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 11, 2006

Moving Day!

“I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling” (2 Samuel 7:6, NIV)

Let me tell you about my first week on the job. It was fun and exciting!

It was great to come to my office on Monday, October 2nd, knowing I was starting, really starting something new! I “sent” (via email) Susan Spear my Tower Notes article before the 12 noon deadline! Phew. Lots of organizational stuff. Conversations with Susan, Church Secretary, Jill and Barbara, our Christian Education Team, and Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool. Wonderful seeing and hearing the Tower Day School children and staff inside and outside the building.

Tuesday I made some calls, including a couple of pastoral calls, and worked toward my scripture and sermon themes, again, with Rev. Kool. Wednesday evening Mike Nickerson and I worked on painting my office.

Wednesday I met the Bread and Roses gang in the kitchen, threatening to make me peel the onions. “Just kidding,” they said, but I wasn't. I gave my spot to Rev. Kool. Yes, he has an apron! So he worked while I got to know some wonderful new friends who make a meal for the Bread and Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence. Some parishioners stopped by my office to welcome me. Went apartment shopping with Judy Johnson who has spent a lot of time helping me find “home sweet home.” Back to the office for more sermon work. The evening, again, with Mike Nickerson painting my office.

Thursday was fun because I met the weekly Bible Study Class. We changed the day to Fridays, 10:30 am so that I could have my preferred day off and, by chance, it seemed to fit most everyone else's schedules better, also! Thanks gang! More sermon work. A special dinner in lieu of more painting with some parishioners. Well, afterward I did do more painting. I'm anxious to get it done.

Friday, my day off, well, first week on the job and well, I'm always up for a free breakfast, especially when there's the opportunity to meet and make new friends like those wonderful people at the Lynnfield Senior Center. Wow, what a meal, what a wonderful facility, and so many new friends. I'll be back there many, many times! (Only the first “welcome the new Reverend to Lynnfield” breakfast was free.)

Where does the week go! I decided on an apartment, signed the lease on Saturday, after stopping by a special yard sale where I bought some furnishings for my new apartment from parishioners moving to a new place of their own. What a deal!

Saturday included finishing my sermon and getting rest for Sunday.

Sunday was the Columbus Day Holiday weekend, but we still had a good crowd in worship with our wonderful choir. Rev. Kool made several new young friends during worship and we had added fun and meaning to our spiritual lives.

Moving on, moving on, with the help from several Lynnfield and Billerica friends. I moved my stuff from Billerica to my new home in West Peabody, just 8 ½ minutes from my office. Thanks to Mike, George, and Chuck, from Lynnfield, and Richie, Jimmy, and Ralph, from Billerica. Thanks also, to Bob, for the use of his van. We did it all in one trip! Efficiency is our “Very Able Moving Company's” motto.

Now, moving to a new place is loaded with meaning, especially when you discover, like I did, that my friend, Mike N, a friend from 30 years ago that I haven't seen since then, is a member here at Centre Church in Lynnfield! Like, wow, God has prepared the way! One of my new parishioners also attended my first parish, Central Congregational Church, Jamaica Plain, many years ago, so we could swap stories.

But most importantly, I have been made to feel at home and very welcome by my many new friends and colleagues in the journey of faith. I love my new apartment. It's quiet, secure, and home - a place I look forward to going to and going from every day. Thanks, friends of my past and my future, for helping me through this transition.

God has prepared a place. Let's live and serve in that place together knowing God is with us, in us, and through us.

God bless you all,



October 15, 2006

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey


Children may worship with their families before going to Rotation Workshops.

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 continue on Sunday, October 15 with our focus on Exodus. Please let the children know that we will be meeting quietly in the Narthex following the Children’s Message. All Shepherds should have their signs ready and be in the Narthex BEFORE the end of the Children’s Message.


Scripture Class

The previously-named “Thursday Morning Scripture Seminars” will continue on a new day – Friday. We will gather each Friday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Pastor’s Office. The homework assignment for this Friday, October 13 will be to find something that represents Jesus Christ to you. Read 2 Peter 2:1-10. Join us!



Doors and Safety

As some of you know, by now, the Tower Day School and Centre Congregational Church are working to keep our children safe while the children are in school. Everyone agrees that the safety of the children is of utmost importance. While the logistics are actively being discussed by the Tower Day School Board, Staff and the Church's Properties Committee, the doors to the Church will be locked when the school is in session.

Yes, those of us who do not have children in the school will be inconvenienced. When we have church meetings and/or events during school hours, please come to the door on the parking lot side of the building, ring the bell, and someone will let you in. Groups are encouraged to have someone staff a door(s) at other entrances immediately preceding an event so that attendees can be permitted entrance with greater ease.

We apologize for any inconveniences and hope that everyone will understand the need for security. We hope you will still know us to be a welcoming and inviting place for children and adults. We thank you for accommodating and understanding. Please call the church office if you have any questions, 781-334-3050.


High School Youth Group

Those going on the High School missions overnight trip will be meeting on Friday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m. Make certain to eat before your arrive. Anyone who is available to drive, please call Barbara Langill. We still need drivers.

There will be no regular meeting for the High School Youth Group on the 15th. However, there will be an informational meeting regarding the trip to Taize planned for June. Anyone wishing to learn more about the trip should plan on meeting at 6:30, October 15th in the Fireside Room.


From the Mailbox

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the beautiful sunflowers delivered to me by Barbara and Ernie Becker and Priscilla Hahn on Sunday. The physical therapy I am taking seems to be helping. I appreciate your thoughtfulness for the flowers and many thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely, Olive Wood


Middle School Youth Group

The 5th-8th grade youth group will be meeting from 5:30-7:30 this week (Oct. 15). We will enjoy a quick dinner together followed by a movie in the movie room!

