The Catalyst June 2006 Channing Memorial Church 135 Pelham Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (401) 846-0643 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.channingchurch.org SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – 10 A.M. Sunday, June 4, The Da Vinci Code- Revealing Secrets, Rev. Amy B. Freedman Special event for all children 10-11am Parish Hall. Childcare available. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown is a tale of intrigue and suspense. What truths about the early church are uncovered in this work of fiction? Sunday, June 11, The Da Vinci Code- Who Was Mary? Rev. Amy B. Freedman Special event for all children 10-11am Parish Hall. Childcare available. The publication of “The Da Vinci Code” and the recent release of the movie have caused a real stir. What if Mary Magdelene was married to Jesus and bore him a child as the book claims? What was her role in the early church and why was it hidden? During the service there will be a Child Blessing Ceremony for Katherine Ellen Yalanis. *On the second Sunday, a Food Collection will be held to nourish the hungry. Your generous gifts are appreciated! Sunday, June 18, Overcoming Worry, Rev. Amy B. Freedman Special event for all children 10-11am Parish Hall. Childcare available. There are many reasons to worry: a possible Flu Pandemic, natural disasters, accidents, and human error just to name a few. Worry can lead to emotional, physical, and even spiritual problems. How can we face the possibilities of real danger without becoming overwhelmed? Sunday, June 25, The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person, Linda and Tom Beall, presenters Summer RE for children ages 6-11, 10-11:00 Parish Hall. Childcare for children 5 and younger. This is the first in our summer 2006 series of lay-led services exploring aspects of the seven UU principles. This service will focus on the first principle, "We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” ********************************************************************** WORSHIP RETREAT Led by Rev. Amy Freedman Saturday, June 10th, 2006 8:30 am-Noon in the Parish Hall Breakfast will be served at 8:30am In the upcoming church year, we will be building a Worship Associates Program. Come be a part of this meaningful new program! Instead of having a Worship Committee, a team of lay leaders will work together each quarter of the church year. This will be a short-term commitment and an opportunity to reflect, develop, and create services with the support of the minister and experienced church members. How are services developed? Are there topics or themes you have interest in for future services? What skills, talents or special knowledge do you have to offer? Come deepen your appreciation for this important aspect of our congregational life. *Register today with the Church Office: 846-0643 or firstname.lastname@example.org Ministry Together Join Us For Summer Worship! Have you attended summer services at Channing in the past? If you have, you know that while the Rev. Amy Freedman is away for part of the season, Sunday services go on as always through the FATHER’S DAY PICNIC tireless efforts of our talented lay leaders. We would Sunday, June 18th, 11:30 am love to see YOU there this year! Join us at BRENTON PARK This summer, each worship service will focus following the service! on one of the seven principles of our UU covenant, Pack a Picnic Lunch and will begin June 25 as Tom and Linda Beall with an item to share. Bring a chair or blanket. examine the theme of the first principle, “We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth Kites and Games and dignity of every person.” Other services will be are encouraged! planned and led by Andrew Going, David Pedrick, Bill Hawkins, and Terry Horsley, along with a special guest speaker on July 23, Matt Largess, a local tree expert who will link his expertise to the seventh UU Taking Steps Against Hunger! principle on our relationships to the interdependent web of life. Jake Smith and Barbara Nowicki will This was the twenty-eighth year that members also share their spiritual journeys with the of local congregations joined together in an effort to congregation in another of the always-meaningful end hunger locally and globally. The Aquidneck “Tell Who You Are, Say What You Believe” Island CROP Walk Against Hunger has raised services. On Labor Day weekend, our Sunday $10,574 to date. Of the 116 participants on April service will serve as a wrap-up to the summer. 