THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town: MON, Mar 11 – SUN, Mar 17

MON, Mar 11

  • EDUCATION TEAM MEETING
    Meeting with church and local community leaders to work on educational opportunities for faith formation schedule, family engagement activities, camps, preschool programs, scholarships, volunteer activities, etc.
  • SCOUT PACK 321
    Scout meeting at church including community service and work on ‘pew holders’ for sanctuary.
  • RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE
    Harvard Online EdX course. Self-Paced. Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week. Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course.

TUE, Mar 12

  • Community Event: ELECTIONS in JACKSON
    8am-7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH
  • Community Event: ELECTIONS in BARTLETT
    8am-7pm • Bartlett Town Hall, Bartlett, NH
  • Community Event: WINTER BIRDS of PLUM ISLAND
    7:30am-5pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center / Nature Learning Center, Albany to carpool. Snowy owls, horned larks, short-eared owls and northern shrikes … some of the interesting birds at Plum Island during the winter. Bring binoculars, a lunch, and dress warm as we head south to Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Call 447-6991 for reservations. Unless otherwise stated, donations of $3/pp, $5/family are appreciated.
  • NORTH CARROLL COUNTY CAREGIVING COALITION: SMART GOAL Meeting
    10:30am • Meet with Marianne Jackson in No Conway for refresher on use of SMART Goals method.
  • NORTH COUNTRY ASSOCIATION
    Noon • Berlin, NH
    Lunch for UCC clergy and lay leaders. UCC ministers in Mt Washington Valley, including Rev Gail, attend.

WED, Mar 13

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.

THURS, Mar 14

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: ECOFORUM – NH BOBCAT POPULATION
    12-1pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center / Nature Learning Center, Albany
    Join Patrick Tate, Wildlife Biologist with NH Fish & Game, for an update on the state’s bobcat population.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: TOWN MEETING in JACKSON
    6:30pm • Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, Bartlett, NH
  • Community Event: TOWN MEETING in JACKSON
    7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH
  • Community Event: JEN’S FRIENDS FUNDRAISER & ‘LOCALS’ ST PATRICK’S CELEBRATION
    5-10pm • Shannon Door Restaurant & Pub
    Note from Jen’s Friends: Jackson voters, please attend the fundraiser at the Shannon Door for Jen’s friends cancer foundation before or after town meeting. You’ll find a raffle and a donation is made for every pizza sold to Jen’s. A great way to fortify before the meeting or a relaxing follow up after the meeting.
    PLUS: live music 7-10pm with Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong to celebrate St Patricks Day.

FRI, Mar 15

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • Community Event: BAXTER WINTER TRIATHLON
    9-11am • Start and Finish at Madeline’s Deli on the Wentworth Resort Trail at Jackson XC.
    Run, snowshoe and ski to the finish. More info from Jackson XC. For more info, contact Jackson XC at603-383-9355.
  • Community Event: NH LISTENS – Advanced Facilitator Training
    10am-4pm • Conway Library, Conway, NH Registration Link.$50 fee. Fee waived for students and those with financial need. This workshop enhances confidence to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SAT, Mar 16

  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • WEDDING CONSULT
    1pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail meets with bride and groom.
  • Community Event: MINI BOOK SALE
    11am-1pm • Old Jackson Library (next to church)
    This month’s special is “Buy One, Get One Free”. Stop by and browse a wonderful selection of hardback and paperback books, both fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, and a small selection of CDs and DVDs.
  • Community Event: TRIVIA
    3pm • Jackson Public Library
    Jackson Community Church’s team will participate.  Note from library: “Trivia!” with hosts Edith and Bob Houlihan … If you have attended any of our previous trivia events, you’ll know how popular it is and how crowded things can get. That’s why we are again requesting pre- registration. Fill out a quick form online or phone us (603-383-9731) to sign up a team of 3-6 people.  You can also sign up as an individual and we’ll put you on a house team. 

SUN, Mar 17

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Concert: FEELINGS of PLACE & NATURE
    4pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    Mountain Top Music, Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Upper Saco Valley Land Trust are collaborating on a concert of special interest about the land. The concert, “Feelings of Place in Music and Nature,” features multi-instrumentalist Ben Cosgrove, a traveling composer-performer whose “electric and exhilarating” music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door (suggested donation $10/person and $20/family).
  • Community Event: ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
    1-10:30pm• Shannon Door Pub
    Doors open at 1pm. Irish music starts from 1:30 to 7 with Marty & Jono and then from 7-10:30 with Mary, Simon, Kevin and Davey.

