Archive for the ‘Missions and Outreach’ Category

Topsfield Cupboard Update

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The Topsfield Cupboard food pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th  Saturdays from 8 am – 10 am each month.  The Topsfield food pantry is out of, or low in the following items:

We hosted the food pantry on Saturday and found the following items lacking or in low supply:

May I also ask that we not supply large containers since the majority of our guests are single households. Plastic containers are also preferable and easier to carry up a flight of stairs.

Here’s the list of needed items:
Shaving cream
Hot cocoa
Instant coffee
Napkins
Spam
Dish soap
Cookies
Fruit juice ( small)
32 oz cooking oil
Dish sponge
Canned beef stew
Peanut butter
Small mayonnaise

Please remember too that donations for the pantry to purchase $15  gift cards.  Alternately, we accept $15 and $25 Market Basket gift cards.  These gift cards are for patrons to purchase items of a personal nature.

The items can be dropped off in the containers provided in the Meeting house narthex on Sunday or in the bins in the  Emerson Center during office hours.  There is also a bin in the public library, should that be more convenient.

Thank you for thinking of those in our community in need.

Kind regards,

Christa

Mission and Outreach Thanksgiving Offering

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

“Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  -Proverbs 31: 8-9

Dear members and friends,
It has been a long tradition in our church to offer our members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution during the Thanksgiving season.

The truck from Haven from Hunger will be outside the Meeting House on Sunday, November 18th accepting food donations. Also the Executive Director, Corey Jackson, of the parent organization, Citizens Inn, will be present in our worship service.

If you are not able to participate with a food donation, we have designated Haven from Hunger to receive our Thanksgiving offering, and you can contribute using the special envelopes in the pew backs.
Haven from Hunger’s food pantry provides over 1,800 households with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and canned goods. Last year, they distributed enough food from their Peabody location for close to 600,000 meals.

More information about Citizens Inn and Haven from Hunger can be found at this link.

Our church has long been a supporter of Haven from Hunger. Please join the Board of Mission and Outreach in filling the pantry to overflowing for the upcoming holiday season.

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Jim Barnes, Sue Blanchard, John Burgess
Kathy Hartmann,  Charise Nulsen,  Pam Warren
Claudia Worth

Volunteers Needed! Meals at Lifebridge

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Sallie Bowling and Cathy Szymanski need your help! It’s time to plan out our year of serving meals at LifeBridge. We leave the Emerson Center at 3:45 pm on the 4th Friday of every month and return by 7:45 pm. We buy all of the food and plan out the menus. Very minimal cooking experience is required and we can tailor menus to your degree of comfort in the kitchen.

Here are the upcoming dates:
October 26
November 23-this is the day after Thanksgiving
December 28
January 24
February 22
March 22
April 26
May 24- this is the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend

We will need folks over the summer too but we will hold off on those sign ups. If you are able to serve, please email or call Cathy or Sallie (salliebowling@verizon.net; 978-887-1059).

Also, if you are unable to serve but still want to help out, we need volunteers to bake homemade desserts which we bring with. Please be in touch with Cathy if you would like to bake!

Thanks for considering this fun and rewarding mission work!

Volunteers Needed!! 500 Backpacks to fill for NuDay Syria Collection

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Mission and Outreach Opportunity!!

Volunteers Needed!! 500 Backpacks to fill for
Nu Day Syria Art Supply collection.

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Nu Day Syria backpack and art supply collection.
The Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore has added our donations to their endeavor and are in the process of filling 500 backpacks to send to the children suffering in Syria.

Your assistance is welcomed and needed with the final sorting of supplies,filling the backpacks and/or packing of the truck to send to Nu Day Syria for the cargo shipment to the refugee camp in Syria. Join the packing parties at: St. John ‘s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street,
Beverly Farms.

Dates:
Tuesday, July 10th at 9 a.m. filling back packs
Friday, July 13th truck packing for cargo shipment to Syria
Please consider helping with this “hands on” effort.

Many thanks!
Pam Warren on behalf of BOMO

Contact: Pam Warren @ pwarren110@gmail.com or 978.979.0366 if you would like to participate or have questions

Gather for June Service Sunday June 24th after worship

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

The Board of Mission and Outreach says, “thank you so much” to everyone who participated in our inaugural Service Sunday in May where we built 50 blessing bags for the homeless during coffee hour. Lifebridge Homeless Shelter in Salem was extremely thankful for our efforts and donations upon delivery of the blessing bags! We would also like to express our gratitude again to the Topsfield dentists who donated all of the dental hygiene products that were included in the blessing bags – Dr. Peter McAllister, Dr. Meryl Atwood, Dr. Gregory Carroll, and Dr. Thomas Carroll.

Our June Service Sunday will be held after worship during “Lemonade on the Lawn” on June 24th. This month’s activity will be to write letters of gratitude to Deployed Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, and First Responders via the organization, Operation Gratitude. You can learn about the organization, as well as tips for writing letters of gratitude, at the following link.
We will also provide these tips to you at the letter writing stations which will be set up on the lawn on the 24th.

As with the Blessing Bag Build in May, this will be an intergenerational activity which will be fun for people of all ages. Children or adults can feel free to draw pictures instead of writing letters if they prefer with the art supplies we provide. ***If you are unable to attend on the 24th, please feel free to review the letter writing guidelines at the link above and submit letters to the church office in advance. You can also hand them to a BOMO member at worship if you are unable to join us on the lawn on the 24th.

