Tower Notes

Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We Welcome Everyone: An “Open & Affirming” Church
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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

November 15, 2006

Post-Installation Report

Thanks for the warm and wonderful welcome!!!

We celebrated our ministry together as a congregation, the covenantal relationship between me, your pastor and you, the congregation. We celebrated our covenant with other churches in the United Church of Christ, especially in the Metropolitan Boston Association. But we also celebrated so much more.

Moderator Phil Johnson opened the Installation with words of gratitude to those who founded Centre Congregational Church in 1714, nearly 300 years ago, reminding us that our 300th Anniversary is just 8 years away!!! What a grand occasion that will be!

I was so proud of all of the people from Centre Church who participated in the Installation Service. Linda Ladd's words of prayer and Rhett Batchelder's excellent reading of scripture, coordinating with Fr. Gene Tully's sermon. Debbie Cotting, the now retired Chair of the Pastoral Search Committee, officially finishing the work of that committee by presenting me as the new pastor of Centre Congregational Church reminded me of the eight very excellent members of the Pastoral Search Committee who were obviously well chosen because I see each of them so very active in the life and ministry of the church every week.

I am so especially proud of the staff of Centre Congregational Church, all of whom participated in the Installation Service! My thanks to Douglas Hodgkins who organized and led our wonderful Senior Choir of nearly 30 members. I was grateful to Jill Couillard and Barbara Langill, our Directors of Christian Education and Youth Ministry, for leading us in prayers. And to Susan Spear, our Church's competent and enduring Administrator of all things and people in the ministry of Centre Church! Susan represented the Metropolitan Boston Association in giving the call to giving for the Seminary Scholarship Fund.

My good friend and colleague, Fr. Eugene Tully shared with us a wonderful homily about how our ministry is like two trees. He has given me a copy of this wonderful message and agreed to allow us to post it on our website. I know you will enjoy reading it there soon. Rev. Dr. Thomas Clough and Rev. Elva Merry Pawle shared charges and exhortations to the congregation and to me, respectively. The connections that both have with Centre Church and with me, personally, gave their presence and reflections power and feeling. We regret that Rev. Dr. Dayl Hufford was unable to attend and give the charge to me, as pastor, due to the death of her mother, Barbara Foster-Hubbard, who died in Arizona on November 7. We will keep Dayl and her family in our prayers.

I was especially touched to have in attendance two individuals who were part of my first parish at Central Congregational Church in Jamaica Plain and so many wonderful friends from the First Congregational Church in Billerica, most of whom wore those crazy hats that they also dared to wear on my last Sunday in Billerica. I have so many powerful and blessed memories of the wonderful people of First Congregational Church in Billerica. They made me feel so welcome for 16 ½ years and I am very proud to have been their pastor and teacher. It was also very moving to have several friends from the St. Theresa's of Lisieux Catholic Church, Billerica, symbolic of the exciting ecumenical partnership we shared.

My past and present relationships in ministry were represented in this Installation, but also my new and future relationships, through the welcoming words of Fr. John Farrell, Pastor of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Lynnfield, for the Lynnfield Clergy Association, and Bob MacKendrick, Chair, Lynnfield Board of Selectman for the Town of Lynnfield.

Thanks to our beautiful and powerful Senior Choir, Lauren Bundy for her excellent trumpet playing, Bruce Gist and his team for the video and sound, to the many greeters and ushers, to the makers of food and drink for the reception afterward, and for all who helped us set up and clean up.

And, I'm especially grateful to have had my mother, Betty Whitcraft, present from Shrewsbury, PA in attendance, and my daughter, Carmen Girard. My mother is especially grateful for all of the many ways that you have made her feel so very welcome while visiting this past week. Your conversations, coffees, friendly encounters, and kindness toward her means so very much to her and to me.

I have come to a very special place of ministry in Centre Congregational Church. Thanks to you and to God for this honor and pleasure. Let us give our all, now, with passion and perseverance to the great cause of Christ. Hold nothing back and God will hold none of the divine and spiritual resources from us in our service, including the great joy being prepared for us, that comes with Christian discipleship.

Yours in gratitude and Christ,
Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey



November 19, 2006


James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
"Order is Good"

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.


7:00 P.M. Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey

Music by the Combined Choirs of Lynnfield under the direction of Douglas Hodgkins.

Reception following.