SAVE THESE DATES:

TUE, MAR 19
TUESDAY FULL MOON
SOUP & SKI

Evening • Jackson Ski Touring.
Co-hosted by Jackson Community Church & Jackson XC

Have fun in the backyard… the Wentworth Loop … ski or snow shoe after dark and then enjoy a community soup supper. Soup supper provided by the Jackson Community Church at the Jackson Ski Touring Center.

WED, MAR 20
THE IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB
by MARK SYNNOTT

7pm • Whitney Community Center

In The Impossible Climb, Jackson’s own Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold’s historic ascent, to paint a insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark’s eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free-solo ascent. Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death. This is the story which was also chronicled as a documentary in Free Solo.

LENTEN STUDY GROUPS
Meeting in March and April
Jackson Community Church

  • March: Anne Lamott’s Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. A few copies available and others on order through Jackson Public Library.
  • April: Desmond & Mpho Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving A few copies available and others on order through Jackson Public Library.

SECOND CHANCES CONCERT
4pm, Sun, April 7
Jackson Community Church
to benefit the Way Station

Kathy Bennett, Thom Perkins and Taylor Whiteside: featured artists.


UKRAINIAN EGG WORKSHOP

Sat, April 13
9-Noon or 2-5pm
Whitney Community Center


PALM SUNDAY

10:30am • April 14
Jackson Community Church
Worship with focus on themes of Holy Week.


MAUNDY THURSDAY

5pm • April 18

  • Dinner and worship around common table.
  • Soup & bread supper provided by deacons.

HOLY FRIDAY

April 19

  • Noon-3pm • Stations of the Cross • Jackson Community Church Sanctuary
  • 6:30pm • Ecumenical Worship Service • Madison Church officiated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates).

EASTER SUNDAY

April 21

  • SUNRISE SERVICE • Gazebo by Jackson Historical Society
    * Live music, scripture & reflection
  • 10:30am • EASTER WORSHIP • Jackson Community Church
    * Choral music
    * Harp
    * Flowering of the cross
  • 11:45am • EASTER EGG HUNT • Jackson Community Church
    Community easter egg hunt following worship. Children 12 and under may participate, accompanied by adults.

Reflections on being curious and asking questions … the experience of the holy season of Lent.

In the holy season of Lent, we are called to the spiritual discipline of preparation. Some part of this is the practice of curiosity and questioning. Entering Lent is wandering into  the metaphorical  ‘wilderness’ … where everything is primal and makes a difference and you’re likely to be at risk and to get lost … it’s about life and death, about getting down to core values. From that deep place arises the deep questions, the underlying ‘why’ that shapes how we live. So Lent is about living close to the wellspring of creativity and tension, beyond the context that usually makes us comfortable, safe, and secure. Paying attention to Lent becomes an invitation to go into an emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual place where we have permission to wonder and doubt and explore and grow. — Rev Gail (with credit to Rev Sean Dunker-Bendigo of Madison Church for the inspiration to approach Lent as a series of questions)

Music Video Link: Question by the Moody Blues

Be present.
Make love. Make tea.
Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation.
Buy a plant, water it.
Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed.
Have a smart mouth and a quick wit.
Run. Make art. Create.
Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain.
Take chances. Ask questions.
Make mistakes. Learn.
Know your worth.
Love fiercely. Forgive quickly.
Let go of what doesn’t make your happy.
Grow.
— Paulo Coelho

On Asking Questions: Being Curious

Always the beautiful answer / who asks a more beautiful question. —e.e. Cummings

Be curious. — Stephen Hawking

Don’t be afraid to look again at everything you’ve ever believed … I believe the more we search, the more we delve into the human teachings about the nature and God of life, which are in fact are the teachings of all the great religions traditions, the closer we come to a mature understanding of the Godself … In other words, doubt, questions, drive us to look at how we ourselves need to grow in wisdom, age and grace.  The courage to face questions is the first step in that process. — Joan Chittister

Instead of anxiety about chasing a passion that you’re not even feeling, do something a lot simpler: Just follow your curiosity. — Elizabeth Gilbert

