THIS WEEK with JCC and Around Town: April 21-26

Notes: 

  • MASKS: We have a small startup supply of homemade masks, prepared as an additional form of community support and ministry. These were lovingly sewn by Meg Phillips. Each is packaged in a ziploc bag and they are available in the front hall of the church sanctuary (doors open 24/7). We hope to get them out to people who most need them. Some are being distributed directly, others are simply there for pickup. If you need a mask, and these are all gone, please contact the church.
  • SUPPORT: Do you need support of any kind? We have volunteers ready to assist with errands and other projects (via library’s Jackson Bridge listserv), access to emergency supplies, and Rev Gail is available for emotional and spiritual companionship. Email the church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org
  • Jackson Public Library’s Guide to Online Services (activities, events, reading and information materials, etc)
  • Conway Daily Sun’s list of virtual THINGS to DO
  • Support Local Businesses doing Take Out. Complete list from Conway Daily Sun.

All Week: RING the CHURCH BELL!Would you like to ring the bell at church? We want to ring it every day, so we’re asking for volunteer bell-ringers. The front door is open 24/7 and we need volunteers for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. We have Wednesday and Friday covered. Ideally, ring the bell at noon. If you want to be on the schedule to ring the church bell, please contact the church.

TUE, April 21

  • Community Event: STORYTIME with Miss Meredith
    9am • Jackson Library
  • Community Event: MT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY’S VIRTUAL CLASSROOM (Facebook Live)
    11:15am • Mon, Tue, Fri @ Facebook Live
    Connect live to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory present a Facebook Live program called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.”
  • Closed Event: CLERGY LUNCH
    Noon • Zoom
    Local clergy convene for conversation to organize events & worship, coordinate spiritual support to community during pandemic (providing rotating voluntary chaplaincy services to hospital), and offer peer support.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • DEACONS MEETING (zoom)
    4pm • Zoom App – Meeting ID: 968 5393 2521 (password required, jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
    Meet to check on community care network, worship plans, and other ideas to provide support to congregation and wider community. Option: call in by touch-tone phone – 929.436.2866, Meeting ID: 968 5393 2521 (password required)
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
    Order one workday in advance. Please email with the title, author, and what formats you will accept (eBook, downloadable audio, Kindle, paperback or hardcover, anything else).

WED, April 22: EARTH DAY!

  • 50 YEARS of EARTH DAY
    Everywhere, all day, outside!
  • BREAKFAST with REV GAIL (zoom)
    8am • ZOOM app meeting ID: 170985789 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
    Call to talk & gather. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 170985789
  • Community Event: STORYTIME with Miss Meredith
    9am • Jackson Library
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

THURS, April 23

  • Community Event: STORYTIME with Miss Meredith
    9am • Jackson Library
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: ANCIENT TREES of NORTH AMERICA (via ZOOM)
    7pm • ZOOM app link Tin Mountain virtual program: Take a photographic journey across North America to see the oldest trees.

FRI, April 24

  • BREAKFAST & CONVERSATION with REV GAIL (via ZOOM)
    8am • ZOOM meeting ID: 170985789 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
    Call to talk & gather. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 170985789.
  • Community Event: STORYTIME with Miss Meredith
    9am • Jackson Library
  • Community Event: MT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY’S VIRTUAL CLASSROOM (Facebook Live)
    11:15am • Mon, Tue, Fri @ Facebook Live
    Connect live to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory present a Facebook Live program called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.”
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS (zoom)
    5pm • ZOOM meeting ID: 170985789 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org)
    This week our hosts are Ginger & David Perkins. Reflect together on Christ’s appearances between Easter (resurrection) and Pentecost (Holy Spirit comes to his followers). This week’s visit is the conversation between Christ and his followers behind a locked door, including Thomas, who doubts and asks for proof. Bring your favorite beverage & come to ZOOM ready to listen and share. This week we will focus on John 20:19-29. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 170985789.

SAT, April 25

  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
    Order one workday in advance. Please email with the title, author, and what formats you will accept (eBook, downloadable audio, Kindle, paperback or hardcover, anything else).

SUN, April 26

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING (via ZOOM)
    8am • Zoom app link meeting ID# 142985761  (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
    Gather for poetry, conversation, readings & prayer. Bring your own caffeine. Option: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID# 142985761 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
  • CHOIR PRACTICE (via ZOOM)
    9:00am • Zoom app link  (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
    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, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE (via ZOOM)
    10:30am • Zoom meeting ID# 142985761 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
    Join us for worship, special music, communal prayer, scripture, and reflection. Stay for virtual coffee hour. Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channelOption: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID# 142985761 (password required, email the church: jacksoncommunitychurch.org by **7:30am** for info)
  • VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
    Stay after worship and we will break into small groups for brief social opportunity. Same link as worship.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church

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.

Meditations on the theme of shepherd, navigator, guide: Lenten journey using “I Am” statements from Gospel of John.

Man is not the lord of beings. Man is the shepherd of Being. — Martin Heidegger

Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. — John Muir

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao Tzu

A traveller I am, and a navigator, and everyday I discover a new region within my soul.  — Khalil Gibran

I’d finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in. ― Cheryl Strayed, Wild

It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. — Sir Edmund Hillary

For the Shepherd Who Is Also the Path the Sun Makes in Daytime (excerpt) — Komal Mathew
 … A good shepherd angles a lion’s eye,
traps gazelles in dry fields,
copies a cheetah’s spots one leg at a time. 
A good shepherd does not give you stones
when you ask for toast,
does not ask you to work without a burning bush
—but owns a gate, uses a gate,
pulls the weeds and leaves the wheat on an altar of choices. 
A good shepherd is a prince of peace
when terror finds its full echo,
a creator in the wild where a predator,
providentially, becomes prey. 


