It’s Simple: Open Hearts Taking Action

open-hearts-smRecently received a flurry of email that reminded me why I’ve been part of Bedford Presbyterian Church for nearly 30 years.

The church just became aware of a 19-year-old young man from Central America living on the streets in Mt Kisco. His 17-year-old sister had recently joined him. No place to stay, working part time jobs when available, with a very uncertain outlook.

With no questions asked the church made arrangements for them to stay in an unused classroom so they would have a safe place to sleep. The church “care team” is jumping into the mix to make sure they have food. Church members are volunteering to sleep over so there is someone for them to turn to with questions.

No one on the emails has met these two. I don’t know their last names. Know very little about where they are from or their families at home.

People taking action to help others who are in need.

It’s pretty simple.

That’s why I’m a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church.

~Dave K

Growing in Faith and Family

growing-in-faith-and-familyAfter Christmas Eve service 2010, our daughter said “I want to sing in the choir.”  We had been attending BPC for Christmas services for several years but were only “holiday regulars”.  We had recently been discussing the idea of joining a church and raising our children with faith but had not made any decisions.  We asked the church “Can our daughter sing in the choir if we are not regular members?”  We were greeted with a welcoming “Of course!”
So began our journey into the BPC community.  We started attending the Sundays Laura would sing.  Each time we left feeling better, having gained something in the process.  From there we started attending more Sundays when Laura wasn’t singing.  Eventually, we made a commitment to become members.
BPC is not just a faith community to us but our faith family.  When we walk through the doors we feel at home, accepted for who we are, and welcomed with smiling faces.    While we are there, we feel inspired to live a better life and more connected with our community and the world.  When we leave, we feel motivated to take the messages we heard into the greater community, relieved that our worries/problems don’t feel as big or important anymore, able to see the larger meaning of life.
Our children have taught us many things and because of them we have tried and explored opportunities we might have never considered.  Sometimes your children lead you to were you belong.
~Julie and Peter