#GIVING TUESDAY: Reminder about the church’s charitable partners.

INTERNATIONAL CAUSES which our faith community supports through giving or volunteering:

  • Heifer International cards will be available inside the church’s front entrance by Wednesday afternoon., Dec 1 You may take a card and make a donation (cash or check). Drop it in the church model inside the front doors, which we’re using to collect these funds. Learn more about Heifer International.
  • Zimbabwe cards will be available in the front of the church by Wednesday afternoon, Dec 1. These support partner faith communities and communal projects through the NH-Zimbabwe Ukama Partnership, including sister churches like JCC’s partner: Chikanga Church, City of Mutare, Zimbabwe. You may take a card and make a donation (cash or check). Drop it in the church model inside the front doors, which we’re using to collect these funds. or make an online donation: https://jacksoncommunitychurch.org/. Representatives from regions — including our churches — have traveled back and forth to establish strong ties between the partner faith communities.
  • Honduras Hope is a NH-based partnership with communities in Honduras. Church member Meg Phillips has traveled there several times to provide direct volunteer service in the communities and can answer your questions! Link to site for giving: https://www.hondurashope.org/donate
  • Legado Initiaitve is an international charitable foundation managed by a local Jackson resident. Madja Burhardt. They use a radical approach for securing THRIVING FUTURES for both people and the wild places they call home. To learn more and support this organization: https://www.legadoinitiative.org/donate/

LOCAL CAUSES the church supports financially and/or through volunteering. We respond to many local partners, so may not have included all such missions and initiatives here. If you’re interested in learning more about our Missions team, contact the church:  jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org

Health and wellbeing of our community from many angles:

  • Way Station serves the homeless and housing-insecure residents of Mt Washington Valley. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.waystationnh.org/.  Link to donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=XBLS8D57RPDSS. 
  • Starting Point provides support and safety for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.startingpointnh.org/
  • End 68 Hours of Hunger (Conway branch) sends hundreds of backpacks filled with food home every weekend  in the SAU9 school district for food-insecure students. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/find-your-community/new-hampshire/conway/
  • MWV Habitat for Humanity builds homes for local families. Learn more or donate: https://mwv-habitat.org/
  • White Horse Addiction Center works in North Conway and Ossippee. Learn more and/or donate: https://whitehorserecovery.org/
  • Mt Washington Valley Supports Recovery works in North Conway and Mt Washington Valley to support recover. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.mwvsupportsrecovery.org/
  • White Mountain Community Health provides sliding scale of medical services for the valley so that all people may access medical and dental care. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.whitemountainhealth.org/
  • Gibson Center provides essential services to the valley’s senior population, including Meals on Wheels, adult ed classes, health and wellbeing support and many other services. Hint: they have a thrift shop with excellent bargains! Link to learn more and/or donate: https://www.gibsoncenter.org/
  • Northern Health & Human Services provides essential, affordable mental health care and counseling to clients in the Mt Washington Valley and other regions of NH. Learn more and/or donate: https://nhfv.org/resources/northern-human-services/
  • Jen’s Friends provides support for local cancer families. Learn more and/or donate: https://jensfriends.org/wordpress/
  • North Country Cares supports projects such as the Revolving Closet which is a free clothing boutique for preteens and teens. Learn more and/or donate: https://www.northcountrycaresnh.org/
  • Conway Humane Society provides rescue, fostering and adoption for pets in Mt Washington Valley. Lean more and/or donate: https://www.conwayshelter.org/
  • Angels & Elves provides Christmas assistance (brand new warm coats, boots, clothes, toys, etc.) to underserved children in MWV, Fryeburg & Brownfield. To apply for Christmas assistance email angelsandelves2021@gmail.com for an application link thru Dec 5. Note: The church is supporting two families this season. All gift tags have been claimed, but you can contact Linda Hastings by email if you want a gift assignment (all gifts and tags must be returned by Sun, Dec 5 at noon) for one of these two families or make a cash contribution to the gift requests they have made by dropping a check or cash (payable to JCC and designated to Angels & Elves on subject line) in the church model in front entrance way.

