This Week: MON, Mar 18 – SUN, Mar 24

At Jackson Community Church and Around Town
MON, Mar 18

  • WHITNEY COMMUNITY CENTER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    3:30pm • Whitney Center / Grammar School Campus
    Programming team meets re schedule and operations of the Whitney Community Center. Rev Gail attends.
  • DEN MEMBERS from SCOUT PACK 321
    6pm • Jackson Community Church
    Den meeting at church to work on ‘pew holders’ for sanctuary.
  • RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE
    Harvard Online EdX course. Self-Paced. Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week. Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course.

TUE, Mar 19

  • CLERGY of the EASTERN SLOPE LUNCHEON
    12:30pm • Center Conway, NH
    Lunch and working group for local clergy and spiritual community leaders. Rev Gail attends.
  • DEACONS TEAM MEETING
    4pm • Jackson Community Church
    Meeting of deacons to plan worship, community care and other responsibilities.
  • FULL MOON SOUP & SKI (or SNOWSHOE)
    5-7pm • Jackson XC Center
    Come ski or snowshoe. Jackson Community Church co-hosts and provides selection of hot soups on-site at Jackson XC.

WED, Mar 20

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • COUNCIL MEETING (note: time changed)
    5-6:30pm • Jackson Community Church / Second Floor Library
    Church staff, officers and team leaders meet to review admin/operational and mission-based issues for the life and governance of the church. Open to the community.
  • Community Event: THE IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB with Mark Synnott
    7pm • Whitney Community Center
    Presentation starts at 7:30pm. In The Impossible Climb, Jackson’s own Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold’s historic ascent, to paint a insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark’s eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free-solo ascent.  This is the story which was also chronicled as a documentary in Free Solo. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

THURS, Mar 21

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • WAY STATION TEAM MEETING
    10am • Nativity Lutheran Church admin building
  • Leadership team meeting to review next steps for opening of day resource center to serve Mt Washington Valley’s homeless and housing-insecure population.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.

FRI, Mar 22

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Jackson Community Church
    Drop by or make an apt with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • UCC Event: HORTON CENTER DEANS TRAINING
    Fri-Sat • Maine
    Rev Gail & Chris Doktor attend overnight training for Horton Center.

SAT, Mar 23

  • UCC Event: HORTON CENTER DEANS TRAINING
    Fri-Sat • Maine Rev Gail & Chris Doktor attend overnight- training for Horton Center Deans.

SUN, Mar 24

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAM
    9am • Jackson Community Church
    Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you will attend our spring children & youth programming.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Jackson Community Church
    Ellen Schwindt works with church choir. Drop-ins welcome.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie

PRAYER VIGIL in RESPONSE to CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE SHOOTINGS

Sun, March 17, 5pm @ Jackson Community Church

Please come for a public, interfaith time of silence, prayer, and remembrance for the victims and survivors of violence directed at our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch, New Zealand. All are welcome; this event is free and open to the public, we encourage people to join us and gather in solidarity.

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: MON, Mar 11 – SUN, Mar 17

MON, Mar 11

  • EDUCATION TEAM MEETING
    Meeting with church and local community leaders to work on educational opportunities for faith formation schedule, family engagement activities, camps, preschool programs, scholarships, volunteer activities, etc.
  • SCOUT PACK 321
    Scout meeting at church including community service and work on ‘pew holders’ for sanctuary.
  • RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE
    Harvard Online EdX course. Self-Paced. Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week. Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course.

TUE, Mar 12

  • Community Event: ELECTIONS in JACKSON
    8am-7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH
  • Community Event: ELECTIONS in BARTLETT
    8am-7pm • Bartlett Town Hall, Bartlett, NH
  • Community Event: WINTER BIRDS of PLUM ISLAND
    7:30am-5pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center / Nature Learning Center, Albany to carpool. Snowy owls, horned larks, short-eared owls and northern shrikes … some of the interesting birds at Plum Island during the winter. Bring binoculars, a lunch, and dress warm as we head south to Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Call 447-6991 for reservations. Unless otherwise stated, donations of $3/pp, $5/family are appreciated.
  • NORTH CARROLL COUNTY CAREGIVING COALITION: SMART GOAL Meeting
    10:30am • Meet with Marianne Jackson in No Conway for refresher on use of SMART Goals method.
  • NORTH COUNTRY ASSOCIATION
    Noon • Berlin, NH
    Lunch for UCC clergy and lay leaders. UCC ministers in Mt Washington Valley, including Rev Gail, attend.

