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 21, 2006


Dear Friends,

I am ever so pleased that Rand Peabody is able to serve as your short-term, interim pastor. I have met with him and will continue to do everything I can to make his entry into Centre Church as smooth as possible.

On a different note, I learned following worship this past Sunday, that Flossie Popp had died the evening before (Saturday, June 17). Flossie made it clear to her family that she didn’t want a funeral service at the church. Instead, she wanted a simple, graveside service. So, that is what we will do. Her service will be at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home on Lincoln Ave., in Saugus, Thursday, June 22nd at 11:30 a.m.

Like so many of you, I was a Flossie fan club member. She not only lived well, she died well – perhaps the two are connected. One of the gifts of being at Centre Church has been getting to know this woman, who lived with such remarkable faith and simplicity of spirit.

This coming Sunday is my last opportunity to be in the pulpit at Centre Church. I’m finding it hard to know exactly what to say. When asked to carry the burden of heart-felt emotions, words have been known to stagger under the load. "Lord – are you listening? How about a little help here...!"

Always good to have God to blame if things don’t come together. See you Sunday.






June 25, 2006

Mark 4:35-41

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

Commissioning of Mission Trip Group

Sermon by the Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

"A Great Calm"

Children may worship with their families for the entire service.

All are invited to lunch following the service.

The service will be broadcast on Peabody Cable Channel 10 at 7 p.m. on Thursday.



From the Moderator

People come into your life for a reason. When people come into your life for a reason it is usually to meet a need that you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time they are gone. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayers you sent up have been answered and now it is time to move on.

I have quoted from one of those ever-important e-mails that we receive, but it is quite fitting to how we must feel at this time as we bid good-bye to Mike Dunfee. Mike has been the steady hand, the guiding minister, the comedic relief and the everlasting friend that Centre Church has needed most during these past two years. It hardly seems possible that time has gone by so fast. But, during this time we have examined our past, identified who we are and became secure in becoming an Open and Affirming Church. We have welcomed new members, said farewell to others, fostered some fantastic mission trips and faced head on some financial challenges. Through all of this and more our church has become stronger and eager for the future to arrive.

Mike, we thank you for your energy, laughter, support and advice. "Many Hands, Many Beliefs, One Journey" is our motto. We are grateful that you have been aboard for part of our journey. On behalf of Centre Congregational Church,

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Phil Johnson, Moderator



Celebration for Mike

Following the worship service on Sunday, June 25, we will gather in Richards Hall for a light lunch and another chance to extend our appreciation to Mike for his ministry here.

Among our thank you gifts to him is a beautiful color print of the church painted by Carol MacKendrick. The mat is big enough to hold signatures and messages from all of us. It will be available for signing on Sunday morning during the festivities or in the church office on Thursday and Friday mornings (9-12) if you are going to be away on Sunday.




A quick note to ask that you bring or mail your fiscal 2006/07 Stewardship response card.

It may seem like we just did this and actually, we did. The fall 2006 campaign was for only a 6 month period that ends June 30th.

The current Stewardship campaign is for the new fiscal year that starts July 1st.

Don’t worry, the next campaign won’t be until next spring.

Thanks in advance for your continued support for Centre Church

"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.



Mission Trip Reminder

All Mission Trip participants should plan on attending the Worship Service on June 25 where we will be commissioned. There will be a luncheon after the service, so be sure to be all packed and ready to go. We will plan to meet in the parking lot at 12:45 p.m. to leave for Framingham.



News from around the Parish

Our love and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of Alice Savage who died recently.

Our love and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of Irene Townsend who died recently. She was living in Maine with her daughter Marsha at the time of her death.



The Missions Pantry

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

is open 9-12 and ready to receive:


Our congratulations to the following young people who graduated from high school this year.

Our congratulations to the following young people who have recently received university degrees:



Missions Giving

Donations are still being accepted to benefit the victims of the recent Indonesian Earthquake and also for the Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts through the Hope Shall Bloom UCC Fund and the Diamond Head Baptist Church.

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.

Your help is still needed and greatly appreciated.



Rev. Dr. A. Rand Peabody

June 20, 2006

Members and Friends of Centre Congregational Church:

I am pleased to announce that we have called Rev. Dr. A. Rand Peabody to serve as Interim Pastor of our church starting July 1st. Rand lives in Medford with his wife Sally. Since the late 1980’s Rand has served as an intentional interim pastor. The churches to which he has been called have benefited from his unique style in covering sabbatical leaves and both short and long-term interim ministries. Rand most recently served at the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington and before that at the United Parish of Auburndale in Newton.

Rand is a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and received his Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Andover Newton Theological School. Rand comes to us with a significant amount of experience as an interim minister and is eager to serve our congregation in this next phase of interim ministry whether it turns out to be for a short period or longer. I have added some words from Rand which give you some idea as to how he approaches his calling and moreover gives you some sense of his eagerness to work with us. Welcome Rand and we look forward to your ministry!

Phil Johnson, Moderator, Centre Congregational Church


From "Interim-Interim Pastor" Rand Peabody

When Parish Council asked me why I have opted to specialize in the field of Interim Ministry for the second half of my career, I said that it’s because I’ve found interim times to be such rich, ripe moments in the life of congregations.

My coming to Centre Church represents my (lucky!) thirteenth Interim contract. Four of those interim pastorates have been Sabbatical situations of three or four months’ duration. The rest have occurred between two settled pastorates, and have ranged from eleven to thirty-one months in duration. I have served churches as an Interim Pastor in many communities—- several up in Maine in the late 1980’s, then here in the Commonwealth in Norfolk, Weston, Arlington, Melrose, Southborough, Boxborough, and Newton. In all kinds of various ways, I have seen how interim times re-connect us with a sense of God’s guiding presence, and also with the power of the blessed community which Christ wants every church to be.

The "times between" provide us with opportunities to discover both the comfort and the challenge of Jesus’ statement at John 3: 8-- "The wind blows where it wills. . . but you do not know from whence it comes or whither it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Let’s agree from the get-go to keep a prayerful sail to such a wind, and be ready to tack as needed. Indeed, I am more than willing, and very much excited, to be serving as the pastoral helmsman for this next leg of your voyage, however brief it may prove to be.

Yes, we will be navigating an indeterminate period between the departure of Mike Dunfee at the end of June, and the arrival of whomever your new settled Pastor will be. But don’t let such indeterminacy make you anxious! We have God, and we have one another. So, in this "interim-interim" time, let’s resolve to venture onward together in patience and hope, in eagerness and creativity, knowing that, as Governor William Bradford put it in words ancient, but ever fresh: "There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Word."






June 25

10:00 am

11:00 am

1:00 pm

Morning Worship – Sanctuary

Lunch – Richards Hall

Mission Trip Group Leaves


June 27

7:00 pm Parish Council – Pastor’s Office

June 30



Mission Trip Group Returns

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; 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.


Church Office Schedule

Summer Office Hours of 9 am – 12 noon are in effect.

Tower Notes will be published

on June 26th, July 24th and August 28th.