Our Latest News and Activities
Sunday School News -
Karen Kilty
Director of Children's Ministries
This Sunday we will be sharing the story of “The Animals' Christmas Carol” during the 10:00 service. By weaving scripture, story and poetry the children will bring this sweet story alive. It is based on the the hymn The Friendly Beasts, showing how the animals brought their gifts to the baby Jesus. There is a role for everyone; if your children, grandchildren or others would like to participate please let me know. We will be gathering at 9:00 in the classroom to get costumes and review the story.

Please click here for a Sunday School Registration form.
We are Looking for Puppeteers!
We are looking for puppeteers for the 5:00 Christmas Eve Service. If you are interested in helping to bring the Christmas Story alive, we have 8 Puppets this year. Karen Kilty kwkilty@gmail.com
Cookie Sale- Sunday,
December 22 During Coffee Hour
Purchase the size container you would like at coffee hour and fill it to the brim with cookies!

We are also looking for bakers. Can you help? A listing of ingredients is appreciated, and cookies should not be individually packaged. Thank you!

Please contact Dara VanRemoortel:
781-910-6157 or dara@musicwithdara.com .
Christmas Gifts With a Heart!
Tired of giving socks to your favorite aunt or uncle? The Outreach Ministry Board is offering our "Alternative Gift Giving" opportunity each Sunday in Advent. We 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!
Raymond Gonzalez Concert-December 15 at 7pm
Back by popular demand! Guitarist-Songwriter-Singer, Raymond Gonzalez, will present a solo 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/
Stewardship Update
As you are aware, our Stewardship Campaign for 2020 is well underway. We are trying to get as many pledges in as possible prior to the end of December; the Prudential Ministry Board is starting to prepare the church budget for next year. If you haven't made your pledge yet, please click on this link or return your pledge card in the mail or offertory. Pledge cards are also available in the pew racks and in the narthex. Thank you!

As of December 12, we have received 167 pledges totaling $309,452.

Messiah Sing - Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
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! 

Festival Chorus CD's
If you would like to purchase a professionally recorded CD of the Festival Chorus concert, please contact Jane Kraybill at kraybill@email.com Phone 781-631-4832. CD's are $20 and are a double set. The CD's are currently in the editing process and we hope to get them by Christmas.

Personal Care Item Donations for Lifebridge Deadline is this Sunday, Dec. 15
Important Reminder:

Please bring in personal care items
( such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, socks, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, shaving cream, disposable razors, candy) for Lifebridge Shelter guests by this Sunday, December 15 and help brighten up their holiday season.

Stockings will be filled by youth group following the 10am service. Thank you.
Longest Night Service - 5 pm on
Saturday Dec. 21
Saturday, December 21 st , 5 pm: The Longest Night Service. This quiet time of candlelight and contemplation recognizes that the mood and emotion of this season can be complex, especially for those for whom grief, loss or hardship is part of the experience this year. Music will be provided by Raymond Gonzalez on classical guitar. Light refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the service.
Bell Sunday- December 22
Sunday, December 22nd is “Bell Sunday.” Please bring a bell (any size) to ring during the refrains of our Christmas hymns so we can make a joyful noise together! Please note: there will be one service at 10am .
Singers on Christmas Eve
Anyone interested in singing on Christmas Eve should contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com . The choir will gather at 7pm in the organ loft and will begin singing a European Carol Concert at 7:30pm prior to the 8pm Lessons and Carols. There will be a rehearsal for Christmas Eve music on Sunday, December 22nd, at 11:15AM in the music room, following the Bell Sunday Service. All interested singers are welcome!
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 
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
Lindsay will be available for coffee and chatting each Wednesday 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

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