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
April 2, 2008
While Making Your Pledge
Most of us have received our “Join Hands...Share the Journey” packet from Stewardship Ministries. I hope that you have thoughtfully read the material and have or are giving your personal giving to the ministry of Centre Church serious thought and prayer.
We are expecting that our church's Local Expense Budget will increase by 15%. In order to reach that goal we need every person in our church to consider increasing their pledge by at least 1% of their annual income. Many of us have set a giving goal of at least 10% of our annual income and are steadily moving toward that each year.
This year I have set a goal of giving 7% of my annual gross income to Centre Church, compared to 5% this past year. I hope that you will join me in accepting the challenge that our Stewardship Ministries has set before us. I know that it can be very challenging to think about and practice percentage giving. For me, though, it's a way of setting the priorities in my life. Once I start with the most important things, like my faith and relationship to Jesus Christ, everything else falls into place.
I also believe that God gives to us the resources we need to achieve our ministry. I came to this realization while struggling with the financial needs of my first parish, an inner-city parish in Boston. People kept saying to me that we needed new members in order to achieve our financial needs. I disagreed for the following reasons:
We have done well the last three years to achieve balanced budgets. But, in order to continue to achieve that, we will have to do better and give more.
Can you do that with me, with others in our church? Again, I believe God has given to us what we need to make this happen.
Jesus said, "But strive first for the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33).
Yours in Christ,
IN THE SANCTURY
Third Sunday of Easter
April 6, 2008
10:00 A.M. Holy Communion
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“What Is Your Emmaus?"
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.
The nursery is open each week for infants through age 3. Our trained staff is available to welcome your child for fun, games and stories.
Rotation Workshops continue each week for PreK-Grade 8. We are learning about Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16). Come join us for art, music, puppets and story time.
Weekly Seeds –All High School youth are invited to join in our Sunday morning discussion group. This drop-in group will discuss subjects such as the Sunday morning scripture reading and how it relates to today. Weekly Seeds will meet in the Pastor’s outer office following children’s time in the sanctuary. Facilitators for this group are Denise Weaver, Carrie Pericola, and Perry Hayden. Please join us.
All youth groups will meet on Sunday, April 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The 5th grade will meet in the kitchen, the 6th-8th grade in Todd Hall and the High School will meet in Richards Hall.
Middle School: Final Balances and Emergency Consent forms for the upcoming retreat are due by April 6. Thank you for being prompt.
Children’s Theater Returns to CCC
A little bit of mystery, a little bit of comedy and a whole lot of fun is available for your child in this summer's music/theatre production of "The Best Little Theater in Town.”
Music teacher Beth Mosier directs the production and is ably assisted by our own Laura and Alyssa Langill who grew up participating in Drama Shop productions along with their talented brother James. Singing, dancing, acting, painting scenery, and making costumes are all part of the excitement. There are still openings in the younger group for children age 6-9 and the upper level group has a few spots for boys ages 10 - 15. The workshop runs from July 14 -25 in Todd Hall and everyone is invited to attend the performances on Friday July 25. To learn more about the DRAMA SHOP please call Beth Mosier at 781-245-7511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewardship Campaign Kick-Off
We kicked off our Stewardship Campaign with a wonderful mystery dinner last Saturday night. The cast and crew, under the fine direction of Linda Ladd, did a fabulous job. Sue Lambe orchestrated a delicious dinner. It was truly a collaborative effort and a fine example of our stewardship theme – Join Hands…Share the Journey.
You may notice that we are holding our Stewardship Campaign a little earlier this year. Since our fiscal year now begins on July 1, it is very helpful for budget planning to have our pledges turned in during the month of April. Many people picked up their stewardship packets at the mystery dinner or after church on Sunday. Remaining packets were mailed Monday, March 31. Please call the church office if you don’t receive your packet.