WED, Mar 13

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.

THURS, Mar 14

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: ECOFORUM – NH BOBCAT POPULATION
    12-1pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center / Nature Learning Center, Albany
    Join Patrick Tate, Wildlife Biologist with NH Fish & Game, for an update on the state’s bobcat population.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: TOWN MEETING in JACKSON
    6:30pm • Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, Bartlett, NH
  • Community Event: TOWN MEETING in JACKSON
    7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH
  • Community Event: JEN’S FRIENDS FUNDRAISER & ‘LOCALS’ ST PATRICK’S CELEBRATION
    5-10pm • Shannon Door Restaurant & Pub
    Note from Jen’s Friends: Jackson voters, please attend the fundraiser at the Shannon Door for Jen’s friends cancer foundation before or after town meeting. You’ll find a raffle and a donation is made for every pizza sold to Jen’s. A great way to fortify before the meeting or a relaxing follow up after the meeting.
    PLUS: live music 7-10pm with Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong to celebrate St Patricks Day.

FRI, Mar 15

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • Community Event: BAXTER WINTER TRIATHLON
    9-11am • Start and Finish at Madeline’s Deli on the Wentworth Resort Trail at Jackson XC.
    Run, snowshoe and ski to the finish. More info from Jackson XC. For more info, contact Jackson XC at603-383-9355.
  • Community Event: NH LISTENS – Advanced Facilitator Training
    10am-4pm • Conway Library, Conway, NH Registration Link.$50 fee. Fee waived for students and those with financial need. This workshop enhances confidence to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SAT, Mar 16

  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • WEDDING CONSULT
    1pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail meets with bride and groom.
  • Community Event: MINI BOOK SALE
    11am-1pm • Old Jackson Library (next to church)
    This month’s special is “Buy One, Get One Free”. Stop by and browse a wonderful selection of hardback and paperback books, both fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, and a small selection of CDs and DVDs.
  • Community Event: TRIVIA
    3pm • Jackson Public Library
    Jackson Community Church’s team will participate.  Note from library: “Trivia!” with hosts Edith and Bob Houlihan … If you have attended any of our previous trivia events, you’ll know how popular it is and how crowded things can get. That’s why we are again requesting pre- registration. Fill out a quick form online or phone us (603-383-9731) to sign up a team of 3-6 people.  You can also sign up as an individual and we’ll put you on a house team. 

SUN, Mar 17

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Concert: FEELINGS of PLACE & NATURE
    4pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    Mountain Top Music, Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Upper Saco Valley Land Trust are collaborating on a concert of special interest about the land. The concert, “Feelings of Place in Music and Nature,” features multi-instrumentalist Ben Cosgrove, a traveling composer-performer whose “electric and exhilarating” music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door (suggested donation $10/person and $20/family).
  • Community Event: ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
    1-10:30pm• Shannon Door Pub
    Doors open at 1pm. Irish music starts from 1:30 to 7 with Marty & Jono and then from 7-10:30 with Mary, Simon, Kevin and Davey.

SAVE THESE DATES:

TUE, MAR 19
TUESDAY FULL MOON
SOUP & SKI

Evening • Jackson Ski Touring.
Co-hosted by Jackson Community Church & Jackson XC

Have fun in the backyard… the Wentworth Loop … ski or snow shoe after dark and then enjoy a community soup supper. Soup supper provided by the Jackson Community Church at the Jackson Ski Touring Center.

WED, MAR 20
THE IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB
by MARK SYNNOTT

7pm • Whitney Community Center

In The Impossible Climb, Jackson’s own Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold’s historic ascent, to paint a insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark’s eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free-solo ascent. Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death. This is the story which was also chronicled as a documentary in Free Solo.

LENTEN STUDY GROUPS
Meeting in March and April
Jackson Community Church

  • March: Anne Lamott’s Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. A few copies available and others on order through Jackson Public Library.
  • April: Desmond & Mpho Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving A few copies available and others on order through Jackson Public Library.

