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 and Around Town: MON, Oct 19 – SUN, Oct 25

MON, Oct 19

  • Statewide Event: MOURNING with UNITY (NH Council of Churches)
    6pm • Zoom: https://nhchurches.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3b576c3e7a069654131fd7728&id=935b51a623&e=fa58a9454f
    This event will be held  outdoors @ Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NH
    and on Zoom.“Mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). Mourning Into Unity is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unvoiced grief so many of us feel. The pandemic has laid bare cruel fissures in our society. So much loss is being endured: loss of life, loss of jobs, loss of health insurance, loss of safe schools. When we grieve as one, we reject efforts to use the ravages of this disease and its cruel and disproportionate impacts on the most vulnerable to divide us.Churches, synagogues, and mosques across the country will be hosting two candlelight vigils outside their houses of worship (HOW) on two successive Mondays: October 12th and 19th.These vigils will bring us together as a nation to mourn our devastating losses and declare our unity as Americans and people of faith. When we see our shared humanity, we strengthen our commitment to each other and our democracy.

TUE, Oct 20

  • Community Event: BIBLE STUDY ‘Christianity’s Family Tree’
    9:30am • ZOOM.
    Contact Center Conway United Methodist Church, which is hosting this study of Christianity’s Family Tree with the resource of the same title by Adam Hamilton.
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30pm • Zoom
    Local clergy gathering for meal and discussion.
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP/PRINTING HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: YOGA with Anjali Rose (Friends of Whitney Community Center event)
    4:30pm • Zoom
    Free to participants. Register in advance of the Tuesday class: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclceGgqzIpHdXzJDVEGz-LZCy3eUqFzThd?fbclid=IwAR237WzeFMBgWu7EaB1rUXKYGtHEmvOos9ZNyLY795d8VDPUy1nsjiF3xVQ
  • DEACONS MEETING
    5pm • Zoom.
    Discussion of worship and community care updates.

WED, Oct 21

  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: Racial Justice
    5:30pm • Zoom.
    Facilitated 6-week conversation series co-sponsored with Jackson Public Library. Starting 4th week of conversation.
  • COUNCIL MEETING
    7pm • Zoom.
    Church staff, officers and lay leaders gather to review and make decisions about operations and missions of the church. Open to the public.

THURS, Oct 22

  • Community Event: YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA with Anjali Rose
    8am • Zoom (Link provided once participants complete health waiver is sent to anjalirose15@gmail.com and registration/payment for class received.) See Anjali’s website for full list of classes offered and instructions to register. 
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: LIBRARY PICKUP/PRINTING HOURS
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    3pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
  • Community Event: WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PART 2 (Tin Mountain program)
    7pm • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93466211255, Meeting ID: 934 6621 1255
    Focused on emergency preparedness, focusing on back-up power supplies. A panel of industry professionals representing utility companies, electricians, gas, and solar will present viewers with information every homeowner should know about how to ‘weather the storm’ of no electricity. Part II focuses on comparing generators with battery back-up systems, including Tesla Powerwalls. Info for purchasing, installing, running and maintaining all of these power back-up systems.

FRI, Oct 23

  • Community Service Day: JACKSON XC SKI TOURING FOUNDATION
    9:30am • Location to be announced (weather permitting).
    Face coverings needed for times when 6+’ distancing is not feasible. Work to prepare XC trails. Contact Ellen Chandler at JXC for more info: ellen.chandler@jacksonxc.org
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Private Event: WEDDING REHEARSAL
    4:30pm • JCC 

    Rev Gail facilitates wedding rehearsal.
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS
    (adjusted time due to private event at church)
    ** 6pm • Zoom.
    Gather to focus on one of the Epistles of Paul, enjoy beverage of choice, and share in conversation and learning.

SAT, Oct 24

  • Community EventLIBRARY PICKUP HOURS
    10am-2pm • Jackson Public Library
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: WINTER WEEDS & SEEDS (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    10am • Rockwell Sanctuary
    Join Executive Director, Lori Jean Kinsey for a walk through the fields and forests of the Rockwell Sanctuary in search of winter weeds and seeds. Space is limited & reservations required. Call 603-447-6991.

SUN, Oct 25

  • INTERFAITH SERVICE
    8am •  Zoom & Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center
    Small group gathering outside at pavilion. Use social-distancing protocols: bring your own mask and chairs. Join us for poetry, worship, and prayer.
  • CHOIR REHEARSAL
    9am • Zoom.
  • VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON WORSHIP (Zoom) UKAMA SUNDAY
    10:30am •  Zoom & In-person in Jackson Community Church sanctuary.
    • Join us for worship, music, reflection, prayer, scripture. Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event).
    • This week includes a focus on our partnership with the Ukanga Church in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
    • If attending in person, social distancing and mask required. 
    • Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Private: WEDDING
    2:30pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail officiates at private wedding ceremony.

