Author: Michele Dubuc

No Service Sunday, September 4th.  Enjoy a Labor Day Weekend outing or picnic!


INGATHERING!!

Sunday, September 11: UUs are Called to be Priests and Prophets                      

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams believed all Unitarians (Unitarian Universalist) were called to be “priests” – honor and celebrate the spirit for ourselves and others —  and to be prophets – call forth and point the way for people to bring justice to all.  Although we may have heard this before, let’s use this first service of the new church year to revisit summons of our faith. 

Everyone is invited to bring a token from their home – a flower, a leaf, a pebble, a house picture or other small item — to place on our celebration table to represent the bringing together or our secular and our religious worlds.

Picnic time!   After the service we will have our traditional annual “start-of-the-year” picnic in Touro Park (the Parish Hall if it is raining). Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share, or if you prefer, bring a personal box lunch.

On this opening Sunday we celebrate being back together with music by special musical group Home Brew.  Music will start at 9:30 with a pre-service concert.   Bring a friend to enjoy the music and engage in our service.


Sunday, September 18: Everyday “Holy” Spaces

Rev. Bill Zelazny

A quiet spot in the park, our house, the family summer cabin, our flower garden, the church sanctuary are places that have become sacred or “holy” to us.  These special places shape and our spirit and affect our soul.  This Sunday, Rev. Bill will explore the spirituality of space.

This sermon is a lead into a Learning Center program about special spaces in and around Newport and Channing Church.  See the article on Page 6 for more information.  Invite a friend to the service and the TLC program to learn about the power of space.  

Enrollment for the 2022-23 children faith development program will take place after church in the Parish Hall


Sunday, September 25: Our Life Should Preach More Loudly than Our Lips Rev. Bill Zelazny

The title is a quote from William Ellery Channing.  This sermon is a reflective pause for us to consider what this means, and what it takes for a person’s life to bring a positive message to the world. 

 


 

 

Summer Worship Service Break:  Summer recess – no Sunday services June 26 – July 31. 

 

Sunday, August 7: The Spirit is Moving

Rachel Balaban

The service will take place in Touro Park, weather permitting. Alternate location will be the Sanctuary.

Gather in Touro Park for our first summer service during which Rachel Balaban will lead us in a series of gentle movement activities to exercise the body and open the mind and heart to the spirit.


Sunday, August 14: Walking Mediation and a Bit of Poetry            

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The service will open at the Portuguese Discovery Monument. Please be at the monument by 9:55 a.m.

Walking meditation is not just moving the legs to get from one point to another. It is an intentional activity where participants observe, reflect, meditate as they move along the path.  Our path will around Brenton Point Park where we can feel the ground, see the flowers, plants and kites, hear and smell the ocean and the sea gulls. We will not talk during the mediation walk.  We will stop occasionally to hear a poem read by a participant.

Congregation members are invited to bring a favorite poem or short inspiration reading.  A recorder, flute, guitar or other similar “light” instrument is also welcome. The service will open at the Portuguese Discovery Monument. We will walk around the Park, weather permitting, stopping occasionally to listen to a poem and spend a few minutes absorbing the environment. The alternate location in the case of rain will be in the sanctuary. (a light sea mist will not cancel the outdoor walk)  Please be at the monument by 9:55.


Sunday, August 21: Stepping out of the Shadow – Talking about Spiritual Experiences

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The service will take place in the Parish Hall

It may not happen often, but when it does, we know it – the moment is different.  We use words such as “swept up,” “caught,” “opened,” “engulfed in something mystical,” “other worldly” to describe the event.  This Sunday, in a small-group type discussion format we will talk about our spiritual experience(s) or particularly moving life events that have happened to us.

Consider these questions before the service: Do you think you’ve had a spiritual experience/ very moving event and where did it happen? Have you feel the presence of the ‘Holy’ and where did it happen?  Have there been times in your life that you could call peak experiences that perhaps opened you to something greater than yourself? Why do we tend to be spiritually shy, that is what make it hard to speak about such experiences or the that ways we connect to the sacred?”