29th, 31 were in the Channing Church Team making Channing Church the winner of the Golden Sneaker We send a BIG thanks to Craig and Terry Award for the third year for the greatest Gaspard, who will offer a children‟s program of fun participation and funds raised. The Channing Team activities again this summer for kids ages 5-11 during raised $3,869.00 to benefit the poor. the worship services beginning June 25. Child care Rev. Amy Freedman was the 2006 CROP will also be available for the little ones on most Walk Chairperson. Barbara Richter coordinated Sundays. volunteers and helped to plan the event. Pat Fairchild, Mary Neudorfer, and Beth Jepson assisted If you have fresh insights or ideas to share, the with registration and stations along the route. Kudos Worship Committee would welcome your to Bill and Nancy Peresta for setting the record for participation in planning future services! Please see the most funds raised: $582! Once again, the the announcement elsewhere in this Catalyst about Channing Team was well represented on the ten- our worship workshop to be held on Saturday, June mile route including Susan Adie, Linda &Tom 10, and join us if you can. Beall, Kristin Green, Don Mallinson, May Morris, David & Laura Pedrick, Barbara Richter, Dorothy & If you aren‟t able to attend, but have an interest Mark Vissman, and June Wing. No less dedicated in assisting with any aspect of worship (as a lay were the four-mile walkers, Joy Benson, Jane & leader, presenter, musician, etc.), talk to Rev. Amy Jesse Bitto, Jenn Ciung, Betsy Dees, Maryellen Freedman or one of the Worship Committee Doherty, Rev. Amy Freedman, Miki Green, Patricia members – Pat Fairchild, Linda Beall, or Norm Green, Bill & Nancy Peresta, Denise Twining, Moore. Halcyon, Helen, and Rowan Westall. Thanks also to all those who gave generously to the walk. Together we can make a difference one step at a time! From The Governing Board Report from the Channing Canvass Committee To All Channing Members and Friends, You can make the difference…. You can close the gap between our pledged support and our budget for 2006/2007! Our report to date is that we have not reached our Canvass 2006/2007 goal. The annual meeting, held last week, challenged us to ”fill the gap” or reduce funding to Channing programs in order to meet our financial obligations. These obligations include: - Property taxes that have doubled (the appraisal was 6 times the 2001 amount) - Utility costs have increased by 50% - Payment to the loan for painting Channing house (2004) Possible programs for reduced funding: - The Publicity - Music programs - Religious Education Program - Reduce church office/meeting space and return to rental apartment The good news is that an additional $110.00 from each pledge unit will close the gap and give the church the extra $11,565.00 to make the budget for next year. 106 pledges / $11,650.00 = $109.67 per pledge unit If these additional monies are not received before June 30th, 2006, then the Governing Board will have no choice but to propose some program reductions to the congregation for approval on August 15th. Please help close the gap by filling in the pledge form below. Your participation is crucial to our success. Pledge for 2006 / 2007 funds for Channing Memorial Church Name_______________________________ Address _________________________________________ Please check one _____ Will increase my pledge for 2006-2007 by the following amount ________dollars and ______cents _____ Will pledge for 2006-2007 by the following amount _________dollars and ______cents Signed____________________________________ Date ______________________________ Religious Education Children’s Religious Education How can I ever thank you all enough for your are truly blessed that they choose to share so much wonderful wishes and all of your love? During our of their time and talents with the youth and families Religious Education Celebration Sunday on May 21st, of our congregation. the RE Committee presented me with a Treasure Box containing well wishes and compliments from all of JUNE 2006 Religious Education Schedule you!! Each of you is a treasure and I am so grateful Sunday, June 4 – Special event for children of all for this charming reminder of the time I was blessed ages with Betsy Dees from 10:00 am -11:00 am in to spend with you. I am so excited to resume my role the Parish Hall. Child Care is also available for as a simple member of Channing. In particular, I am children ages 4 and younger. really looking forward to enjoying Amy‟s reflections, serving as Sophie Burnham‟s mentor and just sitting Sunday, June 11 – Special event for children of all still in church! Thank you all. ages with Alison Kates from 10:00 am -11:00 am in the Parish Hall. Child Care is also available for Have you met Halcyon Westall yet? She is our children ages 4 and younger. new Director of Religious Education. Although she officially starts in August, she is already hard at work Sunday, June 18 - Special event for children of all getting ready to lead our RE program. I am SO ages with Halcyon Westall. 