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Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible to make wreaths and cards, and all who participated and added to our fellowship!
If you see some brightly colored rocks in the Welcome Garden next to West Concord Union Church, you’ve just discovered WCUC Sunday School’s “Kindness Rocks Project.” This simple yet powerful way of sharing messages of hope originated in the mind and heart of Megan Murphy, a mother of three from the Cape going through a life transition.
Each day she would walk on the beach looking for signs that closing her business and going back to school was the right decision. One day in 2013, she was inspired to decorate five ordinary beach rocks with messages of encouragement and return them to the beach. The next night, knowing nothing about their origin, one of Murphy’s close friends texted her a photograph of a rock she’d found on the beach with the message, “You’ve Got This!” It was just the sign Murphy needed to continue on her path. Just four years later, there are kindness rocks being made all over the world from the Cape to New Zealand!
The WCUC Sunday School decided to adopt this Kindness Rocks Project as a way of resisting hate and spreading hope within our community. Come on by the Welcome Garden and check out the messages our children have created. Feel free to take a rock with you or add one of your own. But you might want to come over soon! Kindness rocks have a way of finding new homes quickly! For more information about the Kindness Rocks Project and how to make your own rocks go to: http://thekindessrocksproject.com
On October 8, scores of Dennis Lin’s family and friends gathered to celebrate his life. Dennis grew up locally and graduated from Concord Carlisle High School where he met many of his friends. After high school, Dennis achieved his goal of living independently and resided in West Concord for the past three years.
Dennis died on September 25 after a life-long battle with Prader Willi Syndrome. The love-filled memorial service was hosted by Sunday Fellowship, a ministry for people of all abilities at West Concord Union Church (WCUC), both of which Dennis was an enthusiastic participant. In addition to his many friends at WCUC and Sunday Fellowship, the service was attended by Dennis’s mother, Woahyih Lin, his father, George Chia-En Lin, his brother, Samuel and his aunt, Jenny. Many of Dennis’ former classmates and teachers at Concord-Carlisle High School, gathered with friends he made at local businesses, among Concord’s first responders and on the commuter rail to remember Dennis’ enthusiasm, his love of dancing and his inexhaustible friendliness.
Members of Sunday Fellowship led the congregation in a reading of Psalm 139 affirming that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God regardless of how our bodies move, communicate or think. Samuel read the story of the Good Samaritan, a scripture Dennis referenced in his testimony. George spoke gratefully of several notes he found among Dennis’ papers in which Dennis expressed deep love and faith. As the coordinator of Sunday Fellowship for the past three and a half years, I couldn’t help but think that Dennis would have LOVED the idea of his friends all meeting each other, especially at a Sunday Fellowship gathering. While I and so many others will always wish we could have had more time with Dennis, we are comforted to know that his time was so very full of love and joy. We love you Dennis!
We had a wonderful time at our Picnic Potluck Barbecue on July 16th! Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help make it a great event.
On Sunday, June 4th, we followed Pentecost kites over to our beloved building to sing, pray, goof around, and celebrate the beginning of construction!
The beginning of Advent seems like a long time ago now, but the energy, joy, and fellowship enjoyed by all is certainly deserving of documentation – even in Epiphany! Take a look at the photos of our fabulous event on November 29th: creating holiday cards for prisoners through our Concord Prison Outreach Program, making THREE different kinds of advent wreaths to take home (the choice was difficult!), a variety of nativity sets to explore on our stage, and wonderful food and conversation with each other. A great start to a blessed season!
The Sunday Fellowship Christmas Dance on December 6 was a blast! It reminded some of us of an awesome family wedding. Elementary school children, parents, teens and adults of every age and ability YMCA’d and congo-lined together. Check out the photo evidence! Special thanks to the Sunday Fellowship Team: Susan Adams, Jean Goulden, Maureen Mara and Joanna Swain and all who attended for making it such a great night. Merry Christmas to all!