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April 19, 2018 Parish News

Mast Palm Sunday 2 
St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele, Rector
Office Hours:
Tu/Th 9:30-12:30pm
Wed 9:30-1:30pm
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All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Readings for this Sunday:
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm  23
Epistle 1 John 3:16-24
Gospel John 10:11-18
  Thank you for your ministry this week:
Michael Domingue
Mary Jenkins
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Ann Domingue
Stephen Battey
Lexy Steffens
Dylan Steffens
David Betz
Deb McCarter
Chris Calhoun
Angie Battey
Coffee Hour
Nancy Nichols
Important Dates
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)
May 17 - Vestry meeting 7pm
May 19 - Volunteer luncheon for the CCC 12:30-2pm
May 20 - Worship 8 & 10am w/Sunday School
 - Parish Breakfast served 8:45-9:30am
 - Social Justice meeting 11:15
 - Open House at Lynn & Nancy's home, 1-4pm, 75 Hamblet St., Manchester
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Richard, Lloyd, Jeff & Family, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Eleanor 
Birthdays Known to Us
Sam Auger
Lee Duncan
Christopher Greiner
Avery Lang
Andy Yost
Nathaniel Auger
Anniversaries Known to Us
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 
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
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 Fridaybetween 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 19, 2018
Rain or shine (or snow!), this Sunday is Earth Day and we will honor Mother Earth with a roadside and parish grounds cleanup.  This is what it means to be a good steward - to care for creation and to protect it.
This Sunday is also "Good Shepherd Sunday" where the readings talk about God and Jesus being shepherds.  Caring for and protecting us - being willing to lay down one's life for a friend.
What are you willing to "lay down" for a greater good?  This is the focus of my sermon.  I hope it stimulates good discussion and thought.
Peace, Nancy
* Parish Breakfast is this Sunday from 8:45-9:30am.

* Kelly will be out of the office April 23 - April 30


Earth Day Spring Clean Up THIS Sunday
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 this Sunday for our spring roadside and parish grounds cleanup happens.

We will meet in the garden around 11:15for 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.
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

The Environmental Affairs Subcommittee 
of the Social Justice Committee suggests the following 
for folks in celebration of Earth Day. 
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Quick List
Take hazardous materials to Transfer station 
(used oil, pesticides, oily rags, other chemicals you have not used in years and have no plans to use)
Replace old weather stripping around doors and windows
Use a clothes line or clothes rack rather than dryer
Install programmable thermostats
Insulate and air seal attic scuttle (access to attic)
Longer-term list
Get an energy audit
When it is time to replace your existing car, buy a hybrid car
Heat your house with wood
Install insulated window treatments

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.

Just Visiting
"When was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? Jesus will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the last of these, you did it to me." Matthew 25:39-40
A Forum Concerning County Jail Incarceration in NH
Please save the date:
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 12:30 until 3:00pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ordway Hall, 
Concord NH
You should come if you wonder:
Who goes to jail in New Hampshire...Why they are there ...What happens to them...How long they stay... What programs are available while they are there... What helps people not return once they leave... About probation and parole... What is "just" .... Who can visit... How to volunteer... About other ways to respond....
And: If you read The New Jim Crow, you may find attending the forum a helpful next step.
"Just Visiting" is sponsored by The Prison Concerns Committee and the Commission on Reconciliation of the Episcopal Church in NH; and The NH Council of Churches. We invite you to take this step with us.

Saint Anselm College
Philosophy Department Colloquium Presents:
The Minimum Wage,
The Family Wage, and 
The Limits of Philosophical Ethics
Kyle Hubbard, Asst. Professor of Philosophy
Tuesday April 24, 3:45-5pm
Dana Center Conference Room

Dr. Deb McCarter ( or 774-573-0378) has a friend in need of the following:
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!
Rector The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele
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