Tower Notes

Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We Welcome Everyone: An Open and 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 -
The Rev. Mark Freeman Strickland, Pastor Emertius
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

December 17, 2008




Hark, wise women and wise men,

neighbors and friends, mothers and fathers.

Hark, innkeepers,

babies sleeping and waking, crying & laughing.

Hark, pipers, stars, singers, listeners,

shepherds, angels, and musicians.

Hark, you drummers and strummers of strings.

Hark, marchers, dancers, and music writers.

Listen, look up, be still......,

but not for long.

Christ the Savior is born!

Gloria, Allelu, Holy Exaltation.

Yea, it is not simply a joyful noise we make,

But, rather a symphony of words,

songs & spirits to our newborn King!

Blessed Christmas to one and all,
Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor


(Not a poem, but prose of my experience while listening to the Centre Congregational Church Christmas Concert with Senior and Youth Choirs, directed by Douglas Hodgkins, Sunday, December 14, 2008.)




December 21, 2008 – 4th Sunday of Advent
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Christmas Pageant led by the children of the church.
The Pageant tells the story of the Birth of Jesus through our unique dramatic interpretation.
The Nursery will be open in Room 14.

December 24, 2008 – Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary
Music by the Youth Choir and a Christmas Message by the Rev. Dr. Bailey
Familiar Carols and Christmas Scriptures concluding with “Silent Night” in candlelight.
Designed with children in mind.

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service in the Chapel
A joyful celebration of Jesus’ Birth with the aid of Scripture, Preaching,
Music by our Senior Choir and Familiar Carols.
The service concludes with “Silent Night” in candlelight.

December 28, 2008 - First Sunday after Christmas
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
The Nursery will be open in Room 14.
Older Children may worship with their families for the entire service.





There will be a rehearsal for all pageant participants this Saturday morning, December 20. Everyone (except for Angels and Animals) should report to the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Angels and Animals should arrive at 11:00. Parents may pick up their children at 12:00. If you would like to participate, but were not at church on Sunday to sign up for a part, it’s not too late! Please call our pageant director, Linda Ladd (, 781-334-6170) and mention if you’d like a speaking or silent role.   Parts with just one line are very popular, so mention if you’d like that too!

The pageant will be held during the worship service on Sunday, 12/21. Children should plan to meet in Todd Hall at 9 a.m. to get into their costumes and run through everything one more time. We hope everyone will be able to come and enjoy.

Costumes: Most parts will have a prop or something to wear on their heads to indicate who they are. If you can wear the colors suggested for your part below, you’ll look great!

Angels: We have halos and angel costumes. Please wear predominately white or off-white clothes underneath. If you have your own angel costume or accessories, you may wear them.

Prophets: We’ll give you a scroll and a stole. Please wear a solid color (may be white) to make the stole stand out.

Shepherds: Please wear earth tones.

Street Fighters: Please wear black or dark colors.

Wise Men and Speaking Parts: We’ll have everything you need (robes, crowns, gifts, etc.)

The Nursery will be open for any child or infant who may want some playtime and story time. Pagers are available for any parent leaving a little one in the Nursery. Feel free to stop by at any time. We are located in Room 14.



Youth Group News

Our annual Christmas Party will be held this Sunday, Dec. 21 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The 5th/6th grade will be meeting in the Kitchen. The 7th/8th grade will be in Todd Hall and the High School will be meeting in Richards Hall. Dinner and fun will be provided. Please bring a wrapped gift under $10.00 that is good for anyone who receives it (i.e. non-gender specific!)



Gifts for the Crombie Street Mission

We continue to collect the following items under the Christmas Tree in the narthex for residents of the Crombie Street Mission in Salem, MA: socks, underwear, sweatshirts/pants, hats, mittens and gloves of all sizes. Please leave the gifts unwrapped. These basic clothing items are essential to Crombie Street’s clients.



Christmas Offering

Each year our special Christmas Offering is divided between local Centre Church needs and recipients designated by Outreach Ministries. This year we will be distributing this money as follows:

You will find special Christmas Offering envelopes in your envelope packet or in the pew racks in the sanctuary.



Christmas Greetings to All of our Friends at Centre Church

Annabel Aldrich, David Balser, Barbara and Ernie Becker, Harvey and Jean Card, Chuck and Debbie Cotting, Ginny Daniels, Ed and Barbara Ericson, Henry and Sally Flickinger, Anne and Bruce Gist, Betty Hayter, Dottie Holden, Lola and Stephen Leggett, Marilyn McCarthy, Charlotte Orrall, Shep and Susan Spear, Bradlee and Larry Troy and Shirley Wendel.

Please notice the cards on the tree in the narthex from your friends who are opting to send a donation to City Mission Society instead of sending individual cards. It’s Not Too Late! Cards will be added to the tree as they are received and another list of names will be in the next issue of Tower Notes.



Laser Quest Lock-In

All High School Youth and youth group alumni are invited to join in the fun for an all night adventure at Laser Quest in Danvers Friday, Jan. 2. We will meet at the church at 10 p.m. and car pool to Laser Quest. Pick up will be promptly at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. We need 30 youth to make this event happen. Friends are welcome to attend; they will need to complete a permission slip and medical form. The deadline to sign up is Sunday Dec. 21. Call Mrs. Langill at the church office if you need additional forms.