Culture, Education and Environment:

  • Mountaintop Music provides music education and performances throughout the valley. Learn more and/or donate (or join): http://www.mountaintopmusic.org/
  • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation: This foundation maintains trails for XC skiing in Jackson, offers classes, provides affordable youth education and access for snow shoeing and XC skiing, and works with local nonprofits and landowners on conservation initiatives. Learn more and/or donate (or join):  https://www.jacksonxc.org/
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a local partner in environmental education and preservation. They have sites in Jackson and Albany, offer programs regionally and in our classes and community centers, as well as on their own sites. Learn more and/or donate (or join): https://www.tinmountain.org/
  • Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is preserving land throughout the region, including many local sites. Learn more and/or make a donation (or join): https://www.usvlt.org/
  • Mt Washington Valley Observatory is a local nonprofit focused on environmental and weather-based science
  • Appalachian Mountain Club is integral to the culture and conservation of the White Mountains. Learn more: https://www.outdoors.org/
  • Believe in Books works on literacy and performing arts in the valley and conserves land along the Saco: http://www.believeinbooks.org/
  • Horton Center is the nearby UCC summer camp based on Pine Mountain and is the heart of NH outdoor experiences and ministries within the United Church of Christ’s NH Conference. Learn more and/or donate: https://hortoncenter.org/give-the-gift-of-camp-at-hc/
  • Star Island is a UU and UCC-owned island off the coast of NH that promotes creative, cultural and spiritual engagement with people and the environment through camps and conferences. Learn more: https://starisland.org/donate/
  • Bartlett Historical Society is preserving the local history of their town and region. To support them and learn more:  https://bartletthistory.org/Museum%20Donor%20Form%20v3.pdf
  • Jackson Historical Society preserves the artistical and historical heritage of Jackson and is building a significant collection of local artists from across several eras. To learn more and support them: https://www.jacksonhistory.org
  • Public Libraries are a significant public resource. If you wish to volunteer or donate:

WILLING HANDS NEEDED to ASSEMBLE WINDOW INSERTS: Sat, Oct 16- Wed, Oct 20


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

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

Sign Up link: https://signup.com/go/dzUfCVW
(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 nbeem@tinmountain.org.  

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: https://signup.com/go/dzUfCVW (you will see the volunteer options, days, times and tasks) .

From Jackson eNews: Boston Post Cane awarded to Warren Schomaker

Boston Post Cane awarded to Warren Schomaker

The Jackson selectmen awarded Warren Schomaker the Boston Post Cane at their meeting July 27, 2021. In 1909 the Boston Post, in a publicity effort, sent 700 gold-headed ebony canes to towns in MA, RI, ME, and NH to be given to the oldest resident of the town. Most of the canes have been lost over the years, however Jackson still has its original cane, which is stored in the Town Office. A replica cane is given to the recipient.

Warren Schomaker, aged 97, was born in Sydney, Australia, on January 27, 1924. His mother, Ivy Emma Hill, was from Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia. His father, George, was born in 1885 in a covered wagon travelling west from Chicago on the trail to Oregon. His birth was registered in Seattle, Washington.

Warren came to America in 1945 and secured his first job with Stromberg Carlson, a maker of telephone equipment, in Rochester, NY. While in Rochester, Warren and a partner formed Utility Services, Inc. in 1955 to acquire its first small telephone company in Melvin Village, NH. More acquisitions were made in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota. In 1960 Warren and 2 partners formed Continental Telephone Corporation, later renamed Contel. During the next 10 years, more than 110 acquisitions were made in 42 states, Barbados, Trinidad/Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Grand Bahama, Quebec, and Ontario. Contel went public in 1964.

In 1996, Warren and Leslie moved from Kennebunkport to Jackson. Having been president of the Kennebunkport Historical Society, Warren was interested in joining the Jackson Historical Society. Under his leadership, with the help of many, accomplishments of the Society have been numerous and have placed it in the enviable position it holds today. Just a few accomplishments include:

  • Getting 17 structures named to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Staging a year-long bicentennial celebration
  • Helping the grammar school kids create a time capsule, which is stored at the Society
  • Erecting the Korean War monument
  • Creating the Memorial Walk to the Town Offices.
  • Restoring the old snow roller across from the Wentworth
  • Paying for the paving of the Old Town Hall (before the Society was using it) and purchasing the chairs now at the Whitney Center
  • Restoring the Town Hall – new roof, upstairs egress, new siding, new wiring, general renovations
  • Publishing numerous books of historic interest.
  • Making 19th century White Mountain Art a focus of the society, with lectures, exhibitions, and art sales, and creating the Museum of White Mountain Art upstairs in the Town Hall.
  • Commissioning a replica of the Town’s Boston Post Cane and having a case made for the original.