10:00 am -11:00 am in excited to hand our program over to such a warm, the Parish Hall. Child Care is also available for creative and capable leader. children ages 4 and younger. This Summer, we are thrilled to offer a summer Sunday, June 25 – RE Summer Program with program! Terry and Craig Gaspard will offer a Terry and Craig Gaspard for children ages 6 to 11 Sunday morning program for children ages 6 through from 10:00 am -11:00 am in the Parish Hall. Child 11. Meet in the Parish Hall before our service starts Care is available for children ages 5 and younger. at 10 am. Child care will be available for children ages 5 and younger. Join us! Thursday, June 29 – 7-9 pm, RE Committee meeting at Rachel Balaban‟s House. Congratulations again to Christine Bandoni and Jim Freess, recipients of the Channing 2005- Our RE Committee meetings are always open to 2006 Unsung UU award. As facilitators of Our new members, anyone who is interested in our Whole Lives (OWL), our comprehensive, values ministry to children is invited to attend. People who based sexuality education program, Jim and Christine come to our meetings are often surprised at how led thirteen Channing 7th, 8th and 9th graders through much fun we have! We‟ll be meeting on Thursday, an essential program that will serve them their entire June 29 at the home of RE Committee Chair Rachel lives to help them make healthy decisions about Balaban from 7:00-9:00pm. Please join us! themselves and their bodies. Blessings, Christine and Jim led our youth twelve Sunday Alison Kates evenings and four Friday evening to Saturday noon Director of Religious Education overnights. In addition, they devoted countless hours to planning and organizing. The schedule and the private nature of the OWL program makes their work invisible to most of our congregation. I believe that OWL is one of the most important ministries of our church and Christine and Jim have delivered it with excellence for the second time! We Our Caring Community Inside Our Congregation More good news - Halcyon Westall will be the new Director of Religious Education! She is sure to Thank you Pam Goff and Marcia Mallory! Our develop and broaden RE at Channing with her own Channing Caregiving Congregation coordinators for unique gifts. We promise to support you Halcyon, May did a fine job. Marcia was out of town a bit, and and wish you well in this new endeavor. first-timer Pam did covered caregiving tasks Want to know what some Channing senior high beautifully. We all appreciate your time and service school students will be doing next year? Leona Pam and Marcia. Antonio will attend RI College with a music Though most of our news is good news we must scholarship. Isabel Burnham is off to University of sadly report that former longtime members of Vermont to study film and history with a Channing, Ann and Dick Proctor, lost their son Presidential merit scholarship. Ben Kiracofe is Stephen to ALS recently. Our deepest sympathies to headed to Skidmore College for a liberal arts degree Ann and Dick and all family and friends of Stephen. and to study music when he is not skiing and On a more positive note, Bill Marshall's recent health snowboarding. Kristen Malise will travel across the problems, will hopefully improve with upcoming country to Evergreen College in the state of heart valve surgery. Washington. Her academic scholarship will support Speaking of the Marshall's, they have two new her study of forensic psychology and interest in grandchildren! The twins are Mercedes and Jeremiah dance. Pat Padilla also has scholarship support to and came into the world at 7 lbs 2 oz and 5 lbs 8oz attend URI and is excited to be living on campus. respectively. They join mother Jessica, and Congratulations Channing youth! partner Jeremy who are living in Westerly. No Just about the time you are reading this, Lisa surprise, the twins‟ almost two-year-old brother Sullivan, her fiance, her family, and friends will be Jackson will be spending lots of time with Bill and in the midst of immediate pre-wedding preparations! Bett! Lisa and Jim McLoughlin will be married June 3. There were a couple of child blessings in May Joy and best wishes to the new couple who are being to share. Baby Olivia Anne Krech was blessed on married here in RI, but are settled in Montana. May 7. Parents Mary Angel Blount and David Krech Nickie Kates and Betty McWalters are our new are happy and proud. Feeling the same are Jocelyn go-to Channing Caregiving Coordinators for June. and Peter Sherman whose little Ellen was blessed at Please call with your