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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

The 8am Service will be held at
The Marblehead Lighthouse at Chandler Hovey Park

The 10am Service will be held at
The Old North Church Sanctuary

Scripture Lessons:
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun 's Sermon:
"What's the Cost?"

Recordings of the day's worship service will be posted on Sunday afternoons on YouTube and Facebook

Please click here to view.

Worship Service Information

We are delighted to be able to worship once again in the sanctuary at Old North Church. We are mindful that the recent surge in COVID cases in and around Marblehead requires our sustained vigilance and willingness to follow the recommendations and protocols from public health officials.
We are now meeting in-person for worship at 10am in the Sanctuary. Since the health and safety of all our members and friends is of paramount importance, we are requiring face masks and social distancing for those attending. We ask that those who are unvaccinated continue to worship with us online rather than in person.

The 10am service includes music provided by our soloists. The sanctuary windows will be open and fans will be assisting with ventilation. Children of all ages are welcome to attend our worship services with their families, but must be masked if 2 years old or above. There will be outdoor Sunday school once a month.

Please note that no nursery care is being provided during our services.
In-person worship services will continue at the Lighthouse at 8am on Sunday mornings through the end of October. We will continue to post videos of our weekly worship services on our YouTube channel (Old North Church Marblehead) and on Facebook (Friends of Old North Church, Marblehead). The videos will be posted on Sunday afternoons. 
We look forward to seeing you in church, however you feel most comfortable joining us!  

Bible Study on Paul Continues This Sunday at 11:15

You are welcome to join our Bible study on Paul each Sunday at 11:15--whether you've come to previous sessions or not. 

Paul wrote most of the New Testament, but many of us have little familiarity with his life and teachings. Join together for a Bible study on Paul where we will read a book about Paul: “Paul: A Very Short Introduction” by E. P. Sanders, alongside biblical passages he wrote.

We will meet outside on the patio at 8 Stacey Street (our church offices) or in a well-ventilated room with masks on. Contact Lindsay (lindsaypopper@gmail.com or 423-863-8251) for more information.

Wednesday Evening Sessions with the Festival Chorus

If you are enthusiastic about gathering in person, and if you are willing to adhere to our guidelines, you are invited to participate in a season of joyful and inspiring sessions – to include a combination of listening, learning, and singing. For more information, please contact Maria vanKalken at vankalken@gmail.com. For guidelines, please visit the Old North Festival Chorus website at: https://www.oldnorthfestivalchorus.org/. We hope to see you there!

Youth Music Program News

Youth Music Director, Sarah Del Dotto, is looking for volunteers from the youth of our church to provide a musical offering at some of our 10am worship services. These offerings can be solos, duos or small ensembles and can be vocal or instrumental.  
Sarah is also starting a new music program for young children at Old North and the wider community which will focus on listening, creating, and making music together. She will focus on some basic reading skills and ensemble playing through drumming, rhythm activities and games! The program will run for a limited number of weeks and will conclude with a performance for family and friends. The start date for this new initiative is postponed until we can be sure it is safe for children to meet inside. However, it is not too soon to register your interest!

Finally, there may be some opportunities for children 12+ to participate in some musical holiday offerings throughout the month of December. Strict safety protocols will be followed in every instance. Sarah would love to hear from you at: deldottosarah@gmail.com.

Bell Choir at Old North

The Bell Choir is rehearsing again! Our ringers meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm and new members are always welcome. All members must be vaccinated, and masks are required. If you would like to join, please contact Liz Smith at: smith.liz@gmail.com.
First Come, First Served!

HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), which Old North supports, has sent us four complimentary tickets to a concert at Misselwood, on the Endicott campus in Beverly on Tuesday, October 12 from 6-8pm.

Country music singer Kate Redgate will perform in this beautiful open-air venue. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will complement the occasion.

If you’re interested, please call Becky Burckmyer at 781-632-6505.

A walk through ONC's Three Neighborhoods
to the Church's Birthplace
on Old Burial Hill

Please join us on Sunday afternoon, October 17 or 24 (pick either date) at 1:30 pm for a walking tour donated to ONC and led by Judy Anderson of Marblehead Architecture Heritage & Tours. Judy will be talking about Marblehead's development and the historic environment in ONC's three neighborhoods as they relate to the town's early social history, local government, architecture, the First Church and the community's other early churches.

Please meet outside in front of ONC. Contributions to benefit the church are welcome.

No RSVP is necessary, but helpful if cancellation for rain is necessary. 

For RSVP or questions, call or email Judy Anderson AFTER October 10 at 781-631-1762 or MarbleheadTours@aol.com.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Come one, come all (kids and grandparents too) to the first ONC Halloween Scavenger Hunt! We'll all meet at 1:30 pm on Halloween, Sunday October 31, at the Stacy Street Building to get your first clue to the hunt.  The game course (less than 2 miles) will take place in downtown Marblehead, each team starting with a unique clue that will take you to a well-known location, with another clue there, and so on until you return to the church. The first team to win gets first crack at cider and cookies. Costumes and scary masks are optional but highly encouraged. PS - Each team will need at least one phone with picture-taking capability.   Please RSVP by October 24th to marcia.bennet@verizon.net
Old North Reading and Discussion Group

The next meeting of the Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving Our Democracy and Environment will be on Wednesday,
October 13th, 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 assignments. You are invited to participate regardless of the amount of your preparation or whether you have attended a previous meeting. At this meeting we will be discussing the NY Times article, “How to Reach People Who Are Wrong”, by Nicholas Kristof, 3 March 2021. We will furthermore be discussing the results of our individual efforts to convince some (unnamed) person that some of his/her beliefs or actions might pose a danger to our democracy or environment. 

The meeting will be privately hosted on Zoom. Those who have completed their maximal COVID-19 vaccinations and are willing to wear a mask will be able to attend in person in the “Great Room” of the ONC Annex at 8 Stacey Street. To join the Zoom meeting, just click on

(Meeting ID: 881 5896 5315; Passcode: 658123) .

Anti-Racism Accountability Group

A small group of Old Northers are continuing to meet to hold ourselves accountable to doing anti-racism work in our own lives. We meet on Zoom at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month:

This month we will be discussing episodes 1-3 of the podcast "Come Through" ( https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/come-through )
Contact Lindsay (lindsaypopper@gmail.com) for more information.
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. 
Church Building Access and Office Hours

The church office will now be open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-1:30pm. We ask that you wear a mask in the office building, no matter your vaccination status. We look forward to your visits.
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

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