The stunning new library is a prime example of the Society working with other organizations and the entire community. The Society saved the timbers of the historic Trickey barn, which was scheduled to be demolished to make way for the Whitney Center, and stored them in trailers for a future use.  They were later donated to the Town for the library.  Building the library was a town-wide project with many people, young and old, involved. Once building plans were complete, Sam Harding was the general coordinator; Carrie Scribner mobilized the children; Michael Weeder was the master builder.  

Anne Pillion noted “Warren Schomaker, through both his extraordinary vision and getting-it-done abilities, is a shining example of how one person can accomplish far-reaching and long-lasting community benefits. We thank Warren for his years of tireless work, generous support, valuable expertise, entrepreneurial leadership, and unsurpassed dedication on behalf of the Society and the Town of Jackson.”

This Week at JCC and around town: July 20-25

Highlights: Hike, fitness class, yoga, MWV Jewish film forum, music at local venues & Music under the Tent (library), Awareness in Sanctuary series (Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation), C3 conversation, shabbat service, worship and more

TUE, July 20

  • Community Event: CHAIR YOGA – A Healthier You with Anjali Rose
    9:15am • Zoom. (Zoom pre-registration link)
    6-week series/online class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We explore various exercises to improve posture, balance and strength using the core weight of the body and light hand weights. This fun and insightful class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a chair, two blocks, a strap and light hand weights.
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30-2pm • Zoom.
    Meeting of Clergy of the Eastern Slope for peer work and community networking. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org

WED, July 21

  • FITNESS with LAURIE McALEER
    9am • JCC Parish House (in-person)
    Join us for a free, gentle fitness class. Please let Laurie McAleer know you will attend. Masking and social distancing required.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    5pm • Zoom. (Zoom Pre-registration link)
    Class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We will explore the body, mind and soul with mindful movement. These yoga classes are intentionally created with sequences to instill strength, flexibility and mobility. This fun and community oriented class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a mat, strap, block and blanket.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN CEILI BAND
    5:30 – 9pm • Wildcat Tavern Dinner reservations required: 800-228-4245 or 603-383-4245.
    The musicians will play on the porch of the Igloo a safe distance from guests and vice versa. Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes. For more information on the White Mountain Ceili Band visit: whitemountainceiliband.com

THURS, July 22

  • Community Event: NATURALIST LED HIKE in JACKSON
  • 10am • Tin Mountain Conservation Center Field Station, Jackson
    Registration required link. Or call Call 447-6991.
    Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center for weekly hikes at the Jackson Field Station property every Thursday in July & August. Highlights include the summit of Tin Mountain, a tin mine on the property, and historic homestead, and a mountain pond. Tin Mountain’s naturalist will explain the historic use of the property, help identify plant species, and point out animal signs. These hikes are a great way to explore the lesser trod trails of the White Mountains and avoid the crowds. Participants of all ages welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    1pm • Food pickup
    2:30pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
    @ 15 Grove St, North Conway, NH
    Rev Gail and JCC volunteers serve this weekly outreach to local homeless and housing-insecure residents.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAINS JEWISH FILM FORUM – AMERICAN PASTORAL
    7:30pm • Register (required) here: Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ode-gpzwqHNMrAgWIy847oogkB4MPSZ2A  Watch the film first on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, ahead of time on your own and then join the group at 7:30pm for a conversation led by author Benjamin Taylor. From Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation: A film based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth: Seymour “Swede” Levov comes of age just after World War II, in a thriving and triumphant America. A legendary high school athlete, the diligent and successful inheritor of his father’s glove factory, the proprietor of an eighteenth-century stone house in the heart of WASP country, the devoted husband of a beautiful and intelligent wife, and the father of a charming daughter, the Swede appears to have fulfilled the ambitions of generations of struggling forebears. But his carefully constructed life begins to collapse as he and America face the challenges of the turbulent sixties, and he sees his adored daughter, Merry, turn first into a rebellious adolescent and then into a revolutionary terrorist. As Swede Levov watches in bewilderment everything he treasures, everything so industriously created by his family over the course of three generations, is blown up by an angry girl’s bomb. American Pastoral is a wrenching and cathartic piece of work. It is a book about America: about loving and hating it, about wanting to belong and refusing to belong.