We will meet at 10:00 in the Parish Hall so that we will be able to sit in a circle to talk with each other.


 Sunday, August 28: Lessons Water can Teach Us

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Water can just rest quietly, tumble over cliffs, flow, bubble, crash over the land in a deluge, swirl in an eddy.  But it can also teach us about life.  Today, Rev. Bill will explore an ancient Buddhist teaching about what we can learn from water.  We will meet in the sanctuary.


 

 


Sunday Worship in the Church Sanctuary at 10:00am

Masks are recommended for Channing services and activities.

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


 Sunday, June 5: The Good Enough Samaritan

Rev. Dan Hotchkiss

Most of us try to be good people. We engage in acts of kindness and we do our best to be constructive citizens. But the more fully we face up to the scope of our world’s challenges, the more exhausting being good can be. How can we live well enough? 

The Rev. Dan Hotchkiss is a UU minister and author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership and a consultant.  He served as interim minister at Channing in 1999–2000.  Over the last 20 years, Dan has consulted with Christian, Jewish, and Islamic leaders in more than 33 faith traditions. Before coming to Channing, Dan managed ministerial placement for the UUA and served parishes in New Haven and Boca Raton. Dan has two adult sons and is active in the Middleboro UU church, where his wife Susan serves as music director. 

Classical guitarist Victor Main will  be performing before and during the service. The special music starts at 9:30am. 


Sunday, June 12: What’s at the Core — The Challenge of Unitarian Universalist Theology

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Launching from an essay by the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, author and past-President at Starr King School for the Ministry, Bill will look at the question is there or not a center of Unitarian Universalism theology If not, then what is there? What might be the value or hinderance of theological pluralism within our faith

This week is our 2nd Sunday Nonperishable Foods Collection to be brought to local food pantries.


Sunday, June 19: Do You Have a Question for Me?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

This Sunday will be a service of spontaneity, creativity and collaboration.  It’s our annual “question box” sermon when we will have a Q & A conversation focusing on questions that come from congregation about some aspect of Unitarian Universalism, U and U history, faith, spiritual journey, religion, or whatever , but no political questions, please.  Bill will try to answer them and if he does not have the answer, he’ll make one up. Actually, he will do some research to get an answer.  As is often said, the is no such thing as a stupid question. If we do not know something, then a question is in order.  Come to see what develops this Sunday.


Summer Worship Service Break:  June 26 – July 31

Summer recess – no Sunday services. Services will resume Sunday, August 7th with four interesting and unique services, both outdoors and indoors.

Watch for information in the Summer July/August Catalyst!


 


Sunday Worship in the Church Sanctuary at 10:00am

Masks are recommended for Channing services and activities.

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


 

Sunday, May 1: Unbecoming Who You Are Not

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Albert Schweitzer once said, “The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.”  This is the first sermon of a two series about different aspects of beauty.  Bill will invite us this Sunday to consider what it may mean for us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to waken to the beauty of who we are.


Sunday, May 8: To Make Life Beautiful for Others

Rev. Bill Zelazny

This is the second message of our series on aspects of beauty.  In the midst of the beauty of blooming flowers and budding trees let’s pause to consider how we can add beauty to our lives by making life beautiful for others.

We will hold a flower communion during the service where each person attending will receive a flower representing the beauty of each one of us.

 This Sunday is our 2nd Sunday Nonperishable Foods Collection


Sunday, May 15: What Gives Life Meaning   

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Psychologists and philosophers’ contend that seeking happiness for purely happiness’ sake can be fleeting and disappointing. It’s having meaning and purpose in life that leads to happiness. Medical researcher, Jorunn Drageset, posits that there are four main experiences that encourage meaning and purpose in life.  Bill will take a look at these and other idea of about what gives life meaning.  Maybe you’ll find the answer you’ve been seeking.


Sunday, May 22: Choir Sunday!!!

This year’s service will be a celebration of coming back together, of joy and fun.

The Choir is ready to sing some of your favorite music – songs that will put a smile on your face and in your heart.

This is Channing’s annual service of music and inspirational thoughts. 

Be sure to attend! 


