Worship at the Lighthouse and In Our Homes

We continue to worship God in Marblehead (and beyond!) in these strange pandemic times. We will keep worshipping together at the Lighthouse for as long as weather allows, unless state and/or local COVID-19 mitigation efforts restrict us from doing so. Meanwhile, our weekly virtual worship services will continue to be produced and posted on our YouTube channel (Old North Church, Marblehead.) See below for more info, and to RSVP for contact-tracing purposes.

We are also working to bridge the "digital divide" and ensure that people without computers/smartphones/internet are still able to participate in our virtual worship. 

Starting this weekend, we will be loading our worship services onto Kindle Fire tablets, which volunteers will deliver to people who have not been able to access our online worship. The tablets will make it so people can see our service at the press of just one button--no internet, no searching, no typing in an address required. We know of a few people who want to use this service; if you know of someone who might benefit, let Karen Kilty know at kwkilty@gmail.com or 978-335-6244. If you're interested in volunteering to deliver a tablet to someone nearby, let Karen know that, too!

Think of it like Moses bringing the tablets down the mountain with the word of God, or like the Holy Spirit kindling a fire in the hearts of the disciples. God's word is coming to us in a new way these days.


Additional Information for Lighthouse Worship:

Facial covering and social distancing (6 feet minimum) will be observed throughout the service, and contact information for those attending will be collected to facilitate contact tracing, should that be necessary. (Please let us know if you plan to attend by clicking the link below. Deacons will also be recording attendance on Sunday morning.) The number of worshipers we can accommodate will be limited by the space available at the Lighthouse. Shade may be in short supply, so we encourage you to wear a hat and sunscreen in addition to your Sunday-best face mask. And bring water to drink!

Since we will continue to make our video service available, we strongly advise those at high risk due to age or underlying medical conditions NOT to attend. Our first priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of every friend and member of Old North Church. We look forward to worshiping together on Sunday, whether in person or virtually!


*****In case of rain on Sunday mornings, we will not worship at the Lighthouse--join us online for our Youtube service. If you're not sure, look for the sandwich board sign at the Devereaux Beach entrance.

If it is green, go to the Lighthouse; if it is red, the service will be online only.
 
Are you coming to the Lighthouse service this Sunday?
LOCATION
Chandler Hovey Park

DATE AND TIME
09/13/20 8:00am - 09/13/20 9:00am

Facial covering and social distancing (6 feet minimum) will be observed throughout the service, and contact information for those attending
I'll be there!
Maybe
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Readings:
Matthew 18:21-35
and
Forgiveness
                                                                    by                                                                      
         John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892

 Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon Forgive Us…As We Forgive…

This week's worship video will be posted by 8am this Sunday.
Please click here on Sunday morning to view the service.

Please click here for a copy of Sunday's bulletin.
Our Latest News and Activities
Coffee Hour Zoom is Back!

Coffee Hour is BACK! Join members of the ONC community for conversation and fellowship on Zoom at 11am every Sunday.

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)


Youth Choir/Festival Youth Chorus

If your child would like to participate in the Old North Youth Choirs and/or Festival Youth Chorus this year, please contact our Youth Choir Director, Sarah Del Dotto. Sarah is forming a schedule and a plan for online participation until it is safe to gather in person. Please send an email to: deldottosarah@gmail.com


Prayers for Back to School

Back to School Prayers and Blessings:

A Prayer for Putting on a Mask

I put on my mask to show others I care. I put on my mask to keep others safe I put on my mask to love my neighbor. Thank you, God, for being with me Amen

A Prayer for Washing My Hands

I wash my hands. I make them clean. I dry them off. While I wash I say “Thank you, God”. While I wash I say “Peace to all” Amen.

www.traci-smith.com Traci Smith, 2020


Update on Dave Tips
Dave is continuing to improve and is in good spirits. For additional information here is the link to the CaringBridge page for Dave below:




ONC Reading/Discussion Group - Weds. Oct. 14th

The next meeting of the Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Environment will be on Wednesday,
October 14, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM via Zoom. This is the latest of a series of meetings on preservation of our democracy and environment that have been hosted by the ONC Men’s Group. The discussions are supported by background reading assignments. You are invited to participate regardless of the amount of reading you have done. At this meeting we will discuss the book, Not Born Yesterday: the Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe, by Hugo Mercier. Undoubtedly, there will be much discussion also of current world and local affairs. The Zoom meeting invitation instructions will be published during the week prior to the meeting.




CLMB Welcome Back to Church Gathering-
Sunday - September 20th at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse
The Community Life Ministry Board is planning a Covid compliant Welcome Back to Church gathering at the Lighthouse on Sunday, September 20 at 5:00 PM, weather permitting. We are all eager to visit with one another and this will be the perfect opportunity to see old friends, recount the summer's activities and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Please bring your own chairs, dinner, a jacket and bug spray (some of us have encountered ravenous flies there recently). Because of Covid 19 we are restricted to 50 participants so sign up soon to hold your place. Hope to see you on the 20th!!!! Any questions, please contact Linda Duvel, 781-631-1703 or linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com.

Are you coming to the CLMB Welcome Back To Church Gathering?
LOCATION
Chandler Hovey Lighthouse

DATE AND TIME
09/20/20 5:00pm - 09/20/20

Facial Covering and Social Distance Rules ( 6 feet minimum ) Apply
I'll be there!
Maybe













Anti-Racism Accountability Group

A group of Old North Church folks are committing to get together regularly to hold ourselves accountable to doing anti-racism work in our own lives. This will be a time for sharing and accountability about how we are participating in the work Jesus calls us to do in unraveling white supremacy--whether that's confronting racist language in our families and friends, supporting Black organizers in the local area, immersing ourselves in learning from people of color, or many other things. We're still figuring this out, and we'd love for you to be on the journey with us.

We'll be meeting every two weeks: Join us Monday, September 21 at 7 pm via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84605394239 or dial +1 929 205 6099 and enter meeting ID 846 0539 4239) Contact Lindsay (lindsaypopper@gmail.com) if you have questions!



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

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
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

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