TUE, Nov 7 – SUN, Nov 12 (Veterans Day Weekend)

TUE, Nov 7

  • Community Event: NORDIC WALKING – INTERVALS with POLES – with Ellen Chandler
    8am • Valley Cross Road Parking Lot, Jackson
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church

    • Free to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
    12:30pm • Zoom

    • Local clergy convene for conversations, ecumenical event-planning, and peer support. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night with Jonathan Sarty • 6-8:30pm

WED, Nov 8

  • Community Event: YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • Old Red Library

    • The class is $10/week.  Please bring the right change if possible or a check made payable to Anjali Rose.
    • Julie at the Town office asked if people would be kind enough to donate a $1/week for the envelope in the library to cover expenses.
    • Contact: Anjali Rose, MEd. 500 RYT, RMT: (603)370-8386, email
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • GRIEF GROUP for Child Loss
    1pm • Old Red Librsry

    • Rev Gail facilitates this group to support bereaved community members. All welcome; free. This session focuses specifically on child loss.
    • Separately, a different group meets once a month fo support those struggling with partner/spousal loss (as well as other adult relationships such as parents/siblings). Next meeting: Wed, Nov 29 @ 1pm.
    • At this point, new participants are welcome through word-of-mouth or referrals. We’ll meet as consistently as possible. You don’t have to attend every session.
    • On the other hand, knowing that folks will gather helps make sure the group can be present to support each other. If you cannot make an upcoming gathering, please send email or text to let the group know:, cell: 978.273.0308.
    • We will offer each group as long as the community need continues.
    4pm • Jackson Public Library

    • Come and converse in French with others at JPL!
    • This group is facilitated by Erica Corbett Klein.
    • Intermediate level and above welcome. Venez nombreux!
    • Wildcat Tavern: Live Trivia • 7:306-9pm
    7pm ° Bartlett Elementary, Bartlett
    We are very excited to be hosting Ben Kilham of the Kilham Bear Center located in Lyme.   The Kilham Bear Center has been rehabilitating and releasing injured, orphaned and abandoned black bear cubs since 1993.  For more information follow this link   This event may take place in the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School cafeteria to take advantage of the additional space.

THURS, Nov 9

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE with Jackson Grammar School
    8:45am • Jackson Grammar School

    • Veterans are invited
    • Light refreshments will be served
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    All Day • Way Station, 15 Grove St, No Conway

    • Volunteers open day resource center for showers, mail pickup, grocery distribution, more.
  • Community Evebnt: KNITTING in KNOTS
    5:30pm • Jackson Public Library

    • Knitting is back @ JPL!
    • Join our knitting group, Knitting in Knots?  Knitters will meet the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m.
    • This group is for adult knitters.  Whether you are a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between bring your project(s) with you for knitting and conversation.
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE THURSDAY: Jon Deveneau & Simon Crawford
    5:30pm Doors Open / 6 pm to 8:30 pm Performance • Majestic Theater Cafe, Conway

    • Shannon Door: Jeremy Deao • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Bingo for Habitat for Humanity •  5:30-7pm

FRI, Nov 10 (Veterans Day Observed)

  • Community Event: ZUMBA with Dottie
    8:15am • Whitney Community Center, Jackson

    • $5/pp
  • Community Event: NORDIC WALKING with Ellen Chandler8am • Valley Cross Road Parking Lot, Jackson
    • Fridays – Intervals with poles (more like hill bounding)
    • Here is a video link (sorry for the various ads) that explains Nordic Walking and “Moosehoofing”.
    • This is a “meet up” type of activity, no charge.
    • Needed equipment: ski poles are better than trekking poles, but don’t let pole-specificity get in the way of joining.  I wear my “second best running shoes,” not the best because it can be wet and muddy; but light hikers work, too. Plus the usual sun and tick repellents.
    • Ellen Chandler, Executive Director, JacksonXC, 603-383-9355, 603-867-8707 voice/text
  • FITNESS CLASS  with Laurie McAleer 
    9:30am • Jackson Community Church

    • Free to all participants.
    • Gentle, chair-based stretch and fitness for all levels of ability
  • Community Event: LINE DANCING with Dottie
    9:15ma • Whitney Cmmunity Center, Jackson

    • $5/pp
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
    2pm-5pm • Jackson Library

    5pm • Zoom

    • Zoom link and password required.
    • Bring your preferred beverage to the conversation about scripture and artwork inspired by the scripture.
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner’s Jackrabbit Twist Competition r • 7-9pm • $5 cover
    • Shannon Door: Mitch Alden • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Generations • 8-11pm
    • Ledge Brewing (Intervale): Food for Bears • 6-8pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Randy Messineo • 5:30-8:30pm
    7pm • Nativity Lutheran Church, North Conway