The packet contains a letter from our pastor, Dennis Bailey, a letter from our moderator, Chris Parker, along with some other information we hope you will find useful as you consider your financial commitment to Centre Church. The packet also contains your Intention to Give Card which we are asking you to bring to church on Sunday, April 13. If you can’t be in church that day, please mail your card back to the church before April 13.
You’ll see in Chris Parker’s letter that we will need to increase our pledged income by 15% in order to provide adequate funding for our church. That’s a challenge, but it is a challenge we can meet!
There is an array of colored hands on the bulletin board outside the library. During the mystery dinner and after church on Sunday, people wrote a word or two on those hands to note the many ways Centre Church is special and important to them. The display of hands serves as a visual reminder of the many reasons we give to Centre Church. Following are some of the notations on those hands: Fellowship, Multi-generational Friendships, Spiritual Growth, Bible Study, Sunday Worship, Tower Day School, Sermons, Rotation Sensation, Rev. Kool, Our Church Family, Music, Choir, Mission Trips, Heifer, Trust, Mission Outreach, Our Great Pastor, Youth Group Programs, Murder Mystery Dinner, Bread and Roses, Welcoming Guests.
Please think about the many ways that Sunday worship and all the programs and activities of Centre Church enrich our lives, and be as generous as you can be when you make your financial commitment for the next fiscal year.
Debbie Cotting for Stewardship Ministries
News From Around the Parish
We extend our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Martha Nelson who died on March 31. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Passover Seder Meal
Join us on Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Todd Hall as we experience a Seder Meal on the first night of Passover. During the evening we will learn more about this High Holy Day in the Jewish Faith and the valuable spiritual lessons and stories it has to offer. Please contact the church office or speak to Denise Weaver or Rev. Bailey to reserve your place at the table. A ride can be arranged if you would like one.
Bits ‘n Pieces
If you would like to provide altar flowers for Sunday, April 13, please call Susan Spear in the Church Office. (781-334-3050)
The 8 O’Clock Wheel will hold its spring luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at the Thomson Club in North Reading. Members will be contacted with details.
If you have not yet turned in your Tupperware order, you may do so this Sunday, April 6th. Don’t forget that 40% of the sale goes directly to help fund our Youth Mission Trip and National Youth Event this summer. Thank you for your support.
Boston Pride MarchBoston Pride March is on June 14th. The MA Conference ONA Task Force will have a group marching in the parade, and we can join them. People marching are LGBTQ and straight allies to show support. If you are interested in marching in the Boston Pride, please let our ONA Contact Person, Carrie Pericola, (email@example.com or 781-231-0954) know by May 12 so she can sign you up with the MA UCC Group. For more information about Boston Pride check out http://www.bostonpride.org.
Recycling Day – May 10
Spring Cleaning? 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, May 10 from 10 to 12 noon. 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.)
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.
From the Mailbox
A lovely Easter Plant was delivered to me by Edie Richard and is very much appreciated. It is always a pleasure having a visitor from Centre Church and a beautiful plant is surely a cheerful addition to my room. I enjoyed my visit with Edie as we shared a cup of tea and I was brought up-to-date on all the interesting things happening at Centre Church. It is nice to be remembered by my friends at the church and a big thank you is enclosed from me.
Fran Brown, 42 Mall Rd., Burlington
|Holy Communion – Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Weekly Seeds – Pastor’s Office
Confirmation Class – Kitchen
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Youth (Gr. 5-12) – Lower Level
|6:00 pm||Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office|
|Caregivers – Fireside Room
Knitting Group – Fireside Room
|Craft ‘n Chat – Kitchen
Senior Choir - Choir Room
|10:30 am||Scripture Study - Pastor's Office|
|10:00 am||Confirmation Rehearsal – Sanctuary|
Our thoughts and prayers are with:
We also remember Greg Lengyel, Paul Folkins and Brian Bisacre in Iraq.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Ushers: Michelle Hagerty, Jeff Law, Kathi Martin, Linda Ladd
Greeters: Karen and Lindsay Jodoin
Lay Reader: Margaret Waugh
Coffee Hour: Randy Russell and Judith Doe
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.