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April 13, 2017 Parish News

Mast Palm Sunday 2


St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Interim Rector
7 North Mast Street
Goffstown, NH 03045 
Office Hours:
Tu & Th 9:30-12:30
Wed 9:30-1:30
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8am Simple, spoken worship 
10am worship with music, choirs, Sunday School, nursery care and coffee hour
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Easter Readings
April 16
Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Rick Simons
Jay Hunter
Sharon Benard
Tamaryn Morin
Emily Desrochers
Matt Desrochers
Dylan Steffens 
Gregory Wells
Linda  Clark
Linnae Peterson
Melanie Sherwood
Leo Steffens
Kathy McKim
Stephen Battey
Sara Reed
Rosemarie Fry
Chris Calhoun
Steve Fry
James McKim
Eric Battey
Joan Alayne Stevens
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
Holy Week Services
April 13 - Maundy Thursday 7pm
April 14 - Good Friday, 7pm
April 15 - Holy Saturday - The Great Easter Vigil, 7:30
April 16 - Easter Sunday with services at 8am, 9:15 w/Jr. Choir and 11am w/Sr. Choir
April 20 -Vestry Meeting - 7pm open to all
April 23 - Worship 8 & 10am
Roadside & Grounds clean up
& Search Team Meeting 1:30pm
April 30 - Worship 8 & 10am
& Social Justice Meeting 11:15am
May 7 - Worship 8 & 10am w/baptism
& Outreach Meeting 11:15am
& Search Team Meeting 11:15am
May 14 - 8 & 10am Worship, Family Sunday
May 18 - Vestry Meeting 7pm, Open to all
May 19 - 21 - Youth Group Retreat
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Cassidy, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne, Sophia, Bill & Jane & the Exner Family
Birthdays Known to Us
Eliza Fredette
Ryan Lange
Diane Mills Howd
Bonnie Calhoun
Alyssa Brown
Samuel Auger
Amy Desrochers
Lee Duncan
Christopher Greiner
Avery Lang
Andy Yost
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Al & Mary Fredette
John & Lynn Reed
Prayers of comfort to Sheri & Peter Moloney at the passing of their daughter Shannon.
Weekly Offerings
 AA meetings held in the church undercroft 8:30pm
Group Meditation 7-8:30 in the Parish House for further information please visit 
Parish Nurse 10-11:30am
SHINE Program 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
Food Pantry Needs
Canned Meals such as ravioli and beef stew
Baked Beans
Mac & Cheese
Canned Fruit
Personal products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are also welcomed
Flower Offering
Memorial donations for altar flowers with request to include names of the dearly departed in Sunday prayers are available to all parishioners.  Please contact the office if you would like to remember a loved one in 2016.
New Resource
Faithsprouts is a blog designed to help parents, grandparents and caregivers to engage their young children with stories of the faith.  Click here to connect.
Need a Ride?

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.            

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Now you can see & hear Sunday Services from St. Matthew's anytime on the internet as we continue to reach out to share God's many blessings.  


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Nut Allergy Alert
Everyone please be aware that several members have severe allergies to nuts at St. Matt's.  Therefore, please do not bring snacks, salads or dishes with nuts into the church or Parish House.
Interim Rector's Notes - April 13, 2017
This night, Maundy Thursday, starts a three-day service for us.  That's right: One service in, let's say, three acts, that observes the our Lord's Last Supper, Crucifixion, and glorious Resurrection.  Just to bring that point home, the Prayer Book provides no dismissal after the services on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.  Come for all three, and walk with Jesus and his disciples. 


And then, on Easter Morning, come with a bell to help us ring out the Alleluias.  Celeste+

Please click here to read the current Lenten/Spring Edition of The Matthean.

