Events at JCC and around town: WED, Mar 6 – SUN, Mar 1

WED, Mar 6
  • YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • JCC Parish Hall

    • Anjali Rose will be teaching yoga remotely for 6 qeeks and rhe class will meet in JCC parish hall
    1pm • Old Red Library

    • CHILD LOSS GRIEF GROUP:. Specifically for households who have experienced the death a child of any age. Currently we’re using the 1pm, Wednesday time slot. We are considering an evening time slot in addition to the afternoon meeting times, and will update you about availability of the facility. Next meeting: April 3 @ 1pm
    • SPOUSE/PARTNER abd ADULT RELATIONSHIP LOSS GRIEF GROUP also meets once per month. Specifically for households who have experienced the death of a spouse, partner, adult sibling or parent or other adult relationship. Next meeting: April 10 @ 1pm
    • Both groups are free, and open to the community. Rev. Gail Doktor, trained as a hospice chaplain, will facilitate. Pass along this info to anyone whom you know, who might need such a support network.
    • Questions should be directed by text or voicemail to Rev Gail’s cell: 9078.273.0308. Thank you! — Rev Gail Doktor,, cell: 978.273.0308
      • SACO RIVER VALLEY GRASP – Grief Recovery After Substance Passing
        (Death, suicide or overdose-involved death that involves or was associated with substance use). Saco River Valley GRASP Chapter: Contact Person: Kelly Forrest, Email Address:, Primary Phone Number: (603) 726-1025.
      • VNA/HOSPICE VIRTUAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP is ongoing in the valley via zoom. It is facilitated by Sue Davidson, retired nurse and retired pastor of Center Conway’s United Methodist Church and currently the VNA’a hospice chaplain. This ‘living with loss’ group is free, but you need to obtain info through the VNA.
        • WHEN: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
        • WHERE: Groups meet via Zoom. To get your Zoom log in information or to confirm group dates and times, please contact VNHCH’s hospice chaplain Sue Davidson: No registration necessary; free and open to the public.

    4pm • Ski / 5:45pm • Soup / 6:45pm • Vespers

    • Ski on slushy icy trails open to any participants who want to tackle the uncertain terrain of the 1k ski loop at Jackson XC; meet at JCC parking lot at 4pm
    • Soup supper by Sue Carrigan and helpers
    • Vespers service led by Nativity Lutheran team
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journeys
  • Community MUSIC & EVENTS around town:
    • Wildcat Tavern: Trivia• 7-9pm • $5 cover
    • Red Parka Pub: Jonathan Sarty • 5-7:30pm

THURS, Mar 7

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: SMALL MAMMAL POPULATIONS in WHITE MOUNTAINS (Tin Mtn program)
    7pm •Tin Mountain Nature Learning Ctr

    • Small mammal (rodent and shrew) populations throughout the White Mountains undergo significant changes in abundance from year to year. However, the factors that influence these population changes are not well understood. Josh Willems, PhD candidate at UNH, has been focusing his research on teasing out the effects of beech mast, forest structure, and climate on small mammal populations utilizing a 30-year dataset from the Bartlett Experimental Forest. Join us to learn more about his findings and what this tells us about the area’s small mammal population.
    • $5/person or $10/household for non-members; members are free.
    5pm • JCC

    • Refugia team meets Peter Ilgenfritz to tour facility and conduct meeting about on going project
  • FELTING EASTER EGGS with Kathy Seymour 

    6pm • JCC Parish Hall

    • Group of 15-16 crafters will learn to felt easter eggs with guidance
    • This program is fully booked and reserved.
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journeys
  • Community Event: MAJESTIC CAFE THURSDAY:: Kevin Dolan & Simon Crawford
    6:30 pm Performance • Majestic Theater Cafe, Conway

    • Shannon Door: Jeremy Dean • 6-9pm
    • Shovel handle Pub: Rek’lis Duo• 5:30-8:30pm
FRI, Mar 8

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

    • $5/pp
  • 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
    2-5pm • Jackson Library (more info:
    1pm • Jackson XC Ski Touring Ctr

