Our Latest News and Activities
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday, March 8. Remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour. We wouldn't want to miss seeing you in church!
Children's Faith Formation
Karen Kilty, Director of Children's Ministries
Out of the Garden: Last week we heard the story of when God created the first people, Adam and Eve. It was a time when everything was in harmony, everything was Shalom which means “all the world living in harmony and peace”. God gave a very special gift to Adam and Eve – the freedom to make their own choices. This week we will continue this story. During this Season of Lent we will be looking at choices made by other people in the Bible - lessons in choices which will also help us look at our own choices. 
Wednesdays in Lent: Feeding Our Bodies and Our Spirits
Each Wednesday night during Lent, from 6–7:30 pm a group of us gather to eat a simple meal of bread and soup, and to engage in some spiritual practices together. “Spiritual practices” are those things—old and new—that help us connect to God, to ourselves, and to a sense of wonder and calm. Each week, we’ll try something new: from prayers to walking meditations, from looking at art to meditating on sacred writings, and more. The sessions will be led by (and soup provided by!) Dennis, Karen, and Lindsay. Come for one night, or come for all of them!  

On Wednesday, March 25, Ginny Von Rueden will be leading a session called "Mary Magdalene: Her Role in Life, in Art, and What She Means to Us Today."

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ONC Reading Group- Wednesday
March 11th at 8:30 am
Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Environment - Wednesday, March 11 th at 8:30 am in the Great Room of the 8 Stacey Street office building. 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 our discussion of The Righteous Mind, Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt, and will begin discussion of Democracy in Chains, The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America , by Nancy MacLean. The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun will moderate.
Become a Member of Old North Church
Thinking about becoming a member of Old North Church? We'll be receiving new members on Sunday, March 29 and we'd love for you to join. Contact Dennis or Lindsay, your pastors, if you're interested. 
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Book Discussion on Anti-Semitism with our Jewish Neighbors - Monday, March 16
Anti-semitism is a rising problem globally, nationally, and locally, and it is part of our responsibility as Christians to learn about it and work to combat it. Our Jewish neighbors across the North Shore have invited us to join them in reading Deborah Lipstadt's book Antisemitism: Here and Now. Rabbi David Meyer will facilitate a discussion on the book at Temple Emanu-El on Monday,
March 16 at 7pm , and a group from Old North will be attending; please join us! Books may be purchased on Amazon.
All Singers Welcome for Palm Sunday Lenten Concert
Rehearsals for the annual Palm Sunday Lenten Concert have started and all interested singers are still welcome to join. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Parish Hall until the performance, which will take place on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30pm. There is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal with full orchestra on Saturday,
April 4 th from 10am-1pm. The centerpiece of this year’s concert will be the hauntingly beautiful,  Requiem For the Living , by Dan Forrest. For more information, please contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com .


Please Join Us
for Supper Church!

Friday, March 27
6pm in Parish Hall




So, what is Supper Church exactly? Is it another potluck? I don’t have the time to cook…
Supper Church follows the ideas of Messy Church by Lucy Moore & Jane Leadbetter: to “help people of all ages feel that they belong in church and to each other.” The “messy” in Messy Church refers to the fuzzy edge of church community, where you may feel neither out, nor in. Those of us in the Children’s Faith Formation Committee love this message of inclusion, but thought people may not understand “messy.” So, we’re calling it Supper Church. You don’t need to bring a dish. If you would like to, please contact us.

Who can attend? I haven’t been to church in so long.  
EVERYONE IS WELCOME. If you have friends that want to join us, bring them, too. If you haven’t been to church in a while, we hope this is a way you would enjoy reconnecting.  

Do you need help? I’m really busy... 
You need not worry about volunteering- but we would love for you to plan on participating! There will be intergenerational activities around the theme I am the light of the world , a simple meal, and a short time for worship. If you have a gift or talent to share, let us know. This is intended to be an inclusive, engaging, creative, and celebratory time.

What can I expect if I decide to come?
We will be making and decorating light vessels from 6-6:30 for our worship time. A light meal will be served family-style from 6:30-7:15; then we will move to the sanctuary with our lights for an opportunity to worship. The evening will conclude around 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by Tuesday March 24 th to ONCChildrensFaithFormation@gmail.com ,
or to Nicole at 617-850-2308.

