JACKSON COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL NOT HOLD SERVICES TOMORROW SUNDAY, JAN. 20.

Due to imminent and severe winter storm forecast, we decided to err on the side of caution, in keeping with the forecast and advisories from public safety officials. The deacons and covering minister have recommended cancelling all worship services and activities on Sunday morning, Jan 20. NO WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, EXCEPT VIA FACEBOOK and WEBSITE. Watch for a brief message from Rev Gail online.

Note: The doors are always open 24/7 for anyone to seek sanctuary and find a place to pray … yet we cannot be sure of accessible conditions to gain entry into the building. Please use caution if going to church privately and choose safety first.

Second Note: See you at the Annual Meeting Wed, Jan 23, after we all dig out.

Reflections on recognizing and using spiritual gifts and meditation on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

What works of wonder can we accomplish as individuals and as local [faith communities] that turn despair into hope, hatred into love, and violence into healing? Do you feel equal to the task? If not, what do you need? What unseen power lies within us that we do not recognize? What are your gifts? What gifts do you discern within your [faith  community] and how is God calling you to transform the world around you?— Rev Kathryn Matthews (excerpt, UCC Sermon Seeds)

You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me. ― Rumi

Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you
shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you
to the heavens
Become nothing,
And He’ll turn you into everything.
― Jalal Ad-Din Rumi 

There is a kind of vegetable in Vietnam called he (pronounced “hey”). It belongs to the onion family and looks like a scallion, and it is very good in soup. The more you cut the he plants at the base, the more they grow. If you don’t cut them they won’t grow very much. But if you cut them often, right at the base of the stalk, they grow bigger and bigger. This is also true of the practice of dana [giving of self and spiritual gifts … an essential Buddhist practice]. If you give and continue to give, you become richer and richer all the time, richer in terms of happiness and well-being. This may seem strange but it is always true. — Thich Nhat Hahn, Plum Village

Recognizing and Using Our Gifts

A Recipe for Creativity (based on prompts from Sula by Toni Morrison) — Excerpt from a reflection by Alex Posen

  1. Start with a curious mind and an open heart
  2. An unbiased hunger for studying the world
  3. Compassionate interest in experiences beyond oneself
  4. Attentiveness to all the dynamics, properties, qualities and details that you encounter
  5. You will know if you are on the right track if you can find inspiration anywhere and in anything
  6. Remember that you are building an archive of observations
  7. Metaphoric thinking. Metaphors are the tools of translation for all that you see, hear and feel. Metaphors give us words and ideas with which to hold and define our observations
  8. Last but not least, learn some skills, so that you can easily use your understanding to create and express your heart’s desire.

What gifts have I received? — Adapted from commentary by Curtis Thomas:

What gifts have I received? Answer these questions:

  1. What can I accomplish with my present abilities?
  2. What type of service am I personally drawn to?
  3. What have I been educated or trained to do?
  4. What gifts do my [spiritual] leaders think that I possess?
  5. What does my family (who should know me best) think that my gifts are?
  6. What specific needs are there in the church body [faith community and larger community]?
  7. Have I attempted to use a gift in a certain area and have regularly failed?
  8. When have I met with success in attempting to exercise a gift or meet a need in the body [community]?
  9. Have I asked my closest friends to honestly help assess where I could most successfully serve?

So we, in our corporate wholeness, are the glory of God, the goodness of God, the presence of God. As an individual, I participate in that wholeness, and that is holiness. That’s the only holiness we’ll ever know. It’s not my private holiness; it’s our connectedness together … Many call this state of consciousness the True Self. We have to fall through the little events of our life into this True Self. We have to fall through our life situation into The One Great Life. We have to fall through our identification with our small mind into the Great Mind of Christ … (see 1 Corinthians 2:16). We have to fall through our individual body experience into the One Spirit (see Ephesians 4:4-5), through what is manifest into the Unmanifest. There are many names and descriptions for this consciousness, for example, Being itself, “the bosom of Abraham” (Luke 16:22), the Father, or if you were raised Catholic or Orthodox, the arms of Mary. We are always and only grabbing for images and metaphors, but the important thing is the experience of union itself. — Richard Rohr

