- Fri, April 27 — 5:30-7:30pm • Friday Fun Night
Spring Fling with Pizza & Games at JCC. RSVP by email if planning to attend or call/text Rev Gail (978.273.0308)
- Sat, April 28 — 9am-Noon • Spring Cleaning at JCC
Come prepared to work inside (or outside if you don’t mind the rain). We’re organizing closets, cleaning windows and hard-to-reach areas, touching up spots inside and outside the church, changing light bulbs, and sprucing up the church grounds. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. We’ll add more info about any tools or equipment you should bring from home, such as buckets or rakes or brooms.
- Sun, April 29 – 10:30am • Worship includes traditional Sunday School. Parents may attend worship and children will have interactive lesson during portion of service.
Highlights: spring cleaning at church, cutting party for Pease Greeters Christmas stockings, plant sale to address teen homelessness, estate sale to benefit for church, plus help Valley Pride road clean up, women build with Habitat for Humanity and learn more about volunteering for Starting Point. Some RSVPs requested for planning purposes.
FRI, April 27
- OUTDOOR CLEANUP
3-5pm • Outdoors at Jackson Community Church. Come prepared to work outside. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. If possible, bring rakes or brooms. We’ll remove sand and leaves from driveway, lawn, and playground, and generally doing a first pass at cleaning up outside. Park across the street if possible; we’re cleaning up the parking lot.
SAT, April 28
- SPRING CLEANUP DAY
(mostly indoors due to rainy weather forecast)
9am-Noon. Come prepared to work inside or outside, depending on your preference. Rain is expected, so we anticipate most projects will be indoors. We’re organizing closets, cleaning windows and hard-to-reach areas, touching up spots inside and outside the church, changing lightbulbs, and sprucing up the church grounds. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. If possible, bring sponges, rags, buckets, rakes or brooms. RSVP to Rev Gail if able to help.
WED, May 9
- CUTTING PARTY for PEASE GREETERS CHRISTMAS STOCKING PROJECT
10-Noon • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church
Mission Committee is holding a Cutting Party to prepare the materials for veterans’ Christmas Stockings after Laurie McAleer’s 9am Tune Up fitness class. Bring sharp scissors and common pins if you have them. Expect to cut out 60 stockings. Once completed (they’re taken home to be assembled by the organizers), these stockings go to the Pease Greeters group and are distributed to incoming and outgoing military personnel at Pease Air Force Base.
FRI, MAY 25
- SET UP for Estate Sale
Afternoon/evening. Church and old library. RSVP to Rev Gail if able to help.
SAT, MAY 26
- PLANT SALE • Outside Jackson Grammar School
7:30-9am • Set up tables and plants for sale outside Jackson Grammar School (near library book sale at Whitney Community Center)
9am-Noon • Plant Sale.
Money earned from the plant sale will go to the emerging Homeless Teen Initiative c/o North Country Cares (also the umbrella organization for the Revolving Closet).
- ESTATE SALE
7-8am • Set up
8am-2pm • Jackson Community Church
The church “estate sale” will take place the same day as the plant sale, outsie of weather permits, indoors if necessary. Donated items (household goods, sports equipment, collectibles, kitchen items, tools) will be sold to benefit the church building and operations. RSVP to Rev Gail if able to help.
MON, April 23
- Community Event:
EMERGENCY SHELTER MEETING
6:30pm • Ministry Center of Lutheran Church of the Nativity, North Conway. Startup meeting for a group that would etch out one corner of the larger homelessness problem and focus on an emergency shelter that would operate periodically as the situation requires. If interested in attending as a liaison from JCC, please RSVP to Rev Gail.
WED, April 25
- PASTOR’S HOURS
7-9am • J-Town Deli
- TUNE UP (Fitness) with Laurie McAleer
9am • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church
Free. Men and women join fitness trainer Laurie McAleer for a gentle, introductory fitness class for beginners. Wear comfortable clothing, sensible shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a ski pole and a small ball and hand weights. Customized to each person’s abilities.
