). In conjunction with the Community Read and the Peace Vigil The University is hosting a panel discussion on Street Children at the Heritage Room of the Maxwell Library on September 19 at 7:00. This program is free and open to the public. Author John Shors will be speaking at the University on the evening of November 8. More details will follow. Copies of the book are avaialble at the University library and Bridgewater Public Library. Residents of Bridgewater may obtain a free borrower's card from the University library.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Celebration for Peace

Bridgewater Celebration for Peace
The Seventh Annual Bridgewater Celebration for Peace will be observed with a new expanded program. The traditional 24 hour Peace Vigil will be held from Sat., Sept.17 at 1:00 p.m. through Sun., Sept. 18 at 1:00 p.m. with activities and programs at First Parish and Bridgewater United Methodist churches. All are invited to make banners and doves before the Saturday Procession around Bridgewater Center at 2:00 p.m. This will be followed by Peace Games for children, creating a Sand Mandala and other activities. After a light supper there will be Peace Offerings, a program especially geared for children. The movie "Peace Pilgrim" will be shown at First Parish and Sacred Dances for Peace will be held at the Parish Hall of Bridgewater Methodist Church. At 9:00 p.m. there will be a special Peace Program at First Parish followed by the Fire of Forgiveness. Throughout the night the church will be open for silent meditation.

At 6:00 a.m. on Sunday there will be a Sunrise Meditation. After breakfast will be a service of Sufi poetry. Before the morning worship Peter Jansen will play Gathering Music. Rev. Michael Walker of Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton will be the preacher at the morning service. Rev.Walker and his parishioners will then join us for a Peace Picnic in the lane. At 1:00 p.m. we will gather round the Peace Pole for the closing ceremony of the vigil.

However this year there's more! Mon. evening Sept. 19 a special Round Table will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University (BSU). The topic will be "Work with Street Children" This will tie in with the One Book One Community selection "Dragon House" by John Shors, a novel about street children in Vietnam.

Tues. evening Sept. 20 back at First Parish all are invited to a Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 p.m. back at First Parish where our guests will be International Students and Staff from BSU.

On Wed., Sept. 21 EarthView, the amazing globe that Vernon Domingo and James Hayes-Bohanan have shared with us the past two years, will be on display at BSU. Watch for more details so that you can take a stroll through. Later in the day we will be presenting the gifts and donations gathered to the two charities "School on Wheels" and "A New Day". Shay Kelley of Project 50/50 will be here to help distribute these donations. At 7:00 p.m. Shay will speak about her inspiring work traveling around 50 states in 50 weeks to gather gifts for those less fortunate. Her program will be at a BSU location TBD. (See

There's a lot to participate in and we certainly need to be thinking of peace in all its aspects - personal, local and global. Come find some peace during this celebration.

1. Donate to help "School on Wheels" and/or "A New Day" See weekly church emails or contact Betty Gilson for information.
2. Attend the programs and activities.
3. Help with the Peace Picnic on Sun., Sept. 19. Contact To St. Thomas, who is our chief host and coordinator, at 508-697-8637.
4. Come to the Tues., Sept. 20 Pot Luck and bring a dish of typically American food. This will be a crash course in American Cuisine for our International guests. RSVP
5. Join us for the finale and hear Shay Kelley's inspiring story.