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January 25, 2018 Parish News

St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele, Rector
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
January 28
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Randy Cheyne
Sandra Jones
Mary Jenkins
Ann Domingue
Kevin Kennerson
Dylan Steffens
Lexy Steffens
Gregory Wells
Amy Poisson
Paul Peterson
Linnae Peterson
Jane Doherty
Sarah Ambrogi
Leo Steffens
Important Dates
January 25 - Book group, 7pm
(see article)
January 28 - 8 & 10am Worship
Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 1 - Submissions due for the next issue of The Matthean
February 4 - Worship 8 & 10am
Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 11 - Worship 8 & 10am Family Sunday
Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs, 12:30-2pm.
February 13 - Shrove TuesdayPancake Supper. Great opportunity for young families and all others to come have dinner and meet Rev. Vogele. Dinner will be served 5:30-7pm
February 14 - Ash Wednesdayservice 7am & 7pm
February 18 - Worship 8 & 10am
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 25 - Worship 8 & 10am
 Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
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Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
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
Happy Beale
Daniel Benard
Sara Cassin
Shawn O'Connor
Scott Ewing
Autumn Meyers
Rick Simons
Suzy Iverson Penney
Meredith Osburn
Shea Sennett
Anniversaries Known to Us
Keith & Toni  Moore
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 SundayServices 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 MondayWednesday and Fridaybetween 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 - January 25, 2018
Last Sunday, we held a wonderful Annual Meeting.  It was full of thanking so many parishioners for all that they do for St. Matthew's.  No service is insignificant and each person, contributing their part, makes St. Matthew's answer God's call to raise up disciples and to love one another as Christ loves us.  Thank you to everyone who made the Annual Meeting such a success and thank you to everyone who makes St. Matthew's such a warm and loving place 365 days a year.
This Sunday in worship, we will hear about God's power and our response to that power.  The Israelites could not deal with being close to God's power so they asked Moses to be their mediator and for God to raise up prophets like Moses to serve in this capacity.  In the Gospel lesson, Jesus teaches in the synagogue and heals a man possessed by a demon and those who witnessed both were taken by the power and authority with which Jesus ministered.
Do you experience God's power at work in your life or our world?  Where and when?  And if not, why do you think that is the case?  Where do you fit in to all of it?
My sermon's not done, but I think I'll be exploring the issue of power in one way or another.
Peace, Nancy

From the Parish Administrator
* Please use caution when walking at St. Matthew's. We have experienced the same everyone else throughout the state - the ice has melted and refrozen, creating dangerous conditions. We have salted, scraped, and shoveled and done our best to make it as safe as we possibly can but there are still icy spots.
* Note that we will begin a new Prayers of the People list in Lent (first Sunday in Lent is February 18). If you have someone you wish to include, please email the office.

Book Group - TONIGHT January 25, 7pm
We will be reading Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye. Please rsvp to if you plan to attend. Even if you haven't read the book, but would like to learn more, please send Linnae an email and let her know you're coming.


From Amazon website:  Through politics, marketing, news programming, and popular culture we are taught to fear, often in ways that profit others. But what does all this fear do to our moral lives as it forms (or deforms) our character and our judgment? Drawing on Christian scripture and tradition, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear articulates a response to fear that resists an ethic of security in favor of fostering an ethic of risk. The Christian virtues of hospitality, peacefulness, and generosity are presented as the way to defeat the countervirtues of suspicion, preemption, and control. Pastors, students, and lay people will find this unique book both accessible and intriguing. 

Meet & Greet Sessions
We would like to organize a few meet and greet sessions with Reverend Nancy Vogele during February and March. We are looking for parishioners that would be willing to host a small gathering at their homes. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Angie Battey 486-9151 or  Angie will be in touch with those interested in hosting after February 1.

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:
76 pledges in hand totaling $150,896


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 web 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



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