THIS WEEK with Jackson Community Church and Around Town Sun, Jan 26 – Sun, Feb 2

HIGHLIGHTS: Sun, 1/26 – White Mountain 30k Classic (JXC), Jacquie Jones Memorial (Shannon Door). Tue, 1/28 – Crafternoon (Library), Bingo for a Cause – Habitat for Humanity (Red Parka), Multi-church Bible Study Group (No Conway Comm Ctr). Wed, 1/29 – Womens Gathering (JCC), Point in Time Homeless Survey (volunteer opportunity – Way Station). Thurs, 1/30 – Environmental Book Group (Tin Mtn), Craft-up (Library). Fri, 1/31 – Sliders & Gliders (JXC). Fri, 1/31-Sun, 2/2 – Ipswich Youth Group Service & Ski Retreat with JCC youth participating.


SUN, Jan 26

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • Community Event: FREEMAN FROST WHITE MOUNTAIN 30K XC CLASSIC
    7-9:25am – Bib Pickup / 9:30am – Race • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    To participate or volunteer: link for registration and info. Rev Gail provides blessing prior to start of race.
  • POPUP CHOIR
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come to learn this Sunday’s selected hymns and help lead the congregation in song.
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Message: Gail Doktor
    * Music Director: Alan Labrie
  • JACQUIE JONES REMEMBRANCE
    5pm • Shannon Door
    Community welcome.

MON, Jan 27

  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts.
  • BARTLETT-JACKSON SCOUT PACK 321
    6pm • Jackson Community Church
    Meet for pack and troop activities. Contact pack organizer Allyn Robertsfor additional information.

TUE, Jan 28

  • Community Event: CRAFTERNOON
    Noon • Jackson Public Library
    Bring your craft and work on it with other crafters. Social and fun.
  • CLERGY LUNCH 
    12:30pm • North Conway, NH
    Gathering of Mt Washington Valley clergy over lunch.
  • CLERGY MEETING
    2:30pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail meets with Joyce & Mike Scott to discuss their current ministry.
  • Community Event: NORDIC CAMP3:30pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring CenterOptional after-school ski activity for grades 4-6, K-3 with parent. Coaching and timed loop for youth. Rec and racers invited.
  • Private Lessons: HARP LESSONS
    2:30-5:15 • Parish House
    Dominique Dodge teaches harp lessons. Contact Dominique directly if interested in lessons.
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    3:15-5pm • Second Floor, JCC
    Local daisy troop meets. Contact troop coordinator Alison Verran for additional info on this troop.
  • Community Event: Dine-to-Donate BINGO for a CAUSE
    6-8pm @ Red Parka Pub in Glen, NH
    Join MWV Habitat for Humanity for a fun night of Bingo For A Cause! Bingo cards are $1 per card, all bingo card proceeds will go directly to MWV Habitat for Humanity. Plus great drink specials on Sam Adams Beer and Deep Eddy Vodka with $.50 from each drink sold going towards MWV Habitat for Humanity.
  • Multi-Church Event: MAKING SENSE of the BIBLE – Study Group 
    6:30pm • North Conway Community Center
    Bring your copy of Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible and your own study Bible. Facilitated by Revs Sue Davidson, Gail Doktor, Ruth Shaver.

WED, Jan 29

  • Community Service/Volunteer: POINT in TIME HOMELESS SURVEY @ WAY STATION8am – 8pm • The Way Station: 15 Grove St, North Conway, JCC friends and members run this one-day 12-hour shift and also make contact with homeless/at-risk residents to collect ‘point in time’ info. Statewide survey. Volunteers welcome to help on shifts throughout the day. We will also have volunteer teams go out from Way Station for early-morning/evening site visits to local warming spots (library, community center, coffee shops) and 24-hour businesses such as Dunkin Donuts, laundromat, and other areas where residents are known to start or end their day. This helps us gather non-identifying (anonymous) information, which we provide to the state, thereby directing more state and federal funding and resources to our under-served rural area. Want to volunteer? RSVP to the Way Station waystationnh@gmail.org to receive a local assignment and/or volunteer on site for a few hours at the Way Station. If you have a preferred time of day to volunteer, please indicate your availability when you RSVP.
  • 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.
  • WOMENS’ GATHERING
    10:30am • Parish House. 
    Gather for refreshments and conversation. Sue Carrigan hosting at church. Friends and members welcome!

