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

May 3, 2006


Dear Friends,

Many of you are aware that I have been in conversation with the First Trinitarian Church (UCC) of Scituate for the last few months. It has been a remarkable process with numerous unexpected turns, surprising silences, and stunning reversals. The long and short of it is that they have enthusiastically invited me to "candidate" on June 4th. Candidating Sunday is when the Pastor Search Committee’s chosen one gets to go to their church and preach on a Sunday morning. The worship service is followed immediately by a Congregational Meeting in which the members discuss the prospective pastor’s adequacy and proceed to vote "yes" or "no."

While things have been known to go terribly wrong on a Candidating Sunday, it is rare, and so it is a reasonable expectation that I will become the next "settled" pastor at First Trinitarian Church in Scituate. I am truly amazed to be going to a settled position so close to our home in Hingham.

And, while this is exciting for me, I share a genuine sadness with you over my separation from Centre Church – at least I hope you share that sadness! I cannot begin to express how much I have enjoyed being your pastor, and how much I will miss you! You are a tough act to follow. And the fact that we’ve known from the beginning that my time would be brief does not make the sadness any less real.

I am sure you want to know the details. It looks like my last day in Lynnfield will be Thursday, June 29th. My last Sunday here will be June 25th. It will come with disarming speed. There are three other things of importance.

First, please remember that I am here until I leave. I am still your pastor. And, between now and when I leave, I will be working harder than ever on preparations for YOUR next pastor.

Second, you will not be left defenseless. Council has asked Phil Johnson, George Hayden and me to put together a transition plan for pastoral leadership for the period between my departure and the arrival of your next pastor. As soon as all the details are together, we will make our proposal to Council, and Council will fill you in! Because there are several different approaches for providing pastoral coverage for the time after I leave, please give us a couple or three weeks to figure out which plan seems best.

Third, your Search Committee continues to make excellent progress, having received over 60 profiles from interested candidates. They have interviewed several candidates and have seen the most interesting candidates preach. While we cannot predict exactly what will happen or when, you can rest assured that your dedicated Search Committee is, indeed, making swift progress.

This is big news – for all of us. We’ll talk more.





May 7, 2006 – 4th Sunday of Easter

10:00 A.M. Holy Communion

John 10:11-18

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

"The Active Voice"

Children may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.

Service broadcast on Peabody Cable Channel 10

at 7 p.m. on Thursday.



Season Opener

Please plan to stay after church service on Sunday, May 7th for the all-hands Home Opener. Yes, baseball is the spring theme and all are invited to share a baseball park style meal together. We’ll be featuring traditional fare: hot dogs, potato salad, chips, cold drinks and more. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot (weather permitting). Wear your favorite baseball attire to add a festive touch—red socks would be particularly appropriate. Topics for discussion will include: the new season (spring is definitely underway), good times, new things to come, your favorite mission, and, of course, baseball. Please join us.



Fiscal Year Update

In nature, spring is a time of new beginnings. In our church, it marks a time when we start to wrap up our programs and move into a slower summertime mode.

Centre Church changed its fiscal year to better align with this reality. Our fiscal year now begins on July 1st. This means that we need to wrap up our one-time short fiscal year by the end of June and that we be running our Stewardship campaigns in the spring.

This year our Stewardship theme is:

"Take hold of the life that really is life…Be generous." (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

What changes could you make in your life that would allow you to really take hold of life? Being generous is a wonderful way to increase the joy in your life and in the lives of others.



Youth Group

We will meet at the regularly scheduled time this Sunday from 6:00-7:30. Permission slips for the Craigville Retreat (grades 5-7) must be turned in by Sunday, May 7th. Please bring them to Youth Group.



"Blue of a Kind" Concert

Come enjoy a late afternoon performance of the men’s a cappella singing group Blue of a Kind, Saturday, May 13, at 5 p.m. here at Centre Church. This 15-member singing group will present a lively arrangement of songs which will include jazz, blues, gospel, folk, spirituals and popular music.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and seniors. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Mission Trip to New York this summer. Tickets will be on sale after church on May 7, or contact Barbara Langill at the church office.



