Old North Church Reopening?

I’d say we never really closed, although we have not gathered “in person” for the past 8 weeks! But with Governor Baker’s announcement on Monday that houses of worship are now free to reopen, with guidelines, you are probably wondering when we can be together again.

Quick answer: not yet. We will continue to worship and conduct our business virtually, at a safe social distance until we can determine when, where and how to safely reopen. Please know that our Leadership Board, with consultation of five of the physicians in the congregation and input from local governing bodies, will be exploring our options. We are mindful of the value of being together, but also of the challenge of doing so safely, given the vulnerability of many members of our church family.

Rest assured we are doing our best, with the information we have, to determine a wise and faithful way to gather again. Meanwhile, please continue to worship with us on this Memorial Day Weekend by tuning in to our YouTube service, which you can find at “Old North Church, Marblehead.” It will be posted at 9 am Sunday morning.

In faith, hope and love,

Rev. Dr. Dennis B. Calhoun
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Scripture Lessons: Acts 1:6-14  and   Luke 24:44-53
Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon: "Why Are You Standing Around?"

This week's worship video will be posted by 10am this Sunday.
Please click here on Sunday morning to view the service.

Please click on "Show More," found below the youtube video, if you would like to access the "Suggested Listening" portion of our online services.

Please click here for a copy of Sunday's bulletin.
Our Latest News and Activities
Worship Service and Coffee Hour Links

The early church met in houses, instead of in sanctuaries; in this pandemic time, we'll be bringing you worship from our houses, for you to participate in from yours. This Sunday's worship will be on YouTube, and can be found by clicking  here or by entering this link in your browser:
It will be posted by 10am. 

After worship, at 11am we'll gather for coffee hour via Zoom, an online meeting platform. You can call in with your phone, or join with video and audio from a smartphone or computer. It'll be a little weird, and a little clunky, but it will be so nice to see your faces. (You'll have to make your own coffee). Here's the Zoom information: 

Either click here or enter this link: https://zoom.us/j/566308766
Or call this number: 
    +1 312 626 6799 (Meeting ID: 566 308 766)

Children’s Faith Formation

Hello Old North Church,

We are living in extraordinary times. Our lives have been forever changed. Our very sense of our “selves” has been challenged. And yet, we persevere and prevail.

One of the greatest ways to study history, is through art. From the first forms painted on caves we have shared our lives through art. To pass on the essence of ourselves, in our own way, to the future. In this light we invite EVERY member of ONC to share their “Art from heart: Reflections from quarantine.” While the final project ideas have not been nailed down, we would like to start receiving digital copies of anything you have done during the quarantine. Art is a form of meditation. It is in no uncertain terms God's work though your own mind and hands. But art isn’t confined to conventional ideas. We want to see “you” through the wonderful, joyous, splendor of Gods Grace. Have you written a poem, story, song or piece of music? Have you planted a garden? Did you cook a new recipe or perfect an old one? Did you discover an old place on your regular walking route that you never noticed? Did you do your children's art assignment with them just so they wouldn’t work alone (I've done many) Did you knit, sew,
sculpt, clean? Did you restructure your company to aid in the fight against the virus? What have you done during this time that best shows “you”. The
possibilities are endless.

There are different ways that ONC would like to use these artistic expressions. Some ideas have been as a video background. Website for the Church. To be archived in our history. In a time capsule. A picture book. But we need material first and this is where everyone counts. Each and every piece, provided it can be transmitted in some digital form, is welcome. We can provide assistance on how to make that happen. From uploading a performance to transmitting a picture of your favorite meal. Personal stories and reflections via audio or text will be greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you, I very much look forward to working with everyone on this project. You may email your submissions to Karen Kilty, kwkilty@gmail.com

James Horgan
Celebrating Our Graduates!

Among the many rites of Spring interrupted by the coronavirus, this year’s high school and college graduates are missing the commencement ceremonies that would ordinarily mark their achievement. But we want to recognize them next month.

If you are a high school or college senior (of the parent of one), we would like to hear from you. We will be honoring our graduates during our worship service and our e-newsletter in June. Please email us ( office@onchurch.org ) your name, your school and your photo, along with a word on your future plans. Your church family is proud of you! 
Ways to Connect With Us During the Week

So that we might stay connected, we've set up several times throughout the week to gather on Zoom. You can join from a computer, iphone, or ipad using the links below, or you can call +1 929 205 6099 and enter the meeting ID (listed with each event). 

Lectio Divina (Tuesdays 9am)
https://zoom.us/j/532654567 (Meeting ID: 532-654-567)
A time of contemplative prayer, with scripture and poetry, led by Dennis. 

Breakfast Group (Fridays 8am)
https://zoom.us/j/568995512 (Meeting ID: 568-995-512)
A time to gather with one another, with your breakfast and coffee. 
Coping with Stress and Grief during a Pandemic
Wednesdays at 8pm

Join us on Zoom every Wednesday at 8pm for a brief gathering to reflect on the grief and difficulty of these days, share how we're coping, and get support. All of the TV commercials are telling us that we'll get through these uncertain times together (thanks, banks and car dealerships and Coca Cola for the encouragement!), and--all joking aside--it's good for us to see each other's faces and connect. Lindsay will lead these sessions. Join at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88362537082 or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering Meeting ID: 883 6253 7082

If you're interested in this group but the time doesn't work for you, email Lindsay ( lindsaypopper@gmail.com ) with a couple suggestions of times that would work. We want to support you and cheer you on in these hard times! 
Thank You From the Outreach Ministry Board
and the Marblehead Food Pantry!