concerns, needs, and joys, and Channing on May 14. Sponsors include Peter's sister those of your family and Channing members. Nickie and brother-in-law and Channing members Holly and and Betty are ready to serve! Even though everyone Tim Cousens. Best wishes to all. at Channing is unique and special (isn't that what Evelyn's is open! Jane and Domenic have makes us UUs?), you'll understand the underlying reopened their Tiverton eatery. A fire last July closed message in this quote... it down for the season. Channing is especially proud Quote of the month: The Purpose of an to have provided lots of moral and modest financial organization is to enable common people to do support for the Bitto family. Jane and Domenic were uncommon things. recently named as Vision Award winners by the East Bay Community Action Program. The Bittos are the founders and leaders of Singing Out Against Hunger which works to stock food pantries. They are truly a very special family. JUNE CAREGIVING On May 21, Channing celebrated a wonderful COORDINATORS ARE: and unique Religious Education service. Young and old and in-between enjoyed participating. Outgoing Nickie Kates and Betty McWalters Director of Religious Education at Channing, Alison Please call with any personal needs and/or Kates, was honored with a beautiful box of written needs among our fellow congregants. Any sentiments expressed by the congregation and feted questions, call Nickie Kates. with a surprise party in the parish hall following the service. Channing was truly blessed with Alison during the five years she devoted to the RE program. Best wishes to Alison as she embraces her new family life with fiance Sean and their children. Social Justice Social Justice Committee Homeless 5-Day (57-mile) March, Westerly to Without further adieu, we would like to Providence, with Channing participation spearheaded express our deep appreciation to Bill Peresta principally by Rev. Amy Freedman, Betsy Dees, Sally who has capably championed the Social Justice Hanchett, Don Mallinson, Leona Antonia, and Committee for the past two-three years as Chair Eamon Fecteau. and Co-chair. We have been fortunate, indeed, to May 25th, Jim Asbel, Andrew Going, and Nancy have had him at the helm, loyal and committed, Caswell plan to attend the Rhode Island as our dauntless, dedicated, and able leader. Progressive League (RIPL) by-laws meeting at the As he steps aside, we are pleased to announce that Newport Public Library. longtime SJC member Don Mallinson As for June, Channing will be hosting Family will be coming on board as Nancy Caswell‟s Co-chair. Promise at the Community Baptist Church We welcome his integrity, forthrightness, common June 11th to 17th. If you would like to bring a dinner or sense approach, and enthusiasm for peace and justice. be an evening host from 5:30-8:30 p.m., please sign up in After a very full year, and our regular the Parish Hall or call Betsy Dees or Sally Hanchett. upcoming June 6th meeting, the Social Justice A Social Justice Movie Night at the Peresta‟s, Committee is planning a month off in July, followed “Brokeback Mountain,” 2006 Academy by a 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, August 1st, Award Nominee, is scheduled for June 16th at 7:00 p.m. to which all who are interested are welcome in the Delicious popcorn is served. Channing House Parlor. The very next afternoon, the Perestas invite us As we look forward to the 2006-2007 year, we back again for a Cookout at 4:00 p.m. in their lovely are entertaining the thought of having a backyard, preceding (for those who would like to year long social justice theme. We are looking for piggyback it on), carpooling to the evening Pride ideas from the congregation as to what the theme Parade in Providence. Please let the Perestas know if might be. Please let any one of the Social Justice you‟d like to attend. Committee members know of your suggestions. As we close out the social justice year, we thank Meanwhile, we have had a busy May with each and every person who has been a part of our Beth Milham and Don Mallinson attending the State programs and activities to promote peace, justice, and House Rally for Marriage Equality on May 9th, and responsibility in our local community and in the world. Tom Beall and Jim Asbel, May 17th, leading nineteen --Bill Peresta & Nancy Caswell, „05-‟06 Co-chairs of us in a provocative Pot Luck/Hot Topics --Nancy Caswell & Don Mallinson, „06-‟07 Co-chairs Discussion, “Should President Bush Be Impeached?” We thank them both for the excellent Council for International Visitors preparation reading selections we were given, and for to Hold Annual Membership Reception a job well done leading a potentially rowdy group! May 18th, at the