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 31, 2006


Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday, June 4th is Pentecost Sunday. I am pleased that Dayl Hufford has agreed to be the preacher of the day. We will also celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. If you remember to do so, it is a fine day to wear something red in honor of Pentecost (the liturgical color for Pentecost is red).

Pentecost is "50 days" after Easter – not counting Sundays – and it is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the believers who were huddled together following Jesus’ ascension. Pentecost is usually regarded as the birthday of the church because it was following Pentecost that the disciples, empowered by the Spirit, truly became the empowered disciples Jesus intended them to be.

Given the transitional nature of this time for all of us at Centre Church, the "birth of the church" has a poignancy that may not be present again for years to come.

I myself will be candidating at First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate this Sunday. They also, are in huge transition. While a candidating sermon is near the top of the list of "most difficult to write" sermons, I think my focus will center around whether or not we dare to believe God is going to do something new, whether in fact, the future can be different from the past. Exactly how the final sermon will take shape, I do not know, but boring times, these are not!! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Next Sunday, June 11th is Children and Youth Sunday (let us know the names of any graduates in your families). June 18th is Father’s Day. And June 25th will be my last Sunday with you. We will continue to meet at 10:00 a.m. through June.





June 4, 2006 – Pentecost Sunday

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Acts 2:1-4

10:00 A.M. Holy Communion

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dayl Hufford

"See the Flames and Feel the Heat"

Children may worship with their families before going downstairs for a Pentecost Celebration.

They will return for communion.

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



End of Life Series – ‘5 Wishes’

Mary Petersen will be joining us in the Library following the service this Sunday, June 4th. She will be helping us to finalize our 5 Wishes Booklet. If at all possible, please bring your health care proxy with you. If you have not yet picked up a copy of the 5 Wishes booklet you may do so in the church office for $1.00. There are a few left.



Mission Trip Stock Sale

Please consider buying stock in the youth mission trip to New York City. The youth will be selling stock for $20.00 a share after church on Sunday, June 4. As a shareholder, you will be invited to attend a Stockholders Dinner in the fall, where the youth will make a presentation, sharing their Mission Trip experiences.



Rotation Sensation

June 4th -- Children will be gathering briefly in the sanctuary and then head downstairs for a Pentecost celebration. They will then return to the sanctuary for communion.

Children and Youth Sunday –June 11th. This year the Christian Education directors are planning a presentation to honor the children and youth of Centre Church. Please plan on attending church as a family on this special day.



Mission Trip Meeting

There will be a meeting for all youth (and their parents) participating in the NYC Mission Trip on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Centre Church.  We will be going over the rules of the road, filling out permission forms, etc.  Please call Barbara Langill at the church office (781 334-3050) if you are unable to make this meeting.



Youth Groups

End of Year Party – 8th-12th grade

The 8th-12th grade youth group will be going to Richardson’s for our end of year event. Please plan to meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and we will car pool over to Middleton. We plan to return by 3:30 p.m. Please bring $10.00 to cover mini-golf and ice cream. Parents, we are in need of drivers/chaperones. Please call the church office if you are available to come along.

End of Year Party 5th-7th grade

A year-end pool party has been planned for Sunday, June 4th from 1:00-4:00 at the Jodoin’s house. Watch your mail, details have been sent out to all members.



Missions Update

Thank you to all who have been knitting squares which have been completed by both church members and their friends.  The group will meet for the next couple of weeks and then please continue to knit as you vacation.  We will re-start in the fall, and new knitters will be welcome. Please also continue to donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief fund.  Help is desperately needed for supplies to re-build the affected areas.  We are to be donating both to the local UCC relief fund and the Diamond Head Baptist Church, which is single-handedly providing housing, etc. with the help of various denominations.  For information please see the bulletin board.  We will also collect donations to the UCC International Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of the Indonesian earthquake. In addition, there are on-going Mission Trips sponsored through the UCC which the Mission Commission is willing to subsidize.   For information, please contact Chris Gehret.



Lynnfield Art Guild

The re-scheduled Lynnfield Art Guild Show and Sale will be held in Richards Hall on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00-3:00 p.m.