As you are aware, the Outreach Ministry Board normally collects bags of groceries during the months of April and November and delivers them to the Marblehead Food Pantry to stock the shelves. Lynda Hare, who coordinates the grocery collection had a really nice call from Janet Parker who heads up the Food Pantry. Lynda had asked Janet to let her know how our monetary, rather than the usual bag, donations had gone for the month of April.  Seventy-two households contributed a total of $9085. This was in addition to the $500 that Outreach Ministry Board authorized. Thank you so much to so many of you for your generous donations!
Nominating Committee: Volunteer Opportunities at ONC

Recall that ONC’s formal organization structure consists of Officers, a Leadership Board, and four active Ministry Boards (one ministry board is inactive), all endorsed by congregational vote. Nearly 50 volunteers are required to fill the officer and board positions. The officer and board positions are more than 80% filled for the coming church year, thanks to the people who have already volunteered when asked. We still need a few more volunteers for open board positions, plus a new Financial Secretary.

If you wish to volunteer or have questions about service opportunities, please contact Martha Potvin ( bmpotvin@msn.com ) or me ( daveh.racer@gmail.com ). Thanks, Dave Hostetter, Nominating
Would You Share Your Experience
of Living Through These Times of Covid-19?
Our Historian, Lesli Mead would like to record your thoughts, stories and photos to our Old North Archives of these times when we cannot worship together in the Sanctuary. Please email Lesli at Lmead6@gmail.com or send mail to Lesli's attention at the Church Office, 8 Stacey St. Marblehead, MA 01945.
Call For Selfies and Videos

So that we might see each other's faces, we're looking for either selfies, or videos of you praying the Lord's Prayer. We'll use these in our worship services! You can send selfies to office@onchurch.org  

If you record a video of yourself or your family saying the Lord's Prayer, email it to Lindsay at lindsaypopper@gmail.com and we'll create a video collage. 

Here's the text of the prayer we're using:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Tips: Record using your cellphone, laptop or tablet, shooting in landscape mode (sideways). Shoot from straight-on (not looking up or down at the camera), with your torso and head in the shot, with light in front of you, not behind. 

Book Drive for Connery School in Lynn
Coordinated by Temple Emanu-El

For all ONC children:

Hello! These last few weeks have probably given you the opportunity to read your favorite books over and over and over again! If you are now ready to part with some of those books, Connery School in Lynn is collecting gently used books, and new/unused puzzle or coloring books for elementary age children, K - 5th grade. The teachers are preparing packets and will be delivering them to the kids at home. All books welcome! 

Please deliver to the collection bin at 99 Tedesco Street before Tuesday May 26th.

The Bell of Old North Church is Ringing!

At the suggestion of one of the Deacons, the bell at Old North Church is ringing at 6 pm each evening as a way to reminder that we are here to serve the needs and lift the spirits of the community during these trying times. We have invited other area congregations to join us in this effort. If you would like to be a “ringer” please be in touch our Senior Deacon, Frank Arren at 617-448-6083 or email him at f garren1@gmail.com . What a great way to get involved in telling our story!

Church Building Access and Office Hours

We are limiting access to the church and office buildings to critical business needs only. Our office is closed for normal business but some of our staff are in periodically to ensure that critical operations are maintained. Please reach out to us via email at office@onchurch.org if you have any questions. Thank you for staying home and staying safe!
Do You Need Assistance? Here are some Resources.
We are sharing a list of resources which Gordon Lothrop thoughtfully shared with us from the Marblehead Masonic Lodge.

List of Resources
  • Swampscott Council on Aging: click here
  • Marblehead Council on Aging: click here
  • Marblehead Community Support Forum:  click here
  • Nahant Council on Aging: click here
  • Anchor Food Pantry Swampscott: click here
  • The Nahant Veteran’s Food Bank operates the first Wednesday of the month for veterans living in Nahant.
  • Marblehead Food Pantry, 80 Atlantic Ave. (781)631-5335: click here
  • Town of Marblehead:  click here
  • Town of Swampscott: click here 
  • Churches
  • Synagogues
  • Schools
Lifebridge Needs Our Help!

During this challenging and chaotic time , others are suffering and need our support . If you would like to help the Lifebridge community, here are a few ideas.

  • Food items especially looking for sliced bread, individual bottled juices, whole fruit (oranges, apples, bananas). They are doing to-go meals now that their day center is open 5 days a week in Salem, in addition to the shelter meals
  • Personal care items – socks, underwear, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, shampoo & conditioner, tissues, toothbrushes & toothpaste
Donations may be dropped off anytime at Lifebridge, 56 Margin Street in Salem. It is open 24/7 and there is someone at the front desk. Philanthropic donations can be made online or mailed to Lifebridge North Shore, Development Office, 56 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970.
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

Church Address: 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA 01945
Mailing Address: 8 Stacey St. Marblehead, MA 01945