Service Sunday will return as a monthly activity for the congregation in September. We would love to hear about organizations YOU would like us to consider supporting at future Service Sundays. Please share your feedback with us by emailing BOMO chair, Jim Barnes at jhbarnes1@mac.com.

Thank you!
Charise Rohm Nulsen
Board of Mission & Outreach Member

Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) North Shore annual Walk

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Please join Ellie Losee and walk in the annual RIM walk on Sunday, June 24th!
Ellie will be walking representing CCoT as part of the RIM Northshore cluster fundraiser.
We are asking everyone to make donations to Ellie’s walk here:
or by check made payable to RIM Northshore cluster and put in the church mission box.

Here is the walk information:
Where:
Gazebo at Lake Quannapowitt
Lower Common
1 Church Street
Wakefield, MA
When: Gathering and Registration at 3:00pm / Walk begins at 4:00pm
Parking: on Street parking nearby
Walking: Walk 3 miles around Lake Quannapowitt – about 1 hour

This event will ensure that asylum seekers living in nearby communities have housing, food and access to English language tutoring until they can provide for themselves.
PLEASE WALK FOR THIS CAUSE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN – YOUR HELP IS GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.
Water and Snacks will be provided.

Introducing Service Sundays Sponsored by BOMO

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Board of Mission & Outreach is excited to announce the addition of Service Sundays to our after worship coffee fellowship. This new service opportunity will occur once a month during coffee fellowship and will make it as easy as possible for everyone – even families with young children – to lend their hands to a worthy cause while we enjoy coffee fellowship.

Please join us on Sunday, May 6th  after worship at coffee fellowship for our first Blessing Bag Build! Blessing Bags are small bags filled with items needed by different kinds of communities. BOMO will provide the materials; all you have to do is show up for coffee, treats, and community as usual and visit our simple Blessing Bag table to help assemble the bags.

Our May Blessing Bags will be donated to Lifebridge Shelter in Salem, an organization dedicated to a comprehensive, community-based approach to ending homelessness. We will assemble bags of small needed items (note pads, pens, lip balm, toothbrushes, emery boards, trail mix, hair elastics, etc.) for the Lifebridge clientele and write or draw caring messages to be included as well. This is a family friendly activity for people of all ages. We hope you will join us and help make Service Sundays a consistent and simple way for our congregation to help others on a monthly basis!

The Board of Mission and Outreach

Art Supplies Collection

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Board of Mission and Outreach (BOMO) is joining The Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore (established by St. John’s Episcopal Church) with their current collection efforts for NuDay Syria.

The group hopes to fill 500-700 backpacks with greatly needed art supplies. Due to the 7th year of civil war in Syria, children are experiencing post traumatic disorder,severe anxiety and fear. Health aid workers in the area have identified that art therapy has been helpful in relieving some of the stress for the children. The art activities take place in safe spaces, providing a much needed sense of hope and calmness.

Please join BOMO by assisting with this collection. Place your donations in the bin located in the church office. Contributions will be collected through 5/21.

The following supplies are being requested.

Back pack, drawing paper, notebooks, sketchbooks, mandala pattern books, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, fine art postcards, crayons, markers, colored pencils, colored chalk, oil pastels, scissors, rulers, glue sticks, tissue paper, self-hardening clay, water color paints, water color trays, yarn, plain white paper.

With appreciation,
Pamela Warren on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

Mission and Outreach Easter Offering 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

We are the agents of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world.”
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

March 2018

Dear Church Family,

During the Lenten season, it is the custom of our church to hold a special offering intended to help those in need. This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has chosen the following two recipients:

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
A ministry of the United Church of Christ, 7 other Christian denominations, and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing donations are at work changing lives locally and in 138 countries around the world. In the United States, this offering provides disaster relief when earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and other acts of nature hit our soil. Internationally, the funds are used not only for disaster relief, but also for water, hunger, and agricultural empowerment projects to lift people out of poverty. It is also used to support missionaries and refugees.

REFUGEE IMMIGRATION MINISTRY (NORTHSHORE CLUSTER)
We continue to support RIM North Shore Cluster in their difficult and important work. The offering will go directly to support a refugee family in the north shore as they work toward rebuilding their lives in the U.S. More information on RIM can be found at www.r-i-m.net

Your gift will be divided equally between these two organizations unless you specify otherwise on your check. Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Easter envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Jim Barnes
Sue Blanchard
John Burgess
Kathy Hartmann
Charise Rohm Nulsen
Pam Warren
Claudia Worth

Formation of the Social Justice Committee

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

The Board of Missions and Outreach (BOMO)
announces the formation of the Social Justice
Committee.

To augment the work of BOMO, the Social Justice Committee (Committee) will work to Address the root causes of social or environmental inequities through education and advocacy in a respectful and peaceful manner (Mission).

Participants will study issues, share information and educate, advocate for and serve as a catalyst for change. Some work would be only Congregational Church of Topsfield members, while other work would interface with non-CCOT organizations, and the Committee may serve as a link, to or facilitate activities with non-CCOT people.

We envision a flexible pool of participants, based on issues you are passionate about. A list of issues that people have expressed interest in pursuing are Homelessness, Immigration, Climate Change, Gun Safety, Wealth Inequality, the Opioid Crisis, and Mental Health.

The Committee will strive to create a safe space for dialogue, and our actions will be:

Non violent, Prayerful, and Faith-guided.

If you would like to participate or are interested in learning more, please email Tom Warren (chair), or Jim Barnes (BOMO chair). We will be contacting people who express an interest to coordinate a date for an initial meeting soon.
Tom: tawpaw354@gmail.com; Jim: jhbarnes1@mac.com