Youth & Family Activities: Advent & Christmas

Youth & Family Activities Highlighted
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
SUN, Dec 3 Advent 1: Hope
  • 9am – Advent Workshop: Hope, Peace, Love & Joy

    Make cookie dough ornaments for your house and for the church! Plus second chance to create an Advent Log (church provides candles, greens, etc. … if you didn’t get the chance to make a log last week)
    Plus: Take home a “25 Days of Kindness” Advent Calendars: At the church we’re using a different sort of countdown for you … empty bags plus an Advent Calendar with suggested acts of kindness, as well as a wish-list from local nonprofit organizations. Each day, you can choose to perform an act of kindness or to collect and drop an item from the wish lists into the bag. Above is the list which Sunday’s group of students brainstormed as possible acts of kindness to offer this month, as we count down to Christmas!
  • 10:30am – Worship  & Communion
SUN, Dec 10 Advent 2: Peace
  • 9am – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

    Come if you’re willing to be a narrator or wear a costume and be a “character” in the nativity story, includes “popup” choir practice)
    10:30am  – Worship (guest music: Minnie Brown & guest cellist)
SUN, Dec 17 Advent 3: Joy
  • 9am – Christmas Pageant Prep
    Join us for breakfast and get ready for the pageant: costumes & prep
  • 10:30am – Christmas Pageant

    (with intergenerational “popup” choir)
    Noon – Caroling (going to house to house in Jackson; all ages welcome)
WED, Dec 20 Blue Christmas
  • 7pm – Worship (come light a candle and give space to loss & sorrow in the midst of this holiday season)
THURS, Dec 21 Winter Solstice
  • 7pm – Celebration of Light & Darkness (interfaith reflections on holy darkness and sacred light)
SUN, Dec 24 Advent 4: Hope
  • 10:30am  – Carol-sing Service
SUN, Dec 24 Christmas Eve
  • 5pm – Christmas Candlelight Service
  • 10pm – Christmas Candlelight Service
MON, Dec 25 Christmas Day
  • 10:30am – Bells, Stories & Pajamas

PEN PALS for ZIMBABWE

We have several children and young people from Chikanga Church in Mutare, Zimbabwe who are looking for pen pals.

Would you be interested as a family or individual in wriiting to a friend in Zimbabwe? We can match you with someone … let us know!


YOUTH events in 2018:
HOLD the DATES!New England
Youth Environmental Justice Summit 

(Sponsored by the NH Conference United Church of Christ)

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester, NH

Keynote Speakers:
  • Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference Minister, UCC
  • Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice
Afternoon Sessions include:
  • Pam Arifian, Director, UCC
    Northeast Environmental Justice Center
  • Marla Marcum, Founder,
    Climate Disobedience Center
  • John Ungerleider, Professor,
    School of International Training
  • Rev. Eric Jackson, Pastor,
    Brookside Congregational Church, UCC


Eastern Regional Youth Event
July 19-22, 2018
California University of PA
California, Pennsylvania
(grades 7 through 12 )

NH Youth, mark your calendars for next summer!  Join us as we worship, play, pray, learn, serve, sing and dream at the 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event.

Stay up-to-date on event details through the event website or contact Ann Desrochers.

Causes We Support

Outreach

The Jackson Community Church has a very active Mission Committee and strongly support many local, regional,  national and global programs.

 

Local programs include

  • ​Jen’s Friends
  • MWV Habitat for Humanity
  • Angels and Elves
  • Northern Human Services
  • Children Unlimited
  • Local food pantry (Bartlett/Jackson)
  • Gibson Center
  • Starting Point
  • White Mountain Community Health Center
  • 68 Hours of Hunger

Regional, National and Global programs include

  • American Cancer Society – Race to Beat Cancer
  • Horton Center
  • Star Island
  • One Great Hour of Sharing
  • Neighbors in Need
  • Christmas Fund
  • Haitian Health Foundation
  • Zimbabwe – Chikanga Church
  • ABAN
  • Andover Newton Seminary
  • Honduras Hope
  • Pease Greeters – Knitted caps for our soldiers click here for the pattern or more information at www.peasegreeters.org

For more information on what the Mission Committee is up to this month please check out the monthly newsletter.

Scholarships Available…

Bushee Thorn    – click here for a 2017 application to for assistance in attending a summer camp

Olive Godfrey     – click here for a 2017 application for Jackson residence attending higher education

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