THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: May 14-19

Highlights @ JCC: Tue – Pease Stocking Cutting Party & Daisy Scouts, Wed – Council Mtg, Thurs – Yoga, AA, Fri – Pastor’s Hours & Wedding Rehearsal, Sat – Wedding, Sun – Youth & Family Program & Choir Rehearsal & Worship & Way Station Volunteer Training. Around Town: Tue – Book Group (Library), Wed – Monitoring Reptiles (Tin Mtn), Thurs – Age-Friendly Community Task Force (Gibson Ctr) & Storytime for Toddlers (Library), Sat – Birding (Brownfield Bog) & Spring Celebration (Tin Mtn) & Boxcar Lilies Concert (Mountain Top Music – Hales Location pvt home), Sun – Way Station Volunteer Training (Nativity Lutheran campus)

TUE, May 14

  • PEASE GREETERS STOCKING PROJECT
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church
    Cutting party. Bring sharp sewing or craft scissors if you have them and join the Missions team to cut pieces for the Christmas Stocking project. Our church makes the stockings filled for returning military service personnel at Pease Air Force Base.
  • UCC Event: NORTH COUNTRY ASSOCIATION CLERGY LUNCH & COMMITTEE on MINISTRY MTG
    11:30am • J’s Restaurant @ Gorham, NH
    1pm • Congregational Church, Gorham, NH
  • CLERGY GROUP
    12:30pm • No Conway
    Clergy group gathers for lunch and colleagial work.
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    2:45-4:30pm • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: LIBRARY BOOK GROUP
    4:30pm • Jackson Public Library
    The monthly Adult Book Group discusses Station Eleven.

WED, May 15

  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7-8:30pm • Church Library, 2nd Floor
    Church staff, officers and team representatives meet to review budget and make administrative decisions to support mission and operations of church. Meeting is open to the public.
  • Community Event: MONITORING REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS in NH
    7pm • Nature Learning Center, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany
    Come learn about the state’s herptile population and the NH Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP). Melissa Doperalski of NH Fish & Game will present on how the program works and how you can help contribute. More info.

THURS, May 16

  • Community Event: AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY TASK FORCE UPDATE
    9-11am • Gibson Senior Center, No Conway
    Meeting for next steps re implementation of recommended projects developed by Steering Committee.
  • 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: STORYTIME for TODDLERS
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church

FRI, May 17

  • PASTOR’S DROP-IN HOURS @ JTOWN
    7-9am • JTown Deli, Jackson
    Come by to visit with Rev Gail or text/call to make a separate date: 978.273.0308.
  • PASTORAL HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Second Floor, Church
    Come by to visit with Rev Gail or call to make a separate date: 978.273.0308.
  • Private Event: WEDDING REHEARSAL
    4-6pm • Jackson Community Church

SAT, May 18

  • Private Event: WEDDING
    1pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail officiates.
  • Community Event: BIRDING at BROWNFIELD BOG (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    7-10am • Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield, Maine
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack. Our final week will be via canoe!
  • Community Event: FAMILY SPRING CELEBRATION
    10am-Noon • Nature Learning Center, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany
    Come celebrate the return of warm weather, new growth, and mud! Join us for a morning of insect and amphibian exploration, nature walks, crafts and stories. Our spring family celebration is open to all, but geared toward families with children 5 and under. More info.
  • Community Event: BOXCAR LILIES HOME CONCERT (Mountain Top Music event)
    7:30pm • Hales Location Private Home
    Mountain Top Music presents a bluegrass and country charm with spine-tingling harmony and exceptional songwriting. At a gorgeous home at the very top of Hales Location. Directions will be emailed the Thursday before the concert. ($35/person). Link for tickets and more info.

SUN, May 19

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • YOUTH & FAMILY 
    Come dressed for outdoor games or hike. RSVP Rev Gail if you plan to attend.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    Ellen Schwindt will work with choir for same-day performance.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership & message by Rev Gail Doktor
    * Choir with Ellen Schwindt
  • Community Event: WAY STATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING
    2-5pm • Way Station/15 Grove St, No Conway. Starts in Admin Building/Nativity Lutheran Campus.
    NH Listens facilitator from Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH, provides inetractive training to educate volunteers about issues facing homeless/housing-insecure guests. Rev Gail attends. RSVP if planning to attend this training.

