Giving Tuesday

Reminder about the church’s charitable partners.

INTERNATIONAL CAUSES
which our faith community supports through giving or volunteering:

  • Heifer International cards are available inside the church’s front entrance. You may take a card and make a donation (cash or check). Drop it in the wonderful church model made by Sandy Louis’ dad, which we’re using to collect these funds. Learn moreabout Heifer International.
  • Zimbabwe cards are available in the front of the church. These support partner faith communities and communal projects through the NH-Zimbabwe Ukama Partnership, including sister churches like JCC’s partner: Chikanga Church, City of Mutare, Zimbabwe. You can leave donations in the model church inside the front doors, or make an online donation: https://jacksoncommunitychurch.org/. Representatives from regions — including our churches — have traveled back and forth to establish strong ties between the partner faith communities.
  • Honduras Hope is a NH-based partnership with communities in Honduras. Church member Meg Phillips has traveled there several times to provide direct volunteer service in the communities and can answer your questions! Link to site for giving: https://www.hondurashope.org/donate

LOCAL CAUSES
the church supports financially and/or through volunteering. We respond to many local partners, so may not have included all such missions and initiatives here.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Missions team, contact the church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org

Health and wellbeing of our community from many angles:

Education and Environment:

  • Mountaintop Music provides music education and performances throughout the valley. Learn more and/or donate (or join): http://www.mountaintopmusic.org/
  • Jackson XC Ski Touring Foundation: This foundation maintains trails for XC skiing in Jackson, offers classes, provides affordable youth education and access for snow shoeing and XC skiing, and works with local nonprofits and landowners on conservation initiatives. Learn more and/or donate (or join):  https://www.jacksonxc.org/
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a local partner in environmental education and preservation. They have sites in Jackson and Albany, offer programs regionally and in our classes and community centers, as well as on their own sites. Learn more and/or donate (or join): https://www.tinmountain.org/
  • Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is quietly preserving land throughout the region, including many local sites. Learn more and/or make a donation (or join): https://www.usvlt.org/
  • Appalachian Mountain Club is integral to the culture and conservation of the White Mountains. Learn more: https://www.outdoors.org/
  • Believe in Books works on literacy and performing arts in the valley and conserves land along the Saco: http://www.believeinbooks.org/

This Week at JCC: Wed, April 18 – Sun, April 22

 Pastoral Vacation Schedule: Rev Gail returns to NH on Wed, April 18 after visiting her family in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

WED, April 18

  • TUNE UP (Fitness) with Laurie McAleer
    9am • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church
    Free. Men and women join fitness trainer Laurie McAleer for a gentle, introductory fitness class for beginners. Wear comfortable clothing, sensible shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a ski pole and a small ball and hand weights. Customized to each person’s abilities.
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • JCC Library.
THURS, April 19
  • INTRODUCTORY YOG with Anjali Rose
    9am • Parish Hall, Jackson Community Church. Join instructor Anjali Rose for a gentle, introductory yoga class. Wear stretchy fitness clothing, bring a matt and a cushion/blanket if you have them. $10/class for 6 weeks. Scholarships available. This session runs through April 26.
  • YOGA & MEDITATION with Charlotte Doucette
    3:30pm • Parish Hall. $10/pp fee. (Scholarships available)
  • AA
    6-7pm • Church Library

SUN, April 22

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazebo. Bring your hot beverages. Dress warmly. Gather for readings and spiritual conversation.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL 
    9am •  Jackson Community Church.
    Drop-in choir. Join us to practice and sing during the service.
  • WORSHIP SERVICE: Earth Day
    10:30am •  Jackson Community Church.
    Sermon: A Sense of Place.
    Presentation by Lauren Orsini about Starting Point. Guest musicians: Pianist Minnie Brown and choir director Jen Ouellette.
  • EARTH DAY WALK
    1pm •  Jackson Community Church.
    Inter-generational outdoor hike. Bring proper equipment; route to be announced. Allow 2-3 hours for this activity. Please RSVP to Rev Gail if interested!
  • Community Event:
    FUNERGY Earth Day Activities
    10am-1pm • North Conway Community Center, North Conway, NH

