MULTI-CHURCH HIKE SATURDAY, AUG 10

MULTI-CHURCH HIKE
SATURDAY, AUG 10
1pm from Zealand Falls Hut Trailhead
Friends and members invited!
No RSVP required.
Meet at the trailhead for Zealand Falls / Zealand AMC Hut (Zealand Rd past campground).2.8 miles each way, 603 ft vertical gainBe prepared to hike by 1pmWear appropriate hiking gear, boots, and bring your own water and snacksAllow 45 minutes of travel time from Jackson Community Church to reach the trailhead (please arrive early to the trailhead  as we’ll head out promptly at 1pm)Hikers may choose to meet at Red Parka parking lot at NOON and carpool (Rev Gail will meet you at trailhead)Driving directions to Zealand Rd (on the left several miles beyond Joe Dodge AMC Lodge and about 5 minutes past the Mt Washington Hotel)Parking requires either a parking permit or $5Link to hike infoMostly a gentle and meandering hike with final brief, steep granite stair climb/rock scramble up to AMC hut and falls at the end (optional to climb to that point, although restrooms are in the hut at the top)Afterward, participants may opt to attend a 5pm service at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, officiated by Rev Richard Belshaw from Christ Episcopal Church (he and his wife Julia will be hiking with us)

Meditations on lighting lamps: faith as seen and unseen, expected and surprising. Themes from Hebrews & Luke.

You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up. ― attributed to Buddha

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Sufi tell of disciples who, when the death of their master was clearly imminent, became totally bereft. “If you leave us, Master,” they pleaded, “how will we know what to do?” And the master replied, “I am nothing but a finger pointing at the moon. Perhaps when I am gone you will see the moon.” — As retold by Joan Chittister

Blessing of Light
—Jan Richardson

Let us bless the light
and the One who gives
the light to us.

Let us open ourselves
to the illumination
it offers.

Let us blaze
with its
generous fire.

Gospel Song: This Little Light of Mine (refrain)This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

Questions posed by author Jan Richardson:

  • What do I hide, and why?
  • What parts of my created self have I sent underground?
  • Is there anything I’ve left too long in the dark?
  • Do I harbor any passivity that I need to … turn into persistence?

Lighting Lamps

Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside. ― Cassandra Clare

The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean. — Ovid

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul. ― Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993 

America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

[T]he ground directly beneath the lantern is always the darkest. ― Yom Sang-seop

Being the light of the world is about being a broken, exploding, scarred star and shining a light of hope and inspiration to everyone around you. ― Ricky Maye

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low. — Henry Ward Beecher


Gifts & How to Use Them

The old and honorable idea of ‘vocation’ is simply that we each are called, by God, or by our gifts, or by our preference, to a kind of good work for which we are particularly fitted. — Wendell Berry

The atmosphere, the earth, the water and the water cycle – those things are good gifts. The ecosystems, the ecosphere, those are good gifts. We have to regard them as gifts because we couldn’t make them. We have to regard them as good gifts because we couldn’t live without them. — Wendell Berry

Treasure is stored in the ruined places. Do not break the hearts of the poor and heartbroken people. — Rumi

When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. — Toni Morrison

On Faith

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ― Rumi

As Brené Brown puts it, “I went to church thinking it would be like an epidural, that it would take the pain away . . . But church isn’t like an epidural; it’s like a midwife . . . I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort, but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.'”― Rachel Held Evans

Because you are alive, everything is possible. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it. — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. — Corrie ten Boom

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some things have to be believed to be seen. — Madeleine L’Engle

The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s indifference. — Elie Wiesel

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. — Kahlil Gibran

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Perhaps faith is so hard to define that it’s better to use examples, to share stories, than to write a lot of theoretical things about it (not that that has deterred many theologians). It’s the experience of real people in a real relationship with God that can help us to grasp the meaning of faith, more than a precise or scholarly theological definition. — Kathryn Matthews

The problem of the nature of faith plagues us all our lives. … How do we explain to ourselves the journey of getting from there to here, from unquestioning adherence to institutional answers, to the point of asking faithful questions? It took years before I realized that maybe it is belief itself, if it is real, that carries us there. Maybe if we really believe about God what we say we believe, there comes a time when we have to go beyond the parochialisms of law. Maybe, if we are to be really spiritual people, we can’t afford the mind-binding of denominationalism. In order to find the God of life in all life, maybe we have to be willing to open ourselves to the part of it that lies outside the circles of our tiny little worlds. — Joan Chittister

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: WED, Aug 7 – SUN, Aug 11

WED, Aug 7

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-8:30am • 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
    9-11am • Second Floor, Jackson Community Church
    Make an apt with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9am • Parish House. Fitness class. Free; open to public.
    Stretching and fitness workouts with certified fitness coach Laurie McAleer. Exercises can be adjusted to individual needs.
  • Community Event: WEDNESDAYS at WILDCAT
    Noon- 2pm • Wildcat Mountain Ski Area, Pinkham Notch
    Explore Pinkham Notch with a Tin Mountain naturalist and learn about the diverse ecology of the region. Programs are free and open to the public. Alpine program requires the purchase of a gondola ticket. More info.