Sunday, May 29: What Food Can Teach Us About the Nature of Life

Rev. Jeannette Bessinger

As humans, our relationship to food is multi-layered and complex. It’s a source of both ongoing challenge and deep fascination and pleasure. Eating is a lifelong conversation between food, or its lack, and our tissues, energy, hormones, feelings, thoughts, culture, core beliefs, history – and trajectory. It can be lifesaving, banal and mindless, or even a place of powerful spiritual practice. Join us for a Sunday morning’s exploration of food and life.


 

 


Sunday Worship in the Church Sanctuary at 10:00am

Masks are recommended for Channing services and activities.

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


 

Sunday, April 3: Faith-An Act of Cosmic Defiance

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Author and songwriter, Nice Cave, once said faith as an “act of cosmic defiance, of subversive optimism, of unconditional and insubordinate love.” Rev Bill will look at this notion, that having faith in ourselves and in our lives when the universe is indifferent to us and perhaps even seems to be seems to standing against is the greatest act of courage and beauty a human can perform.


Sunday, April 10: Church and the Challenges of Today

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The church, writ large, and our church face a lot of challenges in today’s world and culture.  This Sunday, a few days before the dinner in Jerusalem with 13 men that is considered in the Christian world as that founding of the ”church” Bill will discuss the issues facing the church and us today and how we might respond.

The 2nd Sunday of the month we collect nonperishable foods for local food pantries. Items can be left in the “SAC Donations” bin in the back of the church.


Sunday, April 17: UU Version of Atonement

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Christians understand Jesus’ death and resurrection as the way sinful humans were reconciled with the divine God.  Orthodox theology teaches Jesus’ death was atonement for humankind’s sins.   UU however understand the concept of atonement a bit differently.  Universalist minister, Hosea Ballou, presented his theology in the early 19th century, that became the Universalist and subsequently Unitarian Universalist perspective with his Treaties on Atonement.  For his Easter Sunday sermon, Bill will revisit this theological concept of Atonement from our contemporary UU perspective.

Prior to the service we will have the pleasure of a half hour of jazz sponsored by Julie Herrick.  This special music will start at 9:30am.


Sunday, April 24: Celebrating Our Connection to the Earth

We Unitarian Universalists have a vision of a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people.  Each year we renew our focus on protecting the earth with an Earth Day Sunday.  This Sunday our Social Action Committee, through the work of Beth Milham, will bring Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save the Bay to our pulpit.  His sermon theme will be waterway pollution especially with plastics.

Our Speaker: Mr. Stone grew up in suburban Boston.  He had degrees from Brown University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He moved to Rhode Island in 1989, and promptly joined Save The Bay as a member. Jonathan enjoys a deep connection to the Bay, where he regularly swims, kayaks and fishes. Taking the helm of Save The Bay has given him a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in protecting Narragansett Bay and inspiring the next generation of Bay stewards.  During his tenure, Save The Bay has successfully challenged ill-conceived and damaging infrastructure projects, sounded the alarm on changing climate conditions, completed dozens of habitat restoration projects, achieved major legislative victories, expanded Save The Bay’s environmental education programs, and strengthened its financial foundation.


 


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]


 


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, February 6: Hope and Optimism Have a Chat

Rev. Bill Zelazny

The real test of a person’s character is how you react to negatives. Some people fold or respond with denial, anger, blaming, venting, sullenness.  But others  respond with hope or optimism.  But while hope and optimism are siblings they are not identical twins.  They each have their own personality and approach to dealing with problems or bad happenings.  Today, Bill will help these siblings talk to each other and us about how they are different though many people confuse the two. 


Sunday, February 13: Therefore We Do Not Give Up

Mr. Rodney Davis                

Just watching the news on any given day could make a person want to isolate from society. The Covid pandemic, racial injustice, food disparity, political divisions, with hatred and prejudice seeping into every corner of our world. The list could go on and on yet under these harsh conditions, life continues. Long-time community leader and activist, Rodney Davis, will address this issue with his sermon. Using stories, historical connections and personal experiences, he will show how we can make a difference despite these challenges.

