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The Infant/Toddler Room is Open!
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Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun

Rev. Karla Miller

Lisa Nahatis or Meg Arbo
Maria vanKalken
Karen Kilty

Rebecca Kenneally
Sandy Barrett
Betsey Halbert
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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Scripture Readings: 
 Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40

Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon:
"Dire Warnings, Enduring Hopes "
Our Vision Statement
Old North Church is an inclusive Christian Community called to bring to life God's love and grace by sharing the gospel for this time and place; extending the hospitality Christ showed; embodying God's love and compassion to those in need; and growing together in our understanding and experience of the Holy Spirit at work in our midst.
Glimpses of Grace
This week's Glimpse of Grace is from Krissy Mellen - a beautiful late summer image.

Duncan's family has a cabin on Dolittle lake in Norfolk, Ct. that we go to every year.

Best swimming ever.

Rally/Registration Sunday Sept 10
This Sunday, September 10th, will be a Rally/Registration Day during coffee hour. Representatives from Children's Church, Youth Group, Youth Choir, 7th & 8th grade Confirmation and the Mindfulness Meditation class will be on hand to answer questions and to register program participants. Some registration forms are available in the 'Quick Links' section on the left side of this newsletter.

Children's Church Begins September 17!

The Infant/Toddler Room Opens This Sunday Sept 10

I look forward to welcoming the children back to Children's church and to celebrate how God is with us as we begin anew on our journey together this year.  Please stop by the Children's Church Registration table after worship on Sunday.  We will have information for:

  • Child Care for our Infants and Toddlers Registration
  • Grades Pre-K-6th grade registration
  • Classroom leader/Adult volunteer sign up
  • High School Student volunteers sign up (Please note that time spent volunteering in Children's Church can be used as Community Service hours for National Honor Society.)

Child care for Infants and Toddlers begins this Sunday.  This week Julia Kautz and I will be greeting the youngest of our church family.  Children's Church will begin next week, Sunday September 17th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kwkilty@gmail.com. 


Please Consider Joining the Senior Choir
Please consider joining the Senior Choir this year! Singers of all ages (high school and up) and varied levels of experience are welcome and encouraged. Singing is gratifying, fun and in fact, good for your health! Regular rehearsals for the Senior Choir take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm -9:00pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00am.
Anyone wishing to join the senior choir and friends to sing for MaryAnn Main's memorial service is welcome to do so. Singers will gather at 9:30am in the choir loft to rehearse music for the service. The choir will not be wearing robes.
Welcome Back to Youth Choir!
3:30-4:15 Cecelia Choir Rehearsal, Grades 1-3
4:30-5:30 Parish Singers Rehearsal, Grades 4-8
Rehearsals take place each Wednesday at these times.  Each choir sings at a Sunday church service, about six times throughout the year.
Our choirs are open to all children in grades 1-8.  For more information, please come to the registration table during Sunday's coffee hour or contact beccakenneally@gmail.com.

Career Transition Meets on Sundays

Beginning this Sunday, September 10th, the group will meet on Sundays at 11:30 in the Beals Room at the Stacey Street office building.   Anyone in job transition (whether re-entering the workforce, seeking employment after a layoff or just looking for a different job) is welcome to attend.  Participants will share job search strategies, network, work on resumes, enjoy spiritual support and more.   There is no cost to participate.  We look forward to serving those who need support while looking for work.  For more information email Michael Perez, mperez@nautilushr.com.

Welcome Back DONUT Sunday!

Sept 17 - Bring Your Favorites

Sunday, September 17 is the opening of children's church and so much more! We will have a special DONUT coffee hour, and are inviting everyone to bring a half-dozen of your favorite donuts to share.  You can drop them off in the kitchen before worship.  If we have a super abundance, we will share them with our friends at Lifebridge.
Help Wanted! Infant/Toddler Room
We are looking for a caring adult leader for our infant-toddler room (nursery) on Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:15. Candidates must have some experience with childcare, be willing to work with a team, provide references, be 18 years or older, and be able to pass a CORI background check. Pay is $30/Sunday.   If you are interested, please contact Karen Kilty, our Director of Children's Ministries at kwkilty@gmail.com.
Flower Committee Volunteer Assistance is Needed                       
Judy Rawding is seeking a couple of volunteers to contact flower donors for the months of October, February and March.  If you are able to help out, please contact Judy at 781-631-9256.

Hurricane Relief: How You Can Help

The United Church of Christ has suggested the most urgent need is for funds to aid the relief effort already underway by organizations on the ground in Texas and Louisiana. Old North Church will be sending a contribution from our discretionary benevolence funds, and will also pass along any additional funds from members and friends of the church. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a check to Old North Church, with the "Hurricane Relief" in the memo line. We will also be exploring other opportunities to be part of the recovery effort, which is likely to continue for years. For more information on disaster relief efforts through our denomination, please visit the United Church of Christ website at www.ucc.org.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Begins September 21st

Join Dr. Stephanie Green who will guide you in the practice of Mindfulness, which is "non-doing" or "being". Mindfulness permits one to see all of life's problems more clearly through the lens of a clear mind. This six week program meets on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for one hour at Stacey Street Great Room beginning September 21st. Class fee $100, payable to Stephanie Green. Pre-registration required. Registration material is available at Stacey Street, during coffee hour on September 10th or by clicking here. Contact Stephanie at 781-710-9744 for further information or to register.   
Registration and Rehearsals for Festival Chorus Begin September 27
Registration and rehearsals for the 37th annual Festival Chorus concerts will begin on Wednesday, September 27th in the Parish Hall at 7:30pm. All singers are welcome! High school students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to join with our adult singers of all ages. Each section is lead and encouraged by the wonderful professional soloist/section leaders from the regular Old North Church music program. The 27th will be a "meet and greet" for chorus members followed by a session of healthy vocal exercises presented by Stephanie Scarcella and supported by our team of professional singers. Subsequent rehearsals will take place from 7:30pm-9:30pm every Wednesday. This year's program will feature Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) by Franz Joseph Haydn, excerpts from a delightful Christmas Cantata by German composer, Gottfried August Homiliusand several colorful arrangements of seasonal music for chorus and orchestra. For more details, please email Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com. 

Winter Wonderland Fair, Nov. 17-18

This year's Winter Wonderland church fair will be held on the weekend of November 17-18. The Preview Party will be on November 17 at 7pm. The fair will be on Saturday, November 18 from 9am-3pm. The committee is looking for someone to be in charge of publicity, with assistance from Linda Duvel. If you are an artist and would like to donate a painting to be auctioned, please let us know. We are also in need of jewelry for the jewelry table, items for the silent auction, and Christmas items. Please hold onto your items for now; we will let you know when we are able to store them at the church. Lynda Hare is in charge of the Christmas items. She can be reached at 781-639-0107. Help and ideas are always needed! Please contact this year's chair, Debby Stockdale for more information. Debby can be reached at 781-883-5115 or djstock@comcast.net.

We Need Contact Info Updates! 


We will be working on updating the ONC Membership Directory this Summer to have available in the Fall.  If you have had any recent changes in e-mail or home addresses, phone numbers, or family information, please notify the church office (office@onchurch.org) as soon as possible to assure that we have accurate information to distribute.

Lifebridge 'Best of the Best' Celebration 
The Lifebridge Thrift Shop will be holding their 'Best of the Best' Celebration sale on Saturday, September 16th from 10am-5pm.  Stop by and check it out!

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