THURS, Aug 8

  • YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • 1st Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church.
    Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Fee for this program.
  • Community Service: WAY STATION HOURS
    9am & 5pm • Volunteers from JCC work “adult hour” shifts at Way Station. To indicate interest in becoming a volunteer with this program, please contact the Way Station.
  • Community Event: NATURALIST LED BOAT CRUISE
    4pm • East Shore Drive, Madison
    Location: Meet at the Silver Lake Boat Launch on East Shore Road in Silver Lake, NH. Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Fish Nerds Guide Service offer 90-minute boat cruises. Price: $25/person, $15/child 16 and under. $5 discount for TMCC members. Call Tin Mountain at (603) 447-6991 to reserve.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: ELDERVILLE
    7:15pm / Ticket pickup; 7:30pm / Show begins • Sandwich Town Hall
    “Elderville,” an “almost entirely new” operetta by Ellen Farnum, offers a rollicking, humorous take on aging. Music Director is Peggy Johnson; Asst Directors are Mary Edes and Ellen Farnum. Limited seating; email  eldervilleshow@gmail.com to reserve tickets. Tickets exchanged for donation at the door! More info.

FRI, Aug 9

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-8:30am • 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: VILLAGE HARMONY (Mountain Top Music Program) 7:30 pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany.
    World music, shape-note singing and more from an enthusiastic group of touring teens. Suggested donation $10/person, $20/family at the door.  More info.
  • Community Event: ELDERVILLE
    7:15pm / Ticket pickup; 7:30pm / Show begins • Sandwich Town Hall
    “Elderville,” an “almost entirely new” operetta by Ellen Farnum, offers a rollicking, humorous take on aging. Music Director is Peggy Johnson; Asst Directors are Mary Edes and Ellen Farnum. Limited seating; email  eldervilleshow@gmail.com to reserve tickets. Tickets exchanged for donation at the door! More info.

SAT, Aug 10

  • Community Event: ELDERVILLE
    7:15pm / Ticket pickup; 7:30pm / Show begins • Sandwich Town Hall
    “Elderville,” an “almost entirely new” operetta by Ellen Farnum, offers a rollicking, humorous take on aging. Music Director is Peggy Johnson; Asst Directors are Mary Edes and Ellen Farnum. Limited seating; email  eldervilleshow@gmail.com to reserve tickets. Tickets exchanged for donation at the door! More info.

SUN, Aug 11

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ GAZEBO
    8am • Gazebo. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • MEMBERSHIP Q&A
    9:15am •  Jackson Community Church.
  • WORSHIP
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie

EVENTS NEXT WEEK

At the Church

Starts Tue, Aug 13, 6:30pm
INSPIRED
Women’s Bible Study
North Conway Community Center
Multi-community bible study using Inspired by Rachel Held Evans as a guide. Meets weekly. Facilitated by ministers Sue Davidson, Gail Doktor and Ruth Shaver. All welcome. RSVP if interested in participating although drop-in’s will be welcome.

Sun, Aug 18
JAZZ WORSHIP
with Heather Pierson & Friends

followed by
COMMUNITY BBQ
10:30am – Worship • Jackson Community Church
Noon – BBQ • Church Grounds
Come for music, celebration, worship & good eats! Open to community. Donations accepted. Please email us to VOLUNTEER as a chef or volunteer.

Around Town

LEGO CAMP
with Brick Artist Cody Wells

Aug 12-16 • 9am- 2pm
Whitney Community Center
Jackson, NH
Get ready for a full week of Lego fun! Join Cody Wells of C3Brix (aka: the Lego Man of NYC) for Lego builds, challenges, and Lego knowledge beyond your wildest dreams. Throughout the week you will work together using your greatest building skills to create a giant Lego city with over 80lbs of Lego Brick. Lego challenges and prizes will be done daily along with a few surprises built in. Snacks and drinks provided, campers please bring a sack lunch. Fee: $349/camper. Registration online.
MT WASHINGTON BICYCLE HILLCLIMBSat, Aug 17
More information about participating.

MAGIC of BENNY GOODMAN
Sun, Aug 18 • 4pm • Private Home in Glen

With the Peter & Will Anderson Trio
Music of the master of swing, played by the twin clarinet and sax virtuosi. The duo have performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Blue Note Jazz and many other venues. At a private home in Glen. $35/per person.  More info and tickets.