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!

Memorial Day Commentary and Reflection on BELONGING: Themes from Paul’s Letter to Romans

Major Michael Davis O’Donnell, 1 January 1970, Dak To, Vietnam, Listed on February 7, 1978 as Killed In Action, March 24, 1970:

If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
(Note: See the end of this email for reflections about Memorial Day.)
BELONGING: Themes from Paul’s Letter to Romans

Of Heirs (A Theme from Romans)

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. — Frederick Henry Hedge

Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends.It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs. ― Steve Saint

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Remembering Those Who Fought & Died, Honoring the Struggle for Peace

Decoration Day — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
… Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon’s sudden roar,
Or the drum’s redoubling beat.

… Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

You silent tents of green,
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

Amazing Peace (excerpt) — Dr. Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

… We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature? We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

… Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.
In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

… We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

… On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

… We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. — Eric Burdon

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived. — George S. Patton

Only the dead have seen the end of war. — Plato

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. — Mark Twain

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. — Joseph Campbell

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa of Calcutta

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. — John F Kennedy

My life is my message. — Mahatma Gandhi

Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed. — Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO

The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something. It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true. — John O’Donohue

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’
But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’
Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’― Malala Yousafzai

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. — Otto Rank

Let us be kind, one to another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle. — Ian MacLaren, aka Rev John Watson

All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated. — Maya Angelou


Proud to Be an American (excerpt) — Lee Greenwood
And I’m proud
to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men
who died, who gave
that right to me.

The Times They Are A’Changing — Bob Dylan
… Come writers and critics
Who prophesies with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, Congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

… The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

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