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 24, 2007



Patience, Not.

We held a Memorial Service for Jack Tewksbury Turner this past Sunday, October 21. At the beginning of the service I asked people to speak words that came to mind as they thought of our good friend, Jack. I heard “energetic,” “humorous,” “generous,” “family man,” “always smiling,” among others. The one word that I did not hear describing Jack was “patient.”

While I'm sure that Jack had a lot of patience, when required, it is not the first, second or third thing that comes to mind when we think of Jack. Why? Jack was a man of action. He was a doer. If there was a job to be done, Jack was first to step forward to do it. If there was a need in someone's life, Jack was first to try to help out.

I didn't think about how Jack was not a particularly patient man until after the Memorial Service. Jack saw as his mission in life to move people to action in the service of Jesus. Perhaps you remember how Jesus called his disciples to follow and, as it says in scripture, they immediately dropped their fishing nets and followed him. No patience. Just action - acting with reckless abandon.

Jack Turner displayed a form of discipleship that was modeled after those first disciples. He often acted with reckless abandon. He would be the first to respond for volunteers to chaperone youth group activities and trips. He would be the first to offer to be a Confirmation mentor. He was recently among the first to send a check to support our Supplemental Pledge Drive, the last decision he made before he died.

Jack Turner so enjoyed the life and work of Centre Church. He loved helping with Bread and Roses meals. He enjoyed his work as a Deacon, a Trustee, and a member of the Stewardship Committee. He did not hesitate to put a ladder on his convertible car and bring it to the church for a special project.

Jack's enthusiasm was contagious. It was hard to say anything but “yes” to Jack when he came a calling because you just knew he had and was making a commitment of equal or greater value than was being asked of you. Jack loved to give. He loved to please. He loved to excite others with the joy of giving.

Yes, Jack Tewksbury Turner had a hard time being patient. His constant smile, never ending energy, and zeal to be a blessing in the service of Jesus Christ was not about being patient. It was about being a blessing in the life of someone each and every day. Why wait to be that?

Are you ready? Jesus is calling.

Yours in Christ,



October 28, 2007
Luke 18:9-14

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“New Dancers and Old Dancers”

Children’s Message:
“Remembering Great Grampy”
by Nicholas Contardo

Children may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.

Centre Church’s Worship Services are broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channel 10 (Comcast) or Channel 28 (Verizon) on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and also on Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.




Chowdafest a Great Success!

Your Membership Committee wants to thank all of you for making our first Centre Church Chowdafest a huge success!

Thanks to many folks for your support, time, effort, and baking abilities. We sold about 90 cups, but probably could have sold another 20 cups plus a couple to Dennis Bailey, Sue Johnson, and to Doug Hodgkins.

We had some help from folks with experience – Marcia Stevens, Pinky Warnock, Betty Hayter, and Perry Hayden – and help from Alyssa and James Langill and Dan Johnson from the Youth Group. Special thanks to Hannah and Paul Donovan for effort above and beyond.

We had a number of people ask where we got the clam chowder. We got the clam chowder from John Psiakis proprietor of Loaf in a Round Bakery and Deli, 110 Newbury Street, Danvers. He not only has the chowder, but very good bread and soups. Richardson’s Ice Cream came through with a high discount on the ice cream.

Thanks again for helping to make our Chowdafest such a successful and enjoyable event!



Rotation Sensation

Children and Youth (Pre-school through the 8th Grade) will continue learning about the story of Esther through their workshops in cooking, art, movie, Bible stories & games.

Infants and children through age 3 are invited to come and listen to stories and play games in the nursery located in Room 14.



Youth Group News

We invite all youth group members (5th-12th Grades) to come this Saturday, October 27 to the kitchen to carve pumpkins. Please bring a hollowed out pumpkin and carving tools (if you have some) and join in the fun from 3:00-5:00 p.m. These pumpkins will be displayed and voted on the following day. Money raised from this event will go to Cradles to Crayons in Quincy.

There will be NO regular Youth Group Meetings this Sunday, October 28.



Walk for My Brother’s Table

Thank you to all who sponsored the Middle School Group for their walk for My Brother’s Table. If you still wish to donate, kindly make your check out to Centre Church with a notation for My Brother’s Table. Thank you.



Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkins carved by the Youth Groups will be on display after church on October 28. Vote for your favorite(s) for $1.00 per vote. Vote early and often! Money raised will be given to Cradles to Crayons in Quincy.



