The Women’s Fellowship of the Ellington Congregational Church is open to all members and friends of the church. We encourage you to participate in our organization.

Dear Women of ECC, 

Here we are already in October, and weeks away from the Farmhouse Fair, which will be held on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2022. Summer is over and it is time to finish up projects and get ready for our Fair! We are still seeking additional handcrafted items to sell at the Fair to help us make our 60th Anniversary Fair the best one ever!

On Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Ellington Historical Society Fall Festival, we will be offering a preview of our Farmhouse Fair. This will be a few tables manned by Jen T. and Alexis K. It will also be an opportunity to promote the upcoming Fair. Lee Carman will also be participating on behalf of BCE.

Coat Ministry for hawkwing – currently suspended: Thanks for very much to Jan and Dave Danforth for their years of service collecting gently used and new coats for hawkwing. This is a ministry started years ago by Peg Doffek and Janet Wieliczka. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a person or team willing to continue this ministry. We will not start up collections for coats again until we have someone willing to manage this ministry which means collecting the coats from church and inspecting them, packing them in boxes and periodically bringing the boxes to Glastonbury. Please see Penny Gates if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry’s next meeting will be on October 27th (the fourth Thursday of the month) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Everyone who would like to help is welcome! Please contact Jan Starkweather at 860-875-1543 for more information. Sacred Stitches is meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon on October 20th in the Social Room. The blankets (and maybe quilts in the near future) will be sent to hawkwing. Everyone who wants to sew is welcome to join. Please contact Jan Schaeffer at 860-875-5581
with any questions.

Thanks to Al Tourneau for building beautiful, new shelves in the kitchen pantry! Women’s Fellowship will be paying for a commercial cleaning of the kitchen in October, which is something we do annually.

Women’s Fellowship is also planning an all-church potluck on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in the Social Room beginning at 5:00 p.m. This is a celebratory potluck for the success of the Fair and it is for our entire church. All are welcome. Please join us. Last names beginning A - M, please bring a main dish to share. Last names beginning N - Z, please bring a side dish or salad to share.Desserts and beverages will be provided. 

By popular request, here is the Zucchini Bar recipe from Penny Gates:

Zucchini Cobbler Bars
Prep time 35 mins.
Cook time 35 mins.
Total time 1 hour 10 mins. Serves: 15 bars

4 cups chopped seeded, peeled zucchini
⅓ cup lemon juice
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup cold butter, cubed

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, Lightly grease 7X11 inch baking dish.
  2. Combine the zucchini and lemon juice in a medium pan and cook over medium-high heat until the zucchini is soft, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ½ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg;
    cook an additional minute then remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. Mix ¾ cup of the crumb mixture into the zucchini mixture. Press half of the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  7. Pour the zucchini mixture on top of the crust, then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture evenly on top.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  9. Let cool before slicing.

Our next Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting is Friday, November 11, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.


Penny Gates and Sharon McLaughlin, Co-Presidents