Archive for October, 2017

R.I.M.Annual International Dinner

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Sharing the Gifts of Our Diverse Cultures
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
5:30 p.m. Horsd’oeuvres   6:30 p.m. Dinner
Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony
Armenian Cultural and Educational Center
47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA
Tickets: $40 ($35 if you buy before November 15)
Mail check to RIM at 6 Pleasant St. Ste 612, Malden, MA 02148
Visit the RIM Website to buy tickets on-line:
More information or to carpool contact Cathy Imboden at

Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Calling friends, families and neighbors!

Last month, Sue Blanchard along with two trusty friends, (thank you, Cathy and Kathy!) teamed up to help sort clothes, price and hang items at Beverly Bootstraps. It’s commonly remarked at BB that CCOT has a reputation as the volunteer group that over delivers!  For those that already feel  time pressed:  this is a short time commitment as well as a simple and hands-on way to help the local community… and some of us have found a great bargain!  The next volunteer date is scheduled for Nov. 20th, at 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

We can meet at the Emerson Center at 4:45 p.m. and carpool over.  If you are  interested, email Susan Blanchard at and she will add your name and contact info.

Upcoming date:      Dec. 18th at  5:15 – 7:15 pm.


Stewardship Message from Board of Community & Communications

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The following are responses offered by members of the Board of Community and Communications last Sunday on why we support the Congregational Church of Topsfield with our talents and treasures as we enter this Stewardship season:

You may also view the video segment from Sunday’s service here.

“Even if I don’t have as much as I want, I have enough to share with others.  My donation may not seem like much. But when the donation is joined with others, it becomes something much bigger. … When I give, I can’t help by feel thankful for the blessings in my own life.”  – Jon Palace

“Mary and I invest our time and finances with the CCT for several important reasons:  To help our church continue to spread the word of God’s love for All people; to live out, through the mission work of our church, God’s greatest commandment – “to love your neighbor as yourself, and to be stewards of this church for generations.”  – Ed Jelinek

“We are bonded, not only by our shared humanity but also by recognition of our connectedness to each other. We have a spiritual connection, one with themes of caring, of compassion.  We join with each other in affirmation of this, to be recharged, to be inspired. I contribute to this community because we understand that, as individuals, we can make a difference in our community and we further realize that, as a community, we can make a difference in humanity.” – Steve Hall

“For me, being in a faith community grounds me in my life and reminds me that God created us to live in community so that we can give to one another and receive the fruits of that gift.  Please join us in giving to  our church, our world, and our desire to make a difference.” – Susan Warner

Important Food Collection Drive on Sat. Nov. 4th! Beverly Bootstraps Needs Our Help!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Our church, friends, neighbors and families were asked to assist with Beverly Bootstraps’ City Wide Thanksgiving Food Drive, on Saturday, November 4th from 9 a.m -1 p.m. at the Stop and Shop on Elliot St. in Beverly. So far we only have 3 people signed up.
If you can offer a few hours please email Sue Blanchard at

Please get back to me ASAP. Beverly Bootstraps needs a head-count!
Thanks, Sue Blanchard


Film Screening of Defining Hope

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Sunday, Nov. 5th at 11:15 the Emerson Center Fellowship Hall.
Come watch a new film about living and dying well.  End of life discussions are important and often happen in stressful times.
Watch these stories of individuals and families defining hope.
All are welcome.  Open to the public.
Defining Hope is a documentary that weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves. It is about optimism and helps us define what ‘quality of life’ really means.Diane is a nurse caring for end-stage cancer patients who is confronted with her own complex diagnosis. 23-year-old Alena undergoes a risky brain surgery that has the potential to damage her short-term memory. 95-year- old Berthold lives with his elderly wife who struggles to honor his wish of dying peacefully at home. Defining Hope follows these patients and others as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.

Video link to trailer here .

North east Association Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

North east Association Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting
Wednesday,  November 1st
Ipswich Congregational Church
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All women are invited to the Ipswich Congregational Church on Wed. Nov. 1st.  Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and sorted breads.  The speaker will be Carrie Schuchardt, co-director with her husband, John, of the House of Peace in Ipswich and community of hospitality and healing.

The luncheon program will cost $7.  If you would like to attend, please call Joyce Bergsten (978) 535-1531 by Sunday, October 29th.  Please let Joyce know if you need a ride and plan to meet her at 8:45 a.m. at the Emerson Center parking lot.  Diana Titus, Carole Hoover and Joyce are hoping to see you there and greet other women from the North Shore.

Many thanks,
Joyce Bergsten, on behalf of the Women’s Fellowship

October Birthday Listing

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Happy Birthday to:
Gerard Natale Jr.: 10/02
Hadley Spater: 10/02
Brendan Roche: 10/02
Kindra Clineff: 10/04
Jessica Giacchino:10/04
Jeff Panella: 10/07
Doug McIlvaine: 10/09
Matt Crowley: 10/10
Amanda Bibbins: 10/14
Amy Bruch: 10/14
Nathan Miller: 10/15
Emily Wheeler: 10/15
Abby Reblin: 10/16
Karen Trevfenen: 10/17
Dylan Frere: 10/18
Mary Jelinek: 10/18
Rebecca Knowles:10/18
Donna Ames: 10/22
Callie Ierardi: 10/23
Elizabeth Jackson:10/23
Taylor Aitchison: 10/24
Mark Daniels: 10/24
Lauren Mudgett: 10/24
Damian Townes: 10/25
Elizabeth Dwinell: 10/28
Anne Barrett: 10/29
Brianna Itz: 10/31
Olivia Tatum: 10/31