01 Mar March 2022
In-person worship in the Church Sanctuary Sundays at 10:00am
Masks are required for all indoor services and activities.
For a full list of our guidelines please see our Covid Protections and Guidelines
The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL and available for viewing afterwards.
Sunday, March 6: We Move Mountains One Stone at a Time
Rev. Bill Zelazny
Confucius is reported have said the “The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” Today, Bill will reflect on the meaning of this advice and how it applies to us and our journey in Unitarian Universalist faith to transform ourselves and to transform the world.
Sunday, March 13: Come , Sing Your Song…With Us!
Christine Stevenson, members of the Canvass Team, Rev. Bill Zelazny
This joyful service will launch our annual stewardship campaign.
Throughout the ages, music and song have soothed, sustained, and informed us as individuals and united us as families, communities, and nations. The beautiful healing powers of music continue today! By blending our harmonies we forge energizing connections. Sharing music and joy-filled times, we strengthen our hearts and build our loving community. We invite you to “tune in” with good vibrations just as spring starts to break through the grip of winter.
Channing’s Annual 2022-23 Stewardship Campaign begins Sunday, March 13thst and runs through April 30th. Stewardship pledge packets will be coming to you in the mail the week after the service. These will be filled with information about how Channing will use your thoughtful gifts to sustain our special programs, community outreach efforts, provide education, support our wonderful staff, and manage our essential expenses. Provided again this year are ways to pledge along with an enclosed a stamped, addressed return envelope giving you a quick, straight forward way to support Channing with your generous contributions.
Ultimately as members and friends of Channing Church, we know we are all stewards and responsible for the financial well-being of our congregation. We count on your financial strength to keep Channing vibrant and alive.
Bring your song and join it with ours at Channing Church. Lift Up Your Hearts! Come, Sing Your Song…with US!
Sunday, March 20: The Power of Belonging
On this Sunday we will help Rev. Bill celebrate his 30th anniversary of ordination and install him as Channing Church’s called minister. The congregation voted to call Rev Bill in January 2020, but Covid restrictions have prevented the installation ceremony. The Rev. Sarah Person, minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough, MA, will deliver the sermon. About her sermon theme she says “The relationship between a congregation and its minister is often characterized as a marriage, a holy covenant. One might say that ministry is even more basic than that. Ministry is a kind of chemistry; combining the essences of the people and their minister into a living entity that is vital and transforming. It is the power of that relationship that holds us, heals us, and impels us to heal the world.”
The CMC President and Board members will lead the installation ceremony.
A small reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall (A reception picnic is being planned for summer)
Sunday, March 27: Deep Questions, Faith Styles and Our Search for Meaning
Rev. Jeannette Bessinger
One important purpose of living a spiritual life is to transform. But the path of transformation along a spiritual trajectory isn’t always easy to define. One helpful way to begin to map our own paths is to ask ourselves some probing questions about the ways we seek and understand meaning in our lives. We’ll address some of these questions, and introduce some familiar and unfamiliar faith styles to help us clarify our own ways of finding meaning, and to better understand and appreciate the styles of others that might differ greatly from our own.
[This sermon was originally schedule for January 30, but postponed due to snow]