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. — John Anthony Ciardi

Curiosity isn’t the icing on the cake. It’s the cake itself. — Susan Engel

We live in the world our questions create. — David Cooperrider

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not to answer them. — Anton Chekhov

I was looking for myself and asking everyone but myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. — Ralph Ellison

Ever since I was a little girl and could barely talk, the word ‘why’ has lived and grown along with me… When I got older, I noticed that not all questions can be asked and that many whys can never be answered. As a result, I tried to work things out for myself by mulling over my own questions. And I came to the important discovery that questions which you either can’t or shouldn’t ask in public, or questions which you can’t put into words, can easily be solved in your own head. So the word ‘why’ not only taught me to ask, but also to think. And thinking has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it does us all a world of good. — Anne Frank

Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers. — Voltaire

How do I create something out of nothing? How do I create my own life? I think it is by questioning. — Amy Tan

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, “So? Did you learn anything today?” But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference—asking good questions—made me become a scientist. — Isidor Isaac Rabi

On Lent: Surrendering Ourselves

The reality is that I cannot free myself from the bondage of self.  I cannot keep from being turned in on self. I cannot by my own understanding or effort disentangle myself from my self interest and when I think that I can …I am trying to do what is only God’s to do. To me, there is actually great hope in admitting my mortality and brokenness because then I finally lay aside my sin management program and allow God to be God for me.  Which is all any of us really need when it comes down to it … —  Nadia Bolz-Weber

… another Lenten season, a time of lengthening days…not just in hours but in slowness, in taking time to linger over our spiritual lives, over our identity as a people of faith, over the texts that form us and the quiet places in which God speaks to us, still. — Kathryn M. Matthews

The big rub is that to surrender my “singularity” (John 12:24) and fall into this “altogether new creation” will always feel like dying. How could it not? It is a dying of the self that we thought we were, but it is the only self that we knew until then. It will indeed be a “revolution of the mind” (Ephesians 4:23). Heart and body will soon follow. This is the real “try harder” that applies to Lent, and its ultimate irony is that it is not a trying at all, but an ultimate surrendering, dying, and foundational letting go. You will not do it yourself, but it will be done unto you (Luke 1:38) by the events of your life. Such deep allowing is the most humiliating, sacrificial, and daily kind of trying! Pep talks seldom get you there, but the suffering of life and love itself will always get you there. Lent is just magnified and intensified life. — Richard Rohr

I think it is good news–because even if no one ever wants to go there, and even if those of us who end up there want out again as soon as possible, the wilderness is still one of the most reality-based, spirit-filled, life-changing places a person can be … What did that long, famishing stretch in the wilderness do to him?  It freed him–from all devilish attempts to distract him from his true purpose, from hungry craving for things with no power to give him life, from any illusion he might have had that God would make his choices for him. … But it would be a mistake for me to try to describe your wilderness exam.  Only you can do that, because only you know what devils have your number, and what kinds of bribes they use to get you to pick up.  All I know for sure is that a voluntary trip to the desert this Lent is a great way to practice getting free of those devils for life–not only because it is where you lose your appetite for things that cannot save you, but also because it is where you learn to trust the Spirit that led you there to lead you out again, ready to worship the Lord your God and serve no other all the days of your life.  — Barbara Brown Taylor

But the historic practices of Lent are Christian. There are three of them: praying, fasting, almsgiving. These are three things that Christians should consider doing all the time, but the 46 days of Lent provide us with an explicit invitation to do them more intentionally. I say an invitation, because we don’t have to do them, not during Lent, not ever. … I am going to make an unabashed case for Lent, myself. …  Lent is a chance to uncork the bottle, to unclog our spirits from what is stifling them, to sample the mystery. It is a chance to own that we do not wholly own ourselves, but acknowledge that God has a claim over us. We work so hard for radical equality in our lives—for equal marriage, equal pay for equal work, an end to bigotry of all varieties—and we sometimes delude ourselves, as religious people, that radical equality extends to our relationship with God … Taking on a Lenten discipline means surrendering to a higher power, it means placing ourselves under God’s authority and protection. But here’s the rub: to place ourselves under God’s authority is a reminder that we are under no other authority, or at least that all those other authorities are less than God’s. The church, the state, our remote fathers, our overbearing mothers, our inept boss who gets paid more than we do, our snarky coworkers, the popular crowd, the opposing football team, the opposing political party, Al Qaeda, alcohol, fried foods, chocolate, caffeine, porn, late-night cable. Whatever our addictions, whatever our self-medication devices, whatever our overlords of fear and control, none can match the power of God our Father and Mother, if we choose God as our God. To claim that we are in a direct relationship with our Creator, to join with that Creator and Sustainer in an act of self-disciplining, is an act of resistance. It’s a boycott of all that is body-wounding and soul-killing. It is a radical re-ordering of our priorities, and a reclamation of our God-given will and strength …  … What might you do, this Lent, to rend your heart, to give God an opening? What might you do to make God-shaped space within your heart, a space that will invite you to call on the name of God more frequently, to share the experience of your brother Jesus in the wilderness, to uncork the Spirit and let it flow freely, to release yourself from rage or addiction or the tyranny of lesser gods? What can you give up, or take on, as an act of resistance against the authorities that don’t deserve any claim over you?  — Molly Phinney Baskette

