JCC ANNUAL MEETING: Wednesday, Jan 19th @ 7pm

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ANNUAL REPORT

This week with JCC & Around Town: January 17-23, 2022

MON, Jan 17 (Martin Luther King Day)

  • Community Resource: BLACK MOUNTAIN
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/ Register now for Programs: 603-383-9355
  • Community Event: LOVE NOT HATE (Martin Luther King NH Coalition)
    1:30pm • Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83815992942?pwd=MjlyUW1CR05MZGcxc043K1pHMzJldz09
    Option: 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 838 1599 2942, Passcode: 267996
    • More info: mlknh.org
    • “Love Not Hate” is the theme for this year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the 40th annual community event hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition.
    • Musician TJ Wheeler will be a special guest; other musical performances include the MLK Jr. Choir, directed by James McKim, and the Manchester High School West Jazz Band, directed by Rebecca Berger.
    • Community members have prepared a shared reading of excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1957 sermon “Loving Your Enemies.”
  • Community Event: LISA GARDNER One Step Too Far BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION with Lisa Gardner & Mark Synott (White Birch Books Event)
    6:30pm • Majestic Theater, Conway
    Launch of Mount Washington Valley author Lisa Gardner’s newest novel, One Step Too Far. Local author Mark Synnott will chat with Laura about her new book and more. A Q&A will follow. 
    • The Majestic Cafe will open at 6 for beer, wine, water and soda; theater doors open at 6:30. Copies of One Step Too Far, and Lisa’s other books, will be available in the cafe, with a book-signing after the program.
    • Be sure to note the Majestic’s Covid-19 protocols 
    • The event will also be live-streamed from the Majestic stage, for a nominal charge, with an opportunity to submit questions on line. Info and tickets: https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php

TUE, Jan 18

  • Community Resource: BLACK MOUNTAIN
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/ Register now for Programs: 603-383-9355
  • Community Event: CHAIR YOGA (Whitney Center Zoom Yoga)
    9:15am • Zoom
    Build core and upper body strength with this all levels chair class. Bring light weights, strap and blocks. Pre-registration required. Registration link: https://www.anjali-rose.com/yoga#chair-exercises-virtual
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Zoom
    Local clergy convene for conversations, ecumenical event-planning, and peer support. Rev Gail attends.
  • MISSIONS TEAM MTG
    3:15pm • Zoom (link and password required from church)
  • Community Event: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA (Whitney Center Zoom Yoga)
    4:30pm • Zoom.
    This all levels yoga class builds community, core strength, and overall body alignment. Come practice with us and build friendships while receiving the benefits of a moderate flow yoga class.Pre-registration required. Registration link: https://www.anjali-rose.com/yoga#flow-and-align-virtual
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night with Jonathan Sarty • 6-8:30pm

WED, Jan 19

  • Community Resource: BLACK MOUNTAIN
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
    Today: Skijoring with Jack Steffen. Watch the skijoring action and learn if it is right for you and your canine buddy. Free, meet at the “backstop” on the playing field near the Fire Pond.
  • FITNESS CLASS with Laurie McAleer
    9:30am • JCC Parish House
    Free. Gentle fitness and stretching customized to your needs. Appropriate for all ages and abilities.
  • Community Service: GIBSON CENTER AGE-FRIENDLY MWV TASK FORCE
    8am • Zoom.
    Rev Gail & other Jxn representatives attends as member of task force.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: CRAFTERNOON
    2pm • Jackson Library
    Bring your craft and hang out with others to complete it.
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Red Parka: Jon Sarty • 5-7:30pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Simon Crawford • 6-9pm
  • JCC ANNUAL MEETING
    7pm • Zoom (link and password required from church)

THURS, Jan 20

  • Community Resource: BLACK MOUNTAIN
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    All Day • Way Station, 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Volunteers open day resource center for showers, mail pickup, grocery distribution, more.
  • Community Event: GEOLOGY of the PRESIDENTIAL RANGE
    7pm • Zoom link pending.
    They may be covered in snow currently, but there is a lot to discover about the geology of the White Mountain’s Presidential Range. Dr. Dykstra Eusden, Professor of Geology at Bates College and author of several books on the geology of the White Mountains, will discuss the bedrock history and ancient tectonics of the Presidential Range. Info: https://www.tinmountain.org/event/geology-of-the-presidential-range-2/
  • Community Event: ZUMBA with Dotti Aiello
    3:30pm • Whitney Community Center
    $5/pp. Contact Dotti Aiello for more info: dottiaiello@gmail.com
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Rafe Matregrano • 6-9pm