  • Community Event: FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ: John Hunter & Paul Heckel
    • Walk-ins are always welcome, but space is limited; reservations are available to guarantee your seat and to indicate a seating choice.
    • The Friday Night jazz series has a $10 per person cover charge.
    • Doors at 6 pm; music  at 7pm.
    • Come in early and grab a panini before the music starts
  • 7pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway

SAT, Nov 11

  • Community Event:SKETCHING from SPECIMENS: Nature Drawing Class
    9-11am  Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center

    • Let’s explore what’s in the drawers! Turtle shells, skulls, insects, and more. Even mounted specimens can be accessed in this class. Drawing what we see in nature is one of the best ways to connect with nature. But what’s it like to see and feel an animal’s skull up close?  Or a bird’s toes? This workshop, led by artist Sandy McDermott, is an opportunity to touch, feel, and hold some natural artifacts that we wouldn’t be able to handle, or shouldn’t, in an outdoor, live setting. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in drawing and nature, no experience required.
    • Program fee: $10/member and $20/non-member.
    • Space is limited and registration is required. Call 447-6991 or click here to register onlin
  • Community Event: OPEN HOURS @ Jackson Historical Society
    1-3pm • Jackson Historical Society

    • Also open by appointment.
    • More info:
    • White Mountain Art Sale
      • The Jackson Historical Society is holding its 21st annual White Mountain Art Sale. There are currently over 50 items from private collectors, primarily 19thcentury paintings. To see the online catalog, go to Items are available to purchase as they arrive, so check the catalog frequently to see new additions.
      • The Society is open Saturdays and Sundays 1-3pm.  If you are interested in a painting, the Society can open by appointment. Contact
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE Saturday
    7pm • Majestice Cafe

    • Info:
    • An intimate 50-seat venue in the storefront next to the Majestic Theatre, the Majestic Cafe serves wine, beer, craft cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and a small food menu with a close-up view on music from the region’s most creative performers.
    • Walk-ins are always welcome, but space is limited
    • Reservations are available to guarantee your seat and to indicate a seating choice.
    • Doors at 6 pm; music  at 7pm.
    • Come in early and grab a panini before the music starts.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Jonathan Sarty • 7-9pm •
    • Shannon Door: Mike & Becca • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Pub Party • 8-11pm

SUN, Nov 12

    8am • Old red library in Jackson / zoom

    • Join us for poetry, prayer, and conversation.
    • Zoom link and password required.
    10:30am   • Jackson Community Church & Zoom

    • Music by Sharon Novak
    • Message by Rev Gail Doktor
    • Veterans Day Observance
    • Novembering to rememeber loved ones by name or with objects & images
    • Zoom link and password required.
    11:30am • JCC Parish Hall

    •  Hospitality after Church
  • APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY- Discovery & Dreaming Together Facilitated by Janet Bergman Wilkinson
    12:30-2:45pm • JCC

    • Jackson Community Church invites you to participate in planning for the church’s long-term success. The first phase of our newly initiated ‘appreciative inquiry’ will include multiple forms of engagement: focus group meetings, a community survey, and several full community discovery and visioning sessions, facilitated by a professional consultant.
    • We’ll ‘explore the best of what is’ in our church today, and then build from those strengths and emerging opportunities to imagine our future. The community planning activities of the coming few months will become the basis of our church’s long term strategic plan, we hope your voice will be included!
    • Scheduled Appreciative Inquiry Discovery Sessions:
      • Sun, Nov 12: Lunch & Appreciative Inquiry – 12:30-2:45pm
      • Sun, Nov 19: Harvest Potluck & Appreciative Inquiry – 10:30-12:45pm
      • Zoom session to be scheduled
    • Facilitator: Janet Wilkinson is an organizational development consultant and certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner based in nearby Madison NH. She has over 20 years of experience leading, co-leading and facilitating an array of organizations and initiatives through periods of growth and change.
  • Community Event: OPEN HOURS @ Jackson Historical Society
    1-3pm • Jackson Historical SocietyAlso open by appointment.