- WOMEN’S GROUP HIGH TEA
12:30pm • Yankee Clipper Tea House, Bridgton, ME. Annual outing of women’s group to have high tea. Go early or stay later to shop or visit antique stores. Share rides. Allow an hour if traveling separately; please arrive promptly. Everyone welcome, including friends. Please RSVP to Linda Hastings to reserve a spot since we have a group reservation.
THURS, April 26
- INTRODUCTORY YOGA with Anjali Rose
9am • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church. Join instructor Anjali Rose for a gentle, introductory yoga class. Wear stretchy fitness clothing, bring a matt and a cushion/blanket if you have them. $10/class for 6 weeks. Scholarships available. This session runs through April 19.
- YOGA & MEDITATION with Charlotte Doucette
3:30pm • Parish Hall. $10/pp fee. (Scholarships available)
6-7pm • Church Library
FRI, April 27
- FRIDAY FAITH & FUN NIGHT
5:30-7:30pm • Spring Fling with Pizza & Games at JCC. This event is focused on children and families. RSVP to Rev Gail if able to attend.
SAT, April 28
- SPRING CLEANUP DAY
9am-Noon. Come prepared to work inside or outside, depending on your preference. We’re organizing closets, cleaning windows and hard-to-reach areas, touching up spots inside and outside the church, changing lightbulbs, and sprucing up the church grounds. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. If possible, bring sponges, rags, buckets, rakes or brooms.
SUN, April 29
- INTERFAITH GATHERING
8am • Gazebo. Bring your hot beverages. Dress warmly. Gather for readings and spiritual conversation.
- CHOIR REHEARSAL
9am • Jackson Community Church.
Drop-in choir. Join us to practice and sing during the service.
- WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
Sermon: Vine & Fruit
Sunday School will be available.
- CYRANO De BERGERAC FILM & DISCUSSION
3-6pm • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church
Join us for a showing of the film “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Jackson Community Church. Following the film there will be commentary and discussion led by Anthony DeLuca, who holds a PhD in history from Stanford.
MONDAY, April 30
- DEACONS MEETING
4pm • JCC Council Room (library), Second Floor
Meeting of deacons to plan worship and community support issues.
- Spring cleaning at church on Saturday, April 28
- Plant sale to benefit church missions on Saturday, May 26,
- Yard sale to fundraise for church building care and overall operations on Saturday, May 26,
- Train in April to volunteer with Starting Point to resist and respond to domestic violence
- Help Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 12 (Mother’s Day Weekend)
- Take a survey about books & themes that interest you to read and explore with Jackson Community Church. Help us offer programs that feed your mind & soul.
- Upcoming book discussions: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Tue, March 20, 4:30pm @ Jackson Library
- Upcoming film screenings: “404 Not Found” about teen homelessness in NH with soup supper on Fri, Mar 23, 5-7pm @ Gibson Senior Center & “Cyrano deBergerac” film & discussion on Sun, Apr 29, 3-6pm, Whitney Community Center
SUN, MAR 25: Palm Sunday
- PALM PROCESSION
9:45am • Walk from church, singing and waving palms, and return to church for 10:30am worship service.
- PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP
10:30am • Jackson Community Church
THURS, Mar 29: MAUNDY THURSDAY
- SOUP SUPPER & TABLE WORSHIP
5pm • Parish Hall of Jackson Community Church
Gather with members and friends for soup supper and worship at the table.
THURS, Mar 29 – FRI, MAR 30: HOLY FRIDAY VIGIL
6pm Thursday until 3pm Friday • Shifts held at home.
Individuals and families can sign up in one-hour shifts from 6pm Thursday until 3pm Friday, to pray, meditate and stay awake during the hours of Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion. This vigil will be held ‘by trust’ in people’s homes, or at church if they so choose, so that each person who takes a one-hour shift to keep vigil may do so in their own environs. To be organized in cooperation with friends and members of the Bartlett Congregational Church.
FRI, MAR 30: HOLY FRIDAY
- WAY of the CROSS
1pm • Jackson Community Church
Come for journey through ‘stations of the cross.’ Walk the stations, or meditate with Stations coloring pages
- HOLY FRIDAY SERVICE
6:30pm • Bartlett Congregational Church.