Holy (Good) Friday

Fri, April 19 @ 6:30pm

Madison Church, Madison, NH

Please join us for a valley-wide worship service in observance of Holy (Good) Friday, led by Clergy of the Eastern Slope. This worship service is free and open to the public; everyone is welcome. Watch Facebook for updates.

Lenten Resources for Families

Follow these links to PDFs, JPGs, or Word documents for calendars, devotionals and activity guides that you can use to count down the days of Lent. In particular, the “praying in color” ones also come with some directions to make this a contemplative, prayerful journal of daily experiences and emotions throughout Lent.

Day-by-Day activity/action calendar for Lent

Guides for things to do during Lent:

Devotional Lenten Resources
(to protect copyrighted materials, please contact Rev Gail — 978.273.0308 — if you want the materials below)

  • Reflections on Prayer – An Illustrated Lent
  • Seven Last Words – An Illustrated Holy Week/Good Friday Coloring Pages
  • Seven Last Words Devotional – An Illustrated Holy Week/Good Friday Activity
  • Stations of the Cross – An Illustrated Good Friday Activity
  • Stations of the Cross Devotional – An Illustrated Good Friday Activity

Praying in Color 2019 Lenten calendars:

Other Lenten Calendars which can be filled in day-by-day:

Quick Resources to Acquire for Family:These Stones Will Shout (downloadable on Amazon as Kindle Book onto phones for 99cents) daily devotional guide

Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Kindle version for immediate download) or book version

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy

By Nadia Bolz-Weber 2-27-2012

  • Day 1: Pray for your enemies
  • Day 2: Walk, carpool, bike or bus it.
  • Day 3: Don’t turn on the car radio
  • Day 4: Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 5: Take 5 minutes of silence at noon
  • Day 6: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before
  • Day 7: Give 5 items of clothing to Goodwill
  • Day 8: No bitching day
  • Day 9: Do someone else’s chore
  • Day 10: Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 11: Call an old friend
  • Day 12: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)
  • Day 13: Read Psalm 139
  • Day 14: Pay a few sincere compliments
  • Day 15: Bring your own mug
  • Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking 
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 17: Forgive someone
  • Day 18: Internet diet
  • Day 19: Change one light in your house to a compact florescent
  • Day 20: Check out morning and evening prayer at The Daily Office.
  • Day 21: Ask for help
  • Day 22: Tell someone what you are grateful for
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor
  • Day 24: Read Psalm 121
  • Day 25: Bake a cake
  • Day 26: No shopping day
  • Day 27: Light a virtual candle 
  • Day 28: Light an actual candle
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 29: Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher
  • Day 30: Invest in canvas shopping bags
  • Day 31: Use Freecycle
  • Day 32: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school
  • Day 33: Read John 8:1-11 
  • Day 34: Worship at a friend’s mosque, synogogue or church and look for the beauty
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 35: Confess a secret
  • Day 36: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?
  • Day 37: Give $20 to a local non-profit
  • Day 38: Educate yourself about a saint
  • Day 39: Pray for peace
  • Day 40: Pray for your enemies (you probably have new ones by now) then decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good

THIS WEEK: Tue, Mar 5- Sun, Mar 10

THIS WEEK
at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

At JCC: Tue – Clergy Lunch & Mardi Gras Concert at JCC, Wed – Ashes to Go & Fitness, Thurs – Yoga & AA, Fri – Pastors Hours, Sun – XC Blessing & Worship. Around Town: Thurs – Story Time (Library) & Reading the Landscape (Tin Mountain), Sat – Guided Snow Shoe Tour (JXC) & First Season Benefit Dinner (Fryeburg Academy), Sun – Mountain Top Music Concert. Save These Dates: Classes in Advanced Facilitator Training on Active Listening & Lenten Observances: Ukrainian Egg Painting, Book Studies, Second Chances Concert, Holy Week.

