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

June 7, 2006


Dear Friends,

It was an intense weekend for me by virtue of candidating at First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate. For those who need a review of the process. After the Pastor Search Committee does all its interviews, selects the candidate, and completes all the salary negotiations, the prospective pastor is invited to preach at his or her "new" church on a Sunday morning. Immediately after worship, a Congregational Meeting is called to order, and the congregation votes "yea" or "nay" to invite the candidate to become their next "settled" pastor. That’s what I was up to at Scituate. It was what you will be up to in the not too distant future (I hope!).

The brief version of my candidating service at Scituate is that it went very well. The secret ballot vote was 124 to 2 in favor of my becoming their next "settled" pastor. I was ever so pleased to accept their invitation. For those who would like to know a bit more, please read on.

It was, of course, a bear of a sermon to write. I worked on it easily 2 to 3 times more than what I normally do. And, in spite of it all, I went to bed Saturday night in a terrible mood because the entire second half of the sermon was not right. "Terrible" is the word that comes to mind. I knew it had to be redone, but exactly how to do that was not clear. Happily, I worked on it while I slept, and awoke Sunday morning ready to make the changes, which vastly improved the sermon. Sometimes the Spirit doesn't move any sooner than necessary! Copies of it are available if you want to read it.

The sanctuary was full -- it only holds about 200 people -- which seems a bit small to me having spent the last couple of decades in somewhat larger sanctuaries. What is nice about a smaller room is that the congregational singing is hearty, the sound of the choir fills the room, and it is easy to have interaction between pastor and congregation.

They proved to be a wonderful congregation to preach to; they were right with me from the first word to the last. And our communion service became a quiet, centering time that also felt rich in spirit.

The excitement level in the church before worship was tangible and it built as the morning went on. At one point during the sermon, they broke out in spontaneous applause -- which should happen to every minister once every 25 years or so. Please don’t worry about my ego; ministry keeps us all feeling more than adequately inadequate!

Frankly, the whole process is a bit daunting, even when it goes so well. Mostly what I feel at the moment is relieved that it is finally completed. And, I am very happy to be able to focus my full energies right here at Centre Church for my remaining weeks!





June 11, 2006

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship in the Sanctuary

Children and Youth Sunday

Cantata "A Technicolor Promise" by the Youth Choir

Recognition of High School Graduates

All children may worship with their families for the entire service.


June 18, 2006

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship in the Chapel

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

All children may worship with their families for the entire service.




Congratulations to Mike Dunfee on being called to serve as settled pastor at First Trinitarian Church in Scituate! As much as we are sad that Mike will be leaving us, we knew this was inevitable. This is a very important step for our sister church in Scituate as they have been without a senior pastor for some time and are in need of new leadership.

The transition for us starts the first of July as Mike will be with us through Friday June 30th and his last Sunday with us will be on June 25th. On that day we will decommission him from his service here at Centre Church and have a time over coffee to celebrate his new beginnings, to express our gratitude for his service and to say good-bye. Please make plans to be here on June 25th.

So where are we in our own search process? And who will be our pastor once Mike leaves?

We do not find ourselves in the position just yet of calling a settled pastor. Your search committee has been very hard at work conducting the search process. They have received and reviewed over 60 profiles of interested candidates and they are in the process of interviewing the most attractive and qualified candidates.

So we need to find an interim pastor to be with us come the first of July. It is our hope that this will be a short term interim period that will extend only to sometime in the fall. However, because this could be a 3 to 6 months interim time Parish Council felt that covering the pulpit with just guest preachers was out of the question as we need to have full time pastoral coverage. With the help of our conference Area Minister Tom Clough we have identified a very qualified and capable pastor to take that position. As we have not ironed out all of the details yet I will leave it at that, but I feel very comfortable that we will be in good hands during this next phase of the transition.

I look forward to being able to tell you more about our next steps within the next two weeks.

Phil Johnson, Moderator


Children and Youth Sunday

On Sunday, June 11 we will honor the children and youth of Centre Church with a special presentation during the 10 a.m. service. Following the service the Christian Education Commission will host an ice-cream social.

All Coordinators, Leaders and Shepherds will be honored in church this Sunday. Please plan on attending with your families.



Youth Groups Enjoy Year End Parties

5th-7th Grade Youth Group

The End-of-Year Pool Party has been rescheduled for this Sunday, June 11th from 1:00-4:00 at the Jodoin’s house. If you have not yet responded to the invitation, please call Mrs. Couillard at (781) 231-1670.

