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

November 14, 2007



A Four-Footed Attack Against Hunger

A Midwestern farmer named Dan West was ladling out rations of milk to hungry children during the Spanish Civil War when it hit him: “These children don’t need a cup, they need a cow.”

West, who was serving as a Church of the Brethren relief worker, was forced to decide who would receive the limited rations and who wouldn’t – literally, who would live and who would die. This kind of aid, he knew, would never be enough.

So West returned home to form Heifers for Relief, dedicated to ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training so that they “could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.”

In 1944, the first shipment of 17 heifers left York, Pennsylvania, for Puerto Rico, going to families whose malnourished children had never even tasted milk.

Why heifers? These are young cows that haven’t yet given birth – making them perfect not only for supplying a continued source of milk, but also for supplying a continued source of support. That’s because each family receiving a heifer agrees to “pass on the gift” and donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending.

This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Since 1944, Heifer has helped 8.5 million people in more than 125 countries.

This Sunday, the sermon will focus on Heifer International. Centre Church has earned 6 Ark Awards over the past six years, raising over $5,000 each year. The project has gone from giving heifers to also include Llamas, Water Buffalo, Pigs, Chicks, Goats, Ducks, Geese, Honey Bees, Trees, along with lots and lots of education about how to raise and care for the animals that are given.

You may learn more about this project by going to See also the article later in this issue of Tower Notes relating to Centre Church’s Heifer Living Gift Market planned for December 2.

Yours in Christ,

P.S.: I'm on vacation this week. You are in for a real treat this Sunday with a sermon about the Heifer International.



November 18, 2007
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by Sandi Watson, Jeff Langill, Alyssa Langill, Rhett Batchelder and Allie Hagerty
“Dream No Small Dreams”

Children may worship with their families before leaving to go to their special classes.

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.



Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 18 - 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Clergy and choirs from all Lynnfield churches will participate.




Turkey Drive

Please plan on bringing a frozen turkey to church this Sunday, November 18th. We will have High School youth on hand to help carry the turkeys to the Haven from Hunger truck. Non-perishable food items would also be greatly appreciated this Sunday.



Rotation Sensation

Special classes will be held this Sunday, November 18. The youngest class will learn about communion.

The 2nd-3rd Grade Class will learn about baptism.

The 4th Graders will gather to explore their new Bibles.

The 5th-8th Graders will have fun playing Bible games. (be sure to bring your Bibles with you.)

The nursery will be open this Sunday. Infants – age 3 are encouraged to come to the nursery to listen to a story and to play.



Weekly Seeds Begins!

On November 18, all High School Youth are invited to come to the Pastor’s Outer Office to join in some engaging Sunday morning conversation following the Bible presentation in the sanctuary



"Let’s Start at the Beginning,
It’s a Very Good Place to Start!”

Back in July, our craft group met at Marcia Steven's house for a brunch. We were there to celebrate the friendships that we have made with the formation of our group. We have met many people that we might never have met and that is wonderful.

After a delightful lunch, we got down to business....craft group for the fair. We tossed around many ideas thinking we would be able to help the chairpersons for the fair. Well, we waited and get the idea. Soon, we were the fair committee and away we went. Planning and making decisions in addition to our weekly craft meetings. The group has been with me every step of the way.

It is now over and was a great success. We made $3700.00 with monies still coming in. We will be in the narthex in a couple of weeks to sell more items in case you were not able to make it that weekend.

On a personal note, I would like to name all who helped but am afraid that I will forget someone. To my craft group, thank you from the bottom of my heart. One of my favorite parts of coming to this church has been the opportunity to meet all of you and form the friendships that have been made.

Thank you to the kitchen crew for all the delicious food. It was great to walk out into the kitchen and see people waiting to sit down to eat. People were happy to see old friends and wanted to catch up on news. How wonderful that was for everyone.   To all the volunteers who worked the tables, brought donations,  set up and cleaned up, this wouldn't have happened without all of you helping out.

I do have to mention Sue Johnson because by the end of Saturday, I had money in many envelopes and just handed it to her after counting individual tables. I didn't get a chance to band it, etc and how she ever managed to get it counted by Sunday and give us a report, was remarkable.   So, on behalf of the fair committee, well done Centre Congregational Church!

Sincerely, Donna Marino




Youth Group

All youth group members (grades 5-12) should meet in the parking lot this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to travel together to see Fred Claus. You should bring your signed permission slip and $10.00 with you. Also bring any additional spending money you may need for snacks. We do need drivers for this event. Call the church office if you are able to drive.

Parents: Pick up at the Woburn Theater at 6:30 p.m. We will meet in the main lobby.



Open and Affirming Film Festival

On November 25 following the worship service, we will view “Sacred Covenants Faithful Conversations” in the Fireside Room. This video resource is for those wishing to study marriage equality as called for in a resolution adopted by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in 2005. All are welcome and we will have a roundtable discussion afterwards.

There will be no ONA video on November 18.

Thank you. Mark Meehl



Stewardship Update

We are making significant progress toward our goal of $25,000 in supplemental donations.  The total as of Nov. 10 was $15,850, and we continue to receive generous contributions each week.  If you haven't yet made your donation, please prayerfully consider what you can give to help us reach our goal.  If we all do what we can, and the average donation is $200, we will raise the $25,000 we need to fund the operating budget without touching our reserves.