SECOND CHANCES CONCERT
4pm, Sun, April 7
Jackson Community Church
to benefit the Way Station

Kathy Bennett, Thom Perkins and Taylor Whiteside: featured artists.


UKRAINIAN EGG WORKSHOP

Sat, April 13
9-Noon or 2-5pm
Whitney Community Center


PALM SUNDAY

10:30am • April 14
Jackson Community Church
Worship with focus on themes of Holy Week.


MAUNDY THURSDAY

5pm • April 18

  • Dinner and worship around common table.
  • Soup & bread supper provided by deacons.

HOLY FRIDAY

April 19

  • Noon-3pm • Stations of the Cross • Jackson Community Church Sanctuary
  • 6:30pm • Ecumenical Worship Service • Madison Church officiated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates).

EASTER SUNDAY

April 21

  • SUNRISE SERVICE • Gazebo by Jackson Historical Society
    * Live music, scripture & reflection
  • 10:30am • EASTER WORSHIP • Jackson Community Church
    * Choral music
    * Harp
    * Flowering of the cross
  • 11:45am • EASTER EGG HUNT • Jackson Community Church
    Community easter egg hunt following worship. Children 12 and under may participate, accompanied by adults.

THIS WEEK: Tue, Mar 5- Sun, Mar 10

THIS WEEK
at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

At JCC: Tue – Clergy Lunch & Mardi Gras Concert at JCC, Wed – Ashes to Go & Fitness, Thurs – Yoga & AA, Fri – Pastors Hours, Sun – XC Blessing & Worship. Around Town: Thurs – Story Time (Library) & Reading the Landscape (Tin Mountain), Sat – Guided Snow Shoe Tour (JXC) & First Season Benefit Dinner (Fryeburg Academy), Sun – Mountain Top Music Concert. Save These Dates: Classes in Advanced Facilitator Training on Active Listening & Lenten Observances: Ukrainian Egg Painting, Book Studies, Second Chances Concert, Holy Week.

MON, Mar 4

  • RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE Harvard Online EdX course. Self-Paced. Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week. Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course. If others sign up, we will run a study group at Jackson Public Library (meeting dates TBD).

TUE, Mar 5

  • CLERGY of the EASTERN SLOPE
    12:30pm • Lunch for local clergy from Mt Washington Valley faith communities. Rev Gail attends.
  • FAT TUESDAY & MARDI GRAS
    6-8pm • Jackson Community Church
    Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio with authentic cuisine including gumbo, shrimp boil, jumbalaya, red beans n rice. Free and open to the public, donations accepted – proceeds benefit the Way Station (new day resource center for homeless population in Mt Washington Valley).  Wear some bling, but we’ll have some beads and costumes to share!

WED, Mar 6

  • ASHES to GO
    7-9am • JTown Deli
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • ASHES to GO
    Noon-5pm • Jackson Community Church
  • ASH WEDNESDAY ECUMENICAL SERVICE
    6:30pm • Center Conway Methodist Church
    Ecumenical Observance facilitated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates). Includes imposition of ashes and communion.

THURS, Mar 7

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: STORY TIME  for TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS
    10:30am • Jackson Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: READING THE LANDSCAPE: the Story of Glacial Retreat Across the Chocorua Region
    7-8pm • Nature Learning Center, Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    Join Dr. Robert Newton, Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, as he helps decipher our local landscape.  His talk will examine the landscape features that help us determine how the continental glaciers retreated from the Chocorua-Sandwich Range area.

FRI, Mar 8

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Church. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with Rev Gail by texting or calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or by email.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SAT, Mar 9

  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • Community Event: FIRST SEASON BENEFIT  DINNER & AUCTION
    5-9pm • Fryeburg Academy Gymnasium, Fryeburg Academy
    Join Tin Mountain for the 33rd First Season Dinner Auction. Reservations and payment in advance are requested as seating is assigned and space is limited. Tickets are $75 each. For more information about the event or Tin Mountain, to make reservations, donate an item, and/or learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Donna at 603-447-6991, or email DonnaDolan@tinmountain.org.

SUN, Mar 10

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Event: COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
    4pm • Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway
    Mountain Top orchestra plays music of Sibelius, Holst, Piazolla, Boulanger and Chaminade, under the baton of Dr. Julia Howell, Mountain Top’s director of education. ASuggested donation $10/person, $20/family, at the door. 

