Our Latest News and Activities
Sunday, April 24, 2022
First Sunday After Easter

Please note that there will be ONE service this week as we celebrate
Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's retirement and last Sunday with us.

Please join us for worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Lessons:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-10 and John 20:19-31

Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun 's Sermon:
"In Every Time"

Farewell for Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun

There will be a Farewell Brunch after the worship service this Sunday, April 24th in the Parish Hall.

 Please join us as we wish Dennis and Susan well.
 

Livestreaming our 10 am Service

Our 10am worship service is now available live, online at 10am each Sunday, right on our website (www.onchurch.org).

You can watch it from home while it is happening in the sanctuary, or catch it later. It will continue to be available on Youtube and Facebook. Please click here to view on Youtube on Sunday afternoon.  
Covid-19 Protocols at Old North Church
Masking Optional - Vaccination Expected

Face masks are no longer required for the congregation. Following guidance from the CDC, the Marblehead Board of Public Health, and medical professionals in our congregation, we are no longer requiring face masks for the congregation. The choir will continue to wear masks while singing. We recommend masking for those at increased risk of COVID, those who are unvaccinated, or those who have a high-risk household member. 

All members of the Old North Church clergy, staff and choir have been vaccinated against Covid-19. We urge you to be vaccinated as well. For information on the vaccine or how to be vaccinated, please go to www.mass.gov/covid-19  
 
We urge you to continue to observe physical distancing between households, particularly if you or a member of your household is unvaccinated.
 
Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks are available in the narthex.
Update from the Interim Search Committee

Update from the Interim Search Committee:

 We have received two impressive candidate profiles and will be scheduling interviews to take place in the upcoming weeks. We will keep the congregation posted as we have more information.

If you have any questions about this process, please reach out by email to one of the co-chairs of the Interim Search Committee: Bonnie MacDonald bonnietim@comcast.net or John Meakin jgmeakin@icloud.com. We appreciate everyone's faith and understanding as we move through this time of transition.

Children’s Faith Formation
Karen Kilty, Director of Children’s Ministries

This Sunday we will not have Children’s Church. We will gather in worship and in fellowship to celebrate Dennis’s retirement in a special service of farewell. I hope you will join us!

Upcoming Children’s Church Themes and Family Worship :

May 1- Jesus as the Stranger, Welcoming the Stranger
May 8 - Jesus The Good Shepherd
May 15- TBA
May 22 - Jazz Sunday, Family Worship (No Children’ Church)
Music Announcements

  • Singers - if you feel comfortable meeting in person, please consider joining members of the Senior Choir during the month of May. New members are welcome at any time! The choir will be preparing music for Sunday services throughout May, culminating with Jazz Sunday on May 22nd. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm -8:30pm. New members are welcome at any time! For a full schedule, please contact  Maria vanKalken, Minister of Music, via email, at vankalken@gmail.com

  • Youth Music Director, Sarah Del Dotto, is looking for volunteers (of all ages) as we resume our in-person music programs. All interested singers are asked to contact Sarah at: deldottosarah@gmail.com
One More Week in April to Donate
to Marblehead's Food Pantry
 
April is our month of stocking the Marblehead Food Pantry shelves and once more we are hopeful that we will be successful in feeding our neighbors who are facing hard times.

Donations may be sent to Old North Church (with Marblehead Food Pantry written in the memo) at 8 Stacey Street, Marblehead.  A team of shoppers will purchase goods on a weekly basis, fulfilling very specific needs of the Pantry. 

For further information please contact Lynda Hare (Hares8carrots@hotmail.com). Thank you for your generosity.
Walking Tour of Black, Indigenous
and People of Color
Locations in Marblehead
Community Life Ministry Board
Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm

The Community Life Ministry Board is hosting a walking tour on April 23 at 1:00 pm. The tour will be led by Ginny von Rueden to locations featured in the history of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Marblehead. Park in the Old North parking lot and walk to Abbot Hall. The tour will begin inside at Abbot Hall at 1:00 pm and continue around the downtown area back to the Old North Church. We will take our cars and proceed to Redd’s Pond to visit sites on Old Burial Hill and Gingerbread Hill to complete the tour. The tour will feature homes of wealthy merchants where enslaved workers lived as well as the homes of abolitionists and Underground Railroad Stationmasters. Discover the home and business of Marblehead’s folk legend, Joseph Brown and the place where Frederick Douglass, the most famous man in America, delivered passionate speeches against slavery. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.
History is alive in Marblehead!
Give to Old North While Shopping

Use smile.amazon.com when shopping at Amazon and 0.5% of your spending amount will be donated to our church (subscription and digital purchases are excluded). Instead of going directly to www.amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com and login with your normal User Name and Password. Make sure that you confirm First Church of Christ in Marblehead as your selected charity. If not, enter “First Church of Christ in Marblehead” in the text box and click “search” then confirm your selection. You will only have to do this once – your selection will be saved with your account. Easy!

To use Amazon Smile on your iOS or Android Amazon app, open the app and then open the Main Menu. Scroll down to Settings and tap on Amazon Smile. Follow the onscreen instructions to turn on donations from orders placed on your phone.
Old North Church Officers, Ministry Boards and Meeting Schedules

Please click here to view the list of Church Officers, Ministry Boards, Board Chairs and monthly meeting schedules. All meetings are open to members of the church. Please contact the board chair for the zoom link to the meeting. Board meetings are also posted on our online calendar, accessible on our website, www.onchurch.org.
Church Building Access and Office Hours

The church office is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-1:00pm. We look forward to your visits. We have missed seeing you!
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

Church Address: 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA 01945
Mailing Address: 8 Stacey St. Marblehead, MA 01945