Gifts of the Spirit

… we don’t find our gift through self-examination and introspection and then find ways to express it. Instead, we love one another, serve one another, help one another, and in so doing we see how God has equipped us to do so. ― Russell D. Moore

We must approach our meditation realizing that ‘grace,’ ‘mercy,’ and ‘faith’ are not permanent inalienable possessions which we gain by our efforts and retain as though by right, provided that we behave ourselves. They are constantly renewed gifts. The life of grace in our hearts is renewed from moment to moment, directly and personally by God in his love for us. ― Thomas Merton

God never loses sight of the treasure which He has placed in our earthen vessels. ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

There is no greater gift than realizing the constant presence of the Divine and His Absolute Power to create and restore all things. ― Marta Mrotek

The only thing that will work is Spirit, the universal donor. It was all going to be an inside job…It was recognizing my truth, the truth of who I am. Not who I am, but whose I am.— Anne Lamott

There are spiritual gifts like mercy, faith, or generosity that enable people to set the standard, so to speak. But just because you don’t have that spiritual gift doesn’t mean you aren’t held to any standard at all. Even if you aren’t gifted in that way, you’re still called to live mercifully, faithfully, and generously. You might not set the standard, but you need to meet the standard. There is a baseline that all of us are called to. When the opportunity presents itself, we need to show mercy, exercise faith, and give generously.  ― Mark Batterson

Deep in our bones lies an intuition that we arrive here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community. Over time, these gifts are meant to be seen, developed, and called into the village at times of need. To feel valued for the gifts with which we are born affirms our worth and dignity. In a sense, it is a form of spiritual employment – simply being who we are confirms our place in the village. That is one of the fundamental understanding about gifts: we can only offer them by being ourselves fully. Gifts are a consequence of authenticity; when we are being true to our natures, the gifts can emerge. ― Francis Weller

Nowhere in Scripture do we have the slightest hint that God’s people are to volunteer. Rather, the Scriptures indicate that the use of our gifts should be considered a joyful responsibility. — Curtis Thomas

Gifts for the common good (excerpt) — Rev Kathryn Matthews
… Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr … is a hero, an icon, really, a name that comes to mind when someone asks, “Does God still send us prophets?” His martyrdom only strengthens our confidence that this indeed was a man sent from God, showered with gifts, who will be remembered for his eloquent words, his courageous deeds, and his deep and abiding commitment to non-violence as the ultimate form of Christian resistance to injustice.

Dr. King was faithful to the ideal, the commitment to non-violent resistance … even in the face of police dogs with snarling teeth and the taunts of “nice, Christian” Americans … who reacted angrily and self-righteously when a people demanded justice too long delayed. Justice too long delayed, Dr. King said, is justice denied.

Renewing our own commitment

Still, as each year goes by and we remember Dr. King with our programs and sermons and singing and even our renewed commitment to justice for all of God’s children, it seems to me that it’s rather tempting to lift up this prophet, high above us, and make him so singular or special that we miss the whole point. I see the timing of Dr. King’s birthday and our communal observance as very fortunate: what better way to begin a new year that to renew our own commitment to the vision of Jesus, who practiced compassion and justice throughout his life? …

Everyday works of wonder 

I want to believe that Dr. King, while he was a great and gifted man, a prophet even, did things that we can do, too, with the gifts that God has given us. I do believe that there are everyday gifted people who are responding to human need, using the gifts God has given them — because everything we have, Paul says earlier in his letter, is something we have received—using those gifts to meet human need, to work for a better and more beautiful and more just world, to speak for those who have no voice or, better, to make sure the voiceless are heard, to stand with those who are stepped on and pushed out, to walk with those who are making their way to a better day. 

