Centre Congregational Church
We Welcome Everyone: An "Open & Affirming" Church
Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
November 7, 2007
We are all visitors, aren't we, when we attend church for Sunday worship? We attend to visit with friends and family. We attend to visit with God, albeit we know God is not locked inside the church's sanctuary. It's like making an appointment in order to take care of ourselves like we do when going to the doctor, to have our hair tended to, to have lunch with a friend, dinner with friends, etc.
Sunday Church is a special event for so many of us because most of us still get dressed up in something special. We don't have to and we know that, but still, out of respect for what this means to us, to others, and, to God, we do. When bringing our families it's not always easy to get up early enough to get one's self and the children ready to be on time for Sunday Church.
Sunday Church is special for me because I see many people working to make sure that the church service goes well, that the Rotation Sensation Classes are ready and fully staffed and well supplied, that coffee and refreshments are available after church, that music is provided via the Senior Choir and the Children's Choir. It is also special for me because I get to see how people interact with each other as they have been friends, in some cases, for many years, and, in other cases, became friends more recently.
Even though I am the Pastor, I am a visitor, also. I have been here just a little over a year. I appreciate the way that you, the congregation, make me feel welcome each Sunday. I so look forward to seeing you, meeting and making new friends, enjoying your company. I especially enjoy it when people arrive early for Sunday Church. It gives me time to meet and greet, get my spirit ready for leading worship.
Did you know? The choir rehearses in the sanctuary between about 9:15 am and 9:45 am each Sunday? Sometimes I go in and listen, savoring the music for worship twice. It helps me get my heart and soul ready for worship. What a treat!
I invite and encourage you to arrive early for Sunday Church because it gives you time to visit with some of your church friends, it gives you an opportunity to get settled in your favorite seat before someone else beats you to it, and it gives you time to settle and reflect on things before worship begins. (Besides, the Deacons like it when people are in the Sanctuary for the beginning of Parish News (the Announcements) so that they are not handing out all of the bulletins at the last minute.
Yes, we are all visitors. We need to be welcomed and we need to be welcoming of others, friends of many years and friends of just a day, a week of Sundays, or friends who usually sit on the other side of the Sanctuary.
I ask your help when you see me talking with church visitors by offering to sit with a newcomer to whom I may have the pleasure and chance to introduce to you. I ask your help when you see someone sitting alone. I ask that you consider going to their pew and asking to sit with them, introducing yourself. Even if you know the person already, they might enjoy your company. If you don't know them, please introduce yourself. Strike up a conversation. Welcome them if they are new and offer to show them around, introduce them to me, to your friends at Centre Church. Sometimes people who are new appreciate a tour of the church following the worship service.
Newcomers are often attending because they are looking for something specific, a church home, to begin a relationship via the baptism of a child, a place for the Christian Education of their child/children, a place to find peace and spiritual nourishment. The first visit a person makes to a church is the most important and during that visit the most important thing is to be cordially welcomed, made to feel comfortable.
We have a special place here, and a very special congregation that has a great history in making people feel welcome. As Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Please help me make everyone welcome each and every Sunday. If you can, arrive by 9:30 a.m. and be a welcoming presence to all who are visiting for Sunday Church.
Yours in Christ,
P.S.: Congratulations to all of you who bought furniture and then, because the Red Sox won the World Series, are getting it free. I guess you can take the tags off now!
IN THE SANCTURY
November 11, 2007
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“A New World”
Children’s Message by the Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool
“Headed for a Fall”
Children may worship with their families for the entire service.
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.
Saturday, November 10th - 9-2
Crafts of all Kinds
Centre Church Calendar
Jewelry, New Gifts, Plants
‘Cat’s Meow’ Replicas of the Church
(lobster rolls, soup, etc. for lunch)
Don’t Miss It!!
There are no Rotation Workshops on Sunday, November 11. We invite you to worship as a family in the Sanctuary.
High School youth are invited to join in our new Sunday morning meetings! This discussion group will revolve around the Sunday morning scripture reading and will be held in the Pastor’s outer office following children’s time in the sanctuary.
The first meeting will be Sunday, November 18!
‘Cat’s Meow’ Replicas
The High School Youth Group will be selling wooden replicas of Centre Church by Cat’s Meow. These collectibles will be on sale for $20.00. They will be available at the Church Fair on Saturday or by contacting Barbara Langill in the church office.
Rada Knife Sales
Please help support the High School Youth Group efforts to raise funds for this year’s mission trip to New Orleans. We are selling quality Rada Cutlery kitchen knives, utensils and gift sets. Rada Cutlery has been made in America since 1948. (You can check them out at www.radacutlery.com) Knives start at the low cost of $3.75. These will be available at the Church Fair and by special order.