Rotation Sensation:

We will continue with our workshops on May 7 covering the theme of the Holy Spirit/Pentecost. Because of the May schedule, we are asking that the children stay in their workshops the entire time even though it is Communion Sunday. The children will finish up with their Holy Spirit/Pentecost Rotation on June 4th and will have a chance to celebrate communion with their families at that time.

We will be taking class pictures this Sunday, May 7. Please make every effort to attend so that everyone will be included.



Teacher Recruitment

Coordinators, Leaders and Shepherds are needed for next year! We will be recruiting your talents on Sunday, May 21st after church. Please stop by our table in the Narthex to learn more about the opportunities we have available. If you would like to sign up early, please call Barbara Langill or Jill Couillard in the church office.



Mother’s Day Flower Sale

Back by popular demand: the youth group will again be selling flowering hanging plants on Sunday, May 14 after church. Be sure to keep your Mother in mind with one of these beautiful plants.



5 Wishes Booklet/Follow-up Meeting

The 5 Wishes Booklet which was mentioned during the "End-of-Life" series has arrived. You may pick up your copy in the church office for $1.00. They will also be available in the Narthex next Sunday.

Following the service on June 4th, there will be a meeting in the Library with Mary Petersen, an All-Care Hospice coordinator, to help finalize and answer any remaining questions about the booklet. If at all possible, please bring to the meeting the person who you chose as your Health Care Proxy.



Car Wash a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Youth Group Car Wash and bake sale this Saturday. We were able to add $520.00 to the Youth Group Mission Trip Fund.



Flamingo Flocking

Our two flocks of flamingos have been traveling around Lynnfield and beyond, where unsuspecting homeowners are able to enjoy the spectacle of these lovely pink plastic birds on their front lawns. Donations and requests for flocking have exceeded expectations and the youth group is happily running around each night, moving the flock. Be sure to check out their progress on the bulletin board outside the Fireside Room.



From the Mailbox

Dear Friends of Centre Church,

Thank you for remembering me with the lovely flowers that Mary Warnock brought to me. I also appreciated Mike’s visit when I was in Renaissance Gardens and all the cards and telephone calls while I have been recuperating. Centre Church and Lynnfield will always hold fond memories for us.

Sincerely, Rolf Owens


To all our friends at Centre Church, a sincere thank you. The lovely flowers and your messages of courage were a great source of comfort to us. Your kind expressions of sympathy will always be remembered.

Rose, David and Kenneth Giunta


Address Change:

Larry and Marie Vazzana
6846 Weeping Willow Place
Ocean Ridge Plantation
Sunset Beach, NC 28469


Prayer Chain

Centre Church’s Prayer Chain is made up of church members who are "on call" to pray for a specific need. If you are in need of prayer or know of someone who is, (it need not be someone in our church or community) please call Edie Richard at 781-334-3874 or Betty Conn at 781-334-2682. There is also a Prayer Request Book in the narthex if you would like to leave a written request.



Knitting Group

It’s not too late to become a part of this active group knitting squares for the Red Cross. We enjoy getting together each Tuesday evening in the Fireside Room from 7-8:30 p.m. The make-up of the group changes weekly and we have lots of fun while doing something worthwhile. Or, if it’s easier for you to knit at home, call Chris Gehret for the specifics. (size of squares, type of yarn, etc.) 781-334-6737. The more the merrier!!



Spring Clean-Up Day

All Hands On Deck!! We need your help on Saturday, May 13th from 9am-Noon for landscaping clean-up and miscellaneous chores around the church. Please come and spend as much of the morning as you can.

The Properties Commission





May 7

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:20 am

11:30 am

11:30 am

6:00 pm

Holy Communion – Sanctuary

Nursery – Room 14

Rotation Workshops

Youth Choir – Choir Room

Confirmation – Pastor’s Office

Home Opener Lunch

Youth Groups – Lower Level


May 9

10:30 am

7:00 pm

Caregivers – Fireside Room

Knitting Group – Fireside Room


May 10

7:30 pm Worship Team – Pastor’s Office

May 11

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

Youth Choir – Sanctuary

Senior Choir – Choir Room


May 13


5:00 pm

Spring Clean-Up Day

Blue of a Kind Concert


Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce Stevens in hospice care at Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehab. Hospital; 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. We also remember in our prayers, Dana Robinson in Kuwait and Dana’s cousin Michael Propeck in Iraq.