Worship services organized by Clergy of the Eastern Slope and hosted at Bartlett Congregational Church.
SUN, APR 1: EASTER
- SUNRISE SERVICE
6:30am • Gazebo.
Gather outside at gazebo by Jackson Historical Society for worship & song, Return to Jackson Community Church for hot beverages and breakfast.
- EASTER SERVICE
10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
Easter worship with “flowering of the cross.”
- EGG HUNT
Follows worship service • Jackson Community Church.
Hunt for eggs on grounds of church. Hunt will take place outdoors if weather permits, inside if weather is inclement.
The Benson family extends gratitude to friends and neighbors for their support throughout the vigil that preceded the death of Emily Benson’s father: Bradley Read Thayer. He died on Saturday, Feb 17 in Hanover, NH, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his family, which includes his daughter Emily and her husband Peter and their children PJ and Hannah. More information will be available at a later time, and memorial will probably be planned for the summer in the Whitefield, NH area.
At the request of her Nancy Bornhofft’s family,
we share with you her full obituary.
Two words that surface when people talk about Nancy Bornhofft are “gracious” and “indomitable.” She was born in 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts and passed away in her Annisquam home on February 1, 2018 just days after celebrating her 97th birthday with her family. An educator and community leader, she lived fully and independently her entire life. Continue reading “Farewell to Bradley Read Thayer, Full Bio of Nancy Bornhofft”
Acts of Kindness & Giving for Lent
(guides and calendars sourced from several organizations)
- Illustrated Lent for Families:
*Already printed and available* at front of church, which is always open. Or accessible as downloadable multi-page PDF with coloring pages, scriptures and activity guides. Due to licensing, the link will be sent by email to all church friends and members … if you want to participate, and didn’t receive this email already, sign up on this site to receive our email and we will forward the links to download the PDF files. Or email us directly for the link.
- 40 Ways to Keep Lent Holy:
List from Rev Nadia Bolz-Weber’s blog.
- Carbon Fast Calendar:
Sign up to receive daily messages/prompts on environmental acts of kindness for Lent.
- Solidarity Lent Calendar:
(Includes acts of kindness and generosity and social justice. Download this calendar with acts of kindness and giving) or use their Lent Calendar App to participate
- 40 Acts of Generosity Lenten Calendar:
Sign up to access and participate.
- 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids:
Reflections and Meditations
- Coloring the Psalms Devotional Guide and Coloring Pages.
*Already printed and available* at front of church, which is always open. Or accessible as downloadable multi-page PDF files from Jackson Community Church’s website. Due to licensing, the link will be sent by email to all church friends and members … if you want to participate, and didn’t receive this email already, sign up on this site to receive our email and we will forward the links to download the PDF files. Or email us directly for the link.
- UCC (United Church of Christ)’s Still Speaking Daily Devotional messages. Sign up to receive these.
- UCC (United Church of Christ)’s Still Speaking Podcast. Sign up for podcast
- Mindfulness Applications for computers and mobile devices from Thich Nhat Hahn’s Plum Village (in the engaged Buddhist tradition)
- Jan Richardson’s Painted Prayerbook blog entries
- Maren Tirabassi’s Gifts in Open Hands blog with daily Lenten posts
- Daily Meditations by Fr Richard Rohr, sign up to receive these
- Living Lent Daily: Ignatian Spirituality daily meditations for Lent . Sign up to receive daily email meditations and devotional activities.
- Social Justice Lectionary: Downloadable guide to readings and activities surrounding social justice issues. Extension of MLK Day initiatives.
From Lisbeth Bornhofft, daughter of Nancy Bornhofft, to the friends and members of Jackson Community Church, “I just want you to know that my mother, Nancy Bornhofft, passed away yesterday in her home in Gloucester, MA. She died living fully and independently, as she would have wished, after celebrating her 97th birthday with family only three days before.”
At church this morning, people shared memories of Nancy’s active role in such causes as Hope on the Slope, which benefits the American Cancer Society, as well as many other special interests. She was beloved in this community, and will be missed. We are grateful for her life among us.
We will share other details as they are made available.