Our Latest News and Activities
ONC House of Blues - this Saturday Jan. 25 at 8 pm
Purchase Your Tickets Online Here!
Tickets for the ONC “House of Blues,” featuring the Chris Fitz Bigger Soul Band featuring soprano Holly Cameron, will be available online by clicking here , and at the door. Space is limited so get your tickets in advance! This special event, sponsored by the Music Committee will take place this Saturday, January 25th in the Parish Hall at 8pm. Tickets are $20, including beer, wine, finger food and fabulous entertainment! All proceeds will benefit Old North Church.  
Budget Information Meeting
This Sunday, January 26th, we will have an informal meeting to discuss the budget that will be proposed the following week. We will meet after the
10 am service in the sanctuary.  If you would like copies of the handouts in advance, please contact the office ( office@onchurch.org ) and Lisa will email them to you, or you can pick up copies at Stacey St. on Thursday or Friday between 9 and 1 PM or in the narthex on Sunday.

Children's Faith Formation
"Come and Follow Me!"
Karen Kilty, Director of Children's Ministries
Jesus shouted from the shore, “Leave your fishing nets! Come and follow me! Come and hear the good news!” We will share this story from Matthew 4:12-23, and hear how Peter and Andrew jump up from their boat as Peter said, “That is Jesus! Let’s go and hear what he has to say!” 
Call to the Congregational Meeting- Sunday, February 2
The Annual Budget Meeting will be held in the church sanctuary on Sunday, February 2 nd at the conclusion of the 10 o’clock service. There will be childcare during the meeting and the church school age children may stay with Karen Kilty until the meeting is over- Janet Doyle, Clerk
Stewardship Update
As you are aware, we are trying to close out our Stewardship campaign for the 2020 fiscal year. Please return your card in the mail or offertory plate as soon as possible. Pledge cards are available in the pew racks and in the narthex.

As of January 23, we have received 215 pledges totaling $385,740.
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

***This week we’ll be discussing
Chapter 11- Manna and Mercy for All.
Mold Abatement Project in the Parish Hall
The Prudential Ministries Board is planning to complete a mold abatement program in the vacant space behind the stage in the Parish Hall. The majority of the work will take place later this year; however as part of the planning, the first step will entail removing (demolishing) a portion of the back wall of the stage to facilitate visual inspection of the wall interior and substructure.  This work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 11 and be completed on or by Friday, February 14. Measures will be taken to confine any demolition dust and debris to the immediate area of the stage. Various materials, tools, and/or equipment may be stored on the stage as well. Members and guests of the congregation are requested to avoid using or passing through the Parish Hall during the four days of demolition work. Refer questions to: Bill Duvel, 781 631-1703 or  linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com .    

Become a Member of Old North Church
Thinking about becoming a member of Old North Church? We'll be receiving new members soon, and we'd love for you to join. Contact Dennis or Lindsay, your pastors, if you're interested. 
Welcome the Stranger Update
Welcome the Stranger, is an interfaith collaboration with Temple Emanu-El and St. Andrews. We seek to provide help to people in need whether they are refugees from foreign lands or people in nearby communities. This past year we continued to support the Haitian family that we had been helping through RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry) though we are no longer offering them financial support as they are now financially independent. In addition, with just two weeks’ notice from Catholic Charities, we furnished an apartment for a family of five from Moldova. Fortunately this coincided with the St. Andrews’ Rummage Sale which was a wonderful source of household items. Most recently, we have secured a bed and bedding for a Congolese woman who was joining her husband who has been here for two years.  Beyond our donations of equipment, we are not providing any financial support to all these individuals because, as legal immigrants, they are entitled to work.

As part of our interfaith collaboration, youth from Old North and St. Andrews also participated in a very successful “A bed for every child” project, building beds and providing bedding for children in the area who do not have beds.  The three congregations are also participating in shared interfaith services, which will be occurring at St. Andrews and Old North later this winter and in the spring.

Although we do not provide financial assistance to the people we help, we do need some funds to hire transport to pick up furniture from donors’ homes/fill the refrigerator with food/purchase odd items that are needed and to that end, there will be a progressive dinner on Saturday April 18th .  This includes dinner in a host home ($40 per couple) and the grand finale will be dessert at Temple Emanu-El. If you are interested in participating, please contact Richard Thibedeau ( rsthibedeau@verizon.net ) or Lynda Hare ( hares8carrots@hotmail.com ) both of whom are members of the Welcome the Stranger Steering Committee.


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ONC Reading Group
Wed. February 12th- 8:30 am

Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Ecology - Wednesday, February 12 th at 8:30am 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 continue discussion of The Righteous Mind, Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion , by Jonathan Haidt. The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun will be the moderator.
All Singers Welcome for Palm Sunday Lenten Concert
All Singers Welcome! Registration and first rehearsal for the annual Palm Sunday Lenten Concert is Wednesday, February 26, 7:30pm-9:00pm ; subsequent rehearsals will take place every Wednesday until the performance, which will take place on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30pm. There is mandatory Dress Rehearsal on Saturday April 4 th from 10am-1pm. This year’s concert will feature, Requiem For the Living , by Dan Forrest, as well as other contemplative music of the season. The concert is approximately one hour, free admission, and is considered a musical mediation at the beginning of Holy Week. For more information, please contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com
UCC Super Saturday Registration
Old North Church is part of the Southern New England Conference of the UCC. On March 14, the Conference will hold a series of workshops at the Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA. All are welcome to attend these workshops, but pre-registration is required. Please click here to view the Super Saturday brochure and registration form.
Old North Winter Trip
For the fifth year in a row, we are organizing our annual winter trip to NH. Last year, over 60 ONCers headed north for skiing, hiking, ice skating, community meals, bon fires, smores, board games, and a Sunday service in the woods. As is the case across all ONC activities, inclusivity is a central theme. The trip is open to all ages, all interests from skiing to reading a book by the fire, and does not require any association with the church. This year, we are making the trek on the weekend of 2/7 to 2/9.  We have rooms blocked at Whitney's Inn in Jackson, NH. If you call to book, mention that you are with Old North Church in Marblehead. Also, please let Mark Roberge know if you plan to attend for planning purposes or if you have any questions. ( markroberge@alum.mit.edu )
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)

Festival Chorus CD's are available
Professionally recorded, high quality CDS of the 2019 Festival Chorus Christmas Concerts are available.  If you’d like to purchase one (or more!), please contact Jane Kraybill by phone: 781 631 4832, or email: kraybill@email.com . Please help us reach our goal of “break even” on the cost of making these extraordinary recordings!
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 
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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