THURS, Jan 30

  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am & 5pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts.
  • YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA for the Mindful Body with Anjali Rose9am • Jackson Community Church
    This new yoga workshop series is for 6 weeks and focuses on bringing both relaxation to the mind, body and spirit, while activating healing in the joints, connective tissues and fascia of the body. This class is suitable for all levels.  If you have injuries, (which we all do) special emphasis is placed on supportive poses. Note: 6 weeks $60. Contact Anjali Rose for more info.
  • Community Event: AFTER-SCHOOL NORDIC 
    3:30pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring CenterAfter-school Nordic program for Jackson Grammar School students. More info.
  • Community Event: EVENING CRAFT-UP
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an existing craft to do with neighbors at the library!
  • Community Event: WILD TREES – Environmental Book Group
    4pm • Nature Learning Center, Albany
    Join us for the inaugural gathering of Tin Mountain’s Environmental Book Group. We will be discussing The Wild Trees: a Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston. The book explores the remaining ancient trees in the redwood forests of northern California through the eyes of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists. What we find is a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. Request a copy from your local library or purchase one from your local book seller. 
  • AA
    6:30pm • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor

FRI, Jan 31

  • PASTOR’S DROP-IN J-TOWN DELI HOURS
    7-9am • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor
    Come by to talk. Or make a date to go for a walk or meet privately by texting/calling Rev Gail’s cell @ 978.273.0308.
  • BUCKETS of LOVE ORGANIZATIONAL MTG
    9:30am • Way Station, 15 Grove St
    Discussion of logistics and setup for this community initiative.
  • Private Class: AVALANCHE CLASS
    8:30am-5pm • Jackson Community Church
    Class for back-country winter skiers and hikers to prepare for survival and response to avalanche conditions.
  • Community Event: SLIDERS & GLIDERS
    1-3pm – Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    JCC friends and members participate in this community-wide event. All abilities welcome. $15/visit or $50/season. Go out on trails with instructors and friends. Snacks and beverages follow on-site.
  • YOUTH GROUP SERVICE & SKI RETREAT
    6:30/7pm • JCC
    Ipswich middle/high school youth group visits JCC. Dinner and games together with JCC youth on Friday. Jackson middle & high school youth invited to join us! Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you anticipate joining us for any of these activities! 

SAT, Feb 1

  • YOUTH GROUP SERVICE & SKI RETREAT
    All Day • Way Station & Jackson XC Ski Center
    Ipswich, MA middle/high school youth group visits JCC. Local middle & high school youth invited to join us for any or all of these activities! Schedule below is fluid, subject to change based on participation, please RSVP to Rev Gail if you anticipate joining us for any of these activities!
    7am • Breakfast at church
    8/8:30am • Rental of JXC ski equipment.
    10am – 1pm • Way Station Service Project & Lunch
    Service project & lunch with Way Station guests to learn about and help address homelessness.
    1:30/2pm • XC Skiing / Jackson XC trails
    4pm • Meet at church to prepare dinner, plan worship, engage in faith formation studies.
    6:30/7pm • Make dinner, followed by games, reflection and faith formation activities.
    9pm • Bedtime for guests

SUN, Feb 2

  • YOUTH GROUP SERVICE & SKI RETREAT
    Morning • JCC
    Ipswich middle/high school youth group visits JCC.
    6am • Breakfast at church
    Possible prep to help with 10:30am worship at JCC and/or return to Ipswich, MA (to be determined).
  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • BLESSINGS of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    Rev Gail provides blessings for staff and XC skiers.
  • POPUP CHOIR
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come to learn this Sunday’s selected hymns and help lead the congregation in song.
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Message: Gail Doktor
    * Music Director: Alan Labrie
    * Guest soloist: Alyssa LaChappelle performing the ‘Our Father’ composed by Alan Labrie
    * Youth worship leadership: Possible worship leadership by local and/or visiting youth group. To be decided.

