In-person worship services have resumed, along with Zoom access. Details on homepage
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!
While we are not meeting while the church building is closed, we continue to knit and crochet for the many causes to which we contribute. If you have completed projects, email us and we'll make a plan to pick up and deliver. Thank you!!!
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.
In-person worship services have resumed at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, along with the option to follow online via Zoom.
Masks will be required to enter the sanctuary, as will the use of hand sanitizer. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 will be scheduling office hours soon. He may be reached anytime at 860.428.3460, and is available for appointments.
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
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. We are still planning how Sunday School will happen this fall. Please check back here and in the "Education" section under "Our Church" for more information.
Temporarily, this group is meeting outside, weather permitting, due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Bring a chair, and your mask for closer talking, and meet us in Raymond Park on the church grounds if the weather is good.
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.
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.
A tag sale will be held inside and outside (weather permitting) the parsonage on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please contact Evelyn if your are able to help before, during, or immediately following the sale.