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:
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts  01940

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

April 26, 2006


Dear Friends,

Two weeks from now, Sunday May 7th, we will be celebrating Stewardship Season. While this is often greeted with a kind of communal "moan," our plan is to borrow much and often from the world of baseball to make our "pitch" so to speak. I hope you will plan to stay after worship on Sunday the 7th for a free ballpark frank on the front lawn – surely the least we can do for the "fans" of our church!

Perhaps we should offer a reward for the best stewardship / baseball pun of the season?! I’m certainly open to a bit of stewardship amusement.

On another topic, I will know in another week or two if my next "gig" will be in a settled pastorate or another interim. I will keep you posted. While nothing happens fast in the pastor search process (for either pastors or churches), I am a big fan of "resolution," so, I’ll be glad to know the answer to that question. Clearly, this has become a season of making plans – for all of us.

Batter up!




April 30, 2006 – Third Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:36b-48

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

"Seeing and Believing"

Students may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.

Child care provided for infants and toddlers in Room 14.

Service broadcast on Cable Channel 10 in Peabody at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Until there is a decision by the Lynnfield Selectmen, there will be no broadcast in Lynnfield.



Rotation Sensation:


On Sunday, April 30, children will meet at the regular time and will continue with the Holy Spirit/Pentecost Rotation. The workshops offered this rotation are movie, art, upper room and drama.



5th-7th Grade Youth Group

The 5th-7th grade group will meet from 6:00-8:30 p.m. this Sunday (4/30). We will have dinner and then watch the movie National Treasure as a group in the church’s theater. Please be prompt since this is a long movie!

Those who will be attending the Craigville Retreat in May will soon receive their packing list and permission slip. Kindly return the permission slips to Jill Couillard in the church office on or before May 7.



Many Thanks!

We thank Joe Gallo of Plantscape Designs for providing the spectacular Easter plants this year and especially appreciate the efforts of Marcia Stevens, Pinky Warnock, Shirley Orr and Michelle Hagerty who arranged them for the Easter Worship Service. Thanks also to the many people who donated their plants and the volunteers who delivered the flowers to shut-ins and those recently bereaved. You will find thank you notes from grateful recipients posted on the bulletin board outside the Library.




The Tuesday evening Knitting Group making squares for the Peabody Red Cross is going strong! Join us from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room every Tuesday in May for an enjoyable time together and a chance to learn to knit and/or perfect your technique. Many beautiful squares are being made to be assembled into afghans by the Red Cross.



"Blue of a Kind" Concert

A wonderful men’s a cappella group "Blue of a Kind" will perform at Centre Church on Saturday, May 13th at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This 15-member group presents lively arrangements of songs exploring the genres of jazz, blues, gospel, sea chanteys, folk, spirituals and popular music.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors and students. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Mission Trip to New York this summer. Tickets will be on sale after church on April 30th and May 7th.



Golf With God

Back by popular demand, Golf With God is pleased to announce the commencement of its 4th Season on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 6:00 a.m. at the Lynnfield Center Golf Course. Our group meets for nine holes of golf followed by coffee and some light discussion, led by one of the group, on a scripture reading or a topic of spiritual interest. On May 11th, we will discuss the scripture readings for Sunday, May 14, 2006, which are: Psalm 22: 25-31; John 15: 1-8; & Acts 8: 26-40.

The format is a Florida Style Scramble, so that golfers of all skill levels can have fun competing together. Beginning on May 11th, we will play on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, through our final regular season match on Thursday, September 14, 2006, and as noted above, teeing off each time at 6:00 a.m. Please join us on as many Thursdays, as are convenient for you. If you have any questions, please call either Chris Parker [781-334-4335] or Phil Johnson [781-598-5678].



Operation Troop Support

Our drive to collect supplies to send to the troops abroad continues through this coming Sunday, April 30. Let’s fill up the cart in the narthex with those items we know our soldiers will appreciate! See the list on the Missions bulletin board.



Car Wash

The youth will be holding a car wash on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. Come get your car washed and support the Youth Mission Trip to New York City this June. The price is $7.00. There will be coffee and baked goods for sale also.



Flamingo Flocking

They’re here! There are 2 flocks of pink flamingos that are actively moving from yard to yard under the cover of darkness. If you are lucky enough to have the flock land at your house, you are asked to make a $20. donation to the Youth Mission Trip. You can then choose the next yard to be flocked. We will have a map on display showing where the flamingos have been spotted. By the end of this week more than a dozen yards in and around Lynnfield will have already been flocked! Don’t miss your chance to share the fun.

If you want to assure that your lawn will not be invaded, you are encouraged to buy Anti-Flocking Insurance for $15. Call Barbara Langill at 334-3050 or 334-5504 for details.

Please use the order form available by clicking here.






April 30

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:20 am

11:30 am

6:00 pm

Morning Worship – Sanctuary

Nursery – Room 14

Rotation Workshops

Youth Choir – Choir Room

Confirmation – Pastor’s Office

Youth Groups – Lower Level


May 2

7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room

May 3

9:00 am Bread & Roses Meal Preparation

May 4

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

Youth Choir – Sanctuary

Senior Choir – Choir Room

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

We also remember in our prayers, Dana Robinson in Kuwait and Dana’s cousin Michael Propeck in Iraq.