Weekly Word

Guest Preacher Mary Beth Dopfer

Guest Preacher Mary Beth Dopfer

Join us in welcoming Deacon Mary Beth Dopfer as our guest preacher for worship services this coming Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 10 AM. Mary Beth was born and raised in upstate New York. She and her husband Herbert moved to Bedford, New Hampshire in 1995, where they reside with

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Guest Preacher Cindy Chagnon

Guest Preacher Cindy Chagnon

Join us in welcoming our Guest Preacher, BPC Elder Cindy Chagnon for our January 16, 2022, Sunday Worship service at 10 AM. Cindy, a native of West Virginia, has lived in New Hampshire with her husband, Jean, since 1973. She grew up as a Presbyterian in WV, and she and

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Guest Preacher Andy Wickwire

Guest Preacher Andy Wickwire

This week we welcome Elder Andy Wickwire as our guest preacher for worship services this coming Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 10 AM. Andy grew up in Manchester, CT, and has called Bedford home for 29 years with his wife Nancy (Lord) Wickwire, and two kids, Eddie and Layla. Andy

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Guest Preacher Reverend Dr. David Reynolds

Guest Preacher Reverend Dr. David Reynolds

Join us in welcoming our guest preacher Reverend Dr. David Reynolds, for worship services this coming Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 10 AM. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the Pastoral Counseling Services team, a non-profit counseling agency in Manchester, NH, whose primary focus is the integration of spirituality and

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A Prayer for Christmas

A Prayer for Christmas

As I write this, there are several people I know who are busy doing their last-minute Christmas shopping.  Here in the church office, we have been busy printing bulletins for the Community Carol Sing, our Christmas Eve services, and our regular Sunday service this week.  Out in the world, there

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Congregational Meeting This Sunday!

Congregational Meeting This Sunday!

Hello All! This is a friendly reminder that we will be holding a Congregational Meeting this coming Sunday, December 19, at 11:15 AM.  This will be a “hybrid” meeting, with some people in-person in the Sanctuary and others joining on Zoom. To join the meeting on Zoom, please click

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In-Person vs. Remote

In-Person vs. Remote

This past week, the Session of BPC met in-person for the first time since March of 2020.  Throughout the pandemic, we have been meeting on Zoom, but we decided to meet in-person, in the Fellowship Hall, wearing masks for our last Session meeting of the year.  It was a beautiful

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It's Advent at BPC!

It's Advent at BPC!

It’s shaping up to be a busy Advent at BPC! Here are just a few of the things going on in the month of December.  Mark your calendars and plan to take part! Sunday, December 12 at 10 AM – Children’s Christmas Musical – “Broadcasting Christmas” – Join us for the

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Gratitude By Any Means Necessary

Gratitude By Any Means Necessary

This past week, I received two phone calls at the church office from two different people who received Thanksgiving gift cards from the Deacons of BPC.  They both wanted to know how we got their names and addresses, but they also wanted to say “thank you” for the gift.   With

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Getting Ready for Sabbatical Part 4 - "Doing What We Do Best"

Getting Ready for Sabbatical Part 4 - "Doing What We Do Best"

I hope that this week’s Thanksgiving holiday will be spent in some way - large or small - with people you love.  I have heard some people in our church that if there’s anything Presbyterians love to do, it’s eat.  It’s true - church people (no

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Way Leads on to Way

Way Leads on to Way

This past Monday night, BPC's Neighborhood Support Team was meeting.  This is a group of nearly 30 people from our church and the wider Bedford community that is working to provide support to support an Afghan family that have been evacuated to the US.  The main issue that the Team

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Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality

One of our Mission Committee Elders, Larry Cowen has been heading up our effort to help resettle Afghan evacuees. On Wednesday of this week, he received a call and was asked, "If an Afghan evacuee family were to arrive in New Hampshire on Friday night, would you be able to

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Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 3 “While the Pastor’s Away..."

Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 3 “While the Pastor’s Away..."

When I was working in my first church, right after seminary, I served as a Director of Christian Education and Youth at Amity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.  Amity was a mid-sized congregation (smaller than BPC) and had a full-time pastor named Bill.  I remember when Bill was getting ready

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Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 2                                                “What Are We Going to Do?"

Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 2 “What Are We Going to Do?"

Last week, I started a series of Hilltop Crier articles about getting ready to be away for my Sabbatical, which starts on January 1, 2022.  One of the questions that you might be asking is “What are we going to do?” - you and I - while I am away

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Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 1

Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 1

My wife let me know the other day that I have 11 Sundays left until I go on Sabbatical in January. To some people, eleven weeks might seem like a lot, but I have a LOT to do to get ready. So, over the next eleven weeks - in between

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How Much Does One Song Matter?

How Much Does One Song Matter?

On Wednesday evening, many of you received a “Congregational Survey” about music at BPC.  The questions are mostly about the song “May the Peace of the Lord Christ Go with You,” the song that we have used to close our worship services since February of 2020.  Selfishly, the results of

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fALL Welcome Sunday – THIS Sunday, October 3

fALL Welcome Sunday – THIS Sunday, October 3

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, October 3, for our first-ever “fALL Welcome Sunday.”  At 10 AM, join us in the Sanctuary (masked and physically distanced) for World Communion Sunday and at 11 AM, join us outside for some fun activities – lawn games, sack races, a possible Cornhole

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