Save the Date – January 11, ‘09

Over the next few weeks, many of you will be receiving or purchasing new calendars filled with empty spaces. The Stewardship Commission has something to fill that empty space on January 11th. We’re calling it a “Pre-Inauguration Breakfast”. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, juices, and coffee as well as other festive and hearty selections. The time – right after worship, about 11:00. The cost will be $10 per person, children $5 and young children under 5 are free. Come and join the Centre Church family to kick-off 2009 and to benefit the Centre Church Supplemental Pledge Drive.



News From Around the Parish

We extend our love and sympathy to Carrie Pericola upon the recent death of her grandmother, Hazel Embleton.

It is with sadness that we report to you the death of former Youth Minister, Bill Brigham who was at Centre Church from 1991-93. He was at home in Yazoo City, Mississippi at the time of his death.



Bread & Roses

Our funds are very low ($91). We would welcome any individual or group of individuals who would like to sponsor a meal. The meals run $250 - $300 per month. If you are interested, you can send a check to the Church Office and put a comment in the note that the donation is for Bread & Roses or alternately contact any member of the Outreach Committee.

Peggy Batchelder for Outreach



Mini-Fair Update

Thanks to everyone who contributed in some way to our fair. We received many nice craft items from talented parishioners which were greatly appreciated.

I noticed that many of you took to heart to search your house for items that were new or like new. The amount and quality of everything was amazing. Someone suggested that we donate the remaining items to Lynnfield Senior Center for their thrift shop. I understand many of the items have already been sold.

Yesterday $327.05 was turned into the church and another $50 will be coming in shortly. This amount is just from the craft/new tables and not reflective of the other wonderful activities going on that day. It was a great day of fellowship, family activities like the advent workshop and cookie walk and a delicious luncheon.

It was called a mini-fair but the amount of time to get everything priced, set-up and packed up still took so much time. To the craft group that was “on call” whenever needed, the people that helped the day of the fair and to all the shoppers, thank you all very much.

Merry Christmas! Donna Marino



From the Mailbox

Dear Friends,

My family and I thank you for all your prayers, cards, calls and the beautiful flowers during all the months of Jack’s illness.  We appreciated all of this very much.  We are also very thankful for all that Dennis did for us and for Jack.  There never was an ambulance call that he was not there and his visits were many.  His support and yours was truly unforgettable.  We will always be grateful.

Most sincerely, Charlotte Orrall


My Dearest Centre Church Friends,

We made our pilgrimage to Nantucket safely and mostly without a hitch. The kids have started in their new schools and have already made some new friends.

I want to thank everyone who helped us to make this move work through your prayers, gifts and the many helping hands that helped with the actual move! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so overwhelmed with gratitude or so amazed at how much work can get done when people join together.

During the work party/POD move I was moved to tears a number of times. Please know these tears were not of sadness (though I will miss everyone dearly), but these tears were of joy to be witnessing the power of love, kindness, and the Holy Spirit at work!

I feel truly blessed to be in the fold of such a beautiful church family.

With love and gratitude,

Kim, Tyler and Heather Nardone, 28 Dukes Road , Nantucket, MA 02554



Animal Shelter News

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the Northeast Animal Shelter drive. The 7th and 8th Grade Class traveled with Mrs. Jodoin and Mrs. Hayden to the animal shelter this past Sunday. The staff at the shelter was very pleased with the donations and the class was equally pleased to be able to help the animals and work on this service project. A special thank you goes out to Heather Nardone and Kim Nardone for initiating this project. It was a huge success!



Meal for My Brother’s Table

This past Sunday, 9 youth met in the kitchen after worship and cooked a delicious meal under the direction of Chef Jeff. The youth put together Shepherd’s Pie which will serve 200 guests at My Brother’s Table in Lynn. Many thanks for all the generous donations to fund this meal.






4th Sunday of Advent
December 21
10:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
6:00 pm
Christmas Pageant - Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Confirmation Class – Kitchen
Youth (Gr. 5-12) Christmas Party
Christmas Eve, Wednesday
December 24
5:00 pm
11:00 pm
Candlelight Service – Sanctuary
Candlelight Service - Chapel
Christmas Day, Thursday
December 25
  Merry Christmas
December 26
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
December 28
10:00 am
10:00 am
Morning Worship – Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
January 1
  Happy New Year!
January 2
10:30 am
10:00 pm
Scripture Study – Pastor’s Office
Senior Highs to Laser Quest


Our love and prayers are with:

We also remember those who are serving in Iraq: Kristofer Jenkins, Derek Cataldo, Brian Bisacre and Alec Leung.


Sunday, December 21, 2008
Head Usher: Jeff Law
Greeter: Barbara Ericson
Lay Reader: Allie Hagerty
Advent Candle: Annabel Aldrich and Marcia Stevens
Coffee Hour: Kim Morrissey
Lights Out beginning December 19: Phil Johnson



Cable Broadcasts of Worship

Our Sunday Morning Services can be seen on local access television each week. Below is the schedule:

  • Verizon – Lynnfield & most other towns
    • Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 28
    • Saturday & Sunday 9 am – Channel 26
    • Sunday at 3 p.m. – Channel 26
  • Comcast:
    • Lynnfield - Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 12
    • Peabody - Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 10
    • N. Reading – Saturday 9:00 am on Channel 10 and Sunday 9 am & 3 pm on Channel 10

DVD and VHS recordings of the services can be borrowed from the Church Office at any time.



The next issue of Tower Notes will be the week of Dec. 29
The church office will be open 9-3 Dec. 22-23 and 9-12 Dec. 24, Dec. 26 and the week of Dec. 29.