Archive for December, 2020

We Need your Talents…

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Dear CCoT Members,

The Nominating Committee has been working behind the scenes trying to fill spots on our Boards that help the church run!  We’re looking for some new folks to fill in those spots that are open for 2021.  We know everyone’s got commitments to family, other organizations, sports, kids, etc. but we also know that serving in church leadership is a great way to get to know people. And we have fun together on every second Wednesday of the month!

We’re seeking new members for all CCoT Boards.

There are five Boards of the church: Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, Board of Mission & Outreach, Board of Children & Youth, and Board of Community & Communications.

Boards consist of a minimum of 7 and maximum of 12 church members, who are elected at the Annual Meeting for 3-year terms.  Boards meet via Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month except in July and August. For more information about each Board, go to the church website at www.topsfieldchurch.org and select ‘Get Involved.’       

The Boards assure that the important work of our church gets done.   All 5 Boards currently have openings, and we’re hoping that you volunteer to join one.  The commitment is flexible with regard to your schedule.  There are plenty of opportunities on each board to help out when you can.  Many hands make light work! 

If you are interested in serving on a Board, please contact any of the following folks for more information:

Sheryl Knutsen, Chair, Nominating Committee: shknutsen@comcast.net

Gerald Seaman, member, Nominating Committee: jerry58@icloud.com

Barbara Barnes, member, Nominating Committee: mombarnes@mac.com

Larry Atkins, Chair, Board of Deacons:  deacons@topsfieldchurch.org

Guido Voss, Chair, Board of Trustees:  trustees@topsfieldchurch.org

Pam Warren, and Kathy Hartmann, Co-Chairs, Board of Mission and Outreach:  missionandoutreach@topsfieldchurch.org

Sigita Hartung Chair, Board of Children and Youth:  childrenandyouth@topsfieldchurch.org

Alison Hardy, Chair, Board of Community and Communications: communityandcommunications@topsfieldchurch.org

Board of Mission & Outreach Christmas Offering

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

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 10, 2020

Dear Church Family,

During the Christmas season, we offer members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution to designated organizations assisting those in need. The Board of Mission and Outreach has selected two organizations this year for our Christmas offering: Lazarus House in Lawrence and the U. S. Foundation for the Children of Haiti in Port-au-Prince.  

A summary of their work follows.

Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God. They provide a continuum of care for Lawrence homeless families and individuals encompassing: 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. Responding to COVID-19 Lazarus House has adjusted its systems and retrofitted some of its space so as to continue serving this most vulnerable population.

You can learn more about this ministry at their web site: https://lazarushouse.org and view a special video here

U. S. Foundation for Children of Haiti is one of our oldest partners, and continues its mission to make change through education and health in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. USFCH reports a challenging year, but continues to build their education and healthcare programs, in addition to recent special COVID and nutrition relief programs. Their three schools, Rainbow of Love, Hope Home, and New Academy of Excellence are back in session in a safe environment. With spotty city electricity as well as a major fuel shortage in Haiti USFCH recently invested in solar power for their facilities. Their current appeal explains their decision, “Rather than closing the hospital, limiting service, or terminating kidney dialysis treatments, it was decided to build a solar system….we have faith that God will help us find donors.” Our Christmas donation will help them pay for the new solar system.

 You can learn more about this ministry at their web site: http://www.usfch.org and a special video here.

Your offering can be made by mailing a check to the church office or donating electronically via the “Online Giving” button on the church web site. You may designate your contribution towards one of the organizations; otherwise your donation will be divided equally between the two organizations.

Wishing you every blessing of the Season,

The Board of Mission and Outreach

James Barnes 

John Burgess                        

Jackie Cassidy            

Joe Gibbons               

 Kathy Hartmann            

Charise Nulsen

Pamela Warren

Christmas Concert (Sort!?)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Come join the bell and chancel choirs for a half hour of a handbell concert and a carol sing on December 13 at 1 pm at the side door ramp entrance of the Meeting House. Our handbell choir has been meeting, socially distanced, for the past month preparing some super fun Christmas music to share with all of us. Favorite hits such as, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Away in the Manger, Rudolf and Jingle Bells just to name a few.  The ringers will ring their bells from the steps of the Meeting House and the bells will ring beautifully even in the cold!  After the mini bell “concert” our chancel choir will help lead everyone in a Carol sing along with our organ.  I will blast it at “full stops” (organ speak for really, really loud) and we will sing the two verses of several carols, ending with Silent Night.    So, come and enjoy this holiday concert and get in the spirit of the season.  This is sure to be a fun event and put a smile on our faces in a year when we need smiles and enjoyment more than ever.  

If you don’t have the carols memorized print out the sing-along sheet below and bring it with you!

Due to coronavirus restrictions we are limited to the size of outdoor gatherings.  This special concert is open to our congregational members only and, you know the drill, masks and distancing will be required.

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Oh, come, oh come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Hail the Heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to the newborn King!”

SILENT NIGHT

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, oh, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth