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Coming Soon: A New Video System!  Contributions needed!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

In every crisis there is danger, but there is also opportunity.  COVID challenged us, but we created an amazing on-line ministry as a result of that challenge. Our Zoom ministry enabled many new people to access our services while at the same time allowing our regular attendees to stay bound together as a community.

It’s now time to move to the next exciting phase of our digital ministry!  Our existing video equipment in the Meetinghouse cannot meet the aggregate demands of Zoom, cable TV, and in-person worship.  The Board of Deacons has been asked to support this request in collaboration with our staff and technical team, to purchase a new system.  We are thrilled to report that of the approximately $12,000 needed, a few members have already pledged $6,000!!! As a result of their generosity, we only need to raise another $6,000. We are asking the congregation to pitch in and contribute whatever amount you can – no sum is too small (or too large) – to make the new video system a present reality.  We are hoping to purchase the system in the next three weeks, so your contribution is urgently needed now.  You can send a check to the office (9 East Common Street, Topsfield, MA 01983) with “video system” in the memo, or you can contribute online through Give Plus or Vanco.  For the online options, look for the “video system” choice to designate your contribution.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, and we look forward to seeing you all either in person or in the ether.

Larry Atkins, Chair, Board of Deacons

Kristin Palace, Moderator

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:

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
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; www.onegreathourofsharing.org

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
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. www.learn2cope.org

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.”

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

June Birthdays

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Happy Birthday to:

Joyce Bergsten:  06/05

Stephen Moore:  06/06

Mason Grajal:  06/06

Meg Moran:  06/07

Stephanie Read:  06/08

Leslie Panella:  06/09

Joe Gibbons:  06/10

Sarah Kane:  06/13

Chris Blanchard:  06/14

Lindsey Gilfeather:  06/14

Caroline Tatum:  06/18

Christy Redding:  06/18

Jackie Cassiday:  06/20

Suzanne Wilkinson:  06/21

Marcia Tatum:  06/22

Dawn Gillberg:  06/24

Christoph Griesshammer:  06/28

Madison Cass:  06/29

Don Moran:  06/29

Purchase a Generator at SBE Generator Rowley and refer CCT

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
No Power
Need a Back Up Generator

Sick of losing power? Have you been thinking about getting a generator?

Well, so has the Church!

When power is out in the Emerson Center we run the risk of flooding the basements when our sump pumps can’t pump and our fire suppression system getting triggered because the compressor that keeps it pressured stops working.

The time has come for a generator.

We are planning to install at the Emerson Center by late summer and have chosen SBE, Inc. of Rowley to do the installation.

SBE, Inc.

Stephen Faulkner
978-948-6050 or 603-670-3350

Deadline to sign on is June 30th, 2018.

Refer/forward to other folks you know are thinking of installing a generator and ask them to say CCoT sent them!

Expect to pay between $7,500 and $12,000 depending on whether you want some/critical items on the generator or you want the whole (typical) house automatically backed up. Exact pricing of your system will vary depending on your electrical system and needs.

Be sure to mention the church when you call and a referral fee will go towards the Emerson Center project and if enough people sign on we will get an even steeper discount.

Please notify the buildingandgrounds@topsfieldchurch.org if you have contracted so that we can properly track referral fees.

MAKE SURE TO TELL SBE that CCoT referred you!

Don’t wait! Hurricane season and Winter is coming!

HUGS hosts Informational Forum for all North Shore Educators

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

On Saturday, April 21st from 10:00am – 12:00pm. HUGS (Hands Up for Gun Safety) will be hosting an informational forum for educators from all over the North Shore. For this event, an educator is anyone who is connected with a school in anyway… currently employed, previously employed and/or retired. This includes public schools, private schools, institutions of higher education and early education! This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear what you can do as an educator and a citizen to support the gun violence prevention movement. There is no pressure to sign onto anything that requires a huge time commitment. People can become as involved as little or as much as they would like moving forward, but the time is now for us to do SOMETHING!

For additional questions, please contact Dolly McIlvaine at 978-887-7446

Haven from Hunger – it’s time to fill the truck!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

On Sunday, November 19, the truck from Haven from Hunger will be arriving during our Sunday worship service for our church to fill with groceries for replenishing their food pantry located in Peabody. If you are unable to bring groceries to church on 11/19, a bin will available during the preceding week in the church office. Non-perishables such as canned tuna, vegetables, soups, spaghetti sauce, seasonings, or gift certificates to local supermarkets will be most welcomed.
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 for close to 600,000 meals.

In July 2017, Haven from Hunger merged with Citizens Inn, a nonprofit organization that provides a full spectrum of services to families and individuals on the North Shore experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. We will be hearing more about Citizens Inn and the merger from its Executive Director, Mr. Corey Jackson, during our worship service on November 19.

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.

Claudia Worth, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

 

November Birthday Listing

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Marilyn Knowles:  11/06

Philip Hagar Jr.:  11/07

Kate Spaulding:  11/07

John Daniels:  11/09

Elsa Rogers:  11/10

Samuel Warner:  11/12

Samuel Dik:  11/13

Kyle McBournie:  11/14

Nicholas Robblee:  11/15

Brian Loehr:  11/16

Sylvia Renda:  11/16

Leo Natale:  11/17

Diana Titus:  11/17

Jake Spaulding:  11/19

Madelyn Warner:  11/19

Aidan Davie:  11/20

Duane Melling:  11/20

Catharine Nenart:  11/20

Caleb Aitchison:  11/21

Mary Brown:  11/21

Charlie Townes:  11/21

Ruth Bortzfield:  11/22

Rasheed Townes:  11/24

Maddy DiNardo:  11/25

Kenneth Prouty:  11/28

Dolly Mcilvaine:  11/30