COLD-WEATHER SHELTER OPENING this WEEKEND: Seeking volunteers for day and night shifts

DUE to dangerous temperatures this weekend, in collaboration with the Way Station, White Horse Addiction Center, and other agencies,  Nativity Lutheran Church is opening its Fellowship Hall over the weekend as a cold-weather shelter. This shelter will serve all of Mt Washington Valley.    WEEKEND: From Friday afternoon –  Monday evening, Nativity Lutheran Church’s lower hall will be used as an emergency warming shelter. It will be open day and night over the weekend.If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please let REV GAIL DOKTOR know by responding to this message: CALL or TEXT Gail’s cell: 978.273.0308.Indicate when you might be available to volunteer and provide contact info (full name, email, and phone number to expedite contact and scheduling). 

An alert has been sent to emergency responders and agencies serving vulnerable populations, so people at-risk have the option to seek shelter in North Conway at the Nativity Lutheran Church. Although the Way Station, White Horse, Tri-County Cap, and Carroll County’s designated emergency response team cannot predict how many people may need they facility, they have direct knowledge of some clients who could benefit from having a place.    HOW YOU CAN HELP: 

  • If you are a person who is vaccinated, healthy, and to whom COVID poses a low risk, we invite you to be a support volunteer. 

    Each shift (mornings/afternoons/overnights) will have two types of volunteers: supervisors who have experience working with homeless people (hese people work with the agencies that are cooperating to open the shelter). Needed: support volunteers the position we are inviting you to consider filling.  

    Support volunteers will help run things. This includes being the person to hand out coffee and food (we do not want lots of people touching the coffee pot or serving utensils), making sure that the bathrooms get cleaned with regularity, keeping an eye open for things that need to happen.
     
  • Meals are being provided by volunteers from local churches, including Jackson Community Church. 
     
  • Cots, toiletries, etc, are coming from emergency response supplies and inventories in place from local agencies.   

Nativity Lutheran reminds us: With the Omicron variant running rampant, opening this shelter is a fairly risky thing to do. We will try to mitigate that risk, but even so, being a support volunteer will be hazardous. If you hope to volunteer, please allow for this increased risk by using extra caution in the days after your shift.   If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please let REV GAIL DOKTOR by phone: CALL or TEXT Gail’s cell number (not the church’s land line). Or email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org with SHELTER VOLUNTEER in subject line. Indicate when you might be available to volunteer and provide contact info (full name, email, and phone number to expedite contact and scheduling).    We are grateful to be a part of a community that cares enough to suggest opening such a shelter and quickly organizing its activities. 

This Week at JCC and Around Town: WED, Oct 14 – SUN, Oct 18

WED, Oct 14

  • Community Service: WAY STATION BOARD MTG
    1pm • Zoom
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: Racial Justice
    5:30pm • Zoom.
    Facilitated 6-week conversation series co-sponsored with Jackson Public Library. Starting third week of conversation.

THURS, Oct 15

  • Community Event: YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA with Anjali Rose
    8am • Zoom (Link provided once participants complete health waiver is sent to anjalirose15@gmail.com and registration/payment for class received.) See Anjali’s website for full list of classes offered and instructions to register. 
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP/PRINTING HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
    • You can place a hold – online via your Koha account using your 14 digit library card number
    • Contact by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org. or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731
    • We will send you an email as soon as your item/s are ready for pickup.
    • Printing and scanning services are also available. Contact us for details.
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    3pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
  • Community Event: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PART 1 (Tin Mountain program)
    7pm • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93466211255, Meeting ID: 934 6621 1255
    2-part Program: October 15 & 22. Focused on emergency preparedness, focusing on back-up power supplies. A panel of industry professionals representing utility companies, electricians, gas, and solar will present viewers with information every homeowner should know about how to ‘weather the storm’ of no electricity. Part I (Oct 15) will cover what homeowners need to know about their specific systems to better plan for power outages, while Part II (Oct 22) will focus on comparing generators with battery back-up systems, including Tesla Powerwalls. Info for purchasing, installing, running and maintaining all of these power back-up systems.

FRI, Oct 16

  • Community Service Day: JACKSON XC SKI TOURING FOUNDATION
    9:30am • Location to be announced (weather permitting).
    Face coverings needed for times when 6+’ distancing is not feasible. Contact Ellen Chandler at JXC for more info: ellen.chandler@jacksonxc.org
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS
    5pm • Zoom.
    Gather to focus on one of the Epistles of Paul, enjoy beverage of choice, and share in conversation and learning.

SAT, Oct 17

  • ANNUAL MEETING of NH CONFERENCE, UCC (United Church of Christ)
    Zoom-based participation. Pre-registration required. Rev Gail attends virtually. If anyone wishes to attend as a voting representative of the church for this worship/business meeting, we will reimburse your participation. Registration info: http://www.cvent.com/events/annual-meeting-2020/event-summary-6c15d226561347949f02d2af561ad9df.aspx
  • Community EventLIBRARY PICKUP HOURS
    10am-2pm • Jackson Public Library
    • You can place a hold online via your Koha account using your 14 digit library card number
    • Contact by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org. or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731
    • We will send you an email as soon as your item/s are ready for pickup.
    • Printing and scanning services are also available. Contact us for details.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

SUN, Oct 18

  • INTERFAITH SERVICE
    8am •  Zoom & Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center
    Small group gathering outside at pavilion. Use social-distancing protocols: bring your own mask and chairs. Join us for poetry, worship, and prayer.
  • PET BLESSING
    9am • Gazebo by Historical Society
    In October, we celebrate St Francis and offer blessings of pets and domestic animals. Bring your beloved pet, or a photo, or just yourself with the name of your animal on your lips, and the youth of JCC will offer a blessing. Please have animal under control (leash, carrying container, in your arms …).
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Zoom.
  • VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON WORSHIP (Zoom
    10:30am •  In-person (sanctuary) & Zoom.
    • This week we feature Rev Michael Caine’s prophetic sermon offered to the NH Conference, music by the statewide UCC choir directed by our own Billy Carleton and additional music prepared and composed by Alan Labrie used with other segments of worship.
    • Join us for worship, music, reflection, prayer, scripture. Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event).
    • If attending in person, social distancing and mask required. 
    • Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: FINDING HOME: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants
    4pm • Zoom.
    Hosted by the Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition by Becky Field. Photographer Becky Field and Sindy share how dance has been a thread that keeps her heritage alive.
    For more information about Becky Field’s work and her publications, visit http://differentrootsnh.com/.
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