MON, Mar 4

  • RELIGION, CONFLICT & PEACE Harvard Online EdX course. Self-Paced. Continues 8 weeks • Expect: 4-8 hours of study per week. Registration Link to register for the Harvard Online EdX course. If others sign up, we will run a study group at Jackson Public Library (meeting dates TBD).

TUE, Mar 5

  • CLERGY of the EASTERN SLOPE
    12:30pm • Lunch for local clergy from Mt Washington Valley faith communities. Rev Gail attends.
  • FAT TUESDAY & MARDI GRAS
    6-8pm • Jackson Community Church
    Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio with authentic cuisine including gumbo, shrimp boil, jumbalaya, red beans n rice. Free and open to the public, donations accepted – proceeds benefit the Way Station (new day resource center for homeless population in Mt Washington Valley).  Wear some bling, but we’ll have some beads and costumes to share!

WED, Mar 6

  • ASHES to GO
    7-9am • JTown Deli
  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Parish House.Fitness class. Free; open to public. These classes will continue through the end of February, then the instructor will re-evaluate whether she can continue into March. Classes remain weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • ASHES to GO
    Noon-5pm • Jackson Community Church
  • ASH WEDNESDAY ECUMENICAL SERVICE
    6:30pm • Center Conway Methodist Church
    Ecumenical Observance facilitated by Clergy of the Eastern Slope (Rev Gail participates). Includes imposition of ashes and communion.

THURS, Mar 7

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: STORY TIME  for TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS
    10:30am • Jackson Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church.
  • Community Event: READING THE LANDSCAPE: the Story of Glacial Retreat Across the Chocorua Region
    7-8pm • Nature Learning Center, Tin Mountain Conservation Center
    Join Dr. Robert Newton, Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, as he helps decipher our local landscape.  His talk will examine the landscape features that help us determine how the continental glaciers retreated from the Chocorua-Sandwich Range area.

FRI, Mar 8

  • PASTOR’s DROP-IN HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, conversation. Or make a separate date to meet with Rev Gail by calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or email.
  • PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Church. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with Rev Gail by texting or calling her cell (978) 273.0308 or by email.
  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center
    $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.

SAT, Mar 9

  • Community Event: GUIDED SNOW SHOE TOURS
    10am & 1pm • Start from Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. $15 includes ticket and tour; rental equipment available. Tours are approx. 90 minutes. More info.
  • Community Event: FIRST SEASON BENEFIT  DINNER & AUCTION
    5-9pm • Fryeburg Academy Gymnasium, Fryeburg Academy
    Join Tin Mountain for the 33rd First Season Dinner Auction. Reservations and payment in advance are requested as seating is assigned and space is limited. Tickets are $75 each. For more information about the event or Tin Mountain, to make reservations, donate an item, and/or learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Donna at 603-447-6991, or email DonnaDolan@tinmountain.org.

SUN, Mar 10

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING @ OLD LIBRARY
    8am • Old Library. Hot beverages available. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
  • BLESSING of BODIES, BOOTS & BINDINGS
    9:15am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation
    Rev Gail offers blessings to staff, volunteers and skiers.
  • WORSHIP 
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    * Story: Rev Gail
    * Accompanist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Event: COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
    4pm • Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway
    Mountain Top orchestra plays music of Sibelius, Holst, Piazolla, Boulanger and Chaminade, under the baton of Dr. Julia Howell, Mountain Top’s director of education. ASuggested donation $10/person, $20/family, at the door. 

