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January 4, 2018 Parish News

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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
January 7
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Sandra Jones
Jay Hunter
Sharon Benard
Stephen Battey
Tamaryn Morin
James McKim
Chris Calhoun
Deb McCarter
Angie Battey
Denise Sherwood
Linda Clark
Important Dates
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
- Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs, new time 12:30-2pm
January 18 - Vestry Meeting 7pm
January 21 - 8 & 10am worship, Brown Bag Sunday & Annual Meeting
(Note: no parish breakfast this month)
January 25 - Book group, 7pm
January 28 - 8 & 10am Worship
Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
February 4 - 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
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
Maureen Lee
Angie Battey
Jill Exner
Travis Brown
Steve Fry
Ben Brown
Anniversaries Known to Us
Frank & Nancy Lockwood 
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.          
Parish Notes - January 4, 2018
This Sunday at our 10am service, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with the Epiphany Play. At 8am we will remember the Baptism of our Lord.  I remember learning what an epiphany was in my high school English class:  "an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure."
A big "Aha" moment.  A sudden realization of some truth.  We have all had these moments of clarity in our own lives.  Looking back, we see how important they were and how these epiphanies many times changed the course of our lives. This was true for the Magi. I'm sure it was true for all who encountered Jesus.
I look forward to the epiphanies we will have together at St. Matt's as we encounter Jesus together.  I am excited to be your new Rector and I look forward to meeting (or re-meeting) you this Sunday.
Peace, Nancy
Rehearsal for the Epiphany Play is this Saturday from 10am-Noon. There are still parts available for those interested. Come one, come all!

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 

Annual Meeting - January 21
All are invited and encouraged to attend St. Matthew's Annual Meeting. The Annual Report will be available online prior to the meeting. Hard copies, along with the financial reports will be available at the meeting. We'll give thanks to many and discuss the highlights of 2017. 
Pot luck lunch provided. See the sign up sheet in the undercroft to help with food.
The slate for Vestry is:
Jr. Warden - Leo Steffens
Vestry Member - David Betz (3 yr. term)
Vestry Member - Randy Cheyne (3 yr. term)
Vestry Member - Abby Mathewson (1 yr. term)
Clerk - Morgan Pierce
Treasurer - Lauren Tennett
The slate for Diocesan Delegates:
Karyn Battey
David Betz, Vestry Liaison Delegate
Tony Howd
Linnae Peterson
Amy Poisson
Debbie Haines (would like to be selected as an alternate)

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.

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 $130,352


100 pledges totaling $170,000
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