Our Latest News and Activities
Sunday, January 10, 2021
First Sunday After Epiphany

Scripture Lessons:
Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:1-11

The Rev. Lindsay Popperson's Sermon:
"Sustenance and Strength"

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.

Kindle Ministry

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.
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)

Stewardship Season is Underway

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 January 7, we have received 186 pledges for 2021, totaling $353,082.
Christian Faith Formation

We used light to journey our way through Advent and to the day, Christmas itself. You may have used an Advent Wreath, a circle of purple or blue and pink candles and a white candle to signify The Light of Christ, The Light that would break through the darkest of days. This Sunday we will be reading Genesis “In the Beginning”! Again we will return to Light, as God creates.

I want to share 2 books with you and a few lines from them. From Celebrate Wonder, Bible Storybook, from Abington Press. In the beginning the earth was empty and shapeless. God spoke, “Let there be light” and light was made.

From When God Made Light, by Matthew Paul Turner In the beginning space became bright, ’cause God filled it with twinkles of yellowy white. Brilliant stars gleamed Swirls of light streamed. In that once empty space a galaxy beamed. And all that light- every bright golden hue- is the very same light that God put inside of you.

New Years Blessings! 
Keeping LifeBridge Warm

As the New Year begins and winter ramps up, what better way to show you care for those at Lifebridge than to donate some warming and cleansing items. As of Monday, January 11th, there will be a box outside the door of 8 Stacey Street where new or gently worn gloves, hats, scarves, warm socks and individual toiletry supplies may be dropped.  Your donations will be delivered to our neighbors at Lifebridge on a weekly basis.

Thank you on behalf of the Community Life Ministry Board
Crosby’s Abundance Helps LifeBridge Feed the Homeless and Needy

Beginning when Carl Pearson asked a Crosby Market stocking person “what happens to the food that you are taking off the shelf and putting in a cart” and then first organized by Peggy Munro, the Crosby Lifebridge Food run is entering its 8th year.

Monday through Friday, an ONC member or a fellow traveler transfers one day old produce from Crosby’s Market Place in Marblehead to Lifebridge in Salem.
              
Each year, thousands and thousands pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods that would have been thrown into the garbage bin is now used to feed the homeless and the hungry.
              
This donated product is magically turned into wholesome meals through the skilled hands of Lifebridge’s Kitchen Manager Karen Andrew and volunteers.
           
Except for a hiatus of a month in April, the food run has been able to continue in its daily service to Lifebridge throughout the Corvid 19 pandemic. Special procedures were instituted to protect the drivers, the Crosby employees and the Lifebridge staff and residents.
       
A big thank you to Crosby Market Place and especially to Katarina the Marblehead store manager to allow this transfer to occur and to organize internal store logistics to make it happen.
           
The intrepid band of drivers includes Janet Doyle, Bill Duvel, Don Gardner, George Gearhart, Mimi Hollister, Holly Jannell, Paul and Lynda Hare, Fiona Lubbock, Patty MacLeod, Richard Thibedeau, Tom and Donna Scott and Ginny Von Rueden.
           
If you have any questions please call Holly Jannell at 781.621.2550.
Welcome the Stranger CONTACT FREE Volunteer Opportunity 

Help Deliver Food to Low Income COVID Families

Christopher’s Cafe in Lynn, along with the Mass Coalition for the Homeless, has been preparing and delivering meals to low income people with COVID throughout the pandemic. Funding from the city has been terminated, but they wish to continue providing meals, and need volunteers to deliver the meals.

THIS IS CONTACT FREE.

In just 2-3 hours, you can make a big difference. Drivers are needed every Wednesday between January 20 and March 31. You pick up the meals from Christopher’s Cafe, between 9am and 12noon, and leave them on the doorsteps of the families, and text them to let them know the food has been delivered. Exact instructions will follow when you sign up. 

Questions? Please contact Marcy Bernstein < auntmarcyb@gmail.com> or Deahn Leblang < deahnlee@gmail.com>

To sign up, please click here

Thank you!
Marcy Bernstein, Steve Hahn, Lynda Hare, Deahn Leblang,
Richard Thibedeau and Deb Seiberg 
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.
Old North Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 13, 8:30-10:00 am

The next meeting of the Old North Reading and Discussion Group on Preserving our Democracy and Environment will be on Wednesday,
January 13th, 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 or whether you have attended a previous meeting. At this meeting we will discuss Cailin O’Connor’s and James Owen Weatherall’s 2019 book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread, There will be much discussion of current dangers our democracy is facing and the results of the national elections. To join the meeting, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487160180?pwd=Z0UzSTNhVHJiZHp4alRTQm50RFZRUT09

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, January 18, 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!
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