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

May 13, 2009



The Other Side of Ministry

Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey has asked me to write about the other side of ministry. So, while I'm not usually spending my days writing, I'll make a stab at it.

It was just last Thursday while Rev. Bailey was on the phone, that it was brought to my attention that an alarm bell was going off in the Richards Hall closet, in the area where the Sprinkler System pump is housed. Was it the Sprinkler System? No. It was something else. It was the alarm bell telling us that there was something wrong with the "sewage sump-pump." It was not working. I got down on my hands and knees and slid open the cover to the pit where the pump is and noticed that the "waste water" was rising and the pump was not coming on. What to do???

I had Susan Spear call the plumber. They would be here within 30 minutes. Good. But, the water was still rising and I started moving things out of the closet but realized that I couldn't do it by myself in time to save everything. I started looking for help. Fortunately, Mr. Tony, our custodian, remembered how to get the sewage pump to work in cases like this. But, there was obviously a problem and we didn't want it to re-occur. The plumber arrived and explained that the pit needed to be cleaned so that the pump, the float for the pump and the alarm would function properly. Disaster averted!

Friday morning, the plumber arrived and cleaned up the pit and made sure that the sewage sump-pump was working.

It was early afternoon while I was watching Rev. Bailey planning out his visits for the afternoon when Sally MacDonald, Tower Day School Director, called asking me to come downstairs to her office right away. I thought maybe I had forgotten to do my homework and was being called on the carpet. But no, it was not that. What she asked me to do was to smell her office. It smelled as if someone had baked a cake too long and burnt it. No cake. It was the smell from a burned out motor for a ventilation fan. A call to the electrician set up an afternoon appointment. I stayed in the building to guide and answer the electrician's questions. I finally got to go home around 5:30 p.m.

Now, the church is left with expenses for the current year that we did not anticipate. About $850.00 for the plumber and at least another $300.00 for the 2 ventilation fans.

This kind of thing is the other side of ministry, a side that can be very frustrating. You see, what I also know is that during the winter we had ice damming problems on the roof which required us to hire a roofer to come down to clear the ice dams and remove snow from the sanctuary roof, another unexpected expense of about $1,000.00.

I share this with you to make you aware of the ongoing challenges of running a ministry like ours, and of maintaining our building. It takes time from the staff and the volunteers who are in charge of property and finances. These are some of the major reasons your giving to our ministry is so crucial. Most of you don't see these problems. Most of you don't see how the staff and volunteers take time to solve these problems, try to save money, and still have a nice place for us to worship, work, teach, and serve.

It is so important that we all work together and give what we can, as much as we can, to support the church's needs, which every day require attention to the wonderful facilities that we have.

I beg you, if you haven't made your pledge yet, please do so immediately. If you can, I beg you to increase your pledge so that we can make the necessary repairs, support our wonderful staff, so that we may be available to you and others in times of need. If you wish to make a special gift to cover the expense of something please speak with Rev. Bailey, (781-334-3050) or Phil Johnson (781-598-5678). Any and all forms of support are appreciated.

Scripture teaches us that we are one in Spirit, working together to be instruments of God's love and service. Therefore, I am asking you to please, don't let the financial needs of the church come to a crisis which requires us to do something that we will all regret. I know that some of us are having hard times. In such cases, the rest of us need to give more so that the church can serve those who are going through tough times. This has always been and will always be the work of the church.

Let us each pray asking God to help us consider if we can give more to help our brothers and sisters who are going through hard times and can't give as much. I want the church to be here for you and for everyone, no matter their circumstances.

We have this great ministry and I pray that you and I give it all we can so it remains a special and sacred place for us all, and others yet to come.

Yours in Christ,
Charlie, Maintenance Man
(An alias for Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey)




May 17, 2009
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Cantata by the Youth Choir
“It’s Cool in the Furnace”
by Buryl Red and Grace Hawthorne
Children may worship with their families for the entire service.

May 24, 2009
John 17:6-19
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Jesus’ Prayer for Our ‘Battle’”
Children may worship with their families before going before going outside to plant flowers.

The Nursery will be open in Room 14 for both services.