    • Meeting every Friday; Be ready to go at 1pm, finishing up about 3pm. If you need to rent equipment it is available at an additional cost (click here for rates and options.) Bring water, trail snack, and appropriate attire.
    • Weather and snow/trail condition dependent
    5pm • Zoom only

    • Zoom link and password required.
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journey
  • Community Event: ANIMALS in WINTER (Jackson Public Library)
    4:30pm • Jackson Public Library

    • Winter means cold, ice, snow, and shorter days. How do New Hampshire animals survive these conditions? Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, along with two live animals up close to find out about various successful adaptations they use to cope with the stresses of winter.  Visiting animals may include porcupine, Great Horned Owl, opossum, skunk, woodchuck, Eastern Screech Owl, turtles, or hawks.  This program presented at no cost to the community and open to all with generous support from the Friends of Jackson Public Library.
    • For more information to answer any questions please contact the library: (603) 383-9731
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Ledge Brewing: Food for Bears • 6-8pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner• 7-9pm • $5 cover
    • Shannon Door: Marty Quirk • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka: Blue Matter • 8-11pm
    • Shovel handle Pub: Rek’lkis Duo • 5:30-8:30pm
  • Community Event: FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Mike Sakash, Craig Bryan, & Al Hospers
    7pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway

    • 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
    4pm (Fri) – 8am (Sat) • JCC

    • Kroka is a nonprofit wilderness expedition school based in Marlow, NH. For those of you who want to learn more about Kroka go to Quite impressive!
    • Our guests will be walking from Bartlett to Jackson.
    • This includes 15 Kroka students and faculty and we would like to have 15 Jackson community members.
    • CHURCH IS OFF LIMITS until this group departs on Saturday morning.

SAT,  Mar 9

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • 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: SKINNY SKIS & SESSION ALES
    10am – 1pm • Tin Mountain Nature Learning Ctr, Albany

    • Join Tin Mountain naturalists as we explore the newly created trail system on the Lori Jean Kinsey Arboretum and adjacent private Bald Hill lands at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany.  Moderate climbs, downhill descents, and sweeping switchbacks await us as we summit Bald Hill, explore hemlock stands, and enjoy unique views of surrounding peaks.  Participants will need to provide their own ski setup (classic-style/touring) and trails are rated intermediate.  Afterwards we will convene at a neighborhood brewpub for fun drinks and appetizers for those interested.
    • $15/person or $25/household for non-members; members are free.
    • Reservations required; call 447-6991 or click to register online.
  • Community Event: SNOW SHOE TOUR
    10am-11:30am  • Tin Mtn Nature Learning Center

    • Join Outreach Coordinator, Heather McKendry, for a slow-paced snowshoe tour that explores the Tin Mountain Conservation trails in Albany, NH. Outdoor highlights include animal tracks, sightings and a beaver pond, while inside the Nature Learning Center you will find animal mounts and a gem & mineral collection. Winter is the perfect season to see evidence of our year-round residents and enjoy our winter landscape. If you need snowshoes we have them in all sizes!
    • Non-member tour:  $15/pp or $25/household & snowshoe rentals $15pp
    • Members are Free and may borrow snowshoes to use on property, so consider becoming a member!
    • Click here to register or call 603-447-6991. Walk ins welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journeys
  • Community Event: MWV ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM Fundraiser
    4-8pm • Ledge Brewing

    • Silent Auction to support MWV Adaptive Sports!
    • Free and open to the public. Hundreds of great prizes on display in the Barrel Room, bid early and often to support an excellent cause!
    • BluGrit Blues band in the Falcon Room 6-9pm
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Wildcat Tavern: Apres Ski w/Al Shafner • 3-56pm – $5 cover / Jonathan Sarty • 7-9pm – $5 cover
    • Shannon Door: Apres Ski w/Marty Quirk 4-6pm / Scott Baer • 7pm
    • Red Parka: Blue Matter • 8-11pm
    • Ledge Brewing: Blue Grits Band • 6-9pm / Adaptive Ski Program Fundraiser • 4-8pm
    • Black Mountain: Jonathan Sarty • 3:30-5:30pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Randy Messineo • 5:30-8:30pm

SUN, Mar 10

    8am • Old red library in Jackson / zoom

    • Join us for poetry, prayer, and conversation.
    • Zoom link and password required.
    9:15m • JCC

