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
October 17, 2008
We are happy to take this opportunity to spread the news about Heifer International. Our focus in October and November will be on bringing attention, education and awareness of Heifer International to the children and parishioners at Centre Church.
As many of you know, Heifer International helps struggling families around the world become self-reliant through the gift of farm animals and training. The impact of each initial gift is multiplied as recipients agree to “pass on the gift” by giving one or more of their animal’s offspring to another in need.
On October 5th, twenty-seven members of the congregation were able to visit Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA. We were able to see many of the Heifer animals, experience the Global Village, enjoy a hay ride and see the pumpkin patch. We were so inspired by everything we have decided to dedicate this year’s pumpkin carving contest donations to Heifer International.
During Rotation Sensation the children will gain a deeper understanding through their workshops. In Upper Room, they will have a chance to listen to the story of Beatrice’s Goat. In their movie rotation they will see first-hand the impact that Heifer has on families. In art the children will research different animals in preparation for the Heifer Marketplace.
The Heifer Marketplace, a tradition here at Centre Church, will be held this year on Sunday, November 23rd. Here you will be able to give a gift of hope in honor of your friends and family by purchasing a share or an animal. Your gift will be part of making a positive difference in the world. There will be a lively event in the Narthex following the worship service where you will be able to visit different booths to learn more about the animals Heifer provides.
In the next several weeks you will be hearing more of the details about Heifer International. Our hope is that with all these efforts we will once again be able to send an ark which will help families in a positive way around the world.
Yours in faith,
Barbara Langill and Jill Couillard
Co-Directors of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
IN THE SANCTUARY
Sunday, October 19, 2008
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
Presentation of Bibles
Children may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.
Anyone in ninth grade or older is welcome to participate in this year’s Confirmation Class. We will hold a meeting introducing Centre Church’s Confirmation Program on Sunday, October 19 following worship. Please join us upstairs in the Pastor’s Outer Office to learn more. If you have questions or want more information, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 781-334-3050.
The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
Rotation Sensation Activities for Children
We begin our new Rotation Unit – Learning about Heifer International on Sunday, October 19. We welcome all children and youth in PreK to 6th Grade to join us! We will learn about Heifer through Art, Upper Room, and Movie.
Infants and toddlers through age 3 are welcomed in the Nursery each Sunday morning by our Nursery Care Provider, Lisa Gerbick. A pager system is available for effective communication while parents are in worship.
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to come to the pastor’s outer office for a special service project and to learn some of the issues regarding homelessness.
Centre Church Shopping Card Program
By taking part in the new Centre Church Shopping Card program, you can support Centre Church just by doing your usual shopping. Each Sunday, we will have a table in the Narthex where you can order shopping cards for places like Shaws, Home Depot, and Barnes & Noble. You pay face value for the cards when you order. However, the church pays a discounted price to Great Lakes Scrip Center. The difference between the two amounts goes directly to the church. For example, if you buy a $25.00 card for the Cheesecake Factory, the church pays a discounted price of $23.75. The difference, $1.25, goes to the church automatically.
If you want to participate, visit our table to order shopping cards and pay with a check made out to Centre Church, noting that it is for shopping cards. On the following Sunday, we will have your shopping cards for you. If you cannot make it to church but want to buy shopping cards, please contact Debbie Cotting (781-593-3120) or Sandi Watson (781-334-7032) to request an order form.
Youth Group News
The 7th/8th Grade Class will be participating in a Walk-a- thon for My Brother’s Table on Sunday, October 19. Please plan to bring your sponsor sheets and permission slips and arrive promptly at 6 p.m. Also please wear reflective clothing and bring flashlights.
The High School Youth Group will be meeting in Richard’s Hall this week from 6-7:30 p.m. We will be making up care packages for our college freshmen.
Food Pantries Need Your Help
We urgently need non-perishable food items to send to local food pantries. The food we collected during the first part of the month has already been taken to the North Reading Pantry due to an extreme shortage there. Please continue to bring items so that we can distribute to other area pantries.
Books for the Children
The far corner of Richards Hall has been converted to space for a new group at Centre Church. Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, Inc. (New Filipino Culture), known as BKP is run by volunteers who believe that creating a reading culture among the children in the poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines will enable them to improve their lives and their future.