Flamingo Flocking Update

Those lovable plastic pink flamingos are showing up everywhere! We have flocked over 40 homes in Lynnfield and the surrounding area. We are now at full capacity for the next week and plan to let the birds migrate to their summer home after May 17. Many thanks to all who participated in the fun.



Children’s Corner – Sunday Mornings

Nursery Care: Infants through age 3 are invited to join our experienced Nursery staff in Room 14 for stories and playtime during the church service. Pagers are available for all parents.

Rotation Workshops: There are no Rotation Workshops scheduled for Sunday, May 17. The Youth Choir will be presenting “It’s Cool in the Furnace”. Be sure to come enjoy the music.

Flower Sunday. On Sunday, May 24th there are no Rotation Workshops scheduled. We will be planting flowers. Be sure to wear casual clothing and bring a watering can and shovel or trowel.

7th & 8th Grade: There will be no class on the 17th. We invite you to stay and worship with your family and enjoy the music of the Youth Choir.



Youth News

IMPORTANT CHANGE – 7TH & 8TH GRADE YOUTH GROUP: Please note that the 7th and 8th Grade Youth Group will be meeting this Sunday, May 17 from 11:30-1:00. Be certain to bring a bag lunch with you. We will meet in Todd Hall.

The High School Youth Group will meet from 6:30-7:00 pm on Sunday, May 17th.

All High School Youth are reminded to turn in their money and entries for the Red Sox Raffle. Also, permission slips and deposits are due on or before May 17th for the White Water Rafting Retreat.

There are no Youth Group Meetings scheduled for Sunday, May 24. Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend.



Trivia Night Postponed

The Trivia Night & Dinner planned for May 29 has been postponed until fall.

Membership Committee



Vacation Bible School

We are excited to tell you that Vacation Bible School will be held from June 29th- July 2nd! This year our theme is: Kingdom of the Son, The Lord’s Prayer Safari.

If you have not yet received a registration form, you may pick one up in the Church Office. Extra forms are also located on the bulletin board outside of the Fireside Room.



Red Sox Ticket Raffle

Attention Red Sox Fans: Here’s your chance to attend the Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves on Friday, June 19 at 7:05 p.m. We are holding a raffle for 2 tickets plus $50.00 toward parking for this game. Tickets will be on sale after worship Sunday, May 17 and May 31. The raffle will be held June 7. Tickets are 3 for $10.00 or 9 for $20.00. Please call Mary McCarthy at 508 527 3847 or Barbara Langill in the church office for more information. All proceeds will go toward the High School Mission trip to New Orleans this summer.



High School White Water Rafting

All High School youth are invited to join us June 25-27 for our Spring Retreat - rafting on the Penobscot River. Completed registration form and $75 deposit is due by Sunday, May 17. Call Barbara Langill with questions. Scholarship help is available.



Supply Preachers

If you would like to help lead the worship service by preaching one Sunday when Rev. Bailey is on vacation, please feel free to talk to him via email, phone, and/or in person. You may also speak with Linda Ladd, Chair of Deacons (781-334-6170).



News From Around the Parish

Our congratulations to Reilly and Jennifer (Waugh) Bayer upon the birth of a son, Adam Rowan Waugh (called Rowan) on May 2, 2009. The Bayer family lives at 4 Tedford Lane in Lynnfield. Proud grandparents are Margaret and Harvey Waugh.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Aaron Spear and Emilie Deibler who were married on May 2. They will make their home in Boulder, CO.

We rejoice with Christopher and Sheila van Twuyver upon the baptism of their daughter, Amanda Ruth van Twuyver on Sunday, May 10.

Priscilla Hahn has moved to 180 Marblehead St., North Reading, MA 01864 - 978-664-5334.

Dear Ones, Thank you so very much for the several bouquets of flowers I had delivered to me during my recent set-back! They were beautiful and I enjoyed them so very much. And all the cards I received! I didn’t realize I had so many friends. And, of course, Dennis’ visits were so pleasant.
Barbara Bean



Heifer On Our Minds...