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday, April 13 7pm - If we were to translate everything in the Book of Common Prayer into modern English, we would be calling the Thursday before Easter "Commandment Thursday."  The Middle English word "Maundy" comes from the even older word for "commandment," the source of our word "mandate".  At their last supper together on the night before he was executed, Jesus gave the disciples a mandate when he said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John13:35
As an example of loving one another, Jesus also washed his disciple's feet, and after he had done so, he explained his action, "So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you." John 13:14-15
These words of Jesus are not, strictly speaking, a commandment.  He uses words like "ought to" and "should," rather than "must".  But it looks to me and to many others, that the washing of feet was His way of illustrating the love commandment. The washing of someone else's feet demonstrates humility, and giving honor to one another.  For that reason, on Maundy Thursday, I like to do what Jesus said we ought to do: wash one another's feet.
If you would like to participate in foot-washing on Maundy Thursday, please come in appropriate foot wear, and ready to wash the feet of the brother or sister in line behind you. I hope this ceremony will give you new insight into Our Lord's new commandment.   
Please sign up for a half hour of prayer during the Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil.  
Good Friday, April 14 - There are 2 services offered:
At noon you are invited to join Rev. Celeste Hemingson and other members of the Goffstown Clergy Association at GOFFSTOWN HARVEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH. The Goffstown Clergy Association will offer a short reflection on one of the Seven Last Words of Christ.  From 'Woman behold your Son' to 'I thirst' and 'It is Finished', the unfolding of the events surrounding Jesus' last hours on the hardwood of the cross will be shared in a powerful hour. All are encouraged to attend during the lunch hour that day to focus spiritually and pray diligently on behalf of the One who, for us, hung on the cross. 
7pm at St. Matthew's - like the other services during Holy Week, the Good Friday liturgy is very ancient, going back to 4th Century pilgrimage rituals in Jerusalem.  We hear the account of Christ's Passion from the Gospel of John, and join in the Solemn Collects,  a special series of intercessions said only on this day.  
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 15 7:30pm - The Great Vigil of Easter is a joyful celebration of light overcoming darkness. Originally, for the earliest Christians it was an all-night affair, during which new converts were prepared for Baptism in time to participate in Christ's Resurrection at the first light of day.  The idea of celebrating Easter at dawn reminds me of the many community sunrise services on Easter morning in many areas.  The Easter Vigil at St. Matthew's will begin at sunset, 7:30 PM this year, and will end by 9:00.  Children are especially welcome.
"Jesus Christ is Risen Today!"  Bring bells to ring in the Alleluia's! Easter Sunday, April 16 Services offered at 8am, 9:15 and 11 am will highlight the joy of realization that the faithful One was and is vindicated in the end by God. Invite a friend to the Easter experience at St. Matthew's. The prayers, Bible readings and music will lift heart and soul. 
8am - Rite I
9:15am - Rite II with the Jr. Choir and egg hunt to follow
11am - Rite II with the Sr. Choir

Youth Group:
ASAP - Please rsvp to the office by phone 497-2003, or email so that we can determine the numbers for the retreat at St. Methodios, May 19-21.  We do not have many confirmed coming. 
Last Sunday members of the Youth Group went to Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH.  Thanks to Angie Battey for chaperoning with leader Kellie Denoncourt.

Environmental Stewardship Opportunities
Take the Dumpster Dare--this Sunday in the Undercroft: get all the items into the blue recycling bin or the dark trash bin, and become eligible for a prize.  Winning names will be drawn on Clean-up Sunday, April 23.
Earth Sunday, April 23rd   Roadside Clean-Up and Grounds Clean-up with pizza lunch to follow,  The grounds clean-up is a family friendly activity.

