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April 20, 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.
Sunday Readings
April 23
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Benge Ambrogi
Randy  Cheyne 
Pam Cheyne
Sara Reed
Gregory Wells
Kevin Battey
Lexy Steffens
Rosemarie Fry
Christina Dickey
Eric Battey
Shawn O'Connor
Brian Penney
Barbara Carbonneau
Coffee Hour Hosts
Nancy Clark
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
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 11 - Vestry Meeting 7pm, Open to all
May 14 - 8 & 10am Worship, Family Sunday
May 21 - 8 & 10am Worship w/ baptism
& Parish Breakfast served 8:45-9:30am (last one of the program year).
May 28 - Worship 8 & 10am
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Harold, George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Cassidy, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne, Sophia, Bill & Jane & the Exner Family
Birthdays Known to Us
Emily Desrochers
Nathaniel Auger
Ian Clark
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Amy & Gerry Poisson
Prayers of comfort to
Sheri & Peter Moloney at the passing of their daughter Shannon.  The funeral will be held at St. Matthew's this Saturday, April 22, 10am.  Please park at Maple Ave. Elementary School.
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.            

Traveling or Homebound? 


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.  


Click here to see all the recordings available for viewing. 

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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 20, 2017
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!


On the first Sunday after Easter, the Gospel reading is always the story about the so-called "Doubting Thomas".   I for one think Thomas needs to be "re-branded," as they say these days. Come and find out why.


And also, find out who will win the prize for the "Great Dumpster Dare"-our recycling contest.  And stay to join our roadside cleanup teams on this Earth Sunday.
                   "See you in Church,"   Celeste+

Note - there will be no Bible chat next Wednesday, April 26 

The office will be closed next Thursday, April 27.
Bill Exner tells me that his healing continues. He is gaining strength, though still dependent on a feeding tube for nourishment. He and Jane celebrated Easter Sunday at Christ Church Cambridge with adult children who live and work in Boston. Bill expects to play golf soon, to protest the President's political priorities, to pray for peace, and to cheer for the RedSox and Bruins.  He appreciates our prayers. Celeste+

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 and may need to cancel. 

Environmental Stewardship 
We will meet in the garden 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 fall 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 plan to stay after for pizza and salad.  
If you've already responded, there's no need to reply again.  Otherwise, please let us know if you can make it so we can figure out how many road crew teams we can count on and HOW MUCH PIZZA TO ORDER!
Happy Beale and Bob Jones, Sharon Benard
Roadside Cleanup Coordinators

St. Matthew's is proud to announce that parishioner Kristie Curtis is receiving a Micah Award from Granite State Organizing Project. Her dedication and efforts on behalf of the Youth of St. Matthews and The town of Goffstown are awe inspiring.


The Micah Dinner which will be held on June 10th at Holy Cross Center in Manchester will make the presentation that evening. If you are interested in attending, more information will be posted or you can ask Jean Mazarella, Barbara Carbonneau or Sue Chretien. (Sue Chretien telephone Number is 603-661-3987 or e-mail

Everyone who attends this annual program tells me how worthwhile it was.  I've attended every year, and I'm not at all surprised by their reaction. Please consider taking advantage of this free opportunity.  Celeste+"
As the deadline to register for the Lay Leadership Institute approaches, we wanted to make sure that some special groups in your congregation are aware of our offerings this year.  Specifically, the Knitting Group(s), Christian Education/Sunday School teachers, Wardens, Publicity and website managers and anyone interested in exploring a call to a larger role in the church.
The seminars listed below still have space available.
Knitters!  Knitting as Ministry and Prayer. This workshop is led by the Canon Judith Esmay and is a celebration of the mission of knitting. Knitters will come together for sharing of missions and stories. This is limited to the first 30 people on a first come, first serve basis.
Sunday School Teachers! Christian Formation; Life Long, Life Deep and Life Wide: Formation begins in childhood and continues through adulthood. This workshop will look at many types of formation including traditional education, digital options and intergenerational opportunities. 
Wardens: Wardens' Roundtable: This year's seminar will be led by Gene Garthwaite and will use as its text "Wardens as Stewards: A Call for Excellence," by William H. Hermann. Our annual Round Table offers the Wardens of our diocese opportunity to meet one another, share information and experiences.
Seekers! Discernment and Call: This seminar, led by the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson, will begin with an exploration of call narrative in Holy Scripture and the vows made through baptism. Then we'll learn about the two-fold discernment process, involving Clearness Committees and Regional Discernment Committees.
For those churches looking to enliven and enrich their presence online and get out their messages about events and church life out to a greater audience: 
Committee Chairs, Publicity, WebMasters! Promoting Your Parish: This hands-on session will share best practices, ideas and examples of church communication. You'll spend the day building new outreach & visibility programs for your parish. Led by our Missioner of Communications and Community Engagement, Laura Simoes.
Information and the link to register can be found on the Diocesan website:
Thank you.  



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.

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
Annual Smorgasbord offered at Stark Hall sponsored by St. Matthew's Church, April 24, 1982. Adults $4.00, children 12 or under $1.75. Lots of fun times.

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. 
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