Archive for December, 2017

Upcoming Event: Caught In the Crosshairs: The Intersection of Gun Violence and Public Health

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

On Saturday, January 6th, the Congregational Church of Topsfield, the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and the local social action group HUGS (Hands Up for Gun Safety) will be hosting a community event entitled: Caught in the Crosshairs: The Intersection of Gun Violence and Public Health

David Hemenway, Ph.D., Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will provide the keynote address. Dr. Hemenway has written more than 100 journal entries on gun violence plus a book, Private Guns Public Health. He has also been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the twenty ‘most influential injury and violence professionals”.

At the conclusion of Dr. Hemenway’s address, lunch will be provided followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Jack McDevitt, Northeastern University and Dr. Janice Iwama, Univeristy of Massachusetts Boston who will present their latest research on the reduction of gun violence.

This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Emerson Center, 9 E. Common Street, Topsfield from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. East Common Street.

Please come to learn more about this important issue and learn how you can have your voice heard to promote gun safety.

Mission and Outreach sponsors, Christmas Offering

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Romans: 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

December 2017

Dear Church Family,

Throughout the year, members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield reach out and give of their time, talent, and treasure in many ways. During the Christmas season, it has been a tradition in our church to offer members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution. This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has selected Lazarus House in Lawrence for our Christmas offering:

Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God. They provide a continuum of care for homeless families and individuals encompassing, but not limited to: food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need. For many in desperate need, the Lazarus House Emergency Shelter is both the last line of defense and the first ray of hope. Less than 1% of Lazarus House income is from government sources, so Lazarus House relies on the generosity of donors.

You can learn more about this ministry to the homeless at their web site

Lazarus House Ministries

We hope at this time of rejoicing in Jesus’ birth you are able to remember those who are less fortunate than we are today. Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Christmas envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

Wishing you every blessing of the Season,

The Board of Mission and Outreach

James Barnes, Kathy Hartmann, Pam Warren
Sue Blanchard, Cathy Szymanski, Claudia Worth,
John Burgess, Guido Voss

Lifebridge Needs You!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Now that the turkey and stuffing are but memories, it’s time to sign up to help cook and serve dinner at Lifebridge, the homeless shelter in Salem that our church supports. We need 4-6 volunteers to prepare and serve dinner to about 100 clients on the 4th Friday of every month. You would pick up the food and menu/directions at the Emerson Center at 3:30 and return to Topsfield about 7:45. Come with your family and friends! Newcomers are especially welcome and would be paired with seasoned volunteers. It’s a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity and the clients are so appreciative of our good home cooking. And the best part is that you don’t even have to do the dishes!

If you can help out on any of the following dates or have any questions, please contact Cathy Szymanski ( or 978-887-9244) or Sallie Bowling ( or 978-887-1059), co-coordinators.

December 22
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25

Thank you in advance for your help with this important church ministry!
Cathy Szymanski on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach

Gifts of Love Program Update

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

“Fulfill the wishes and dreams of local children this Christmas!”

Just 10 more !!!
10 more generous hearts needed to fulfill the wishes and dreams of local children this Christmas.

Our “Gifts of Love” program has 10 children whose gift requests are awaiting a donor.

Select a child on-line via Sign-up Genius link here. Or contact Pam Warren directly to sign-up or obtain further information. The tag for the child you selected will be available in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service.

Many thanks to the generous hearts who have already committed to providing gifts for 65 of the children in the program.

The Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors the annual “Gifts of Love” program. Please join us as we participate once again with the MA Department of Children and Families, Haverhill branch in their “Wonderfund” holiday gift collection. The Haverhill office provides services to over 2,000 children in our local communities including; Topsfield,Boxford,Ipswich,Rowley,Georgetown and other neighboring towns.

Please bring the gifts (wrapped and with tag attached), to the “Gifts of Love” Brunch Fellowship on Sunday, December 17th hosted by BOMO and the Board of Children and Families. We will celebrate your generosity and the fantastic Children’s Pageant performances.

A collection bin for Gifts of Love items is located in the church office.
Gifts must be received by Dec. 17th.

Thank you for bringing joy to the children in our community.

Pamela Warren, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach.
Questions always welcomed. Contact Pam at 978.979.0366/