Events with JCC and around town: Nov 8-13

Highlights: vote, observe Veterans Day, learn about migratory birds, work on XC trails, walk in the woods, enjoy Mousetrap, go to musical tribute to Marlene Dietrich, attend community potluck at Whitney Ctr, come to C3 conversation, attend worship, choir practice, and more!

TUE, Nov 8

  • Community Service: VOTE!
    8am-7pm • Various locations in NH
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer (new day of the week)
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church
    • Free to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Event: TICKETS for NUTCRACKER SWEETS on sale Call 207.935.4020
    • Dec 3rd (Sat) @ 5pm and Dec 4th (Sun) @ 2pm: Act One Dance Company presents Nutcracker Sweets.
    • Performed at Leura Hill Eastman PAC at the Fryeburg Academy
    • Members of our church community performing in this show.
    • Tickets will be on sale at the studio (Tina Titzer’s School of Dance) and also at Spice and Grain.
    • Note: Attending the December dance performance is an optional event to complement the church’s 3-week Advent book study of Matt Rawle’s The Gifts of the Nutcracker. JCC friends and members will attend the Saturday performance; participants must order their own tickets at phone number above.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Events: HOOT NIGHT
    • Wildcat Tavern: Jonathan Sarty hosts • 6-8:30pm

WED, Nov 9

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: LIBRARY BOOK GROUP – Fight Night by Miriam Toews
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • Zoom link and password required – contact church for info

THURS, Nov 10

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Service: WAY STATION 
    2-5 • Food collection & distribution
    10-6 • Open shift for drop-ins and apts.
    • Staff and volunteers of JCC participate. Operating in church basement this week: Nativity Lutheran.
  • Community Event: BIRD WATCHERS MIGRATION (Tin Mtn)
    7pm • Zoom link pending
    • Join Tin Mountain and the North Country Camera Club for a unique visual exploration of over 250 birds. Composed by award winning photographers Dick and Joan Shirley, the images follow a calendar year; beginning in the mid-winter of January, segueing into the warblers of spring & summer, entering the fall migration and finishing with the early winter birds of December. Set to a combination of bird calls and music, the photos and videos are an exciting exploration of the diverse class of avians.
    • More info: https://www.tinmountain.org/event/bird-watchers-migration-a-visual-exploration-online-program/
  • Community Resource: AA MEETING
    6pm? • JCC Parish House
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Friday, November 11, 2022, 7:30pmSaturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30pmSunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Rafe • 6-8pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation

FRI, Nov 11 – Veterans Day

  • Community Service: Unofficlal WALK & WORK w/ Jackson XC Ski Touring
    8am-10am • Jackson XC Trails
    • There is no official Walk & Work this Friday, but if you are interested in trail work this Friday, let Ellen Chandler know; there is “more of the same” type of work on the Wave Trails.
    • Contact: ellen@jacksonxc.org.
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer (new second day of week)
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church
    • FRee to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Event: ZUMBA with DOTTI
    • 8:15am * Whitney Community Center
      The class is $5 per person with no sign in. Also, bring your water, a small towel and a smile!!!! If you have any questions feel free to either text or call Dotti,: 978-790-3375
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION
    5pm • Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Join us for cocktails and discussion of this week’s scripture with art
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE CONCERT – Al Hospers & Randy Roos
    6:30 pm • Majestic Theater Cafe, Conway, NH
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Saturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30pmSunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner & Revtones • 6-9pm
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation
    • Shovel Handle Pub; Dan Aldrich •  5:30-8:30pm

SAT, Nov 12

  • Community Event: CONIFER WALK
    1pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    • With all the leaves down, November is the perfect time learn to identify conifer trees. No distractions from those deciduous trees!
    • Program Fee: $15/person or $25/household; members are free!
    • Register online here. Walk ins welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: STUDIO NOCTURNES with David Lussier
    10am-4pm – Nov 12 & Nov 13th • Jackson Art Studio and Gallery
  • Community Event: MUSICAL TRIBUTE to Marlene Dietrich
    7pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway Village
    • Features Vanessa Schukis, mezzo, Scott Nicholas, piano and Tim Ostendorf, narrator for this tribute to musical life of the late Marlene Dietrich.  
    • More info and tickets:https://mountaintop.ludus.com/index.php
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    7:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
    • Additional Dates Sunday, November 13, 2022, 3:30pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Sheehan & Holden• 7-10pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation
    • Wildcast Tavern: Jonathan Sarty • 6-8:30pm