Reflections on the opportunity to experience ‘not knowing’ as a form of spiritual practice.

My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
Every cell,
taking wings,
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my Beloved.
‑ Rumi

It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but it pushes us to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us. — Sara Gottlieb-Cohen

Articles on ‘not knowing’:

Questions to consider:

  • Does God learn? Can God be wrong, make mistakes, and change God’s mind?
  • Can God be known?
  • Did Jesus ever show us that he reconsidered a situation, learned, and grew to know more?
  • How do you handle the tension of ‘not knowing’?
  • What opportunities does doubt, uncertainty, or not-knowing offer?
  • When have you admitted, or responded to a situation, by saying “I don’t know?” What happened?
  • How could ‘not knowing’ become a prayer?
  • What don’t you know?

I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of our expectations, and our hearts get broken and out kids do scary things and our parents get old and don’t always remember to put pants on before they go out for a stroll. I don’t know why it’s not more like it is in the movies, why things don’t come out neatly and lessons can’t be learned when you’re in the mood for learning them, why love and grace often come in such motley packaging. — Anne Lamott

I know you’ll ask me, “How can I think on God as God, and who is God?” and I can only answer, “I don’t know.” Your question takes me into the very darkness and cloud of unknowing that I want you to enter. We can know so many things. Through God’s grace, our minds can explore, understand, and reflect on creation and even on God’s own works [as we should!], but we can’t think our way to God. That’s why I’m willing to abandon everything I know, to love the one thing I cannot think. [God] can be loved, but not thought. [John of the Cross and many other mystics say the same thing. We could have saved ourselves so much fighting and division if we had just taught this one truth!] By love, God can be embraced and held, but not by thinking. It is good sometimes to meditate on God’s amazing love as part of illumination and contemplation, but true contemplative work is something entirely different. Even meditating on God’s love must be put down [let go of] and covered with a cloud of forgetting. Show your determination next. Let that joyful stirring of love make you resolute, and in its enthusiasm bravely step over meditation [cognitive reflection] and reach up to penetrate the darkness above you. Then beat on that thick cloud of unknowing with the sharp arrow of longing and never stop loving, no matter what comes your way. . . . — Richard Rohr

When we find ourselves immersed in struggle, we find ourselves trafficking in more than the superficial, more than the mundane. That’s why maturity has very little to do with age. That’s why wisdom has more to do with experience that it does with education. We begin to feel in ways we could never feel before the struggle began. … After we ourselves know struggle, we begin to weigh one value against another, to choose between them and the future, rather than simply the present, as our measure. Some things, often quite common things, we come to realize—peace, security, love—are infinitely better than the great things —the money, the position, the fame—that we once wanted for ourselves. Then we begin to make different kinds of decisions. — Joan Chittister

Not Knowing

Who would set a limit to the mind of man? Who would dare assert that we know all there is to be known? — Galileo Galilei

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! — Anne Frank

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. — Mark Twain

Twasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did. — Harriet Tubman
 
You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that. — LeBron James
 
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. — Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t know. ― Jack Kerouac
 
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. — Zig Ziglar

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. — Socrates

I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance. — Diogenes
 
Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t. — Lucille Ball

Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are. — Ariana Grande

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t. — George Lucas

If you don’t know where you make your mistakes, that’s your worst mistake: not knowing where your mistakes are at. — Meek Mill

How can people change their minds about us if they don’t know who we are? — Harvey Milk

What I’ve come to know is that in life, it’s not always the questions we ask, but rather our ability to hear the answers that truly enriches our understanding. Never, never stop learning. — Lester Holt

