Our Latest News and Activities

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Lessons:
Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Calhoun's Sermon:
"Relentless Pursuit"

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.

Zoom Coffee Hour

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)
Weekly Worship in the Church Parking Lot

As we continue to wait patiently for the time we can safely rejoin for in-person worship in the Old North Church sanctuary, we are happy to expand our parking lot service to a weekly offering.

We’ll gather each week at 10 am on the church parking lot for a service of worship. The service will be broadcast on the FM radio band, so worshipers can remain in the cars. As the weather warms, people are invited to bring lawn chairs and masks and enjoy the sunshine!

We are also planning to begin our services at the Lighthouse earlier this Spring.
Stewardship Season Update

As you know, the challenge of financing our mission and ministry is ongoing, especially during the disruptions of the Covid pandemic. We are deeply grateful for those of you who have been able to sustain your financial support. If you are able and have not yet done so, we hope you will continue your support of Old North Church. We encourage you to return your pledge card to the church office, or pledge online at your earliest convenience. A letter went out this week to those who have pledged in the past, but have not as yet for the current year. Next week we’ll begin following up with telephone calls. We hope to complete our pledge drive by the end of April. As of April 15th, we have received 239 pledges for the current year, totaling $419,802. Thanks to all who have pledged your support to Old North Church!
Volunteers are Needed for ONC Boards

Recall, our church is organized and governed by a number of officers, a Leadership Board, and four Ministry Boards: Christian Formation, Community Life, Outreach, and Prudential. So far this year, thirty-six of our fellow church members have volunteered to continue their service as an officer or board member in the coming 2021-2022 church year. Only one new volunteer has stepped up. We need three new members for our Leadership Board, and two or three new members for Prudential. Prudential especially needs a person with fund raising experience or ideas, and a woman for more gender balance.  Please contact Dave Hostetter on the informal “Nominating Committee” to learn how you might be able to serve our church as a needed new board member. Dave can be reached at daveh.racer@gmail.com or by text to 781-631-3216.  
Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Church will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7pm via Zoom. The link to participate in the meeting will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Board and Committee reports are due to the church office (office@onchurch.org) no later than Wednesday, May 26. For reference, last year's annual report may be accessed by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Nahatis in the church office at office@onchurch.org
Donate Some Stimulus Money to ONC's Mission Partners

Do you want to share some of your stimulus check with neighbors in need during this season? A group of Old North Church members are hoping to do just that. If you have some extra to spare, we'd love for you to donate it to an organization that is doing good in the world (some of the ones our Outreach Ministry Board Supports are listed below--or you can choose your own!) We'd love for you to anonymously tell us how much you donated, so we can keep track of our impact as a church--and you can do that at bit.ly/oncdonate

Marblehead Counseling Center -- https://www.marbleheadcounseling.org/
Healing Abuse, Working for Change -- https://hawcdv.org/
Marblehead Food Pantry -- send a check to ONC and designate Food Pantry in memo line.
April is Old North's Month to Stock the Food Pantry

COVID has changed our lives in so many ways, one of them being the way we support the Marblehead Food Pantry.  With all the restrictions that were put in place in 2020 we launched a campaign of requesting $ donations instead of individual bags of produce. This proved to be highly successful thanks to your generous support.  April, our month of stocking the Marblehead Food Pantry shelves, is here again and once more we are hopeful that we will be successful in feeding our neighbors who are facing hard times. Donations may be sent to Old North Church (with Marblehead Food Pantry written in the memo) at 8 Stacey Street, Marblehead MA 01945.  A team of shoppers will then purchase goods on a weekly basis, fulfilling the very specific needs of the Pantry. For further information please contact Lynda Hare (Hares8carrots@hotmail.com).
It's Time for an Update!

The Community Life Ministry Board invites you to help us with an update to the Church Directory. The last one was issued in 2018 and we all know that much has changed since then. Several members of CLMB will be calling or emailing the 500+ friends and members of ONC between now and the end of April to verify and/or update telephone, address and email information. We plan to gather all of the updated information by May 1, print over the summer and distribute when we, hopefully, return in person in the fall. This project is a big undertaking especially because we want to complete this update in-house in order to save on printing expenses. Therefore, we're asking everyone to be as helpful as possible by taking our calls, returning voicemail requests, and responding to email requests when asked. If you have any questions or would like to give us your information before you're contacted, please call or email either:

Linda Duvel, 781-631-1703 linda.bill.duvel@gmail.com
Lynda Hare, 781-639-0107 hares8carrots@hotmail.com.

Thanks in advance for all your cooperation.  
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 May 3 and May 17.

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