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

February 14, 2007



What happened in church yesterday?
I wish you had been there!

We honored some of the ministers in our church! Yes we did!

Bread and Roses: We started the worship service yesterday by honoring those who have been and are part of the Bread and Roses ministry of Centre Congregational Church. You see, once a month on the first Wednesday of the month, this ministry comes to life in the form of about a dozen people gathering together in the church kitchen to cook a meal of beef stew for the Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen, Lawrence, MA (

It began about 20 years ago when Rev. Marilyn Rossier, then Associate Pastor of Centre Church, suggested that church members might find it meaningful to support the ministry of Bread and Roses, by preparing a meal for approximately 200 people once a month. Why did Marilyn make this suggestion? She experienced the people of Centre Church as giving, kind, and having a desire to serve the needs of others, the poor, the hungry.

Charlotte Orrall reports, "It started with a couple of nuns who were interested in doing something. They had a store front which would accommodate about 50-75 people in the beginning." People, like Charlotte and her husband, Jack, started shopping, to make beef stew. Helen and Jim Butcher and Bob and Nancy Miles were key leaders at one time. There were lots of volunteers, like Ginny Daniels and her late husband, Rupe, who started recruiting people to donate their cans and bottles to help defray the cost of the meal.

The kitchen group has included leaders like Helen Ogilvie and the late Joan Weaver, who worked tirelessly together in the early years. Shirley Wendel worked very hard, taking the kitchen over after Joan died. Today Barkey and Meg Gulezian manage the extensive kitchen crew and operation. When Joan Weaver was diagnosed with cancer she kept working, even while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. As a result of her treatment, she wore a wig. One day, while working in the kitchen, she had to call for help because she couldn't get near the oven. Why? She didn't want her hair to melt! Joanie just laughed about it and kept on going!

The menu has included the beef stew recipe, updated from time to time, and sliced turkey in the summer months. Charlotte says it was quite the project asking people to cook turkeys in the summertime because farmers grow turkeys to reach their peak prior to the Thanksgiving rush. This meant that it was hard to find full grown turkeys in the summer. Now, the menu is the highly coveted beef stew with ham in the summer! It is Centre Church's pride to be able to provide a high protein meal when many of the meals served at Bread and Roses contain less protein and more carbohydrates (pasta).

The many layers of this ministry include those who shop for the food, currently, via Market Basket, those who peel and cut up the potatoes and onions, those who put the recipe together, those who make and bring the brownies to church, those who wash the dishes, clean the floor, those who transport the food to Lawrence, those who donate toward the monthly cost ($225-$250), and those who cheer them on! Donations have come from individuals, the golfers' group, Missions, and the redemption of cans and bottles.

We need your help: There have been so many wonderful people who have played key roles, like Jack Turner who used to visit the Soup Kitchen and was also a cook. We are especially looking for people who can be drivers, taking the prepared food from the ovens to Lawrence. (It requires an SUV, station wagon or van.) We need people who would like to provide the cost of a meal. Checks in the amount of $225 to $250 can be written to "Centre Congregational Church," memo: "Bread and Roses." You can send to Centre Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940, or just drop it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Over the years the need for Bread and Roses has increased when the economy has taken a down turn and people lost jobs. The mission of Bread and Roses is, in part, "to welcome all in need to our center to partake of a community meal in a peaceful, friendly environment. Guided by a spirit of hospitality and nonviolence, respect for the dignity of each person who comes through the door is a hallmark of our community. Since hunger relief is our main concern, there is no cost for the meal."

All who have and continue to participate in this program are ministers of Centre Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, where everyone is also welcome, no matter who you are or where you are from! You are welcome to become a minister, too! Just call us, 781-334-3050, to ask how you can help. Please check out our website:, where there is a tab on the menu at the left side of the screen for "Mission Outreach". You will find there a list of what the ministers of Centre Church do. Thanks be to God!

Yours in Chist,
The ministers of Centre Church and Dennis




February 18, 2007

Romans 6:1-18

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
"Baptism: Going Public"

Children’s Message - Megan, Samantha and Digby White
"How Dogs are Important"

Children may worship with their families before going to a group activity.

Service broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channels 10 or 28 and Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.



Ash Wednesday
Renewal of Baptism Service
February 21, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. - Chapel

As the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 21, we enter a time of prayer and reflection on the meaning of Christ's presence in our lives and in our world. You are invited to join us for a service of reflection and an opportunity to renew your vows of baptism as we begin the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. This service recalls the meaning of our baptism, gives an opportunity to confess our sin and renew our relationship with Christ, and to walk, with clean hearts and with our community of faith, toward the journey of Holy Week, the crucifixion and death of Jesus. What needs examining in your life? What needs challenging in your faith journey? Let us, together, seek to be changed by the transforming love of Christ through the renewal of our baptisms. All are welcome here.



Meals for the Spiritually Hungry

We are very grateful to those who have provided lunch for the Sunday afternoon Confirmation Class! We have the following remaining Classes. If you, or you and some friends, feel you would like to support the Confirmation Class in this way, please contact Mary Ann Parker to sign up for a date: 781-334-4335 or Lunch is served right after church - 11:30 am. (sandwiches, drinks and a dessert along with paper products for 25 people.)