Thanks to the efforts of our church school muffin bakers, muffin sales yielded $255.74. Great bakers and great muffins!!!  In addition, we just counted our Heifer quarters and added another $122.80 to the Heifer account.  This money will help to purchase farm animals as donations to families both in the United States and abroad.  Keep Heifer on your mind each Sunday as we begin to fill the quarter tube back up. 

Heifer Coordinators, Allie & Mary Ann Parker



Opportunities Ahead

Did you get to see Call Me Malcolm during our ONA film festival? Now is your chance to meet Rev. Malcolm Himschoot. He will be preaching on Sunday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Congregational Church. If you have not seen this inspiring film, you may borrow Centre Church’s copy and watch it on your own. For more information, contact Carrie Pericola, ONA Contact Person, 781-231-0954

Invitation to German Night: Interested in a great German meal?? Plan to join Rev. Bailey and other parishioners at Wirtshaus Restaurant in Methuen on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening. Wirtshaus is a moderately priced German restaurant in the rear of a very unassuming house with a variety of German food and beverages to offer. Interested? Let Rev. Bailey know by calling 781-334-3050 or emailing him There will also be a sign-up sheet in the narthex.




395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA - Saturday June 13 @ 4 PM
Kathy St George starring in “Dear Miss Garland”

Adults $30 each, Children under 12 $20
Please send your check (made out to Centre Church) when you make your reservation!
First come, first served! We have 25 seats!

Please contact Susan Spear at the Church Office 781-334-3050 or contact Dotty Whittier

You may want to have dinner with friends after the show [6:00ish] at the many local restaurants – plan ahead!
Melissa’s Main Street Bistro - 407 Main Street 781-438-7243
Felicia’s of the North End - 423 Main Street 781-438-9399
Gaetano’s Ristorante - 271 Main Street 781-279-0100
Sato 2 Restaurant - 147 Main Street 781-438-8786



Shopping With Spirit

Stop by the table in the narthex to place your shopping card order with Debbie Cotting or Sandi Watson. So far we have raised over $2,300 for the church using this program.






May 17
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 pm
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Children in Worship
7th-8th Youth Group – Todd Hall
9th-12th Youth Group - Kitchen
May 19
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
May 21
6:00 am
7:30 pm
Golf Group – Reedy Meadow
Senior Choir - Choir Room
May 22
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
May 24
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:20 am
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Nursery – Room 14
Children Plant Flowers
No Youth Groups
May 25
  Church Office Closed for Memorial Day
May 26
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
May 27
7:00 pm Parish Council – Pastor’s Office
May 28
7:30 pm Senior Choir - Choir Room
May 29
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


Our love and prayers are with:

  • Diane Foulds, at Essex Park Rehabilitation, 265 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
  • Helen Fitts (Barbara Nickerson’s mother) at the Meadows, Edgewood
  • Louise Allen at Beaumont Nursing Home, 3 Lyman St., Rm. 203, Westborough, MA 01581
  • Muriel Badger at Nashoba Valley Life Care Center, Foster St., Littleton, 01460
  • Marion Barnes, Harborside: Cedar Glen, 44 Summer St., Danvers. 01923
  • Glady Davis, Haven Health Care, 20 Chester Rd., Derry NH 03038
  • Carolyn Furey, Overlook Masonic Health Ctr., 88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton, MA 01507
  • Hal Holappa, Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Spring Rd., Bedford, MA 01730
  • Helen Miller, at the Meadows, Edgewood
  • June Rose, 37 Spring St., Lunenburg, MA 01461.

Our prayers are with George Robinson III who is serving in Iraq.


Sunday, May 17, 2009
Head Usher: Jeff Law
Greeter: Judi Lucia
Reader: Allie Parker
Coffee Hour: Mary Ann and Chris Parker
Provide Altar Flowers: The Lucia family
Deliver Altar Flowers: Carol White & Michelle Hagerty
Lights Out beginning May 15: Al Johnson


Sunday, May 24, 2009
Head Usher: Linda Ladd
Greeters: Lowe family
Coffee Hour: Kathi Martin
Lights Out beginning May 22: Rick Carey



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.