Works of wonder, yes, and yet I cannot emphasize enough how ordinary and everyday these efforts are. Whether we are called to offer up our lives for the gospel, or to live that gospel day in or day out, year in and year out, in everyday acts of compassion and justice, we are using those abundant gifts, just as God intended, and on God’s own timetable, for the building up of the reign of God.

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town WED, Jan 16 – SUN, Jan 20

Note: PASTORAL CARE will be available from Gerry Tilton this week during Rev Gail Pomeroy Doktor’s absence due to a family medical emergency. Gerry Tilton can be reached by email (forestgt22@aol.com) or by phone 603.236.6657. She lives in nearby Bartlett and serves on the pastoral staff of First Congregational Church in North Conway, NH.

WED, Jan 16

  • 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.
  • DE-GREENING of CHURCH
    10:30am-Noon • Church Sanctuary
    Christmas decorations will be taken down. This may take more than one day to accomplish, but volunteers would be welcome to come help.

THURS, Jan 17

  • FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners.
  • Community Event: STORY TIME
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.

FRI, Jan 18

  • 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: BEFORE THERE WERE MIRRORS Concert
    7:30pm • St Andrews-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth, NH
    A musical evening of story and song with Ellen Schwindt, Jed Wilson and Mary Edes. Suggested donation at the door: $10 and a hand-held mirror (some will be available at the door).  

SAT, Jan 19

  • Community Event: WEATHERIZING MT WASHINGTON VALLEY
    9:30am • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    • Check your eligibility for matching funds from your utility company (up to $4,000!) at NHSaves.com 
    • Sign up for a $100 audit with one of 3 contractors by March 15th
      • sign up for an audit at the event OR
      • Use the contact information provided on Tin Mountain’s website to sign up after the kick-off event
    • Decide on any necessary work with the auditor. Sign up by May 31st for a chance to win a great raffle prize!
  • Martin Luther King Day of Service: PAINTING the WAY STATION!
    9am – 4pm • Admin Building of Nativity Lutheran Church
    Meet and work at the Jackson Community Church will have a team of volunteers helping with this project: wear your paint clothes and help brighten up the kitchen and lounge areas in the first floor of the administrative building on the Nativity Lutheran Church, which will be home to the Way Station. Paint supplies will be provided; bring your energy and enthusiasm! Once open, this day resource center will meet basic needs for homeless teens, families and adults in the Mt Washington Valley: laundry, showers, internet access, post office box, social and emotional support, connection to nearby social services.
  • Martin Luther King Weekend Activity: PEOPLE’S MARCH
    Theme: Improve Our World!
    1-3pm • Gathering starts at covered bridge. Walk to Jackson Grammar School.

SUN,  Jan 20

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • CHOIR PRACTICE
    As long as weather permits Ellen Schwindt’s travel, choir practice will take place.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    • Message: Gerry Tilton
    • Accompanist: Alan Labrie
    • Choir director: Ellen Schwindt
  • Martin Luther King Weekend
    COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
    7-9 pm • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Slopes, Tamworth, NH Our featured speaker, Dr. Donna San Antonio, will address the topic “Becoming a White Ally: Stories of Mentoring Toward Social Justice” using personal reflection as a springboard for considering the inter-sectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. Also included in the program will be music by Peg Loughran, Shana Aisenberg and others. Storyteller (and World Fellowship Co-Director) Andy Davis will offer a story. A guilt-free potluck will follow. Note: This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes and The World Fellowship Center. For more information, please call Andy Davis at (603)452-4446. More information.

Reflections on immersion in fire, water and creation; turning in a new and sacred direction

Into what element can you fall, surrender, let go and lose yourself, and thus become connected to something larger? And how are you changed, once immersed?

Barukh ata  Elohenu melekh ha’olam asher kideshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al ha’tevillah. — Jewish Mikveh Blessing in Hebrew

Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us concerning the immersion. — Jewish Mikveh Blessing in English

Like the Water — Wendell Berry
Like the water of a deep stream, love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst, we cannot have it all, or want it all.
In its abundance it survives our thirst.

In the evening we come down to the shore to drink our fill, and sleep, while it flows through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us, except we keep returning to its rich waters thirsty.

