April 15 - 8 & 10am worship w/Sunday School
*Note the parish breakfast this month has been moved to next Sunday April 22.
- Social Justice meeting 11:15am
- Theology Under Wraps 12:30-2pm for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs, Pinardville.
- Songweavers Concert (see article right)
April 19 - Vestry meeting 7pm
April 22 - 8 & 10am worship w/Sunday School
- Parish Breakfast served 8:45-9:30am
- Roads & Grounds clean up following worship
April 29 - 8 & 10am worship w/Sunday School
May 6 - Worship 8 & 10am w/Sunday School
- Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-Noon
May 13 - 8am worship, 10amFamily Folk Mass (no Sunday School)
Get Well and God Bless
Richard, Lloyd, Jeff & Family, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Eleanor
Birthdays Known to Us
Anniversaries Known to Us
John & Lynn Reed
AA meetings held in the church undercroft 8:30pm
Group Meditation 7-8:30 in the Parish House for further information please visit
SHINE Program - for seniors 10:30-11:45am
Bible Chat - Noon-1pm
Sr. Choir Rehearsal - 7-8:30pm
Food Pantry - Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00-noon
Community Clothing Center hours-
Tuesday 11:00-2:00pm, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday 3-5pm and Saturday 10:00am-Noon
Do you or anyone you know in Goffstown need a ride to a medical or other necessary appointment? Easter Seals may be able to help! Call 668-8603 (select option 2) and ask to schedule a ride. Please call at least four days in advance, wheelchairs can be accommodated. Service is available to people who are elderly or disabled.
Manchester Transit Authority also offers door to door transportation to residents of Goffstown. Available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am & 2pm. No fare for the service but reservations are required. Call the MTA at 623-8801 at least 1 day in advance.
Parish Notes - April 12, 2018
This Sunday's Gospel lesson recounts another "post-resurrection" appearance of Jesus to his disciples - this time recounted by Luke. Not having a category in their brain for a resurrected Jesus, the disciples think they are seeing a ghost! It takes time for their brains (and hearts and psyches) to take in that it's really Jesus - to see him as he really is. Do we - like the disciples - have a hard time seeing Jesus for who he is when he shows up in our lives because we, too, just don't have a category in our brains for it? This is something I've been pondering about all week and will preach on this Sunday.
Please note a couple changes in the regular schedule:
Theology Under Wraps for high school youth will meet THIS Sunday April 15 at Nadeau's Subs in Pinardville, 12:30-2pm.
Parish Breakfast will be served NEXT Sunday April 22 from 8:45-9:30am.
Spring Clean Up April 22
It's Spring! (just don't look outside). Hopefully, the snow will be gone and tiny green shoots springing up, the sun shining warm upon us by the time our spring roadside and parish grounds cleanup happens.
This is a Save the Date notice for St. Matthew's spring roadside and parish
grounds cleanup: Sunday April 22
following coffee hour. We will meet in the garden around 11:15
for assignments. If you're planning on doing grounds cleanup, bring rakes, work gloves, etc. Bright orange vests will be provided for roadside crew. Bring gloves if you have a favorite pair. Families and teenagers are encouraged to participate. Children must be 11 years or older to participate on road crew; no age limit for grounds crew. Last spring all crews were finished in a little over an hour (many hands make light/fast work). Pizza and salad afterwards in the undercroft.
Sharon Benard will head up a contingency after the 8 o'clock service for those so inclined.
Mark your calendars for Sunday April 22 and please let us know if you and your family can participate this year, whether you'll do yard work or road cleanup, and if you can stay after for pizza and salad.
Happy Beale and Bob Jones, Sharon Benard Roadside Cleanup Coordinators
VESTRY - AND MINISTRY LEADERS -
RENEWAL WORKSHOPS MAY 5TH AND 12TH
We will be holding Renewal Workshops on May 5th at Christ Church in Exeter and May 12th
at St. Andrew's in New London. These Workshops are for wardens, treasurers, vestry members, and ministry directors to help you envision how your church can follow where God is going ahead of you and to learn from each other about your roles in church leadership. For more information, and to register for a workshop follow the link HERE.
Returning to the area in early May after the first year of college (in the midwest): honors student, pianist, Psych major, activist, seeks room to rent, house share, or house-sitting job for the summer (mid-May through mid-August). Came out as non-binary last year, kicked out of home by parents in the Concord area. Friends in the area to stay with temporarily, but seeking an affordable, modest living situation that will afford stability, peace, and independence. Happy to help with dog-walking, chores, yard work, child care. Seeks a summer home of this kind for a month, or two months, or three months--all much appreciated. Summer job secured already in Concord. Thank you!
One Volunteer Needed at the CCC
A person is needed as a Key Person (shift leader) on the 2nd Thursday of each month 3-5pm. The Key Person opens, handles the cash sales and justifies the money, supervises the volunteers and closes. Training and support are provided.
Please contact the office or Sharon or Joan Alayne for more information. Thank you!
Barbara Harris Summer Camp
Children entering grades 4 - 12 are invited to spend a week or more of their summer at camp! The Barbara C. Harris (BCH) Camp is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and is located in the southern Monadnock region of New Hampshire (1.5 hours north of Boston). Our mission is to serve diverse youth from the diocese and to meet them where they are at in their personal faith journeys. Our program is focused on traditional New England camp programming (archery, adventure, arts & crafts, swimming, boating, ropes course, dance, drama, nature, music,
sports) and spiritual formation.
2018 Summer Camp Schedule
Session 1: Sunday, 7/1 - Friday, 7/6
Session 2: Sunday, 7/8 - Friday, 7/13
Session 3: Sunday, 7/15 - Friday, 7/20
Session 4: Sunday, 7/22 - Friday, 7/27
Session 5: Sunday, 7/29 - Friday, 8/3
Financial Aid: We are committed to providing the financial aid needed so that each and every child may attend camp. If you are seeking assistance, apply for a Campership during the online registration process.
Transportation: We offer one-way and round-trip transportation on opening and closing days of camp. Our bus stops are at Episcopal churches in Medford and Bridgewater, MA.