SUN, Nov 13

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old red library or Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Join us for poetry, conversation, and prayer.
  • CHOIR PRACTICE (in-person and zoom)
    8am • JCC sanctuary or Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Copies of sheet music available in church entrance
    • Email with recorded choir parts and PDF of music also coming – contact church via email if you wish to receve choir updates directly
    • Preparing advent song: Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • WORSHIP with VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE
    10:30am • JCC (in-person & zoom)
    • Attend in-person
    • Virtual attendance – Zoom link and password required – contact church for info
    • Message: Rev Gail Doktor
    • Music Sharon Novak
  • Community Event: STUDIO NOCTURNES with David Lussier
    10am-4pm – Nov 12 & Nov 13th • Jackson Art Studio and Gallery
  • Community Event: COMMUNITY POTLUCK SUPPER
     4-7 pm • Whitney Community Center
    • Last Call: This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Community Center
    • FREE to members of the Jackson community.
    • To register email whitneycommunitycenter@gmail.com and let us know how many people are attending and if you are bringing a main dish, side dish or desert.
  • Community Event: MOUSETRAP with M&D Playhouse
    3:30pm • Eastern Slope Playhouse, North Conway
    • Get Tickets: $29
    • In the Agatha Christie classic, a local woman is murdered, and the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It becomes clear that the killer is among them. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects.
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Mike & Becca • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Closed for vacation

Reflections on an upside down world

BibleProject video about the upside down kingdom: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/gospel-kingdom/

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come. — Rumi

The world is upside down, it’s going to take a lot of hands to turn it right side up.— Leymah Gbowee

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out. ~ Hafez

Some of us aren’t meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down and shake the hell out of it until we make our own place in it — Elizabeth Lowell

Just go on dancing with me like this forever and I’ll never tire. We’ll scrape our shoe on the stars and hang upside down from the moon. — Stephen King

The best path between two points is upside-down, between, then inside-out and round again.— Lulu

Here at the bottom of the world, everything was upside down.— Lesley Howarth

The world has not just “turned upside down”. It is turning in every which way at an accelerating pace.— Tom Peters

Let us keep the discoveries and indisputable measurements of physics. But … A more complete study of the movements of the world will oblige us, little by little, to turn it upside down; in other words, to discover that if things hold and hold together, it is only by reason of complexity, from above.— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Look at everything upside down.Take absolutely nothing for granted. — Dick Francis

When nothing makes sense and the world seems upside down, listen to your heart, it will never lie about your true feelings. — Leon Brown

SONGS about UPSIDE DOWN and BACKWARDS:

It’s crazy I’m thinking
Just knowing that the world is round
Here I’m dancing on the ground
Am I right side up or upside down?
Is this real or am I dreaming?
~ Dave Matthews, Crush (song lyrics)

Who’s to say what’s impossible
Well, they forgot this world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks, reflections fade
But in some ways, they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There’s no stopping curiosity
I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found
I’ll share this love I find with everyone …
— Jack Johnson, Upside Down (excerpt)

Meditations on
UPSIDE DOWN WORLD


What if I should fall right through the center of the earth… oh, and come out the other side, where people walk upside down. — Alice in Wonderland

Our world spins upside down and sometimes we have to lose our grip on the things we value in this life in order to grab on to true life. — Jon Foreman

I’m always trying to turn things upside down and see if they look any better. — Tibor Kalman

Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down. — John Heider

I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. — Ursus Wehrli

When everything gets turned upside down, it only leads to better quality stuff. — John Krasinski

It’s a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way. — Christopher Morley

Life is a funny thing, the minute you think you’ve got everything figured out something comes along and turns it all upside down. — Zayn Malik