We enter, willing to die, into the commonwealth of its joy.

Beginning with Beloved: A BlessingJan Richardson

Begin here:
Beloved.

Is there any other word needs saying,
any other blessing could compare with this name, this knowing?

Beloved.
Comes like a mercy to the ear that has never heard it.
Comes like a river to the body that has never seen such grace.

Beloved.
Comes holy to the heart aching to be new.
Comes healing to the soul wanting to begin again.

Beloved.
Keep saying it and though it may sound strange at first,
watch how it becomes part of you,
how it becomes you, as if you never could have known yourself
anything else, as if you could ever have been other than this:
Beloved.

Sacred Living; Holy Loving

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! — Victor Hugo The dog searches until he finds me upstairs … puts his head on my foot. Sometimes the sound of his breathing saves my life—in and out, in and out; a pause, a long sigh …
— Jane Kenyon

  The face of all the world is changed, I think / Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul / Move still, oh, still, beside me, as they stole / Betwixt me and the dreadful outer brink / Of obvious death, where I, who thought to sink, / Was caught up into love, and taught the whole / Of life in a new rhythm …
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese 7

Belonging to God

I just want you to walk in the knowledge that God loves you totally apart from anything you do or don’t do. — Sister Eileen (from story told by Nadia Bolz-Weber)

You are already God’s beloved. I heard a story a few months back on the radio, about how studies have been done where elementary school teachers were told at the beginning of the term that certain children in their classroom were gifted, regardless of the actual capacity of these children – and the study showed that by the end of the year those kids were scoring off the charts from their peers. They became what they were believed to be. God is like that. God is like a teacher who has been duped into thinking you are “gifted” and then treats you like you are special and then that’s what you end up being. — Nadia Bolz-Weber

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. — Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging … the sacrament of baptism … to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God. — Hans Urs von Balthasar

Holy Immersion: Into Water, Fire, and Creation

Life in us is like the water in a river. — Henry David Thoreau

Water is the driving force in nature. — Leonardo da Vinci

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. ― Rumi

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. — C.S. Lewis

You cannot feel yourself … Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence; you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature. — John Muir

So whether it is the environment that is inhabited, or the inhabitants, both of them are composed of four or five basic elements. These elements are earth, wind, fire, water and vacuum, that is space. About space, in the Kalachakra tantra there is a mention of what is known as the atom of space, particles of space. So that forms the central force of the entire phenomenon. When the entire system of the universe first evolved, it evolved from this central force which is the particle of space, and also a system of universe and would dissolve eventually into this particle of the space. So it is on the basis of these five basic elements that there is a very close inter-relatedness or interrelation between the habitat that is the natural environment and inhabitants, the sentient beings living within it. — Dalai Lama

Each one of us begins life in the water of the womb. Each child is formed in this seamless water and swims securely in the current of its rhythms. In the womb everything comes to us in wave motion. Thus, our first experiences took place in the water element. Indeed our first recognition of identity happened, not as philosophy would often have us imagine, in the dry air element where a “cogito” might flicker, but rather in the inclusive water element, where there was a yet no separation between inside/outside, or self/otherness … To swim is in a certain sense to reenter this womb-like medium. To do this meditatively is to re-awaken that primal sense of belonging from the time before one’s individuality first broke free. — John O’Donohue

Empty me of the bitterness and disappointment of being nothing but
myself
Immerse me in the mystery of reality
Fill me with love for the truly afflicted
that hopeless love, if need be
make me one of them again —
Awaken me to the reality of this place
and from the longed-for or remembered place
And more than thus, behind each face
induct, oh introduce me in —
to the halting disturbed ungrammatical soundless
words of others’ thoughts
not the drivel coming out of our mouths
Blot me out, fill me with nothing but consciousness
of the holiness, the meaning
of these unseeable, all
these unvisitable worlds which surround me:
others’ actual thoughts — everything
I can’t perceive yet
know
know it is there.
Franz Wright

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: WED, Jan 9 – SUN, Jan 13

MON, Jan 8 & TUE, Jan 9

  • PASTORAL CARE
    Rev Gail traveled Monday-Tuesday with a community member to provide support during a medical emergency.