Thank you, Karen Kilty, Jennifer Jackson, James Horgan, Kristin Horgan
Mamma Mia
Sing-a-long Movie Night
Saturday, March 28 at 6pm
Please join us for an evening of fun, fellowship, fantasy and fantastic food as we transport you to a Greek isle and invite you to a Sing-a-long with ABBA and the cast of MAMMA MIA. This adventure is offered on March 28th in the Parish Hall. Dinner - pastitsio, Greek salad and dessert - will be served at 6:00 PM followed by the movie at 7:30. You can join us for dinner at $20.00 per person and/or view the movie free of charge. To help with food preparation, please sign up after church during March or contact Linda Duvel, linda.bill.duvel@gmail .com or 781-631-1703. Hope to see you there!!!!
Welcome the Stranger  Donation Requests
A s you know, in collaboration with Temple Emanu-el and St Andrews, Old North has been helping furnish and supply homes of newly arrived refugees and homeless people transitioning to their own homes.  A new family will be arriving shortly from Guatemala and the following items are needed.

Toiletries: Toilet paper, Shampoo, Conditioner, Vaseline, Body lotion, Body soap, Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Deodorant, Shaving razor, Shaving cream, Feminine hygiene products

Cleaning items: Dish soap and sponges, Multi-purpose cleaner, Paper towels, Laundry detergent, Mop and broom, Dust pan and brush, Trash cans: kitchen and bathroom trash bags (various sizes.)

If you are able to provide any of the above items, please drop them off at either the Narthex or Stacey Street. As we near their arrival date, we will be looking for additional items like furniture and household goods so please watch this space in the next few weeks!

Nominating: Volunteer Opportunities at ONC
O NC has a “Nominating Committee”, consisting of Martha Potvin and me, to recruit volunteers to be church officers, Leadership Board members, and Ministry Board members. These make up the formal organization of our church. We will have openings this spring for a new Treasurer, several spots on the Leadership Board and on each of the ministry boards (Christian Formation, Community Life, Outreach, Prudential). Past surveys have showed that getting involved in ONC activities builds bonds within the church more than anything else. If you wish to volunteer or have questions about service opportunities, please contact either Martha ( bmpotvin@msn.com ) or me ( daveh.racer@gmail.com ). Thanks, Dave Hostetter, Nominating  
ONC Walking Tour March 29
Please join us for a “Walk through the ‘Hood”to ONC’s birthplace up on the Burial Hill.   The walk will start from the front of Old North Church and proceed to Old Burial Hill on Sunday March 29 at 2 pm. The walk should last approximately 60-90 minutes. This tour will be about Marblehead’s development and the community environment in ONC’s 3 neighborhoods as they relate to the town’s early local government and the First Church and related topics. The Walking tour is donated to ONC by Judy Anderson of Marblehead Architecture & Heritage Tours, for the benefit of Old North Church. Contributions for ONC are welcome, but not required. Guests are also welcome. No RSVP is necessary (but helpful in case of rain).

Call or email Linda Duvel at:
781-631-1703 or linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com
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Welcome the Stranger Partnership Partnership Event Reminders
  • March 22: St. Andrews Church-Marblehead will be hosting an inter faith service Sunday, March 22 at 10 am to celebrate the partnership of Old North Church , the Church of St Andrews and Temple Emanu-El. A light brunch will follow the service.

  • April 18- Spend a pleasant evening with members of the other congregations at a Progressive Dinner that will include dinner at a host home($20 per person) and a grand finale of delicious desserts at Temple Emanu-El. All contributions go towards helping families get settled in their new apartments.

For additional information contact: Richard Thibedeau ( rsthibedeau@verizon.net or Lynda Hare ( hares8carrots@hotmail.com
Clothing Drive for South Africa
Our church group going to South Africa next August will be taking gifts of clothing for the Pholela Congregation to share among their 25 villages. We are looking for donations of good used items that include:
  • shirts (T’s and button down) for boys/ men,
  • pants for boys /men ONLY
  • sweaters, sweatshirts, skirts, blouses and dresses for girls and women (NO pants for women)
  • warm baby clothing
  • anything fleece like vests and jackets
  • warm hats, gloves, lightweight jackets /coats,
  • shoes for children only
  • NO heavy items please

Bags of donated clothing may be left at the church, upstairs in the small unused classroom at the end of the corridor. Contact Ginny von Rueden, rvonrueden@comcast.net  or 781-631-7898 for more information. Siyabonga!! (thank you in Zulu)

Name Tags
The Community Life Ministry Board continues to try to ensure everyone has a new magnetic* name tag, but sometimes we miss one, or 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 

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
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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