Successful Art & Photo Exhibit Held on May 20 -21, 2006

Members of our church who participated in the Art & Photo Show were:

Elyssa Bjorkman, Cray Pas, Title: "Blue Glass"

Dave Clough, Photo, Title: "Pienza" Italy

Jason Cotting, Photos, Title: "Gloucester" & Untitled

Bruce Gist, Photos, Titles: "Centre Church 1987" & Fuchsias"

Bill Hayden, Oil, Title: "What is the Modern Element"

Kara Hayden, Acrylic Lift from Photo Banner, Title: "Untitled"

Betty Hayter, Photo, Title: "Sunset over Sanibel"

Geta Hellmer, Watercolors, Titles: "Late Day in San Diego" & "Castle at Ebbs" Austria

Ruth Hyer, Watercolors, Titles: "Rockport Victorian" & "Let’s Have Tea"

Jessica Ladd, Photos, Titles: "Lily" & "Springtime"

Stanley Listernick, Photos, Titles: "What a Foggy Morn" Newport Harbor RI and "Light House" Coast of Maine

Carol MacKendrick, Oil Title: "Lynnfield Centre" & Watercolor Title: "Hospitality"

Jack Marino, 3D Painted Woodcarving, Title: "Faith, Hope & Family"

Margaret Markham, Watercolors, Titles: Untitled

Charlotte Orrall, Oils, Titles: "Parson Capen House" Topsfield & "View of a Garden"

Cindy Ouellette, Photos, Titles: "Holocaust Memorial & "Centre Farm"

Allie Parker, Watercolor, Title: "Bloom" & Pencil, Title: "I Love My Kitty"

Jackie Popoloski, Charcoal, Titles: "Bill Cosby" & "Thanks Pal"

Edie Richard, Photo, Title: "Peace" Lynnfield

Steve Richard, Photos, Titles: "Sisters" & "Lupine"

Will Vaughan, Photos, Titles: "Forgotten" & "Dripping with Anticipation"

Edith Wendt, Photo, Title: "The Cascades" Washington

We wish to thank all of you for making the art show a huge success. We were especially pleased to have so many youth entries. The public came to view your work on Saturday during Geraniumfest. Several folks commented that the flamingos drew them over to the church – thanks to Linda Ladd for that touch. A special thanks to Doug Hodgkins for letting us borrow all those music stands and Bob MacKendrick for picking up and returning all 34 of them. Sunday morning Mike thought he was going to have to hold the church service out in the Narthex. No one wanted to come into the sanctuary. Finally, someone flicked the lights to get our attention for the call to worship. We even had our own press coverage and are in The Weekly News. In case you were laughing about hidden talents, several people commented during the show that they did indeed learn something new about people they thought they knew well. Thanks to all who participated.

  • Carol MacKendrick and Perry Hayden – co chairs



    (to the left as you enter from Summer Street through the front door)

    Redeemable Bottles and Cans. These are turned in for money to benefit our Bread and Roses monthly meal preparation.

    Linens, Etc. These are appreciated by residents of Bridge House in Lynn

    Aluminum Can Pull Tabs. These are recycled to raise money to purchase equipment for the Shriners’ Hospital for Children.

    Used Cell Phones: (With numbers deleted and a charger). For emergency use by clients of HAWC.

    Used Eyeglasses. All types are recycled by Lions Club.





    June 4

    10:00 am

    10:00 am

    10:00 am 11:20 am

    11:30 am

    1-4 pm


    Holy Communion – Sanctuary

    Children’s Pentecost Party

    Nursery – Room 14

    Youth Choir – Choir Room

    5 Wishes Conversation – Fireside

    5th-7th Grade End of Year Party

    8th-12th Grade End of Year Party


    June 6

    7:30 pm Mission Trip Meeting - Fireside

    June 7

    12:30 pm Bread & Roses Meal Preparation

    June 8

    6:00 am

    7:00 pm

    Golf Group – Center Golf Course

    Youth Choir – Choir Room


    June 10

    6-7:30 pm Youth Choir Dress Rehearsal – Sanctuary

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, 01730; Emily Jordan, (c/o her son, Hal Jordan, 11 Wheeler Rd., Bow, NH 03304); Mildred Lisi at SunBridge, 134 North St., N. Reading, 01864; Catherine Newman at Oosterman’s, 93 Laurel St., Melrose, 02176; Alice Savage, Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. Center, 22 Johnson St., W. Peabody, 01960; Jack Turner, at Arnold House, 490 William St., Stoneham, 02180; and Joan Holmes recuperating at home.

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