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August 17, 2017 Parish News

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St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Interim Rector
7 North Mast Street
Goffstown, NH 03045 
Office Hours:
Tu & Th 9:30-1:30
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9am summer worship with music, nursery care, and coffee hour.
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
August 20
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Lexy Steffens
Matt Desrochers
Barbara Carbonneau
Sharon Benard
Leo Steffens 
Pam Cheyne
Randy Cheyne
Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
August 20 - 9am Worship
August 27 - 9am Worship
August 31 - Fall Issue of The Matthean will be available
Sept 3 - 9am Worship
Sept 10 - 8 & 10amWorship & Baptism
Sunday School registration at coffee hour
Sunday School Teacher meeting 
High School Youth group gathering at Nadeau's subs 4-6pm
Sept 17 - 8 & 10am St. Matthew's Day worship
Sunday School begins 10am
Sept. 21 - Vestry meeting 7pm.  Welcome to all.
Sept. 24 - 8 & 10amworship 
CROP Walk, register at 11:30 at the Congregational Church, Stark Hall
Sept. 29 - Come celebrate St. Matthew's 150th at an Evensong service 7pm with dessert reception to follow.
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Lu, Ed, Carolyn, Amy, Corrine, Barb, Dian, Bill, John, Harold, George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Cassidy, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne, Sophia, Bill & Jane & the Exner Family
Birthdays Known to Us
Irena Kuzma
Carolyn Benthien
Zachary Clark
Margie Battey
Christina Dickey
Rebecca Spaulding
John Feick
Abby Clark
Tony Marts
Bridget Kennerson
Adam Osburn
Brian Yost
Christopher Cotugno
Chris Penney
Benge Ambrogi
Cecily Bedwell
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Tony & Dianne Mills Howd
Mark & Linda Clark
Daniel & Sharon Benard
Marc & Jody Auger
Roger & Brenda Fortier
Matthew & Kelly Kennerson
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 
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
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.

Traveling or Homebound? 


Now you can see & hear SundayServices 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. 

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 - August 17, 2017
The Gospel lesson this Sunday tells the troubling (and troublesome) incident when Jesus insulted a woman from an ethnic and religious minority.  How could such a thing happen? Come and hear how the system of privilege effects everything we think and do. 
          "See you in church,"

CCC Volunteer Openings
The CCC is looking for two volunteers on Pumpkinfest Saturday, Oct 14th to help from 9-1 pm. No experience necessary. Try it you'll like it! Please contact the office, Joan Alayne or Sharon.
The Community Clothing Center is in need of one volunteer for the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3-5pm. This is a great shift for a parent and child or two friends! Please contact Joan Alayne Stevens if you are able to join this great volunteer team effort.

Blessing of Life Ministries on Labor Day
Once again on the Sunday before Labor Day I invite you to bring in a symbol of your ministry to church for a blessing.  Your ministry may be what you do for a living, or it may be something else.  Your ministry is what you do for life. What do you do between Sundays that affirms and builds up the life that Jesus offers us in abundance? What object is a sign of that ministry?  Start to pray about that now, and bring your ministry sign to church on September 3rd.  

Save The Date
Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm
Festive Evensong to celebrate our 
150th Anniversary.

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
The Annual Meeting Minutes from January 30, 1973, stressed that a vestryman should have faithful church attendance and on-time attendance at meetings, along with taking a major responsibility in participating in the annual canvass for pledges. The Sr. Warden also mentioned that, due to the likelihood of inclement weather in November, canvassing was planned for October instead.

Book Group Info
Need a late summer read? St. Matthew's book group will be meeting on Thursday Oct. 12 at 7pm in the Parish House, 7 N. Mast Rd. We will kick off the year reading Bishop Hirshfeld's new book, Without Shame or Fear: From Adam to Christ . A copy of the book will be available to borrow on the book table in the undercroft. Looking forward to seeing your there.  The Winter meeting will be on January 11, 2018 at 7pm. We will be reading Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye

In case anyone is traveling north for the Labor Day weekend:



Search Team status:
They will be starting the interview process.
Search Team Prayer:  Loving 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.

Pastoral Care Team Asks for Assistance
The pastoral care team at St. Matthew's is there to provide support to our fellow parishioners when they experience loss, sickness or any kind of trouble.  Recently, we've seen an above average need for help with meals as multiple St. Matthew's families are dealing with medical issues.
In order to help meet this increased need, we'd like to see if there are any other parishioners that would be willing to help out with meals.  We're not looking for a big commitment.  In general, we are looking for people to:
- Provide one dinner every other week (at most).
- Deliver the dinner (probably frozen) to the freezer in the undercroft for pickup.
If you are willing to help out, respond "YES" to this email.  Kelly will prove your contact information to the pastoral care team and you will then be contacted regarding signup. If you have questions, please contact Leo Steffens (
Thank you very much and God bless!
Leo Steffens
Vestry Member


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 MondayWednesday 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.          
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 the web 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