HOLY WEEK with JCC: April 8-12 (Easter)

Do you need support of any kind? We have volunteers ready to assist with errands, access to emergency supplies, and Rev Gail is available for emotional and spiritual companionship. Email the church:  jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org.

Wed, April 8

Thurs, April 9

  • MAUNDY THURSDAY GATHERING (via ZOOM)
    7pm • ZOOM LINK: zoom.us/j/467763000 (password required).
    Plan to celebrate an after-dinner ritual of washing hands (symbolic of foot-washing), stripping altar, and putting out candles as darkness falls and we enter the Triduum: three holy days of Easter weekend. Option: call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 467763000 (password required – contact: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)).

Fri, April 10

  • BREAKFAST with REV GAIL (via ZOOM)
    8am •  ZOOM LINK: zoom.us/j/170985789 (password required)
    Social gathering. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 170985789 (password required – contact jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Live-streaming via  Facebook.com/JacksonCommunityChurchJCC website
    Virtual contemplative journey through stations of the cross. Share where you would direct your prayers for each station of the cross, Rev Gail will post reflections at different Jackson and Bartlett locations to symbolize each station of the cross. This will take place throughout the week, but we especially welcome your comments during the hours of Christ’s crucifixion and death. We will use Marcia McFee / Design Worship Studio materials to focus. 
  • LAST SEVEN WORDS Holy Friday Event (via ZOOM)
    5pm • ZOOM LINK: zoom.us/j/531729008) (password required)
    Reflect on the events of Holy Friday through the last seven words of Christ. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 531729008 (password required – contact: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)

EASTER SUNDAY, April 12

  • CHOIR PRACTICE (via ZOOM)
    9:15am • ZOOM LINK: zoom.us/j/142985761 (password required)
    Choir practice with choir director Billy Carleton and music director Alan Labrie. Option: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID# 142985761 (password required – contact: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
  • VIRTUAL EASTER SERVICE (via ZOOM)
    10:30am • ZOOM LINK: zoom.us/j/142985761 (password required)
    Join us for worship, special music including flute duet by Lauren Weeder & Jeanette Heidmann, choral performance by JCC’s choir & harp with Dominique Dodge, plus prayer, reflection and interactive transformation of the cross with butterflies on this special Easter Sunday! Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook, and afterward, recordings of service will be posted to FB, youtube, vimeo. Option: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID# 142985761. (password required – contact: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
  • BUTTERFLY the CROSS
    All Day • Jackson Community Church (outside)
    All day on Easter Sunday, you may add a butterfly to the cross, which will stand outside the church (weather permitting), or take one home, if you need an Easter symbol. If you can’t be here, send us your prayers and we’ll add your butterfly for you.

Sunday, March 29 Worship

Facebook Live video.

Worship Together @ 10:30 with Jackson Community Church

Live worship is beginning as people gather together. Enjoy an original composition by Alan Labrie at the start of the service. Bring your cup of tea or coffee, your prayerful self, your offering to put in a small cup or glass, and all your fears and hopes. Let us lift each other up this morning. You can go to ZOOM to participate: https://zoom.us/j/142985761

Posted by Jackson Community Church on Sunday, March 29, 2020

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  • April 5, PALM SUNDAY
    • 8am interfaith gathering (outdoors if possible)
    • 10:30am worship
  • April 7, TUESDAY
    • Final meeting of the Lenten ecumenical study group that’s reading Max Lucado’s Jesus, and meets weekly at Conway Public Library (6-7:30pm), unless public libraries decide to close or cancel public gatherings for safety. If cancelled, we may offer it as a Zoom meeting for those who wish to continue. 
  • April 9, MAUNDY THURSDAY
    • JCC joins the MWV Chavurah for a Passover Seder to be hosted at Gibson Senior Center. RSVPs to JCC by March 24 so we can provide a comprehensive RSVP from our faith community to MWV Chavurah. Cost is $40/pp for full meal (please let us know if you need financial help to attend, scholarships can be made available). Expect worship at tables in groups. MWV Chavurah leaders are deciding (relatively soon) whether to go forward with this event, but they do want RSVPs.
  • April 10, HOLY FRIDAY
    • 12-3pm – “Stations of the cross”. It may be held outside if it’s unsafe to hold it indoors.
    • 6:30pm – Ecumenical Holy Friday service scheduled at First Church of Christ, UCC in North Conway. (Choir rehearsal for the Holy Friday evening ecumenical service would take place earlier, probably 5pm.) This service may be adapted to follow safety precautions for large gatherings during this public health crisis with COVID19.
  • April 12, EASTER SUNDAY
    • 6:15am Sunrise Service (outdoors at gazebo by Historical Society)
    • 8am outdoor services
    • 10:30am service indoors with flowering of the cross, harp music, flute duet, and choir performance plus sacred dance followed by egg hunt.

