Friday, October 15



Genesis 1: 1-2, 9-10
            In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.            9 And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 7: 11, 18-19, 8:1, 9:15
            In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life … on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 7:18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.
            8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
            9:15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

Exodus 14: 21-22
            21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Exodus 17:6
            6 Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.


Deuteronomy 8:7-9

            7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing…

Joshua 3:12-13, 15-17           
12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
          15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away…. So the people crossed over ….
           17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

2 Kings 2:1, 7-8, 11, 13-14
            When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind … Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it.  The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground…. As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind … Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.


Sat, Oct 16- Wed, Oct 20 @ Settlers Green

(Volunteer for a time slot once or many times! See below.)

Sign Up link:
(you will see the volunteer options, days, times and tasks).

If you have trouble using the Sign Up form or have any questions,
please email Nora Dufilho at  

The ‘build’ phase of the project is taking place at Settlers Green on Oct 16-20! Volunteers aged 16 years and older still needed for one or more shifts day of window assembly. 

Simple tasks with staple guns, hair dryers, and possibly power drills. No experience necessary, on-site training and supervision provided.

More info: The Tin Mountain Energy Team is working with the non-profit Window Dressers to build simple, tight, pine frame insulation frames for leaky windows to cut down heat loss in winter. They are looking for volunteers to help construct frames as well as help wrap and finish them at our community build in North Conway October 16-20

Volunteers will be trained and do not need a specific skill set, although a familiarity with a power drill is helpful for frame construction. This is our first year of hosting a build in the valley, and we are excited to host this barn raising style community workshop. Please explore the link above and sign up to join our community event and help keep the MWV a little warmer this year. We encourage folks to sign up for the frame assembly and insert wrapping station, but if you are interested in providing snacks, we appreciate any and all participation.  

Note: All build participants will be required to be masked during the build, regardless of vaccination status. We will be spacing work stations as much as possible and encourage build participants to sign up for shifts with household members.

Sign Up link: (you will see the volunteer options, days, times and tasks) .

Nephesh/Soul as reflected in the Jewish prayer known as the Shema: animating force of life, breath of life.

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What is a soul? It’s like electricity …
we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.
— Ray Charles

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.
It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
— Judy Garland song

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. — Rumi


It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll;
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul –
and sings the tunes without the words –
and never stops at all.
— Emily Dickinson

All of them wondered what it was
When first they felt it push:
Some said it was a body-thing
Others, a burning bush

The soul is really bread and drink;
The drink is wine, the bread is black.
A person has to take the two —
He cannot give one back.
— James P Young



Its basic meaning is “breath,” and is thus equivalent to the Hebrew nephesh and Latin anima (as in English “animal” and “animate”). One of its uses is as the New Testament version of what Genesis 2:7 calls “the breath of life,” that is, the vital force that makes a body live. — Richard Attenborough

The command to love God with all our heart, soul, mind & strength is the greatest commandment. It is part of the Shema, the “pledge of allegiance” that Jesus and all Jews since him have said morning and evening to commit themselves to follow the Lord. When we think about those words, we tend to pass by the phrase “heart and soul” quickly — probably thinking that it means that we should love God with our spirit and emotions, and very passionately. Our understanding can be enriched by understanding the word nephesh, “soul,” better. Nephesh means life as well as soul. So the Jewish interpretation of “love the Lord with all of your soul” is actually that we should love God with all of our lives — every moment throughout our lives, even the point of sacrificing our lives for him. — Lois Tverberg

The Bible shows that [a human] does not have a soul, but that [a human] is a soul. [A person] has a spirit, and has a body, but only when God breathed life into Adam [and Eve] did [people] become a living soul (nephesh; Genesis 2:7). — William Gray

What all these differing Jewish beliefs share in common is the faith that we are more than our bodies and that a dimension of consciousness, soul, survives death eternally. — Rabbii Elie Spitz, My Jewish Learning

