Our Latest News and Activities
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Please join us for worship at 8am at Chandler Hovey Park

Note: there is ONE weekly worship service this summer.

Scripture and Story Lessons:
Jeremiah 17:5-8
and
“The Aspen Grove” ( Mark Nepo )
The use of this story in our worship service is permissible under US copyright law
(17 U.S.C. § 110(3))

Rev. Lindsay Popperson's Sermon:
"Rooted, Connected, Growing"

Summer Worship at Chandler Hovey Park Sundays at 8am

We are gathering for worship at the Marblehead Light at Chandler Hovey Park at 8am every Sunday morning, as long as it’s not raining. If it is raining, our service will be held in the Sanctuary.

We are very grateful to members of our Community Life Ministry Board for providing Coffee Hour refreshments after our summer services.

Online worship: We are unable to livestream from the Lighthouse, so each Sunday's worship service will be recorded and posted on the website, YouTube, and Facebook by 5pm each Sunday.

Capital Campaign
Discussion Meetings

We will be holding several discussion groups to get feedback and alternative ideas from parishioners about raising the capital funds needed to repair and maintain our church property. In addition, we will discuss the current status and proposed plans for mounting a church campaign. The first discussion group took place after church at the lighthouse last Sunday. We will be arranging a few additional discussion groups - 1 on Zoom and 1 in person at Stacey St. some time this summer. If you want to be sure to be included, feel free to send your name to Betsey Halbert at halbertbam@gmail.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Confirmation Summer School

Following the success of last year's summer confirmation program, the church invites its middle schoolers to join Dee Burgett and Rhod Sharp after the lighthouse service at Chandler Hovey Park for an 8-week open air confirmation summer school that began Sunday, July 10. Everyone from rising 7th graders to rising 9th graders is invited to join in.

In a relaxed atmosphere students will meditate and then tour one of the best known if least understood books of the Bible, Genesis. We remind students that it could be hot! Bring a cooling drink, something to sit on like a chair or a pillow and perhaps a hat.

There is no minimum attendance requirement, but we hope it opens the door to a more normal two-term year of confirmation classes starting, God willing, in the fall and concluding with a confirmation service in the spring. No registration needed. Questions to deeburgett@comcast.com or sharp.rhod@gmail.com.
Leadership Board

The Leadership Board met on Thursday evening, July 14 at 7pm. New members Stephen Ainlay, Flory Denhard and Gary Eisenhower were welcomed to the board. Minutes of the June meeting were approved. The next Leadership Board meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm in person in the Great Room at the Stacey Street Office Building.

Approved minutes of the May meeting are available here.
June meeting may be viewed here and minutes of the annual meeting of the church on June 16 are available here.

ONC Reading and Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 17th 
 
The next meeting of the Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving Our Democracy and Environment will be on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. This is the latest of a series of meetings on this subject that have been hosted for all by the ONC Men’s Group. The discussions are supported by background reading. You are invited to participate regardless of the amount of your preparation or whether you have attended a previous meeting. For the August meeting we will discuss Stephen Hawking’s book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, and Yale Professor Timothy Snyder’s very important book, On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century.
 
The meeting will be held on Zoom. To join the meeting, click on 

To use your telephone for audio, dial 929-205-6099 and follow the prompts with Meeting ID 835 8768 5467 and Passcode 701929.  
 

Give to Old North While Shopping

Use smile.amazon.com when shopping at Amazon and 0.5% of your spending amount will be donated to our church (subscription and digital purchases are excluded). Instead of going directly to www.amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com and login with your normal User Name and Password. Make sure that you confirm First Church of Christ in Marblehead as your selected charity. If not, enter “First Church of Christ in Marblehead” in the text box and click “search” then confirm your selection. You will only have to do this once – your selection will be saved with your account. Easy!

To use Amazon Smile on your iOS or Android Amazon app, open the app and then open the Main Menu. Scroll down to Settings and tap on Amazon Smile. Follow the onscreen instructions to turn on donations from orders placed on your phone.
Church Building Access and Summer Office Hours

The church office is now on summer hours. The office will be staffed Tuesday morning from 10-noon and on Wednesday and-Thursday from 9am-noon. If you have an emergency outside of office hours, please send an email to office@onchurch.org
Contact Us: 781-631-1244
Email: office@onchurch.org

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