Centre Congregational Church
We Welcome Everyone: An "Open & Affirming" Church
Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
March 5, 2008
The Confirmation Class is preparing for their Day of Confirmation on Sunday, April 13th. I hope that you will be there to celebrate with them and their families. As we move toward that day the class has been thinking about what it means to be a disciple. I asked them to write me two Lead Stories and a Classified Ad on Discipleship for the Galilean Times News. Please read these with a sense of humor as well as serious response to their understanding of what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Chooses 12 Disciples
Jesus, beginning his ministry in Galilee, has chosen 12 Disciples to go into the world and preach his gospel.
From the mountain he instructed the twelve: Simon, James (of Zebedee), James (son of Alphaeus), Peter, Andrew, John, Phillip, Thomas, Thaddeus, Judas, Bartholomew. He called them to go and announce to the people of Israel, that “the kingdom of heaven is near.”
Miracle in Galilee
Classifieds For Disciples
Tired of Being Rich? Looking for Adventure?
Has Boredom Got You Down?
Have we got the job for you! Come as you are – no uniforms required. Travel opportunities available. Free Room and Board. Your choice of accommodations daily. If you are not afraid of a challenge and are inspired by performing miraculous deeds – come travel with us! Raising the dead, casting out demons, curing the sick, and cleansing opportunities available.
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IN THE SANCTURY
March 9, 2008 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
Acts 20:7-12, John 11:30-45
10:00 A.M. Morning Worship
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Received
Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey
“Lazarus and Lazarus, Jr.”
Children’s Message by Rev. Dr. Calvin B. Kool
Children may worship with families before going to Rotation Workshops.
Centre Church’s Worship Services are broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channel 10 (Comcast) or Channel 28 (Verizon) on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and also on Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
Nursery – We were happy to see some new little faces in the Nursery this past week. We invite all infants and children through age 3 to join our trained staff in the Nursery.
Workshops – Rotation Workshops continue this Sunday, March 9 for children and youth PreK-8th Grade. Our focus during Lent is Easter Through the Eyes of Peter.
OWL – Our Whole Lives program concludes this Sunday, March 9. All those involved in the program are asked to attend the closing celebration. See you this Sunday from 10:00-11:30.
Mystery Dinner Theater
Who Dunnit? & Who’s In It?
We knew you’d want to know. The cast of our upcoming production “Reading Aunt Louise’s Will” includes: an entire church family of 4, 3/5 of the Langill family (which ones??), a lawyer we all know - playing... well, you’ll see. People whose initials are AA, CC and LL, a man everyone thought was blind (that was just another part he played), some Johnsons, a graphic artist and a guy who looks good in uniform. Yes, these are clues! You can find out on Sunday if you’ve guessed correctly.
More details about our Mystery Dinner Theater on March 29 at 6:00 pm will be coming next week. Right now, we need an idea of what size audience to expect. Please RSVP by signing the poster in the narthex on Sunday, or calling the church office. Just mention if you need a ride, and it will be arranged for you!
There will be a freewill offering to defray the cost of the dinner and help with expenses for the High School Mission Trip coming up this summer.
This performance is being brought to you by the Stewardship Committee.
Craft ‘n Chat
The Craft Group will meet weekly on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Kitchen. This is a fun group and a great time for fellowship. Please join us. If you have any questions or craft materials you no longer use, please give me a call.
Donna Marino 781-581-2022
One Great Hour of Sharing
Our special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing will be collected and dedicated on Sun., March 9. Please return your envelopes and coin cubes on that day.
Youth Group News
5th Grade – The 5th Grade Youth Group will meet March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the downstairs kitchen.
6th-8th Grade Youth Group will meet March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Todd Hall. All deposits ($25.00) are now due for the Middle School Retreat. Everyone is encouraged to attend this lock-in and team building at Gordon College! This is our year-end event, don’t miss it.
9th-12th Grade Youth Group will meet on March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Richards Hall. Please return your permission slips for the 30 Hour Famine and the High School Retreat.
30 Hour Famine
You may be wondering why students would be willing to not only give their time, but also give up eating for 30 hours when they participate in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. It’s simple: they are going without food so that others can eat. But there’s more to the 30 Hour Famine than simply not eating. One of the many reasons we do the 30 Hour Famine is to experience compassion, feeling the hunger of children who don’t have a choice about their own circumstances. Please consider supporting our efforts to save kids’ lives through World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. Youth will be in the Narthex after worship on Sunday, March 9 to collect donations.
