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Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun

Rev. Karla Miller

Lisa Nahatis

Donna Bagarella

Maria vanKalken

Sarah Del Dotto
Karen Kilty
Betsey Halbert
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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, October 28, 2018
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Services at 8am
 and 10am in the Sanctuary
Scripture Lessons:
        Psalm 34:1-8 and Mark 10:46-52
 The Rev. Karla J. Miller's Sermon:  
" Take Heart!" 
Our Vision Statement
Old North Church is an inclusive Christian Community called to bring to life God's love and grace by sharing the gospel for this time and place; extending the hospitality Christ showed; embodying God's love and compassion to those in need; and growing together in our understanding and experience of the Holy Spirit at work in our midst.
This Week in Children's Church 
This Sunday we will welcome Dara Van Remoortel to our classroom as she shares her gift of music with us, a time to join voices with joy! Julia Kautz will be leading us in a Rooting and Plant STEM project as well. Come, root and grow with us!!  
We are in need of volunteers for Sunday mornings, please contact me  or use our signupgenius to sign up,  kwkilty@gmail.com.
Please click here for a registration form
Are You Interested in Joining Old North Church?
We will be having a new member information session in the Great Room in the Stacey Street office building on Sunday, November 4th following the 10:00 a.m. church service. New Member Sunday will be Sunday November 18th, when new members will be received into the congregation during the 10:00 a.m. service followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in learning about becoming a member of our congregation. Please contact Linda Davis at pldavis.pd@gmail.com or 781-639-0405.

Confirmation Class - 10am Sundays

in the Great Room 

Every young adult in our congregation who is roughly between 12 and 15 is welcome to come and explore faith with Rhod Sharp and Dee Burgett. Subject to their participation in at least half of the classes offered, we look forward to welcoming eighth graders and above who have expressed a desire to be confirmed into the full communion of the church next May. Anyone from seventh grade on is welcome at these morning sessions, which are timed to coincide with the 10 o'clock service. A new element of class this year will involve visits for intending confirmands to other houses of worship.


ONC Women's Social Gathering - Tuesday, October 30th

It's been a busy fall!  Come and reconnect with your ONC friends over a glass of wine and seltzer and a tiny bite on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:15ish.


Bring something to share, if you can, but really we just want to see YOU! We will even give you ideas for a Halloween costume if you need one.


                     BOO!! - It will be FUN!!


If you have questions, or want to rsvp, please send an email to karla@onchurch.org.


Festival Chorus Concert Program Book
The Festival Chorus Committee wishes to remind all of a wonderful opportunity to support our Christmas concerts by advertising in the upcoming Thirty-Eighth Annual Old North Festival Chorus Concerts Program Book! This season, Festival Chorus Christmas Concerts-presented as part of the annual Marblehead Christmas Walk-will take place on Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 1 and 2, in the sanctuary at Old North Church. The Old North Festival Orchestra, Soloists and one hundred-voice Chorus will be led by Maria van Kalken, Minister of Music at Old North Church, who is celebrating her 30th season as Director of the Festival Chorus!
Festival Chorus Programs serve as an important guide for nearly 1,000 distinctive holiday enthusiasts and potential customers, as well as an informative resource thereafter. Ad rates are very reasonable: $250 (Full page/black & white), $150 (Half page/black & white), and $100 (Quarter page or Business Card/black & white.) The deadline for advertising space reservations and electronic artwork submission is Friday, November 9, 2018. For choice placement, please e-mail your space reservation and/or any questions, to Festival Chorus Committee member Kathy Fay (kathy@bemf.org).
If you'd like to support our concerts as a Festival Angel ($500 or more), Guarantor ($250-$499), Benefactor ($100-$249), Patron ($50-$99), or Friend ($10-49), kindly list your name/business-as you'd like it to appear in our printed programs-on the Advertising Contract and Contribution Form, which can be found on our website (www.oldnorthfestivalchorus.org). Thank you for your support!

  ONC Fundraiser - November 17

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab in Concert

Jacqueline Schwab Photo credit Wayne Hankin

Pianist  Jacqueline  Schwab , noted for her evocative playing on the sound tracks of documentary film maker Ken Burns' Civil War (Grammy award), Baseball, Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright, The War and others, will perform a solo piano concert,  I Lift My Lamp-Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant  America:Ken Burns' Pianist Jacqueline Schwab in Concert , at Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. 

I Lift My Lamp celebrates America's immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage.  Jacqueline will perform music from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Eastern Europe, the African-American community, Quebec, Cuba, and Brazil, along with American parlor songs, Tin Pan Alley tunes  and more. In concert,  Jacqueline  speaks about the power of music to transport us into our own past and also on to new horizons. A free-will offering will be gratefully accepted; proceeds to benefit Old North Church.

