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!
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 more than 1200 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.
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 Rev.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 19, 2020
*meeting after worship
*only committee members may vote, but others are always welcome.
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.
Reverend Ron is looking for pulpit assistants to help with readings during worship services. Please let him know if you are interested.
Reverend Lake will be scheduling office hours soon. He may be reached anytime at 860.428.3460, and is available for appointments.
Temporarily, this group is not meeting, due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We will let you know when this resumes.
While you are socially distancing, feel free to continue your knitting/crochet projects. There is still a need for more chemo caps (47 were recently donated to a new program in Manchester), preemie hats, all baby items, prayer shawls, and lap robes. Hats of all sizes will be sent to South Africa in June.
Our first tag sale of the year will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the church parsonage. We have made room for new items, so feel free to drop off donations on the porch of the parsonage at any time.
A Turkey Dinner, with all the fixings, will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. More details and ways you can help will be posted soon.
Searching yahoo and Google? Shopping on line while social distancing? Our easiest and most underused fundraising opportunity is waiting for you! Go to Goodsearch.com 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.