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: Office@Centre-Church.org
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940

The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor - Pastor@Centre-Church.org
The Rev. Mark Freeman Strickland, Pastor Emertius
Jill Couillard & Barbara Langill - Directors of Christian Education & Youth Ministry - ChristianEd@Centre-Church.org
Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
Sally MacDonald, Director of Tower Day School
Susan Spear, Secretary

March 25, 2009

 


 

Participate: Taking Up Our Cross

Yesterday morning, while talking about the meaning of Confirmation, one of the children described the meaning of it: Participate.

We are the Church, the Body of Christ, and as such, participating is one important way that we serve to take up our cross and walk with Jesus Christ. We each have a part to play, a gift to offer, a function to perform, a prayer to offer, a presence to bring.

Presently, our Stewardship Committee is asking us all to participate in the Body of Christ through the gifts that we have to bring. We need everyone's participation in order for our work for Christ to be effective. The gifts we have to bring provide the foundation upon which we build our community of faith, prepare to welcome others, and make it possible to go out into the world in service.

What they are asking of us is simple and straightforward: participate. First, we need every member of our body to respond to the Stewardship Appeal for the coming year. It is my prayer that we will be moved to walk with Jesus in every way we can, and that we will want to be part of the life-blood of God's work here in our giving. We need to hear from every part of Centre Church's Body in order to make for effective ministry this coming year.

The second thing we need is Five-percent (5%): We need to increase our overall giving receipts by five percent. This means that we need everyone to do the best they can, but also, to go beyond what has felt comfortable in the past, to a more challenging level of giving now and in the future.

And the third and most important thing that we need is for us to continue to be together in worship and service. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing each other, in being together, in offering our presence.

When a wedding invitation comes to us, we mark our calendar, we return the response card, and make certain we are there in support of the couple who have pledged themselves to each other. We make sure we attend the ceremony and reception. Our presence at that special day is the thing! When there is a baptism we also make sure that our presence at the ceremony and celebration is the thing. Being seen is a blessing.

Yesterday, at Confirmation, many family members and friends, along with the Congregation, were present to be supportive of the Confirmands who pledged themselves to being Christians and Members of Centre Church. It was important for the Confirmands to see the people and friends who have been most important to them in their lives present at this, their Spiritual Birthday.

As they have promised to be participants, they will look forward to continuing to see us, know us, and share with us the journey of faith and service. They will need us to welcome them when they are there, participating, serving, and giving. It is often the first part of a new journey that is the most important because it sets the stage, it establishes a routine, and helps us to know what is expected if we are to be successful in our service to God.

I pray that you will participate, that you will know that your role is important whether you are near or far from our church doors. I pray that you will be present because there are people in our congregation who need you, who need to see you, who need to talk with you, who need you to walk with them. There are people in our congregation who want to comfort you, talk with you, sit with you, and share life with you. There are people who will miss you when you are not present, when your voice is not heard.

I ask that you will give serious consideration to your level of giving, knowing that while it may be hard to increase your giving in these times, it is in giving that we find our joy, our rewards, and our strength in the Body of Christ.

Let us walk with Christ together, give together, and be present to each other. It is in this that we find the strength that Christ brings for now and into eternity.

Yours in Christ, participating....
Dennis

 


 

IN THE SANCTUARY
March 29, 2009 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Sacrament of Baptism


Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Unless a Seed Dies”

Children may worship with their families before going to Rotation Workshops.
The Nursery will be open in Room 14.

This is a reminder to all members of Centre Church that March 29th will be the last Sunday that the children will be baking muffins for Heifer. Please support their efforts by buying muffins in the narthex after church service.

 


 

 

Children’s Corner March 29

Nursery Care: All infants and children through age 3 are invited to join us in the Nursery each week for stories and fun. You will find us on the first floor in Room 14. Pagers are available for all parents.

Rotation Workshops: We will be learning about the Easter story and the symbols of Lent in our workshops this Sunday. Children and youth, PreK-Grade 6, are invited to participate with cooking, drama and upper room/games.

Muffins for Heifer: All 5th/6th Graders are asked to meet in the downstairs kitchen promptly at 10:00 to begin your cooking rotation on Sunday, March 29. It will take us the entire time to bake muffins, so please be on time.

7th & 8th Grade: We will meet in the Library following Children’s Time to work on an Easter service project.  All 7th and 8th Grade Youth are invited to attend.

 

 

Auction Report

The Auction to kick off the 2009-2010 Stewardship Campaign was a rousing success! The food and drink were plentiful and the fellowship superb. Many thanks go to our auctioneer, Chris Parker who kept the evening lively and profitable. And profitable it was! We are excited to report that our present accounting shows a profit of close to $9,500.00 and still counting!