Reflection on thin places, climbing & coming down from summits, and transfiguration (themes from Luke)

One way or another, we find ourselves standing in the presence of holiness. In thin places … sometimes beautiful, stunning, awe-inspiring … sometimes terrible and life-changing. Thin places are locations or experiences, in the world, when heaven touches earth. They are places and times in which we cannot stay or linger or make our homes … because they exist as both ephemeral and eternal. In such places and times, what will we leave behind?  And what will we bring with us back into our daily living? — Rev Gail

That when glory shines,
we will bring it back with us
all the way, all the way, all the way down. — Jan Richardson

On Thin Places, High Places

Thin places are transparent places or moments, set apart by the quality of the sunlight in them, or the shadows, or the silence, or the sounds—see how many variations there are?  What they have in common is their luminosity, the way they light an opening between this world and another … It works to make you more aware of the thin veil between apparent reality and deeper reality. It works to pull aside the veil for just a moment, so you can see through. Sometimes I know I’m in a thin place because it feels like the floor just dropped two or three levels beneath my feet and set me down in a deeper place. They can open up just about anywhere … But thin places aren’t always lovely places, and they’re not always outdoors. Hospital rooms can be thin places. So can emergency rooms and jail cells. A thin place is any place that drops you down to where you know you’re in the presence of the Really Real—the Most Real—God, if you insist. — Barbara Brown Taylor

To put it simply: the Holy Spirit bothers us … moves us … makes us walk … And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration: ‘Ah, how wonderful it is to be here like this, all together!’ … But don’t bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off … we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. And that’s no good. because he is God, he is that wind which comes and goes and you don’t know where. He is the power of God, he is the one who gives us consolation and strength to move forward. But: to move forward! And this bothers us. It’s so much nicer to be comfortable. ― Pope Francis, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

On Climbing & Coming Down Again

I truly believe that there is no greater metaphor for life than climbing mountains. The mountains have a way of stripping the mind down to its basic senses and forcing us to live in the moment.  In order to do this we must respect everything around us and maintain balance. If you guys truly value your lives, then you must live them to the fullest. We have planned this trip for quite some time and have known from the beginning that it would be dangerous. To turn back now is useless. To turn back in the face of a fierce storm or worsening conditions is obvious. We must expect the worst and hope for the best. If we do not summit because we make the decision to turn back, then we will have learned yet another lesson. If we do not summit because we did not try, then we will learn nothing. I hope we all realize that if we believe mountaineering is about getting to the top of mountains, then we are treading a path of foolery. Mountaineering is about everything BUT getting to the top. It is about teamwork, courage, fortitude, good decision making, determination, etc. Getting to the top is merely the culmination of effort and circumstance. — Mountaineer, not attributed.

We should refuse none of the thousands and one joys that the mountains offer us at every turn. We should brush nothing aside, set no restrictions. We should experience hunger and thirst, be able to go fast, but also to go slowly and to contemplate. — Gaston Rébuffat

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end. — Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

The aim of the mountaineer, if he wishes to be an artist in the full sense of word, is neither escape nor “the search for the absolute” as some have claimed, but rather seek that place where “the mystic remains silent and the poets start to speak towards men”. — Bernard Amy

The … trend in mountaineers is not the risk they take, but the large degree to which they value life. They are not crazy because they don’t dare, they’re crazy because they do. — Lisa Morgan

Just a reminder – a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgement and lots of tension. — Charlie Fowler

It’s a round trip. Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory. — Ed Viesturs

Definition: Alpinism is the art of going through the mountains confronting the greatest dangers with the biggest of cares. What we call art here, is the application of a knowledge to an action. — René Daumal

As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was. — Warren Harding

Trying to connect to the moment, that move, that breath – this is what I have been striving for; finding the oneness that can exist with all the things around and inside me. — Ron Kauk

Relaxation, acceptance, and keeping open mind are key. … If I can’t do a move I merely accept that I haven’t discovered the right sequence… I will try to do it … different ways … until I find something that does work. That’s what I mean by keeping an open mind. — Lynn Hill

If there’s only one thing I would like to say, this is: enjoy the process. Don’t worry about the result. Climbing must be fun. — Marc Le Menestrel

In the Presence of Holiness

What can we say beyond “Wow”, in the presence of glorious art, in music so magnificent that it can’t have originated solely on this side of things? Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. — Anne Lamott

Love enables us to see things that those who are without love cannot see. — Thich Nhat Hanh

An awake heart is like a sky that pours light. — Hafiz

We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time. — Thomas Merton

Show us the glory in the grey. — George MacLeod

I understood that I was being shown the future: shards of what would come to be. Often, I cried out for the pain of it. But other times, I was comforted, because I saw, for an instant, the pattern of the whole. — Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

