Events at Westport Federated Church
Our church is more than just Sunday service. There’s a whole lot happening with our community throughout the week. We hold frequent gatherings and events, with special get togethers for families, kids and our community.
Come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship with family, neighbors and friends. Dinners are organized and sponsored by the WFC Women's group through out the year. We hope to resume this ministry in the summer of 2021.
Medical Assistant Program (MAP)
The Medical Assistance Program (MAP) was conceived in the summer of 2016 when yet another community member was blindsided with a cancer diagnosis. It became increasingly apparent that many people in our area face unanticipated expenses for medical travel. Many need to travel long distances over an extended period of time in our rural area where public transportation is not widely available. MAP is an independent program of the Community Cares Project, within the Westport Federated Church in Westport, NY which has been a strong community presence since the 19th century. In the early diagnostic and treatment phase, stunned people face immediate significant out- of-pocket travel costs.
As they learn to navigate the medical system, long-term financial assistance may be available, but we perceived a critical short-term need, and so we developed the Medical Assistance Program Gas Card Project. MAP is intended to get folks where they need to go. We provide gas cards in $50.00 denominations for three months upon request from residents of the townships of Westport, Elizabethtown, Lewis, Essex, Willsboro and Moriah.
We are rapid responders within ten days of receipt of applications. We also act as a bridge, providing referral information toward sources of long-term financial aid. We do not proselytize or inquire about applicants’ beliefs. No means testing or confidential information is required. We expect nothing in return. We chose to purchase $50.00 gas cards from Stewarts Shop in Elizabethtown, NY, which is central to our service area.
Requests for assistance may be made directly by persons undergoing treatment, their drivers, pastors of local churches, health professionals and medical facilities.
An application form is required and may be obtained by contacting the Westport Federated Church office at 518-962-8293. The program was implemented in September 2016 and has served over 75 people. Over 90% of MAP’s expense is the purchase of gas cards; our administrative work is volunteered. We are gladly accepting donations: please mail a check to us made out to Westport Federated Church and indicate MAP in the memo section, or if you prefer you may donate via pay pal or credit card in "give" section.
Westport Federated Women- Community Outreach and Bible Study
The Westport Federated Women's group meets on the first Thursday of the month for a fellowship luncheon and business meeting. Community dinners, food sales, bible study and craft fairs are only some of the missions this group pursues. This group welcomes all women attending or connected to the church; membership is not required.