Thanks to everyone who made the evening such a success: the people who so generously donated items or services to be auctioned, the shoppers, the cooks, the setup and cleanup crew, our youth group wait staff and our tellers.

Special thanks to Cindy Trayers for her graphic design expertise which made it possible to save money by producing all of the auction and stewardship materials in-house and to Susan Spear for organizing things in the office and printing the materials..

And finally, our deepest appreciation to all who attended the evening and were so generous in showing support by their financial contributions. We truly are blessed.

With great appreciation,
The Stewardship Committee

Holy Week Worship
April 5, 2009
10:00 A.M. - Palm Sunday – Cantata

April 9, 2009
7:30 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Service

April 12, 2009
7:30 a.m. – Early Easter Service on the Front Lawn
10:00 a.m. – Late Easter Service in the Sanctuary
(Easter Breakfast between the services.)

 

 

Easter Flowers

If you would like to order Easter flowers to grace the sanctualry, please fill out this form and return it to the office by March 31.

 

 

Confirmation Celebrated

Our congratulations to the following young people who were confirmed on March 22. We give thanks to those who served as their Mentors throughout the program.

 

 

Youth Group News

There are no Youth Groups scheduled for Sunday, March 29.

Last Sunday night the 7th and 8th Grade Youth Group learned about Servant Leadership. They talked about John, Chapter 13 where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.

The kids and leaders then acted upon that passage and cleaned the Sanctuary, Narthex and Fireside Room. They swept and polished the choir loft, vacuumed the entire Sanctuary, Narthex and Fireside Room. They polished the altar and all of the pews. They also wiped down the organ and piano. They straightened up the table in the Narthex and polished the furniture in the Fireside Room.

All in all they realized that they were very good at helping out and despite the groans in the beginning, a lot of laughter was heard throughout the rooms. They did a great job and it was a wonderful service they could provide right here at home. So enjoy Sunday morning in your freshly polished pews!

Jill Couillard and Dave Nasson

 

 

Easter Fun Day

Join us Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 for Easter activities and fun. The Youth Groups are sponsoring Easter Fun Day for children 10 and under accompanied by a parent. Easter crafts and games in Todd Hall start out the morning, followed by an Easter story and a visit by Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool. The Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn will conclude the morning of fun. Please be sure to bring a basket for collecting eggs. This event will take place rain or shine – special provisions will be made in case of inclement weather. All Youth Group members are encouraged to volunteer at this event.

 

 

Almost Sunrise Easter Service

Participants are needed for our early (7:30) Easter Service. We have small speaking parts for children and we have longer (1-2 paragraph) parts for youth and adults. Also, if there is a child who would like to participate, but may not be ready to speak into a microphone, we welcome them to be part of the service by placing a flower on a cross.

Call Jill Couillard or Barbara Langill if you would like to volunteer. A rehearsal for all volunteers will take place on Sat., April 11 at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

Conditioning Class

For the next 5 Monday nights we are holding a conditioning class at 6:30 PM in Richards Hall.  Although intended to get us in condition for golf, this will help everyone improve their strength and improve their condition as we get ready to come out of the winter hibernation.  This is run by Instructor Kelly Willing.  You should wear exercise gear and bring a floor mat, towel, water and some free weights (3, 5 or 8 pounds).  The class involves stretching and  muscle conditioning.  The cost is $10 per one hour session.  There is no need to sign up, but if you have questions ask Phil or Sue Johnson (781-598-5678).  The next class is Monday, March 30 at 6:30 PM.

Phil and Sue Johnson

 

 


 

OUR OPPORTUNITIES

 

Sunday
March 29
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:20 am
11:30 am
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Rotation Workshops
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Tuesday
March 31
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
Wednesday
April 1
8:30 am Bread & Roses Meal Preparation
Thursday
April 2
7:30 pm Senior Choir - Choir Room
Friday
April 3
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office

 

Our love and prayers are with:

We also remember those who are serving in Iraq: Kristofer Jenkins, Derek Cataldo, and George Robinson III.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Head Usher: Linda Ladd, Michelle Hagerty, Bruce Weaver, Jeff Law
Greeters: Norma and Parker Holloway
Reader: Seavey Bowdoin
Baptism: Hazel Louise Pericola, daughter of Steven and Carrie Pericola
Coffee Hour: Judie Potter Furey and the 7th & 8th Grade
Provide Altar Flowers: Pericola Family
Deliver Altar Flowers: Chuck Cotting & Sue Gustavsen
Lights Out beginning March 27: Drew Taylor

 

 

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.

 

Food of the Month - Tuna and Vegetables