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. — Albert Einstein

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. — Lao Tzu

It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so. — Will Rogers

How You Know— Joe Mills
How do you know if it’s love?
she asks, and I think if you have to ask, it’s not,
but I know this won’t help.
I want to say you’re too young to worry about it,
as if she has questions about Medicare or social security,
but this won’t help either.
“You’ll just know” is a lie,
and one truth, “when you still want to be with them the next morning,”
would involve too many follow-up questions.
The difficulty with love, I want to say,
is sometimes you only know afterwards
that it’s arrived or left.
Love is the elephant and
we are the blind mice unable to understand the whole.
I want to say love is this desire to help
even when I know I can’t,
just as I couldn’t explain electricity, stars,
the color of the sky, baldness, tornadoes,
fingernails, coconuts, or the other things
she has asked about over the years,
all those phenomena whose daily existence
seems miraculous. Instead I shake my head.
I don’t even know how to match my socks.
Go ask your mother. She laughs and says,
I did. Mom told me to come and ask you.

THIS WEEK with Jackson Community Church and Around Town Mon, Jan 22 – Mon, Jan 26


WED, Jan 22

  • 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.
  • POTLUCK DINNER & ANNUAL MEETING
    6pm / 7pm • Potluck Dinner followed by Meeting
    Community meal and annual meeting to review reports and approve 2020’s proposed budget, officers and leadership nominations, and address any additional business items for life and mission of church. Open to all: members and friends welcome; members & associate members may vote.

THURS, Jan 23

  • Community Event: NORTH COUNTRY CARE PROVIDERS NETWORK
    9am • Granite State Technology Park
    Rescheduled from last week due to weather.
  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am & 5pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts.
  • YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA for the Mindful Body with Anjali Rose9am • Jackson Community Church
    This new yoga workshop series is for 6 weeks and focuses on bringing both relaxation to the mind, body and spirit, while activating healing in the joints, connective tissues and fascia of the body. This class is suitable for all levels.  If you have injuries, (which we all do) special emphasis is placed on supportive poses. Note: 6 weeks $60.
  • Community Event: AFTER-SCHOOL NORDIC 
    3:30pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring CenterAfter-school Nordic program for Jackson Grammar School students. More info.
  • Community Event: EVENING CRAFT-UP
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an existing craft to do with neighbors at the library!
  • Community Event: LIFE BELOW the ICE
    7pm • Nature Learning Center, Albany
    When the lakes and ponds in NH freeze over what happens? Do the animals and plants hibernate? OR is there a rich diverse world that we never see or hear about? Spend an with Chief Executive Fish Nerd, Clay Groves, Licensed Ice Fishing Guide and Podcast Host.
  • Community Event: DINE-to-DONATE PIZZA FUNDRAISER
    Evening • Shannon Door
    Proceeds from pizza sales and fundraising activities support Bartlett 8th Grade Class Trip.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor

FRI, Jan 24

  • PASTOR’S DROP-IN J-TOWN DELI HOURS
    7-9am • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor
    Come by to talk. Or make a date to go for a walk or meet privately by texting/calling Rev Gail’s cell @ 978.273.0308.
  • BUCKETS of LOVE ORGANIZATIONAL MTG
    9:30am • Way Station, 15 Grove St
    Discussion of logistics and setup for this community initiative.
  • Private Class: AVALANCHE CLASS
    8:30am-5pm • Jackson Community Church
    Class for back-country winter skiers and hikers to prepare for survival and response to avalanche conditions.
  • Community Event: SLIDERS & GLIDERS
    1-3pm – Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    JCC friends and members participate in this community-wide event. All abilities welcome. $15/visit or $50/season. Go out on trails with instructors and friends. Snacks and beverages follow on-site.

SAT, Jan 25

  • Community Event: SEWING SUPERHEN
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
    Sign-up.
  • Community Event: SNOW-SCULPTING 
    All Day • Black Mountain
  • Community Event: DACAPO CONCERT
    4pm • Whitney Community Center
    Performing music by James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Dave Brubeck, Green Day, Sara Bareilles, and many more. More info. 
  • Community Event: DINE-to-DONATE SOUP & SONG FUNDRAISER
    6pm – Soup & Salad / 7pm – Concert by Bennett & Perkins • Nativity Lutheran Church
    Proceeds benefit Way Station and Mt Washington Valley Recovery. Links to purchase tickets: $25/pp . Dinner of soups and other enticing food offerings served up in unique hand-thrown, hand-crafted pottery bowls donated by local potter Jennie Lanoie and students. Attendees get to take home the bowls. Dinner followed by with folk musicians Bennett & Perkins, joined by multi-instrumentalist Taylor Whiteside.