Many from our Channing community might recognize our returning guest preacher, Rodney Davis. He was born and raised in Newport and a proud graduate of Rogers High School. For a number of years, he served in the ministry with Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Newport Congregation before being disfellowshipped in 1992. He is active in a wide variety of community projects such as working as president of Rhode Island Pride, serving on the African American Ambassadors Group for the City of Providence in the Truth-telling and Reconciliation committee.  Last year, Rodney was the lead co-coordinator for the All Black Lives Mural Project where he and local artists and community members painted a 300 foot mural in Kennedy Plaza. In the fall of 2019, he was selected as a Diversity Leadership Scholar with College Unbound pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and Change.  He completed his studies in December 2021. He lives in Coventry, RI with his partner Brian Mills with whom he has have been together this August for 25 years.


Sunday, February 20: Stories of Care, Kindness and Compassion

The Caregiving Team

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this service, provided by the Caregiving Team will share inspiring stories of love, caring and compassion that demonstrate peoples acts of kindness towards one another.    The caregiving coordinators are dedicating this service to Channing members who provide care to the congregation as coordinators, volunteers and on their own initiative.


Sunday, February 27: Looking at Black History Around Aquidneck Island

Mr. Charles Roberts

To wrap up our observance of Black History month at Channing Church, Charles Roberts, president of the Rhode Island Slave History Medallion project, will talk about some of the significant sites on Aquidneck Island that the Medallion project has identified. 

Mr. Robert’s talk follows the presentation on Saturday, February 26, at Channing Church by Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes about Duchess Quamino and William Ellery Channing at 2:00 in the Sanctuary.


 


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 for re-opening please see our Covid Protections and Guidelines

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


January 2 & 9: Thoughts for a New Year

As we begin another cycle around the sun, Rev. Bill is inviting us in a two-part series to let go of some bad mental stuff and let the beauty of our inner light guide us. 

Sunday, January 2: Life Does Not Have to Be a Stress Rehearsal

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Are you feeling stressed these days?  More people are suffering from stress today than ever before. The onset of Coronavirus and societies seeming need to be pre-offended or over-worrying has left people feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.  In this first of two Sunday messages, Bill will talk about how we may want to make our lives less of a stress free-for-all and more of a celebration of our inner light.


Sunday, January 9: Our Self-made Prison

Rev. Bill Zelazny

We may not be physically locked up in a prison, but often we are not free.  We let things like what other people say or old hurts chain us in.   Bill will explore how these and other things keep us in a mental prison of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.  


Sunday, January 16: What’s This About an 8th Principle?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Conversation has been floating around UU congregations over the past couple of years about the need to add one more Principle to our seven current one – “To affirm and promote working toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions.”  While this is not on the General Assembly’s agenda this year, on this Martin Luther King Sunday, Bill will talk about this Association-wide anti-racism, anti-oppression proposal that some congregations have individually adopted. 


Sunday, January 23: TBA

The Worship Committee is investigating several options for this service.


Sunday, January 30: 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. 


 


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 for re-opening please see our Covid Protections and Guidelines

The services are also presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


Two Part Service: December 5th and 19th

Wonderment

We begin the season of beauty and exuberance.  Rev. Bill Zelazny will present this month two sermons that explore the theme of wonderment – that state of being in amazement or having heightened curiosity.

 Sunday, December 5: Opening the Spirit to Awe 

The term awe is often used to note something frightening because of its grandeur or vastness that challenges our understanding of the world.  But having awe is not fearfully facing something but rather its being invited into greater power.  Rev. Bill will lead us into thinking about the concept of awe and how it can empower us. 

Sunday, December 19: Living into Mystery

While we may intellectually know much, ultimately, we are surrounded by mystery. Every day we live we are bringing ourselves, as the Rev. Angela Herrera writes, “before the sacred, before the holy, before what is ultimate and bigger than your lone life.  [Every day] we stand at the edge of mystery, at the edge of the deep…” On this Sunday Bill will help us think about Sophia Lyons Fahs’ call for us to “. . .gather in reverence before the wonder of life; The wonder of this moment.”


