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 19, 2006

 

Dear Friends,

I mentioned to someone that the Easter Sermon is probably the most difficult of the year to write. She was surprised and wondered why.

So, here’s the story. First, everyone knows exactly where the sermon is headed; "He is Risen!" That’s all well and good, except it is hard to say anything "fresh" under these conditions. Plus the congregation is not the same as the one that worships week after week, and it is hard to preach to people you do not know – you might keep this in mind when your next pastor comes to candidate!! Now, add the demands of Holy Week itself which has a way of draining the creative energy at the exact moment it is time to write a sermon. Combine all of the above with heightened expectations, and it is a prescription for stress. A little stress is an aid to creativity; excessive stress leads to banality!

Lest you think I’m whining, there is another side. Because Easter takes us to the very heart of our faith, it is important to us ministers both personally and communally. We not only want to feel the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we need to feel the joy of Easter’s dawn. We want to do justice to the whole story.

So we focus our energies; we give it all we’ve got, and after the resurrection is greeted, we crash. But, guess what? We rise again, grateful for the privilege of being pastors. After all, the task is daunting because the story itself is so important; we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Post-Easter Peace to you!
Mike

 


 

IN THE SANCTUARY

April 23, 2006 – Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

"The Goal"

Children may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.

Service broadcast on Peabody Cable 10 on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Note: Until there is a decision by the Lynnfield Selectmen concerning
the local cable channel, there will be no video broadcast of our service in Lynnfield.
Peabody broadcasts will continue on Thursday evenings at 7:00 as usual.

 


 

Easter Fun Day

Almost 60 children came on Saturday, April 15 to celebrate Easter. Thank you to all the 5th-7th grade youth group members who helped with crafts and games, the 8th grade class for a wonderful puppet show, and the High School youth who helped with the egg hunt.

 

 

‘Almost’ Sunrise Easter Service

Thank you to Doug Hodgkins, Jeff Langill, James Langill, Becky Ladd, Alyssa Langill, Abbie Weaver, Maggie Weaver, Denise Weaver, Emily Couillard, Allison Carey, Leslie Carey, Timothy Rice, Eric Carey, Marybeth Weilandt, Olivia Nasson, Jeff Couillard, Samantha White, Carol White, Megan White. They all helped turn the service into a wonderful celebration of Easter.

 

 

Rotation Sensation:

A new Pentecost rotation starts on Sunday, April 23. Please check the bulletin board for your workshops. Our Workshop Leaders are:

Jen Dignan- Movie, Rick Cohee-Upper Room,

Michelle Haggerty- Drama, Carol White- Art

 

 

Mission of the Month

*Operation Troop Support*

From now until the end of April we will be collecting items to be sent to the troops abroad.  Needed are stationery products, coffee,
snacks, toiletries, socks, sunglasses, paperbacks, puzzles, games, and phone cards.  *Particularly in need at this time of year are lip balm and sunscreen for the soldiers in Iraq.* The collection wagon will be in the narthex until the end of April. 

 

 

Youth News

Regular meetings (6-7:30) on Sunday, April 23.

8th- 12th grade youth group: Your help is needed in the narthex before church to sell Anti- Flamingo Flocking Insurance and Car Wash tickets.

 

Flamingo Flocking

The 8th-12th Grade Youth Group is working to raise funds to send 16 youth to New York City for a mission trip this June by holding a Flamingo Flocking Fund Raiser.

How does Flocking Work? Beginning April 23, you can "flock" a friend, for a minimum suggested donation of $20. Upon receipt of the order form and your donation, the youth group (with an adult chaperone) will secretly place a flock of flamingos on the "victim's" front yard.  Birds will be delivered after dusk on the day desired, depending on the availability of the flock.  The birds will "roost" in the yard for no more than 24 hours.  A notice will also be placed on the front door explaining the removal and forward ordering information.

Flamingo Removal: Flamingos will be removed from your yard by the Youth Group within 24 hours of their placement, whether you choose to make a donation or not.  You can forward them to another unsuspecting “victim” for a $20 donation.  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Barbara Langill at 781 334-3050 (church) or at home 781 334-5504 (ba.langill@verizon.net)

How To Avoid Being Flocked: If you would like to prevent the Pink Flamingos from landing in your yard, Anti- Flocking Insurance is available for the very low price of $15.00. This insurance will guarantee that the flock will not take up residence in your yard during the 2006 season.

Intentions: To make this fundraiser successful, we must have willing participants.  The removal does not require payment, but a donation to benefit the High School Youth Group’s trip to NYC would be greatly appreciated.  When choosing a person to flock, be wary of their temperament and sense of humor.  Do not choose someone who would abuse the flamingos by shoving them into a garage, etc., or heaven forbid they become permanent lawn ornaments!

Please use the order form available by clicking here.

 

Mission Trip Fundraisers

Sixteen youth have signed up for the Mission Trip to New York City this June. Your financial help is very much needed. Please support the upcoming fundraisers:

April 23 - Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser- please see insert for details

April 29 - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.- Car Wash. Tickets will be $5.00 in advance and $7.00 on that day.

May 13 - Blue Of a Kind, a men’s a cappella group will perform here at the church at 5:00 p.m.. Tickets will be $10.00 for adults, $ 8.00 for seniors and students. The price includes pre-concert refreshments.

May 14 - Hanging Flower Baskets

 

 

Knitting for the Red Cross

Join us as we gather in the Fireside Room each Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. to knit squares for the Red Cross in Peabody. No experience is needed. Instruction and yarn will be provided. Experienced knitters are welcome too! Questions? Call Chris Gehret 334-6737

 

 

From the Mailbox

Thanks to all my good friends at Centre Church for the cards, phone calls and visits while I have been recuperating at Renaissance Gardens at Brooksby Village. I hope to be back in my apartment very soon. Ethel Leonard

To all my friends at Centre Church,
Thank you for the warm wishes. I had a bad spell but am feeling much better. I miss you and hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday.
Love, Irene Townsend

 

 

Missions Pantry

(to the left as you enter from Summer Street through the front door) is always open and ready to receive:

 


 

OUR OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday

April 23

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:30 am

6:00 pm

Morning Worship – Sanctuary

Nursery – Room 14

Rotation Workshops

Confirmation – Pastor’s Office

Youth Groups – Lower Level

Tuesday

April 25

12:30 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Get-Together Wheel - Fireside

Knitting Group – Fireside Room

Parish Council – Pastor’s Office

Wednesday

April 26

7:30 pm Search Committee - Pastor’s Office
Thursday

April 27

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

Youth Choir – Sanctuary

Membership - Pastor’s Office

Senior Choir – Choir Room

Saturday

April 29

10:00 am Mission Trip Car Wash – Parking Lot

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl Davis at Woodbriar of Wilmington, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887; 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.

 

Sunday, April 23:
Head Usher: Chris Lambe.
Coffee Hour: Michelle Hagerty.