    • Come to the sanctuary to practce Lent and Easter songs
    10:30am   • Jackson Community Church & Zoom

    • Zoom link and password required.
    • Music by Sharon Novak
    • Message by Rev Gail Doktor
    11:30am • JCC Parish Hall

    •  Hospitality after Church
  • WAY of the CROSS
    Ongoing • JCC Sanctuary

    • Icons and stations of cross available for personal spiritual contemplation and journeys
  • 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
    7-8:30pm • Whitney Community Center

  • Community Event: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Scott Baer • 6-9pm
    • Black Mountain: Chris Schalick • 3:30-5:30
    • Red Parka: Mitch Alden • 5-8pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Ryan St. Onge • 5:30-8:30pm

Youth Programs: May & June

Family Church-at-home-together Continues! Here’s an update on current plans!

  • Young People’s Choir & Band begins Mondays, May 24, 4pm via Zoom.
    • Choir director & musician Billy Carleton will meet virtually with young people who want to participate in weekly music-making.
    • The goal will be to record songs every 4-6 weeks to share during worship.
    • Voices and instruments welcome.
    • At the first session, Billy will work with music-makers to decide on songs and ways to integrate some instruments as well.
    • Note: Young people’s Zoom sessions are only open to young people and their family/guardians (if their adults wish to attend), but is closed to other community members for the safety of the young participants, except by invitation of the choir director or music team. The Zoom link will be circulated in a closed email group for participants and leaders only. Please RSVP if your family has under-18 members who want to join us, and you haven’t already received communication about this group.
    • Note that Billy Carleton teaches for SAU9, so he is familiar with teaching and working with younger singers as well as adults.
  • Leaders-in-Training (L-I-T) Program Starts in June
    • Engaging older youth to continue last summer’s L-I-T experience.
    • Should be 7th grade and older
    • You will help create educational and entertaining challenges that invite younger participants outside in safe and creative ways (with their adult family/guardian members participation)
    • Together we’ll create some physical/virtual challenges such as letterbox kits on-site around Jackson/Bartlett, design scavenger hunts for summer recrreation and other ways to have physical engagement outside, with prompts designed and facilitated by our Leaders-in-Training
    • RSVP if you want to be part of the Leader=in-Training initiative (7th grade and older)
    • Letter-boxing/geo-caching challenge designs
    • Scavenger hunt design
    • Extended game design
    • Mystery game / live puzzle design
  • Puppets and Story-telling:
    • Expect a delivery of make-your-own puppet kits to families and “church at home” kits.
    • We’ll create live-action puppet skits of sacred stories, filmed via Zoom or other ways, to share with the church once-a-month during worship!
    • Young people who want to participate may pick characters for their puppets and tell the story in your own words, your own way! With your own puppet, that you make!
    • You will choose the stories we tell also.
    • Unless your family doesn’t want such a kit, we’ll plan to deliver one to all of our families as soon as the materials arrive (we hope to have them this week).
    • We’ll schedule Zoom times to explore stories and work out skits, unless we can gather safely outside in small groups, with appropriate social distance precautions (to be determined as circumstances unfold)
  • Church-at-home kits:
    • We’ll deliver church-at-home kits with devotionals and art pages to your families for some quiet, contemplative activity options
  • Prayer flags:
    • We’d love to fly your flags!
    • We’ll provide prayer flag materials, and we invite you to make ones to use at home
    • We also want to share one of your prayer flags in a display outside the church.
  • Prayer Fence:
    • The chalkboard fence will be re-painted white and ready for public use by the end of May.
    • Painting the fence has been adopted as a service project by one of our families.
  • Community Care cards:
    • We would love to include handmade cards or artwork from our young people in care packages that we’re continuing to distribute in the community.
    • If you make cards, we’ll provide a safe place at church for you to return them, for redistribution to members, friends and neighbors who need your cheer & care
    • Messaging is your choice, but we suggest cheerful, inspirational and optimistic messages with universal themes (these won’t be addressed to specific individuals or specific issues) like “thinking of you”, “have a nice day”, “smile”, “friendship”,”peace”, “hope”, “love” and/or “sending you prayers and good thoughts”
  • Adopt-a-friend:
    • As an extension of the Community Care card initiative, we have a small list of vulnerable community members who are lonely or isolated for different reasons. If we have an expression of interest among our younger families, we’d like to match families with some of these neighbors to create some inter-generational communication and relationship-building
    • You can explore how to activate this connection might work.
      • Occasional phone or zoom calls might work with some people, although hearing loss and technology challenges can make this a case-by-case option.
      • Cards and mail are excellent ways to connect.
      • Care package drop-offs are also excellent ways to connect(with social distance precautions)
      • Social-distance visits to wave and chat are possible in some instances, if health isn’t an issue, but we should discuss case-by-case
  • Youth Day(s) in Worship
    • We’ll aim for youth-led worship at least every quarter, every 9-12 weeks with youth-led reflections, readings and music
    • The first such worship session will take place toward the end of June – after graduation activities have concluded (more info to come) – integrating whatever contributions we can provide by that time
  • Scripture readers: 
  • Graduate Recognition:
    • Please RSVP if you have a pending graduate!
    • Please share bios/photos of your graduates, whether they’re finishing high school, college (any level), professional certification programs/training or other educational milestones that we may not have named here
    • In June, we’ll celebrate these young people in the church newsletter and other communication platforms (though not to social media unless we have permission to do so)
    • We want to include all Jackson-based youth plus any local youth (Bartlett, Conway, etc) connected as friends or members of our faith community
    • We welcome updates on other young people connected to our friends and members as extended family such as grandchildren (even if they live in other locations)
  • Music & Art contributions: 
    • If you are a musician or singer or artist, we continue to want to share your special music!
    • The contributions of several families have already made worship and other gatherings a richer, deeper experience, and more such offerings are welcome if and when you’re able to share them
    • Sacred and/or secular music selections are both welcome
    • Pre-recorded audio-only or video performances are best for now
  • Open-ended Outdoor Summer Challenges
    • With the help of Leaders-in-Training, we’ll offer a variety of active outdoor engagements that are educational and entertaining, and can be completed on the family’s schedule, such as scavenger hunts, letterboxing exploration, and more

