Goodbye to Lorraine ‘Rocky’ Stone

With the family’s permission, we share the sad news that Lorraine ‘Rocky’ Stone — aged 80 years — who lived in both Jackson, NH and Cordova, AK, died peacefully this morning at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care on the campus of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She was in the loving company of family, friends, and compassionate staff throughout her experience.

Her family will make plans for Rocky’s Celebration of Life at a later time, and we will share those plans when they come to fruition. Meanwhile, on behalf of Rocky’s loved ones, we extend gratitude for the many friends and community members who enriched her life. She was present in the local Buddhist sangha and participated  in the spiritual life of Jackson Community Church, as well as joining the gatherings and activities of other local faith communities. A formal biography will be available later.

Farewell to Nancy (Haggerty) Varnum

With great sadness, Jackson Community Church shares the following news about a Jackson, NH friend and neighbor. Nancy Lynn (Haggerty) Varnum, a long-time resident of North Andover and Jackson, NH, lost her valiant battle with breast cancer on December 28th, at home with her family by her side. Born July 28, 1950, at Clover Hill Hospital to the late Franklin and Bernice (Mundy) Haggerty, she grew up in the Ballardvale section of Andover, graduating from Andover High School in 1968. Nancy enjoyed performing in musicals during her high school years and later performed with a regional group in Reading. She was employed for many years in the financial industry in Boston. What Nancy enjoyed most of all was being outdoors; whether it was horseback riding, hiking, alpine skiing, cross country skiing or just “being” in the mountains with her husband, Tom. A talented multi-media artist, Nancy was a member of the Andover Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, the Methuen Art Institute Group (AIG) , the Concord Art Association and was selected to be an exhibitor in the Concord Art Show. She also exhibited her work at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence and at various local libraries. She enjoyed visits to many local galleries, as well as galleries in Europe, while traveling. Nancy also designed and presented art and spiritual programs for various clubs, church groups and support groups and was a member of the Andover, North Andover and Jackson, NH, historical societies. Nancy loved being with her friends, making friends easily and maintaining long lasting friendships. She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Varnum; sisters Joan V. Haggerty of No. Andover and Jerilyn (Thomas) Marjerison of Andover; nieces and nephews, Valerie (Paul) Silva of Rehoboth, Michael (Leanne) Haggerty of East Sandwich, Thomas (Kirsten) Marjerison of Yarmouth, ME, Kyle Semenetz of Haverhill, and Jennifer Poole of No. Andover, as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews. She also leaves her sisters-in-law, Louisa Varnum of Lowell and Virginia Bell of Carlsbad, CA; step-children Thomas (Kathy) Varnum of Londonderry, NH, Lisa (John) Healey of FL; step-grandchildren Taylor Varnum, Tommy Varnum and Matthew Chatel. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert W. Haggerty, her nephew Robert W. Haggerty, Jr., and her step-grandson, Mark Chatel. A memorial service was held Sat, Jan 5th, at The North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Academy Road, North Andover, MA. If anyone wishes, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA.

Farewell to CARL FULLER

With the permission of the Fuller family, we sadly pass along the news that Carl Fuller died at home on Thurs, Dec 6. His family is currently making arrangements, and will share more details as plans are finalized. Please save the date of Sat, Jan 5th for observances.

Update:

Carl Fuller, 86, passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side on Dec. 6, 2018. He was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Salem, MA, to John and E. Corinne (Carter) Fuller and was the middle of three sons.

Carl grew up in Arlington, MA, where he graduated from Arlington High School. He went on to study at Boston University and earn a degree in business administration. Following graduation, Carl was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was honorably discharged. Carl had a successful business career as the owner and proprietor of The Tennis & Squash Shop, with stores in Cambridge and Wenham, MA.

Carl developed a lifelong passion for sports and the outdoors at an early age. In college, he was the captain of both the golf and ski teams. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and shared his love of nature with friends and family throughout his life.

He was a kind soul, with a deep love and commitment to his family. In addition to Judy, his beloved wife of 57 years, he is survived by his daughter Terri and partner Kathy, his son Scott and wife Ursula, and grandchildren Calvin and Nico. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Gene and Bruce.

For those desiring, memorials may be made in Carl’s name to either the New England Ski Museum in North Conway or Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice in North Conway.

THIS WEEKEND at Jackson Community Church and Around Town FRI, Dec 28 – MON, Dec 31

  • Community Event: CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG
    5-6:30pm • Episcopal Church, North Conway. Join Ellen Schwindt and her students for Christmas carol sing-a-long!
  • Community Event: SNOW MOONLIGHT SIP n PAINT
    6pm • Jackson Art Studio and Gallery. Led by Lori Stearns
    Fun for the absolute beginner to the seasoned artist! Spend an evening of creativity as you twist open your favorite bottle of wine (BYOB for those 21 and over) and uncork your creativity. $45 all supplies included. Registration required.

SAT, Dec 29

  • Community Event: SNOWSHOE YOGA
    3pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring Headquarters
    Come join us for an exhilarating combination of fresh air, beautiful views and healthy movement. No experience necessary. $20/pp. Reservations: 603-383-9355.(Info on more ski clinics, snowshoe tours and lessons at www.jacksonxc.org.)

SUN,  Dec 30: Christmas 1

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • YOUTH & CHILDREN
    9am • Church. Christmas craft projects.
  • WORSHIP
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    • Advent wreath-lighting by family.
    • Accompanist: Alan Labrie
    • Special Music: Roberts Family & Sue Titus Reid
  • Community Event: SNOWSHOE YOGA
    3pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring Headquarters
    Come join us for an exhilarating combination of fresh air, beautiful views and healthy movement. No experience necessary. $20/pp. Reservations: 603-383-9355. (Info on more ski clinics, snowshoe tours and lessons at www.jacksonxc.org.)