NOTE:

If we cannot worship together inside, it is likely we’ll go forward with outdoor worship and adapt as possible. Continue to check jacksoncommunitychurch.org website or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncommunitychurch for updates.

Live-streaming will be an option for worship if we cannot gather indoors. Or for those who need to stay home for their own safety.

THIS WEEK at JCC and AROUND TOWN: TUE, Mar 3 – SUN, Mar 8

Note: Rev Gail will be away with family for the upcoming weekend, due an extended family health concern. Gerry Tilton will provide guest preaching, church deacons will facilitate worship.

TUE, Mar 3 

  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Brown Church
    Clergy gathering to plan ecumenical events. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Event: BOOK GROUP – Living on the Wind
    4pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albnay, NH
  • Community Event: CRAFTERNOON
    Noon • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an unfinished craft to the library and work with others while you visit, too.
  • Community Event: BINGO for a CAUSE
    6pm • Red Parka, Glen, NH
    Benefits the Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). More info.
  • LENTEN BIBLE STUDY GROUP
    6:30pm • Starbucks, North Conway
    Max Lucado’s book Jesus. Moves to Conway Public Library next week. Bring your own copy of the book. Runs through April 7.

WED, Mar 4

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9am • Parish House. 
    Fitness class. Free; open to public. Stretching and fitness workouts with certified fitness coach Laurie McAleer. Exercises can be adjusted to individual needs. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, class is cancelled.

THURS, Mar 5

  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am & 5pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, Way Station is closed.
  • YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA for the Mindful Body with Anjali Rose9am • Jackson Community Church
    Note: 6 weeks $60. Contact Anjali Rose for more info. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, yoga is cancelled.
  • Community Event: TODDLER STORYTIME
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: EVENING CRAFT-UP
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an existing craft to do with neighbors at the library!
  • AA
    6:30pm • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor
  • Community Event: MOUNTAIN SAFETY & RESCUE: Beyond the 10 Essentials
    6pm • Tuckerman Brewing Company
    More info. What happens when you do it all right and things still go wrong? Join this forum to hear stories from the front lines of accidents and adventures Includes: Snow Rangers, Mountain Rescue Service, Conway Fire Department, and NH Fish and Game.
  • Community Event: TANZANIA – Birds, Big Game and a Taste of Maasai Culture7pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Nature Learning Center, Albany
    Based on a Feb. 2019 trip to Tanzania, TMCC member and volunteer Charlie Nims will share his birding safari adventure through the Northern Circuit of Tanzania including Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, finishing with a quick visit to Zanzibar. More info.

FRI, Mar 6

  • Community Event: FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT – The Pete and Justice Show.
    Noon • Brown Church, Conway Village.
    Sponsored by Mountain Top Music. Performance in the tradition of Seeger and Guthrie, with Greg Huang-Dale and Tom Rebmann.

SAT, Mar 7

  • Community Event: COASTAL BIRDS FIELD PROGRAM
    7:30am • Meet at Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Learning Center to carpool
    Heading to the coast of Maine in search of harlequins, scoters, eiders, long-tailed ducks, and mergansers. More info.

SUN, Mar 8

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation. Tish Hanlon facilitates the gathering this Sunday, since Rev Gail is out of town.
  • POP-UP CHOIR
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come learn songs early and help as song leaders for congregation.
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Guest preacher: Gerry Tilton
    * Music director & instrumentalist: Alan Labrie
  • Community Event: RACIAL JUSTICE CONVERSATIONS
    3:30pm • Jackson Public Library
    Fourth of 6-part series to hold conversations on racial justice and how our community can become more self-aware and active around this issue. Joint program sponsored by Jackson Public Library & Jackson Community Church. If you haven’t already joined us and want to attend,  RSVP to learn what we covered in the earlier sessions and feel free to join us for as many conversations as possible! Free and open to public. Co-faciliatted by librarian Meredith Piotrow and Extravagant Welcome team member Claire Mallette.

Musings for the time before Lent: Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday! Music, feasting and celebration.

