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Lammy Y. L. and Constance Yee Ching Endowment for Christian Education
Notes shared by Linda Ching Sledge, daughter or Lammy and Constance Ching, for the establishment of this endowment
Constance Yee (1918-2009) and Lammy Y.L. Ching (1917-1998) were dedicated, lifelong members of UCC -Judd Street from the time of their baptism as a family in 1952 to the end of their lives. They served joyfully in every phase of church life, from manning the luau take-out station to sewing the red cushions on pews to taking key leadership positions on church and denominational committees. Still, it was the UCC-Judd Street adult education program that remained dearest to their hearts. Lammy was an active presence in adult Bible study classes, taught senior high Sunday School, and eventually led adult classes of his own, using texts as challenging as C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
When the UCC-Judd Street sponsored Chinese immigrant citizenship school had a sudden need for professional leaders, Connie and Lammy (recent retirees) offered their services for free. Drawing upon her experience as a reading specialist and supervisor of teachers, Connie developed curriculum and texts. Lammy, a former high school principal, oversaw a team of teachers. Their efforts resulted in a church outreach program that became a national model for community voluntarism and earned Lammy the Thomas Jefferson Award for National Service presented to him in 1994 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It is their family's fondest hope that the Lammy Y.L. and Constance Yee Ching Endowment Fund would support programs in the life of the church dedicated to the same faith-based study and service as that exemplified by Connie and Lammy.
Precious Legacies Memory
By Geoffery Sledge, grandson of Lammy and Connie Ching
When I was 13, my mother and I took an Amtrak train from New York to Washington D.C. to see my grandfather Lammy Ching receive the Thomas Jefferson Award for National Service. Arriving in the capital, we got lost in the maze of underground government subways and burst into the ceremony only to see my grandfather stepping off the stage, the medal already hanging from his neck. We had missed his big moment by seconds.
Nevertheless, twenty years later that day remains etched in my memory. As a kid, I was happy to see that other people loved my grandpa as much as I did. Now as a grown adult with children of my own, I see that memory in a different light: as an example of all one man and his wife - through hard work and strength of conviction - can do for their community.
I remember too the work that earned them the Jefferson Award. During several summer vacations to Hawaii, I sat in on their citizenship classes for Chinese immigrants. Each class was filled with earnest, hopeful faces. I remember sitting at a table with my Nana, looking over her teaching materials. Questions like "When was the Declaration of Independence written?" and "What do the stripes of the American flag represent?" were translated into fastidiously handwritten Chinese. "Do you know the answer to these questions?" my Nana asked me. Some I did, but for a frightful number, I did not. It made me realize what an under-appreciated blessing it was to be an American.
Those teaching materials sparked another passion that ten years later would send me halfway around the world. Those questions were my first real encounter with the Chinese language. My middle school self would never have dreamed that one day, I would struggle to learn that language just as those immigrants struggled to learn English, that I would live in that language's home country for almost ten years, and that I would pass that language on to my daughter. I still keep a copy of the citizenship questions my Nana translated, as a reminder of how a few simple words can change a person's life.
It is very hard to be a good person. It is doubly hard to extend that goodness out to one's community. As their grandson, I know that my grandparents were good people, but what moves me now is to see how their community still remembers their goodness years after their passing.
United Church of Christ-Judd Street will be celebrating our 100th anniversary in
2015! Founded on September 15, 1915, as the “Second Chinese Congregational Church”
with 65 charter members, UCC-Judd Street’s church family has grown over the years to 264
members. We are beginning the process of updating our membership files for our 100th
anniversary Member Directory and we need your help! If you are a member of UCC-Judd
Street, and you Pray, Participate and/or Pledge with us, please fill in
this form with your current
information. We are asking that each individual member (not one per household) return a completed form,
even if your information has not changed. Please be sure to check the appropriate box if you
want your information included in next year’s member directory.
Forms can be mailed to our church office, or better yet, bring it with you to our Sunday
worship service. There will be a place to leave your info sheet. If you have any questions,
please contact Donna Chang or call Joy Kesler in the church office at 536-8418. Thank you!
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