Sunday, December 12: When the Rulebook Fails

John Dante Prevedini 

In March 2020, concert halls and other music venues across the world fell silent for over a year, leaving social media as the only way for musicians to connect with the outside world. In this talk, musician John Dante Prevedini will reflect on his experiments reinventing music for social media during lockdown, the unlikely publicity that resulted, and what COVID taught him about preparing for success in a world turned upside down. 

John Dante Prevedini, DMA, MBA is a contemporary classical composer, educator, and public speaker based in New England and active around the world. Drawing upon a variety of fields of knowledge, his overall work aims to examine unconventional facets of everyday life through a multidisciplinary lens.

The second Sunday of the month is our regular non-perishable goods collection for local food pantries.


Friday, December 24, 5:00pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 

Rev. William Zelazny, Janet Grant, Channing Choir & Guests

The Sanctuary will be decorated, the candles will be lit.  All’s ready for a Christmas Eve celebration together in the decorated Sanctuary with music – trumpets, keyboard and the choir — scripture and secular readings, lighting of candles and singing Silent Night in the darkened Sanctuary.  Come, bring family and friends for our very special Christmas Eve service.  (Please note, face mask protocols are in place in the Sanctuary)


 


In-person worship in the Church Sanctuary every Sunday at 10:00am

Masks are required for all indoor services and activities.

For a full list of our guidelines for re-opening please see our Covid Protections and Guidelines

The service will also be presented live on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL  and available for viewing afterwards.


November 7: Building Bridges Across Cultures

Juan Carlos Payer and Rebekah Rosen-Gomez

Juan Carlos and Rebekah will introduce us to the growing Latino population in Newport and around our state by looking at the dynamic cultures and what we, as a society, can do to welcome them into our beautiful city. 

Juan Carlos Payero is the Board President of Conexion Latina Newport (CLN).  He comes to CLN as the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS).  He has also served as the Newport Director for Social Enterprise Greenhouse.  He holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).  Juan Carlos is also serves as Vice-Chairperson on the Portsmouth School Committee.

Rebekah Rosen-Gomez is a founding member and now the Executive Director of Conexion Latina Newport.  A native of New York, she moved to Rhode Island in1991 and has worked with families in Newport for 16 years. Rebekah has a BA in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She is employed by the East Bay Community Action Program as the Family Services Manager at Pell Elementary School.

Conexión Latina Newport seeks to educate, support, empower, and advocate for Hispanics in Newport, as well as partner with local agencies, government, and schools, to better serve this population.


November 14: Theology’s Influence on Politics and Politics’ on Theology

Rev. Bill Zelazny

Throughout history and in different cultures theological concepts have been used to legitimate political systems, actions, and stances.  And politics have influenced or bent theological concepts to have meanings that may be different than originally intended to meet political ends.  On this first anniversary one of the most controversial presidential elections in years Bill will take a foray into the realm of political theology.

This Sunday is our regular non-perishable goods collection for local food pantries and the Sharing Locker.


November 21: Bring Gratitude into a World that Seems to have Forgotten It

 Rev. Bill Zelazny      

Sometimes it seems that the world has gone crazy, and it seems that many people have forgotten how to express thanks for all the things they have rather than distress about what they do not have.  On this Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, Bill will be asking us to reflect on the power of being grateful and how that will not only benefit us but also others.

Prior to the service we will have the pleasure of special Jazz music sponsored by Betsy Leerssen in memory of her husband, Neil. The music will start at 9:30a.m.

After the service is our “Lunch for the Bus”.  A lunch of soup and bread will be available for pickup or for local delivery. Funds raised will be distributed for bus transportation to the McKinney Shelter, Lucy’s Hearth, Housing Hotline and TAM. We want to thank the Channing community for their generous support.


November 28: Awareness of Experience in Language            

Channing Congregation Members

Poetry expressed emotions, can beckon memories, open the heart to a spiritual experience or can draw a person into a sensory experience.  This Sunday we may do all of that and more as members of the congregation share a favorite poem or read one of their own and tell why that poem is meaningful to them.   Come to share a Channing Church Sunday poetry fest.