THIS WEEKEND at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

SAT, May 4 – SUN, May 5

SAT, May 4

  • Community Event: BIRDING at BROWNFIELD BOG (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    7-10am • Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield, Maine
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack. Our final week will be via canoe!
  • VALLEY LITTER CLEAN UP DAY
    8:30-10am • Register at Whitney Community Center for Jackson for trash bags, gloves and road assignments.
    10am • Clean up
    Noon-2pm • Celebration at Hampton Inn, North Conway; Food music, prizes, water park and more! Ben 7 Jerry’s, Flatbread Pizza, Home Depot Play Station, Educational and Information centers. 
    Other locations to sign in and start out to clean up different communities: Other sign-ups sites in other towns — Bartlett: Bartlett school parking lot. Glen: Patch’s Market parking lot. Kearsarge/Intervale: Scenic Vista Route 16. Saco River Banks: First Bridge. North Conway: Hampton Inn, Route 16. Albany: Albany Town Hall. Conway: Conway Information Booth. Madison: Madison Elementary School. Eaton: Inn at Crystal Lake. Tamworth/ Chocorua/Wonalancet: K.A. Brett School. East Conway: Twombly’s Market. Center Conway: Saco Bound parking lot. West Fryeburg/South Chatham: Webster’s Store. North Chatham/Stow: Stow Corner Store. Fryeburg: American Legion on Bradley Street. Brownfield: Brownfield Rec Center. Lovell: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library parking lot.

SUN, May 5

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP with COMMUNION
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership by Rev Gail Doktor
    * Special music by Osborne family
    * Sunday School during worship (RSVP if you will be attending Sunday School)
  • WAY STATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING
    2-3pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway, NH / Nativity Lutheran admin bldg.
    Jeff Jones, United Way Carroll County Emergency Preparedness Officer will provide basic training about working with homeless/housing-insecure population along with some best practices and safety procedures. This is preparation for volunteering at the Way Station, the valley’s first day resource center for homeless/housing-insecure population. Learn more about the Way Station. Email to RSVP for training.
  • Community Event: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE – Film Screening of documentary Who Will Write Our Story?
    4pm • Colonial Theatre, Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
    The Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, in partnership with the Bethlehem Colonial Theatre, will join venues worldwide to present the documentary film Who Will Write Our History as BHC’s annual observance of Holocaust Days of Remembrance. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed the 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this clandestine group, known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda, not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. Documentary written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman with Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg. This documentary features the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. Free and open to community.
  • Community Event: MUSIC as MEDITATION
    with Ellen Schwindt
    * 4:30pm — Rehearsal • Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway, NH
    * 5pm — Singing • Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway, NH
    A note from Ellen Schwindt: “Hello Singing friends, I am planning Music as Meditation in a rather liquid fashion this time around. I want to sing two rounds. If you’d like to sing in some other way sometime, that’s good news, too. If this seems like a lark to you, please let me know. I got an Easter egg that said “sing” on it and I’m taking it a bit too seriously, perhaps, but so far I’m having fun. I’ve attached mp3s with me singing each round–the keys are malleable and we can choose based on the people who want to sing. … Please feel free to spread the word—the more the merrier is my motto.” Links to songs to be sung in rounds.” — Ellen Schwindt, 603-447-2898, email: ellenmschwindt@gmail.com
  • Link to MP3 of Tumble the Runs that Rush Down to the River
  • Link to MP3 of Water that Falls Down Down
  • Link to PDF of Tumble that Runs that Rush Down to the River
  • Link to PDF of Water that Falls Down Down

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

TUE, April 30 – SUN, May 5

Highlights @ JCC: Tue – Daisy Scouts, Mission Team, Thurs – Yoga, AA, Fri – Pastor’s Hours, Family Fun Night, Sat – Church Volunteers at Valley Litter Pick-Up Day, Sun – Worship, Way Station Training Session. Around Town: Wed – Spring Warbler Program (Whitney), Thurs – Toddler Story Hour (library), Fri – First Friday Concert (Brown Church), Sat – Birding (Brownfield Bog) & Litter Pick Up Day (Whitney – starting point), Sun – Way Station Training Session.

TUE, April 30

  • WAY STATION LEADERSHIP MTG
    11am • Way Station / Nativity Lutheran Church, No Conway
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    2:45-4:30pm • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
    Daisy scouts have meeting
  • MISSION TEAM
    3:30pm • Whitney Library (2nd floor), Jackson Community Church
    Review of current projects and priorities.

WED, May 1

  • Community Event: IDENTIFYING SPRING WARBLERS
    7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson
    Lifelong birder Will Broussard will help us prepare for the upcoming warbler season with a review of the common and not-so-common warblers of the Mount Washington Valley. All aspects of identification will be examined including field marks, song, and habitat. You can put your refreshed (or newly acquired!) skills into practice with Tin Mountain’s weekly bird walks Thursday mornings leaving from the parking lot on Valley Cross Road in Jackson. All birding levels welcome for both programs.