LENTEN & EASTER EVENTS

FAT TUESDAY & MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tue, Mar 5 • 6-8:30pm

  • Authentic New Orleans recipes (buffet style)
  • Warm-up music by KHS student jazz ensemble
  • Featured music: live jazz with Heather Pierson’s trio!
  • Come for food & fun & music!
  • Dance and dine with friends!
  • Wear some bling, but we’ll have plenty of fun beads and costumes to share!
  • Suggested donation $5/pp or $10/family.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wed, Mar 6

  • ASHES to GO
     7-9am @ JTown Deli & Noon-5pm / Church
  • ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
    Ecumenical Observance facilitated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates).
    6:30pm @ Center Conway Methodist Church
    Includes imposition of ashes and communion.

Community Event: LENTEN RETREAT
April 1-3

Our Lady of the Mountains / Roman Cathcolic Church
More information forthcoming.


LENTEN STUDY GROUPS
Meeting in March and April @ Jackson Community Church

  • March: Anne Lamott’s Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
  • April: Desmond & Mpho Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving
  • Copies of the books will be available from the church and also the local library.

UKRAINIAN EGG WORKSHOP
Sat, April 13
9-Noon or 2-5pm
Whitney Community Center

  • Classes limited to 8 participants. $3/pp fee.
  • Watch for registration information.

PALM SUNDAY
10:30am • April 14

  • Jackson Community Church
  • Worship with focus on themes of Holy Week.

MAUNDY THURSDAY
5pm • April 18

  • Dinner and worship around common table.
  • Soup & bread supper provided by deacons.

HOLY FRIDAY
April 19

  • Noon-3pm • Stations of the Cross • Jackson Community Church Sanctuary
  • 6:30pm • Ecumenical Worship Service • Madison Community Church officiated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates).

EASTER SUNDAY
April 21

  • SUNRISE SERVICE • Gazebo by Jackson Historical Society
    * Live music, scripture & reflection
  • 10:30am • EASTER WORSHIP • Jackson Community Church
    * Choral music
    * Harp
    * Flowering of the cross
  • 11:45am • EASTER EGG HUNT • Jackson Community Church
    Community easter egg hunt following worship. Children 12 and under may participate, accompanied by adults.

UPCOMING CLASSES

Relevant to Local Community Service & Learning Opportunities
UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS
and ITS IMPACTS on CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Wed, Feb 27
6:30-8:30pm
SAU#9 / Conway School District
Professional Development Center @ Kennett Middle School
176 Main Street, Conway, NH 03818 
Registration Link. Participants in this session will: Understand the general state of homelessness in NH. Understand how to identify a homeless child and/or family. Understand the relationship between homelessness and trauma in children. Understand the physical and emotional impacts of homelessness, particularly on children. Understand the reactions and symptoms of trauma and homelessness in children. Understand best practices in serving children who experience homelessness. Training Methods: Training will incorporate a variety of teaching techniques including didactic presentation, small group discussions / brainstorms, videos, and opportunity for questions, dialogue and discussion. 
NH LISTENS
Advanced Facilitator Training
Fri, Mar 15
10am-4pm
Conway Library, Conway, NH Registration Link. $50 fee. Fee waived for students and those with financial need. Many of us are trained to remain “neutral” as facilitators. However, that doesn’t mean we are passive. This workshop enhances confidence to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner.

RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE
Harvard Online EdX course.
Starts Mon, Mar 4, Self-Paced
Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week

Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course. Rev Gail Doktor, who studied under Prof Diane Moore at Harvard Divinity School, will participate in this course and we will offer a study & discussion group at Jackson Community Library for anyone else who registers and participates in the EdX class. Professional Development credit available. Taught by Professor Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Religious Literacy Project Harvard University Course Description: In this course, we will explore a series of contemporary conflicts in different regions of the world with a special focus on identifying and analyzing the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence in each context. Students will learn a method for recognizing and analyzing how religious ideologies are embedded in all arenas of human agency and not isolated from political, economic, and cultural life as is often assumed. In addition to examining the conflicts themselves, we will also explore the religious dimensions of the impacts those conflicts have on civic life in areas such as public health, education, and commerce by addressing a series of questions.
* What roles do religions play in fostering violence and what roles do they play in promoting peace?
* How do religious institutions and ideologies function to support and/or thwart public health initiatives?
* What are the ideological justifications for functional economic policies and how do they reflect and/or challenge diverse religious values?
* What roles do religions play in advancing or suppressing educational opportunities and for whom?
* Are media representations of the religious dimensions of conflict accurate? 
* Possible countries of focus include Brazil, Egypt, France, Israel/Palestine, Myanmar, Nigeria, Qatar, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. Final projects will be individually shaped based on interest and (where relevant) professional focus.
* The course is open to all and especially relevant for aspiring or professional educators, journalists, public health workers, foreign service officers and government officials who wish to better understand how religions function in contemporary world affairs. What you’ll learn Tools for how to interpret the roles religions play in contemporary conflicts; How religions are internally diverse; How religions evolve and change; How religions are embedded in all human cultures

This Week: MON, Feb 25 – SUN, Mar 3

At Jackson Community Church and Around Town

At JCC: Mon – Scout Dinner, Tue – Clergy Lunch, NH Conference Planning Mtg, Wed – Fitness & Womens Group Thurs – Yoga & Drum Lessons & AA, Fri – Pastors Hours & Youth Group Overnight, Sat – Way Station Community Service Work Day (Nativity Lutheran) & Youth Group Overnight, Sun – XC Blessing & Worship. Around Town: Tue – Affordable Housing Panel, Thurs – Coalition on Homelessness & Grammar School Ski-a-Thon, Sat – Guided Snow Shoe Tour. Save These Dates: Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration & Ash Wednesday Observances plus  Classes in Advanced Facilitator Training on Active Listening & Impact of Homelessness on Children & Harvard EdX course on Religion, Conflict and Peace

MON, Feb 25

  • PACK 321 SCOUT BLUE and GOLD DINNER
    5:30pm • Parish House
    Scout dinner for pack sponsored by Jackson Community Church! The pack will be providing community service with the church in March.

TUE, Feb 26

  • CLERGY of the EASTERN SLOPE
    12:30pm • Lunch for local clergy from Mt Washington Valley faith communities. Rev Gail attends.
  • United Church of Christ / NH Conference Event: ANNUAL MEETING PLANNING COMMITTEE
    2-4pm • Conference Call
    Rev Gail participates in planning NH Conference annual meeting scheduled for autumn 2019.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING DISCUSSION
    6-7pm – social • 7pm – panel discussion.
    Eastern Slope Inn, No Conway, NH.
    Sponsored by our local Home Builders Association.

WED, Feb 27

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • WOMEN’S GROUP
    10:30-Noon • Parish House
    Social gathering of friends and members of the church.
  • THREE MINUTE FICTION SLAM
    6pm • White Birch Books, No Conway
    Sponsored by Jackson Women’s Writing Group as part of the statewide NH Writers’ Project.
    * Open to the public. Anyone 17 years old or older may compete. Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
    * Email Anne to register.
    * Questions?  Call Anne at 603-236-6724 or White Birch Books at 603-356-3200
    The judges keep a private score for each piece. At the end of the night, the contestant with the highest score wins. Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals run by the NH Writers’ Project. Among other prizes, the winner of the finals gets free entrance to The 603 Conference (the region’s largest literary conference) on April 27, 2019. There they will read the winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers. 

THURS, Feb 28

  • Community Event: MEETING of MWV CARE & SERVICE PROVIDERS (public, nonprofit, private) re HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING INSECURE ISSUES
    9-11am • SAU#9 Professional Development Building
    Rev Gail attends.
  • FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: GRAMMAR SCHOOL SKI-A-THON
    12:30-4:30pm • Jackson XC Center Fields
    This annual fundraiser by the PTO  provides funds to support the enrichment programming for the school! The PTO splits the profits with a charity selected by the Student Council, which selected “Molly’s Place” at the Children’s Hospital in Dartmouth as the recipient of their proceeds. Molly’s Place is a center at the hospital where children can play, relax or unwind while they or a sibling are being treated.
  • Private Event: DRUM LESSONS with Brian Craig
    4:30-7:30pm • Parish House
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.

