Our Latest News and Activities

Sunday, March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Scripture Lessons:
Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon:
“The Gospel in a Nutshell”

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 the bulletin.



Join Us for Coffee Hour Zoom

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)

Stewardship Season Update

By now you have received our annual stewardship appeal. Despite all the changes in church life due to the pandemic, the challenge of financing our mission and ministry remains. We hope you are able to continue your support of Old North Church as you have in the past, and we encourage you to return your pledge card to the church office, or pledge online at your earliest convenience. As of March 10, we have received 223 pledges for 2021, totaling $398,422.
Come Light a Candle with Us

As part of the "Come Light a Candle with Us" series on Friday nights- the Christian Formation Ministry Board will be hosting a Labyrinth in the church parking lot this Friday night, March 12th, from 4pm-8pm. It will be a masked, social distanced, outdoor event with limited participant numbers to abide by state Covid-19 guidelines.
 
The Labyrinth is a metaphor for life's journey. Dating back to the 5th century BC, they are meandering but purposeful paths to be walked in a silent meditative state. The design we are using allows for one way foot traffic. You will enter one side of the Labyrinth, and after your winding contemplative journey, you will enter the center, and then follow the path to the other side to exit.
 
This Labyrinth will have a natural theme, with rocks, wooden discs, and nearly 600 battery operated votive candles to allow us to be in the light together.
 
Ways you can participate:
 
- Drop off a medium sized beach rock on Thursday or Friday by 3pm. It will then be added to the Labyrinth design, as a tangible symbol of prayer intention. There will be a wheelbarrow in the plant bed along the left side of the church lot where you can leave your rock ahead of time.   
 
- Help fill in our Labyrinth design with rocks, wooden discs, and battery operated votive candles between 3-4pm. 
 
- Set aside some time to walk the labyrinth from 4-8pm...in daylight, or after sunset. 
 
- Participate in the lighting of the nearly 600 battery operated votives in the Labyrinth design between 5:40pm-6pm. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: This event is following MA state guidelines for Covid-19 safety standards and therefore will limit the number of attendees to 10 for each 20 minute time slot. Please use this sign up link to reserve your time and help us keep our numbers within guidelines.

 
***PARKING LOT TRAFFIC WILL NOT BE ONE WAY FOR THIS EVENT- We are asking people attending to come and go by way of either Stacey Street or Franklin Street, and to not cross the lot from one entrance to another. This will keep cars from driving past the Labyrinth.   
 
Any questions about this event, please contact Nicole Guerin at 617-850-2308. Thank you- and hope to see you there!
Lenten Reflections

The Christian Formation Ministry Board invites you to share your reflections and creativity as we journey through the Lenten season together.

If you would like to submit a reflection (in the form of writing, poetry, an artwork, a photograph,a musical offering, etc) on one of the following:

Psalms: 25:1-9, 22:22-30, 19, 51:1-13, 31:9-16 or 107:1-3 and 17-22,
please contact Dee Burgett at deeburgett@comcast.net

We will begin offering the reflections to the ONC community on Ash Wednesday and continue each Wednesday during Lent. We hope these meditations will provide some nourishment for the journey.

Please consider sharing your story!

Welcoming the Coming of Eastertide

Let there Be Life!

A Soul Care Retreat with Karen Kilty

March 27th 10:00-11:45

This Virtual at home retreat will offer time for rest, conversations and contemplation, as we prepare ourselves for Easter.

What to bring:
Candles,
pieces of Sea glass and/or shells,
small bowl or plate,
paper or journal and pen.

Please contact Karen at kwkilty@gmail.com to sign up or if you have any questions

Zoom link to follow



Zoom BINGO Event- March 28th 4 pm
 
The Community Life Ministry Board is planning a virtual Bingo event on Sunday, March 28 at 4 pm.
 
Materials will be mailed to you once you have rsvp’d. so you can play along.
 
Please email Judy Conner, jbc2274@yahoo.com with the following:

  • your name
  • number of players in your household - 1 card per person
  • your mailing address so we can mail you your cards
  • your email for receiving the Zoom link

Please rsvp by March 14 so that we can order the materials.
 
Hope you can make it! 

Friendly Voices

Feeling isolated as the days get shorter and the nights get longer? Wish you had someone to talk to while sipping a cup of tea. Sign up with the Community Life Ministry here at ONC to get a phone call every so often for a check in. In order to get on our call list, please contact either:

Contact Lynda Hare hares8carrots@hotmail.com or 781-639-0107
or Linda Duvel at Linda.Bill.Duvel@gmail.com or 781-631-1703

We already have friendly voices contacting people and would love to add you to our list.
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.

Join us via this Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 886 2749 7066

We meet the first and third Monday of each month at 7pm. Our upcoming meetings are March 15 and April 5." 

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