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Rev. Karla Miller

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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, January 28, 2018
Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Today's Scripture Lesson:
Mark 1:21-28
The Rev. Karla Miller's Sermon:
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.
Children's Church                  
Today in Children Church we will be baking! We will continue our Communion Program by kneading and shaping loaves of bread in preparation for Communion Sunday February 3rd. I hope you will join us in the Narthex and we will head down to the Parish Hall together at 10:00. Parents, you can meet your children in the Parish Hall after worship.
Please Save the Date: Tuesday February 13th 5:30 - 7:00
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper Lenten Workshop
Pancakes, games and a Lenten project that will help guide us through the season.  All are welcome!
Please sign up with Karen at kwkilty@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed!
Winter Wednesdays
Our "Winter Wednesdays" program has begun and will continue from now through mid-March. Although it is offered as that an alternate time for Children's Church for those who may be away on Sundays, all are welcome. The timing will work hand and hand with the Choir rehearsal times:
4th-6th grade 3:30 - 4:15, K-3rd grade 4:30- 5:15.
Please note: The children do not have to participate in choir to be a part of the program.
Jan 31; Feb 7th, 14th, 29th (we will not meet during school vacation); March 7th, 14th
Registration is not necessary, but it would be helpful for planning purposes. Please contact Karen Kilty at kwkilty@gmail.com with any questions.  
Burns Supper
Friday, January 26, 2018
Join us for an Old North tradition and step into the Hall for a Scottish village ceilidh.  It all starts at 6:30pm with a hosted reception, followed by the ceremonial piping in of the haggis and a fine Scottish dinner.  With pleasure we welcome back Elias Alexander, pipes and fiddle, accompanist Neil Perlman and our own gifted vocalist Julianne Gearhart for an after dinner entertainment inspired by the life and music of birthday boy Robert Burns (258 and still remembered fondly). The whole finished off with a jig and a reel.  Reserve now at the all inclusive price of $60 by emailing vicki.staveacre@gmail.com
Chili and Chowder Cook Off
Sunday, January 28 at 5pm
Please join us for some delicious chili and chowder as we raise funds for Service Trips. Bring your best Chili or Chowder and earn a chance to have your name engraved on the winner's plaque! If you don't want to bring chili or chowder, just come and socialize and vote.
Tickets are $10 ($40 cap per family) and include chili, cornbread, cookies, and chances to vote for the best chili. For more information, please contact Margaret Hollister at mhollister@comcast.net
If you would like to come and bring chili or chowder, please click here!
Stewardship Update
Results to date:
 206 Pledges, $435,033
Thank you!
Please send us your pledge card as soon as possible so we can complete our 2018 budget. Our pledges this year are behind last year's campaign, and we are also short of our $500,000 goal. This goal is approximately 80% of the Church's revenue. A mailing has just gone out with a pledge card, and we will be making phone calls in an attempt to reach our goal. You may pledge online at: www.onchurch.org/donate.

Leadership Board
The Leadership Board will meet this evening (Thursday, January 25) at 7:30pm in the Beals Room. Agenda items include planning for the upcoming Budget Meeting on February 4, communications strategies and development of the ministry boards. A copy of the December 14 meeting minutes is attached here.
Budget Meeting
There will be a budget meeting of the Old North Church on Sunday, February 4 at 11am following the 10am worship service. Child care will provided for this brief meeting.
ONC Organizational Structure
(Church Roster)                       
Thanks to all who consented to be part of the inaugural class of board members in the new organization structure for ONC.  These are the people who will help shape the future direction of our church by their creative and dedicated work. 
A preliminary roster of board members is available by clicking here.
A few openings remain on the Prudential and Christian Formation Ministry Boards. The Nominating Committee for filling board positions, consisting of Dara Vanremoortel and Dave Hostetter, has nearly exhausted their ideas for additional board members.  Dave and Dara will welcome volunteers, especially a few more men and relatively newer church member to ensure a diversity of ideas.  
Please contact Dara or Dave for more information, they would love to hear from all potential volunteers. (Dave Hostetter, 781-631-3216, daveh.racer@gmail.com; Dara VanRemoortel, 781-631-8336, dara@musicwithdara.com)
Career Transitions                       

Career Transitions has resumed weekly meetings on Sundays at 11:30am in the Beals Room.