SUN, Jan 26

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • Community Event: FREEMAN FROST WHITE MOUNTAIN 30K XC CLASSIC
    7-9:25am – Bib Pickup / 9:30am – Race • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    To participate or volunteer: link for registration and info. Rev Gail provides blessing prior to start of race.
  • POPUP CHOIR
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come to learn this Sunday’s selected hymns and help lead the congregation in song.
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Message: Gail Doktor
    * Music Director: Alan Labrie
  • COMMUNITY REMEMBRANCE of ‘Jacquie ‘ Jacquelyn Jones
    5pm • Shannon Door

Farewell to John Howe

Farewell to John Howe

John Burnham Howe, 93, of Jackson NH, has completed his final hike.  He died January 20, 2020, after a long and vibrant life.  
 
John was born in Boston July 8, 1926. He attended Deerfield Academy and Princeton University, and, in 1945, served briefly in the Army Air Corps.  His varied career was primarily in geology and meteorological sciences. In the early ’60s he worked with NASA on the first generation of weather satellites, Tiros 1. During this time, he lived in Fairbanks, Alaska with his wife, Mary.

As a young man, John worked for the AMC, skinning mules, packing loads up to the Lakes of the Clouds and Madison huts, and working as a hutman. He was a member of the Old Hutman’s Association.

Beginning in the 1950s, his love of hiking led to a tradition on the Summer Solstice, of hiking from Randolph to Bartlett, covering the entire Presidential Range in one day. He continued this ritual well into his 70s.

John worked for many years at the Mount Washington Observatory, serving as staff engineer, scientist, and weather observer, earning the title of “Icingologist”, for his expertise in deciphering the vagaries of ice accumulation at altitude. He was known as the Old Man on the Mountain. While working at the Observatory he made many of his shift changes on foot and skis, when weather allowed — and sometimes when it didn’t. 

 One of John’s 15 minutes of fame came when he was a contestant on the long-running game show, To Tell The Truth. He appeared as himself, a Mount Washington weather observer. He did not stump the panel, his sturdy Yankee persona was impossible to disguise. 
 
After retiring, John and Mary sailed their 31-foot wooden sloop, Vixen, from Maine to the Bahamas several times. Back in New England, when not at their home in Jackson, N.H., they sailed the coast of Maine, where they had many adventures with friends and family. While John would have demurred, his four children’s love of hiking, sailing, the natural world, good writing, music and a well-spun tale were shaped by his examples and tutelage. His long marriage with Mary proved a fine mix of adventure and domestic homesteading comedy that made it seem archetypal. 
 
While fly-fishing, hiking, tinkering with old Volvos and even older clocks abated in the last several years of his life, John was still cutting and splitting his own firewood until just a few years ago. Recently he was still reading Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian; and listening to Brahms, Handel, Hayden and Mozart. 
 
His sister, Elizabeth Howe Verrill, and his brother, Nicholas, predeceased John. His beloved wife of 58 years, Mary, died just 6 weeks before he did.  John leaves behind son Andrew Howe and his wife Gay, of Jackson, NH; son, Nathaniel Howe and his wife Pamela, of Belfast, Maine; daughter Catherine (Cuppy) and her husband Dick Gordon, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; daughter Lucy and her husband Reese Hersey, of East Calais, Vermont.  John also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Whitney and Spencer Howe; Molly Howe and her husband Jake Newton; John (Gus), Charlie, and Sam Gordon; and Ogden (Noggo) Hersey. The family will have a private ceremony in the spring.  Donations in John’s name can be made to the Mount Washington Observatory, P. O. Box 2310, North Conway, NH 03860.