FRI, Mar 1

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Church. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with Rev Gail by texting or calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or by email.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • YOUTH GROUP OVERNIGHT
    9pm, Fri – Noon, Sun • Parish House.
    Youth Group from First Church in Ipswich, UCC will be hosted at our church on Friday and Saturday. They will participate in community service and recreation at local ski areas (XC and downhill) and also join us for worship on Sunday morning. Local middle and high school youth are welcome to join them for community service, recreation and dinner on Saturday.

SAT, Mar 2

  • WAY STATION WORK DAY
    9am – 4pm • Nativity Lutheran Church
    Come help paint and prep more rooms at Nativity Lutheran Church to welcome guests of the Way Station, a day resource center to provide essential services to the valley’s homeless and housing insecure population, including showers, laundry, internet access, post office box, lockers and more. Wear old clothing. Supplies and paint will be provided!
  • YOUTH GROUP OVERNIGHT
    9pm, Fri – Noon, Sun • Parish House.
    Youth Group from First Church in Ipswich, UCC will be hosted at our church on Friday and Saturday. They will participate in community service and recreation at local ski areas (XC and downhill) and also join us for worship on Sunday morning. Local middle and high school youth are welcome to join them for community service, recreation and dinner on Saturday.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SUN, Mar 3

  • YOUTH GROUP OVERNIGHT
    9pm, Fri – Noon, Sun • Parish House.
    Youth Group from First Church in Ipswich, UCC will be hosted at our church on Friday and Saturday. They will participate in community service and recreation at local ski areas (XC and downhill) and also join us for worship on Sunday morning. Local middle and high school youth are welcome to join them for community service, recreation and dinner on Saturday.
  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
    * Guests: First Church of Ipswich, MA Youth Group/UCC

This Week: WED, Feb 20 – SUN, Feb 24

THIS WEEK
at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

WED, Feb 20

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • PROTESTANT CHAPEL ASSOCIATION MEETING
    4pm • Parish House / Church Library, Second Floor.
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • Parish House / Church Library, Second Floor.
    Open meeting of church staff, officers and team leaders to make governing decisions for the operations and mission of the church. Any friends or members welcome to attend.

THURS, Feb 21 

  • FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.

FRI, Feb 22

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Church. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with Rev Gail by texting or calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or by email.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SAT, Feb 23

  • Private Event: AVALANCHE CLASS
    All Day • Jackson Community Church
    Private class providing instruction to outdoor athletes and emergency responders for avalanche preparedness and response.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • Community Event: FAMILY SNOW SHOE TOUR
    10am -Noon. Meet at the Dr. Michael Cline Memorial Forest parking area on Bald Hill Rd, Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
    Who’s been here? Was it a fox, a bobcat, or even a fisher? Learn the four basic mammal track patterns and enjoy the morning outside on Tin Mountain’s new Bald Hill property. Families of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dress warm and bring snowshoes or borrow ours. Call 447-6991 for reservations. More info.
  • United Church of Christ Event: PREPARED to SERVE8am – 8:45 am Registration and Refreshments / 9am – 4pm Workshop • Pembroke Academy,
    209 Academy Road, Pembroke, NH
    Walk-in registration welcome. Download the event brochure to get a preview of this year’s workshop selections. The church will reimburse the registration fee for this event for anyone from our community who wishes to attend! Rev Gail will be attending. Full schedule includes time for worship, attending workshops, viewing exhibits, and enjoying food and fellowship with folks from all over New Hampshire. Over 50 different workshops offered on a variety of topics. 

SUN, Feb 24

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Event: BIZARRE BIRDS
    7pm • Jackson Public Library
    An exciting nature program “Bizarre Birds of the World” with Steve Hale, owner of Open World Explorers. With over 10,000 bird species in the world, there are some amazing featured creatures that stretch our understanding of what it means to be a bird. This entertaining and educational program features extreme examples of birds and bird biology.  Some of the special birds included in this program are the Hoatzin, Kakapo, Oilbird, Standard Wing Nightjar, and more. For more details, visit www.openworldexplorers.com. This lecture is free and open to the public, although a $5 donation is welcome. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.

