We Welcome Everyone: An
“Open & Affirming” Church
(781) 334-3050;Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor - Pastor@Centre-Church.org
November 1, 2006
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming church. I know that from my short personal experience at Centre Congregational Church where I have been made to feel very welcome. It is my hope that every person who walks through the doors and into the building, who sits in worship, who has occasion to talk to me, you, or any of us, feels as welcome as I have been made to feel.
Over the next few weeks we will be welcoming many visitors into our church. Some will be attending my Installation on November 12th, 3:00 pm. Some will be attending the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening, November 19th, 7:00 pm. Some will be attending worship to check us out, perhaps looking for a spiritual home, for a place to bring their children for Christian learning, and some for a place to have a child or expected child baptized. Still others will be attending in the hopes of being made to feel at home, in the hopes of finding hope, in the hopes of being noticed, being greeted by someone who will take the time to listen, to care, to smile, and extend a cordial hand of hospitality. There might be others who want to know that there is a church where they will be accepted for who they are without judgment. Others, if not most of us, will want to hear the Word of God preached, related to their daily lives, prayed, sung, and lived out through the actions of a congregation that is courageous enough to actually do what Jesus invited us to do, to be disciples.
I ask you to help me be attentive to all who enter into our lives and especially into our church. Those who actually get up on a Sunday morning and come to a church are looking, searching, hoping, and needing something. Even those of us who have been attending the same church for many, many years are looking and hoping for something also. We all need to be made to feel welcome.
In 2004 I was involved in building a new house. I was on site most every day during the building process. I had occasion to interact with every contractor and sub-contractor who came to work. I know, we all have our stories about contractors! Yet, I found that the people who brought skills and talents to the work site appreciated being made to feel welcome. They sought to do their best for me, for the project. In some cases the best thing I could do was get out the way and let them do their job. In other cases they needed me to be present so that they could ask questions and know my intentions. And, in other cases, the daily trip to get the coffee and donuts brought smiles and expressions of gratitude from one and all! Even those who seemed as if they had missed the class on “how to smile on the job” appreciated my willingness to be flexible and adapt so that they could feel comfortable on the job. Most appreciated? Paying them on time! As I said, we all need something!
Let's be ready to be welcoming to each other, to the expected and the unexpected visitors in our lives, in our church, and in the work of the Lord!
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'” (Matthew 24: 34-36)
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
IN THE SANCTUARY
November 5, 2006
John 11:32-44 Revelation 21:1-6a
10:00 A.M. Holy Communion
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C.
“To Forget. To Forget Not.”
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.
Youth Group News
The 5th-8th Grade Group will be meeting promptly at 8:45 in the parking lot on Saturday morning, Nov. 4 and will return at approximately 12 noon. We will be traveling to Cradles to Crayons in North Quincy to work on a service project together. Everyone must have a permission slip in order to attend this event. If you have not yet turned yours in remember to bring it with you. Also, a handful of you still do not have your medical and insurance information on file. This needs to be on file in order to attend this event. If there are any questions about missing forms or questions about this event, call Jill Couillard in the church office.
Both groups will be meeting at the regular time (6:00-7:30) this Sunday, November 5th.
Plan to stay for a few minutes following the service on November 5 for a question and answer period concerning the changes to our Bylaws proposed by Parish Council.
A new Exodus Unit begins this Sunday, November 5. Come learn some more exciting things about Moses as we explore “Wandering in the Wilderness” and “The 10 Commandments”.
8th Grade Class: Please plan on staying in the sanctuary for the service on Sunday, November 5. It is Communion Sunday and you will not have your usual Sunday morning class.
Thank you to the 26 youth and several adults who helped with pumpkin carving this year. We had over 28 entries! Because of the generosity of the congregation and the overflowing cups, we were unable to determine one exact winner. Therefore this year, we are declaring all pumpkins to have won the event! Everyone in the church helped to raise $226 for My Brother’s Table. Thank you to all.
Friday, November 3 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Come One – Come All!
Friday beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
A Fun Time for ALL!
