Our Latest News and Activities
Marblehead Food Pantry Collection Through December 3
ONC has committed to fill the shelves of the Marblehead Food Pantry during the month of November. We will continue to collect non-perishable food items as well as toiletries and paper goods through December 3 rd. Our donations are down significantly this year – we have collected roughly half the amount we usually do. Any non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are greatly appreciated.  Bags of donations may be returned to the Narthex or left in the hallway at Stacey Street. Please remember those in need when you are doing your own grocery shopping this week – any number of items is appreciated. The Outreach Ministry Board will deliver the bags to the Marblehead Food Pantry. Please contact Lynda Hare at 781 639 0107 or hares8carrots@hotmail.com with any questions.. Thank you in advance for your generosity!  
Sunday School News -
Karen Kilty
Director of Children's Ministries
There is no Sunday School today. Child care will be provided for infants to 4 year olds. As we enter Advent, a time that we may find ourselves pinched and pulled for time, energy and patience, let us be reminded to lean into the words that will guide us in the season of advent; Hope Love Peace and Joy.

Upcoming Sundays
  • Sunday December 8th - Preparing for the “The Animals Christmas Carol” Christmas Pageant on Dec 15th at the 10:00 service - if your children or grandchildren would like to participate, please let me know. kwkilty@gmail.com
  • Sunday December 15th Christmas Pageant “The Animal’s Christmas Carol” 10:00 service
  • Sunday December 22nd Bell Sunday Family Worship.


Making Music a Family Spiritual Practice. Please click here This practice is inspired by the book Faithful Families, Creating Sacred Moments at Home by Traci Smith.

Please click here for a Sunday School Registration form.

Poinsettia Sunday
Envelopes for poinsettia plants for our church display on December 15th are in the pews. Plants are $22 this year; checks may be made payable to Old North Church. Plants may be designated in memory or in honor of someone if you would like to do so. The last day to place your order is December 8 th . If you are not able to get to church but would still like to order a plant, you may mail your check to the office at 8 Stacey St. We appreciate your help in making the sanctuary beautiful for Christmas!
Christmas Gifts With a Heart!
Tired of giving socks to your favorite aunt or uncle? The Outreach Ministry Board will offer our "Alternative Gift Giving" opportunity each Sunday in Advent, starting on December 1. We will have tables in the Parish Hall with special gifts for Christmas. You can buy an animal for a family through Heifer International, make a donation to Lifebridge, or select beautiful African crafts as a special gift for yourself or someone special. All of the proceeds will benefit the organizations that we support. Thank you!
Community Life Ministry
Name Tag Update
The Community Life Ministry Board continues to try to ensure everyone has a new magnetic* name tag, but sometimes we miss one, or we may not get your name the way you'd like it. If you need a name tag, or a new name tag for any reason, please let us know. Thank you. * People with pacemakers should not wear the magnetic nametags. Heart patients might want to check with their doctors.
Lynda Hare: h ares8carrots@hotmail.com , 7 81-639-0107
Linda Duvel, linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com , 781-631-1703
Dara VanRemoortel, dara@musicwithdara.com , 781-910-6157 
Festival Chorus Tickets
Tickets for the 39th annual Festival Chorus Concerts are available for purchase at Crosby’s Marketplace, Arnould’s Gallery and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, as well as online at: www.oldnorthfestivalchorus.org

Tickets will also be available at coffee hour following the Sunday 10am worship services through December 8 th , as well as at the door the night of the concerts, although advance purchase is highly recommended.

You may also click here to purchase your tickets.
Christmas Gathering for All Women!
Mark Thursday, December 12 on your calendars for an evening of fellowship at Andrea Gregory's home. Bring a gift to swap which is either hand-made, locally made or re-gifted, as well as a small sweet or savory item and a beverage to share. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 at Andrea Gregory's home at 19 Mill Pond, off of Beacon Street. (Parking instructions will come later!) Contact Judy Conner, 978-594-5205, jbc2274@yahoo.com or Andrea Gregory, 781-639-4427 andreagregory@me.com if you have questions
Raymond Gonzales Concert-December 15 at 7pm
Back by popular demand! Composer-Guitarist-Songwriter-Singer, Raymond Gonzalez, will present a concert of seasonal music on Sunday, December 15 th at 7pm. A free will offering will be gratefully accepted to benefit both the artist and Old North Church.  Raymond can also be heard later this month at the Longest Night Service on Saturday, December 21, at 5pm. Please visit Raymond’s website if you are interested in his Christmas CD or to learn more about him. http://www.raymondgonzalez.net/

Also:

Jonathan Neuman Cole , our wonderful baritone soloist, was recently awarded the position of Director of Special Events with the Fort Worth Symphony in Texas. He will be leaving in mid-December to begin an exciting new chapter in his life. Jonathan has been a cherished member of the Old North choir and the Festival Chorus since the fall of 2014. We will miss hearing his beautiful voice on a regular basis and treasure the time we’ve spent together. Please don’t miss the opportunity to hear him one last time in this year’s Festival Chorus concerts! We wish him the very best and hope that he will be back from time to time to visit with his Old North “family!” 
Messiah Sing - Wednesday, December 18
Old North Church will host our third annual MESSIAH SING  on Wednesday, December 18 th at 7:30pm, proceeds to benefit the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. We will be singing the Christmas Portion (Part One) only with the addition of the Hallelujah Chorus. Accompaniment will be provided by members of the Old North Festival Chorus Orchestra and solos will be sung by our extraordinary Old North soloists. There will be no rehearsal – just a sing through! Please bring your own score; or you may sign out a copy prior to the performance. Doors open at 7pm. Please help spread the word – ALL singers and listeners are welcome! 

Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Ecology
Wednesday, December 11 at 8:30am
The next meeting of the ONC reading and discussion group will be held on Wednesday, December 11 th , from 8:30 to 10:00 AM in the Great Room of the 8 Stacey Street office building. This is the latest of a series of meetings on preservation of our democracy and environment that have been hosted by the ONC Men’s Group. The discussions are supported by background reading assignments. You are invited to participate regardless of the amount of reading you have done. At this meeting we will complete the discussion of The Sixth Extinction, an Unnatural History , by Elizabeth Kolbert, 2015. David Hostetter will serve as the moderator for this session.  
Personal Care Item Donations for Lifebridge
The Jr Youth Group is seeking personal care items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, socks, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, shaving cream, disposable razors, candy, etc for guests of Lifebridge. Please drop off items at the church office or leave in the narthex by Sunday morning, December 15 when the Jr Youth Group will be stuffing stockings.
Youth Group News
Our Youth Groups have been busy over the last few weeks! Members of our Junior Youth Group had a fun lock-in at the church on November 15. They also participated in a service project at the Red Cross Food Pantry this past Saturday, rousing to meet early at 6am to head into Boston!

Our High School Youth Group gathered last weekend to bake pies to raise funds for their build-a-bed fundraiser. Thank you to those who baked pies and bought them! Please click here to see our youth in action! The High School Youth Group meets on the first Sunday of the month to cook dinner for Lifebridge guests.

On Sunday, December 15, both groups will be meeting. The Jr Youth Group will be stuffing stockings for Lifebridge. Please see the separate announcement for details about personal care items.

The High School Youth Group will be having a yankee swap and will be working on their build-a-bed project.
Adult Faith Formation:
Manna and Mercy
Lindsay is leading a group studying the book Manna and Mercy, which presents the history and storyline of the Bible. Books are available for purchase. Join us in Parish Hall at 9am or at 11:15am in the upstairs parlor . Drop in anytime, even if you haven’t come before! If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay lindsaypopper@gmail.com .
Coffee with a Minister
The next coffee with Lindsay will be be Wednesday, December 4th at Mookie's from 12:30-2:30.
Community Life Ministry Board
Are you or a church friend you know experiencing a hardship or extreme stress of some kind? A death in the family? Recent surgery? Something else? The Community Life Ministry Board would like help ease your hardship with a meal, assistance with an errand, a visit, a phone call. Please feel free to reach out to us.
Lynda Hare, hares8carrots@hotmail.com , 781-639-0107
Linda Duvel, linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com , 781-631-1703
Dara VanRemoortel,  dara@musicwithdara.com , 781-910-6157
Kathy Angle, c.angle@comcast.net , 781-584-4283
Judy Conner, jbc2274@yahoo.com , 978-594-5205
Laura Dignam, lhbdignam@gmail.com  
Amy Leveroni, leveroniamy@gmail.com , 781-639-8626
Debby Stockdale, djstock@comcast.net , 781-883- 5115
Janet Doyle, jdoyle@doylesails.com , 781-530-0065
Andrea Gregory, andreagregory@mac.com , 781-639-4427
Chris Arren, c_arren@yahoo.com , 617-823-2471
South Africa 2020!!
A wonderful group of people have signed up to join our ONC trip to South Africa next August. I am still waiting for confirmation from a few people but I will now start making our bookings for hotels, game reserve safari, etc.  There are still a few rooms available for those accommodations so if anyone else would like to confirm joining the group, please let me know ASAP . Ginny von Rueden rvonrueden@comcast.net 781-631-7898
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

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