Presentation on Abbe Pierre (TONIGHT), June 7th and events around town June 7th-9th

ABBE PIERRE will be the subject of a presentation by Dr. Anthony DeLuca on Friday, June 7 at 6pm at Jackson Community Church in the Parish Hall. Co-hosted by Bartlett Congregational and Jackson Community Church.

FRI, June 7

  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church

    • Free to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
    2-5pm • Jackson Library (more info: https://jacksonlibrary.org/)
  • Community Event: FIRST FRIDAY – Jane O’Brien and Mikey Levine
    1pm • Majestic Cafe

    • Tickets: https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php?step=seats
      Jane O’Brien, vocals, with Mike Levine, guitar, treat you to some classic jazz favorites and more! The Majestic Cafe opens at 11:30 for charcuterie, fresh paninis and all your favorite beverages: beer, wine, spirits, craft cocktails and mocktails, soft drinks and bottled water. First Friday performers include Mountain Top faculty and staff, as well as other Mount Washington Valley musicians, who share their music with the community without compensation. All First Friday concerts are open to the public by donation, in keeping with Mountain Top Music Center’s mission of “enriching lives with music.”
  • HEART & SOUL: Presentation by Dr. Anthony DeLuca on Abbe Pierre

    6pm • JCC Parish Hall

    • Refreshments available (cookies & hot beverages)
    • Event is free and open to the public
    • Co-hosted by Bartlett Congregational and Jackson Community Church
    • Any donations to benefit the Way Station in honor of the lifework of Abbe Pierre
    • Dr. Anthony DeLuca serves as a guest preacher at the Bartlett Church. He will focus on the global impact of the inspirational life and legacy of a 20th century cultural hero whose name is Abbe Pierre. Pierre’s remarkable journey began when he followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assissi and entered a monastery at age 17. There, he committed himself to spreading a global message of giving and good will. During World War II, he joined the French Resistance and risked his own life in saving the lives of Jews who faced the prospect of being sent to labor camps inside Gemany, or worse yet, being arrested and sent to their death in concentration camps.After the war, he focused his efforts on the creation of an international network of community centers to serve the needs of the poor, the hungry and the homeless around the world.
  • Community MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT around town:
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner • 7-9pm – $5 cover
    • Red Parka: TBA • 8-11pm
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden • 6-9pm
    • Ledge Brewing: Powerline • 6-8pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Don Pride • 6-9pm
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE FRIDAY: TBA
    7pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway

    • Walk-ins are always welcome, but space is limited; reservations are available to guarantee your seat and to indicate a seating choice.
    • The Friday Night jazz series has a $10 per person cover charge.
    • Doors at 6 pm; music  at 7pm.
    • Come in early and grab a panini before the music starts
    • Info and tickets:: https://www.conwaymajestic.com/cafe

SAT,  June 8

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
    10am • KHS Millen Stadium

  • Community Event: DACAPO Concert

    7pm • Majestic Theater, Conway

    • Under the direction of Mary Bastoni Rebmann and John Waldie, the program will feature music from The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Stephen Sondheim, Christopher Cross, Cole Porter, The Beatles and many more
    • Other performances: Sun, June 9 @ 4pm at Whitney Community Center;  Thurs, June 13 @ 7pm  at Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Lovell, Maine.
    • Tickets: https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php?step=seats
  • Community Event: OPEN HOURS @ Jackson Historical Society
    1-3pm • Jackson Historical Society

  • Community MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT around town:
    • Wildcat Tavern: Face to Face with George Mallory • 7-9pm
    • Shannon Door: Dan Aldrich • 7-10pm
    • Ledge Brewing: Diana’s Bath Salts • 6-8pm

SUN, June 9

    8am • Old Red Library (or outside if weather permits)

    • Come for poetry, conversation, and prayer
    10:30am   • Jackson Community Church & Livestream to Facebook & jxncc.org – which also appears on jxncc.orgwebsite).Worship through zoom is discontinued, watching livestream is now the way to connect.