8th-12th Grade Youth

Seventeen youth attended our year end party at Richardson’s in Middleton. Despite a little rain, we enjoyed a great round of mini-golf and delicious ice cream. Many thanks to our parent volunteers for driving and to Mr. Bjorkman for chaperoning.



Work Day

The Properties Commission will be hosting a "trim the hedges and mulch the flowerbeds work day" on Saturday, June 17th from 9-11 a.m. Please feel free to join us and make the work really fly by!



News From Around the Parish

Our love and congratulations to Marion Barnes who celebrates her 96th birthday on June 14.

Our love and congratulations to Olive and Carl Wood who celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary on June 5.



Mission Trip Stock Sales

Invest in the future of the youth of Centre Congregational Church. Please consider buying a share to support the Youth Mission Trip to New York City. The youth will be selling stock on Sunday, June 11 after worship. Shares are $20.00 each, and shareholders will be invited to attend a Shareholders’ Dinner in the fall.

The following young people will be going on the trip: Ariel Bjorkman, Elyssa Bjorkman, Lisa Gerbick, Jessica Ladd, Alyssa Langill, Kaitlyn Morrissey, Ryan Batchelder, Andrew Decker, Nicholas Forgione, AJ Johnson, Jeff Lambe, Alex MacEachern, Sean Morrissey, Matthew Perry, Roger Potter Furey, Wil Russell and Will Vaughan. They will be joined by chaperones Barbara Langill, Jeff Langill, Randy Russell and youth and adults from the First Congregational Church in Melrose and the First Congregational Church in Stoughton.




Flamingos Unflocked

   Want to be the proud owner of your very own pink plastic flamingo?

We will be holding a silent auction on Sunday, June 11.  Just place your bid ($5.00 suggested minimum bid) in the box provided in the narthex and the top 30 bidders will be the winners of one of these exotic birds that have graced the yards of many of our parishioners. All proceeds will go toward the Mission Trip.

Yes, I want a pink plastic flamingo of my very own! 



Telephone #________________________________________________

 Bid  $_____________________



Special Offerings Received

The Missions Commission is collecting for the UCC International Disaster Relief Fund to benefit the victims of the recent Indonesian Earthquake.

Please also continue to donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts. Help is still desperately needed for supplies to re-build the affected areas. We are donating both to the Hope Shall Bloom UCC Fund and the Diamond Head Baptist Church which is single-handedly providing housing, supplies, etc. with the help of various denominations.

Checks for any of these efforts may be made out to Centre Church with the name of the particular recipient in the memo portion of the check.



Church Office Schedule

Summer Office Hours of 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon will begin next Monday, June 12. There will be no Tower Notes that week. The summer schedule for Tower Notes will be as follows: June 19, June 26, July 24 and August 28.




Flowers have appeared everywhere on the front lawn!! Our thanks to the children of the church school for the marigolds and dusty miller in the flower beds, Evy Round for the geraniums beneath both signs and Pinky Warnock for the planters on either side of the front door.



From the Mailbox

Thank you for all your prayer support and expressions of concern during my recent illness. They guided me through the bleak and difficult days to these recent days of recovery. The flowers delivered by Evy Round and Karen Harrington brought a long-lasting ray of sunshine to cheer me. I am blessed by your caring.

Elouise Bjorkman


Stay Connected

If you have missed a Sunday recently, please know that there are video tapes and DVDs of each service available. You will also find copies of recent sermons on the literature table in the narthex or on our web site



The Missions Pantry

is always open and ready to receive:






June 11

10:00 am

11:00 am

1-4 pm

Children & Youth Sunday

Ice Cream Social

5th-7th Grade End-of-Year Party


June 12

9-12 noon Summer Office Hours Begin

June 13

10:30 am Caregivers – Fireside Room

June 14

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

Parish Council-Pastor’s Office

Worship Team – Fireside

Search Committee - Library


June 17

9-11 am Work Day - Lawn

June 18

10:00 am Morning Worship - Chapel

June 20

7:00 pm Membership – Pastor’s Office

June 22

6:00 am Golf Group-Centre Golf Course

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.

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


Sunday, June 11
Head Usher – Karen Harrington.
Flower Delivery: Barbara Ericson and Chuck Cotting

Sunday, June 18
Head Usher: Marian Orfeo.