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
February 20, 2008
Have you ever been a President?
I was President of the Jamaica Plain-Forest Hills Kiwanis Club where I was a member while serving my first parish in Jamaica Plain. The President's job was to chair the weekly meetings, introduce speakers, run the business of the club, chair the Board meetings, and oversee the direction of the club during the term of office. The logo of Kiwanis was “We Build” and its mission was and is to serve the children of the world.
We would seek to find projects and programs in the community that we could support by means of our personal and organizational involvement as well as our financial support. Kiwanis also supported state, national, and international programs.
Serving in the office of President was an honor and a responsibility.
I haven't served as a President in any other position although I have served as a Chair of a few Committees throughout my life, a similar type of position.
When I joined the Kiwanis Club it was expected that I would immediately become involved in a committee and/or some form of responsibility, in addition to attending the weekly meetings. There were no committees or positions for spectator members. Training took place by being involved, pitching in, and giving of oneself. Within a few years I was President and because I had been an active member right from the start I was prepared to lead when it was my turn.
Jesus did discipleship training the same way. He called his disciples and immediately they followed. There is no mention of “Junior Disciples,” or “Discipleship Training Camp” in scripture. The disciples were disciples immediately and they learned by giving of themselves right from the start.
How did I become a disciple? I volunteered to teach the 5th and 6th grade class when I was in High School, perhaps 12th grade. Did I know what I was doing at the time? No, but I learned via the curriculum material that was given to me. I learned by following the examples of other teachers in the church. I learned through faith, study, and prayer. It was foolish, I know, but I wanted to make a difference and find my way as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I knew there was something inside of me yearning to get out, to be shared. I was not elected President of the church, of the Sunday School Board, nor was there such a position. I was, though, a leader. The most helpful resource available to me were the many examples that surrounded me in that loving and caring church community.
Have you been saying that someday you will be a disciple of Jesus? Have you been trying to find the “Spectator's Committee?” Have you been looking for the “Junior Disciples” club?
Jesus said it this way, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25, NIV).
Want to be a President, a Chair, or a Disciple? Give fully of yourself to something that has a positive impact upon the lives of others and is consistent with the love and way of Jesus Christ. You may not be given one of those titles, but you will be a servant of the Lord and of God's people. There is no title more important than that!
Yours in Christ,
IN THE SANCTURY
February 24, 2008
Third Sunday in Lent
John 4:5-26, 29-42
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“The Company Jesus Keeps”
Children’s Message by the Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool
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.
Plan to join us for a Passover Seder on Saturday, April 19 in Todd Hall (time to be determined). Please call the church office to add your name to the list.
The Craft Group will be getting together on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet downstairs in Todd Hall each Wednesday. We will be talking about what we would like to do for the spring.
This group is very low-key and is open to everyone. If you are crafty or not, new to the church, just want to socialize, etc., this is a great way to meet people. Please enter through the door from the parking lot where you will need to ring the bell as school is in session.
It’s nice to hear that others missed the group as much as I did. Please join us. Bring your ideas too. Hope to see you,
Donna Marino - 781-581-2022
Nursery care is provided each Sunday for infants through age 3. We invite all children to join us for stories and playtime. Please know that all of our Nursery Caregivers have gone through training and welcome the opportunity to be with your child.
Workshops will start again on February 24! Our new Rotation is “Easter Through the Eyes of Peter.” This rotation will continue through Lent. The children will enjoy learning this story from the Book of Matthew, chapter 26 by cooking, movie, art and upper room.
OWL (Our Whole Lives): This program for 7th-9th graders will meet this Sunday (Feb. 24) from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Pastor’s Outer Office.
We are pleased to tell you that once again the children and youth of Centre Church are learning about Heifer International. They will be baking muffins each week during Lent to sell during coffee hour. All money raised will be sent directly to Heifer International. This is an exciting time for the children of the church and we thank you for recognizing their efforts.
Many thanks to the 5th-8th grade Youth Groups for making cards for Valentine’s Day. They were well received by the guests at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody, MA.
Laser Quest: On Sunday, Feb. 24, we will be meeting in the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. to carpool over to Laser Quest. Please plan to eat before you come, as we will not be providing a meal. Remember to bring your permission slip and $15.00. Drivers are needed for the carpool over. Parents: pick up will be at Laser Quest promptly at 8:00 p.m.
“Almost Sunrise” Easter Service
Please contact Jill Couillard or Barbara Langill if you would like to read in our early (7:30 a.m.) service on Easter morning, March 23. We have parts for children, youth and adults. The service is informal and very meaningful. You may call Jill or Barbara in the church office.
News From Around the Parish
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Jim Borg who died on February 14. Funeral services were held in Wakefield on February 19.
From the Mailbox
Thank you all for allowing the Girl Scouts of Lynnfield to use your spacious hall for our Try-It Day 2008. Over 263 girls did activities that earned patches. Thank you,
Carly Craffey & Ava Landry, Coordinators
Sunday, March 2 – 10:00 a.m.
Presentation of Heifer Arks
Special Church Meeting re Planned Giving
Sunday, March 9 – 10:00 a.m.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Dedicated
Sunday, March 16 – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service
Sunday, March 23 - Easter
7:30 a.m. “Almost Sunrise” Service
10:00 a.m. Easter Service in the Sanctuary
For a number of years, Centre Church has had an active Prayer Chain. This chain is made up of church members who are “on call” to pray for a specific need. A prayer request is given to the “anchorperson” whose job it is to call the next person on the list. That person, will, in turn, relay the request to the next person, etc.
If you are in need of prayer or know of someone who is, (it need not be someone in our church or community), please call Edie Richard are 781-334-3874. Also, there is a Prayer Request Book in the narthex for those who may be more comfortable writing an anonymous request rather than contacting the anchorperson directly.
|Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Nursery Care – Room 14
OWL Program – Pastor’s Office
Confirmation – Kitchen
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Youth Groups to Laser Quest
|Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office
Stewardship Commission – Pastor’s Office
|Get-Together Wheel – Fireside Rm.
Knitting Group – Fireside Room
|Craft Group - Todd Hall
Parish Council – Pastor’s Office
|7:30 pm||Senior Choir - Choir Room|
|Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Cub Pack – Richards Hall
Our thoughts and prayers are with:
We also remember Greg Lengyel, Paul Folkins and Brian Bisacre in Iraq.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Head Usher: Linda Ladd
Greeters: The Law/Delaney Family
Lay Reader: Al Johnson
Coffee Hour: The Law/Delaney Family
Provide Altar Flowers: Margaret Waugh
Deliver Altar Flowers: Karen Harrington and Marjorie Potter
Centre Church’s Worship Services are broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channels 10 or 28 on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and also on Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
In addition, DVDs of the services are available for check-out from the church office in case you missed a Sunday.