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August 31, 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
September 3
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Kevin Kennerson
Emily Desrochers
Barbara Carbonneau
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Coffee Hour Host
Margie Battey
Sally Booth
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
August 31 - Fall Issue of The Matthean will be available
Sept 3 - 9am Worship
Sept 10 - 8 & 10am Worship & 
Sunday School registration at coffee hour
Jr. Choir meeting 11:30am join us in the choir pews to learn more.
Sunday School Teacher meeting 11:30-1pm
Acolyte Training Noon-1:30pm
Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's subs 4-6pm
Sept 13 - SHINE resumes 10:30-11:45am
Bible Chat begins at Noon
Sept 17 - 8 & 10am Baptism St. Matthew's Day worship
Sunday School begins 10am
Welcoming Ministry Informational meeting after church
Sept. 21 - Vestry meeting 7pm.  Welcome to all.
Sept. 24 - 8 & 10am worship
Outreach Meeting, to organize the yard sale 11:30am 
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
Jeff, 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
Harrison Meece
Nancy Lockwood
Melanie Sherwood
Erika Penney
Mary Moore
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Peter & Nancy Clark
Steve & Lorraine Pascucci
James & Judy Sheppard
Phillip & Judy Pancoast
Chris & Jane Penney
Richard & Deb Dietsch
Prayers of comfort to Starr Coulter at the passing of her husband Ted. Funeral at St. Matthew's September 30, 3pm.
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 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. 

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.
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.          
Interim Rector's Notes - August 31, 2017
This Labor Day Sunday, I hope you will bring a symbol of your weekday ministry to church to offer your work to God's service and to receive God's blessing. At the same time we will hear what Jesus has to say about that symbol of his ministry: the cross. Jesus invites us to take up our crosses and follow him.  What is the cross you carry in following Jesus? Does your ministry sometimes seem like a cross you have to bear?  Come and hear what the prophet Jeremiah has to say about that.


"See you in church,"


Please note that the fall edition of The Matthean is available. There is a lot of important information in it and the decision was made to mail it to all households and friends of St. Matthew's. If you'd like a preview here is The Matthean link.

Sunday, September 10

There is a lot happening once we return to 8 & 10am worship on Sunday, September 10. In addition to the Important Dates section to the left, here are the highlights of everything happening the first Sunday of our program year:

1. There will be two services: 8am is a simple, spoken, Rite I service.  10am is a Rite II service that offers music, choirs, nursery care, Sunday School (family worship the 2nd Sunday of every month), and coffee hour.

2. Any child in Grade 2-8 who would like to sing in the Jr. Choir, please meet in the choir pews at 11:30am for more information. The Jr. Choir sings at the 10am worship service on the second Sunday of the month, the 7pm Christmas Eve and 9:15am Easter worship service. They usually rehearse after worship from 11:30-Noon the Sundays they do not sing.

3. Sunday School registration during coffee hour. Registration is ongoing throughout the year in the classrooms if you are not able to sign up this Sunday.

4. Sunday School Teacher informational meeting at 11:30-1pm in the preK/K room.

5. Acolyte Refresher & Training in the church at noon for anyone grade 4 - adult who would like to serve during either service. Help is greatly needed at 8am and the more the merrier at 10am.  Pizza will be served at 1pm.

6. Theology Under Wraps for high school teens at Nadeau's Subs, 776 Mast Rd, Pinardville from 4-6pm. Come chat with Rev. Celeste and Shea Sennett.



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



Sunday School News
Starting this fall, Sunday School will be using a new and exciting curriculum called SparkHouse Classroom for 3 yr - 5th grade.
The Young Teens class (6th - 9th grade) will be focusing on the church's mission and what it means to them. Both kids and teachers are going to like it! If you would like to find out about being a teacher, come to the teachers meeting Sep 10 at 11:30am. Sunday School lessons start Sep 17 for 3 yr - 9th grade.
Another important way to support the Sunday School ministry is to donate materials we will need. Starting Sun 8/27, there will be a labeled bin in the Undercroft to collect the following supplies: newspaper, egg cartons, paint shirts (old button down shirts), thin cardboard like cereal boxes or sheets used in packing, animal/plant shaped cookie cutters (used fine/won't be used for making food), ribbons, string, and twine.  We won't just be using paper and markers this year!



Sunday School Greeter Opportunity
The Sunday School team is in need of a few more Sunday School greeters. Here's what's involved:
Safe Church training is helpful, but optional.
Arrive in the Parish House by 9:45 am
Greet teachers, introduce yourself and let them know you are available if they need you 
Greet parents and children. Sign in their child(ren) by class on the clipboards in the Easter Room.
Once classes are started (after music, etc.) float around to check to see if teachers need anything - and/or jump in a class and help out if one is a little restless etc.
Count the kids and teachers & yourself so you can give the count to the Usher when s/he comes over.
Join the teachers and children when it' time to come into the church at Communion time.
Thank you for giving thought to helping as a Greeter. It is an important and rewarding role! Please let Joan Alayne know if you'd like more information or can help out.

CCC Volunteer Openings
Calling All Bookworms
The Community Clothing Center (CCC) is seeking a book lover to take on the role of sorting donated books. We give books that are in good condition to the Library and keep some for the CCC bookshelves. Books that are in less pristine condition go to the Transfer Station to be recycled. Videotapes are also received and put into service. An hour a week is all that would be needed. 
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! 
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.

Save The Date
Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm
Festive Evensong to celebrate our 
150th Anniversary.
If there is a parishioner that is a photographer please contact Nancy Clark. We are looking for someone to take photos to chronicle the 150th celebration.

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

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


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