Community learning & volunteering with JCC and other nonprofits

Make meals, build insulating windows, walk to end Alzheimers, prevent hate-based activities, and more


Tue, Sept 27 • 6:30-8:00pm • Whitney Community Center.

Come in person or view online at @jacksonflicks.

 Join the Jackson Facilities Committee for a presentation by the North Country Council about the North Country Rising Resiliency Planning Process. We’ll learn more about what other towns are doing as they look to the future. Our hope is that this will help us launch our quest to determine the current and future facilities needs of our town. We’ll also share an overview of existing facilities.
Childcare and refreshments available.

Our Community: Welcoming and Safe—Understanding and Preventing Hate-Based Activity

Maine and New Hampshire have experienced increased hate-based activity in recent months. Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A with area police departments and local community groups working to address hate-based activity. Talk with your neighbors about proactive and effective ways to respond.

  • REGISTER for Mon, Oct 3 or Thurs, Oct 6:
  • October 3, 6-8pm: Kittery, ME. Kittery Community Center, STAR Theatre, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904. Facilitated by: NH Listens/New Hampshire Listens, 603-862-0692.
  • October 6, 6-8pm: zoom. Facilitated by: NH Listens/New Hampshire Listens, 603-862-0692,
  • Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A with area police departments and local community groups working to address hate-based activity. Talk with your neighbors about proactive and effective ways to respond. Learn more about:
    • How to identify symbols affiliated with hate groups
    • Active groups identified in our area
    • How activity in the Seacoast compares regionally and nationally
    • Actions you can take if you encounter literature or activity of hate groups
  • This event is hosted by Kittery Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, South Berwick Police Department, Granite State Progress, New Hampshire Council of Churches, New Hampshire Listens, United Against Hate on Seacoast, and additional area school districts & community groups.


Fri, Oct 7 • 9am
Great Glen Trails

Sign up for the walk at: As a reminder, its Team Eagle’s Rest you want to join. Never too early to start your fund raising.

Register or donate to participate!

Thanks for your ongoing support. Invite friends to join the team, walk with us or just donate. Post your participation on Facebook if you use it. Let’s beat last year’s team goal of $3000!

We’re planning to walk the Great Glen trails on Oct 7th and follow the walk with lunch (each person covers their own cost) at the Glen House. This plan is based on weather. — Jeanette Heidmann


Link to sign up for meal train for Jan & John Chernick:
John Chernick has been quietly battling cancer for a very long time and is now home on hospice. For people who have given so much of themselves, it’s time to return the favor. They are grateful for any donations of meals that will remove one big task from their plate.

Please use the link above to choose a date, rather than approaching them independenlly.


October 22-25 @ Settlers Green

Sign Up link: (you will see the volunteer options, days, times and tasks). Be sure to hit SAVE after entering your information.   

We Need YOU to Help Build Insulating Window Inserts
The Tin Mountain Energy Team is working with the non-profit Window Dressers to build simple, tight, pine frame insulation frames for leaky windows to cut down heat loss in winter. We are looking for volunteers to help construct frames as well as help wrap and finish them at our community build at Settlers Green on October 22-25. We will be constructing 209 inserts for 22 homes throughout the Valley. Volunteers will be trained on site and do not need a specific skill set, although a familiarity with a power drill is helpful for frame construction on 10/22. This is our second year of hosting a build in the valley, and we are impressed with the enthusiasm of the community to support this effort. 

Please explore the link below and sign up for one or more shifts to join our community event and help keep the MWV a little warmer this year. We encourage folks to sign up for the frame assembly and insert wrapping station, but if you are interested in providing snacks, we appreciate any and all participation. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. 

Sign Up link: (you will see the volunteer options, days, times and tasks). Be sure to hit SAVE after entering your information.   

If you have trouble using the Sign Up form or have any questions, please email Nora Dufilho at  

New Hampshire Housing Stability Solutions Summit
Tue, October 25, 2022
8am – 4:30pmHoliday Inn – Concord Downtown
172 North Main Street Concord, NH 03301Register for this event: with stakeholders from across the state to learn about New Hampshire communities with unique responses to homelessness trends and explore localized solutions to for your region.