    • Music by Sharon Novak
    • Message by Rev Gail Doktor
  • HOSPITALITY following church
    11:30am • Parish Hall
  • Community Event: DACAPO Concert

    4pm • Whitney Community Center

    • Da Capo will be performing at the Whitney Community Center
    • Under the direction of Mary Bastoni Rebmann and John Waldie, the program will feature music from The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Stephen Sondheim, Christopher Cross, Cole Porter, The Beatles and many more
    • Other performances are: Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 pm – The Majestic, Conway Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm -Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Lovell, Maine.
  • Community Event: OPEN HOURS @ Jackson Historical Society
    1-3pm • Jackson Historical Society (Also open by appointment.)

  • Community MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT around town:
    • Shannon Door: Jeremy Dean • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Becca & Mike  • 4-7pm
    • Ledge Brewing: Bakery Band • 6-8pm

JCC SURVEY: please participate online, by paper, by phone (instructions in email) by Sun, June 16

WE REQUEST AS MANY PEOPLE (individual members of households, all ages, to finish the survey)

The Jackson Community Church (JCC) is working on strategic insight into our church community. We need your feedback and also welcome your thoughts where we provide space to share more! One helpful way to offer your input is to participate in this survey.

Your participation helps provide information that creates guidance as the Jackson Community Church Council and various church teams work toward current and future vitality of the church, its services to its friends and members, and its presence in the wider community.

  • It is most valuable if each person in your household answers independently, since each person is a member of our community and some of the answers may be sensitive and private.
  • We appreciate the responses of adults, youth, and children (separately if possible).
  • Your responses are anonymous and confidential. All information shown in summary reports of the survey data will be aggregated and no individual data will be identified.

This survey has 25 questions.

  • Most are multiple-choice; however, there are some open-ended questions that ask you for your opinion about certain topics.
  • At the end of the survey, you will be provided with an opportunity to enter any comments that you may have concerning topics the survey did not ask about.
  • Completing this survey should take no more than 20 minutes.
  • You have the option to identify yourself at the end of the survey to save it in a draft form or to go back and edit it. Even if you provide your name or contact info, all responses will be aggregated so that individual answers to specific questions are not connected to anyone who provides contact info or name.
  • Summarized feedback, statistics, and trends from the survey will be shared with church leadership and the JCC community.

Please participate by June 16:

  • LINK to participate in online survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7832990/dca5345267a1web
  • PDF file if you want to download and print a copy, fill it in, and return it as hard copy by mail or by dropping off in survey collection box inside the unlocked front doors of the church sanctuary: https://jacksoncommunitychurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/JCC-survey-paper-version.pdf
  • If you prefer to respond on paper, in-person, over zoom, or by phone:
    • We can provide a paper version (printed copies are already available inside the front entrance to the JCC sanctuary, which is unlocked and open 24/7)
    • Or even interview you by phone, on zoom, or in-person.
  • If you have questions or need help completing the survey, you may contact JCC member and survey administrator Jan Chernick (Jan’s contact info available through church email on this subject or requesting it from JCC: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)

Thank you for sharing your opinions and thoughts to this important effort.

COMMUNITY GRIEF GROUP: Wed, May 29 and other upcoming dates

Today: SPOUSE/PARTNER & ADULT RELATIONSHIP LOSS GRIEF GROUP meets @ 1pm, Wed, May 29th at the old red library, also known as the Emerson Building, in Jackson, NH. Specifically for households who have experienced the death of a spouse, partner, adult sibling or parent (or other adult (HUMAN) relationships. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays @ 1pm, June 19, July 24, Aug 21. 

Next month: CHILD LOSS GRIEF GROUP meets: Wed, June 5 @ 1pm in old red library, also known as the Emerson Building, in Jackson, NHSpecifically for households who have experienced the death of a child of any age. . Upcoming dates: Wednesdays @ 1pm: July 10, Aug 7. 

We meet in-person only. At this point, new participants are welcome through word-of-mouth or referrals or if they read about this group through eNews or other outlets. 