FRI, July 23

  • Community Event: AWARENESS in the SANCTUARY — Deep Eyes
    9:30-10:a5am • Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem, NH / Zoom
    Led by Jacki Katzman, Movement Mentor, BHC member and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®.
    Registration Required for All participants. Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUode2rqjkqGtZyCr28HqH3tWbTa1ZGTvRX Questions? Please contact Jacki – jackisue@aol.com. Upcoming sessions:  July 30 – Resting on Inside Eyes, August 6 – Prayer Hand Eyes – Direct Your Attention. A donation to the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation for the 4-lesson series ($50), or $15 per single session, will be appreciated. Participants  have the option of Zoom or in-person attendance in the sanctuary. Open your eyes to fresh perspectives, guided by principles of the Feldenkrais Method. “Fresh Perspective” begins with a topical reading selected by Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum followed by a guided, body-based meditation. Lessons are appropriate for people of all abilities, body types, levels of fitness, faiths and spiritual orientations. .
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS (zoom link)
    5pm • Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83028442916
    Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866 Meeting ID: 83028442916 (#)
    Conversation about this week’s scripture.
  • Community Event: SHABBAT SERVICE
    6pm • In-Person @ Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation Sanctuary & Via Zoom
    To join us on Zoom, please register here: bhcsynagogue1920@gmail.com
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Mike Malkin & Becca Deschenes
    Evening • Shannon Door

SAT, July 24

  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-2pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: GARDEN STAGE CONCERT SERIES – TYLER JAMES KELLY
    Evening • Wildcat Tavern
    Link: Tickets and reservations required.
    https://www.wildcattavern.com/events/the-garden-stage-dinner-concert-series-with-tyler-james-kelly/ Two shows per night, 4:30p-6:30p (Seating 3:45p), 7p-9p (6:45p Seating), Tables have a max of 6 people, All Events are 21 years and older only.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

SUN, July 25

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    8am • Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center & Zoom
    Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.. Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    10:30am •  Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Live music by Alan Labrie
    • Message with Rev Gail Doktor
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • Singing in community now practiced.
    • In-person attendance requires social distancing, masking requested for non-vaccinated individuals.
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • Community Resource: MUSIC under the TENT – Shana Aisenberg (Appalachian & Contra Dance Fiddle)
    4pm • Jackson Library tent and lawn
    Bring chairs and a picnic. Come early for space under the tent.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

Giving Tuesday

Reminder about the church’s charitable partners.

INTERNATIONAL CAUSES
which our faith community supports through giving or volunteering:

  • Heifer International cards are available inside the church’s front entrance. You may take a card and make a donation (cash or check). Drop it in the wonderful church model made by Sandy Louis’ dad, which we’re using to collect these funds. Learn moreabout Heifer International.
  • Zimbabwe cards are available in the front of the church. These support partner faith communities and communal projects through the NH-Zimbabwe Ukama Partnership, including sister churches like JCC’s partner: Chikanga Church, City of Mutare, Zimbabwe. You can leave donations in the model church inside the front doors, or make an online donation: https://jacksoncommunitychurch.org/. Representatives from regions — including our churches — have traveled back and forth to establish strong ties between the partner faith communities.
  • Honduras Hope is a NH-based partnership with communities in Honduras. Church member Meg Phillips has traveled there several times to provide direct volunteer service in the communities and can answer your questions! Link to site for giving: https://www.hondurashope.org/donate

LOCAL CAUSES
the church supports financially and/or through volunteering. We respond to many local partners, so may not have included all such missions and initiatives here.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Missions team, contact the church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org

Health and wellbeing of our community from many angles:

Education and Environment:

  • Mountaintop Music provides music education and performances throughout the valley. Learn more and/or donate (or join): http://www.mountaintopmusic.org/
  • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation: This foundation maintains trails for XC skiing in Jackson, offers classes, provides affordable youth education and access for snow shoeing and XC skiing, and works with local nonprofits and landowners on conservation initiatives. Learn more and/or donate (or join):  https://www.jacksonxc.org/
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a local partner in environmental education and preservation. They have sites in Jackson and Albany, offer programs regionally and in our classes and community centers, as well as on their own sites. Learn more and/or donate (or join): https://www.tinmountain.org/
  • Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is quietly preserving land throughout the region, including many local sites. Learn more and/or make a donation (or join): https://www.usvlt.org/
  • Appalachian Mountain Club is integral to the culture and conservation of the White Mountains. Learn more: https://www.outdoors.org/
  • Believe in Books works on literacy and performing arts in the valley and conserves land along the Saco: http://www.believeinbooks.org/
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