ONA Video Film Festival

Sunday October 28, 2007

For thirty-five years, The Rev. Dr. Mel White struggled to "overcome" his homosexual orientation through prayer, fasting, various aversive therapies, exorcism, and even electric shock. A victim of misinformation and biblical misuse, Mel thought his same-sex orientation was a sickness and a sin. During those "closet years" Mel served the Christian church as a prize-winning television producer and filmmaker, a best-selling author, a pastor, seminary professor, and ghost writer to religious leaders including Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell.

The third film in Centre Church’s ONA Video Film Festival is “The Rhetoric of Intolerance - An Open-Letter Video to Pat Robertson From Dr. Mel White.”  This will interest everybody who participated in Centre Church’s decision of become “Open & Affirming” because it demonstrates why we need the ONA movement.  The 29-minute video will be shown immediately following Sunday Service October 28, with discussion following. All are welcome to attend.

Ann Richardson, who was our speaker on October 14 when we viewed the 20/20 program video featuring her son, has graciously given us her email address should anyone want to contact her about the video or topics regarding gay/lesbian issues.

Mark Meehl:



Stewardship Update

So far, we have received 47 supplemental donations totaling $8,900.  We're off to a good start toward meeting our goal of $25,000.  If we are to be successful, we need everyone's participation.  If we all do what we can, and our donations average $200, we will meet this challenge.  We thank those who have already contributed, and we encourage those who haven't yet donated to prayerfully consider doing so soon so that our budget will be balanced without using our reserves.  




Protestant Chaplaincy Council

Representatives to the Melrose/Wakefield Hospital Chaplaincy Council met on October 18. Chaplain Leo Poirier arrived visibly weary after a day at the hospital and begged us to excuse him as he read his report seated. Those in attendance needed no explanation but he mentioned assisting a wife whose husband died of cardiac arrest in the E.R.

The chaplain acts as a liaison between identified Protestants who are patients and their area congregations. He also works with any non-Catholic and non-churched patient/family member who feels they may benefit from the pastoral care available. In his report, which covered his work from May to September, he highlighted Church Contacts (Chaplain’s calls to patients’ churches whether or not their missions’ arm were contributors) as numbering 370 and Patient Visits for the same period at 374.

Melrose/Wakefield Hospital is in a period of flux. The Cummings Rehab Center will close on November 1, expanded cardio vascular services begin on October 20 and the oncology department’s growth warrants their seeking a larger area.

The presence of a new Catholic Chaplain replacing Sister Eunice, who left some months ago because of illness, has been helpful. He also spoke of how much he missed Flo Hutchinson, his volunteer assistant during her five-month surgical leave.

The Council will meet again in April and visitors are always welcome. Contact Centre Church’s representatives Betty and Clayton Conn for further information.



News From Around the Parish

We rejoice with Rick and Heather Lowe upon the baptism of their son, Devyn Anthony Lowe on October 21. Devyn, his brother, Dylan and their parents live at 6 Churchill Road in Woburn.

We rejoice with John and Julie Carpenter upon the baptism of their son, Jay Matthew Carpenter on October 21. Jay, his brother, Jack and their parents live at 70 Prospect Avenue, in Lynnfield.

A Memorial Service was held for Jack Turner on October 21. It is the family’s request that out of respect for all that Centre Church meant to Jack, friends are encouraged to make donations to the Centre Church Memorial Fund in his name.



Additions to the People Book

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October 28
10:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
11:30 am
11:30 am
11:30 am
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Rotation Sensation Workshops
Open & Affirming Video – Fireside Rm
Pumpkin Carving Contest - Narthex
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Confirmation Class - Kitchen
No Evening Youth Groups
October 29
6:00 pm Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office
October 30
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
October 31
10:00 am Craft Group - Todd Hall
November 1
7:30 pm Senior Choir - Choir Room
November 2
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Faith Miller, Doug Hodgkins’ step-sister
  • Peter Perkins, Sara Perkins’ son
  • Jack Orrall and Edith Reed at Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. Center, 22 Johnson St., W. Peabody, 01960
  • Glady Davis, Haven Health Care, 20 Chester Road, Derry, NH 03038
  • Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, 01730
  • Helen Miller at The Meadows at Edgewood - Mail: c/o Susan Rielly, 492 Pearl St., Brockton, MA 02301
  • Catherine Newman at Oosterman’s 93 Laurel St., Melrose, 02176
  • Marion Edkins recuperating at home.

We also remember Col. Greg Lengyel in Iraq.


Sunday, October 28, 2007
Head Usher: Linda Ladd
Greeters: Rick & Barbara Cohee
Lay Reader: Parker Holloway
Coffee Hour: Nancy Miller
Altar Flowers: Annabel Aldrich
Flower Delivery: Sue Gustavsen and Chuck Cotting


Turn Clocks Back – Saturday, November 3