DECEMBER

DECEMBER

Worship Services 

Sunday, December 3:  Rev. Bill Zelazny

The Joy and Challenge of a Family

Families are where we connect ourselves in relationships to past, current, and future generations.  Our families are where we experience our biggest triumphs and our deepest vulnerabilities.  This Sunday Bill will look at the psychological and spiritual aspects of families.

We will also acknowledge several individuals who have decided to become official members of Channing Memorial at Membership Signing Ceremony.


Sunday, December 10: Rev. Bill Zelazny

What’s in it for Us in Gift Giving?

It’s that time of the year when people’s attention is focused on the holiday ritual of gift-giving. Shoppers are scurrying about looking for the right gift for the special people in their lives.  Advertisers have been busy creating a culture of giving, preparing for finding that right gift,”   building expectation of what it will mean when a person receives a gift.   But the act of gift-giving can offer the giver benefits too.  Bill will explore the benefits of gift giving to both receiver and giver

This is our Family Sunday.  Families are invited to have their children stay for the whole service.  Rev. Bill will present the Message for All Ages. Childcare is available for the youngest children in the Parish Hall and a quiet crafts table in the sanctuary for children who may become a bit fussy at having to sit in the pews. 

 After the service Channing members and friends will have an opportunity to write letters for the Amnesty International’s 2017 “Write for Rights” campaign in recognition of Human Rights Day.  See “Write for Rights” article on page 7.  


Sunday, December 17: Jessica Thomas & Rev. Bill Zelazny

The Longest Night of the Year

Solstice has long been a time of both foreboding and hope as the longest night gives way to the sun. Come help us welcome the sun back as we take a moment to acknowledge the joy that we have and make plans for a bright future.


Sunday, December 24: No Morning Service!

 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: A Celebration with Words and Music

4:45    Carol Singing

5:00    Worship Service

The Channing Choir, Rev. Bill Zelazny and members of the congregation will offer a service for all ages and all religious backgrounds of secular and sacred reading, carols and anthems.  The service will conclude with the traditional singing of Silent Night in a candle lit sanctuary.  There will be open carol singing starting at 4:45. Childcare available for children 4 and younger in the Parish Hall.


Sunday, Dec. 31: Rev. Ed Hardy

How is Your New Year’s Resolution for Forgiveness?

Most New Year traditions have us make new resolutions to accomplish some project or to become a better person in the year to come. And what we learn from this is mostly how poorly we keep New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve often thought New Year’s Day would be better spent by reflecting and acting on forgiveness. Desmond Tutu said, “Without forgiveness there is not a future.” How does our future look? If we look back do we see the trail of our life over the past year littered with things we need to be forgiven for, things done to us we need to forgive; things done by us we for which we need to ask for forgiveness?

Rev. Ed Hardy has recently retired from First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he served for many years.  The Plymouth Parish has roots going back to the very early 1600’s, to the English dissidents who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620, seeking freedom of worship.  The church that they founded on the town square in Plymouth is home to the oldest continuous congregation in New England. Rev. Ed was our guest minister twice in 2016, and we now welcome him back.