It is no accident that freedom occupies a central place in the Hebrew Bible but only a tenuous place in the annals of science. The relationship of soul to body or mind to brain, is precisely analogous to the relationship of God to the physical universe. If there is only a physical universe, there is only brain, not mind, and there is only the universe, not God. The non-existence of God and the non-existence of human freedom go hand in hand. — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The command to love God with all our heart, soul, mind & strength is the greatest commandment. It is part of the Shema, the “pledge of allegiance” that Jesus and all Jews since him have said morning and evening to commit themselves to follow the Lord. When we think about those words, we tend to pass by the phrase “heart and soul” quickly — probably thinking that it means that we should love God with our spirit and emotions, and very passionately. Our understanding can be enriched by understanding the word nephesh, “soul,” better. Nephesh means life as well as soul. So the Jewish interpretation of “love the Lord with all of your soul” is actually that we should love God with all of our lives — every moment throughout our lives, even the point of sacrificing our lives for him. — Lois Tverberg

The Hebrew word “nephesh” translated into English as “soul” appears more than 700 times in the Old Testament.  A word that prominent needs to be understood but our perception of soul doesn’t do the Hebrew intent justice. “Soul” indicates a non-physical, immortal essence of a person that is released at death. The meaning comes from Greek philosophers. But that is not what the Hebrews meant when they talked about a person’s soul. The literal translation of “nephesh” from Hebrew is “throat.”  While that is a specific part of the body, when the Hebrews used the word they were referring to the entire person because your whole life and body depends on what comes in and out of your throat. — Bob Ditmer, ChurchLeaders God is the soul of being in whose freedom we discover freedom, in whose love we discover love, and in whose forgiveness we learn to forgive. — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

We often think of our souls as being the spiritual part of us, as opposed to our physical being. However, that’s not how the Hebrew people thought of the soul. They saw the physical and non-physical as inseparably related. The Bible is clear that our bodies are more than just a container for our souls. They are an essential part of who we are. Only when we see our bodies as an important part of who we are can we live our lives aligned by God’s love as he intended. — B4Church

Though the survival of the soul after death is hinted at in the Hebrew Bible, it became an explicit doctrine only in the early centuries of the Common Era.— Rabbi Elie Spitz

In our communities we value people not for what they earn or what they buy or how they vote but for what they are, every one of them a fragment of the Divine presence. We hold life holy. And each of us is lifted by the knowledge that we are part of something greater than all of us, that created us in forgiveness and love, and asks us to create in forgiveness and love. Each of us in our own way is a guardian of values that are in danger of being lost, in our short-attention-span, hyperactive, information-saturated, wisdom-starved age. And though our faiths are profoundly different, yet we recognize in one another the presence of faith itself, that habit of the heart that listens to the music beneath the noise, and knows that God is the point at which soul touches soul and is enlarged by the presence of otherness. We celebrate both our commonalities and differences, because if we had nothing in common we could not communicate, and if we had everything in common, we would have nothing to say. You have spoken of the Catholic Church as a creative minority. And perhaps that is what we should all aspire to be, creative minorities, inspiring one another, and bringing our different gifts to the common good. — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Opening address for Papal Visit, Twickenham, 17 September 2010

MUSINGS on SOULS: Personal and Communal

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. — Ferdinand Foch

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. — Moshe Dayan

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. — Dorothy Day

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living— Rudolf Steiner

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. — Eleonora Duse

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin

Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation. — Michael Jackson

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. — Plato

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. — Rumi

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. — James Herriot

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. — John Muir

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. — Mahatma Gandhi

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. — Nelson Mandela

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it. — Frances Wright

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. — Henry Ward Beecher

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,and I intend to end up there. Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way. Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home. — Rumi

This Sunday, Oct 3rd: Pumpkin people, world communion, interfaith gathering, outdoor pet blessing @ gazebo, choir, worship, and more!


SUN, Oct 3

    Enjoy the pumpkin people created by our youth: the Pumpkin Patch Jazz Band created to illustrate the theme of ‘Make a Joyful Music.’ More pumpkin people remain to be added!
    8am • Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center & Zoom link required
    Poetry and conversation outside. Join us. Bring your own hot beverage on cold mornings!
    9am • Zoom link required
  • PET BLESSING (in-person)
    9:30-10am • Gazebo by Jackson Historical Society
    Bring your pets for blessing. We will provide snacks & blessings! Due to interactions of many animals, all pets should be under owner’s control through leashing, carrying container, etc.
    10:30am •  Zoom link required
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Live music by Alan Labrie
    • Message with Rev Gail Doktor
    • Communion
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • In-person attendance requires social distancing, masking when not seated is requested, masking is required for non-vaccinated individuals (additional precautions may be changed based on COVID stats and CDC guidelines).
    • 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 channel & channel.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR
    Evening • Shannon Door
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