Church News

Just a sample of the 751 nests made for the wildlife of Australia!

Knitting Group Missions

For many, many years, church knitters and crocheters have made prayer shawls that are prayed upon and blessed, and delivered to those in need of comfort. During the past several years, our newly formed Knitting/Crochet group have made tiny hats and comfort items for premature infants at area hospitals. Most recently, the group was highlighted on local news stations for their mission to  knit and crochet bird/small animal nests for wildlife victims of the Australia bush fires. This mission brought an outpouring of support from community members and many others! The photo on the left is just a small sample of what at last count was a total of 751 nests that will be donated to the efforts in Australia!

Our next mission will be to make "chemo caps" for folks who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Since there is an unfortunately large need for these items locally, we would love to have community involvement once again! We are just told told to have tight stitches that won't allow a lot of air to pass through and to use very soft yarn. You may use your own pattern or we will post some here shortly.

 All are welcome to join us at the church hall on Thursdays from 10am-noon. We have also received many donations of yarn that you are welcome to use.

Please continue to help keep Blessings Box stocked!

The Outreach Committee is continuing to stock the Blessings Box, located near the church driveway exit.  


The Blessings Box (also known as a Free Little Pantry in some communities), is a tool for neighbors to help neighbors. The box will be stocked with an assortment of items, including nonperishable foods, baby diapers and supplies, as well as basic household supplies and personal care items.


The box is a place community members may take something they need or donate something for others. All can be done at one’s convenience, and anonymously. Donations may also be left in the basket in the church foyer. All items must be sealed and within expiration dates.

The box is frequently empty, so please drop off items to restock when you can.

Take a blessing, bring a blessing, be a blessing!

Mission Opportunities

  • Covenant Food Kitchen meal service (see Tana Handwerk)
  • Wounded Warrrior Project-The cost is $19 per month. If you would like to sign up for a month in memory or in honor of a veteran of the Armed Services, please see the sheet on the upstairs bulletin board.
  • Community Lunch- each Friday, at Colchester Federated Church or St. Andrews. 11am-1pm (See Evelyn Taggart)
  • Carolyn Schaefer Prayer Shawl Ministry-Knitters and crocheters ways needed. Contact a deacon if you'd like to help or if you know of someone in need of a comforting shawl.

Hospitality and Card Greetings

  • Someone need a card to cheer them up? Gerrie Dawson is willing to send a card.
  • Someone ill and in need of a special meal? Check with Nan Wasniewski 

Church Happenings


Want to join the church?

New church members will be welcomed during the Palm Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m. on April 5, 2020. Those interested in joining the church membership are asked to contact Rev. Ron Lake at (860) 428-3460 or

Next Church Prudential Meeting

 Sunday, March 8, 2020 

   *meeting after worship

   *only committee members may vote, but others are always welcome.

Sunday School Registration Continues All Year

Please see our "Children's Programs" section under "Education." We have online Sunday School registration, as well as a pdf form you can print, fill out and turn in if you prefer.

Pulpit Assistants Needed

Reverend Ron is looking for pulpit assistants to help with readings during worship services. Please let him know if you are interested.

Reverend Lake's Contact Info.

Reverend Lake will be scheduling office hours soon. He may be reached anytime at 860.428.3460, and is available for appointments.

Fellowship Opportunities


Next Ladies Lunch Bunch

Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 12 noon at Maria's Restaurant in Colchester. RSVP to Jane Duval.

Next Men's Breakfast


Knitting Group Meets Each Thursday

 At 10 a.m., each Thursday, folks meet in Canney Hall to knit, crochet, learn how to knit and/or crochet, or to just hang out and enjoy fellowship. All are welcome! 


Searching yahoo and Google? Shopping on line for Christmas? Our easiest and most underused fundraising opportunity is waiting for you! Go to and type in "Westchester Congregational Church" where it says, "choose your cause," and access many store websites through Goodsearch and Goodshop. The church earns a penny for each search and the stores listed make a donation to WCC, either a percentage or a dollar amount, based on the amount of your purchase. Many popular stores are listed. This is not a scam; it really works. See Alice with any questions.

Thank you for a successful 2019!

Many thanks to all who attended, worked at or helped in any way to make our 2019 fundraising year such a success! Stay tuned for new events to come in 2020!

Upcoming Events

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Link to Full Calendar

Our complete calendar will be found here soon. In the meantime, access it here.