THURS, May 2

  • 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 with TODDLERS
    10:30am • Jackson Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church. 

FRI, May 3

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, good food, and conversation.
  • PASTORAL HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Second Floor, Church
  • Community Event: FIRST FRIDAY with BENNETT & PERKINS (Mountain Top Music)
    Valley favorites guitar duo Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins perform an eclectic blend of original music and their own arrangements.  While folk is a cornerstone influence for the pair, their music borrows from genres ranging from Americana, singer/songwriter, roots, bluegrass, blues and more.
  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT
    6-8pm • Parish House
    Games & pizza. RSVP if you plan to come!

SAT, May 4

  • Community Event: BIRDING at BROWNFIELD BOG (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    7-10am • Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield, Maine
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack. Our final week will be via canoe!
  • VALLEY LITTER CLEAN UP DAY
    8:30-10am • Register at Whitney Community Center (or other locally designated sites) for trash bags, gloves and road assignments
    10am • Clean up
    2pm • Celebration at Hampton Inn, North Conway; Food music, prizes, water park and more! Ben 7 Jerry’s, Flatbread Pizza, Home Depot Play Station, Educational and Information centers. More info: Facebook.

SUN, May 5

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP with COMMUNION
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership by Rev Gail Doktor
    * Special music by Osborne family
    * Sunday School during worship (RSVP if you will be attending Sunday School)
  • WAY STATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING
    2-3pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway, NH / Nativity Lutheran admin bldg. 
    Jeff Jones, United Way Carroll County Emergency Preparedness Officer will provide basic training about working with homeless/housing-insecure population along with some best practices and safety procedures.

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town MON, April 22 – SUN, April 28

Highlights @ JCC: Tue – Harp & Study Group: Tutu’s Book of Forgiving, Wed – Women’s Group, Thurs – Yoga & AA, Fri – Pastor’s Hours,  Sun – Interfaith Gathering (Gazebo) & Sunday Worship  & Emmaus Outdoor Hike. Around Town: Wed – Passover Meal, Thurs – Heather Pierson Jazz Trio (Whitney), Sat – Birding (Brownfield Bog) & Marquetry (Tin Mountain Conservation) & Drug Take-Back plus NARCAN Training (Jackson Grammar School), Sun – Funergy Festival (Schouller Park, No Conway). Plus upcoming volunteer opportunities and children & youth programs with JCC.

MON, April 22 – FRI, April 26: School Vacation Week
MON, April 22

  • WAY STATION LEADERSHIP MTG
    6:30pm • Nativity Lutheran / Way Station campus
    Meeting to plan next steps for training of volunteers and opening of facility.

TUE, April 23

  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Center Conway, NH
    Clergy of the Eastern Slop gather to prepare Good Friday service. Rev Gail attends.
  • HARP LESSONS
    Afternoon • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
    Students of Dominique Dodge have harp lessons.
  • BOOK STUDY – The Book of Forgiving by Desmond & Mpho Tutu
    4pm • 2nd Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Meet to discuss first few chapters of the book. Or come for an introduction to the book. A few copies available at church.

WED, April 24

  • WOMEN’s GATHERING
    10am • Jackson Community Church
    Friends and members of the church gather for socializing and cooking lessons with Sue Carrigan.
  • ANNUAL PASSOVER SEDER hosted by Mt Washington Valley Chavurah
    5:30pm • North Conway Country Club
    Community passover meal. RSVPs were required. Rev Gail attends.

THURS, April 25

  • 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: HEATHER PIERSON JAZZ TRIO
    7-8:30pm • Whitney Community Center
    $10/person and $20/family at the door
    The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio is: Heather Pierson (piano, vocals), Shawn Nadeau (bass) and Craig Bryan (drums). Based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Heather is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and performer known for her bell tone vocals and self-taught, equal parts New Orleans-Oscar-Brubeck jazz piano leanings.  The trio performs a rich variety of Heather’s originals, jazz and blues standards, and unique reworkings of familiar American music. 
  • Community Event: SPRING JAZZ WORKSHOPS (Mountain Top Music Program)
    7-8:30pm • Denmark ME Arts Center
    Get a jazz fix at Denmark (Maine) Arts Center with a spring Jazz History Workshop Series taught by Mike Sakash, Justin Ramos and Bruce Berquist. Sessions will focus on the role of specific instruments in jazz, the influences of classical music on jazz forms, and more. Sessions continue on 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, and 5/30. Drop-in class fee is $15, or sign up for all six sessions for $75.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church. 

FRI, April 26

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, good food, and conversation.
  • PASTORAL MEETINGS
    10am • Off site
    Rev Gail holds pastoral meetings off-site.