Search Team Status
April 2017
The Search Team that will result in the calling of a new Rector to St. Matthew's Church was announced by the Vestry in the summer of 2016. This search process is one of the most important things that this parish will do for a long time to come. Your Vestry appreciates your support of this team of dedicated parishioners. They include:
Karyn Battey, David Betz, Bonnie Calhoun, Barbara Carbonneau, Michael Domingue, Bob Jones, Roger Macon, Laeny McKahan, and Shea Sennett. In addition Abby Poison and Kathy McKim are serving as youth representatives to the Search Team. 
The 4 steps of the calling process are: 
1.  Parish Profile (our dreams, our prayers for our new Rector) 
2.  Diocese provides 8-12 applications
3.  Search teams narrows the field to 1-3
4.  Vestry selects top choice
Current status: The Search Team is currently in the process of finalizing the Parish Profile. The writing is complete and Annie Domingue is working with Mike, Bonnie, and Roger to create a beautiful presentation with lots of pictures of life at St. Matthew's. We expect the first draft to be ready for the Vestry to review in early May. After any revisions that might come from that meeting, the Profile will be posted to our web site along with the Diocese and National web sites. We then wait for applications. These will be submitted to the Diocese and a first level of filtering will be done by the Bishop's office. The Bishop's office will then forward applications to our search team for consideration. It's exciting to be about to begin this new phase of the search process. Soon we will start hearing from candidates to be our new Rector!
Search Team Prayer:  Lord God, giver of all good gifts, guide us throughout our time of transition.  Open our hearts and minds as we search for our new rector.  Empower each one of us to use our unique gifts in ministry, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience and joy.  Keep watch over the one you have chosen for us while you instill in us a vision of the Church's family; that, guided by your Holy Spirit, we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish our mission through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thoughts on the Wilderness III
Out in that wilderness, Jesus had plenty of time, time to think, time to dream, time to plan, time to ponder and time to pray. Time seems to be the one thing we have very little of. We are always seeking to add just one more thing into our day. The same is true of our children. Just one more practice, one more activity, one more demand crop up constantly. One gift we can give to them and to ourselves is to learn to say "NO". It is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks that I have had to do both personally and as a parent. Our culture is convinced that in order to succeed we all need to do more. Yet, throughout Scripture we find that we are challenged to take time out, to pause, to rest. Even God rested after the creation of the world! Keeping the Sabbath, a day of rest is included in the 10 Commandments to help us remember that we are more than what we do, we are beloved of God just as we are. So take out your family calendar and look for some ways this Lent to create some blank space, some time for yourself, your children and God. 

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
On February 8, 2002, fire destroyed the wood-frame, 3-story structure housing the food pantry and the parish offices of St. Matthew's Church. The church itself escaped without damage.
Stewardship -St. Matt's Needs YOUR help!

"Lord help us to be grateful for your whole creation, that we may

honor thee with our substance and be faithful stewards

of thy bounty."  (BCP pg. 329)



St Matthew's now has the ability to accept donations electronically  
There is a link on St Matthew's website that will take you directly to the St Matthew's E-Giving window or click here to DONATE . The very first you visit, you will be asked to enroll as a member - set up a user name and password and, if you wish, accept the ACH authorization to create bank account transactions. Once you are a member, you only need to log in using your user name and password.  (Note: If you specify a regular ongoing offering for a particular time frame, please consider renewing it when the time runs out. Thanks!)

"The Earth is the Lord's and all that dwells therein." (1 Corinthinian)


 Anniversary? Birthday? Thanksgiving?  Offerings for special occasions may be made by providing for worship in the following manner:


        Candles             $20.00       Sanctuary Lamp             $20.00
       Flower Offering  $35.00       Weekly Wafers/Host        $10.00
Please make checks payable to St. Matthew's Church and either put it in the Sunday Offering plate or mail it to the church office.
General Information
Historic St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is known for great liturgical music and progressive preaching in an inviting, traditional setting.  Since 1867 souls have given thanks through prayer, fellowship and sharing.  Fall worship times are at 8am (Rite I) and 10am (Rite II).
Summer worship time is 9am.  
This House of Prayer welcomes all people of faith on their spiritual journey. St. Matthew's Church is located at 7 North Mast Street in Goffstown, across from Sully's. (603) 497-2003. Check us out on theweb where you can support St. Matthew's by clicking on the e-giving icon or click on Publications for weekly Parish notes, a current copy of The Matthean, and important dates listed.

Give Thanks To God Always



The Wardens and Vestry are the formal and canonical leadership of the congregation during the interim period.
If you have questions, need help or additional information please feel free to contact Angie Battey, Sr. Warden directly at 486-9151 or  For pastoral help call The Rev. Celeste Hemingson at 603-496-8160 (cell).
Interim Rector The Rev. Celeste Hemingson (603) 496-8160
Parish Administrator Kelly Kennerson

St. Matthew's Church   7 N. Mast   Goffstown, NH 03045
office phone: 603-497-2003  

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30pm, Wed 9:30-1:30pm