For more information about Jacquline, please click on these links:

Article re Guilderland Public Library concert: click here
Interview at WAMC re Guilderland Library concert: click here
Outreach Ministry Board Update

The Outreach Ministry Board met on October 16th . We received a briefing from Benjamin Day and Teri McDonough from the Marblehead Counseling Center. We have maintained a close relationship with the Center for many years. The briefing reaffirmed the need in our community for this special resource which enables access to mental health counseling. The Counseling Center, which continues to rely on donations and pro bono expert participation, will be marking their 50th anniversary in 2019.
We discussed emergency disaster relief funding. For hurricane Michael relief we agreed to donate $500 each to the Church World Service and Samaritan's Purse. We have already donated $1000 to hurricane Florence relief through the UCC Disaster Fund and $500 to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions fund of the Massachusetts Conference of UCC.
Richard Thibedeau briefed the meeting on the progress of the RIM Welcome the Stranger project. Danie and Annie have now been joined by her husband Virgil on a six month visa and Danie has a regular job as a Nurse's assistant. Old North Church and our partners are working on the goal of Danie and her family to be self-sufficient by the end of December. All partners have agreed that they would be unlikely to embark on a similar project again because of the required commitments of volunteer time, finances and complex legal issues. However all agree that the project has been a success. It has made a huge difference to several lives and stimulated cooperation between our congregations.
There is agreement that discussions will continue to broaden such cooperation in areas like Welcome the Stranger where we can help in the local community. To take this forward our Outreach Ministry Board will host representatives of St Andrews and Temple Emanu-el at our next meeting in November.
We would like to hear about new funding opportunities for organizations at home or overseas where we see an opportunity to assist with our outreach ministry funds. Please let me or Tom Day know about any such opportunity. Or email me at hares8carrots@hotmail.com . Paul Hare
Festival Youth Chorus
Calling all singers in grades 4-8! There is still time to register for the award-winning Old North Festival Youth Chorus, directed by Sarah Del Dotto. Singers are rehearsing now to prepare a high energy, professional-quality set as participants in the 38th annual Festival Chorus Christmas concerts on December 1 and 2. Rehearsals are from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  For more information about Festival Chorus or Old North Youth Choirs, please contact Sarah at: deldottosarah@gmail.com.
College Cod Care Kit
Let's Connect With Our College Kids!
In an effort to bond with our ONC college students, and to make them feel warm and fuzzy while they're away from home, the Community Life Ministry Board is looking for volunteers to send a small care package -- home baked or store bought -- to a student member of our church community, once in the fall and once in the spring (we can help provide ideas for package items if needed). Also, if you'd like to include your college-aged children in the program, please let us know. Thank you! Deb Tyrrell, deb_tyrrell@yahoo.com (617-283-1795), Diane Caldwell, dcaldwell5@yahoo.com (781-367-6145).
Greeters are Needed!                       
The Community Life Ministry Board is looking for Greeters to host the Greeter/Welcome Table in the Narthex before the 10:00 am church services. Hosts greet people, offer nametags to those who need them, and help direct new members/visitors who may need assistance. We ask those hosting the Greeter/Welcome Table to please arrive at 9:30 am for set up. Individuals, friends, families, everyone is welcome to host the Greeter Table. It's fun! Get to know your church family while providing a valuable service! If you have questions, please contact Linda Davis at pldavis.pd@gmail.com, 781-639-0405. Thank you so much!
Marblehead Food Pantry
November is Our Month to Stock the Shelves!
As we have done for many years, ONC has made a commitment to fill the shelves of the Marblehead Food Pantry during the month of November. During this month of Thanksgiving, it is a wonderful opportunity for us to show how thankful we are for the blessings we have been given and for us to make sure that others in the community, many of whom are less fortunate, will also be provided for. At each of the Sunday services, brown bags will be available, together with a list of suggested items to fill the bags. Filled bags may either be returned to the Narthex, or if it is more convenient, left in the hall way at Stacey Street. The Outreach Ministry Board will be responsible for delivering the bags to the Marblehead Food Pantry.

Suggested items: canned fruit and vegetables, canned/bottled/packaged fruit juices, coffee, tea bags, canned/bottled nuts, pasta, rice, pasta mixes, pesto, ragu, soups, gravy, canned tuna or chicken, salad dressings, crackers, cookies, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, soaps, laundry & personal items, diapers, shaving equipment, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant. Any non-perishable items are always appreciated. If you have any queries please contact Lynda Hare at 781-639-0107 or hares8carrots@hotmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your generosity! Lynda Hare on behalf of the Outreach Ministry Board.

Help Wanted!                       
We are looking for a caring adult leader for our infant-toddler room (nursery) on Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:15. Candidates must have some experience with childcare, be willing to work with a team, provide references, be 18 years or older, and be able to pass a CORI background check. Pay is $30/Sunday. If you are interested, please contact Karen Kilty, our Director of Children's Ministries at kwkilty@gmail.com.
Coffee with Karla!
Coffee with Karla continues on Fridays, from 9:30-11 at the Mugford Eatery.  Drop by and enjoy coffee and conversation!

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