Our Latest News and Activities
Sunday, May 29 2022
Seventh Sunday After Easter

Scripture Lessons:
Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53

Rev. Lindsay Popperson's Sermon:
"Power and Hope"
Livestreaming our 10 am Service

Our 10am worship service is now available live, online at 10am each Sunday, right on our website (www.onchurch.org).

You can watch it from home while it is happening in the sanctuary, or catch it later. It will continue to be available on Youtube and Facebook. Please click here to view on Youtube on Sunday afternoon.  
Covid-19 Protocols at Old North Church
Masking Urged - Vaccination Expected

The COVID risk level is HIGH in Marblehead and the surrounding area, according to the CDC and the Marblehead Board of Public Health. For the time being, we urge all who attend worship to wear high-quality masks (eg, KN95, N95 or KF94). The choir will continue to wear masks while singing. 

All members of the Old North Church clergy, staff and choir have been vaccinated against Covid-19. We expect you to be vaccinated as well. For information on the vaccine or how to be vaccinated, please go to www.mass.gov/covid-19  
Please continue to observe physical distancing between households, particularly if you or a member of your household is unvaccinated. 
Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks are available in the narthex.
New Interim Minister

The Interim Search Committee is happy to announce that Reverend Don Remick will be our new Interim Minister. We received applications from several strong candidates and completed thorough interviews with the most highly qualified, followed by a unanimous vote for our first choice. What a blessing! Don will start part-time on June 6th and full-time on September 5th.
During his 15 years serving as Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church in Hanover, MA, Don shared the pulpit with talented associates, led two Sunday services and oversaw a capital campaign, making him a great fit for Old North. We found him to be warm, articulate, and insightful as he eagerly shared his thoughts on how to lead us through this time of transition. 

During part of Don's four decades of ministry he served on our Conference staff as Associate Conference Minister and Conference Minister. During that time he was responsible for developing programs to help churches with visioning and vitality, supervising staff and gathering resources to guide churches in their search processes, and training and resourcing interim ministers.

Don and his wife, who is also a pastor, have three children and three grandchildren.

For the past four years Don has primarily been doing interim work, and he will be completing his time at the First Congregational Church in Randolph during the summer. We anticipate that his first day preaching at Old North will be on Sunday, September 11th. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie MacDonald at bonnietim@comcast.net or John Meakin at jgmeakin@icloud.com.
Memorial Service for Don Yeaple

A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary this Sunday, May 29 at 2pm for long-time church member Don Yeaple. All are invited to attend.
Deepest Thanks From Dennis
This past Sunday marked the fourth week since my retirement send-off from Old North Church. Our life has been a whirlwind since then, what with clearing my desk and office, packing up all our earthly belongings, getting the house ready to sell, saying final farewells, then driving across the country to start the next chapter of our lives out here in the Pacific Northwest. I thought the passage of time would help me find the right words to express my profound appreciation for all the good people of Old North Church did to send Susan and me on our way. 
But I still can’t find works to express how much you have touched us with your kindness, love and generosity. The gifts, notes, calls, cards and visits have warmed our hearts and deepened our sense of how blessed we have been to serve alongside you all for these past 14 years. We will always cherish the memories we have brought with us into retirement. I simply don’t have words to do justice to the gratitude that fills my heart. And I know Susan feels the same. Thank you so much for welcoming us when we arrived back in 2007 and sending us off so graciously last month. We treasure everything you’ve given us through the years.
Last Sunday I attended the tiny Tolt Congregational UCC in Carnation, Washington, down in a lovely valley along the Snoqualmie River in the shadow of the Cascade mountains. The congregation of maybe 20 people smothered me with kindness and hospitality and did not press me for anything more than what I offered when asked: that my name was Dennis and that I was in town because my wife and I were staying with our grandson for a week while his parents were away on business. I think the sweet little old lady in the pew next to me was wondering why I kept wiping tears from my eyes while the pianist played “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” during the offertory. It was just what I needed and very moving to sit there thinking how richly Susan and I were blessed all those years in Marblehead, knowing that the Spirit at work in that place is the same Spirit at work at Old North Church. It filled my soul and spilled out in deep gratitude.
So until our paths cross again, thanks be to God. And to all of you.
Children’s Faith Formation
Karen Kilty, Director of Children’s Ministry

There is no Children’s Church this Sunday, May 29. I wish you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
ONC Reading and Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 15th 
The next meeting of the Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving Our Democracy and Environment will be on Wednesday, June 15, 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 June meeting we will finish discussing the book by Ray Dalio, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail, Simon & Schuster, 30 Nov 2021. This book is particularly relevant to the situation in the world today, with all its evident instabilities. We will also begin discussing the book by Carlo Ravalli, There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness, Penguin, 8 Nov 2018.

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 892 4726 9872 and Passcode 775018.  
Annual Collection for Music Patron's Fund

The annual collection for the Music Patrons Fund took place in church on May 22nd, Jazz Sunday. Many of you will have received a letter in the mail, but if you would like to access it here, please click on this link. 

If you would like to help preserve our healthy and vibrant musical life at Old North with a contribution to the Music Patrons Fund, donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year and can be mailed to the church office at 8 Stacey Street. Checks should be made payable to Old North Church, with the words ``Music Patrons Fund” clearly written in the MEMO line.
Gardening Volunteers are Needed
The warm weather of late spring and summer encourage our beautiful church gardens to flourish and flower. A small group of volunteers provide maintenance work like weeding, deadheading, cutting back and general clean up of our landscaped properties. We need more helping hands and meet at different times to suit everyone’s convenience. Please join us and contact Ginny von Rueden at rvonrueden@comcast.net or 781-631-7898. 
Attention Walkers!
Walk for HAWC Sunday, June 5

An organization which Old North supports, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change) is planning its Annual Walk for HAWC on June 5. Because of our support, Old North has been given 5 free registrations and sized t-shirts for the walk. We have 2 slots left. If you’re interested in participating in the walk for this organization, which offers support and protection for victims of domestic violence, give Becky Burckmyer a call at 781-632-6505. They’d love to include you. First come, first served: call soon!
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.
Old North Church Officers, Ministry Boards and Meeting Schedules

Please click here to view the list of Church Officers, Ministry Boards, Board Chairs and monthly meeting schedules. All meetings are open to members of the church. Please contact the board chair for the zoom link to the meeting. Board meetings are also posted on our online calendar, accessible on our website, www.onchurch.org.
Church Building Access and Summer Office Hours

The church office is transitioning to summer hours. The office will be staffed Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-noon.
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

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