Essentials for the journey and styles of leadership:

Questions to consider (from Psalm 23 and John 8):

  • What helps keep you on track, headed in the preferred direction? How do you best navigate, and what do you experience as obstacles to the Way you want to live?
  • What are your essential tools or resources to bring along on a journey? What’s on your packing list?
  • Have you ever gotten lost? How did you cope? What did you learn from that experience? What helped and what didn’t you need?
  • When do you allow someone else to guide or lead you? When do you allow someone else to drive or pilot? Does the person doing the driving, piloting or navigating decide the route and destination? Who is in control and when does this change?
  • Who have been important guides, navigators and shepherds in your life? To whom do you serve as a shepherd, guide, coach, mentor, pilot?
  • When do you choose to lead, when do you choose to follow?
  • What style of leadership (see guide above) do you implement? To what style do you respond?

I AM Songs (including recommendations from members of JCC community)

SHEPHERD & GUIDE Songs

I Am: Trail Guide and Navigator

I was no longer following a trail. I was learning to follow myself. ― Aspen Matis

The compass rose is nothing but a star with an infinite number of rays pointing in all directions.It is the one true and perfect symbol of the universe. And it is the one most accurate symbol of you.Spread your arms in an embrace, throw your head back, and prepare to receive and send coordinates of being. For, at last you know—you are the navigator, the captain, and the ship. — Vera Nazarian

I do not believe there is any such sixth sense. A man with a good sense of direction is, to me, quite simply an able pathfinder – a natural navigator – somebody who can find his way by the use of the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch – the senses he was born with) developed by the blessing of experience and the use of intelligence. All that pathfinder needs is his senses and knowledge of how to interpret nature’s signs. — Harold Gatty

It was all unknown to me then, as I sat on … on the day I finished my hike. Everything except the fact that I didn’t have to know. That is was enough to trust that what I’d done was true. To understand its meaning without yet being able to say precisely what it was, like all those lines from The Dream of a Common Language that had run through my nights and days. To believe that I didn’t need to reach with my bare hands anymore. To know that seeing the fish beneath the surface of the water was enough. That it was everything. It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be. ― Cheryl Strayed

I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

When God walks, he leaves a trail of stardust in his wake. When I walk, I have to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so that I can find my way home.  ― Anthony T. Hincks

Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing – not only by our words – that He alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before Him that He is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history. — Pope Francis

The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view. — Che Guevara

As we go about our daily routines, our internal monologue narrates our experience. Our self-talk guides our behavior and influences the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world in general. — Amy Morin

Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad. — Joseph Roux

God is never on the sidelines of His children’s lives. He goes before them. He leads them, guides them, protects and saves them. — Monica Johnson

It’s a great responsibility before God, the judge who guides us, who draws us to truth and good, and in this sense the church must unmask evil, rendering present the goodness of God, rendering present his truth, the truly infinite for which we are thirsty. — Pope Benedict XVI

We were not meant to mask ourselves before our fellow-beings, but to be, through our human forms, true and clear utterances of the spirit within. Since God gave us these bodies, they must have been given us as guides to Him and revealers of Him. — Lucy Larcom

It is thought and feeling which guides the universe, not deeds. — Edgar Cayce

On The Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.  — Dr. Seuss

If you face the rest of your life with the spirit you show on the trail, it will have no choice but to yield the same kind of memories and dreams. ― Adrienne Hall

Failure is a signpost on the trail to success. ― Phillip Gary Smith

Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.  — Earl Shaffer

Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits. — Cindy Ross

After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value. — G.M. Trevelyan

A walk in nature walks the soul back home. — Mary Davis

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it. — Andy Rooney

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. — John Burroughs

Don’t go to sleep now, for you have been awakened. Don’t shut your eyes, or you will put out the light. Stay awake to the power and force that guides and protects your divine essence. — Debbie Ford

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. – Jack Kerouac

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

In every walk with nature, one received far more than he seeks. – John Muir

Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit. — Unattributed

There really is no correct way to hike the trail, and anyone who insists that there is ought not to worry so much about other people’s experiences. Hikers need to hike the trail that’s right for them… ― Adrienne Hall

I Am: Shepherd

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. ― Rumi 

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. — Abraham Lincoln

Shepherds lift their heads, not to gaze at a new light but to hear angels.  ― Richelle E. Goodrich

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep. — Laurence J. Peter

… we’re lazy when it comes to doing things that are good for us; we also want someone to follow – someone to go first, for them to take the risks thereby smoothing our path; a sort of guarantee that we won’t stumble. Ironically, we also want to be followed in some way; we are both sheep and shepherd. ― Renée Paule

There was a shepherd the other day … who had in his eyes that reminiscence of horizons which makes the eyes of shepherds and of mountaineers different from the eyes of other men. ― Hilaire Belloc

I don’t want to get too philosophical, but in a sense, you’re given this gift, this sort of creative force in you, and I think everyone has it, and it’s completely unique to you. And you as a person have a little bit of a responsibility as its shepherd if you choose to incorporate that into your life. — Ze Frank

Too many leaders act as if the sheep… their people… are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep. — Ken Blanchard

It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them. — attributed to Tiberius


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