We’ll meet as consistently as possible. You don’t have to attend every session. On the other hand, knowing that folks will gather helps make sure the group can be present to support each other. If you CANNOT make an upcoming gathering, please let Rev Gail know by email or text that you cannot attend: gaildoktor@mac.com, cell: 978.273.0308. 

We encourage people to seek additional support options, such as counseling, when possible, since this group cannot replace or offer therapy. We can make referrals if needed. 

We will offer each group as long as the community need continues. Both groups are free, and open to the community. Rev. Gail Doktor, trained as a hospice chaplain, will facilitate. Pass along this info to anyone whom you know, who might need such a support network. 

If the groups no longer fuffill a need, we will also take a hiatus. We’ll evaluate this based on whether people participate or not. ** On the other hand, if  for any reason, you want to participate, but the meeting times don’t work, please let Rev Gail know, so we can adjust times to accommodate life’s schedules and remain meaningful, or add sessions at another time! **

Questions should be directed by text or voicemail to Rev Gail’s cell: 9078.273.0308. Thank you! — Rev Gail Doktor, gaildoktor@mac.com, cell: 978.273.0308

SACO RIVER VALLEY GRASP – Grief Recovery After Substance Passing 
 (Death, suicide or overdose-involved death that involves or was associated with substance use).
Saco River Valley GRASP Chapter: Contact Person: Kelly Forrest, Email Address: memakelly4@gmail.comPrimary Phone Number: (603) 726-1025.

that is ongoing in the valley via zoom. It is facilitated by chaplain Sue Davidson, retired nurse and retired pastor of Center Conway’s United Methodist Church and currently the VNA’a hospice chaplain. This ‘living with loss’ group is free, but you need to obtain info through the VNA.

  • WHEN: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • WHERE: Groups meet via Zoom. To get your Zoom log in information or to confirm group dates and times, please contact VNHCH’s hospice chaplain Sue Davidson: suedavidson@roadrunner.com. No registration necessary; free and open to the public. 
Gail Doktor

Cell 978.273.0308


MAKE a MEAL for Jan Chernick.

Please use the link below and schedule it through Meal Train to give instructions on when and where to deliver.


Annie, Allan, Anjali, Annie, Arden, Alexis, Barbara, Bob S. Bob G. Bob C., Cindi, Cheryl, Corey, Deb, Darlene, Dean, Don, George, Jan, Jean, Joan, Joyce, Jonathan, Judy, Kathy, Ken (KC), Irene, Laurie, Marcia, Matteo, Mary, Maureen, Meg, Parker, Phaedra, Sarah, Scamp, Spencer Elizabeth, Tom, Robert, Val, Lori’s niece & nephew, Dawson’s sister, Tish’s mother & family, Kathy & Allan,  Grieving families including the families of Robert and Gino.

Events and reflections on Earth Day: Monday, April 22.

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make. — Jane Goodall

Events to Celebrate Earth Day

From article in Conway Daily Sun written by Tom Eastman, link to full article: https://www.conwaydailysun.com/community/valley_voice/valley-voice-myriad-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day/article_cf846792-fdd7-11ee-90ba-8b5699265904.htm

  • 10am: Meet the Lorax, Book Reading and Earth Day-themed Storybook Trail at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Theater in the Wood in Intervale. Meet-and-greet with the Lorax himself, with a reading of Dr. Seuss’ environmentally themed book of the same name. Families can also walk along the Earth Day-themed Storybook Trail at Theater in the Wood. For more, go to believeinbooks.org.
  • 10am: Earth Day Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup  with he Chocorua Lake Conservancy i. Join the annual  cleanup today along Route 16. Meet at the Grove by Chocorua Lake, near the Narrows Bridge at the end of Chocorua Lake Road close to Route 16. Participants are requested to register at chocorualake.org/events.
  • 9am-Noon: Trail Round-Up at Tin Mountain Conservation Center, meanwhile, is hosting aits Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany. Bring work gloves and a water bottle for the Earth Day cleanup while discovering some spring blooms, sounds, birds and frogs.
  • 10am-1pm: Earth Day Events at Settlers Green in North Conway, including a “Paint-A-Pot event” where they provide the paint, brushes, smocks and materials. Plus, everyone gets to take home an Earth Day Planting Kit made with biodegradable products, perfect for an indoor window sill flower garden. Limit 100, while supplies last They also invite you to make a $25 donation to The Nature Conservancy’s science-based work to promote biodiversity and mitigate climate change at their Green Hills Preserve here in the Mount Washington Valley. Donors receive a Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Backpack. Limit 100, while supplies last.

