THIS WEEK: May 21-26

TUE, May 21

  • Community Event: VILLAGE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT MEETING
    Noon • Snowflake Inn
    Note from eNews: “We are seeking interested members to join our Jackson Village Beautification Project. We need your input and help to get just the right look for our incredible Village. If interested, please contact the Chamber 603-383-9356 or Sue Ann Methot at the Snowflake – 603-383-8259. We are fortunate to have Carrie Scribner (dutch bloemen winkel) and Sandra Plourde (Christmas Farm Inn & Spa) on the committee.”
  • CLERGY GROUP
    12:30pm • No Conway
    Clergy group gathers for lunch and colleagial work.
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    2:45-4:30pm • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
  • DEACONS MEETING
    4pm • Second Floor, Church Library Room
    Meet to prepare worship plans and review pastoral care concerns in community.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN PRIDE CELEBRATION – PLANNING COMMITTEE
    7pm • The Cranmore Inn, No. Conway
    These meetings are open to anyone interested in supporting Pride in the Valley.  This committee meets to plan events for the 1st annual White Mountains Pride Celebration. More info.

THURS, May 23

  • Community Event: NORTHERN CARROLL COUNTY CARE PROVIDERS NETWORK
    9-11am • Tech Village, No Conway
  • 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.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church

FRI, May 24

  • PASTOR’S DROP-IN HOURS @ JTOWN
    7-9am • JTown Deli, Jackson
    Come by to visit with Rev Gail or text/call to make a separate date: 978.273.0308.
  • PASTORAL HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Second Floor, Church
    Come by to visit with Rev Gail or call to make a separate date: 978.273.0308.
  • Private Event: WEDDING REHEARSAL
    4pm • Jackson Community Church

SAT, May 25

  • Community Event: ALTON WEAGLE DAY
    8am – 5pm • Mt Washington Auto Road Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. To show his passion, he climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar…just to name a few. We invite you to dream up a “first ascent” of some kind and run the idea by us – you just may get invited to celebrate with us! Send us an email with your first ascent idea to info@mt-washington.com or contact the Mt. Washington Auto Road 603-466-3988.
  • Community Event: BIRDING at BROWNFIELD BOG (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    7-10am • Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield, Maine
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack.
  • Community Event: MEMORIAL DAY CRAFT FAIR
    10am – 5pm • Gibson Center & Schouler Park, North Conway.
  • CHURCH PLANT SALE
    9am – Noon • Old Red Library, Jackson
    Come choose from a large selection of locally grown perennials, annuals, seedlings, and houseplants to enhance your home and gardens! Proceeds from  plant sale support the distribution of cooking/heating stoves in the areas of Zimbabwe affected by the devastating hurricane Idai. **If you are fortunate enough to have an abundance of plants; perennials that need dividing,  extra seedlings, or a healthy houseplant looking for a new home…please consider donating to our sale!** If you need pots, please help yourself to the ones under the stairwell at the church. You can drop plants off by the Jackson Church (under the outside stairwell) starting Wed, May 22 – Sat, May 25. Questions? Email: gmcblutch@gmail.com
  • Private Event: WEDDING
    3pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail officiates.
  • Community Event: LIBRARY MINI-BOOK SALE
    11am-1pm • Old Red Library

SUN, May 26

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazebo by Jackson Historical Society
  • WORSHIP with MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership & message by Rev Gail Doktor
  • Community Event: MEMORIAL DAY CRAFT FAIR
    10am – 5pm • Gibson Center & Schouler Park, North Conway.
  • Community Event: WILD QUACK DUCK RACE & MUSIC FESTIVAL
    Morning • Pond & fields by Snowflake Inn.
    Duck tickets, music plus kids games, roaming train rides, face painting, local and visiting fair food vendors, ice cream, cake tasting. More Info.
    1:45pm • Big Ducks go down the river
    2pm • Regular & Olympic Ducks go down the river
  • Community Event: MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT with SEACOAST WIND ENSEMBLE
    7pm • Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy.
    Performance by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, a Sousa-style 50-piece band, has been underwritten by Col. Karen and Lt. Col. Jim Umberger, Air Force Retired,. Free to the public; accepting donations to support future White Mountain Musical Arts concerts.

MON, May 27: Memorial Day!

Reflections on forms of lay ministry: gifts of the spirit and where you may be called to serve & support others.

Reflections on forms of lay ministry: gifts of the spirit and where you may be called to serve & support others. Our church’s deacons will give the sermon and explore this theme at this week’s worship service. Based on passages from letter from Timothy.

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?
— Joan Osborne (excerpt from song lyrics)

Our true home is in the present moment.
To live in the present moment is a miracle.
The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment,
to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
Peace is all around us in the world and in nature, and within us;
It is in our bodies and our spirits.
Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed.
It is not a matter of faith, it is a matter of practice.
— Thich Nhat Hahn

Helping Others with our Gifts of the Spirit:
Everyday People as Ministers, Servants, Saints

…You don’t have to be famous, or perfect, or dead.  You just have to be you—the one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated human being whom God created you to be—to love as you are loved, to throw your arms around the world, to shine like the sun.  You don’t have to do it alone, either.  You have all this company—all these saints sitting right here whom you can see for yourself plus those you cannot… all of them egging you on, calling your name, and shouting themselves hoarse with encouragement.  Because you are part of them, and they are part of you, and all of us are knit together in the communion of saints … — Barbara Brown Taylor

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