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December 7, 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
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8am Rite I - simple, spoken worship
10am Rite II - nursery care provided, Sunday School, music, choirs, and coffee hour.
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
December 10
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Sandra Jones
Jay Hunter
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Ann Domingue
Kevin Kennerson
Matt Desrochers
Amy Desrochers
James McKim
Jane Doherty
Melanie Sherwood
Chris Calhoun
Bill Gannon
Tony Howd
Benge Ambrogi
Coffee Hour Host
Joanna Wentworth
Karyn & Eric Battey
Important Dates
December 9 - Progressive Dinner 6pm & Yankee Swap 7:45pm. 
December 10 - 8 & 10am worship (with Sunday school, no family Sunday this week)
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
& Theology Under Wraps for high school youth 4-5:30pm at Nadeau's Subs.
December 14 - Vestry meeting 7pm
December 17 - 8am worship & 10am w/baptism (Brown Bag Sunday, please bring donations for the Weekend Food Program)
& Parish Breakfast 8:45-9:30am
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
& Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 7pm
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 21 - Annual Meeting
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
Jeanne Brown
Michael Spigarelli
Linda Clark
William Peterson
Gregory Wells
Wendy Deabill
Chuck Marts
Caroline Harlow
Anniversaries Known to Us 
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 7, 2017
Advent greetings to you all!  The scripture lessons assigned for this Sunday provide us with two versions of the message,


the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,'"


Both speak of building a highway for God.  But it's not clear whether it's a highway on which God can come to us, or whether it's for us to tread as we follow Him on His way.  There's also some confusion about whether the wilderness is where the highway will be built, or whether the wilderness is where the prophet-the one crying out-is to be found.  Please join me on Sunday as we explore highways and wildernesses, and how we can find our way.


"See you in church,"

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

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
December 17, 7pm



Join us for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presented by the St. Matthew's Sr. Choir and members of the Goffstown community.

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. 

Pledge Gathering Update:
50 pledges in hand totaling $118,332


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. 
CCC Volunteer Openings
Can you spare 2 hours a month? 
The Community Clothing Center needs a Key Person 24 hours a year on the 4th Thursday of each month from 3-5 pm.
We also need a Key Person 8 hours a year on the 5th Thursday (only happens 4 times a year) 3-5 pm.
Please call Joan Alayne Stevens at 660-9164.
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 webwhere 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