…he liked his transcendence out in plain sight where he could keep an eye on it — say, in a nice stained-glass window — not woven through the fabric of life like gold threads through a brocade. — Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God. — Irenaeus

Fortunately, the Bible I set out to learn and love rewarded me with another way of approaching God, a way that trusts the union of spirit and flesh as much as it trusts the world to be a place of encounter with God. — Barbara Brown Taylor

Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come. — Franz Kafka

It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance–for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light….Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it? — Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

And these Things, which live by perishing,
know you are praising them; transient,
they look to us for deliverance: us, the most transient of all.
They want us to change them, utterly, in our invisible heart,
within – oh endlessly – within us! Whoever we may be at last.
Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us,
invisible? Isn’t it your dream
to be wholly invisible someday?
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Commentary on the Transfiguration: Ascending and Coming Down Again



If the great spiritual journey is to have any meaning whatsoever in our times, we, you and I, too, will have to wade into the throngs of hurting people on every plain of this planet, listening, listening, listening to the prophet Jesus, and exposing to people the underlying causes of all the wounding in this world and healing what we touch. — Joan Chittister

A transfiguration, a morphing, a realization had to take place, even in Jesus, before he became the Anointed One in which everything else cohered and held together (see Colossians, Ephesians, and the prologue to John’s Gospel). The resurrected Jesus is the Christ. The Risen Christ is Jesus but also bigger and beyond Jesus’ individual form and lifetime … But it is one universe and all within it is transmuted and transformed by the glory of God. The whole point of the Incarnation and Risen Body is that the Christ is here—and always was! But now we have a story that allows us to imagine it just might be true. Jesus didn’t go anywhere. He became the universal omnipresent Body of Christ. That’s why the final book of the Bible promises us a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 21:1), not an escape from earth. We focused on “going” to heaven instead of living on earth as Jesus did—which makes heaven and earth one. It is heaven all the way to heaven. What you choose now is exactly what you choose to be forever. God will not disappoint you. — Richard Rohr

The beauty that emerges from woundedness is a beauty infused with feeling; a beauty different from the beauty of landscape and the cold perfect form. This is a beauty that has suffered its way through the ache of desolation until the words or music emerged to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart. It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds in finding its way through to beauty of form. Most woundedness remains hidden, lost inside forgotten silence. Indeed, in every life there is some wound that continues to weep secretly, even after years of attempted healing. Where woundedness can be refined into beauty a wonderful transfiguration takes place. ― John O’Donohue

The new heavens and the new earth are not replacements for the old ones; they are transfigurations of them. The redeemed order is not the created order forsaken; it is the created order – all of it – raised and glorified. ― Robert Farrar Capon

SERVICE & TRAINING

WAY STATION WORK DAY
9am – 4pm • Nativity Lutheran Church, No COnway, NH
Come help paint and prep more rooms at Nativity Lutheran Church to welcome guests of the Way Station, a day resource center to provide essential services to the valley’s homeless and housing insecure population, including showers, laundry, internet access, post office box, lockers and more. Wear old clothing. Supplies and paint will be provided!

UPCOMING CLASSES
Relevant to Way Station Community Service
UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS
and ITS IMPACTS on CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Wed, Feb 27 from 6:30-8:30pm
SAU#9 / Conway School District
Professional Development Center @ Kennett Middle School
176 Main Street, Conway, NH 03818 
Registration Link. Participants in this session will: Understand the general state of homelessness in NH. Understand how to identify a homeless child and/or family. Understand the relationship between homelessness and trauma in children. Understand the physical and emotional impacts of homelessness, particularly on children. Understand the reactions and symptoms of trauma and homelessness in children. Understand best practices in serving children who experience homelessness. Training Methods: Training will incorporate a variety of teaching techniques including didactic presentation, small group discussions / brainstorms, videos, and opportunity for questions, dialogue and discussion. 
NH LISTENS Advanced Facilitator Training
Fri, Mar 15 from 10am-4pm
Conway Library, Conway, NH Registration Link. $50 fee. Fee waived for students and those with financial need. Many of us are trained to remain “neutral” as facilitators. However, that doesn’t mean we are passive. This workshop enhances confidence to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner.