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

August 1, 2007




What did you do for play when you were a child? Assuming my memory of things is in some way accurate, I remember spending time pulling string while some of the cats followed me around the yard. I would also put the string over the clothes line, pulling up and down as to tease the cats to jump and get it.

My brother and I would play in the sand lot behind the garage, under the mulberry tree. My Tonka toys were frequent visitors in the sand lot. I also remember the permanent stains in the knees of my pants from the mulberries. Why on earth my father put our sand lot under the mulberry tree mystifies me. Well, I know why. He didn't do the laundry. My mother lamented the clothing stains!

My brother and I would also play in the pasture fields where there were lots of wooded areas to carry out whatever adventure fantasy we wanted. Today I imagine things like The Lord of the Rings and such being written by authors who shared such childhood play. I wonder if I, too, could write such fantasies while getting lost in the woods.

I was leaving a Nursing Home last week after visiting a parishioner when I met "Shadow," a 2 lb Pom-odle (Pomeranian-Poodle mix) dog. It was so cute, so playful, and so free. A husband was bringing the new puppy to visit his wife. What joy Shadow brought to the environment, to this couple, and, to me! Shadow gave me permission to pick her up. Of course, she had ulterior motives: like chewing on my shirt collar and anything else she could get her sharp teeth on. She was so light on her feet, so happy, so playful!

I am in awe of the playfulness of God's creation. While backpacking I have been blessed by the landing of a beautiful dragon fly on the tip of my hiking boot while I was standing at the edge of a pond admiring its beauty. I have laughed at the impossibility of a snail sitting 3-feet off the ground on the leaf of a lily plant. I have been hypnotized by the hummingbird seemingly motionless in mid-air taking nectar from a plant and then in a split second, moving about.

Once, while waiting for tardy Girl Scout leaders to show up for the energetic Girl Scouts already gathered outside my church office, I decided to engage them in "play." My assistant, Rev. Kool, and I held a conversation with the Scouts. It was fun. It was fascinating. By the time the leaders arrived, we were all out of control in laughter and play. Of course, I took a tongue in cheek "tongue lashing" from the leaders who were left to try to get the Girl Scouts back to the serious agenda of learning. So sorry!

How is play helpful to us?

Remember Ecclesiastes 3:4, There's "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance."

The Psalmist remembers:

You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalm 16:11)

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy.
(Psalm 98:7-8)

I loved when it rained on our family farm. I loved it because after the rains fell I enjoyed going out to play in the temporary streams running down the hill. I loved putting a floating piece of wood in the stream to see if it would come out the other side of the culverts my dad had buried under the roadway.

All creation gives itself to us. May we let it teach us how to play, laugh, and find joy. In so doing, may we become more generous souls toward each other, seeking in our "work," to bring the same joy to others in our world.

Lose control of yourself in your play. In so doing you may learn to lose control in your serving of God, in your discipleship with Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,



IN THE CHAPEL - 9:00 a.m.

August 5, 2007
Holy Communion
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey

August 12, 19, 26, 2007
Morning Worship
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey

All are invited to stay for punch and fellowship following these informal services.




Vacation Bible School

The Great Bible Reef rolled into church on July 9th with fun and learning for kids ages 4-10. The children enjoyed skits, science experiments, crafts, stories, snacks and games. A note of thanks goes out to all of the volunteers who made this possible and also to Alyssa Langill for coordinating this event and showing many of us that youth leadership is thriving at the church.



Youth News

The Middle School Youth Group continues to collect new and/or gently used beach towels. These towels will be collected throughout the summer and will be sent to Warm Blankets Orphan Care in September. We are striving to get 60 towels and are well on our way to reaching our goal. You may drop off the towels in the donation box outside of the chapel.

Beach days continue in Rockport! Tuesday, August 28th will be our last beach day. Please bring a towel and/or snack to share. Also, you must contact Barbara Langill or Jill Couillard in advance if you are attending. Rides need to be arranged ahead of time. You may leave word in the church office or call Barbara at 781-334-5504 or Jill at 781-231-1670. Any parent who would like to join us and can help provide transportation is strongly encouraged to call!



Attention: All Workshop Leaders and Shepherds for Rotation Sensation

On Monday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m., there will be a breakfast meeting for all Rotation Sensation volunteers for the 2007-2008 program year. It is very important for all leaders and shepherds to attend this meeting. Please be sure to bring your calendars so that you are able to coordinate your schedule for the upcoming church school year. Safe Church Training will be provided in the Fireside Room at 9:30 a.m. for those who have not yet completed this important training.



Do You Wish To Become A Member?

If so, communicate with Rev. Bailey so that he can sign you up for the Membership Induction Ceremony on Sunday, September 9th, 10 am. All are welcome here! You may reach Rev. Bailey at 781-334-3050 or



Opportunity to Serve

My Brother's Table has called us looking for help to serve dinner on Friday, August 10. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. High School youth who have a medical form on file with the church may attend without a parent. Younger youth may participate with a parent. We will meet in the church parking lot at 4 p.m. and return around 7:30 p.m. Please call the church office between 9a.m.-12 noon or Jeff Langill at 781-334-5504 if you are able to come.



Bakers Needed

We are in need of bakers to bake brownies or other dessert squares to serve when we volunteer at My Brother's Table. We will be serving 180-200 guests. Please call the church office to let us know if you are able to help. You may bring your donation to the church kitchen on Friday, August 10 between 9 am-12 noon or at 4 pm when we are meeting to leave for My Brother's Table.




If you are in the ninth grade or above you are invited to become a member of the Confirmation Class of 2007-2008. Confirmands and parents are invited to join us at an informational meeting on Sunday, September 30 after church. Feel free to call Rev. Bailey with questions or for more details.



From the Mailbox

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your continued prayers while we grieve my sister Lucy's death which occurred in late June. Your visits, flowers and notes gave us great comfort.
Camille Ernest and family

Our thanks to everyone at Centre Church for their prayers and concerns for me. A special thanks to Phil Triffletti for his help and to Dennis for his calming presence at the hospital.
Ernie Becker

Thank you for the use of your basement meeting room for Girl Scout Troops 258 and 87. The girls had a great year and the huge space was wonderful!
Leaders: Deb Mucci, Susan Dickey, Jen Albanese, Susan Keene and Krista Floramo.



Outreach News

Thank you to all who continue to fill the needs of the Missions Pantry. We have heard from local food pantries and they are in DESPERATE need of canned food.  Many families rely on subsidized school meals during the school year, and during the summer these children need to eat at home where food may not be readily available.  PLEASE drop off any non-perishable food items in the pantry.  We also continue to collect redeemable bottles and cans, used cell phones, eyeglasses, metal tabs from cans, travel sized toiletries and knitted squares.

Several people volunteered to help a family in need in Lynn by doing laundry.  These triplets are terminally ill, and this seemingly small service has been a great help to the mom.  Thanks to Caila and Barb Nickerson and Barbara Arsnow for their help thus far.  More people volunteered to help and you will be contacted as time passes.  If you are interested in helping, or can make a small casserole or donate a gas card as there are many trips to the hospital, please contact Chris Gehret at 781-334-6737.  Please keep them in your prayers, and thank you.



News From Around the Parish

We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Cheryl Schedin and Roland Caron who were married at Centre Church on July 7. They will make their home at 6 Baldwin Lane, Lynnfield.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Ken Davis and Nancy Foley Rae who were married in Gloucester on July 8.

Our congratulations to Robert and Susan Flickinger O'Leary of Hudson, NH upon the birth of a daughter Zailyn Jade O'Leary on 7/07/2007 at 12:57 a.m. Her proud big sister is Zaira Autumn and her proud grandparents are Henry and Sally Flickinger.

Our love and prayers are extended to the family and friends of Rhoda Buttrick who died on July 27. Her memorial service was held at Centre Church on August 1.

Best wishes to Ernestine MacDonald who will turn 97 on August 6 and to Edie Richard who will celebrate here 80th birthday on August 2.



Oh Where, Oh Where Has the Summer Gone? Oh Where, Oh Where Can it Be?

It's hard to believe that it is now August! I hope that all of you are having a relaxing and peaceful summer. This past week Marcia Stevens had Centre Church's Craft Group over to her house so that we might touch base with each other this summer. It was great to see so many of you. Thank you, Marcia!

Well, we have made some tentative plans for the upcoming months. We will be starting the Craft Group on Wednesday, August 15. It runs from 10am - Noon every week. It is open to everyone and we would love to have new people join us. This past spring we had a great time doing crafts, sitting around chatting and getting to know each other. This was really the main reason for starting the group - Fellowship.

Please call me if you have questions or just come on Wednesday morning the 15th. All are welcome!
Donna Marino (781-581-2022)



Church Fair, November 10

We are making plans for a Church Fair on November 10. We are looking for a chairperson, so if you are interested please contact Susan Spear in the church office (781-334-3050) or Donna Marino.

Items sold at the fair will include: Jewelry, Houseplants, Crafts that you could make at home, New Gift Items (could be sold on a gift table or put in small gift baskets) and Quality Items or Antiques that we would put on special tables. Please note that due to space considerations, there will be No White Elephant Table.

These are just a few of our ideas. If you have more thoughts or would be interested in helping at a particular table or chairing the event, please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.
Donna Marino (781-581-2022)



Yard Sale Items Needed

Save the day, rain or shine for the Special Needs Yard Sale on the common on Saturday, August 25th. 2 Good 2 B Missed! Donations of items and shoppers are Much Appreciated!!

Questions? Call Fran Soderberg 781-334-3437



Girl Scout Collecting Old U.S. Flags

Katie Walsh has begun work on her Girl Scout Gold Award. As part of her project she is collecting old American Flags in order to have a formal flag retirement ceremony in mid-August. A collection box is in the narthex at the church.



New Commemorative Bricks Installed

The Stevens Family
Jeff and Marcia
Mark, Craig, Michael, Tammy
Thanks to Rev. Bailey
And all our Mentors
2007 Confirmands
The Leo Jacques Family Rev. Halah H. Loud - 1907-1913
Rev. William E. Renshaw - 1901-1907 Rev. George E. Freeman - 1895-1900
Rev. Harry L. Bricket - 1882-1894 Rev. Calvin B. McLean - 1880-1881
Rev. Edward O. Bartlett - 1877-1879 Rev. Darius B. Scott - 1874-1877
Rev. Oliver P. Emerson - 1871-1873 Rev. Moses B. Boardman - 1863-1870
William C. Whitcomb - 1859-1863

(all of these new bricks are located in the lower left corner of the patio)






August 5
9:00 am Holy Communion - Chapel
August 9
6:00 am Golf Group - Reedy Meadow
August 10
10:30 am
4:00 pm
Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Serve at My Brother's Table
August 12
9:00 am Worship Service - Chapel
August 15
10:00 am
7:00 pm
Craft Group - Todd Hall
Membership Ministry - Pastor's Office
August 17
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
August 19
9:00 am Worship Service - Chapel
August 22
10:00 am
7:00 pm
Craft Group - Todd Hall
Parish Council - Pastor's Office
August 23
6:00 am Golf Group - Reedy Meadow
August 24
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
August 26
9:00 am Worship Service - Chapel
August 27
9:30 am
10:00 am
Safe Church Training
Rotation Leaders Training
August 28
10:30 am Beach Day in Rockport
August 29
10:00 am Craft Group - Todd Hall
August 31
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


During the Summer Months the church office is open 9-12:00.

The next Tower Notes will be printed on Monday, August 27

Sunday, September 2 is the last Sunday in the Chapel