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February 15, 2018 Parish News

St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele, 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- quiet, spoken
10am Rite II - with music, choirs, nursery care, Sunday School, & coffee hour
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
February 18
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Kevin Kennerson
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Stephen Battey
Amy Desrochers
Emily Desrochers
Rosemarie Fry
Benge Ambrogi
Amy Poisson
Donald Kelchner
Steve Fry


Coffee Hour
Margie Battey
Sally Booth
Important Dates
February 18 - Worship 8 & 10am w/Sunday School
 Parish Bfast served 8:45-9:30am
 Food collected for the weekend food backpack program
 Social Justice meeting 11:15 in the parish house
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 22 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
February 24 - Celebration of New Ministry 1pm, child care provided.
February 25 - Worship 8 & 10am w/Sunday School
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 27 - Southern Convocation meeting at St. Matthew's 7pm refreshments, 7:30pm meeting
March 1 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
March 4 - Worship 8 & 10am w/Sunday School
  Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
March 8 -  Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
March 11 - Worship 8am & 10am Family Sunday w/Jr. Choir
- Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs 12:30-2pm
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Eryn, Bob, Eileen, Pat, Lou
Birthdays Known to Us
Roger Macon
Ed Meyers
Katie Lee
Jeff Stevens
Addie Ann Lambarth
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
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.          
Parish Notes - February 15, 2018
We are officially in the Season of Lent in which we walk our pilgrimage through the wilderness of our lives to the clarifying events of Holy Week and Easter.  We do this as individuals and as a community.  In addition to Sunday morning worship, there are a good number of ways your pilgrimage can be guided and buoyed this Lent:
One way is to come along on Thursday evenings (starting next Thursday, Feb. 22nd) and join in on our Adult Ed Lenten offering (more details below). Linnae and I are facilitating this program  and we are excited!  For those who can join us for dinner from 6-7, we will have a time of fellowship.  The program will be from 7-8:30.  We are meeting in the undercroft of the church. I hope you can join us.
Another way is to remember than we are allowed to celebrate life - even in Lent!  To that end, please join us for a Celebration of New Ministry together next Saturday, Feb. 24th at 1pm (followed by a reception).  My dear friend Leah Torrey will preach and the bishop will preside at this service.  Let's celebrate our new life together and all that St. Matt's means to us.  Child care will be provided (See info below on this, too).
Lent is a time to take stock and make changes that will help us be more fully whom God has created us to be and to help us, as a community, to be at our best for the sake of God's kingdom.
Peace, Nancy
The third Sunday of the month is dedicated to outreach. The loose plate offering will go to the St. Matthew's Discretionary Fund. Food will be collected for the Goffstown Network Backpack program. The Social Justice Committee meets at 11:15am in the parish house. Parish Breakfast is served 8:45am-9:30am.

God willing,
the Bishop of New Hampshire
the Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld
will institute
The Rev. Nancy A.G. Vogele
As Rector
Of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
7 N. Mast Street, Goffstown, New Hampshire
On Saturday, February 24th, 2018
The Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle
at 1:00 p.m., child care provided
Your prayers and presence are requested.
Clergy: Red stoles                Reception to follow

Lenten Series Offered
The Rev. Nancy Vogele and Linnae Peterson, M.Div., will be facilitating the Lenten Series - Meeting Jesus In John, created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist. We will meet on Thursdays in Lent, starting with a simple dinner from 6-7pm, with the educational program from 7-8:30pm.  All are welcome to come whether they can join in for dinner or just the educational session.  Please let Nancy or Linnae know if you have any questions or if you would like a booklet for the series.
Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God - again - or for the very first time?
With a beautiful prayer journalfacilitation guidance for small groups (and more) from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and videos from the monks of SSJE, Meeting Jesus is a six-week journey and reflection on the Gospel According to John, starting Lent 2018.



Got 2 hours a month to spare? empty_rack_of_clothes.jpg
The Community Clothing Center needs three good souls to each take a 2-Hour a month shift. Two people are needed as a Key Person (shift leader). The dates are the 4th Wednesday 6-8pm and the 2nd Thursday 3-5pm.  The Key Person opens, handles the cash sales and justifies the money, supervises the volunteers and closes. Training and support are provided. The third person needed is permanent Floor Person on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, to put new clothes out, remove hangers, and assist clients.
Help! Please contact the office or Sharon or Joan Alayne for more information. Thank you!



2018 Lenten Program 
"Becoming Beloved Community" 
The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is honored to partner with the Black Heritage Trail of NH to offer a collection of short readings on little known historic figures from NH's African American community for our 2018 Lenten Program.
For each day in Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, we will publish these stories to help educate us all on what we have never been taught.  They will help us to see the impact and contributions of African Americans who have shaped our lives together as a community.

Meet & Greet 
Come meet The Rev. Nancy Vogele and her partner Lynn Feenan. These sessions offer an informal setting in which to get to know Nancy and for her to get to know us.
Saturday Feb 24  Reception following the Celebration of New Ministry. Service at 1pm, child care provided.
Sunday March 11   Home of Benge & Sarah Ambrogi, 1280 Union St. Manchester 2:30pm-4pm 
Contact the office 497-2003 or Angie Battey 486-9151 for additional info. 

Come support our talented youth. St. Matthew's has several parishioners performing.


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