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April 5, 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 4:32-35
Psalm  133
Epistle 1 John 1:1-2:2
Gospel John 20:19-31
  Thank you for your ministry this week:
David Betz
Jay Hunter
Tamaryn Morin
Dylan Steffens
Linda Clark
Deb McCarter
Leo Steffens
Melanie Sherwood
Nancy Nichols
Coffee Hour
Leo & Erin Steffens
Important Dates
April 8 - Worship 8am & Family Sunday worship 10am
April 11 - St. Matthew's Church hosts the Diocesan Safe Church Training 5:30-9pm, pre-registration is required.
April 12 - Book group meets to discuss Two Dogs and a Parrot, 7pm Parish House
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
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
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Richard, Lloyd, Jeff & Family, David, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Eleanor 
Birthdays Known to Us
Leigh Anderson
Zachary Meisel
Susan Yost
Kayleigh Moloney
Anniversaries Known to Us
Alan & Dee Bourgouin
Elliott & Nancy Waller
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 5, 2018
This Sunday is traditionally called "Low Sunday" because, being the Sunday after Easter, the attendance is low.  I totally understand, but it's still a shame because the Gospel reading for this Sunday is an amazing one in which Jesus appears to the frightened disciples and says, "Peace be with you."  He also shows Thomas his hands and his side so that he, too, can believe.  I've been thinking about our fears and how Jesus might help us find peace in the midst of them and I will be preaching on this on Sunday.
It's also Family Mass and we have some great songs we are singing, too - including:
Shake another hand, shake the hand next to you, Shake another hand and sing the song.  
Shake another hand, shake the hand next to you, Shake another hand and sing, And sing this 
"A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia!  A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia!  A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia!  A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia!"
Who could miss singing that?!
Peace, Nancy
p.s. Those who made Ukrainian Easter Eggs can pick them up on Sunday as well.  As you can see from the photo, they all turned out fantastic!

Book Group - April 12, 7pm
There are books available to borrow if you'd like to join in the book group to discuss Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life. If you can't finish the book, join us in discussion anyway! All are welcome. 
If you would like to attend the discussion, please contact or 

Save the Date - 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'clockservice 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



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
Registration Information
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.
Learn More:
Ask us a Question:
Got 2 hours a month to spare?
 The Community Clothing Center needs TWO good souls to take once a month shift. 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.   A person is also needed on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm, to help put clothing on the racks and assist customers. Help! 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