Notice of Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday November 19, 2006 After Worship. in the Sanctuary

Agenda To Be Voted On:

Respectfully submitted
Susan Lambe, Recording Clerk


Youth Notes

Both Youth Groups will be meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. We will be preparing refreshments for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service which will be held here at 7:00 p.m. High School youth are asked to be on hand to help serve refreshments after the Service.



Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who brought in a frozen turkey – we were able to provide Haven from Hunger almost 40 turkeys for families in need this Thanksgiving. Thanks also to all who generously donated bags full of non-perishable food that will be given to Haven from Hunger.  The response was phenomenal, and we will continue to accept donations.



High School Musical

The Lynnfield High School Music Dept., under the direction of Doug Hodgkins, will present Pajama Game on Thursday, November 16 at 7 PM, and Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM in the Lynnfield High School auditorium.  Many Centre Church youth are involved in this musical comedy which features such familiar Broadway songs as "Steam Heat", "Hey There", and "Hernando's Hideaway".  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.  Tickets are available at the door.



Advent Workshop and Alternative Giving Fair – December 3

This year’s Advent Workshop will be held after Worship on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Richards Hall. We will have crafts, caroling and refreshments.

At the same time, "Give-A-Palooza:  An Alternative Giving Fair" will be hosted by the Missions Commission in Todd Hall. Honor your family and friends with a donation to one or more of the following organizations-

Honor cards for holiday giving will be available.  Please come and join the fun.

In addition, as in previous years, donations to the City Mission Society may be made in lieu of sending individual Christmas cards to your church friends.  Gifts under the tree will be sent to the Salem Mission and wanted items will be posted in future Tower Notes and on the Missions bulletin board. In advance, thank you for your support.



From the Mailbox

“We are so pleased to have our son, Dana Robinson home from Kuwait and his cousin, Michael Propeck home from Iran – all in the same week! Thanks to all of you for your prayers and words of care and comfort on behalf of Mike and Dana. We rejoice in their homecoming!

The Robinson and Propeck Families


“Last Sunday my day was made brighter than usual by the flowers from our church. Such lovely colors! And a happy visit with Phyllis and Ken Robinson!”

Thank you, Ernestine Macdonald


News From Around the Parish

The family of Greta Hellmer would like to invite her friends from Centre Church to a Birthday Dessert to celebrate her 90th, Saturday, November 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Old Meeting House. Please bring your memories, as there will be a scrapbook to be filled and the opportunity to offer a toast. Please let one of us know: Carl Hellmer, 270 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880; Ingrid Hemphill via email ingrid; Kory Hellmer 781-245-6170.



Family Life/Adult Education News

We are pleased to offer several publications regarding Youth Smoking Prevention. These booklets and leaflets are available in the Narthex and will be available until they are gone. This is a continuing effort by the Family Life/Adult Education Commission to focus on youth and our teenagers. As many of you know, we have already offered a series of booklets about Faith and Your Teen, Christian Parenting, Anger, Overcoming Loneliness, Getting Along at Home and Stress. These easy-to-read booklets continue to be available in the Library on a sign out basis. We will soon be offering a video-discussion series regarding Parenting your Teen. This series will begin early next year.



Tree of Lights Ceremony

Hospice of the North Shore will hold its 16th annual Tree of Lights Ceremony at 3 separate locations in December. Members of the community are invited to sponsor a light on a holiday tree in memory or in honor of a loved one. The ceremonies will be held on Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Danvers Bank in Danvers Square, Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Swampscott Town Hall and on Dec. 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gloucester Cooperative Bank in Gloucester. A reception will follow each ceremony.

For more information please call Angel Rogalski at 978-750-9357 or visit





November 19

10:00 am

10:00 am

10:00 am

11:30 am

11:30 am

5:30 pm

7:00 pm

Morning Worship - Sanctuary

Rotation Workshops

Nursery – Room 14

Youth Choir – Choir Room

Special Congregational Meeting

Youth Groups – Lower Level

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service


November 21

7:00 pm

Knitting Group – Fireside Room


November 23


Happy Thanksgiving!!


November 24

10:30 am

Scripture Study –

Pastor’s Office

Our thoughts and prayers are with 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 Helen Miller and Barbara Wright Watson recuperating at home.

We also remember in our prayers Michael Blute in Iraq and Dana Robinson who is home from Kuwait and Michael Propeck who is home from Iraq.


November 19, 2006

Head Usher: Marian Orfeo.
Coffee Hour: Carol and Bob MacKendrick.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 19 – 7 pm