Worship at the Lighthouse to Resume on August 9th

 Now that we are in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 protocols, we will be offering a weekly worship service (weather permitting) at 8 am on August 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Planning and preparations are underway, so watch this space for details. Meanwhile, we will continue to offer our weekly worship service on our YouTube channel until it is safe for us to regather in the Old North Church sanctuary. Let’s hope for good weather and a continued decline in the number of coronavirus cases in the Commonwealth as we give thanks for the opportunity to see each other again, even if for only a few Sundays this summer!  
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Readings: Matthew 13:24-30 (Translation: The Inclusive Bible)
“Imagine the Angels of Bread” by Martín Espada
The use of this poem in our worship service is permissible under US copyright law (17 U.S.C. § 110(3))

Rev. Lindsay Popperson's sermon: "Imagining the Kingdom of Heaven"

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

Please note that the zoom Coffee Hour is now held at 9:30am!

Please click here for a copy of Sunday's bulletin.
Our Latest News and Activities
Worship Service and Coffee Hour Links

The early church met in houses, instead of in sanctuaries; in this pandemic time, we'll be bringing you worship from our houses, for you to participate in from yours. This Sunday's worship will be on YouTube, and can be found by clicking  here or by entering this link in your browser:
It will be posted by 8am. 

Coffee Hour - 9:30am
After worship, at 9:30am we'll gather for coffee hour via Zoom, an online meeting platform. You can call in with your phone, or join with video and audio from a smartphone or computer. It'll be a little weird, and a little clunky, but it will be so nice to see your faces. (You'll have to make your own coffee). Here's the Zoom information: 

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)

Visio/Video Divina
My Summer Prayer Practice
Karen Kilty, Director of Children's Ministries

Last summer I shared my prayer practice of Visio Divina in the Old North Church Newsletter. Each week I offered a scripture or quote and a photo that inspired me by the words. This summer I will be sharing a short 3-4 minute video and a reading from Psalms for Praying, An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill. I hope you might consider using this reflection for your own prayer practice to draw closer to the words and photos in the video. May it be a time for a pause, a breath or perhaps you will create your own video or take still photos. I hope you will, and I hope you might share them too. I have been given permission to use share from this book by the publisher and look forward to sharing it with you. 

Outreach Ministry Update - Marblehead Food Pantry

The Outreach Ministry Board recently sent a gift of $150 on behalf of Old North Church to the Marblehead Food Pantry. This is in addition to a donation of $500 sent to the pantry in April and an amazing $11,000 sent by 73 parishioners and friends of Old North during the month of April. Please click on the link to read the note of appreciation from Janet Fitch Parker, director of the Marblehead Food Pantry. She is so grateful for the support of the Old North community, and so are we!
Anti-Racism Group at ONC

In the past few months, momentum has been building among white people to join in on anti-racism work that has been led by Black people in this country for centuries. This is necessary, soulful, and uncomfortable work, and we hope that you have been finding ways to read Black writers, listen to Black thinkers, donate to Black causes, and work on the racism that is present in yourself (as it is in all of us!). A group of Old North Church folks are committing to get together regularly to hold ourselves accountable to doing this work. We *won't* be a book discussion group (there's a fabulous one already at Old North, led by Duncan Cox!) and we'll all be doing different work in our own lives; this group will not primarily be a teaching space, but 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 either on Monday, July 13 at 7pm or Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30pm 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!

ONC Reading Group

Wednesday, August 12 th at 8:30 am

Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Environment - Wednesday, August 12 th 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 complete discussion of the book, How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. We may also begin discussion of the book, Not Born Yesterday: the Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe, by Hugo Mercier, which is a candidate for reading during the following month. Undoubtedly, there will be much discussion of current world and local affairs. To join the Zoom meeting, please click on the following link :

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) Please note that Lectio Divina will not meet on July 21 or July 28. The group will resume on Tuesday August 4.
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