Envelope Packets

Offering Envelope Packets for the next quarter will be prepared soon. If you need to request an address change for the next quarter, please notify the church office by November 26. If you do not currently receive a packet of envelopes and would like to, please let us know.

Sue Johnson, Financial Secretary



Youth Group Fundraisers

Wooden Replicas of Centre Church: The High School Youth Group will be selling replicas of Centre Church by Cat’s Meow. These collectibles will be on sale for $20.00. They will be available after church on Sunday or by contacting Barbara Langill in the church office.

Rada Knife Sales: Thanks to everyone who supported the High School Youth Group efforts to raise funds for this year’s mission trip to New Orleans by purchasing Rada Cutlery at the church fair. We have just about sold out of our inventory on hand, but we will be taking special orders on Sunday after church. Catalogs will also be available to see the full line of products. Many thanks to Ethel Leonard for helping with this fundraiser.

Thanks to all who supported the High School Youth Group’s fundraising efforts at the Church Fair. Also, many thanks to Ryan Batchelder and all the youth who volunteered their time to work at the fair. We were able to contribute 10% of our fundraising profits to the fair proceeds.



Cable Coverage of Worship Services

Joel Kelly who manages the Lynnfield Local Access Television for Comcast and Verizon did not air the October 28 and November 4 worship services because he was on vacation. He will air the October 28 service on Wednesday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. and the November 4 service on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Our regular Thursday 7:00 p.m. broadcasts of each week’s service will continue as scheduled.

A back-up helper for Joel is being trained to enable Lynnfield LAMP broadcasts to be aired on schedule in the future.

Bruce Gist for the Video Team



Appliance/Freon Bearing/CRT Device Recycling
Saturday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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. (The town of Lynnfield charges $25.00 for monitors and bulk items.)

  • Computer Monitor: $10.00
  • Television $15.00
  • Air Conditioner $15.00
  • Stove/Washer/Dryer $15.00
  • Refrigerator $15.00

Miscellaneous items: Microwave ovens, garbage disposals, printers, telephones, DVD players, video games and computers will be collected at a charge of $5.00 each.

A special pick- up service for seniors is available- please call the church office to make arrangements.

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.



News From Around the Parish

We extend our love and prayers to the family and friends of Catherine Newman who died on November 6. Her funeral was held in Wakefield on November 10.

We rejoice with Scott L’Abbe and Amy Hurlburt who were married at Centre Church on November 3.



Cookie Swap

The High School Youth Group will be holding our annual cookie swap on Sunday, Dec. 2 after worship. We are asking everyone to bring 1-2 dozen cookies. Here’s a chance to share your favorite holiday cookie recipe with the congregation.



Heifer Market on Sunday, December 2

On Sunday, December 2, we will be holding the annual Living Gift Market to benefit Heifer International.  At this alternative giving market, you can “buy” animals such as chicks, bees, goats, and heifers.  The animals go to struggling families here in the United States and around the world. Your gifts make it possible for these families to eat better and to become more self-reliant.  And for each living gift you purchase, you receive an honor card to give to your friend or loved one.  Can you think of someone in your life who would appreciate this kind of alternative giving?  

Heifer catalogs will be available in the Narthex following worship services on November 18 and 25 so that you have a chance to learn more about Heifer’s work beforehand.   Please contact me if you have any questions.  thank you!  --  Sandi Watson, Heifer Coordinator



Boy Scout Troop #48 News

Our rescheduled November trip this year is a local one this coming weekend for some Orienteering and Pioneering skill-building exercises.



From the Mailbox

It was such a pleasant surprise to get a visit from Barbara Ericson with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me. They sill look pretty on my table.
Thank you so much,
Doris Nelson, 53 Center Village

Dear Friends at Centre Church,
What a happy Halloween Greeting! Thank you so much! Not like my Halloweens at Phillips Road in Lynnfield, but the staff here at Brooksby Village brought laughter and smiles to everyone.
Thanks again for yourhoughtfulness.
Love, Marge Cole






November 18
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
4:00 pm
7:00 pm
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Children’s Classes and Nursery
Weekly Seeds Group – Pastor’s Office
Confirmation Class - Kitchen
Youth Groups to Movies
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Our Lady of the Assumption
November 19
6:00 pm Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office
November 20
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
November 21
9:00 am - 12:00 noon Church Office Open
November 22
  Happy Thanksgiving!
November 23
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
10:30 am
Church Office Open
Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Elva Batchelder at Beverly Hospital
  • Bobbie Bean at Lahey Clinic, Burlington
  • Jack Orrall at Melrose Wakefield Hospital
  • Faith Miller, Doug Hodgkins’ step-sister
  • Peter Perkins (Sara Perkins’ son) and Edith Reed at Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. Center, 22 Johnson St., W. Peabody, 01960
  • Muriel Badger, (new address) River Court Residency, Apt. 227, 8 West Main Street, Groton, MA 01472
  • 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.

We also remember Col. Greg Lengyel in Iraq and Paul Folkins with the Marines in Iraq.


Sunday, November 18, 2007
Head Usher: Jeff Law
Greeter: Chris Gehret
Coffee Hour: Ed & Barbara Arsnow
Altar Flowers: Betty Iacono
Flower dlivery: Chuck Cotting and Sue Gustavsen