Archive for April, 2016

Join the RIM Refugee Walk

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

When:  Sat. May 21st at 10 a.m. rain or shine

Location:   Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA

An hour on your feet can help ensure that asylum seekers living in nearby communities have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and access to English language tutoring  Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) is an interfaith, community-based organization that has served hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Eastern Massachusetts since its founding in 1986.

Can’t make the walk? Be there in spirit by making a donation online or by mail. For more information and to donate at First Giving go to Cathy Imboden’s webpage here.

You may also choose to donate by check payable to R.I.M. North Shore Cluster.

Contact Cathy Imboden at missions&

Women’s Breakfast and Presentation Scheduled

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Please join us for a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday April 30th

8:30 a.m. in the Emerson Center Fellowship Hall.

Invite your friends for a delicious breakfast and an inspiring presentation of Good News and Great Joy: A Faithful Mother’s Story by Michelle Beckman of Sunday Dinner Stories. Michelle will lead us in an interactive presentation of storytelling in celebration of Mother’s Day and Personal History Month. We will learn to tell stories that honor our parents, empower our children, and ensure all generations know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered forever!

So that we can plan for the breakfast, please RSVP to:  Meg Moran at or 978-337-2345

Questions? See Meg or Dolly McIlvaine or Jane Jones.


Men’s Fellowship Event- An evening of Card Games & Darts

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016 6 p.m. at the Gould Barn

Join us for an evening of fun and laughs playing cards and dart games.

Each card game will be dealer’s choice. (Poker, 5 card stud, 7 card no peek, Follow the Queen, Texas Hold-um, etc…).

  • Each dealer will explain their game to the other players.
  • We will rotate dealers at the conclusion of each game.
  • We will gamble with poker chips – no money required.
  • We will supply the cards, poker chips dart boards and darts –

Feel free to bring your own darts if you have some.

For those who prefer darts, we will arrange teams to play each other.

Please BYOD (bring your own drinks). Limit alcohol to beer and wine. Bring a snack (and a bowl) to share with the group. We will order pizza for all of us to share.

We will ask for a goodwill offering to cover the cost of the pizza and barn utilities.

Please RSVP to Paul DiTucci at by Friday, April 22nd to reserve your spot.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!


The Arts Studio at CCT: Beginning Throwing Classes to start up early May

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Those interested in learning how to use the potter’s wheel, please contact Amy Bruch at  Classes for up to four adults at a date/time that works for all participants.  Multiple sections possible depending on the number of people interested.  All are welcome. No experience necessary!
“The work of craft is a preparation…one of many.” What might you be preparing for?

Fundamentalisms and Their Discontents

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CCoT- Emerson Center-9 East Common St. Topsfield, MA

Dr. Solomon Schimmel, author and Professor Emeritus at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, will discuss Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptural fundamentalisms; why these beliefs sometimes lead to negative consequences and violence, and what steps can be taken by individuals, communities and governments to respond to the dangers of fundamentalism.   Free Admission – Public Welcome.   FMI contact: Steve W. or Jackie C. – or 978-887-2101 x 11

Dr. Schimmel has authored The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth; Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness; and The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology, and numerous articles on the psychology of religion.   He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in England, and has been a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at Brandeis University, Bar-llan and Hebrew Universities, as well as visiting scholar at Doshisha University in Japan and Shalom College in Australia.

This speaking event is sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield as part of a program to provide meaningful, informed conversation about important issues of our times for church members and the broader community.

Meet Stephanie Minister and Hear about USFCH and Yonel

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 11am-12pm
Emerson Center Parlor

Stephanie Minister is on the board of US Foundation for the Children of Haiti and will update us on the USFCH, an organization that we support, and Yonel, ‘our’ sponsored child in Haiti.  Our church is part of a support network that contributes to the well being of children and families in Haiti through homes for children and adults with disabilities, schools and a general hospital.  USFCH has been supporting the children of Haiti “one child at a time” for over 35 years.  Stephanie will also be addressing the congregation about USFCH’s mission for a few minutes during the service prior to the discussion group meeting in the Emerson Center.

Sponsored by the CCOT Board of Mission and Outreach.