Parish Council Minutes

October 24, 2007

Attendees: Rev. Dennis Bailey; Chris Parker, Jeff Law, Barbara Langill, Debbie Cotting, Perry Hayden, Phil Johnson, Sue Johnson, Chris Gehret, Linda Ladd, and Sandi Watson. The meeting opened at 7:04 p.m. Minutes from the previous meeting on September 19 were approved.


Moderator’s Report

Chris began by summarizing the roles of Parish Council and the ministry teams of Centre Church:


Christian Education and Youth Ministries

Barbara said an average of 26 youth attend the High School Youth Group meetings. Seventeen youth participated in the City Mission Society outreach trip in Boston. The Youth Group car wash raised $547.00 for the New Orleans Mission trip next August.

On October 28, there will be voting for the annual pumpkin carving contest. Proceeds will benefit Cradles to Crayons, a Quincy organization that provides children in need with essential supplies. At the Church Fair on Saturday, November 10, the Youth Groups will be selling small replicas of Centre Church.

On Sunday, November 18, there will be a number of special events:



On Dwight’s behalf, Chris reviewed the income and expenses to date for the 2007/2008 budget.


Financial Secretary

Sue reported on the progress of the supplemental contributions drive; to date we’ve received $10,310.00. Discussion followed on keeping the congregation aware of the need to achieve the $25,000 goal.


Outreach Ministries Team

Chris said that the Knitting Group has knitted more than 1,200 squares, which is equivalent to 50 blankets. Collections for the Missions Pantry – cell phones, used eyeglasses, and so on – continue. Plans for the holiday season are coming together. The Heifer Market will be held on Sunday, December 2. The outreach team is looking into providing help to local residents via a fuel assistance program. Council responded positively to the Outreach team’s request to host a blood drive at the church.


Assistant Moderator

Jeff asked Council to consider a gift card program by which members could purchase gift cards to area stores (such as LL Bean or Stop and Shop), with a percentage of each gift card’s value going to the church. Council was receptive to this suggestion and asked Jeff to provide more information.


Membership Ministries Team

On Chuck’s behalf, Chris presented the report for the Membership Ministries team. The Chowdafest on October 21st was a great success. The Church Fair will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cindy Trayers will be designing a church calendar to sell at the Church Fair. The group Blue of a Kind will perform at the church on Saturday, December 8th; details to come.

Also look for the following events, with dates yet to be decided: Funky Divas of Gospel; a talk on Centre Church’s role in Lynnfield history; Arts and Crafts fair; family movie night; mystery trips into Boston and nearby communities; and a ping-pong tournament.


Christian Ed Ministries Team

Perry reported that Tower Day School will be engaging in some publicity initiatives in the near future.



Linda said that Pat Summerer is stepping down from the Diaconate. Linda will be talking with Council about possible replacements. As reported in Tower Notes, Noah (a friend of Mark Meehl’s) recently repaired the church’s carillon system. In return for this kindness, the choir would like to give their old, red choir robes to Noah’s church. A motion was made, seconded, and approved that the robes would be donated, pending Doug Hodgkins’ approval and assuming there would be no cost to Centre Church for cleaning or repairing the robes.

Mark’s Open and Affirming (ONA) Film Series continues, with support from the Diaconate and from many church members.

A motion was made, seconded, and approved that Council accept the appointment of Ethel Leonard as a church delegate.


Stewardship Ministries Team

The team has met to develop a timetable for the next stewardship campaign. The kickoff for the drive will include a time of fellowship, possibly centered on a Mystery Dinner.


Finance Ministries Team

Phil said that the team needs to assess the current status of church investments and memorial funds. The Properties Commission needs to address two projects: the Tower Day security system; the leaks in the ceiling of Susan Spear’s office. The new church sign will be installed on October 27.

The special meeting of the congregation to discuss the Planned Giving team, the process for participating in planned giving, and the 1720 Founders Fund will likely take place in December.

A thorough discussion on the Health Care Reform Act and the need for Centre Church to provide health insurance to all full time employees was held. Phil will keep Council informed as progress on this front continues. A team made up of Phil, Dennis, Perry, Sue Tomich, and Sally MacDonald will continue to meet on the topic. A letter will be sent to all employees within the next 10 days outlining the status of this project.


Pastor’s Report

Rev. Bailey has been working with Bruce Gist and team on the sound and video for worship services. Rev. Bailey also attended fire safety training at the 2007 Chaplains’ Fire Academy. Confirmation class continues, with 14 students.

The Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption on Sunday, November 18. Rev. Bailey will be away on Sunday, November 25.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of Parish Council is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pastor’s office. Respectfully submitted – Sandi Watson, recording clerk

Respectfully submitted,
Sandi Watson, recording clerk