Our Latest News and Activities
Children's Faith Formation
Karen Kilty, Director of Children's Ministries
This Sunday we will begin our journey of the Season of Lent, a time when we prepare for Easter by reflecting more deeply on our lives and our faith. It can be a time for asking questions like “How are we living out our covenant with God, our neighbors, and all of creation?” We will explore scripture and listen for the voice of God in the stories. This is a communion Sunday. The Children will meet in the Narthex and go directly to the classroom.
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

On March 1 we’ll be discussing Chapter 15– The Risen People Share God's Dream and on March 8 we will be discussion Chapter 16- God's Dream Will Come True.
Wednesdays in Lent: Feeding Our Bodies and Our Spirits
Each Wednesday night during Lent, from 6–7:30pm a group of 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!
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. 
All Singers Welcome for Palm Sunday Lenten Concert
Registration and first rehearsal for the annual Palm Sunday Lenten
Concert have started and all interested singers are still welcome to join. Rehearsals will take place every Wednesday 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. In addition to other contemplative music of the season, the chorus and orchestra will perform an arrangement of the first movement of the famous "Moonlight Sonata"' by Beethoven. The composer and music director Gottlob Benedict Bierey (1772–1840) orchestrated and added a four-part choral movement to the famous adagio movement, which he underlaid with the text of the Kyrie from the Latin mass. The concert is approximately one hour, free admission, and is considered a musical meditation at the beginning of Holy Week. For more information, please contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com .
Flower Committee
The flower committee is seeking another volunteer to help out with making calls and arranging bouquets after the 10am worship service. The time commitment would be one month a year, unless you are willing to volunteer for more than one month. Please call Judy Rawding at:
781-631-9256.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight Saving Time Begins Next Sunday, March 8. Remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour. We wouldn't want to miss seeing you in church!
Mamma Mia Sing-a-long Movie Night
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!!!!
Missing Stoles
Two of Lindsay’s stoles are missing from the upstairs parlor. One is white with rainbows down the middle, the other is silky with a brush-stroke pattern in rainbow colors. They’re both quite sentimental to Lindsay; please return them if you know where they are!   If you would like to contribute to replacing them, please make a donation to the Old North Deacon’s Fund.
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  
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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. 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 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.
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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.


Supper Church
Friday, March 27 at 6pm
I am part of the newly formed Children’s Faith Formation Committee. We began our work together just as the new organizational structure intended- people with talents to share and passion to share them gathered and made plans. It was that simple; yet that sacred. In the classroom above the sanctuary we brought kids in tow and while they played and did homework we shared stories of our faith journeys and what brought us to this point. This point of knowing we want to create community as much as we want to generate knowledge of faith. Because we remember how our journeys as kids shaped us. And we want to be at the helm of shaping the journeys for our children. 
Under Karen Kilty’s wonderful guidance we focused much of our conversation on the importance of our children’s experience being inter-generational. We also spoke of other ways to create church. 
Please save the date of Friday,
 March 27th at 6pm in parish hall for our first supper church. All are welcome. We will gather, break bread together, and build connections of faith through being together. More details to come. For now- we look forward to you joining us and hope you’ll carve out time to be with us. 
- Nicole Guerin 

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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