Lighthouse Worship, Coffee Hour, Kindle Ministry, and more!

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.

Our Coffee Hour fellowship time has resumed--join us on Zoom each Sunday at 11am for conversation and community! The link is below. 

We continue offering our worship service for people who don't have access to the internet on Kindle Fire tablets. They're easy to use (just press one button!) and delivered weekly to the doors of those who need them! 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!

This Sunday (October 4), we'll share communion at the Lighthouse, weather-permitting. It will be a bring-your-own-communion service--you bring some bread (or pretzels, or bagels, etc) and something in a cup (juice, wine, coffee), and Dennis and I will bless your elements from afar. It's a way for us to share this important sacrament safely. (We'll have some individually-packaged juice and crackers available for those who forget!) 


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
10/04/20 8:00am - 10/04/20 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
Sorry, not this week.
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Readings:
Isaiah 5:1-7
and
Matthew 21:33-46
                                                              
 Rev. Dr Dennis Calhoun's Sermon: “More Trouble in the Vineyard”

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)

Children's Faith Formation

This Sunday we will celebrate Worldwide Communion Sunday with Christians around the world. During Sunday's worship we hope you will join in by setting a table in your home.

Gather a cup of juice or water and bread or a cracker, or another favorite bite. I brought out a globe as a reminder and wonder how people near and far will celebrate love and peace on this Sunday. When you set your communion table, I invite you to add a little something from a far away place in the world that you love and keeping it’s people in prayer.

Blessings to you on this special day!
Thank You Notes

Our Outreach Ministry Board has received a number of thank you notes from organizations which Old North Church supports with your pledge contributions. Please click here to view some. We will publish more in the next few weeks.
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.
An Afternoon Walk in Marblehead
Sunday, October 11 at 1pm

Our local historian and conservationist, Don Morgan, is leading a walk through the Forest River area of Marblehead on Sunday, October 11.  

Join us at the Lead Mills pullout on Lafayette Street just before entering Salem at 1pm and enjoy the fall colors while learning about the history of the area.

This walk will involve uneven terrain with no hand rails. Parking is also available on Carna Road, just before the pullout on the right.

Please contact Judy Conner to let us know if you are attending and how many people in your group.

Contact Judy Conner, jbc2274@yahoo.com or 978-594-5205, for more information.
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, and the important article, “The Election That Could Break America”, by Barton Gellman, The Atlantic, November 2020. (See https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/what-if-trump-refuses-concede/616424/ ) There will be much discussion of current dangers our democracy is facing. 
To enter the Zoom meeting just click on the URL https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84266561361?pwd=aytwaFJRbWdQeUxCMHJwWFhwTTZ1Zz09

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, October 5, 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!
Support St Andrew's Church in Feeding Our Neighbors

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Marblehead has been helping feed our neighbors, and they need our help! Starting with one church member working out of his garage, the St. Andrew's Food Project helps the New American Center in Lynn support over 50 families every week by providing staple foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and home-baked cookies (the children's favorite).

Here are ways we can help:
·  Deliver food to several homes in Lynn on Thursday afternoons. Food is ready around 2 p.m. and it usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete a series of deliveries. This is currently a great need!

-  Bake cookies, bag them (a few per bag), and leave them at St Andrews before noon on Thursdays (drop them at the church's red doors at 135 Lafayette St in Marblehead)

Please contact The Rev. Clyde Elledge at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, rector@standrewsmhd.org or 781.631.4951 to offer assistance. Thank you for considering and please pray for the families struggling to provide a basic living for their loved ones.

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