    • More info:
    • White Mountain Art Sale
      • The Jackson Historical Society is holding its 21st annual White Mountain Art Sale. There are currently over 50 items from private collectors, primarily 19thcentury paintings. To see the online catalog, go to Items are available to purchase as they arrive, so check the catalog frequently to see new additions.
      • The Society is open Saturdays and Sundays 1-3pm  If you are interested in a painting, the Society can open by appointment. Contact
  • Community Event: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Mitch Alden • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Blue Sunday with Bonnie Edwards & Practical Cats • 5-8pm

Sunday, April 16

    8am • Old Red Library (we may move outside) & Zoom, Jackson, NH
    • Join us for poetry, prayer, and conversation. Bring your own hot beverage!
    • Zoom link: and password required
    10:30am   • Jackson Community Church & Zoom
    • Zoom link: and password required
    • Music by Sharon Novak
    • Message by Rev Gail Doktor
  • Community Event: SPRING PIANO CONCERT by Ellen Schwindt
    5pm • Fryeburg New Church
    • From Ellen: “Now that there is a piano worth playing in Fryeburg (the village I visit to fulfill many of my other needs), it’s even easier to realize this vision.
    • The theme of Sunday’s concert is “To Spring.” The title is eponymous with a piece Grieg included in Opus 43 that I will perform in the concert. Its music is full of promise, but is not without reference to the dark days when the snow returns. Charlotte Gill will be sharing two movements from one of the Bach French Suites. She and I will play together on a set of pieces I wrote 7 years ago called Method Book Miniatures. These are little musical jokes inspired by famous teaching pieces.
    • The program’s musical selections will be seasoned with spring poems. Other players and readers are welcome to contribute. To join in the performance, please contact me at this e-mail address as soon as possible. Admission to the concert is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help take care of the piano, and to support my organizing work.
  • Community Event: MOANA Jr. by Arts in Motion
    2pm & 7pm • Majestic Theater
    • Produced by Arts in Motion Theater Company, this is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage.
    • Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”
    • Tickets from Arts in Motion:
    • Will also be performed: April 20, 21, 22 at 7pm and April 22 at 2pm
    • Shannon Door: Dan Parkhurst & Rafe Montegrano • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Blue Sunday with Erin Harpe • 5-8pm

This Week: Sept 2-Sept 9

This Week at Jackson Community Church
and Around Town

This week @ JCC: Mon-Fri: Star Island retreat, Wed: Fitness tune-up with Laurie McAleer, Thurs: Yoga with Anjali Rose, Sun: Gazebo led by Sandi & Eileen & Denise and trad’l worship with favorite songs & scripture with guest soloist Kevin O’Neill and start-up of church choir practice. Plus community events: Mon – covered bridge closing on weekdays, Tue – farmer’s market.

Note: Rev Gail Doktor will be on vacation through Sat, Sept 8. See below for coverage in case of pastoral care emergencies.

Continue reading “This Week: Sept 2-Sept 9”

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES for Youth & Families at Jackson Community Church

(See end of posting for summer intensives and international internships for youth & young adults. Fast-approaching deadlines [March 15, April, etc] for registration and applications or scholarships for some of these opportunities.)

THURSDAYS, Mar 15 & Mar 22

  • Soup & Ski with Family & Friends
    5pm • Parish Hall of Jackson Community Church. Gather with members and friends for soup supper.
    5:30/6pm •  Meet at church parking lot for evening XC ski. Optimal starting point to be determined. For those who able and interested, if weather permits, come on a ‘night ski’ on Jackson XC Center’s trails. Donations will be collected for Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Bring your own head lamps, ski equipment, layers, and be prepared for outdoor conditions. Ski at your own risk. Bring friends! Open to everyone. All ages welcome.


  • Film Screening of “404 Not Found” & Soup Supper: Bowls for Homeless Teens in Mt Washington Valley
    5-7pm • Gibson Senior Center, North Conway. In collaboration with Clergy of the Eastern Slope and First Church of North Conway’s Missions Team, screening the film “404 Not Found” that highlights the homeless youth in NH.  Check out the film trailer @  Held in collaboration with Governor Sununu’s “Sleep Out”.  This is a valley issue and will take a valley solution.
  • “Sleep Out” (Stay-Up-Late or Sleep Over at Church)
    8pm, Mar 23 – 9am, Mar 24 • Jackson Community Church
    For youth & chaperones. Stay late at church. Or spend the night. To be held in solidarity with Gov Sununu’s “Sleep Out” event to raise awareness about homelessness. We will stay up late at Jackson Community Church with games and worship, learn about homelessness in the valley, make civic engagement posters. If some people stay overnight, we will wake up to have breakfast together. RSVP and permission slips required.