MON, Dec 31: New Year’s Eve

  • Community Event: SNOWSHOE YOGA
    3pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring Headquarters
    Come join us for an exhilarating combination of fresh air, beautiful views and healthy movement. No experience necessary. $20/pp. Reservations: 603-383-9355
    (Info on more ski clinics, snowshoe tours and lessons at www.jacksonxc.org.)
  • FIREWORKS
    9:30pm • Schouler Park, No Conway
    Ring in the new year with fireworks in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway.

Christmas at Jackson Community Church

MON, Dec 24: CHRISTMAS EVE

  • CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: : Lessons, Carols & Candlelight.
    5pm • Jackson Community Church
    • Lighting of the Advent candles including the Christ candle
    • Christmas message
    • Scripture readings
    • Christmas carols
    • Special music including piano, harp, guitar and vocal solos.
    • Service ends as candles are lit and uplifted by the whole congregation.
  • CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: : Lessons, Carols & Candlelight.
    10pm • Jackson Community Church
    • Lighting of the Advent candles including the Christ candle
    • Christmas message
    • Scripture readings
    • Christmas carols
    • Special music including organ, piano, and vocal solo.
    • Service ends as candles are lit and uplifted by the whole congregation.

TUE, Dec 25: CHRISTMAS DAY

  • CHRISTMAS MORNING: Pajamas, Stories & Bells
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
    Come to church in PJs to ring bells, sing songs, and hear a special Christmas story.

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: TUE, Dec 18 – TUE, Dec 25

Ongoing: FRONT ENTRANCE RENOVATION
Tamarack Construction proceeds with installation this week.
TUE, Dec 18

  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Members of Clergy of the Eastern Slope gather. Rev Gail belongs to and attends this gathering.

WED, Dec 19

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • Glen Ledge Corner Store & Gas Station. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com).
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer
    9am • Parish House, Jackson Community Church.Fitness class. Free; open. to public
  • PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS
    Drop by to see Rev Gail. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com).
  • Community Event: PEACE PROGRAM
    100th Anniversary of Armistice (Ending WWI)
    5-6pm • Old Red Library
    Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Armistice and the “War to End All Wars” as the First World War was known. Opportunity for people to bring in poems, songs, artwork, medals received, etc. Includes:
    • Musical performance of “Christmas in the Trenches” by Dexter Harding.
    • Poetry selections offered by Tony Deluca
    • Other contributions to this topic through poetry, literature and art.
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7-8:30pm • Second Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Meeting of church officers, staff, and designated team leaders and at-large representatives to prepare 2019 budget, and to review and make administrative and mission-driven decisions for governance and life of church. This meeting is open to any who wish to attend.

THURS, Dec 20

  • INTRODUCTORY YOGA with Anjali Rose 
    9am • Parish House, Jackson Community Church Introductory yoga.
  • Community Event: JAMMY TIME
    10:30-11am • Jackson Public Library
    Jammy storytime for toddlers and preschoolers at the library.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • BLUE CHRISTMAS
    7pm • Jackson Community Church
    Intimate gathering for those living with Grief & Loss during the holidays.

FRI, Dec  21

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • JTown Deli. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com)
  • Community Event: SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
    4:30pm -6pm @ Jackson Public Library
    • Guided snowshoe tours with Tin Mountain Naturalist
    • Indoor crafts and stories with Meredith
    • Reflections on darkness and light during this longest night with Gail Doktor
    • Sing-a-long with Chief Chris Perley and his banjo
    • The event is put on in partnership with Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Friends of the Whitney Center, Jackson Public Library, Jackson Community Church, Jackson Grammar School, and the Jackson Police Department.

SUN,  Dec 23: Advent 4 – Love

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • ADVENT WORKSHOP
    9am • Youth and children. Please RSVP if planning to attend this activity.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Drop-in choir directed by Ellen Schwindt. All welcome to participate; come at 9am to warm up and learn the song.
  • WORSHIP
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    • Advent wreath-lighting by family.
    • Accompanist: Alan Labrie
    • Choir director: Ellen Schwindt
    • Special Music: Roberts Family
  • XC Passholder Event: JACKSON XC SKI TOURING POTLUCK DINNER
    5p-7pm • Jackson XC Headquarters
    Season passholders are invited to a potluck dinner: bring your favorite dish to share and prepare to be amazed by your fellow skiers’ culinary skills … and conversation. RSVP: 603-383-9355.

MON, Dec 24: CHRISTMAS EVE

  • CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: : Lessons, Carols & Candlelight.
    5pm • Jackson Community Church
    • Lighting of the Advent candles including the Christ candle
    • Christmas message
    • Scripture readings
    • Christmas carols
    • Special music including piano, harp and guitar and vocal solo.
    • Service ends as candles are lit and uplifted by the whole congregation.
  • CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: : Lessons, Carols & Candlelight.
    10pm • Jackson Community Church
    • Lighting of the Advent candles including the Christ candle
    • Christmas message
    • Scripture readings
    • Christmas carols
    • Special music including organ, piano, and vocal solo.
    • Service ends as candles are lit and uplifted by the whole congregation.

TUE, Dec 25: CHRISTMAS DAY

  • CHRISTMAS MORNING: Pajamas, Stories & Bells
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
    Come to church in PJs to ring bells, sing songs, and hear a special Christmas story.