Middle School (grades 6-8) sleepover at the church takes place this Friday night, November 9. Please plan on meeting in the Fireside Room between 7:45-8:00 p.m. Doors will be locked at 8:00. The night promises to be a lot of fun with games, baking and/or crafts, movie and devotions. Pick up will be promptly at 9:30 on Saturday morning. You may meet your youth at the Church Fair. Permission slips must be turned in the night of the sleepover. (Kindly call the church office during the week to RSVP. We will hold this event if we have at least six youth).
There will be no Sunday night meeting on November 11. Please plan on helping at the Church Fair on Saturday, November 10. We will have 2 fundraisers and need volunteers at both tables.
Stewardship Update - November 4, 2007
I’m pleased to report that we have exceeded the half-way mark in our Supplemental Stewardship Drive. We have received $13,080 toward our goal of $25,000. We are moving along at a nice pace, and that’s important because we are 1/3 of the way into our fiscal year. The sooner we reach our goal, the more confident we can be that we will not have to dip into our reserves to cover our operating expenses. Thank you to those who have already donated, and thank you in advance to those who will be donating soon. Every contribution is important and valued so please do what you can to support this effort.
Debbie Cotting, Chair Stewardship Ministries
Please plan on bringing a frozen turkey to church on November 18. We will have High School youth on hand to help carry the turkeys to the truck. Haven from Hunger will be here to accept these donations.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Lynnfield’s Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.
Lights Out Program
Many thanks to Rick Carey for managing the Lights Out program for many years. I'm in the process of forming a new Finance Ministries Team which includes the Properties Committee. Until I do that I want to make sure that we have the Lights Out program covered through the end of the year. I am calling on you to volunteer. Many of you have done this in the past. Some of you have not. This is not a hard job, and if you have never done it before I'd be glad to show you what to do. Essentially it means going up to church every evening (when all events have completed for the day) for a 7 day period to make sure that the lights are turned out and all the doors are locked. This way we can be sure that the property is protected.
Please contact me if you can participate in this program. If we all contribute we can protect the property and it also won't be a burden on any one person. My e-mail is email@example.com and my home phone number is 781-598-5678. Thanks in advance!
Phil Johnson, Chair Finance Ministries
Open and Affirming Film Festival
“A Conversation with Brian McNaught – On Being Gay” Part 2 will be shown in the Fireside Room following the worship service on November 11. All are welcome. Discussion will follow.
From the Mailbox
Dear Friends, My thanks, and appreciation, for the beautiful fall flowers from Sunday’s service. The bright spot in my day was to see Chuck Cotting at my door and to have him stay for a chat! I was doubly blessed by a lovely visit from Dennis as well! His new home sounds wonderful. (He is a busy man!)
Peace and joy to all, Ginny Daniels.
Non-Perishable Food Needed!
Please bring non-perishable food to the church on or before November 18 so that it may be donated to Haven from Hunger in Peabody in time for Thanksgiving. The green carts in the Missions Pantry are ready to be filled!
No-Sew Blanket Project
Join us in the kitchen on Wednesday, November 14 from 7-9 p.m. as we work on no-sew blankets for the Linus Project. Fleece is provided, but please bring scissors. Questions?? Call Chris Gehret. 781-334-6737
Recycling Collection Day
Wondering what to do with that old television, computer monitor or appliance that is broken, unwanted or unused and just taking up space? Bring it to Centre Church on Saturday, November 24 from 10 to 1. CRT Recycling will be in the church parking lot to collect your items. This is an excellent opportunity to recycle these items at a minimal cost compared to the high cost associated with curbside appliance recycling programs.
All proceeds will go toward this year’s High School Mission Trip. If you would like further information, please contact Barbara Langill at the church office.
Wayne and Bev Perkins, 52 West St., Reading, 01867
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|9:00 am - 2:00 pm||Church Fair – Richards Hall|
|Morning Worship - Sanctuary
No Rotations or Nursery
Open & Affirming Video – Fireside Room
Confirmation Class - Kitchen
No Youth Groups
|Office Closed – Veterans’ Day
Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office
|Caregivers – Fireside Room
Knitting Group – Fireside Room
Diaconate – Pastor’s Office
|No-Sew Blanket Project - Kitchen
Membership Ministries – Pastor’s Office
|7:30 pm||Senior Choir - Choir Room|
|10:30 am||Scripture Study - Pastor's Office|
Our thoughts and prayers are with:
We also remember Col. Greg Lengyel in Iraq and Paul Folkins with the Marines in Iraq.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Head Usher: Karen Harrington
Greeter: Barbara Ericson
Coffee Hour: Chris and Mary Ann Parker
Altar Flowers: Edith Wendt
Flower Delivery: Edie and Earl Richard