Flea Market Help Needed
High School Youth are needed to help at the Church Flea Market. We will be running the Sports/Toys/Games table. Please call Mrs. Langill or the church office to sign up for one or more of the following times:
Wednesday, Nov 1 from 2:30-4, to price items and set up
Friday, Nov 3 5:30-9 Work at Table
Saturday, Nov 4 8:30-11 am Work at Table
Saturday, Nov 4 11-2 Work at Table
Saturday, Nov 4 1:45-3pm Clean Up
A Fun Way to earn Community Service Hours.
Turkey Drive- November 12
We are once again collecting turkeys for Haven from Hunger in Peabody. Please bring a frozen turkey to church with you on November 12 to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving. High School Youth will be available to help you carry the turkey to the truck at 9:45 on Sunday morning.
Pastor and Teacher
Reception following the service
From the Mailbox
Dear Centre Church Friends,
Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of senior high age youth from Centre Church when they participated in our Boston Urban Outreach program. Their task was to paint a community center in Hyde Park. They not only tackled the task but finished in record time. One of the reasons that they were so efficient was due to the capable leadership of Barbara and Jeff Langill. They always insure the safety of the young people as well as work hard to teach them how to live out their faith. I look forward to working with future groups from Centre Church.
Carl McDonald, Dir. Boston Urban Outreach
A program of City Mission Society, Boston
News From Around the Parish
Edie and Earl Richard have moved to 1001 Essex Village, Lynnfield.
We extend our sympathy and prayers to Cindy Ouellette and her family on the occasion of her father, Lewis Clark’s death on October 25. Services will be held in Orono, Maine.
Our love and prayers go out to Caroline Figucia and her family upon the death of her mother, Janet Quinlan on October 25. Services were held in Mattapoisett.
Remember to bring in a bag of non-perishable food when you come to church!!
Also, there will be a Missions Meeting on Wed., November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Our meeting on Sunday, October 29th yielded the following plans:
Calling all Confirmands and Parents: If you are in the ninth grade or above you are invited to become a member of the Confirmation Class of 2007. Registrations forms are available at the church office, via email, and/or fax. Email Rev. Bailey (email@example.com) or call the church office, 781-334-3050 with questions.
The class is scheduled to start the first week of January. Confirmands and their Mentors can attend the weekly class either on Sundays, 11:30 am or on Mondays 5 pm or later (exact time of the Monday class is yet to be determined). This gives flexibility so that class members may attend class on either Sunday or Monday, as long as they attend one class each week.
Mentors needed: Adults, age 21 and older, are invited to mentor a Confirmand. Mentors will have the pleasure and opportunity to work with one of our confirmands, attending the classes, learning and growing while helping another person grow in faith also. If interested, please speak with Rev. Bailey (781-334-3050) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). An informational meeting will be held for the Mentors with Rev. Bailey before the start of the class.
Feed the Spiritually Hungry: The Confirmation program will also need volunteers to prepare meals for the class. I hope that you might consider supporting and joining in the fun and joy of service through this class. Meals will be served either before or after each class. Church participants, parents, and/or friends can band together to prepare the meals. The class will include about 25 participants. A sign-up sheet for the meals will be posted as soon as a schedule of meeting dates is decided. Call the church office if you would like to volunteer for this effort.
Holy Communion - Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Bylaw Informational Meeting - Sanctuary
Youth Groups – Lower Level
Knitting Group – Fireside
Christian Education Commission - Library
Missions Commission – Fireside
Worship Commission - Pastor’s Office
Senior Choir – Choir Room
Office Closed – Veterans’ Day
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ginny Smith, Mountain Ridge Skilled Nursing, 7 Baldwin St., Franklin, NH 03235; Helen Miller in the Meadows Unit, Edgewood; 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; and Barbara Wright Watson recuperating at home.
We also remember in our prayers, Dana Robinson in Kuwait and Michael Propeck and Michael Blute in Iraq.
Sunday, November 5:
Ushers: Marge Robins, Karen Harrington, Judith Doe, George Hayden.
Lay Reader: Ann Decker.
Flower Delivery: Phyllis Robinson and Sue Gustavsen.