Bottom is bottom, even if it is turned upside down.— Bill Vaughan

All it takes is a second and your whole life can get turned upside down. — Jodi Picoult

I guess I’ve always lived upside down when I want things I can’t have. — Tom Waits

If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight? — Eduardo Galeano

Passion is what makes life interesting, what ignites our soul, drives our curiosity, fuels our love and carries our friendship, stimulates our intellect, and pushes our limit…. A passion for life is contagious and uplifting. Passion cuts both ways…. Those that make you feel on top of the world are equally able to turn it upside down — Jon Krakauer

I’m interested when things are upside down – because there are so many possibilities in that one moment. There is a lot that is exposed. — Anna Deavere Smith

I wish I had the power to flip my reality upside down like an hourglass, and that life wasn’t a finite affair, but rather a perpetually recurring passage through a hole in time. — Anne Fortier

The ordinary man is living a very abnormal life, because his values are upside down. Money is more important than meditation; logic is more important than love; mind is more important than heart; power over others is more important than power over one’s own being. Mundane things are more important than finding some treasures which death cannot destroy. —Rajneesh

If you take a frown and turn it upside down, the person you are holding by the ankles will soon pass out. — Woody Allen

This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust! — Friedrich Nietzsche

The world of the commodity is a world upside-down, which bases itself not upon life but upon the transformation of life into work. — Raoul Vaneigem

I swim in a shaft of light, upside down, and I can see myself clearly, through and through, from every angle. Perhaps I stand on the brink of a great discovery. — Jamaica Kincaid

Comedy is a socially acceptable form of hostility and aggression. That is what comics do, stand the world upside down.— George Carlin

Art and education may refine the taste, but they cannot purify the heart and regenerate the individual.  His (Christ’s) words were simple yet profound.  And they shook people, provoking either happy acceptance or violent refection.  People were never the same after listening to him….The people who followed Him were unique in their generation.  They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up.  The world has never been the same. — Billy Graham

Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind. — Shania Twain

Remember that hate is not the opposite of love as people think.  Hate is love standing upside down; it is not the opposite of love.  The real opposite of love is fear.  In love one expands, in fear one shrinks.  In fear one becomes closed, in love one opens.  In fear one doubts, in love one trusts.  In fear one is left lonely.  In love one disappears; hence there is no question of loneliness at all.  Love is when you have known your inner sky.  There is no higher religion than love. — Rajneesh

Reading the Bible Backwards

Eleanor Wilner

All around the altar, huge lianas

curled, unfurled the dark green

of their leaves to complement the red

of blood spilled there—a kind of Christmas

decoration, overhung with heavy vines

and over them, the stars.

When the angels came, messengers like birds

but with the oiled flesh of men, they hung

over the scene with smoldering swords,

splashing the world when they beat

their rain-soaked wings against the turning sky.

The child was bright in his basket

as a lemon, with a bitter smell from his wet

swaddling clothes. His mother bent

above him, singing a lullaby

in the liquid tongue invented

for the very young—short syllables

like dripping from an eave

mixed with the first big drops of rain

that fell, like tiny silver pears, from

the glistening fronds of palm. The three

who gathered there—old kings uncrowned:

the cockroach, condor, and the leopard, lords

of the cracks below the ground, the mountain

pass and the grass-grown plain—were not

adorned, did not bear gifts, had not

come to adore; they were simply drawn

to gawk at this recurrent, awkward son

whom the wind had said would spell

the end of earth as it had been.

Somewhere north of this familiar scene

the polar caps were melting, the water was

advancing in its slow, relentless

lines, swallowing the old

landmarks, swelling the

seas that pulled

the flowers and the great steel cities down.

The dolphins sport in the rising sea,

anemones wave their many arms like hair

on a drowned gorgon’s head, her features

softened by the sea beyond all recognition.

On the desert’s edge where the oasis dies

in a wash of sand, the sphinx seems to shift

on her haunches of stone, and the rain, as it runs down,

completes the ruin of her face. The Nile

merges with the sea, the waters rise

and drown the noise of earth. At the forest’s

edge, where the child sleeps, the waters gather—

as if a hand were reaching for the curtain

to drop across the glowing, lit tableau.