Youth participating in the 30 Hour Famine will meet at the church for a hearty breakfast before school on Friday, March 14. They will then not eat for the next 30 hours. We will meet back at the church at 6 pm Friday and spend the night at the church. On Saturday we will volunteer at the Prison Book Club. During the fast, water and juice will be provided. We will end with a meal together at 12 noon on Saturday. Please be sure to return your permission slips for the 30 Hour Famine by March 9.
Time to Spring Ahead!
Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour
On Saturday, March 8
Book Donations Needed
On Saturday, March 15, the High School Youth will be volunteering at the Prison Book Program in Quincy. Prisoners send in letters requesting books and volunteers then try to fill those requests. While it is difficult to match requests for specific titles (the selection is limited to books that have been donated), they do try to make a wide variety of books available and do their best to find something that fits the interests of the prisoner. The need for this service has never been greater. Please help by bringing new or nearly new paperback books, both fiction and non-fiction, to the box provided in the Narthex on Sunday, March 9. Cash donations will also be accepted as it costs an average of $2 to mail books to each prisoner. Please check out their web site for a listing of the most requested books: http://www.prisonbookprogram.org/books.html.
Resurrection - A Musical Performance
Congratulations to Elyssa Bjorkman who is performing in Resurrection, a musical drama written by Bryan Jeffery Leech. You may catch Elyssa’s performance several times throughout the Lenten season. The closest in proximity to Centre Church would be on Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham, MA. We suggest that you arrive early for best seating. There will be a freewill donation taken at the conclusion of the program. This is a truly moving performance and it is the inspirational story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. This drama production also corresponds nicely to what the children and youth are learning in their Rotation Sensation workshops - Easter Through the Eyes of Peter. More information is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Library.
High School Retreat
The High School Youth Group will be going to Six Flags on Saturday, May 17. We will spend Saturday night at Warner Farm, a UCC Retreat Center in Cummington, MA. Please return your permission slip and payment of $75.00 by Sunday, March 16.
Tupperware – Fundraising Event
We are sponsoring a Tupperware Fundraiser from March 9 - March 30. The children and youth will be bringing home a catalog which includes a wide variety of products to meet your food storage needs. A substantial portion of the money raised (40%) will go towards the High School Youth Group mission trip to New Orleans and the National Youth Event in Tennessee. These are two extraordinary opportunities for our youth to participate in this summer. Help us to make this a reality, please share in their journey.
Easter Fun Day
Join us in Todd Hall on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. for Easter activities and fun. The Youth Groups are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 and under accompanied by a parent. Please be sure to bring a basket for collecting eggs. Easter crafts and games start out the morning, followed by an Easter message from Rev. Calvin B. Kool. The Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn will conclude the morning of fun. 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. If you have not yet signed up to help, call Jill Couillard or Barbara Langill in the church office.
“Almost Sunrise” Easter Service
We still need some volunteers for our early (7:30 a.m.) Easter Service on March 23. We have small speaking parts for children and we have longer (1-2 paragraphs) parts for 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 in the church office if you would like to volunteer.
A rehearsal for all volunteers will take place on Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m.
From the Mailbox
Many thanks to everyone, for all my cards, flowers and visits during the past few weeks. I enjoyed my visits from Dennis and Perry and the “ladies” who delivered “my church flowers” on Sunday.
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 12.
|Set Clocks AHEAD One Hour|
|Morning Worship - Sanctuary
Nursery Care – Room 14
OWL Program – Pastor’s Office
Confirmation – Kitchen
Youth Choir – Choir Room
Mystery Dinner Rehearsal - RH
Youth Grps. (Gr.5-12)-Lower Level
|6:00 pm||Confirmation Class – Pastor’s Office|
Knitting Group – Fireside Room
Diaconate – Pastor’s Office
|7:00 pm||Membership Commission – Pastor’s Office|
|Craft ‘n Chat – Kitchen
Senior Choir - Choir Room
|Senior High 30-Hour Famine through Saturday
Scripture Study - Pastor's Office
Our thoughts and prayers are with:
We also remember Greg Lengyel, Paul Folkins and Brian Bisacre in Iraq.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Head Usher: Karen Harrington
Lay Reader: Kathy Delaney
Baking Muffins: 4th/5th Grade
Centre Church’s Worship Services are broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channels 10 or 28 on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and also on Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
In addition, DVDs of the services are available for check-out from the church office in case you missed a Sunday.