Laissez les bons temps rouler. ‘Let the good times roll.’ — Unattributed

In the house of lovers the walls are made of songs, the floor dances and the music never stops. — Rumi

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Busy, they were, busy being original, complicated, changeable—human, I guess you’d say. — Toni Morrison, Jazz

Doing the work you’re best at doing and like to do best, hearing great music, having great fun, seeing something very beautiful, weeping at somebody else’s tragedy—all these experiences are related to the experience of salvation because in all of them two things happen: (1) you lose yourself, and (2) you find that you are more fully yourself than usual. — Frederick Buechner

Questions to consider:

  • What would you like to celebrate just before Lent? Will you indulge a bit too much, sip or chew one last time, or do something a while longer? Mardi Gras feasts come, in part, from using up the food items in a home and kitchen that would spoil, once religious observances began prior to Easter.
  • What forms of celebration give you the greatest connection to life-sustaining, exuberant emotions and experiences? Eating? Dancing? Music? Something else?
  • What do you do with overstock when you’re trying to spring clean and pare down, or simplify life?
  • During Lent, do you choose to give up something (abstain or fast in some way), give over something (relinquish control of something to a higher power), give to something (contribute time, attention, energy or resources to a specific cause or issue)? What is your spiritual practice, starting next Ash Wednesday?

Recipes for Mardi Gras

Music for Mardi Gras

Background on Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday

Brief explanation of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday as a time of celebration prior to Lent, as a time of festival and celebration, including the tradition of using up household oils and fats prior to a season of fasting and abstinence:

Shrove Tuesday (also known … as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day) is the day … immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve” … observed by many Christians … who “make a special point of self-examination …

As this is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one gives up for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

On Feasting & Mardi Gras Celebration

Fasting and feasting are universal human responses, and any meal, shared with love, can be an agape. — Elise M. Boulding

We don’t hide the crazy. We parade it down the street. — Unattributed

[The] dinner party is a true proclamation of the abundance of being — a rebuke to the thrifty little idolatries by which we lose sight of the lavish hand that made us. It is precisely because no one needs soup fish, meat, salad, cheese, and dessert at one meal that we so badly need to sit down to them from time to time. It was largesse that made us all; we were not created to fast forever. The unnecessary is the taproot of our being and the last key to the door of delight. Enter here, therefore, as a sovereign remedy for the narrowness of our minds and the stinginess of our souls, the formal dinner…the true convivium — the long Session that brings us nearly home. ― Robert Farrar Capon

… food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection. ― E.A. Bucchianeri

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. — Chris Rose

The incarnation took all that properly belongs to our humanity and delivered it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites and capacities and yearnings are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free. All the dancing and feasting and processing and singing and building and sculpting and baking and merrymaking that belong to us, and that were stolen away into the service of false gods, are returned to us in the gospel. ― Thomas Howard

Feasting is also closely related to memory. We eat certain things in a particular way in order to remember who we are. — Jeff Smith

Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast. — Melody Beattie

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go. — Unattributed

Mardi Gras is a state of mind. — Ed Muniz

This mask can’t hide my crazy. — Unattributed

Are you aware that your spirit needs to be fed? Did you know that your spirit would be delighted to partake in a feast of spiritual food? … prayer … maybe a few hours of succulent self-reflection? Perhaps a piping-hot selection … served by the side of a lake or under a tree, would satisfy your spiritual hunger. Can you imagine feasting for a few hours … uplifting music … some forgiveness … topped with compassion? — Iyanla Vanzant

Thoughts on Jazz

If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know. ― Louis Armstrong

… like jazz … is one of those dazzling diamonds of creative industry that help human beings make sense out of the comedies and tragedies that contextualize our lives. ― Aberjhani

I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light. ― Miles Davis

To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection. The interplay of individuality and unity is not one of uniformity and unanimity imposed from above but rather of conflict among diverse groupings that reach a dynamic consensus subject to questioning and criticism. As with a soloist in a jazz quartet, quintet or band, individuality is promoted in order to sustain and increase the creative tension with the group–a tension that yields higher levels of performance to achieve the aim of the collective project. This kind of critical and democratic sensibility flies in the face of any policing of borders and boundaries of “blackness”, “maleness”, “femaleness”, or “whiteness”. ― Cornel West

Jazz is not just ‘Well, man, this is what I feel like playing.’ It’s a very structured thing that comes down from a tradition and requires a lot of thought and study. ― Wynton Marsalis

There’s something beautifully friendly and elevating about … playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It’s really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it’s all for one purpose … for a while. And nobody conducting, it’s all up to you. It’s really jazz … that’s the big secret. Rock and roll ain’t nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat. ― Keith Richards

It was the music. The dirty, get-on-down music the women sang and the men played and both danced to, close and shamelesss or apart and wild … It made you do unwise disorderly things. Just hearing it was like violating the law. ― Toni Morrison

Jazz presumes that it would be nice if the four of us–simpatico dudes that we are–while playing this complicated song together, might somehow be free and autonomous as well. Tragically, this never quite works out. At best, we can only be free one or two at a time–while the other dudes hold onto the wire … jazz only works if we’re trying to be free and are, in fact, together. ― Dave Hickey

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