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Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun

Rev. Karla Miller

Lisa Nahatis

Donna Bagarella

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Karen Kilty
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Marblehead's Little Harbor
 from the Old North Church Tower 
 Sunday, January 6, 2018
Worship Services at 8 and 10am in the Sanctuary 
Scripture Lessons:
 Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12  
The Rev. Dennis B. Calhoun's Sermon:
"What Can I Bring?"
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.
Farewell and Godspeed to Karla
Next Sunday, January 13
Note: ONE Service at 10am
As you know, Karla's final Sunday at Old North Church will be January 13, 2019. At our 10 am service that day, we plan to celebrate her ministry and send her off with our very best wishes. There will be no 8 am service that morning as we want to mark the occasion by worshiping together as one church family. Please plan to join us as we bid our friend Godspeed and Farewell. 
2019 Stewardship Update
Results to date: 185 Pledges - $394,500 Thank you!

If you have already made a pledge for 2019, thank you! If not, please do before the budget is presented at the special meeting on Sunday, February 3rd. If you need a pledge card, please call the church office or take one from the pew racks in the sanctuary. Even better, consider pledging and making your scheduled contributions online by visiting www.onchurch.org/donate. Please let us hear from you soon, so we won't need to follow up with a phone call!

Annual Budget Meeting is Sunday, February 3rd
This Week in Children's Church 
This Sunday is Communion Sunday; children will go directly to the class room. We will be sharing the story of the arrival of the Wise travelers as they followed the star finding the Christ Child. We will go down to the sanctuary for communion with our church family.   
High School Youth Group
Serving at Lifebridge January 6th
On Sunday January 6th, The High School Youth group will be preparing and serving dinner at Life Bridge.  If you 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.  Please contact Amy Leveroni for more information at Leveroniamy@gmail.com
Worship Board Meeting
The Worship Board will meet on Tuesday, January 8 at 7pm in the Great Room. 
Calling All Knitters!
Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 2019
All interested knitters and those that would like to learn to knit, please join us Thursday, January 10th, 11-12:30, in the Stacey Street great room. New yarn stock, pattern materials and information will be on hand. Bring your #11 or #13 straight needles if you have them.  Since 2003, Old North has wrapped hundreds of adults and baptized children in prayer shawls knit full of joy, love and support. Join us in continuing this important ministry. In 2019, prayer shawl ministry will meet quarterly at Stacey Street to knit, learn to knit, socialize and strategize. Contact Alexandra Garfield at  adaneknits@gmail.com for any additional information or questions. 
Leadership Board
The Leadership Board will meet on Thursday, January 10 in the Great Room. Topics for discussion will include the 2019 budget and a draft proposal of by-laws.
Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, January 16th, 6-7:30 pm
Please join us in Parish Hall for a Pot Luck Dinner! Bring a favorite dish to share.

Questions, call:
Deb Tyrrell  617-283-1795, deb_tyrrell@yahoo.com
Dara VanRemoortel 781-910-6157, dara@musicwithdara.com
Gathering of Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia
The January Gathering of Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia will be held on Thursday, 1/17/19, from 7-8:30 pm, in the Great Room of the Old North Church office on Stacey Street.  Caregivers meet in the Great Room with this month's featured speaker for conversation and support, while their loved ones meet across the hall in the Beals Room with Dara VanRemoortel and other ONC volunteers for a singalong and conversation. Our featured speaker this month will be Kathy Perella, LSW, CIRS-A/D, Options Program Manager from North Shore Elder Services. Kathy will talk about "Everything You Wanted to Know About Elder Services but were Afraid to Ask". She will also provide a brief overview of the State Subsidized Home Care Program, Family Caregiver Services, and the Options Program. Questions? Please contact the Old North Church office, 781-631-1244.
ONC House of Blues
Saturday, January 26 8pm
Tickets for the ONC "House of Blues" featuring the Chris Fitz Bigger Soul Band with Old North's soprano soloist Holly Cameron and Ben Knight will be available at coffee hour on January 13th and 21st, online at www.onchurch.org and at the door. This special event, sponsored by the Music Committee and the Men's Group will take place on Saturday, January 26th in the Parish Hall at 8pm. Tickets are $20, including beer, wine finger food and fabulous entertainment! All proceeds will benefit Old North Church.
Festival Chorus CD's
Professionally recorded, high quality CDS of the 2018 Festival Chorus Christmas Concerts are available. If you'd like to purchase one (or more!), you may do so at coffee hour or contact Jane Kraybill at, phone: 781 631 4832; email: kraybill@email.com. Please help us reach our goal of "break even" on the cost of making these extraordinary recordings!
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!
ONC Ski Trip Jan 25-27
For the fourth year in a row, we are organizing our annual winter trip to NH.  Last year, over 60 ONC-ers headed north for skiing, hiking, ice skating, community meals, bonfires, s'mores, board games, and a Sunday service in the woods.  As is the case across all ONC activities, inclusion 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 1/25 to 1/27.  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 ( markroberge@alum.mit.edu) know if you plan to attend for planning purposes or if you have any questions.
Coffee with Karla - Schedule Update

Karla's last Friday session will be held on January 11th, from 9:30-11 at the Mugford Eatery.  Drop by and enjoy coffee and conversation!

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