Daily Advent Devotional: Day 18 – Wed, Dec 16

Joy may also come from practicing kindness and/or serving others. This approach to life feeds a sense of purpose and optimism. Kindness can happen in simple, daily interactions: recognize the dignity of another person and choose compassion and courtesy in your exchanges. Likewise, you can serve others informally by being a good neighbor and caring for others with acts of thoughtfulness, or more formally by volunteering for a cause in which you believe. Such outreach can be as modest as making a meal or checking in with people by phone. It may take a more committed path as a dedicated volunteer who supports others, and should be done with balance and boundaries.
            As a spiritual practice, this is an empowering approach to life. It identifies your competencies and capabilities, and reminds you that you have choices. It affirms your value and purpose as a human being and helps to acknowledge others, also.  
            Being kind and being of service enlarge personal perspectives. They alter the understanding of others’ circumstances, thus allowing you to recognize your own blessings. They cultivate appreciation for your own individual agency and the ability to be helpful to others. With kindness and service, through small acts or major forms of participation, you may renew your internal sense of fulfillment and joy. — Rev Gail

… for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. — Psalm 63:7

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them … — Psalm 5:11

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. ― Mark Twain

The joy that isn’t shared dies young. — Anne Sexton

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. – Chuck Palahniuk

When you can stop and ask yourself, “How can I help,” or, “How can I be of service,” you create a new internal dialogue that leads to alternative and expanded ways of thinking and responding. … You have something to offer, a gift brought into this world to share with others. It could be your ability to listen, give a great hug, advocate for those in need, build something, or be there for someone In being able to share this gift, you build a greater sense of connection and belonging, something you can relate to as a basic need. Joy is often a side effect of what can happen when you are in the service of something greater than yourself. — Rachelle Williams

Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back. — Anne Lamott

HOLY WEEK with JCC: April 8-12 (Easter)

Do you need support of any kind? We have volunteers ready to assist with errands, access to emergency supplies, and Rev Gail is available for emotional and spiritual companionship. Email the church:

Wed, April 8

Thurs, April 9

    7pm • ZOOM LINK: (password required).
    Plan to celebrate an after-dinner ritual of washing hands (symbolic of foot-washing), stripping altar, and putting out candles as darkness falls and we enter the Triduum: three holy days of Easter weekend. Option: call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 467763000 (password required – contact:

Fri, April 10

    8am •  ZOOM LINK: (password required)
    Social gathering. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 170985789 (password required – contact
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Live-streaming via website
    Virtual contemplative journey through stations of the cross. Share where you would direct your prayers for each station of the cross, Rev Gail will post reflections at different Jackson and Bartlett locations to symbolize each station of the cross. This will take place throughout the week, but we especially welcome your comments during the hours of Christ’s crucifixion and death. We will use Marcia McFee / Design Worship Studio materials to focus. 
  • LAST SEVEN WORDS Holy Friday Event (via ZOOM)
    5pm • ZOOM LINK: (password required)
    Reflect on the events of Holy Friday through the last seven words of Christ. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID: 531729008 (password required – contact:


    9:15am • ZOOM LINK: (password required)
    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 – contact:
    10:30am • ZOOM LINK: (password required)
    Join us for worship, special music including flute duet by Lauren Weeder & Jeanette Heidmann, choral performance by JCC’s choir & harp with Dominique Dodge, plus prayer, reflection and interactive transformation of the cross with butterflies on this special Easter Sunday! Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook, and afterward, recordings of service will be posted to FB, youtube, vimeo. Option: Call on touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866, meeting ID# 142985761. (password required – contact:
    All Day • Jackson Community Church (outside)
    All day on Easter Sunday, you may add a butterfly to the cross, which will stand outside the church (weather permitting), or take one home, if you need an Easter symbol. If you can’t be here, send us your prayers and we’ll add your butterfly for you.

Work Day with Neighbor to Neighbor

Wed, June 12 • Eaton / All Day

The Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program, an initiative of Nativity Lutheran, seeks to help valley residents make their houses safe, warm, and dry. If you are able to volunteer on June 12 (starting at 9:00 on likely continuing for much of the day), we are scheduling a work day in the northern part of Eaton.

  • RSVP to Rev Nathan Hall from Nativity Lutheran Church if interested. He will send out further details to those who volunteer.

This particular project will involve 2 parts:

  1. We will be reglazing some windows.
  2. We will be attempting to locate and fix a leak in a metal roof. The roof itself should be good, but it does need to be tacked down. It is also possible that torn nail holes may need to be plugged and flashing may need to be amended. This part of the job will be part diagnostic and part labor.

We will need some skilled people, but a few novices are also welcome.

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