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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!

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

Join the R.I.M. Walk for Refugees

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
  • When: May 20th …registration at 9:30am walk starts at 10am rain or shine
  • Where: Gazebo at Lake Quannapowitt (Lower Common-1 Church street, Wakefield, MA
  • Parking: plenty of street parking
  • Walking: at your own pace, walk an enjoyable 3 miles around beautiful Lake Quannapowitt-about 1 hour
  • snacks: water and light snacks provided

Please Join Cathy Imboden on May 20th walking  to raise money for RIM North Shore cluster( one of our mission partners)! Unable to walk? You can still donate via the RIM website link to her page here  or save the processing fee and donate by check payable to RIM (Northshore in memo field). All funds will go to client aid for rent, utilities, transportation, and food for our North Shore families.

Jim Barnes

Board of Mission and Outreach


Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection
Once again it is time for our Gifts of Love Toy Collection and Special Christmas Coffee Hour Fellowship.

We will be participating in the Haverhill Department of Children and Families “Adopt a Family Program” again this year.
The Haverhill Branch serves the children in Topsfield and many of our surrounding towns.  Their “Adopt A Family” program provides gifts for children in need at Christmastime.   Gift tags  will be hanging on the Christmas tree in the Emerson Center starting on Sunday, November 27th.

Gift tags will have the child’s first name, last initial and age, along with their gift choice and a clothing need.  Please return the clothing item and your gift (wrapped and with tag attached), to the church during our Gifts of Love  Coffee Fellowship- Sunday, December 18th.  We will be having a special brunch, complete with Wassail and  Music. Thank you for helping to make a child’s Christmas morning a little bit brighter.

Karen Trevenen, on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach.

Join in the Celebration

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Refugee Immigration Ministry

30th Anniversary International Dinner
Sharing the Gifts of Our Diverse Cultures

Sunday, November 6, 2016
5:30 p.m.  Horsd’oeuvres
6:30 p.m.  An International Buffet
Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony
First Congregational Church
121 West Foster St.  Melrose, MA.

Tickets:  $40 ($35 if you buy before October 15)
Mail check to RIM at 6 Pleasant St. Ste 612, Malden, MA.  02148

Contact: Cathy Imboden at

Join the RIM Refugee Walk

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

When:  Sat. May 21st at 10 a.m. rain or shine

Location:   Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA

An hour on your feet can help ensure that asylum seekers living in nearby communities have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and access to English language tutoring  Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) is an interfaith, community-based organization that has served hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Eastern Massachusetts since its founding in 1986.

Can’t make the walk? Be there in spirit by making a donation online or by mail. For more information and to donate at First Giving go to Cathy Imboden’s webpage here.

You may also choose to donate by check payable to R.I.M. North Shore Cluster.

Contact Cathy Imboden at missions&

Bookbag Ministry for the Children of Syria

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Board of Missions and Outreach is partnering with St John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA. in a school supply collection for the Children of Syria. We are collecting desperately needed school supplies for Syrian refugee children.

Items being collected are:

Paper Clip


Colored Pencils

Lined & Plain Paper
Staples and Staplers

Colored Paper

For more information contact:

Cathy Imboden at mission&

St. John’s has partnered for this mission with NuDay Syria.

NuDay Syria focuses on women with no male breadwinners and their families.  Many find themselves in dire circumstances, with few options to safeguard their children and themselves with dignity.  NuDay Syria sends aid into Syria and bordering countries, keeping mothers and their priorities and needs in mind.

Help Us Stock Up In June

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Groceries for Good is asking all Congregation members to help us STOCK UP IN JUNE!  During the summer, food donations drop off, and the Top Cupboard Pantry shelves become quite bare.  Please help us to prevent that by donating lots of food items in June, so that while many are away enjoying summer vacations, the folks who need assistance will continue to find the pantry shelves full!

Items to donate include: creamy peanut butter, ketchup, mustard, coffee, tea, canned pasta, sugar, healthy soups, canned vegetables, jelly, mayonnaise, tuna, chicken, cereal, meals in a can (beef stew, etc.), pasta, pasta sauce, salad dressing, canned fruit, vegetable oil, rice, liquid hand soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, toilet paper, and paper towels.
Contact:  Anne Barrett,

Mission Opportunities- Fundraising for Refugee Immigration Ministry

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Refugee Immigration Ministry (R.I.M.) invites all to join a fundraising walk around Lake Quannapowit in Wakefield on Saturday, June 27 at 10 AM, to commemorate International Refugee Week, which is June 15-21, 2015.  Register to join Cathy Imboden’s team or donate here

R.I.M. offers community resettlement assistance to people who have fled their homeland due to war, terror, and torture.

Resettled R.I.M. clients are now working and contributing to Massachusetts- communities in the many ways:
•A individual has completed the medical boards;
•Another individual has become a dentist;
•Another is finishing a degree in trauma counseling;
•A individual is a top marketing executive; and
•Another is contributing his skills to a local university.

Participation and support along with donations from local communities made this possible.  Consider what a donation to

R.I.M. covers (Donations of any amount are welcome!):
•$1,000 pays a family’s rent for one month
•$ 300 pays for a family’s transportation
•$ 500 will pay for a month’s worth of food for a family.
•$100 will pay for a phone for a family for one month.
•$ 50 will pay for a child’s lunches for one month.
•$ 25 will feed a family for two days.

Please consider donating to R.I.M. or join R.I.M. at an

Upcoming event:
•Training for Spiritual Caregivers:  5:30 PM Thursday, June 4, 5:30 PM Friday, June 5, and 9:30 AM Saturday, June 6 , at Trinity Church, River Rd.
•Topsfield Art Show:  Saturday, July 25, Trinity Church, River Rd. Topsfield
•Walk along Lake Quannapowit, Saturday, 10 AM June 27 start in Wakefield.
•R.I.M. International Dinner:  Sunday, Oct. 18, The Spirit of Boston, Rowe’s Wharf, Boston.

For more information about donating or any of these events contact Ellie Losee at, or Cathy Imboden at  or visit or 781-322-1011.