Mt. Kisco Church Hosts Newtown Candlelight Memorial

The following was posted by Tom Auchterlonie (Editor) in the Chappaqua-Mt. Kisco Patch, 
On Friday, six months to the day since the shooting at Sandy Hook School in nearby Newtown, CT, Mount Kisco’s United Methodist Church hosted a candlelight memorial service in memory of the 26 victims.People gathered for seats on the church’s front lawn while songs and prayers were given by the night’s speakers. Several items were visible that noted the victims, including a snowflakes board with names, a collage of photographs and luminaries.

Karen Burger, the church’s pastor, called for learning about what the cause of such attacks. She also noted to the crowd that some may play roles in related issues, such as guns and mental health.“We also need to remember how can we help to prevent such tragedies. What you choose to do is personal but it will have a ripple effect in the greater community.”

Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich, reflecting on the time of year, wondered what might have been for the victims had they lived, saying that “20 little children should be playing with their brohers and sisters, with their friends, with their parents watching them, and they are not. Six teachers should be looking forward to the end of the school year and they are not, and what we are doing here tonight is just demonstrating that we are a community much like sandy hook, that we care and that’s something that I’m very, very proud of.”

Prayers were offered by Burger, Katonah Methodist church Pastor Melissa Boyer and Rev. Ivan Rodriguez of Iglesia Cristiana Fe y Esperanza. Rodriguez’s congregation meets in the Methodist church, and it played a major role in the event.

Several songs were performed, including ones written in reaction to the tragedy, by Susan Wright (“A Mother’s Kiss”) and Diana Feaver (“Everyone, Everywhere”).

The gathering was also part of a dialogue between people in Mount Kisco and Newtown. At one point, a letter from Newtown Pastor Mel Kawakami was read, while a plaque displayed at the event will be given to the Newtown school district.

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