Spring Youth & Family Program

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS: Fridays, May 3 & June 1

  • Pizza, games and connection for families.
  • Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you plan to attend these evenings.

During 10:30am worship • Sun, May 5

  • Attend worship in church and then go to class.
  • Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you plan to attend.

9-10:15am • April 28, May 12, May 19, May 26

  • Start at Jackson Community Church, then go outside
  • Weather dependent: indoor option for inclement weather
  • Come dressed for outdoor activities such as hikes and exploration every Sunday morning.
  • Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you plan to attend, and indicate which dates you’ll be present.

10-11:30am • June 2
Jackson Community Church

  • Intergenerational choir
  • Special music by children and families … possibly a youth band?
  • Message by young adult connected with our community
  • Recognition of scout troops
  • Recognition of youth & young adults and their volunteer work in community
  • Recognition of community educators
  • Please RSVP to Rev Gail if you plan to attend

8:30am-12:30pm • Sat, June 8
Whitney Community Center

  • Watch for updates via Jackson enews and church email.
  • Worskhop with leadership panel, keynote speaker Riley Parkhurst, and world cafe engagement.
  • Designed by and for students.
  • Peer-led by middle and high-school leaders, with adult mentors.
  • Open to older elementary school students.
  • Both genders welcome, focus on girls & women’s issues.
  • Rev Gail will facilitate this workshop.

Horton Center, Pine Mountain
(Off Rte 16 between Jackson and Gorham)
June 21-23
Rev Gail & Chris DOktor – Deans

  • Register for a weekend of outdoor adventures, family getaway, and faith engagement.

8:30am-12:30pm • Mon, June 24-Fri June 28
Jackson Community Church

  • Open K-6 plus CIT (counselor-in-training) positions for 7thgrade and rising students.
  • Based in part on peace curriculum taught by Deans Chris and Gail Doktor at from Horton Center (family camp June 21-23)
  • Focuses on peace and community activism
  • Development of spiritual practices to support this goal, draws on resources from Christian, Buddhist and other traditions
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