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Important Conversation on Mental Health

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Join Us for an important Conversation on Mental Health
Let’s Come together to discuss what we all can do to reduce stigma,
increase awareness and build support and empathy.

Saturday, May 4th from 10 – 12:15 p.m.
Emerson Center Hall

Keynote presentation provided by John T. Broderick, Jr.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Senior Director of External Affairs and Former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme court.

Following Judge Broderick’s presentation, there will be guided conversation and opportunity for Q & A with an expert panel representing NFI Massachusetts, Inc., National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Health Services Director at Masconomet Regional School District and representatives from Baystate Recovery and McLean Hospital.

Register here Flyer details here.
Sponsored by Senator Lovely, Congregational Church of Topsfield and Tri-Town Council
Light refreshments and childcare provided.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Offering 2019

Friday, April 12th, 2019

April 2019

Dear Church Family and Friends of the Congregational Church of Topsfield,

During the Lenten season our church holds a special offering for organizations that are impacting the lives of those in need. This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has chosen the following two recipients:

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, tornadoes and other acts of nature devastate our communities. Internationally, the funds support disaster and hunger relief, as well as projects to promote clean and safe water and agricultural empowerment to lift people out of poverty. In addition, the funds support missionaries and refugees;

BOMO has decided to continue to support the efforts of the UCC and our Christian counterparts to increase the impact of our donations through their established infrastructure.

Learn to Cope is a nonprofit support network offering education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.

Founded in Massachusetts by Joanne Peterson in 2004, the organization has developed to include over 10,000 members, and has become a nationally recognized model for peer support and prevention programming. The organization has 25 chapters throughout Massachusetts including Ipswich, Salem, Gloucester and Haverhill. LTC families receive unique support and education from professionals and their peers.

Learn To Cope is a registered 501(c) 3 non profit organization. Donations enable this organization to continue their essential work.

BOMO has chosen this local organization to confront the current substance abuse crisis and its impact on our families, friends and neighbors.

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
Mike Miller
Charise Rohm Nulsen
Mary Lou Ruckstahl
Pam Warren

“We are the agents of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world.”

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
Dish soap
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,


February Birthday Listing

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Happy Birthday to:
Laura Stover, 02/02
Cheryl Davis, 02/03
Doug Wills, 02/04
Dave Read, 02/06
Tom Spater, 02/07
Anne Clifton-Stoops, 02/12
Paul Worth, 02/15
Eli Redding, 02/19
Ellie Losee, 02/21
Charise Nulsen, 02/21
Sallie Bowling, 02/23
Jeffrey Nulsen, 02/27
Carole Hoover, 02/28

Mission and Outreach Christmas Offering

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Dear Church Family,

Throughout the year, members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield reach out and give of their time, talent, and treasure to those in need 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. As we did last year the Board of Mission and Outreach has selected Lazarus House in Lawrence for our Christmas offering. Below is a summary of its work.

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

We pray at this time of rejoicing in Jesus’ birth we 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 envelopes 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    Charise Nulsen      Claudia Worth
John Burgess

Gifts of Love 2018

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Gifts of Love 2018

Beat the Holiday Rush!

Sign-up today for our annual “Gifts of Love”

The Board of Mission and Outreach has once again chosen to support the Dept. of Children and Families/Haverhill office for our annual Christmas “Gifts of Love” Collection. This office services children in our local communities.

Please sign up by Sunday, December 2nd to make Christmas dreams come true for these children.

The requested gifts are listed on Sign-Up Genius via the link here. Please review the requests and sign up for the items you will be providing. Some of the gift requests for the same child have been separated into two donations to offer our congregation various options. Gift tags will also be available on the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall for those without computer access. If you take a tag from the tree, please leave your name on the sign-up sheet near the tree so we know each child has a donor.


Gifts will be collected on “Gifts of Love Sunday”, December 16th in the Fellowship Hall. Please join the Board of Mission for refreshments after the service to celebrate this season of joyous giving.

Please contact Pam Warren or  978.979.0366 with any questions or assistance needed with sign-up genius. Thank you!

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 (; 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!

MACUCC NE Association Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

MACUCC Northeast Association
Women’s Fellowship Update

Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting
Wednesday, November 7th
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All women are invited to the Byfield Parish Church 132 Jackman St. Georgetown, MA. 01833
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and sorted breads.
The speaker will be Andrea Boylan Polnaszek MSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Film writer, author of The Elijah Project, the workbooks have become international.
The luncheon program will cost $7.
Reservations: Byfield Parish Church Office 978-352-2022 by Friday November 2nd.
An offering will be received to provide The Elijah Project workbooks for women in Cuba.

Questions contact:
Diana Titus, on behalf of the Women’s Fellowship

Invitation To First Communion Sunday Potluck

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Board of Community and Communications Invites You to the First Communion Sunday Potluck
November 4, 2018
Emerson Center Fellowship Hall
Following Morning Worship

Bring a savory or sweet dish OR come for fellowship.
As part of our GREEN INITIATIVE try to bring your own dinnerware.

(Plates, forks, etc available) Coffee, tea and juice provided.

Any questions contact:
Alison Hardy:
Charlotte Melling: