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Kindness Rocks at WCUC!

  • October 26, 2017

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

Celebrating the Life of Dennis Lin

  • October 10, 2017

 

 

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!

 

Apple Picking!

  • October 5, 2016

Check out the photos from our apple picking adventure last Sunday!  Pizza, pumpkins, donuts, hot cider, apples, tree climbing, and some very wet feet rounded out our wonderful afternoon together.  Can’t wait for next year!dsc01799 dsc01803 dsc01807 dsc01812 dsc01826 dsc01828 dsc01837 dsc01847 dsc01878

Our WCUC Advent Event

  • January 15, 2016

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!DSC_0180-XL DSC_0154-XL DSC_0169-XL DSC_0144-XL DSC_0118-XL DSC_0113-XL DSC_0138-XL DSC_0147-XL DSC_0146-XL DSC_0126-XL DSC_0132-XL DSC_0121-XL

Apple Picking!

  • October 9, 2015

On Sunday, October 4th, twenty-eight children and adults joined us for a beautiful fall afternoon at Carver Hill Orchard in Stow for a pizza lunch and apple picking (and we all bought a few donuts too!).  It was a wonderful time for parents to chat, for kids to climb trees, and for everyone to sample and collect bags and bags of delicious fall apples.  We are already looking forward to next year’s trip!DSC09116 DSC09117 DSC09139 DSC09142 DSC09156 DSC09154 DSC09138