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July 13, 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 9:30-1:30
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9am summer worship with music, nursery care, Sunday School (July 16-August 13) and coffee hour.
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
July 16
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:9-14
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Kathy McKim
Sara Reed
James McKim
Rosemarie Fry
Randy & Pam Cheyne
Chris Calhoun
Shawn O'Connor
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
July 16 - 9am Worship w/Sunday School offered
July 20 - Vestry Meeting 7pm.  All are welcome.
Rev. Celeste Hemingson will be out of the office 
July 20-July 28
July 23 - 9am Morning Prayer w/Sunday School offered
July 30 - 9am Worship w/Sunday School offered
August 6 - 9am Worship w/Sunday School offered
& Outreach Meeting 10:15am
August 13 - 9am Baptism and Sunday School offered
& Social Justice Meeting 10:15am
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Ed, Carolyn, Amy, Corrine, Barb, Dian, Bill, John, Harold, George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Cassidy, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne, Sophia, Bill & Jane & the Exner Family
Birthdays Known to Us
Betty LaFleur
Joe Poremba
Dave Darrah
Eric Battey
Kevin Bourgeois
Madison Osburn
Anniversaries Known to Us 
David & Jeanne Brown
Tess & Tony Marts
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 
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 in 2016.

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.
Interim Rector's Notes - July 13, 2017
Garden greetings to you all!  I harvested my first (3) cherry tomatoes today.  We're starting to see first fruits, for sure.  This Sunday we'll hear the parable of the sower, Matthew 13:1-9.  But I it about the sowing, or the reaping? Come and wonder along with me.
          "See you in church,"

Sunday School Program offered in the undercroft beginning July 16 - August 13.

Keeping a Safe Church - Please remember that no children should be left unsupervised in any part of the church, including the nursery and the undercroft.  The reason for this requirement is not that we're worried about the children's behavior! It's because we want to keep them safe from others who may come on the premises.  Don't forget that the sounds of children in church are music to our ears!  Celeste+
Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN

Search Team status:
1) We identified software that we will use to conduct video interviews with prospective rectors.
2) We have run a few trial sessions to make sure the software is working well and that everyone understands how to use it.
3) We will soon schedule a mock interview to further prove the setup.
4) We're waiting for confirmation from the vestry on the rector compensation package (see paragraph below)
5) We're waiting for the first resumes to be forwarded from the diocese.
The parish wide meeting held last month was to discuss the future calling of our new rector.  The Vestry has been concerned that higher pledged income will be needed in 2018 if we are to call a full time rector with full benefits. Negotiations with candidates will likely take place before our autumn stewardship campaign.  All members should have received a mailing with a cover letter and some graphs to help show you the current financial situation. The vestry needs to know now what you hope to pledge to support the church next year.  If you have any questions feel free to call Lauren Tennett, Treasurer 384-1623 or Angie Battey, Sr. Warden 486-9151.
Search Team Prayer:  Loving God, giver of all good gifts, guide us throughout our time of transition.  Open our hearts and minds as we search for our new rector.  Empower each one of us to use our unique gifts in ministry, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience and joy.  Keep watch over the one you have chosen for us while you instill in us a vision of the Church's family; that, guided by your Holy Spirit, we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish our mission through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This shot no doubt reflects Barbie waiting for Ken. Gayle Feick dresses the window at the CCC. The CCC sells wedding gowns and other formal wear. 
We are in need of a volunteer to take over the 1st Saturday of every month from 10 am to noon. If you are willing or if you know of a potential new volunteer please let me know. The first date for this shift is Saturday, August 6th.
Thank you!
Joan Alayne Stevens, Scheduler

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
As St. Matthew's Church was being constructed, the William A. Johnson Organ Co. of Westfield, Mass was commissioned to build its new pipe organ. The Opus 308 was designed and built for the new church and was installed in 1869. It was of superior quality and workmanship, containing 12 ranks of pipes, 2 manuals of 58 notes, with a 25-note pedal board, at a cost of $1,600. Mr. Rodney Johnson retained ownership of the organ until 1902, when he and his wife donated it to the church in memory of their son Frank who suffered an untimely death at a young age due to lockjaw from an accident.

St. Matt's Softball - July 25  softball
If you are interested in playing with St. Matt's members on a team against the Women's Prison, please let Barbara Carbonneau know.  We usually play two games throughout the summer.  If you have not played before, a basic background check will need to be done prior to entering the prison to play.  You can let her know via email: or phone 497-3295 if you would like to join the team.
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 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.          
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



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