Middletown Public Library, The Newport Council for International Visitors, a Barbara Richter, Betsy Dees, and Nancy Caswell non-profit, community-based organization promoting witnessed some impassioned testimony by those global understanding through the exchange of ideas and vulnerable Rhode Islanders who will be most affected shared experiences via educational and people to people by impending budget policies proposed by Governor programs for international visitors and local residents, Carcieri and state lawmakers. The budget cuts, if will hold its Annual Membership Reception, celebrating enacted, will “harm all working and low-income summer‟s arrival in Newport, Tuesday evening, June 6, Rhode Islanders,” according to the group, 2006, at the Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St. (corner of “Emergency Campaign for Rhode Island’s Bellevue), from 6:30-8:30 pm. Priorities.” State Sen. M. Theresa Paiva-Weed of The public is invited to the free event, which Newport and State Rep. Charles Levesque of includes assorted hors d‟oeuvres and desserts, a cash bar, Portsmouth were in attendance at the local hearing. meeting Newport County international students, and Those who would like to express their opinions on this learning more about membership and the programs of the issue are encouraged to call their state senators and Council for International Visitors. representatives. For more info on the Campaign, For more information or to RSVP by June 2, please please contact Betsy Dees. contact Vince Arnold or Anne Huot. Several members of our church participated in segments of the May 21-25 RI Coalition for the Upcoming Events Small Group Ministry Celebration Church Planning Meeting Let’s Plan It Forward! Thursday, June 1, 2006, 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner in the Parish Hall What do you get when you bring together all the Sunday, June 11th, 2005, 12-2 pm small groups at Channing? A BIG group! That's in the Parish Hall reason to celebrate! Soup and salad will be provided! Everyone who has participated in Small Group Ministry this year and significant others are invited. All Committee Chairs and Church Leaders are invited to Come socialize with all the wonderful people who this special meeting. We will record upcoming events have made our program possible. Please bring a and pencil in ideas for possible activities in order to dish to share. coordinate our efforts and ease church planning! Please bring with you a calendar of events for 2006-7 You are also welcome to bring your IDEAS for related to your committee or area of congregational life. topics or readings for upcoming sessions! If you are unable to attend, please send another committee *RSVP to the Church Office: 846-0643 member in your place, or submit calendar of events in advance to Rev. Amy Freedman. Standing Up Against Genocide *RSVP: 846-0643 Tuesday, June 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Channing Church Parish Hall End of Pledge Year Approaching! Sandra Hammel invites you to hear about her This is a reminder to pledging members and friends of experience volunteering at the SaveDarfur.org Rally Channing Church: If you have current-year pledges that in Washington, D.C. April 30, 2006. Also, she will have not been paid in full, please keep in mind that the tell about being the sole Rhode Island lobbyist church‟s 2005-2006 fiscal year ends on June 30. Since meeting with Senators Reed and Chafee's aids on current year pledges are applied to the current year‟s May 1, Lobby Day, for stopping genocide in Darfur obligations, we would certainly appreciate the fulfillment and Chad. of your financial commitment by that date. If you have any questions about the outstanding balance remaining Portions of a DVD provided by SaveDarfur.org on your pledge, please feel free to call Linda Beall. will be shown. What you can do to help will be presented. For information call Sandra Hammel. 2006 GENERAL ASSEMBLY Steeple Fund Gift June 21-25, St. Louis, Missouri A generous gift was recently made to Channing‟s General Assembly 2006 Housing Arthur Barrows Steeple Fund by the family of Elinor Reservation and Registration information is now Grace Bronstein, Rev. Amy Freedman‟s aunt, who available at: www.uua.org/ga. In a continual passed away earlier this year. We are deeply grateful effort toward increased environmental and fiscal for this donation to help restore our treasured church responsibility, the information will not be mailed building. to individual past registrants, as has been the - Linda Beall, Financial Secretary practice in previous years. Please make your reservations on line at the address above, or by using materials provided for the congregation in the Parish Hall.