Here are the topics for the next few sessions:

1/28: Marketing Yourself: Creating a modern resume
2/4: Marketing Yourself: Creating a branded LinkedIn profile
Outreach Ministry Update 
The Outreach Ministry Board distributes the tithe from our pledges and individual donations to both local community-based programs and international organizations that we consider are making outstanding contributions to promoting Christian values of giving and service. Some, like Lifebridge's work for the homeless and The Marblehead Counseling Center, have been supported for years. In recent years, we have built up our support for groups working on critical social issues such as domestic abuse - HAWC - and the Opioid crisis - Learn to Cope. In addition, volunteers from ONC have long assisted at Lifebridge in preparing meals and in collecting food for the Marblehead Food Pantry. Overseas, ONC has signed a covenant to assist with the development of the Pholela Ministry in Kwa-Zulu Natal province in South Africa. We have also made regular donations to Midwives for Haiti and Intercultural Nursing in the Dominican Republic. In addition to these activities, we have funds reserved for helping members of the local community in emergencies and for assisting with relief efforts after major domestic and overseas disasters. In the last few months, we have donated over $8300 to those assisting in flood and hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and for those recovering from wildfires in California. Over the last 18 months we have joined with other churches and the Temple to support an asylum seeking family in the Refugee Immigration Ministry. We are now considering future donations to programs and organizations for our Spring distribution of funds in May 2018. We are always interested in hearing about new opportunities and worthy causes to support near and far from ONC.  If you know of some activity or group that deserves our attention, please contact either Tom Day (barbuturn@aol.com) or Paul Hare (hares8carrots@hotmail.com) of the Outreach Ministry Board. Thank you very much for your support.
ONC Family Ski Trip!
Almost 60 friends from Old North Church enjoyed community and fun in the New White Mountains last weekend. We enjoyed bonfires, ice-skating, snow shoeing, skiing, snow football, flashlight tag, drinking cocoa, eating delicious food, watching movies and more in Jackson, New Hampshire. At each meal, we had a spiritual pause to offer our gratitude to God for the blessings of faith and family. On Sunday morning, our children led us in worship in an outdoor chapel in the woods. A big thank you to Mark Roberge and his right wing, Marpa Eager, for organizing this amazing event.
Another Successful House of Blues Night!                       

Last Saturday's House of Blues concert featuring Holly Cameron and the Chris Fritz Band was a rousing success for the second year in a row!  Not only was it a wonderful time (as can be seen in the photos), but it also raised just over $2,000 for the church.  Thanks go to Holly for coordinating and performing and to the Old North men's brewing group for brewing and serving their beer at the concert. 



We Need Singers!

The program for the annual Palm Sunday Lenten Concert will feature the choral masterpiece, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, accompanied by chamber orchestra.


Registration and first rehearsal is Wednesday, February 14, 7:30pm-9:30pm; subsequent rehearsals will take place every Wednesday until the performance, Saturdays from 10am-12pm on March 3, 10, 17, with a mandatory Dress Rehearsal on the 24th, and the performance is Sunday March 25, at 7:30pm.
There will be a limited number of scores available to borrow from the Old North Church library, with priority given to the Old North Church Choir. Singers will be required to use the Carus Verlag edition, catalogue # 27.055/03, which will be available for purchase for $15.00, in addition to a nominal registration fee for all participants.
For more information, please contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com.
Greeter/Welcome Table Hosts are Needed!
The Membership Committee would like to invite members of the congregation to host the name tag/greeter table in the Narthex prior to the 10:00 service on Sunday mornings.  We are looking for all ages to help greet people who require name tags-parents with children, youth, men & women are most welcome.  If you are interested please contact Linda Davis at pldavis.pd@gmail.com, 781-639-0405 or Christine Arren at c_arren@yahoo.com 781-449-4228 or stop by the table on Sunday morning prior to church.
Coffee with Karla Friday Mornings
at Haley's!
Please come and join me for a chat, to share a concern, or just enjoy good conversation.  Coffee Hours are held at Haley's every week from 9:30-11am.
Caring Committee
Community Life Ministry Board/Caring Committee -Are you, or do you know someone who is, experiencing a hardship or stress of some kind?  A death in your family?  An illness?  Recent surgery?  Something else? The Community Life Ministry Board would like to help ease your hardship or stress with a meal, assistance with an errand, a visit, a phone call.  Please reach out to us.
Lynda Hare: 781-639-0107 or hares8carrots@hotmail.com
Linda Duvel: 781-631-1703 or linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com
Dara VanRemoortel: 781-631-8336 or                                       dara@musicwithdara.com

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