Earth Day — Jane Yolen
I am the Earth And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass, Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud, And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle, Skin and bone.
And just as I Need every bit
Of me to make My body fit,
So Earth needs Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here Naturally.
That’s why we Celebrate this day.
That’s why across The world we say:
As long as life, As dear, as free,
I am the Earth And the Earth is me.

Take the Mt Washington Valley Pledge with its ten principles (https://www.visitmwv.com/pledge)

  1. I pledge to plan ahead and be prepared. Research the places you plan to visit for its reservation and parking requirements. Check the weather forecast, and a map of the area you plan to explore. and be prepared to follow pandemic guidelines wherever you stay.
  2. I will treat others with kindness and respect. Respect each other, each other’s property, and the environment during your visit.
  3. I will trash my trash. Always carry-out, what you carry-in. Bring trash bags with you to pick up after yourself, and dispose of your waste appropriately. If you see trash left behind by someone else, go the extra mile, and pick up after them.
  4. I will keep the wildlife wild. Remember, when you’re out on the trail, you’re the one disrupting the animals, not the other way around! Notify NH Fish and Game and Maine Fish and Game when coming across sick or wounded animals. Don’t pursue wildlife or disturb nests, dens, and homes they have built.
  5. I will stick to the trails. Stay on marked trails to reduce your impact on nature. The land, and its vegetation may be protected, and can be harmed when you veer off-trail. Designated trails also work to separate public property from private property.
  6. I will take only pictures, and leave only footprints. Keep nature undisturbed. Leave what you find when it comes to plants, flowers, rocks, and trees when climbing or walking a trail. Don’t approach wildlife for any reason, (including getting that perfect selfie shot).
  7. When nature calls, I will respect nature. Be sure you know the appropriate ways to dispose of human waste when recreating in nature. Always go 200 feet off the trail and away from water sources, dig a proper 6-8 in hole as a makeshift bathroom, and use biodegradable toilet paper.
  8. I will camp responsibly. Minimize your impact on natural vegetation, and camp on durable surfaces in designated areas and campsites only. If you build a lean-to or a shelter, be sure to dismantle it before moving on.
  9. I will share the outdoors. Be considerate of others and mindful of the many reasons why someone may be accessing the outdoors. If you’re playing music, be mindful of the volume, and wear earbuds instead of using a speaker. Know your right of way on the trails, and in cross-walks, politely announce your presence to others and take responsibility for yourself.
  10. I will protect the waterways. Don’t throw your trash away in our lakes and rivers, or dump foreign liquids out into the water. Be sure to wash your boats before launching them in the valley’s lakes and rivers to protect them from foreign pest species, and don’t use lakes and streams as a bathroom.

Ideas for Other Ways to Observe Earth Care and Justice:

Of the Earth

The good man is the friend of all living things. —Gandhi

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect. —Chief Seattle

Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music. —Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. —John Paul II

What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on. —Henry David Thoreau

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. —Leo Tolstoy

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.  —John Ruskin

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil … the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. — Gerard Manley Hopkins

Walking in Beauty: Closing Prayer from the Navajo Way Blessing Ceremony
In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again …
Today I will walk out, today everything negative will leave me
I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.
I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me.
I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.
I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.
I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.
In beauty all day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons, may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With dew about my feet, may I walk.
With beauty before me may I walk.
With beauty behind me may I walk.
With beauty below me may I walk.
With beauty above me may I walk.
With beauty all around me may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
My words will be beautiful…

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