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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, November 4, 2018
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Services at 8am
 and 10am in the Sanctuary
Scripture Lessons:
        Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Mark 12:28-34
 The Rev. Dr. Dennis B. Calhoun's Sermon:  
"The Commandment to Vote" 
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.
Daylight Savings Time Ends This Sunday
Are You Interested in Joining Old North Church?  New Member Session this Sunday Nov.4th
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.
Youth Group Serving Dinner at Life Bridge this Sunday, Nov. 4th                    
The High School Youth group will be preparing and serving dinner at Life Bridge this Sunday evening.   If your child is planning on going on the service trip in April, they are required to serve at least three times. Please keep that in mind and look ahead to the Sundays that will work for them.  We are also asking that a parent of any child planning on attending the April service trip also volunteer at least one Sunday.  We serve the first Sunday of each month.

This Week in Children's Church 
The Children will go directly to the classroom and will join their families for communion after the sermon.
Our class leaders will be Barbara Day and Holly Jannell.
During November our theme is Kindness.  This Sunday we will talk about how we can "Love your neighbor as yourself".  Where do we see kindness and love from others, our neighbors?
The Children of Children's Church have received many acts of kindness this past week.
  • Julia Kautz lead an activity of "Loving your neighbor" with the image of a plant bulb that spreads its roots growing, going deeper, just like members of our church family.  When we lend our hearts and hands to one another, sharing gifts and talents we can all grow.  The children made up gifts of Paper White bulbs to give to a friend, neighbor, loved one.
  • Dara VanRemortel joined us and lead us in singing songs of the earth, peace, of thanks, celebrating our Season of Creation.
  • Bill Duvel made 13 stools for Children's Church, a wonderful gift of his time and talents.
We are feeling Loved! Thank you!
Next Sunday, November 11th is Family Worship, there will be no Children's Church.
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
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!
Please click here to view the flyer and donation form.

  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 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

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.
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.
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.

Super Saturday Conference Update
Each spring and fall, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ holds a Super Saturday event - a full-day of skill building, networking and discussing best practices. Each event offers numerous workshops, a keynote address, worship, a marketplace of vendors and ideas and an opportunity for church leaders, both clergy and lay, to network with one another. On this past Super Saturday, in Framingham, October 20, Karen Kilty offered children's activities, and participated in the intergenerational faith formation theme and worship. Karla and Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett of Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain led a workshop on Singing for Justice and the Power of Voice in movements for change. We sang favorite hymns, protest songs, songs from other cultures and faiths. It was a full and busy day! The next Super Saturday is March 19, 2019.
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!
 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
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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