Sunday, February 18

Rotation News: In place of workshops on Sunday, Feb. 18, there will be a very special activity for all children (Pre K-8th Grade). We will learn together the Lord’s Prayer in a special, fun way that will help us all to remember the words.

Youth Groups: There will be no Youth Groups on Sunday, Feb. 18. Please remember to check due dates on the various permission slips for upcoming activities.



Craft Group Begins

There is a growing interest in starting a Craft Group here at Centre Church. Meeting together in small groups is a great way to get to know new people.   We welcome your ideas! We will meet downstairs on Wednesday, February 21 for our first meeting. Time could be flexible but I thought we could try 10 am -12 noon.  If you have any questions, please give me a call. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on the 21st at 10. PLEASE JOIN US FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP! Donna Marino, (781) 581-2022



Adult Education Opportunities

The Parenting Seminar will not be held this Monday, Feb 19 due to school vacation. There are only two weeks left – Feb. 26 and March 5. Join us at 6:30.

Joani Geltman, LICSW will be here on Thursday evening, March 8, from 7-9. Ms. Geltman is an expert in teen-parent relationships and will speak on the physical, cognitive and social emotional changes that occur in adolescence and how these changes affect relationships with parents, friends and school life. Please join us in Todd Hall. We will be inviting the community to this event, so please help spread the word! A free-will offering will be taken to help off-set the cost.



News From Around the Parish

We extend our love and sympathy to Art and Jan Lisi upon the death of Art’s mother, Mildred on February 9. A funeral service was held on February 13 in North Reading.


Dear Centre Church Friends,

I would like to thank all of you for your many cards and well wishes during my recent bout with pneumonia. A special thanks to Dennis for his calls and Paul Harrington for the delivery of church flowers. They really brightened my day.

God Bless, Debby Triffletti


Dear Centre Church Friends,

I sincerely thank you for your prayers, get-well cards, and kind messages for recovery from my recent fall. I especially thank Rev. Dr. Dennis Bailey for his hospital and home visits; and to Chuck Cotting for delivering the beautiful altar flowers. They really brightened my days of recovery.

Fondly, Anne Gist



Wine Tasting Event
Saturday, March 10, 2007, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wine tasting to be held in the Fireside Room and the Narthex. Open to church members and their friends. Hors-d’oeuvres will be provided. Water will also be provided – to cleanse your pallet. The wine will be provided by the wine experts at Our Glass Wine Co. in Saugus. Suggested donation is $15 to defray expenses.

Sponsored by the Membership Comm.



Hand Bells

We have received a donation of $300.00 toward a set of Hand Bells. Some day we would like to have a Bell Choir here at Centre Church. If you would like to donate toward this, please send a check to Centre Congregational Church, memo, Hand Bells.



New Members Welcomed

The following people joined our fellowship on February 11.

Diane English, by Affirmation of Faith, Nicole English, by Affirmation of Faith, Stephanie English by Affirmation of Faith. Diane and her daughters, both students at Peabody High School, live at 13 Garden Rd., Peabody 978-532-2024

Kathi Martin, by Letter of Transfer from First Parish Congregational in Wakefield. Kathi lives at 11 Coolidge Park, Wakefield with her husband Bo and children Mary, Emma and Luke. 781-245-2409.

Barbara O’Connell, by Letter of Transfer from Broadway United Methodist Church in Lynn. Barbara lives at 1 Meadow Court – Apt. 1, Lynn, MA 01904, 781-598-0243.

Edward and Marjorie Potter, by Letter of Transfer from Church of the Covenant in Boston. The Potters live at 13 Underhill Road in Lynnfield 781-334-6276.

John Walsh, by Affirmation of Faith. John lives in Lynnfield with his wife Maura and their children Michael, John and Kathleen. 781-595-4435

(Please add this information to your People Book.)





February 18

10:00 am

10:00 am

Morning Worship – Sanctuary

PreK-Grade 8 Activity-Todd Hall

No Nursery, Confirmation, Youth Choir or Youth Groups This Week


February 19

6:00 pm Church Office Closed for Presidents’ Day

Planned Giving Committee


February 20


7:00 pm

Church Office Open

Knitting Group – Fireside Room

Ash Wednesday

February 21


10 - Noon

7:00 pm

Church Office Open

Craft Group - Kitchen

Renewal of Baptism Worship – Chapel


February 22

9am-Noon Church Office Open

No Senior Choir This Week


February 23


10:30 am

Church Office Open

Scripture Study – Pastor’s Office

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rose Giunta at New England Rehab, 2 Rehab Way, Woburn, MA 01901; Glady Davis, Wingate at Andover Rehab, 80 Andover St., Andover, MA 01810; Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, 01730; Catherine Newman at Oosterman’s 93 Laurel St., Melrose, 02176; Jack Turner at Arnold House, 490 William St., Stoneham, 02180; Marge Cole recuperating at home.

We also remember Michael Blute in Iraq.


February 18, 2007
Head Usher:
Jeff Law.
Lay Reader: Allie Hagerty
Coffee Hour: Bev Pettit and Marge Robins
Flower Delivery: Sue Gustavsen