HAVE FUN and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Volunteer for JCC’s ecumenical lemonade stand at Pride, play mini golf for Jens Friends, attend the gala for Gibson Center, boogie at Boots n Bling for Starting Point, volunteer for Way Station’s Circles startup team, host hospitality at church, help at the May 20th Plant Sale, become a virtual deacon for zoom with church, and more!
Sat, May 20th Plant Sale @ JCC
Help in one of these ways:
- Drop off seedlings, house plants, cuttings and other garden and yard gleanings during the week prior to the sale. They may beleft outside beneath the outer stairwell. Pots and popsicle sticks for labeling plants are on site.
- Come early on Saturday if you want to help the missions team with the plant sale.
- Drop by the plant sale to acquire plants for your house, garden, or yard.
Proceeds benefit people in need of shelter in the valley and abroad, particularly refugees.
MINI GOLF for JEN’S FRIENDS
June 2 • 10am – 4pm
Join us at Pirates Cove Mini Golf for a Jen’s Friends fun,fund raiser! 100% of your $10. ticket goes to Jen’s Friends!
Click the link to register for mini-golf. REGISTER: https://jensfriends.salsalabs.org/minigolf2023
Thursday, May 11th
5:45pm socializing • 7pm program starts
Renowned radio host Laura Knoy, previously the moderator of NHPR’s The Exchange, will moderate a panel of Valley celebrities.
- On stage will be artist, musician and actor Mary Bastoni, judge and mediator Peter Fauver, coach and mentor Bernie Livingston and Jen’s Friends Board member, Barbara Theriault for a night of joy and laughter.
- Also: Silent Auction
- Features scrumptious hors d’oeuvres by Chef Blodgett and cash bar.
BOOTS n BLING
Thursday, June 8 • 5pm
Dinner, dancing, entertainment, live auction, and games!
Tickets are now on sale for 2023! Please click HERE
Save the Date!
JCC WALKS for a CURE
Oct 14 @ Great Glen
It’s not too early to register with the team, recruit more team members, and start your fundraising.
Register or donate: http://act.alz.org/goto/eaglesrest2023
To register please go to : Alzheimers Walk, Find and select register, follow the prompts, (you want to Join a team) search for Eagle’s Rest, Our team should come up and you can then Join.
HOST CHURCH HOSPITALITY
To resume the tradition of hospitality after worship service, we are asking volunteers to host the next few weeks. Put out the snacks and beverages, set up the table, and offer a friendly presence as we socialize after church.
The church provides cold beverages and a few basic snacks such as popcorn, cookies and/or crackers and cheese. We also provide paper goods, coffee, etc. You’re welcome to supplement these offerings, or to use only what the church keeps on hand.
If you’re able to sign up for May 21, May 28, or June 4, please email the church: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll put up an in-person signup option to cover hospitality schedule beyond these first few dates.
ZOOM DEACONS WANTED!
If you attend the worship service remotely, would you consider signing up to be a virtual deacon from time to time? Virtual deacons letpeople into the Zoom meeting, and help make sure anyone in Zoom who wantrs to pray is seen and heard.
Email the church if you’re able to volunteer as a virtual Zoom deacon: email@example.com
JCC Booth and Lemonade Stand @
WHITE MOUNTAINS PRIDE
Sat, June 24
Festival: 10am – 4pm
Volunteers needed for 2-hour shifts: Setup.10am-noon, noon-2pm, 2-4pm, cleanup.
- Email the church if you’re available to help for 1 or more shifts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Community Church is one of several sponsors for this event. We’re hosting a booth alongside Nativity Lutheran Church and the Way Station. We’ll offer lemonade, temporary tattoos, and loving support for our LGBTQIA+ community.
Volunteers are welcome to help at the JCC booth or the Way Station table.
My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped. — Psalm 17:5
In this season, we renew our walk along the Way. We journey through the world with our human bodies. Though we also nurture healthy thoughts and emotions, it is our body that communicates the incarnate journey to our mind and heart. Our bodies are wired, by nerves attached to receptor cells, to transmit signals that conduct information to our brain. In this way, our body teaches and guides us.
We know that throughout life, our bodies change. That the signals alter. We may have challenged eyesight or difficult hearing. Even how our bodies move may change. At different ages, we may move confidently and quickly or more intentionally and carefully. Our bodies change, and so does our experience of the world.
What does the world say to you, when you pay attention as you move through it? Do you pause and listen, hearing bird song or river rush or traffic rumble? Do you look up and around and notice new things, such as the sunlight falling through the branches, or the satellite passing through the starry night sky, or the roll of clouds over the peaks? Do you walk steady on your feet, because the earth is bare and safe, or step gingerly, striving for balance after thaw-and-freeze cycles that lay down treacherous ice? Do you sometimes tiptoe or dance, instead of walking? Do you walk backwards or whirl in a circle? Do you change the way you move in the world, surprising yourself and others as you do? Do you, if you’re able, lay down on the ground and look up at the sky?
Are you able to move independently through the world, or do you use assistance, from a hiking pole or cane to a walker or chair? How does this different way of moving alter your perception? How does it change the way others perceive the world, because they know you and care about your experience?
What do you say to the physical world, by how you are present as you live within its environs? Do you put on skis, snowshoes, spikes, or boots, and immerse yourself in the elements? Do you pick up litter or clear the trail when you’re out walking, hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing, to make it better for the next traveler? If you’re driving, do you minimize errands or bring along a friend to conserve fuel and steward energy and resources? Do you take a detour to visit a new neighborhood or appreciate and explore a different scene? Do you shovel or plow snow for your neighbor as well as yourself, to reinforce communal care and connections? Or does someone do these things for you?
Let us consider how we move through the world. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk who developed the practice of engaged Buddhism, often taught, “When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” In other words, create a tender relationship between yourself and the environment.— Rev Gail
Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.
― Mary Oliver
PRAYER for WALKING
— Thich Nhat Hanh Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
- Fri, April 27 — 5:30-7:30pm • Friday Fun Night
Spring Fling with Pizza & Games at JCC. RSVP by email if planning to attend or call/text Rev Gail (978.273.0308)
- Sat, April 28 — 9am-Noon • Spring Cleaning at JCC
Come prepared to work inside (or outside if you don’t mind the rain). 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.