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December 21, 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 9:30-12:30pm
Wed 9:30-1:30pm
(call ahead during the Christmas week)
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9am Rite II - nursery care provided, music
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
December 24
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Canticle 15
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-28
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
David Betz
Paul Peterson
Kelly Kennerson
Important Dates
December 22 - Christmas food basket packing at St. Lawrence Church 6:30pm
December 24 - 
9am Sunday morning worship (no choir, or Sunday School)
Christmas Eve Services - bring a bell to ring in the news of a joyous birth.
4pm - For young families & early birds
7pm - with the Jr. Choir
10:30pm - Musical prelude with the Sr. Choir
December 25 - Christmas morning, quiet, simple, spoken worship at 10am
December 30 - Epiphany Play rehearsal 10am-noon
December 31 - 9am Worship, come celebrate Rev. Celeste's last Sunday at St. Matthew's. Good-bye/Thank you brunch to follow worship.
January 6 - Epiphany Play rehearsal 10am-noon
January 7 - 8am worship, 10am Epiphany Play. Come welcome Rev. Vogele at worship or at Molly's Restaurant 12-2pm
January 14 - Worship 8 & 10am, Sunday school resumes
- Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs, new time 12:30-2pm
January 21 - 8 & 10am worship, Brown Bag Sunday & Annual Meeting
January 25 - Book group, 7pm
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Frank, Judy, Louise, Judy, Eleanor, Jane, Cynthia & Jim, Lu, Ed, Carolyn, Amy, Corrine, Barb, Dian, Bill, John, George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne,  & Sophia
Birthdays Known to Us
Michael Sheehy
Jen Brown
Natalie Sennett
Abby Curtis
Sam Carbonneau
Ted Harlow
Terri Warren
Dian McCarthy
Joshua Sennett
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Paul & Linnae Peterson
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
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 - December 21, 2017
Merry Christmas, my brothers and sisters in Christ!
And, also-"Season's Greetings!" 


I know, that form of "politically-correct" greeting offends many Christians who assume that, because we are the majority in our culture, the Christmas message is the only one shoppers need to hear, regardless of their own faith tradition.


Regardless of whether it's actually Christmas yet, but that's another story.....


But I'm sending you both greetings this week because due to our secular calendar, on this Sunday, December 24 we're celebrating two seasons of the church calendar: Advent in the morning, and Christmas in the evening. After the morning Gospel account of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary that she will bear a son who will save the world, the altar guild will be at work adorning our worship space in the Christmas tapestry.


Two seasons in one day! Expectation and Joy. Nine months of pregnancy compressed into a mere nine hours. 
In our busy world where time flies faster and faster, please take time to notice the change of seasons.


          "See you in church,"


Forgotten Cookies - Many have asked about the meringue cookies I brought to church last week.  They're called "Forgotten" cookies because you put them in the oven, turn the oven off after a few minutes and forget them.  But for me, they were forgotten because my mother used to make them with dates and pecans, and I never asked the name or the recipe. But recently I found one in a magazine. Google "Forgotten Cookies" and you'll find  many recipes for them online.  You can add a wide variety of sweets to the meringue.  Celeste+


At the time of publishing this, the weather is looking questionable for Christmas morning 10am worship. If the service needs to be cancelled a constant contact message will be sent by 8am. 

The Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Edition of The Matthean has been mailed to all households and is available by clicking HERE 

Please note some January dates:
The Book Group has been changed from January 11 TO January 25. Same time, 7pm. See Linnae Peterson for more info.


Annual Meeting, January 21

Christmas Week Schedule
Sunday December 24 - ONE service at 9am, no Sunday School, no choir
Sunday December 24 - Christmas Eve Services, don't forget to bring bells to ring in the joyous birth
4pm - for young families and early birds
7pm - for families, with the Jr. Choir
10:30pm - musical prelude with the Sr. Choir and worship at 11pm
Monday December 25, Christmas morning - Quiet, simple, spoken worship at 10am
Sunday December 31 - ONE service at 9am, no Sunday School. Please join us for Rev. Celeste Hemingson's last Sunday with us. 

Parking Reminder
Please, please do not park at Sully's while the store is open. 
There is parking available on Sundays at the library, on street, and behind the laundromat for St. Matthew's parishioners to utilize. Sully's needs it's parking spaces for it's customers. Thank you.

Intrepid Snow Shovelers Needed!
Believe it or not, Winter is here!
During winter weather events, our driveway and parking areas are cleared by our contracted snow plow operator.
The remaining snow removal chores need to be performed after each storm  with occasional touch-up before scheduled building use. 
These chores include:
  • Clear walkways, ramps  and entry ways
  • Clear Emergency exits
  • Apply Ice-melt on stairs and ramps to avoid slippery surfaces
There is a snow-blower available for the larger storms.
We would like to establish a revolving list for these chores. 
With the expected snowfall this coming week, it is our hope that a list can be setup so that the chores do not become burdensome.  Also, our hope is the list would provide a backup in case the current person was unavailable during a storm.
If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch with Eric Battey, Vestry for Buildings & Grounds ( or send a message to the Parish Office.

Pledge Gathering Update:
52 pledges in hand totaling $123,332


100 pledges totaling $170,000

The wardens and vestry of St. Matthew's Church are delighted to announce that we have called the Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele to be our next rector. She will join us on January 1, 2018. Click here for her bio.
You are invited to a welcome reception for 
The Reverend Nancy Vogele
Sunday, January 7, 2018
12pm - 2pm
Molly's Tavern & Restaurant
35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston 
Transition Prayer:
Loving God, giver of all good gifts, we thank you for your guidance through our search for our next rector. Open our hearts and minds to the new possibilities of the future as we now prepare to welcome her.  Inspire each of us to offer our unique gifts for building up your church.  Keep watch over Nancy Vogele, the one you have chosen for us, so that together, we will be united in love and dedicated to your mission. Through Jesus Christ, our lord. 
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