This group will be walking for My Brother’s Table on October 22nd. We will meet from 5:30-7:30. All participants must turn in their permission slips BEFORE the walk! No one will be allowed to walk without a permission slip on file. Please get those in. Also, kindly work on obtaining sponsors for this walk. All sponsorship pledges may be turned in the night of the walk. Anyone wishing to donate to this cause may visit with a youth in the Narthex each Sunday morning to find out more. Checks should be made payable to Centre Congregational Church with a notation in the memo line: for My Brother’s Table.

The 5th-8th grade youth group is participating in a service project on Saturday, November 4th. They will be working at Cradles to Crayons in Quincy, MA. A donation box for children’s clothing (infant-12 yrs.) is in the Narthex. Baby items are especially needed! A full list is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Fireside Room.


Newly Installed Engraved Bricks

The following bricks were recently added to our brick patio. Many, many thanks to the donors for making this possible!! Our patio is getting more complete each time we install new bricks.


Rev. Marilyn Rossier, Associate Pastor

Jan 1985 – July 1993

Donor: Stanley Rossier

To Lee M. Weeks

Love Forever, Dick

Donor: Dick Weeks

Interim Minister Rev. Michael A. Dunfee

Thank You

Donors: Sue & Phil Johnson

The following bricks were donated anonymously:
Rev. Gaius J. Slosser 1913-1915 Rev. J. Sherman Gove 1915-1918 Rev. Francis D. George 1918-1921
Rev. Alexander H. Stewart 1921-1923 Rev. Norman B. Cawley 1923-1928 Rev. J. Raymond Chadwick 1928-1936
Rev. John Rossnagle, Jr. 1937-1939 Rev. Ward J. Fellows 1939-1944  


All-Church Progressive Dinner

Please join us for a fun-filled evening on Saturday, October 21. All participants will meet in the Fireside Room at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers. At 7:00, folks will move on to various homes for dinner; and at 9:00, to another house for dessert. Please call Sue Lambe 781-334-2876 or the church office (781-334-3050) to sign up to attend or to host a small (6-8) group in your home. Deadline for signup is Sunday, October 15.


Thank You From the Missions Commission

THANK YOU from the Missions Commission for the following generous acts:

  1. to Properties for building a set of organizing shelves in the Missions Pantry-perfect.

  2. to various donors who have supplemented the "Bread and Roses" meal prep fund with generous contributions, and to those who purchase the food, prepare the meal and deliver it to Lawrence each month.

  3. to the Knitting Group for the hundreds of squares that have been donated to the Red Cross for afghans.

  4. to the parish for their pledges so that we can continue to contribute monthly to Our Church's Wider Mission.

  5. to those who donated school supplies and food to Haven from Hunger in Peabody .

  6. to those who regularly return cans and bottles for redemption, and those who lug the bags for recycling.

  7. and Finally, to the 8 O’Clock Wheel who have tirelessly brought household items to Bridge House in Lynn year after year.  A job well done.

Chris Gehret for the Mission Commission


News From Around the Parish

We wish to inform you of the death of Dorothy Morse on October 4. Our love and sympathy are extended to all of her family and friends, including her sister, Jane Thompson, and her daughters Marcia Waugh and Barbara Horwood. Private services were held on October 10.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Christina Brown, daughter of Gerald and Betsy Brown and Todd Boling, son of Fred and Paulette Boling who were married in Nantucket this past weekend.




Friday, November 3 - 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 4 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


An all-out plea for contributions to our upcoming Flea Market!

Donations may be left on the stage in Todd Hall. Be aware that all doors to the building are kept locked during school hours. Please ring the bell at the back door off the parking lot and someone will let you in. We suggest that you might bring your cartons, etc. when you come to church on Sunday.

We are not accepting:

There will be a table for some “Silent Auction” items which will include new articles, antiques, collectibles, or “treasures” which are in very good condition. All items should be worthy of a starting price of at least $10.00 (or more, if of a much greater value.) Look through your closets!!

Instead of donating articles, perhaps you have a cottage that you would like to share for a brief time, some tickets to an event, or a gift certificate of some sort.

If you have an item for the Silent Auction, please do not leave it on the stage. You may leave it in the church office and we will pick it up, or you can call Harriet Holt (781-334-3185) or Ginny Daniels (781-334-0011) to make other arrangements.

We would love your donations of any of the following items!


We need your donations to make our Flea Market a success!

For further information, you may call Evy Round 781-334-7276 or Ginny Daniels 781-334-0011.





October 15

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:30 am


6:30 pm

Morning Worship - Sanctuary

Rotation Workshops

Nursery – Room 14

Youth Choir – Choir Room

5th-8th Grade Youth Group

Taize Trip Planning Meeting -Fireside Room


October 17

7:00 pm

Knitting Group – Fireside Room


October 19

7:30 pm

Senior Choir – Choir Room


October 20

10:30 am

Scripture Class – Pastor’s Office


October 21

5:30 pm

7:00 pm

9:00 pm

Progressive Dinner – Appetizers in Fireside Room

Go to homes for Dinner

Go to homes for Dessert


Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara Wright Watson at Brigham & Women’s Hospital; 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 15:
Head Usher – Marian Orfeo. Coffee Hour – Kim Morrissey
Flower Delivery – Marybeth Weilandt


New People Books (directory of members and friends) are available on the table in the narthex and in the church office.