    SAVE the DATES

  • Women’s Group High Tea
    12:30pm • Wed, April 25

    Yankee Clipper Tea House
    Bridgton, ME

    Annual outing of women’s group to have high tea. Go early or stay later to shop or visit antique stores. Share rides.  Allow an hour if traveling separately; please arrive promptly.
    Everyone welcome, including friends. Please RSVP to Linda Hastings to reserve a spot since we have a group reservation.
    Yankee Clipper has a varied menu with something for everyone. Although there are many kinds of tea to choose from, they also have coffee, wine and lavender lemonade.

    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Film & Discussion
    Sun, April 29, 3-6pm

Join us for a showing of the film “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Jackson Community Church. This event has been generously and enthusiastically supported by The Friends of the Whitney Community Center in Jackson and the Jackson Community Church. Visitors to the valley and everyone who lives in the Mount Washington Valley are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be available.

Following the film there will be commentary and discussion led by Anthony DeLuca, who holds a PhD in history from Stanford.  He has given numerous guest lectures and public lectures on European history, politics and culture and has published  books, articles, essays and reviews on these topics.

 

Spring Cleaning & Work Day
Saturday, April 28
9am-Noon

Come prepared to work inside or outside, depending on your preference. We’re organizing closets, cleaning windows and hard-to-reach areas, touching up spots inside and outside the church, changing lightbulbs, and sprucing up the church grounds. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. We’ll add more info about any tools or equipment you should bring from home, such as buckets or rakes or brooms.

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SPRING SCHEDULE for Youth & Families with Jackson Community Church

Spring youth and family schedule: Friday fun nights, service opportunities, Sunday morning activities and lessons, Sunday afternoon hikes, end-of-year Youth & Children Sunday plus summer camps for families and work camps/advocacy trips/retreats for high school youth.

APRIL

  • Sun, April 8 – 9am • Road to Emmaus activity & walk: Meet at church and wear outdoor clothing for a spring walk. Focus on people who met God on their walk and didn’t recognize their companion. How do we see and meet God in our world? Walk includes lessons on shared meals, communion, and breaking bread together. Also it’s Holy Humor Sunday … bring a joke to tell!
  • Sun, April 15 – 9am • Planting Activity with Lisa White at JCC. Preparation for Mother’s Day and anticipation of Earth Day. Meet at JCC for this activity.
  • Sun, April 22 — 10:30am • Worship
    service includes presentation by Lauren Orsini from Starting Point about being aware of domestic violence and ongoing initiatives for safety for local children and families
  • Sun, April 22 — 1pm • Afternoon Earth Day Hike – Intergenerational outdoor hike to be led by church youth. Bring proper equipment; route to be announced. Allow 2-3 hours for this activity.
  • Fri, April 27 — 5:30-7:30pm • Friday Fun Night
    Spring Fling with Pizza & Games at JCC.
  • Sat, April 28 — 9am-Noon • Spring Cleaning at JCC
    Come prepared to work inside or outside. We’re organizing closets, cleaning windows and hard-to-reach areas, touching up spots inside and outside the church, changing light bulbs, and sprucing up the church grounds. Wear old clothes, sensible shoes, and bring work gloves. We’ll add more info about any tools or equipment you should bring from home, such as buckets or rakes or brooms.
  • Sun, April 29 – 10:30am Worship includes traditional Sunday School. Parents may attend worship and children will have interactive lesson during portion  of service.

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Volunteer with Jackson Community Church

Highlights:

  • Spring cleaning at church on Saturday, April 28
  • Plant sale to benefit church missions on Saturday, May 26,
  • Yard sale to fundraise for church building care and overall operations on Saturday, May 26,
  • Train in April to volunteer with Starting Point to resist and respond to domestic violence
  • Help Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 12 (Mother’s Day Weekend)

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