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. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, 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

October 4, 2006

The “ROCK” and the “ROLL”

Dear Friends and Parishioners:

Wow, what a worship service yesterday! I was thinking about it on my way to the office this morning (Monday). I love music - and the Choir, our special instrumentalists, and Director, Doug Hodgkins made for a wonderful Grand Re-Opening of Centre Congregational Church yesterday. From the Introit of “Prepare Ye the Way,” from Godspell, to their wonderful Anthems, the Choir kept our feet tapping, stomping, our hands clapping, arms waving, our hearts racing, and our souls lifted. Thanks.

Yesterday's service was very special because it was my first Sunday with you, it was World Communion, and so many of you were there! Thanks for attending and participating. You obviously enjoyed the worship service, the new visitors, and the wonderful luncheon afterwards. Thanks for not one, but two cakes. Oh, so good! And, thanks for the “Welcome Rev. Bailey” banner in the narthex! So many of the Church School's hands of many colors were literally on it.

Well, we are off on the road of discipleship singing, dancing, and serving together.

The words “Rock” and “Roll” kept coming to my mind, in large part, because I love music and used to play in a rock and roll band myself (I was a drummer). The words “Rock and Roll” also involve some spiritual themes.

God is our Rock:

As David said: "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
(2 Samuel 22:2-4, NIV)

God is also our “Roll”. By this I mean the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that gives us energy, inspiration, breath, ideas, imagination, enthusiasm, the call to service, and a sense of what our discipleship is really about.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
(John 4:24, NIV)

The King said to Daniel, “I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.”
(Daniel 5:14, NIV)

Daniel was a servant of God who was gifted with great abilities to interpret dreams and visions. People recognized his gifts. We are each given gifts by God. Maybe one gift, maybe many, many gifts. I lean in the direction of many gifts because of what I have witnessed coming from God’s people when they believe and have faith in what God has given them to be and do.

I ask you to trust the foundation of God the Rock, along with Jesus Christ our Savior, and let the “roll” of the Holy Spirit work through you today and into our future together. Don’t hold back when God gives you an open door through which to walk. Don’t hold back when you find an opportunity to spend time with another person who is special to you, someone who is new to you, someone who needs your help, your listening ear, your ability to laugh, your willingness to cry with them, and your ability to feed and give refreshment. God the Rock will hold you steady and be your refuge. God the Spirit, will give the words, ideas, resources, and abilities. But remember, you are not alone. We, your community of faith are your companions. We also stand ready to help you. When you feel stuck, talk to us, share with us, and ask us to pray with you. When you need others to serve with you we love to help! We love the Rock and the Roll, too, you know.

God be with you this week. Call me if you need me, if you have something to share, or are in need of prayer. Call me if you need someone to laugh with you, walk with you, share over coffee or tea, and yes, even cry with you.

Yours in Christ,


October 8, 2006

Exodus 2:11-23

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey

“Run, Moses, Run”


Children may worship with their families for the entire service.

Service broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channel 10 (Comcast) or Channel 28 (Verizon) and Peabody Cable Channel 10 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.



Rotation Sensation

We have just finished our first unit on Exodus. The children learned about baby Moses in their workshops. The next unit this fall will also focus around Exodus where Moses leaves Egypt and becomes a shepherd. This new unit will begin on October 15th.

There will be no rotations this Sunday, October 8th. Please worship as a family in the sanctuary.

Special Note to our Shepherds: Kindly check the rotation board by the parking lot door to find out which workshop your class will be attending. Pick up your basket and offering plate and put them in your workshop location before the service begins. Next, grab your class sign and bring that with you into the service. As the children are called forward for children’s time, please make your way out to the Narthex with your sign so you will be ready to receive the children. It is very important that you hold your sign high so the children can see their proper color and know where to go.


Progressive Dinner
Saturday, October 21

Please join us for a fun-filled evening on Saturday, October 21. All participants will meet in the Fireside Room at 5:30 for appetizers. At 7:00, folks will move on to various homes for dinner; and at 9:00, to another house for dessert. Please sign up on the yellow poster in the narthex to attend or to host a small (6-8) group in your home. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy yourself!!!! Deadline for signup is Sunday, October 14.


People Book

Our directory of members and friends, The People Book, is being updated and will be available after church on Sunday, October 8 or in the Church Office during the week.


Youth Group News

5th-8th Grade Service Projects

This fall the 5th-8th Grade Youth Group will be doing a service project at Cradles to Crayons in Quincy, MA. We are currently in need of baby items. These items range from new bottles and bottle accessories to new or gently used hooded towels, newborn toys, car seats and pack ‘n plays. A more detailed list is located on the bulletin board outside of the Fireside Room. You may leave your donations in the donation box in the Narthex. Thank you for your support.

The 5th-8th Grade Youth Group will be participating in a Walk-A-Thon benefiting My Brother’s Table Soup Kitchen in Lynn. This walk will take place during our regularly scheduled meeting on October 22. If you would like to sponsor a youth you may do so after church in the Narthex. We will have youth on hand with their sponsor sheets. All checks should be made payable to Centre Congregational Church with a notation in the memo: for My Brother’s Table.


High School Group Missions Overnight

The High School Youth Group will be heading into Boston on Friday, October 13 for an overnight stay and outreach mission work. We will be working with Boston City Mission Society. Please return your permission forms by Oct. 5 if you plan to attend.


Important Note

Any youth wishing to participate in Youth Group Activities should plan on attending the Sunday night meetings on a regular basis. It simply is not fair to just join in for the “extras”. The group continues to grow each week through regular attendance and discussion. If you have any concerns about this, please call Jill Couillard or Barbara Langill in the church office.

There will be NO Youth Group Meetings Sunday, October 8th


8 O’Clock Wheel Tea

Members of the 8 O’Clock Wheel are reminded of the Tea to be held in the Fireside Room on Tuesday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. All are encouraged to come and bring a friend.


Flea Market

Save the dates Friday, November 3 (6-9 pm) and Saturday, November 4 (9-2) for Centre Church’s Flea Market.

Wanted: Volunteers to work at various tables. There will be a meeting in the library on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss your opportunities. Come and sign up to work on a table that appeals to you!

Can anyone make a large poster for outside?

Very important! We will need help in setting up and/or cleaning up.

If you have questions, Call Evy Round 781-334-7276 or Ginny Daniels 781-334-0011.


Parenting Booklets Offered

The Family Life/Adult Education Commission is pleased to announce that they have just purchased 6 new parenting booklets. We have 5 copies of each booklet and welcome you to sign them out and return them when you are finished. The topics for these booklets include: Faith and Your Teen, Christian Parenting, Anger, Overcoming Loneliness, Getting Along at Home and Stress. These easy-to-read booklets are packed with simple suggestions and will help you learn about things you may have thought you already knew. These booklets will be available in the Narthex. Again, we ask that you sign them out and return them when you are finished.





October 8

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

Morning Worship - Sanctuary

Children may worship with their families for the entire service.

Video feed of the service in the Fireside Room for families with the youngest children.


October 9


Church Office Closed – Columbus Day


October 10


10:00 am

1:00 pm

6:30 pm

7:00 pm

Caregivers – Fireside Room

8 O’Clock Wheel Tea – Fireside Room

Flea Market Meeting - Library

Knitting Group – Fireside Room


October 11

7:30 pm

Worship Team – Pastor’s Office


October 12

7:30 pm

Senior Choir – Choir Room


Oct. 13-14


Sr. High Youth to Boston for Missions Overnight

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bette Cushman recuperating at home; 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.


Sunday, October 8, 2006
Head Usher: Karen Harrington
Coffee Hour: Diana Gerbick