WED, Jan 9

  • ** Cancelled ** SNOW DAY:  TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer ** Cancelled ** cancelled due to weather. This class follows the school’s weather conditions: when school is cancelled this class will aslo be cancelled. It resumes next week, if weather permits at 9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public.
  • Private Event: WEDDING
    3:30 pm • Church Sanctuary
  • Community Event: WAY STATION TEAM MEETING
    6pm • Nativity Lutheran Church
    Organization leaders meet to take next steps to formalize relationship with Vaughan Center and coordinate MLK Day of Service: painting rooms at Nativity Lutheran for use by Way Station. Rev Gail attends.

THURS, Jan 10

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-8:30am • Glen Ledge Corner Store. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com)
  • Community Event: NORTHERN CARROLL COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES ROUND TABLE 
    9am • Granite State University / Tech Village
    Rev Gail attends this forum as clergy and as a Way Station team leader.
  • FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners.
  • Community Event: FAMILY TIME
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: KNITTING
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: EcoForum –  WHAT YOU NEED to KNOW ABOUT YOUR WELL WATER
    Noon • Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Learning Center.
    Abby Fopiano, NH DES’s Water Well Program Manager, will discuss what private well owners should know about maintaining and testing well health. She will also touch upon water conservation and drought issues. 

FRI, Jan 11

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • JTown Deli. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com)
  • Private Event: AVALANCHE CLASS
    All Day • Second Floor, Parish House. Class preparing outdoor athletes and emergency responders for preparedness during avalanche conditions. On-site training followed by outdoor training.  Prior registration through course provider required.
  • Private Event: SCOUT SKI &  OVERNIGHT
    Friday Evening – Saturday Morning • Parish House. Out-of-town scout troop will be our guests and use the Parish House to camp out overnight. Only the scout troop and their authorized chaperones are permitted in the church’s space during this time.

SUN,  Jan 13

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9am • Jackson XC Center Drop by for a blessing by Rev Gail. Blessings for staff & skiers and anyone else who comes along!
  • WORSHIP
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    • Message: Rev Gail Pomeroy Doktor
    • Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Event: FAVORITE BOWL4pm • Whitney Community Center
    Make your own bowl. Cost: $40. Students will select a glaze color for their pieces during class and completed pieces will be available for pick up at the Whitney Center. All materials included. Completed pieces will be dishwasher and microwave safe. Register online.

MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND EVENTS

MLK Day of Service:
PAINTING the WAY STATION!
9am – 4pm • Sat, Jan 19

Admin Building of Nativity Lutheran ChurchJackson Community Church will have a team of volunteers helping with this project: wear your paint clothes and help brighten up the kitchen and lounge areas in the first floor of the administrative building on the Nativity Lutheran Church, which will be home to the Way Station. Paint supplies will be provided; bring your energy and enthusiasm! Once open, this day resource center will meet basic needs for homeless teens, families and adults in the Mt Washington Valley: laundry, showers, internet access, post office box, social and emotional support, connection to nearby social services.


PEOPLE’S MARCH
Theme: Improve Our World!

1-3pm • Sat, Jan 19
Jackson, NH

Gathering starts at covered bridge. Walk to Jackson Grammar School.


MARTIN LUTHER KING
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
7-9pm • Sun, Jan 20
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes
Tamworth, NH

Featured speaker, Dr. Donna San Antonio, will address the topic “Becoming a White Ally: Stories of Mentoring Toward Social Justice” using personal reflection as a springboard for consideringthe inter-sectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. Also included in the program will be music by Peg Loughran, Shana Aisenberg and others. Storyteller (and World Fellowship Co-Director) Andy Davis will offer a story. A guilt-free potluck will follow. Note: This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes and The World Fellowship Center. For more information, please call Andy Davis at (603)452-4446. More information.

