THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town
This week at church & community: Tue – 9/11 Remembrance walking with flag at covered bridge, Wed – Tune Up fitness class, Thurs – legal training with ACLU to support asylum-seeking detainees in Stafford County Jail, Sat – Jen’s Friends Climb Against Cancer (church team walking together) Sun – 8am gazebo & 10:30am church worship with First Responder Celebration plus youth & family activity. Plus community events: Tue – voting, Sun: Rally for Recovery walk in No Conway, NH & and Interfaith Play in at Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.
TUE, Sept 11
- Community Event: VOTING
Please make sure to vote at either Bartlett Town Hall or Whitney Community Center in Jackson, NH, or in your voting center in Conway, NH, depending on where you are registered.
- Community Event: REMEMBERING 9/11
Gather at Jackson’s covered bridge and walk the one-mile loop with firefighters, police, veterans and citizens, holding the flag loaned by Storyland, in a solemn remembrance of the events of 9/11. Organized by Chamber of Commerce. Rev Gail will provide blessing. Event remains weather-dependent.
WED, Sept 12
- TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer
9am • Parish House, Jackson Community Church.
THURS, Sept 13
- Postponed until Thurs, Sept 20: INTRODUCTORY YOGA with Anjali Rose
9am • Parish House, Jackson Community Church (Anjali Rose is away this week on Star Island at a yoga retreat and will resume class next week, Thurs, Sept 20.)
6:30pm • Second Floor, Church
- IMMIGRATION LEGAL ADVOCACY TRAINING
NH legal training to help advocate and represent asylum-seekers currently held in NH jail. Rev Gail and Jackson church representative will attend this event. Project of ACLU and Immigration team of NH UCC and NH Council of Churches. See detailed letter at end of email for more info, if interested.
SAT, Sept 15
Community Event: JCC Walks with Jen’s Friends’ CLIMB AGAINST CANCER
- 8 – 9:30am: Registration
- JCC team will be visible in red t-shirts. Meet up around 9am! Look for Meg Phillips & Rev Gail as team leaders!
- 10am — Start of Climb
- 10:45 am – 12:00pm — Live entertainment and snacks at top of mountain
- Noon – 1:30pm — Lunch, entertainment, awards at base of mountain
SUN, Sept 16
- INTERFAITH WORSHIP @ GAZEBO
8am • Gazebo. Come for poetry, literature, conversation and prayer.
- YOUTH & FAMILY
9am • Parish House and church grounds. Blessing of Backpacks & Challenge Games. Bring your school backpacks for a blessing! Stay for challenge games to kickstart our season of fun & learning together!
- WORSHIP SERVICE with CELEBRATION to HONOR FIRST RESPONDERS
- 10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
Story: ‘Lose to Gain’ with Rev Gail Doktor
- Blessing & Grattitude Ceremony with Jackson’s First Responders: Police, Fire & EMTs
Accompanist: Alan Labrie
- Choir practice also resumes. Come 9:50/10am to brush up on today’s song, stay after worship to practice next week’s musical offering.
- 10:30am • Jackson Community Church.
- Community Event: “Take a Walk in our Shoes” RALLY for RECOVERY
Schouler Park, No Conway, NH. Some members of our youth community will certainly participate in this rally/walk.
- Interfaith Event: KEEPING the FAITH: SISTERS of the STORY
2pm • Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH.
Three women: a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian share their stories of their faith journey.
SAT, Sept 22: JCC Walks to END ALZHEIMERS
Eagle’s Rest team registration link. Walk with Jeanette Heidmann & Rev Gail and other friends in memory of beloved ones living with or whom have died due to Alzheimers.
VOTING & ACTIVISM
Do you wonder about the connection of faith or ethical beliefs to political activism and social justice advocacy? Read more about what the UCC (United Church of Christ) says and does regarding these issues. This protestant denomination is among a consortium of state and national faith leaders — working in pluralistic religious and nonprofit network — on social justice issues surrounding racism, environmental topics, gender equality, housing, jobs, poverty & class as socioeconomic issues, mass incarceration, education, immigration and so much more. Our network of faith communities address humanitarian issues, but we are also active as a denomination at a national and state level, addressing specific issues.
TRAINING for LEGAL REPRESENTATION
of IMMIGRANTS in DETENTION
of IMMIGRANTS in DETENTION
ACLU-NH has launched the New Hampshire Immigrants’ Rights Project dedicated to recruiting and training volunteer lawyers and providing direct representation for immigrant detainees at Strafford County Department of Corrections in Dover, NH. As part of this project, our goal is to collaborate with New Hampshire’s major law firms whereby we would vet certain immigration cases and law firms could provide pro bono representation. This new program will be similar to the PAIR Project that exists in Massachusetts. https://www.pairproject.org/
As our first stage of this project, we are working to create a group of lawyers to handle bond hearings in immigration cases. Immigrants detained in New Hampshire have very limited access to pro bono counsel for bond hearings. Getting immigrants released is a game changer, as it drastically increases the likelihood they will ultimately win their cases. This work is also critical now because almost all individuals are being detained, even those who have committed no crimes, are not dangerous, and are not a risk of flight. Also, bond hearings are minimal work; under immigration court rules, lawyers are permitted to handle bond hearings on a limited representation basis and the attorney is not committed to represent the detainee in future proceedings. In short, these hearings would provide fantastic courtroom experience for associates, and it is a great way to get involved in a critical immigration issue that has become more pressing in the last 18 months.
We have our bond hearing training scheduled for September 13, 2018, at 6:00 PM at New England College (Concord Campus, 62 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301). We would love you and your colleagues to attend. If they are not able to attend, we would be happy to have an individualized training presentation at your firm. Be part of the New Hampshire Immigrants’ Rights Project!
Please RSVP by submitting this form or emailing me. The training will be held in person in Concord, New Hampshire.