Tower Notes

Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We Welcome Everyone: An “Open & Affirming” Church
Handicap Accessible

Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax:  (781) 334-6463;   Email: Office@Centre-Church.org
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts  01940

The Rev. Michael A. Dunfee, Interim Pastor - Pastor@centre-church.org
Jill Couillard & Barbara Langill - Directors of Christian Education & Youth Ministry -
ChristianEd@Centre-Church.org
Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
Sally MacDonald, Director of Tower Day School
Susan Spear, Secretary

April 5, 2006

 

Dear Friends,

Holy Week approaches – who can believe it?! This Sunday, April 9th is Palm Sunday. We will be receiving new members in church this Sunday, so plan on giving them a hearty welcome!

On April 13 we will be having a Maundy Thursday Service (7:00 p.m.) that will be similar to last year’s service. After a light meal (soup and bread), we will celebrate the sacrament around the dinner tables, and then move to the chapel for a brief, reflective conclusion to our worship. People who attended last year (about 40) found the service most meaningful.

Easter Sunday will have us starting with the "Almost Sunrise" Service (7:30 a.m.) brought to you by our most excellent Christian Educators. Breakfast will follow. The Easter Service (10:00 a.m.) on April 16th will consist primarily of music, a brief sermon (OK – most of my sermons are brief, so that may be nothing new), and a bit of liturgy celebrating the Resurrection.

Attending the Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday services will make your Easter Celebration more meaningful, so I encourage you to attend all three if at all possible.

Peace,

Mike


 

IN THE SANCTUARY

April 9, 2006 – Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-11

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Reception of New Members

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

"The Borrower"

Children may worship with their families before going to the Chapel.

Service broadcast on Lynnfield/Peabody Cable Channel 10 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday

Video/DVD copies of the service are available in the Church Office.

 


 

Centre Church Art Exhibit

May 20-21, 2006

This is your Last Chance to let us know you would like to submit art work or photography to be included in our church-wide Art Exhibit. All ages 12 and up are welcome. All pieces must be framed and ready to be hung. Please contact Carol MacKendrick 781-334-6765 or Perry Hayden at 781-334-6903 this week.

 

 

Rotation Sensation

On Palm Sunday, April 9, there will be no rotations. The children’s routine, however, will not change. They should plan on worshipping briefly with their families before leaving for the Chapel. We will focus as a group on Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

 

 

Youth Group News

Volunteers are needed to help at the Easter Fun Day. If you have not yet signed up to help, plan on signing up at Youth Group. You will need to be available on Saturday, April 15 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Regular meetings will be held this Sunday (April 9) 6:00-7:30 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you.

 

Easter Fun Day – April 15

Mark your calendars for our annual Easter Fun Day which will be held on Saturday, April 15. Children, bring your Easter baskets and your parents to Richards Hall at 10:00 a.m. There will be crafts to do, a puppet show and an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn. This event is planned for children through age 10

 

 

Easter Flowers

If you wish to order Easter Flowers, please fill out this form and return it to the Church Office by April 7.

 

 

Good Friday Walk

If you are looking for a meaningful way to observe Good Friday, the Saugus Association of Clergy is hosting a walk through Breakheart Reservation. This walk will include the stations of the cross. It will start at 10:30 on Friday morning, April 14 from the Visitor’s Center at the Saugus entrance.

 

 

News from Around the Parish

Our love and sympathy are extended to Rose Giunta whose husband, Armand died on April 3. His memorial service will be held at Centre Church on Friday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m.

We extend our love and sympathy to Janet Andrews upon the recent death of her father, Walter Graves.

 

 

Easter Offering

The Missions’ portion of the Easter Offering this year will be divided between two recipients. *Overlook Farm* the New England home of Heifer International was recently devastated by a barn fire. Plans are underway to rebuild, and we wish to help in this effort. (A special offering is also being accepted.)

The other portion of the Easter Offering designated for Missions will go toward *Disaster Relief* through the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC.

Please give generously. Your donations are much needed and appreciated.

 

 

Operation Troop Support

From now until the end of April we will be collecting items to be sent to the troops abroad.

Items that are needed include:

For those serving in the desert:

For those in the hospital

The collection wagon will be in the narthex until the end of April.

The Danvers VFW is coordinating the collection, and for more information please see the website www.troopsupportusa.com.  In addition to the items listed above, donations will also be accepted to defray the cost of shipping.  Thank you again for your generosity.

 

 

Important Dates

April 13, 2006, Maundy Thursday

April 16, 2006, Easter Day
7:30 am "Almost Sunrise" Service
10 a.m. Morning Worship

 


 

OUR OPPORTUNITIES

Palm Sunday

April 9

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:30 am

6:00 pm

Morning Worship – Sanctuary

Children’s Workshop-Chapel

Nursery – Room 14

Youth Choir – Choir Room

Youth Groups – Lower Level

Tuesday

April 11

10:30 am

7:00 pm

Caregivers – Fireside Room

Knitting Group – Fireside Room

Wednesday

April 12

7:30 pm Search Comm. – Pastor’s Office
Maundy

Thursday

April 13

7:00 pm

8:30 pm

Soup Supper and Worship –

Fireside Room and Chapel

Senior Choir – Choir Room

Saturday

April 15

10:00 am Easter Fun Day – Richards Hall

and Front Lawn

Our thoughts and prayers are with Irene Townsend in hospice care at home (974 Mariaville Rd., Ellsworth, ME 04605; Ethel Leonard at Renaissance Gardens, Brooksby Village Alice Savage, Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. Center, 22 Johnson St., W. Peabody, 01960; Emily Jordan, (c/o her son, Hal Jordan, 11 Wheeler Rd., Bow, NH 03304); Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, 01730; Mildred Lisi at SunBridge, 134 North St., N. Reading, 01864; Catherine Newman at Oosterman’s, 93 Laurel St., Melrose, 02176; Jack Turner, at Arnold House, 490 William St., Stoneham, 02180.

We also remember in our prayers, Dana Robinson in Kuwait and Dana’s cousin Michael Propeck in Iraq. We rejoice that Kerry O’Connel is home from Iraq.

 

Sunday, April 9:
Head Usher: Karen Harrington
Flower Delivery: Karen Harrington and Margaret Markham