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Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun

Rev. Karla Miller

Lisa Nahatis

Donna Bagarella

Maria vanKalken

Sarah Del Dotto
Karen Kilty
Betsey Halbert
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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, September 2, 2018
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship Services at 8am at Chandler Hovey Park
 and 10am in the Sanctuary
Scripture Lessons:
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 and Amos 5:11-15 
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon:  
"A Love of Labor" 
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.
Last Worship Service at the Lighthouse
This Sunday, September 2 is our last 8am service at the Lighthouse for the season.  Please join us in the Old North Church Sanctuary at 8 or 10am!
Welcome Sarah Del Dotto
Our New Youth Choir Director
After an extensive search, we are delighted to announce that Sarah Del Dotto has been hired to direct the Old North Youth Choirs and the Old North Festival Youth Chorus - beginning September 1, 2018. Sarah and her husband Josh live in Salem - with their identical twin 3 ½-year-old daughters - and there they manage a piano school! Please visit this link ( http://deldottopianoschool.com/background/) for more information about The Del Dotto Piano School, and our wonderful new Youth Choir Director.

The first rehearsal for Youth Choirs will be on Wednesday, September 5; the schedule remains as it has been:
  • Cecilia (grades 1-3) will rehearse from 3:30 to 4:15pm
  • Parish Singers (grades 4-8) will rehearse from 4:30 to 5:30pm
It is not necessary to be a member of Old North Church to participate in our Music Program.

Please note that the Festival Chorus Registration/First Rehearsal will be Wednesday, October 3rd.If you would be willing to help out with registration on September 5, subsequent Wednesday rehearsals, or assist with dressing the Youth Choir in robes on designated Sundays, please contact Ruth Ann Wallace, chair of the Music Committee, at: raweidner@hotmail.com.

Please help spread the word that we have a wonderful new Youth Choir Director in place and let's give Sarah a warm and enthusiastic welcome!

Please click here for a copy of the youth choir schedule.
Senior Choir Begins September 5
Senior choir will resume rehearsals on September 5, at 7:30pm in the Music Room followed by an ice cream social. All interested singers high school age and up are welcome!
Please click here for a copy of the senior choir schedule. 
Welcome Back Sunday/Registration Day
Sunday, September 16
This year's Welcome Back Celebration and Registration Sunday will be held on Sunday, September 16. The theme of the coffee hour will be 'Berries and Bagels'. Stay tuned for details, but please plan on attending to register for Children's Church, Youth Choir, Youth Group and other activities!
Children's Church
Children's Church will begin on Sunday, September 19th.  We look forward to seeing your children! Please contact Karen Kilty at kwkilty@gmail.com for more information.

Please click here for a registration form. 
Greeters are Needed!
Greeters are needed in the Narthex on Sunday mornings to host the greeter table and offer name tags to those who need them.  Individuals, friends, families, everyone is welcome to host the table!  We ask that those hosting arrive at 9:30 to set up the table. For those interested in this enjoyable activity, please contact Linda Davis at pldavis.pd@gmail.com or 781-639-0405 or complete the sign up sheet at the greeter table on Sunday mornings.
Leadership Board Update
The Leadership Board met on August 16th and several topics were discussed.
Children's Choir Director - Several well qualified Children's Choir Director applicants were interviewed over the summer.  Tim Sheehy and Maria reported that they had chosen a person to make an offer of employment to and wanted the blessing of the Leadership Board. Next steps were discussed as they would like to have this person begin employment as of September 1, 2018 in order that there is no gap in the children's choirs. There has been no interest so far in the bell choir position.  With full endorsement from the LB, Tim will discuss with the Prudential Ministry Board.

Live-streaming - The live-streaming ONC services idea of Andrew Oliver's was discussed. Dennis, Andrew, Rhod Sharp and Dave Tips had a conference call to talk about this before the Leadership Board meeting. The general consensus of the LB after a bit of discussion is that the job of the LB is to enable people's passions to be implemented.  In this case, this idea should be taken up with the Worship Ministry for further discussion, to assess interest and any other support, and to address the other considerations discussed by the LB, including permissions and any legal implications.  The LB would like to thank Andrew for his time in pursuing this idea.

PPR - Betsey Halbert, Marpa Eager, Karla, and Dennis have been working on establishing a Pastor-Parish Relations committee.  The LB was fully supportive of this. The UCC Conference is willing to run a PPR training course at the ONC November 7th to which we could invite surrounding churches to attend if they would like.

Nominating - Dave Hostetter needs a person to join him on the Nominating Committee. A few contacts may be approached to gauge their interest in this important effort.

By-laws - Don Morgan and Dave Hostetter have generously volunteered their time to create by-laws for our new organizational structure.  The LB would like them to define what they think their process would be.  Dennis will follow up with them to discuss the process. 

New Business - Under new business we agreed that money could be taken from the baptism fund to support a couple of people being trained for OWL. Marpa Eager said Stewardship is starting to bubble and he would like to see the office involved again with this as they were so helpful last year.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, September 13th at 7:30pm in the Great Room.


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