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Prayer Ministry Listing

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at or

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra – Sister of José Guerra
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Barry Watson – Son of Frank Watson and friend of CCOT
Kåre – Friend from Norway of Irina Günzel-Guerra
Ricardo Roldan – Brother in law of friend of Irina Günzel-Guerra
Greg Wager – Brother of a friend of Judith Gosbee
Gig Smith – Friend of CCOT
Ken Flewelling – Member of CCOT
Bill and Irma Scarff – Friends of CCOT
Ken Prouty- Member of CCOT
Yonel Fortune – BCY Sponsored boy in Haiti through USFCH
Lore and Erich Söllner – Parents of Conny Griesshammer
Diane Gent – Cousin of Anne Bridge
Linda Bissell – Member of CCOT
Cheryl Hopkins – Member of CCOT
Elizabeth Walsh – Mother of Pam Warren
Lynda Fairbanks – Atkins – Member of CCOT
Stoney Stonestreet – Member of CCOT
Jan Smallman – Daughter of Russ Blauser
The Nenart Family – Members of CCOT

In Loving Memory
Our prayers of Christian love and sympathy are extended to Jan Smallman and all the family and friends of her father, Russ Blauser who passed Saturday, June 15th, 2019. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, July 8th- 11 a.m. at the Meeting house.

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,


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!

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:

CCT New Service Sunday Tradition Continues

Monday, September 24th, 2018

On October 14th during the coffee hour following worship, we will continue our new monthly tradition of Service Sunday after taking a short break this summer. This time, we will be supporting Community Giving Tree, which is an organization located in Boxford that provides low income families with basic necessities such as clothing, diapers, and baby equipment. On October 14th, the Board of Mission & Outreach will provide diapers, wipes, and small baby items such as bibs and pacifiers. The intergenerational activity for the congregation will be to create diaper bundles and baby supply gift bags as well as cards of encouragement for the mothers in need. Please feel free to invite friends and family outside of the church community to join you, and any additional donations you might like to bring of new packages of bibs, wipes, and pacifiers would be more than welcome as well. We were very grateful for the opportunities to support Lifebridge Homeless Shelter in Salem with blessing bags and Operation Gratitude via letters for deployed troops, first responders, new recruits, and veterans via our first Service Sundays, and we look forward to kicking off a new season of service with you on October 14th!
Thank you!
Charise Rohm Nulsen on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

Save the Date! We Need Your Help!!

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Fair will start on Friday, September 28th and end on Monday, October 8th.

Join in the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Topsfield Fair. Please volunteer for our booth this year. Meet and make friends, laugh, and enjoy while volunteering to support the church.

Everyone can help us make this another “stellar” year by giving a few hours of your time. We pay for your entrance and parking fees. Come early or stay late and take in the fair. You also get a credit for food at our booth when you work. Bring your friends and neighbors.

Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

Fair Booth Committee 2018

Conny Griesshammer ( or 978-887-7493).


Tri-town to Newtown: A Ride to Remember August 24th-26th

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

On Friday, August 24th, several members of CCT along with some assorted local friends as well as friends from out of state will head out on a 3 day, 200 mile bike ride from Topsfield, MA to Newtown, CT to bring awareness to the gun violence prevention movement. The ride, entitled the Tri-town to Newtown: a Ride to Remember, is being organized by members of HUGS, (Hands Up for Gun Safety). The cyclists will travel

approximately 70 miles a day finishing on Sunday, August 26th in Newtown, CT. Riders are not expected to fundraise for this event however if anyone is interested in supporting this ride and the gun violence prevention movement, contributions can be made to either the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence: or Newtown Action



We would love it if you are able to come out to support the riders as they depart on Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 7 a.m. from CCT!


Additional information is available by contacting Dolly McIlvaine at


August Birthdays

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Happy Birthday to:

Jane Moyer: 08/02
Dennis Heslet: 08/07
Janet Ierardi: 08/07
Ed Jelinek: 08/08
Lucy Grajal: 08/12
Jim Barnes: 08/13
Lisa Spaulding: 08/14
Susan Panella: 08/17
Robert Knutsen: 08/19
Kim Itz: 08/20
Charles Itz: 08/24
Louise Rownd: 08/24
Jerry Seaman: 08/26
Kenny Ierardi: 08/28
Craig Stoops: 08/29
Thomas Cass: 08/30
Jeffrey Daniels: 08/30
Ralph Titus: 08/30
Irina Gunzel Guerra: 08/31