On this Giving Tuesday, I would be honored if you would consider donating to the congregation where I have served as Pastor since 2017, Colchester Federated Church.

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We are often known around our community as the church with the big heart. When we say that everyone is welcome here, we mean it.

We are the only Welcoming, Open and Affirming church in Colchester, Connecticut, where we expressly welcome all persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; as well as all ages, races, nationalities, mental and physical ability, family structure, and social and economic status.

We don’t have a Community Center here in Colchester, so our church—the Church on the Green—serves as the de facto Community Center. We provide space for multiple AA and Al-Anon meetings almost every day. People seek hope and healing within our walls. Colchester Federated Church sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and there are various Girl Scout Troops who use our facilities too. We continue to provide space for Covid & Flu Vaccine Clinics through our local Health Department. Our Mission & Witness Ministry distributes thousands of dollars every year to various other non-profits, including organizations that address homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, and food insecurity.

Unlike other historic New England Congregational churches (we’ve been around since 1703!), we don’t have a huge endowment and Colchester isn’t a wealthy town. Our people are hardworking, and we rely on fundraisers to pay our church staff, pay our bills, run our programs, and maintain our facilities.

In the end, our congregation at Colchester Federated Church is doing vital ministry, our welcoming presence really matters here, and our future is bright! I would be honored if you would consider donating to give our church a financial boost. (We are a non-profit, so gifts are tax-deductible as well).

Thank you for considering, and love to all! ❤️

Rev. Lauren Lorincz Ostrout
Pastor, Colchester Federated Church

Photo by Rev. Lauren Lorincz Ostrout