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.
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.
In-person worship services have resumed, with limited capacity, at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, along with the option to follow online via Zoom.
Masks are no longer required if you are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. Hand sanitizer is available. You will be seated by deacons so as to follow appropriate distancing guidelines.
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 4:00 p.m., the preceding Saturday.
The church building will remain closed to group meetings and other public meetings until further notice. We thank you for your patience.
Reverend Lake may be reached anytime at 860.428.3460, and is available for appointments.
Sunday, August 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 5, 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 each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If the weather is good, bring a chair as we like to meet outside!
Our next Tag Sale will be held at the church parsonage on Saturday, August 21, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Clean out those closets of clothing that doesn't fit your kids any longer! We are looking for gently used clothing in all sizes, as well as shoes, outerwear and athletic clothes and shoes. We are also collecting backpacks, and book bags, as well as school supplies like pens/pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc. You may leave donations in protective bags or containers on the porch at the parsonage, or bring them into Canney Hall after church on any Sunday. See Evelyn for more information or questions.
Searching yahoo and Google? Shopping online 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.