We will be book packing every first and third Saturday of the month. There is great need for monetary donations for shipping the books, volunteers to sort and pack books, and new or slightly used books for children including reading books, encyclopedias, geographic magazines as well as English, math and science textbooks (no older than 1990’s). For more information please email Lsisonbkp@yahoo.com or call 978-686-6567.
Lea A. Sison, BKP, Inc. Executive Director
We are in need of clean Milk or Orange Juice 1/2 gallon cartons. Please clean out the cartons and donate them in the box located in the Narthex. We are also looking for plastic lids, (sour cream size) for a Heifer project.
To Be or Not To Be?
The Holiday Fair is the question being addressed. Do we want to have one this year? Saturday, November 22 would be the date. I would be glad to help the efforts of a core group of volunteers to make it happen. We would need people to come forward to take key positions like publicity, pricing, setting up, breaking down and packing up afterward, heading up a kitchen crew, etc.
We could have the usual tables: Attic Treasures, Jewelry, New Gifts, Crafts, Kids’ Table, Bake Table, etc. It’s a lot of work but it does bring fellowship and fun and helps our budget too, of course.
Again, I am more than willing to help with the fair but if people would rather we take a year off, that is also fine.
Please let me know what you think and if you want to have it, what you would be able to do to help.
Donna Marino 781-581-2022
Hatha Yoga Class To Be Offered
Please join Kathy Riese for a gentle Hatha Yoga Class starting mid-November. The class will have gentle flowing yoga postures that quiet the mind, and increase flexibility for the body, even for a beginner. Yoga techniques nourish the body and rejuvenate the spirit. Deep breathing and guided meditation will help to let go of stress, promote healing, and well-being. Wear loose clothing and bring a sticky yoga mat.
The class will be held in the narthex on Tuesday nights. There will be two classes available. One is at 5:45 p.m. and the other is at 7:30 p.m. I expect participants to respect their limitations. Remember it is yoga practice not yoga perfect. The cost of the class will be a discounted rate of $8 per class for members of the congregation. It will be on a drop-in basis and a waiver will need to be signed in order to participate.
Hope to see you there!
Sincerely, Kathy Riese
Professional Exercise Specialist
Nationally Certified Yoga Instructor
We hare started up our craft group again this year. We meet downstairs in the kitchen on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and welcome newcomers. If you have a talent that you would like to share, that would be wonderful. If you would like to come just to chat, please feel free to do that. This is a fun time and a great way to meet new people in a small group setting.
Please join us!! If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.
Donna Marino 781-581-2022
News From Around the Parish
Our love and prayers are with Marge Cole and her family upon the death of her son, Ross F. “Spike” Coon on October 6. A funeral service was held in Andover.
Our love and sympathy go out to Seavey Bowdoin upon the recent death of his sister, Ann.
Our congratulations to former Associate Pastor, Marlene Pomeroy and her husband and Co-Pastor, Jake Pomeroy as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their ministry at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Pasadena, CA. A reception will be held in their honor on November 2 at the church, 464 East Walnut Street in Pasadena.
Readers are encouraged to use this space as a way to keep other members and friends updated on significant events in their lives. If you have news you would like to share, please send it to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 781-334-3050.
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The People Book
Copies of our most recently printed directory of members and friends, "The People Book," are available in the narthex or church office.
|Morning Worship – Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Confirmation Orient.-Pastor’s Office
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Youth Groups (Grades 7-12)
|Caregivers – Fireside Room
Knitting Group – Fireside Room
|10:00 am||Craft Group - Kitchen|
|7:30 pm||Senior Choir - Choir Room|
|10:30 am||Scripture Study - Pastor's Office|
|2-4 pm||Youth Groups Pumpkin Carving|
Our love and prayers are with:
We also remember Lance Corporal Derek Cataldo, Col. Brian Bisacre, and Maj. Alec Leung in Iraq.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Head Usher: Jeff Law
Coffee Hour: Laurie Timmons
Provide Altar Flowers: Marge Cole
Deliver Altar Flowers: Edie and Earl Richard & Jo and Al Farnsworth
Lights Out beginning October 17: Steve Furey
Cable Broadcasts of Worship
Our Sunday Morning Services can be seen on local access television each week. Below is the schedule:
DVD and VHS recordings of the services can be borrowed from the Church Office at any time.