Indoor mask requirement now in effect per 1st Selectman. See update on Home Page
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!
The Knitting Group meets weekly on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. If weather permits, we like to meet outside, so bring a chair. If inside, masks must again be worn at this time.
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 scarves, hats, mittens and gloves for the homeless of New York City. Ongoing is our mission 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.
At this time, there are openings on two committees. Maintenance and Stewardship could each use another member. For newer people, this church is run by the people through committees. You do not have to be a member of the church to be on a committee but you do have to be a member to be a chair of a committee. This is a good way to meet others, to be active in the running of your church and to learn the “inner workings”.
See a member of Nominating if you are interested or for more information -
Carol Tiziani, Kelly Ouellette or Mary Jane Slade.
In-person worship services have resumed at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, along with the option to follow online via Zoom.
As of 8/31/2021, masks are again required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, due to an Executive Order of Colchester First Selectman, Mary Bylone. Hand sanitizer is also available.
We realize that everyone may not feel comfortable returning to in-person services at this time, and we offer the option to join us via Zoom. For sign on codes, please email your request to email@example.com by 9:00 p.m., the preceding Saturday.
Reverend Lake may be reached anytime at 860.428.3460, and is available for appointments.
Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 place tba
Our group has resumed meeting. Bring your personal knitting/crochet/needlepoint projects or work on a prayer shawl for the church. We also have ongoing mission projects, and there is always a need for more chemo caps, preemie hats, all baby items, prayer shawls, and lap robes Join us for fellowship and fun conversation each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If the weather is good, bring a chair as we like to meet outside! *Mask required if meeting indoors.
Our next Tag Sale will be held at the church parsonage on Saturday, September 18, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We will also hold Turkey Pot Pie Sale in the church hall at the same time! Pies will be frozen and reasonably priced. See Evelyn for more information or questions or to volunteer to help out. More help is needed, appreciated and makes it more fun!!!
Searching yahoo and Google? Shopping online while 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.