This Week: MON, Oct 29 – SUN, Nov 4

THIS WEEK
at Jackson Community Church and Around Town
THIS WEEK @ JCC: Tue – Pastor Parish Team Meeting; Wed – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours (Glen Ledge Corner Store) & Tune-Up Fitness; Thurs – Yoga; Fri – Pastor’s Office Hours (church); Sun – Interfaith @ Gazebo, All Saints Worship & New Member Welcome & Evening All Saints Observance. COMMUNITY EVENTS: Ongoing: Legacy Pavilion @ Jackson Grammar School; Wed – Sweet Streets (Main St in Jackson); Thurs – Silver Lake Singers Concert (Nativity Lutheran, No Conway), Fri – Pasta Party by Jackson Grammar School (Whitney Community Center); Sat – Neighbor to Neighbor (Starts at Nativity Lutheran, No Conway) & Trivia Afternoon (Jackson Library)

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Reflections on being heard & listening: themes from Hebrews

Do you feel heard? Seen? Recognized? Beloved?

Here are Rev Barbara Brown Taylor’s thoughts on the Love who insists one being Present and bears Witness to our lives:

“I use the word “sacred” to describe something that grounds me in this world and opens me up to another world all at the same time. Oceans usually do it, especially in the middle of summer storms. The kindness of strangers does it. Getting sick does it, especially if I am so sick that I cannot do anything for myself. Being present at the birth of a new human being does it, and so does being between the sheets with someone I love. I could go on. I use the words “holy” and “divine” to describe the same phenomena. They almost involve the sense that there is a Witness to my life, a Consciousness that is for me in the best situations but also in the worst, where this Sacredness is working around the clock to make life out of death for me and every other living thing.”

We had seen God in His splendors,
heard the text that Nature renders.
We had reached the naked soul of man.
— Ernest Shackleton

I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens.
Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying,
but also something wonderful happens to me.
I’m grateful that I’m heard.
— Maya Angelou

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

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THIS WEEK @ Jackson Community Church & Around Town: Oct 15 – Oct 21

This week @ JCC: Tue – Deacons mtg, Wed – Tune-Up Fitness & Zimbabwe Potluck Dinner & Council Mtg; Thurs – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours (Glen Ledge) & Yoga; Fri – Pastor’s Office Hours & Wedding Rehearsals; Sat – UCC Annual Mtg (Concord) & Wedding; Sun – Interfaith @ Gazebo, Pet Blessing @ Gazebo, Worship @ church. Community Events: Ongoing: Volunteer for planing & oiling Legacy Pavilion @ Jackson Grammar School; Wed – League of Women Voter’s Meet Your Candidates Forum @ No Conway Community Center; Sun – Hops & Hymns @ Hobbs Tavern for Whitehorse Addiction Center.

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Reflections on boldness, mercy & grace: themes from Hebrews 4

How will you come boldly into the presence of God, of Love? What does it mean, for you, to trust that you will receive the help you require, if not the help you desire, even if you cannot possibly merit it? Have you ever felt such a moment, being utterly loved and supported? Have you ever offered that sort of love and support to someone else? What sort of grace, or help, do you need?


How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root,
and in that freedom bold.
— William Wordsworth (excerpt)

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute –
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated —
Begin it, and the work will be completed!
— John Anster (excerpt) translation of Part One of
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s“Faust”

On Boldness

Dream a big dream, a bold dream. Don’t play conservatively between the 40 yard lines. Don’t just play it safe. — Robert Kraft

Fortune befriends the bold. — Emily Dickinson

Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self. — Queen Latifah

Shine like the whole universe is yours. — Rumi

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This Week at Jackson: Oct 8-14

This week at church: Mon: JCC @ Sandwich Fair for Honduras Hope, Wed – Fitness with Laurie McAleer, Thurs – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours @ Glen Ledge Store & Gas Station & Yoga with Anjali Rose, Fri – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours @ J-Town & Pastor’s Office Hours @ church,  Sat – Men’s Breakfast, Sun – Worship, Youth Games, & Finding Our Why report. Community events: Fri – Jackson Historical Society reception for new exhibition and art show & sale, Sun – Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. Hold the Date: Ukama Dinner for Zimbabwe delegates, Wentworth Charity Ball and Neighbor to Neighbor.

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THIS WEEK: WED, Oct 3 – SUN, Oct 7

This week at church: Wed – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours @ Glen Ledge Store & Gas Station & Fitness with Laurie McAleer, Thurs – Yoga with Anjali Rose, Sun – Worship, Mon: JCC @ Sandwich Fair for Honduras Hope. Community events: Wed – World’s Worst Weather program @ library, Sat – Home concert with Mountain Top Music (call to check if tickets are available). Also note hold-the-date events: Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, Ukama Dinner for Zimbabwe delegates, Wentworth Charity Ball and Neighbor to Neighbor.

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THIS WEEK: MON, Sept 24 – SUN, Sept 30

This week at church: Mon – Missions Team mtg, Wed – Fitness with Laurie McAleer & Women’s Group mtg, Thurs – Pastor’s Drop-in Hours, Education Team mtg & Yoga with Anjali Rose, Sun – Worship. Community events: Wed – Author series Dan Szczesny @ Tin Mountain Conservation Ctr, Thurs – Sparrow Walk with Tin Mountain guide @ Maine Visitor Ctr, Sat – Honey Do Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity @ The Wentworth, Sun – Tappan Chairs @ Jackson Public Library. Also note hold-the-date events: Ukama Dinner, Wentworth Charity Ball and Neighbor to Neighbor.

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