Mountain Top Music Event:
BEFORE THERE WERE MIRRORS

Fri, Jan 18, 7:30pm
St Andrews-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
Tamworth, NH
 

A musical evening of story and song with Ellen Schwindt, Jed Wilson and Mary Edes. Suggested donation at the door: $10 and a hand-held mirror (some will be available at the door).  

DACAPO CONCERT
Sun, Jan 27 •  4pm
Whitney Community Center
 

Continuing the Da Capo tradition of singing popular favorites, the concerts will include arrangements of Gershwin tunes, hits from the 1950s and 1960s, including “California Dreamin’,” “Misty” and “Girl from Ipanema,” and recent releases such as Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” The group is co-directed by conductor Mary Bastoni and accompanist John Waldie. Concert is free to the public. 

FILM SCREENNG:
RUN WILD, RUN FREE
Thurs, Jan 31 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Whitney Community Center

 

Over 60 years ago America was in the peak of the industrial revolution and the nation’s waterways were dying from dams, water diversions and pollution. Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history and current state of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that sought to protect these waterways. Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center, the Jackson Conservation Commission, and former Director of Research for the AMC, Dr. Kenneth Kimball, for this celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Cost: $3/pp or $5/family. 

Farewell to Nancy (Haggerty) Varnum

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

Farewell to CARL FULLER

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

Update:

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

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK: Jan 2 – SUN, Jan 6

WED, Jan 2 (2019)

  •  PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-8:45am • JTown Deli. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com).
  • New Start Time: TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer
    9:30am • Parish House, Jackson Community Church. Fitness class. Free; open to public.
  • Community Note: PUBLIC SCHOOL RESUMES after holiday break.

THURS, Jan 3

  • No class this week – resumes next week: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.

FRI, Jan 4

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • JTown Deli. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com)
  • PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS
    9-11am • Pastor’s Office, Second Floor. Come by for hot beverage and conversation. Or make a date to go for a walk by calling/texting Rev Gail 978.273.0308 or emailing Rev Gail (gaildoktor@mac.com)
  • Community Event: AVALANCHE CLASS with XXX …
    All day • Starts in Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church.
    Registration required. Class to prepare back-country skiers, winter hikers and other athletes and professionals about avalanche conditions, preparedness and responses. 2-day class: indoor coursework and field work. More info: XXX …
  • Community Event: SOUP & SONGS BENEFIT CONCERT
    6pm Doors Open / 7pm Concert Begins @ Conway United Methodist Church, 1626 E. Main St. Center Conway, NH
    • A Benefit Concert to Support Recovery Services in Mt. Washington Valley
    • Featuring Music by Bennett & Perkins with Special Guest Taylor Whiteside
    • Tickets available online.
    • Come early for a potluck dinner featuring scratch-made soups and stews and pick your own hand-thrown pottery bowls crafted by local artisans.

SAT, Jan 5

  • CARL FULLER MEMORIAL SERVICE & RECEPTION
    Noon • Jackson Community Church.
    Memorial service to honor the life of Carl Fuller, followed by reception at church. Open to the community; friends of the Fuller family welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • Community Event: BOREAL BIRD FIELD PROGRAM
    8am – Noon • Meet at Grant’s Parking Lot in Glen, NH.
    Join the Tin Mountain Bird Society for a winter birding adventure north of the notches. We will visit boreal birding hot spots off Trudeau Road outside Bethlehem. Dress warm. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. Call 603-447-6991 for reservations.   

SUN,  Jan 6 – Epiphany

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Drop-in choir directed by Ellen Schwindt. All welcome to participate; come at 9am to warm up and learn the song.
  • WORSHIP with COMMUNION & SUNDAY SCHOOL
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    • Message: Rev Gail Pomeroy Doktor
    • Communion
    • Sunday School: Barry Chisholm
    • Accompanist: Alan Labrie
    • Choir director: Ellen Schwindt
  • Community Event: NEAT YEAR, NEW YOU
    7pm • Jackson Public Library
    Join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for their first program of 2019 with professional organizer Mia Whalley. Transform your home from chaos to composed. For more details, visit www.neatmethod.com. Free and open to public; suggested $5 donation is welcome to offset presenter expenses.