FRI, Jan 21

  • Community Event: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
    Black Mtn, Jxn
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
    • Register now for Programs: 603-383-9355
    • Friday Gliders: Jan – mid-March
    • Four week Friday Programs: Jan 21,28
      • Classic: Gliding with Ease ($100/person, less $10 w/Season Pass)
        Ski further with less effort and more smiles! You may even start looking for more hills and corners because they are fun when you have the skills. (Four 1 hour sessions)
      • Skiing Fitness ($125/person, less $25 w/Season Pass)
        Make XC skiing a more strategic part of your fitness program. Includes intervals, terrain strategy and technique work as it relates to skiing faster. (Four 1.5 hour sessions)
      • Intermediate Skate ($125/person, less $25 w/Season Pass)
        If you already skate, this program will take you to the next level. (Four 1.5 hour sessions)
      • Intro Skate ($125/person, less $25 w/Season Pass)
        Learn to Skate in a progression of Friday sessions. A special rate for skate ski rentals is available. (Four 1.5 hour sessions)
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION
    5pm •  Zoom (link and password required from church)
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE CONCERT w/ Al Hospers & Tom Robinson
    7pm • Majestic Theater
    Info & tickets: https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner • 6-9pm
    • Shannon Door: Pat Guadagno • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Shark Martin • 8-11pm
    • Shovel Handle: Scott Baer • 6-9pm
    • Black Mountain: Candie Tremblay for Après • 3:30 to 5:30pm.

SAT, Jan 22

SUN, Jan 23

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library & Zoom
    Join us for poetry, prayer, and conversation.
    Hybrid: In-person with masking and social distancing or Zoom (link and password required from church)
  • WORSHIP
    10:30am • (zoom & in-person)
    • Music by Alan Labrie
      Message by Rev Gail Pomeroy Doktor
    • Hybrid: In-person with masking and social distancing or Zoom (link and password required from church)
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event).
    • Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Red Parka Pub: Booby Sheehan • 4-7pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Scott Baer • 5:30-8:30pmpm
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden • 6-9pm
    • Black Mountain: Mitch Alden for Après • 3:30 to 5:30pm.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY
  • Community Resource: BLACK MOUNTAIN
    Downhill ski events & conditions: https://www.blackmt.com/events
  • Community Resource: JACKSON SKI TOURING
    Info and Trail report: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
    • Register now for Programs: 603-383-9355
    • Four week Sunday Programs: Jan.23, 30
      • Intro Skate ($125/person, less $25 w/Season Pass)
        Learn to Skate in a progression of Friday sessions. A special rate for skate ski rentals is available. (Four 1.5 hour sessions)
      • Classic Gliding with Ease ($100/person, less $10 w/Season Pass)
        Ski further with less effort and more smiles! You may even start looking for more hills and corners because they are fun when you have the skills. (Four 1 hour sessions)

Reflections on starting journeys: themes from baptismal scripture

If you can’t fly, then run,
if you can’t run, then walk,
if you can’t walk, then crawl,
but by all means keep moving.
– Martin Luther King Jr.


BELOVED IS WHERE WE BEGIN  — Jan Richardson

If you would enter / into the wilderness,
do not begin / without a blessing.

Do not leave
without hearing / who you are:
Beloved, named by the One
who has traveled this path / before you.

Do not go  / without letting it echo
in your ears, / and if you find
it is hard / to let it into your heart,
do not despair. / That is what
this journey is for.

I cannot promise / this blessing will free you
from danger, from fear,
from hungeror thirst,
from the scorching of sun or the fall of the night.

But I can tell you that on this path there will be help.

I can tell you that on this way there will be rest.

I can tell you that you will know
the strange graces that come to our aid
only on a road  / such as this,
that fly to meet us
bearing comfort and strength,
that come alongside us / for no other cause
than to lean themselves / toward our ear
and with their / curious insistence / whisper our name:

Beloved.
Beloved.
Beloved.

SONGS about STARTING a JOURNEY

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute,
Whatever you can do, or dream you can—begin it;
Boldness has genius, power, magic in it;
Only engage,—and then the mind grows heated;
Begin!—and then the work will be completed.
—Goethe


It’s just as well, my pitcher shattered
I’m free of all that hauling water!
The burden on my head is gone….
A single well, Kabira
And water-bearers many!
Pots of every shape and size
But the water always One.
— ‘Bhala Hua Meri Gagri Phooti’ –song of Kabir.
translated by Rabindranath Tagore 1915, 55-56


Blessing the Baptism — Jan Richardson

As if we could call you
anything other than
beloved
and blessed

drenched as we are
in our love for you

washed as we are
by our delight in you

born anew as we are
by the grace that flows
from the heart of the one
who bore you to us.

