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

June 24, 2009



Father's Day

What a wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day: Father and Son together, making worship music. Yesterday, we were blessed in worship to witness two great musicians: one playing at the organ, Wendell Hodgkins, and his son, Douglas Hodgkins, Centre Church's Music Director, at the piano. How many churches can boast such an occasional opportunity? Few. Very few.

I am very grateful to Doug and his father for sharing their talents with us in this way. Two people of faith worshiping God through their gifts, skills, and faith through the sounds of two incredible instruments: organ and grand piano, accompanying our singing as well as playing Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude music. And then, I consider the tremendous skill and craft of those who have built these two instruments, and the years of experience and knowledge that it takes to create and, in the case of the organ especially, maintain such gifts. It is truly a blessing and delight to hear them played so well and so delightfully!

As expressed in the words of the Psalmist:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
Make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
With trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy;
Let them sing before the LORD....

(Psalm 98:4-9, NIV)

Father's Day was also celebrated in the words of Gage Whittier, who wrote and generously shared with us about his late father's life (in part):

"Dad set an example by quietly helping people without expecting anything in return, loving his family unequivocally, working hard, and serving God and country. Dad never told any stories about these people, he was busy making our family’s life a wonderful one.

...Dad had given me his example of faith, courage, and caring. These gifts have carried me through many Father’s Days since then. So, use Father’s Day as a day of reflection about how you define yourself as a father. Give your children a hug and kiss every day, and tell them you love them. A quote from my favorite movie, ‘Gladiator’, 'What we do in life echoes in eternity.'"

As expressed in John 13:14-16: (Jesus said) "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him."

And in Titus 2:7-8: (the apostle Paul said) "In everything set them an example by doing what is good. integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech...."

Whether we play keyboards, make music, serve our country, serve our community, and/or our family, we are serving God and setting an example. People notice and are directly and indirectly guided by our examples.

Even though my father died 45 years ago, I still look for him, to please him, to follow his example, and to make him proud of me. Every day I remember the example he set for me and I try to follow it. He continues to guide and direct me.

God has given us a holy calling. We are to live not just for ourselves, but for the sake of others that through us they will be blessed. In our roles as fathers, mothers, teachers, carpenters, firefighters, military personnel, brothers, sisters, volunteers, employees, supervisors, disciples, we set examples that have an impact on those around us.

I pray that the example we set will be a blessing, pleasing to God, and helpful to God's people, one worthy of following.

Yours in Christ,




June 28, 2009
Mark 5:21-43
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Hands of Faith”

July 5, 2009
Holy Communion

July 12, 19, 26, 2009
Morning Worship

Join us for these informal services followed by punch and fellowship.




Rotation Sensation Volunteers Welcome

We are in need of a few more volunteers to complete our Rotation Sensation team for next fall. There are opportunities for a short 3-4 week commitment leading a workshop such as movie, cooking or drama. You might also consider volunteering as a shepherd, which entails staying with the same class for the entire year – sharing the job with 2 other people. We are also in need of caregivers for the nursery.

Please consider sharing your gifts with the children and youth of Centre Church - call Barbara or Jill in the church office today! (781-334-3050)



New Orleans Mission Trip

A group of 19 youth and 5 adults will be heading to New Orleans on Sunday, Aug. 2 to help with the ongoing rebuilding efforts. We would like to thank everyone for the generous support of our fundraising efforts for this trip.

All mission trip participants are asked to attend worship in the Chapel on Sunday, July 26 at 9 a.m. for a special blessing before our trip.



Holiday Festival Planned

November 14th will be our Holiday Festival here at Centre Church (the revised Holiday Fair). There will be many ways for you to participate in the fun –

More details will be available soon.

If you would like to help in the planning of it, please contact any member of the Planning Committee: Donna Marino, Kathy Martin, Nancy Miller or Carrie Pericola.



Wanted: During the Summer

Items currently collected in the Missions Pantry



Concert on June 30

Christ’s College Choir from the University of Cambridge, England will present a concert on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church of Wakefield. The Choir’s repertoire embraces sacred and secular music from the 15th century to the present. Admission is free.



End of Summer Celebration

The Membership Commission is happy to announce an End of Summer Lobster Fest and Grill Out on Sunday, August 30 in the afternoon. Details will be coming as the summer progresses. Save the date!



UCC Women to Celebrate

United Church of Christ Women from all of New England will gather in Burlington, Vermont on March 12-14, 2010 for their 8th CELEBRATION. These gatherings have taken place every 4 years since 1980 and Centre Church has had a group in attendance each of those times. The event is held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. There is something for everyone: Spiritual Worship, Stimulating Speakers and Forums, Inspiring Music, A Variety of Workshops, SERRV and other Vendors, etc. Registration will be open after Labor Day.

Check out the website for program information: or speak to Susan Spear who has participated many times.



Provide for Your Future And the Future of This Congregation!

Establish a Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust that designates Centre Church’s 1720 Founders Fund as remainder beneficiary. You receive income for life and a charitable tax deduction in the year of your gift, and Centre Church receives a gift in the future to support its mission and ministry.

Contact Phil Johnson 781-598-5678 or Rev. Dennis Bailey, 781-334-3050 for details.






Sunday, June 28 9:00 am Morning Worship – Chapel
Monday - Thursday, June 29 - July 2 9:30 am – 12 pm Vacation Bible School
Wednesday, July 1 8:30 am Bread & Roses Meal Preparation
Thursday, July 2 6:00 am Golf Group – Reedy Meadow
Friday, July 3 10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Sunday, July 5 9:00 am Holy Communion – Chapel
Friday, July 10 10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Sunday, July 12 9:00 am Morning Worship – Chapel
Wednesday, July 15 7:00 pm Membership – Pastor’s Office
Thursday, July 16 6:00 am Golf Group – Reedy Meadow
Friday, July 17 10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Sunday, July 19 9:00 am Morning Worship – Chapel
Friday, July 24 10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Sunday, July 26 9:00 am Morning Worship – Chapel
Thursday, July 30 6:00 am Golf Group – Reedy Meadow
Friday, July 31 10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


Our love and prayers are with:

Our prayers are with George Robinson, III serving in Iraq.


Thank You To Our Volunteers

June 28, 2009: Head Usher - Linda Ladd. Flowers: Marcia Stevens. Punch: Jack and Donna Marino and Barbara O’Connell. Lights Out beginning June 26-George Hayden.

July 5, 2009: Punch: Diane and Dave Bjorkman. Lights Out beginning July 3: John Walsh.

July 12, 2009: Punch: Ann Decker. Lights Out beginning July 10: Dwight Decker.

July 19, 2009: Punch: Ginny Daniels and Ruth Hyer. Lights Out beginning July 17: Bill Seelig.

July 26, 2009: Punch: Sue and Paul Gustavsen. Lights Out beginning July 24: Steven Richard.


The next Tower Notes will be the week of July 27.

The Church Office is open 9-12:00 during the summer.