SAT, April 27

  • Community Event: BIRDING in BROWNFIELD BOG with Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    7-10am •  Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack.
  • Community Event: NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY & NARCAN TRAINING
    9am -1pm • Jackson Grammar School
    Come by for safe disposal of expired or unused medications in communities all across our nation. Jackson Police Department.
    Car trouble?  Out of gas?  The police will come by to pick up the medicine at your home if needed!  Just call 603-383-9292 and let them know where you are in Jackson. 
  • Community Event: NARCAN EDUCATION & TRAINING
    10am -11:30am • Jackson Grammar School
    NARCAN is a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  The education portion takes minutes, the NARCAN is free and it could save a life!
  • Community Event: MARQUETRY with artist Craig Altobello
    1-3pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    Marquetry is the art of assembling thin slices of wood to form an image. Current artist on display, Craig Altobello, will walk us through the process of turning logs into works of art from cutting his own veneers to the beeswax finish.

SUN, April 28

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAM
    9am • Jackson Community Church
    Come for games and faith formation
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP 
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership by Rev Gail Doktor
    * Special music by Roberts family
  • ROAD-to-EMMAUS HIKE
    1-3pm • Hike on local trail to celebrate the walk to Emmaus. Family friendly. Meet at church parking lot, come in hiking boots and layers, bring water for yourself and healthy snack to share. Weather dependent.
  • Community Event: FUNERGY FESTIVAL
    10am- 2pm • Schouler Park, North Conway
    Join Tin Mountain and many other organizations at the 9th Annual Earth Day Funergy Festival. Participate in educational and energy related activities, peruse environmentally friendly goods and services, and learn about sustainability initiatives in the Mount Washington Valley.

MON, April 15 – SUN, April 21 (Holy Week)

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town
Highlights @ JCC: Tue – Deacons & Author’s Night with Janis Pryor’s Dinner with Trixie, Wed – Council Meeting, Thurs – Yoga & AA & Maundy Thursday Meal & Service, Fri – Way of the Cross & Ecumenical Worship (Madison Church), Easter Sun – Sunrise Service (Gazebo) & Easter Worship with Egg Hunt. Around Town: Thurs – Story Time for Toddlers (Jackson Library), Fri – Concert with Dominique Dodge & Trio (Whitney Community Center)


MON, April 15

  • BOSTON MARATHON
    Boston, MA
    Cheer wheelchair athlete Dr William Tan (W45) from Singapore, who races for Bright Happy Power and the Doktor family. #BostonMarathon #GoWilliamTan

TUE, April 16

  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Center Conway, NH
    Clergy of the Eastern Slop gather to prepare Good Friday service. Rev Gail attends.
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    3:45-4:30pm • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
  • DEACON TEAM MEETING
    4pm • 2nd Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Meet to plan worship and care of congregation/community.
  • AUTHOR NIGHT
    7pm • Jackson Community Church
    Dinner with Trixie by Janis Pryor.
    Come for the reading and stay for the Q&A, which promises to be a rich introduction to a larger community conversation about race. Dinner with Trixie explores the past and the present within a slave-owning family, the enduring legacy of racism, personally, institutionally and culturally.

WED, April 17

  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • Jackson Community Church
    Church officers and lay leaders review church operations and mission, make decisions and conduct business for life of church.

THURS, April 18

  • 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
    10:30am • Jackson Library
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY 5pm • Jackson Community Church Dinner and worship around common table. Soup & bread supper provided by deacons.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church. 

FRI, April 19

  • STATIONS of the CROSS
    Noon-3pm • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: ECUMENICAL HOLY FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
    6:30pm • Madison Church
    Service created in collaboration by several churches in Mt Washington Valley. Pick-up choir directed by Catherine Marker of Madison Church; singers from all churches welcome, music available for your perusal (contact Rev Gail if you want a copy). Officiated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates).
  • Community Event: CONCERT with DOMINIQUE DODGE & TRIO
    7-8:45pm • Whitney Community Center
    Tickets available at the door.

SUN, April 21: EASTER SUNDAY

  • SUNRISE SERVICE 
    6am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
    9am • Jackson Community Church
    Choir Practice with Ellen Schwindt
  • INTER-GENERATIONAL CHOIR PRACTICE
    10am • Jackson Community Church
    Children and youth join adult choir to prepare for worship.
  • EASTER WORSHIP 
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Choral music
    * Harp by Dominique Dodge
    * Flowering of the cross
  • EASTER EGG HUNT 
    11:45am • Jackson Community Church
    Community Easter egg hunt following worship. Children may participate, accompanied by adults.