SAVE THESE DATES

WAY STATION WORK DAY
SAT, MAR 2
9am – 4pm
Nativity Lutheran Church

Come help paint and prep more rooms at Nativity Lutheran Church in order to welcome guests of the Way Station, a day resource center to provide essential services to the valley’s homeless and housing insecure population, including showers, laundry, internet access, post office box, lockers and more. Wear old clothing, supplies and paint will be provided! Staff and members of our church are serving as some of the motivating people behind the startup and opening of this new organization! Staff and members of our church are helping kick-start this initiative. 

FAT TUESDAY &
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tue, Mar 5 • 6-8:30pm

  • Authentic New Orleans recipes (buffet style)
  • Warm-up music by  KHS student jazz ensemble
  • Featured music: live jazz with Heather Pierson’s trio!
  • Come for food & fun & music!
  • Dance and dine with friends!
  • Wear some bling, but we’ll have plenty of fun beads and costumes to share!
  • Suggested donation $5/pp or $10/family.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wed, Mar 6

  • ASHES to GO
     7-9am @ JTown Deli & Noon-5pm / Church
  • ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
    Ecumenical Observance facilitated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope
    6:30pm • Center Conway Methodist Church

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

TUE, Feb 5 – SUN, Feb 10

At JCC: Tue – Avalanche Class, Wed – Fitness, Thurs – Yoga & After-Christmas Cleanup, Fri – Pastors Hours & Avalanche Class & Scouts Overnight, Sat – Scouts Overnight, Sun – Interfaith Gathering, XC Blessing & Worship. Around Town: Moon, Planets & Zodiac (Whitney Center)

TUE, Feb 5

  • NORTH COUNTRY ASSOCIATION of UCC (United Church of Christ) LUNCH 
    12:30pm • Meeting of clergy and lay representatives. Rev Gail attends.
  • Private Event: AVALANCHE CLASS
    All Day • Second Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Private class providing instruction to outdoor athletes and emergency responder for avalanche preparedness and response.

WED, Feb 6

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. Weather dependent; if schools close, the class will be cancelled.

THURS, Feb 7

  • FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Private Event: WAY STATION BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING
    11am • Nativity Lutheran
    Meeting to review next steps  in startup of Way Station, a day center for homeless/housing insecure populations in Mt Washington Valley.
  • AFTER-CHRISTMAS CLEANUP
    2pm • Jackson Community Church
    Come help put away creches and put away remaining Christmas decorations.

FRI, Feb 8

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Church. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with Rev Gail by texting or calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or by email.
  • Private Event: AVALANCHE CLASS
    All Day • Second Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Private class providing instruction to outdoor athletes and emergency responder for avalanche preparedness and response.
  • Community Event: SKI WAXING CLINIC
    10am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
  • Private Event: SCOUT OVERNIGHT
    8pm, Fri – 9am – Sun • Parish House.
    A visiting scout troop will be hosted at our church on Friday and Saturday while they are skiing in Mt Washington Valley.

SAT, Feb 9

  • Private Event: SCOUT OVERNIGHT
    5pm, Fri – 9am – Sun • Parish House.
    Scout troop will be hosted at our church on Friday and Saturday evening while they are skiing in Mt Washington Valley.
  • Community Event: BACKCOUNTRY XC SKI TRIP (with Tin Mountain Conservation Center)
    9am until 1pm • Meet at the Downes Brook/ UNH Trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway
    Strap on your skis and join the TMCC naturalist staff on the beautiful spruce-lined winter trails of the Kanc.  A series of short loops along the edge of Hedgehog Mountain lead skiers over the ungroomed trails of the WMNF.  While the terrain is beginner friendly there will be moderate climbs and downhill runs along the way.
  • Community Event: MOON, PLANETS & ZODIAC: Your Nightly Guide to Our Journey through Space
    6-8pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson
    Led by Tin Mountain Conservation Center staff. Understanding and observing the nightly phases of the moon and its relative position within the zodiac is a key to understanding, enjoying, and contemplating our night skies. What is the real world significance of the zodiac beyond just a tool of astrology? How does it help us understand our movement through space? What causes the phases of the moon? This program for all ages will answer some of these basic questions to help enhance your nightly sky gazing. If the skies are clear, the program will include time outside for identifying constellations of the zodiac and using a telescope.

SUN, Feb 10

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation  HQ
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Music: Alan Labrie