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February 8, 2018 Parish New

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 11
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
David Betz
Randy Cheyne
Dylan Steffens
Nathaniel Sherwood
Jessie Reed
Chris Calhoun
Rosemarie Fry
Roger & Brenda Fortier
James McKim


Coffee Hour
Happy Beale & Bob Jones
Important Dates
February 11 - Worship 8 & 10am Family Sunday
-Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs, 12:30-2pm w/ guest James McKim to discuss social justice.
February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Great opportunity for young families and all others to come have dinner and meet Rev. Vogele. Dinner will be served 5:30-7pm
- Insight Meditation in the Parish House 7pm
February 14 - Ash Wednesday service 7am & 7pm
February 18 - Worship 8 & 10am
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 20 - Insight meditation in the Parish House 7pm
February 22 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
February 24 - Celebration of New Ministry 1pm
February 25 - Worship 8 & 10am
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 27 - Insight meditation in the Parish House 7pm
- Southern Convocation meeting at St. Matthew's 7pm refreshments, 7:30pm meeting
March 1 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
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Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Bob, Eileen, Pat, Lou, Kate, Ellen, 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
Grace Tennett
Susan Osburn
Victor Cotugno
Steve Ducharme
James Buchanan
James Lange
Philip Pancoast
Anniversaries Known to Us
Joseph & Jill Exner
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.

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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.          
Parish Notes - February 8, 2018
In each congregation that I have been in, there has been a desire to understand the Sunday service better - not just as a program apart from worship but as an appropriate "real-time" commentary within the Sunday morning service itself.  These services are often known as "Instructed Eucharists."  This Sunday, Feb. 11th, at both services, we will have such an opportunity.  At various parts in the worship, I will comment on why we do what we do.  I will make sure to do so without, hopefully, ruining the spirit of worship.
Why are we doing what we are doing?  Why do we read from so many parts of the Bible each week?  Why do some people bow or cross themselves?  Why do we kneel, stand, or sit when we do? There is no limit on the questions so, if you have any of your own, please ask them during the sermon time.  And if you'd like to send your question(s) ahead of time, I would be
Peace, Nancy

Arrival of Lent
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is served between 5:30-7pm
Ash Wednesday services 7am & 7pm
We will begin a new prayer list. Please let the office know of anyone you would like included.
*Don't forget that our Alleluia's disappear from worship until the arrival of Easter.

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.
Tuesday Feb 13    Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper in the Undercroft, serving from 5:30-7pm  
Saturday Feb 24  Reception following the Celebration of New Ministry. Service at 1pm
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. 

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.
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.



Pledge Gathering Update:
80 pledges in hand totaling $161,076


100 pledges totaling $170,000

Goffstown Insight Meditation Group
Starting in 2018 the Goffstown Insight meditation group will meet at Co-Creations Artisan Marketplace in Amherst NH (292 Rt. 101 -- Salzburg Square) on the first Tuesday of every month. The owner, Deborah Hodiak-Knox, has kindly offered her yoga space downstairs for our meditation gathering. We'll start at the same time (7pm) and sit for 30 minutes, followed with a Dharma talk and discussion (with tea and cookies!).
All the other Tuesdays will remain at St. Matthews, starting at 7pm (also with tea and cookies!).
Please feel free to join us.
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



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. Dr. Nancy Vogele.
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