WED, APR 4: MLK Remembrance Bell Ringing

  • 6pm. • Front door of sanctuary, Jackson Community Church.
    Help ring the bell 39 times in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. This is a national vigil; learn more at

SAT, APR 7: New England Youth Environmental Justice Summit

  • 9am-4pm • Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester, NH
  • Jackson Community Church will cover the cost of registration and attendance. $20/day. RSVP to the church asap if you plan to attend, so that we can register you. Or let us know if you register separately, but plan to attend, so we can coordinate rides and reimbursement for attendance.
  • Rev Gail will attend summit and provide rides.
  • The Summit is open to all middle school, high school and college students; as well as teachers, mentors, pastors, lay leaders and advisors: and anyone interested in acquiring tools for facing the pressing moral issue of climate change.
  • Keynote Speakers:
    • Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference Minister, UCC
    • Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions include:
    • Pam Arifian, Director, UCC Northeast Environmental Justice Center
    • Marla Marcum, Founder, Climate Disobedience Center
    • John Ungerleider, Professor, School of International Training
    • Jehann El-Bisi, PhD and Film Director, and Art Desmarais
    • Representatives from and other groups will lead a workshop on activism in climate change issues

SUN, APR 8: Road to Emmaus Hike

  • 9am • “Road to Emmaus” Walk. Meet at church for family hike if weather permits. Indoor activities available if weather turns

Note: Additional spring youth & family schedule to be announced. Expect outdoor youth & family activities every Sunday at 9am, beginning April 22.

FRI, APR 20-MON, APR 23: Ecumenical Advocacy Days

  • 1pm, Fri – 5pm, Mon • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C.-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA.
    A WORLD UPROOTED: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Peoples. A weekend of faith-rooted worship, learning and advocacy in our Nation’s capital – will focus on the uprootedness of our world. We will analyze current policy and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities. Together we will seek policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of conflict, climate change and corruption on God’s people. Ends with congressional advocacy day.

    • REGISTER – Early-bird registration rates available through March 17th. Register now.
    • SCHOLARSHIPS – Justice and Witness Ministries has designated funding for UCC young adults (ages 18-35) to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in 2018. Learn more and apply by March 23rd.
    • Travel costs and hotel accommodations are separate expenses.
    • Additional scholarships, such as Bushee-Thorne Scholarship, can be applied to this conference!

FRI, MAY 19 – SAT, MAY 20: Middle School Retreat

  • 3pm, Fri – 6pm, Sat • Ipswich, MA
    Spend weekend on retreat with Ipswich Middle School youth group. Stay overnight in sleeping bags at the church on Friday and return to Jackson on Saturday evening. RSVP to church by April 15, 2018  if interested.
through the UCC
A tuition-free program of the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the IFYI Fellowship is an all-expense paid interfaith immersion experience for young leaders (ages 15-19) providing an opportunity to meaningfully engage together with important global and local issues through the lens of their different religious, ethnic, cultural, economic, social and political backgrounds.

(Ages 21-29)
This Internship Programme stretches over an 18-month period, for four young people aged 21-29. Each intern is assigned to work for 12 months at the WCC offices in Geneva, Switzerland, in one of our many programme areas. This is then to be followed by a six-month work placement in the intern’s own country.
Sun, July 1- Sat, July 7
Flexi-Week.: Come for the day or for a period of days.
  • Rev Gail & Chris Doktor will be deans of family camp.
  • Our youth can come for one day or an overnight!
  • Registration available here:
  • Scholarships such as Bushee-Thorne (for which applications already being considered as of April) can be applied to this camp.
  • Additional camp weeks are also available with focus on different skills such as archery, rock clibing, etc. Full schedule available here.
July 19-22, 2018 

California University of PA, California, Pennsylvania
(grades 7 through 12 )
  • Join us as we worship, play, pray, learn, serve, sing and dream at the 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event.
  • Stay up-to-date on event details through the event website or contact Ann Desrochers.
  • Scholarships from Bushee-Thorne (applications already being considered as of April) can be applied to this experience.

Sampling of the workshops that will be offered at ERYE.  Each participant will be able to attend 3 workshops. (Workshop list subject to change.)

  • Authentic Faith: The Wisdom of Not Knowing All the Answers
  • Becoming a Transgender AllyBuilding a Team – Playing a Game
  • Disabled God, Queer God: Understanding the Divine Through Identity
  • Disabled in Church: Struggles and Triumphs
  • Earth Avengers: Superheroes for the Planet
  • From Barbie to Wonder Woman!
  • How An Orphan In Mexico Inspired Thousands – And How He Can Inspire You.
  • How Can I Help My Community Prepare For And Respond To A Disaster?
  • Identity Bowling: Intersectionality through Music
  • Our Gender & Sexuality: Confusions and Questions and Wonder
  • Praying with Color, Clay, Beads and Ribbons
  • Praying with the Body
  • Sacred DanceStorytelling for Social Change
  • The Conflict Skills That Nobody Got (but everybody needs)This Is Really Happening
  • Tie-Dyed Faith: Revealing Your God-Colors
  • Walking the Labyrinth to Rejuvenate Your Spirit
  • Watershed Management
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