ICE CARVING COMPETITION
Mon, Jan 7 • 10am Start
Wentworth Inn Porch

Top carvers from around New England return for the 24th Annual Great Ice Carvers of New England Invitational Ice Carving Competition. Competitors allowed 3 hours to transform a 300-pound block of ice into a work of art. Event is open to the public. Awards ceremony takes place in the lobby of The Wentworth. For more info, contact Kim Labnon, Director of Sales at The Wentworth at 603-383-9700 or kim@thewentworth.com.

FAVORITE BOWL
Sun, Jan 13 • 4pm
Whitney Community Center

  Make your own bowl. Cost: $40. Students will select a glaze color for their pieces during class and completed pieces will be available for pick up at the Whitney Center. All materials included. Completed pieces will be dishwasher and microwave safe. Register online.

DACAPO CONCERT
Sun, Jan 27 •  4pm
Whitney Community Center
  Continuing the Da Capo tradition of singing popular favorites, the concerts will include arrangements of Gershwin tunes, hits from the 1950s and 1960s, including “California Dreamin’,” “Misty” and “Girl from Ipanema,” and recent releases such as Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” The group is co-directed by conductor Mary Bastoni and accompanist John Waldie. Concert is free to the public.  

FILM SCREENNG: RUN WILD, RUN FREE
Thurs, Jan 31 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Whitney Community Center

  Over 60 years ago America was in the peak of the industrial revolution and the nation’s waterways were dying from dams, water diversions and pollution. Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history and current state of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that sought to protect these waterways. Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center, the Jackson Conservation Commission, and former Director of Research for the AMC, Dr. Kenneth Kimball, for this celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Cost: $3/pp or $5/family.

Reflections on journeys and the New Year

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.― Matsuo Bashô 

Choices— Tess Gallagher
I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow
on the mountain.
But when I look up,
saw in hand,
I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don’t cut that one.
I don’t cut the others either.
Suddenly, in every tree,
   an unseen nest
where a mountain   
would be.

On the New Year

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.— Neil Gaiman

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ — Alfred Lord Tennyson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. — Rainer Maria Rilke

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. — Oprah Winfrey 

Seeking God

“Help us to find God,” the seeker begged the Elder. “No one can help you there,” the Elder answered. “But why not?” the seeker insisted. “For the same reason that no one can help a fish to find the ocean.” The answer is clear: There is no one who can help us find what we already have. — Sufi Story (recounted by Sr Joan Chittister with her commentary at the end)

Once upon a time, a seeker ran through the streets shouting over and over again, ‘We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives.’ “Ah, poor soul,” an Elder smiled wanly. “If only we realized the truth: God is always in our lives. The spiritual task is simply to recognize that.” — Sufi Story (recounted by Sr Joan Chittister)

The movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always. We can’t, through our piety or goodness, move closer to God. God is always coming near to us.― Nadia Bolz-Weber

I searched for God … Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else. ― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Blessing of the Magi (excerpt)
— Jan Richardson

… You thought arrival
was everything,
that your entire journey
ended with kneeling
in the place
you had spent all
to find.

When you laid down
your gift,
release came with such ease,
your treasure tumbling
from your hands
in awe and
benediction.

Now the knowledge
of your leaving
comes like a stone laid
over your heart,
the familiar path closed
and not even the solace
of a star
to guide your way.

You will set out in fear.
You will set out in dream….
We cannot show you
the route that will
take you home;
that way is yours
and will be found
in the walking.

But we tell you,
you will wonder
at how the light you thought
you had left behind
goes with you,
spilling from
your empty hands,
shimmering beneath
your homeward feet,
illuminating the road
with every step
you take.

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

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

SAT, Dec 29

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

SUN,  Dec 30: Christmas 1

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

MON, Dec 31: New Year’s Eve

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