When the waves closed over, completing the green

sweep of ocean, there was no time for mourning.

No final trump, no thunder to announce

the silent steal of waters; how soundlessly

it all went under: the little family

and the scene so easily mistaken

for an adoration. Above, more clouds poured in

and closed their ranks across the skies;

the angels, who had seemed so solid, turned

quicksilver in the rain.

                                     Now, nothing but the wind

moves on the rain-pocked face

of the swollen waters, though far below

where giant squid lie hidden in shy tangles,

the whales, heavy-bodied as the angels,

their fins like vestiges of wings,

sing some mighty epic of their own—

a great day when the ships would all withdraw,

the harpoons fail of their aim, the land

dissolve into the waters, and they would swim

among the peaks of mountains, like eagles

of the deep, while far below them, the old

nightmares of earth would settle

into silt among the broken cities, the empty

basket of the child would float

abandoned in the seaweed until the work of water

unraveled it in filaments of straw,

till even that straw rotted

in the planetary thaw the whales prayed for,

sending their jets of water skyward

in the clear conviction they’d spill back

to ocean with their will accomplished

in the miracle of rain: And the earth

was without form and void, and darkness

was upon the face of the deep. And

the Spirit moved upon the face of the waters.

C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS
will not meet this Fri, Nov 4

Instead, it will resume on Fri, Nov 11 @ 5pm
Meanwhile, if you wish to read the texts to be discussed on Sun, Nov 6, please see below.


C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS 

  • Bring your adult beverage and your curiosity for a conversation about our sacred texts.
  • Introductory video by BibleProject for Luke about the upside down kingdom as a theme: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/luke-1-9/
  • The text is provided below

Excerpts from Isaiah, Luke, Acts & Letter to Philippians about the Upside Down Kingdom

Isaiah 53: 12
Because he poured out himself to death
 and was numbered with the transgressors.
 
Luke 4: 16-22 (citing Isaiah 61: 1-2)
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in
your hearing.”


Philippians 2: 5- 8
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, 
assuming human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a human, 
he humbled himself and became obedient
to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
 
Acts 17: 6-7
“These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.”

Farewell to JOHN CHERNICK

With the family’s permission, we share with you this biography:

John Chernick, 94, of Intervale, NH, peacefully passed away at home on October 29, 2022, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born on June 15, 1928 to Fred and Anna Chernick of Amesbury, MA, he graduated from Amesbury High School and enlisted in the US Coast Guard, servicing Coast Guard aircraft. Following his Coast Guard service, John graduated from Wentworth Institute, completing a field of study in machine work and tool making. He pursued a professional career for forty years, holding engineering positions at various companies, including Graydon Smith Engineering, Brush Instruments, Honeywell, RCA, and retired in 1990 as a consultant engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation. A highly valued engineer and manager, he excelled at developing creative design solutions and reducing manufacturing costs. Enthusiastic about design and manufacture work, John could not remain retired. He established BMW Custom Sports Products, LLC, and managed the company until his death.

John loved life. He was an avid downhill skier and tennis player, entering downhill ski races and participating in tennis tournaments until his illness prevented him from continuing. He loved travel, food and wine, and spending time with family and friends. His keen wit will be remembered, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

John is survived by his wife Janet, of Intervale, NH, his son Jeffrey and his wife Carol of Haverhill, MA, his daughter Maura MacKenzie and her husband Paul, of Sheffield, MA, his son, John, of Merrimack, NH, his grandchildren Danielle Chernick, Nathaniel MacKenzie, Charlotte MacKenzie, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled later. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dartmouth Health’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH, whose efforts ensured his quality of life throughout his illness. Online donations may be made made at https://dhgeiselgiving.org/causes/cancer by clicking on Make a Gift, then Friends of Dartmouth Cancer Center and mailed to Medical & Healthcare Advancement, Dartmouth Health, 1 Medical Center Drive HB7070, Lebanon, NH 03756. Please reference checks in memory of John Chernick.  

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