Our Latest News and Activities

Sunday, November 27, 2022

First Sunday in Advent


Please join us for worship at 8am and 10 am in our Sanctuary.

Rev. Don Remick

will be preaching at both services.

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Scripture Lessons:

 Isaiah 2:1-5   2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1  and  Matthew 24:36-44


The Rev. Don Remick's sermon: "Embodying God's Hope"


Please click here to view the 10am bulletin.

Children's Faith Formation


This Sunday, we will begin our Advent journey by lighting the first candle during worship. The children will then head up to the classrooms to begin our countdown to Christmas. There are new candles and Advent story books already!

 

Childcare for Infants to 4 years old are welcome to join Rey and Donna Weiner, upstairs in the First Church Meeting House room, beginning at 9:50.

 

Registration Forms can be found here.

Stewardship Update


The Prudential Ministries Board is grateful to those who have made pledges during the first few weeks of the 2022-2023 Stewardship Campaign. One hundred pledges totaling $225,310. have been received to date. Thirty-nine pledgers have increased their pledges. This brings us close to the halfway mark of the 2021-2022 campaign.


The results of our annual Stewardship campaign determine the future of Old North’s mission and ministry. Annual pledges to Old North pay for our operating budget. Ten percent of this income is dedicated to church Outreach Ministry. The rest funds minister and staff compensation, program expenses and property upkeep.


If you have not made your pledge yet, please do so during this week of Thanksgiving for all the goodness in our lives.


Sally Sands For the Prudential Ministries Board 

 

Pledge cards are available in the pew racks and were sent in a recent mailing. You may also indicate your giving online at:

www.onchurch.org/pledge.

Festival Chorus


The popular Old North Festival Chorus Holiday Concerts are fast approaching! Tickets are priced at $30,  and may be purchased in advance – online HERE, in person at Arnould Gallery or Crosby’s Marketplace, or after church in the Narthex. We are pleased to have added a QR code to our posters, postcards, and marketing materials! Simply point your electronic device at the QR code, and order away!


The Festival Chorus Committee is also seeking your generous support of these cherished and enduring annual events at Old North! Please consider becoming a Friend of the Festival Chorus, with a tax-deductible contribution! With checks as our preferred method of payment, please make your check out to Old North Church (with Festival Chorus in the memo) and send to: Festival Chorus, OLD NORTH CHURCH, 8 Stacey Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945. You may also reserve tickets in advance by calling 781-608-2782.  Thank you! 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel 

 Advent Candle Lighting

in the 

Old North Church Sanctuary

Sundays November 27,

December 11, 18

4:30-5:30 



Join us for a time to pause, and to make space in our hearts, minds and souls as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.



The sanctuary will be prepared with candles for lighting, and space for gentle rest, stay for a few minutes or for a while. 


Poinsettias


Envelopes for the poinsettia plants for our church display on December 11th are in the pews starting this week. Plants are $22 this year; checks may be made payable to Old North Church. Plants may be designated in memory or in honor of someone if you would like to do so. We appreciate your help in making the sanctuary beautiful for Christmas! You may also mail or drop off a check at the church office, 8 Stacey St with your requested designation. We must receive all orders no later than Thursday, December 1.

Capital Campaign Update


The capital campaign has been rescheduled to kickoff during the Lenten season 2023. Leadership has decided to focus on stewardship this fall. We're looking forward to sharing with you all the possibilities the capital campaign will bring us.

Fresh Sunday Flowers are Back!


Fresh flowers are back! And with them, heartfelt dedications in honor or memory of a special loved one. If you would like to participate in this beautiful tradition, please send an email to Bonnie MacDonald at bonnietim@comcast.net. She will help you select a date for your personal message and flower donation.

HAWC Sponsor a Family


HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is one of the organizations which Old North Church Supports with your pledge contributions. They are asking for sponsors to help brighten the holidays for survivors of domestic abuse. Family sizes range from 1-5 children, aged babies to teens. The suggested gift expenditure is $50 per child. Gifts must be dropped off at HAWC between November 28-December 10. They also appreciate donations of wrapping paper, gift bags and gift cards. For more information, please go to their website, here.

SAVE THE DATE! On Monday, December 12th at 7:30pm Old North Church will present A Very RenMen Christmas! Renaissance Men is a professional all male vocal ensemble based in Boston, performing in venues and concert halls in New England and across the United States from the RenMen website: "It's the most wonderful time of the year! Let Renaissance Men deck the halls of your hearts with a little holiday cheer in our good ole fashioned way! We offer audiences a wide variety of light-hearted songs and modern sounds to celebrate the season. Treat yourself with traditional British Christmas music, songs of the season, Christmas carols or men's voices by Alfred Burt, and future family favorites from composers Saunder Choi, John Paul Rudoi, and Daniel E. Gawthrop. This concert also features a brand-new setting of O Magnum Mysterium by Jan Wilke. Who knows, there may even be a "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" or Christmas hippopotamus among us!" Admission to this concert is a free-will offering; suggested donation: $20

Winter Parking at Old North


We have a limited number of spaces available for winter season overnight parking (Dec 1-Apr 30) or for declared Snow Emergencies only parking in the church parking lot. Overnight and snow emergency parking without a valid permit may result in your car being towed from our lot. This year, we are offering a winter season permit, which allows for overnight parking (including snow emergencies) for $650. Alternatively, we are offering a Snow Emergency Only pass for $200 for the season. We are not able to offer passes for individual storms or short-term overnight stays.  If you or anyone that you know may be interested in either option, please email Lisa in the church office at office@onchurch.org.

It's a Phishing Hoax


Have you received a text or email from any of our staff asking for money with a link?

Ignore them. 


“Phishing” is a scam happening regularly. It’s not a hacked account. People pretend to be staff and send out texts or emails to people they identify as being from from the ministry setting.  You can often recognize these because the phone number or email don’t belong to the staff person or church.


Our staff and leadership will never ask you to send gift cards or cash without going through the regular church channels. And you will be able to verify the source by contacting staff directly through known and trusted emails or phone.


Please ignore these texts or emails. 

Rev Don and your church staff and leadership.  

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.

Office Hours

The church office is open regular office hours: Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 - 1:30.  Please note that Friday is a virtual work from home day. 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