STARTING a JOURNEY

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.– Lao Tzu

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. – Søren Kierkegaard

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. – Tony Robbins

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance, and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. – Oprah Winfrey

 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Tell me, O Swan, your ancient tale.
From what land do you come, O Swan ?
to what shore will you fly ?
Where would you take your rest, O Swan, and what do you seek ?
Even this morning, O Swan, awake, arise follow me !
There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule: where the terror of Death is no more.
There the woods of spring are a-bloom, and the fragrant scent “He is I” is born on the wind:
There the bee of the heart is deeply immersed and desires no other joy.
 — Poems of Kabir, translated by Rabindranath Tagore 1915, 55-56

COMMENTARY on BAPTISM

So I hope in this baptismal life ahead of you that when you encounter water – this most common of substances which surrounds land and comprises our bodies…I hope when you drink it in; when you dive deep in a pool of it; when you wade in a stream of it; that even when you wash dishes with it; I hope that you are reminded of the promise of life eternal: a promise that life with God is as close to you as water and bread and wine and human bodies.  Because to be Christian is to know that the eternal is always contained in the present. — Nadia Bolz-Weber

Water figures in many of Jyoti’s paintings, as too in biblical imagery: the waters that were ‘the face of the deep’ before creation; the waters of the flood, over which the rainbow shone, sign of God’s covenant of peace with all creation; the waters of the Red Sea parting to liberate the fleeing slaves, the ‘children of Israel’; the ‘water of life’ with which Jesus identified himself, both with the alienated woman at the well and during debate in the temple; the waters of baptism – that of Jesus and of those who accept his way. — Jyoti Sahi Art Ashram

Jesus has become part with the waters. His character is innately like that of water. … water seeks out the lowest place. Or, as [St] Francis says in his Hymn to Creation, the waters are humble – they offer life to others and for others – and in themselves are clear, like light. — Jyoti Sahi Art Ashram

COLD-WEATHER SHELTER OPENING this WEEKEND: Seeking volunteers for day and night shifts

DUE to dangerous temperatures this weekend, in collaboration with the Way Station, White Horse Addiction Center, and other agencies,  Nativity Lutheran Church is opening its Fellowship Hall over the weekend as a cold-weather shelter. This shelter will serve all of Mt Washington Valley.    WEEKEND: From Friday afternoon –  Monday evening, Nativity Lutheran Church’s lower hall will be used as an emergency warming shelter. It will be open day and night over the weekend.If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please let REV GAIL DOKTOR know by responding to this message: CALL or TEXT Gail’s cell: 978.273.0308.Indicate when you might be available to volunteer and provide contact info (full name, email, and phone number to expedite contact and scheduling). 

An alert has been sent to emergency responders and agencies serving vulnerable populations, so people at-risk have the option to seek shelter in North Conway at the Nativity Lutheran Church. Although the Way Station, White Horse, Tri-County Cap, and Carroll County’s designated emergency response team cannot predict how many people may need they facility, they have direct knowledge of some clients who could benefit from having a place.    HOW YOU CAN HELP: 

  • If you are a person who is vaccinated, healthy, and to whom COVID poses a low risk, we invite you to be a support volunteer. 

    Each shift (mornings/afternoons/overnights) will have two types of volunteers: supervisors who have experience working with homeless people (hese people work with the agencies that are cooperating to open the shelter). Needed: support volunteers the position we are inviting you to consider filling.  

    Support volunteers will help run things. This includes being the person to hand out coffee and food (we do not want lots of people touching the coffee pot or serving utensils), making sure that the bathrooms get cleaned with regularity, keeping an eye open for things that need to happen.
     
  • Meals are being provided by volunteers from local churches, including Jackson Community Church. 
     
  • Cots, toiletries, etc, are coming from emergency response supplies and inventories in place from local agencies.   

Nativity Lutheran reminds us: With the Omicron variant running rampant, opening this shelter is a fairly risky thing to do. We will try to mitigate that risk, but even so, being a support volunteer will be hazardous. If you hope to volunteer, please allow for this increased risk by using extra caution in the days after your shift.   If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please let REV GAIL DOKTOR by phone: CALL or TEXT Gail’s cell number (not the church’s land line). Or email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org with SHELTER VOLUNTEER in subject line. Indicate when you might be available to volunteer and provide contact info (full name, email, and phone number to expedite contact and scheduling).    We are grateful to be a part of a community that cares enough to suggest opening such a shelter and quickly organizing its activities. 

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