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July 27, 2017 Parish News

 

 
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          www.stmattsepiscopal.org  

 
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
 
Like us on Facebook
  
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 30
I Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
 
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Dylan Steffens
Stephen Battey
Lexy Steffens
Stu Lewin
Linnae Peterson
Leo Steffens
Dianne Macon
Paul Peterson
 
Coffee Hour
Nancy Clark
 
 
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
 
Important Dates
 
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
 
August 17 - Vestry meeting 7pm.  All welcome.
 
August 20 - 9am Worship
 
August 27 - 9am Worship
 
August 31 - Fall Issue of The Matthean will be available
 
Sept 3 - 9am Worship
 
Sept 10 - 8 & 10amWorship & Baptism
 
 
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
Joseph Exner
Jacob LaVoie
Krystie Sherwood
Alex Waller
Diane Anderson
Elijah Curtis
Jessie Benthien
Jonathan Crary
Bob Jones
 
 
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Steve & Emily Dutton
David & Sara Cassin
 
Weekly Offerings
  
Mondays
 AA meetings held in the church undercroft 8:30pm
 
Tuesdays
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 27, 2017
 
In the Gospel lesson this Sunday Jesus teaches about treasures of the Kingdom of God, and concludes with these words:
"Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."  Matthew 13:52.
 
Interim ministry is a lot like a treasure hunt: discovering hidden treasure, conserving old treasures, and acquiring new ones.  What old and new treasures have you discovered at St. Matthew's?  What old ones are looking new because they have been conserved and renewed?
 
Our 150th Anniversary celebration will open our treasure chest for all to appreciate and give thanks for.  Plan to join us for our festive Evensong service on Friday, September 29 at 7PM
          "See you in church,"
                   Celeste+

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

 
Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN
 
If someone has an old laptop computer sitting around, please know I have someone in need of one.  It only needs to be able to run a word processing program.  Contact the office, 497-2003, if you have one to donate.  Many thanks. 

Save The Date
Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm
 
Festive Evensong to celebrate our 
150th Anniversary.
 
 

The Immigrant/Refugee Experience
Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 pm

 

Join the Goffstown Public Library for a documentary and discussion tackling the issues of belonging and citizenship.

 

Uprooted: Heartache and Hope in New Hampshire is a 30 minute documentary following the story of 5 refugees who were resettled in NH. Produced by the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire, the film explores what it means to be a refugee and how it feels to make a new life in a strange place.

A Q&A session will immediately follow the film. Guest speakers Tilak Niroula and Suraj Budathoki, recipients of the Union Leader's 40 Under 40 Award, will share their experiences as Bhutanese refugees who now make their home in this state.
For more information: call 497-2102 or visit www.goffstownlibrary.com

 
 

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
  
The Rev. A.E. Bowles was called to become rector of St. Matthew's Church following the regular monthly meeting of the Vestry on Thursday, February 5, 1914. In the minutes for January 7, 1915, we see for the first time the title of the rector as "Fr. Bowles."
 

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.
 
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.
 
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)

 

 

E-Giving
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

IN GOD'S PRESENCE IS JOY

IN GOD'S SERVICE IS PERFECT FREEDOM

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 finelyorganized@msn.com.  For pastoral help call The Rev. Celeste Hemingson at 603-496-8160 (cell).
 
 
Contact
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  
email:   office@stmattsepiscopal.org 
 

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30pm, Wed 9:30-1:30pm

 
Header Pre Summer 2

          www.stmattsepiscopal.org  

 
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
 
Like us on Facebook
  
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 30
I Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
 
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Dylan Steffens
Stephen Battey
Lexy Steffens
Stu Lewin
Linnae Peterson
Leo Steffens
Dianne Macon
Paul Peterson
 
Coffee Hour
Nancy Clark
 
 
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
 
Important Dates
 
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
 
August 17 - Vestry meeting 7pm.  All welcome.
 
August 20 - 9am Worship
 
August 27 - 9am Worship
 
August 31 - Fall Issue of The Matthean will be available
 
Sept 3 - 9am Worship
 
Sept 10 - 8 & 10amWorship & Baptism
 
 
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
Joseph Exner
Jacob LaVoie
Krystie Sherwood
Alex Waller
Diane Anderson
Elijah Curtis
Jessie Benthien
Jonathan Crary
Bob Jones
 
 
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Steve & Emily Dutton
David & Sara Cassin
 
Weekly Offerings
  
Mondays
 AA meetings held in the church undercroft 8:30pm
 
Tuesdays
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 27, 2017
 
In the Gospel lesson this Sunday Jesus teaches about treasures of the Kingdom of God, and concludes with these words:
"Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."  Matthew 13:52.
 
Interim ministry is a lot like a treasure hunt: discovering hidden treasure, conserving old treasures, and acquiring new ones.  What old and new treasures have you discovered at St. Matthew's?  What old ones are looking new because they have been conserved and renewed?
 
Our 150th Anniversary celebration will open our treasure chest for all to appreciate and give thanks for.  Plan to join us for our festive Evensong service on Friday, September 29 at 7PM
          "See you in church,"
                   Celeste+

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

 
Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN
 
If someone has an old laptop computer sitting around, please know I have someone in need of one.  It only needs to be able to run a word processing program.  Contact the office, 497-2003, if you have one to donate.  Many thanks. 

Save The Date
Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm
 
Festive Evensong to celebrate our 
150th Anniversary.
 
 

The Immigrant/Refugee Experience
Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 pm

 

Join the Goffstown Public Library for a documentary and discussion tackling the issues of belonging and citizenship.

 

Uprooted: Heartache and Hope in New Hampshire is a 30 minute documentary following the story of 5 refugees who were resettled in NH. Produced by the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire, the film explores what it means to be a refugee and how it feels to make a new life in a strange place.

A Q&A session will immediately follow the film. Guest speakers Tilak Niroula and Suraj Budathoki, recipients of the Union Leader's 40 Under 40 Award, will share their experiences as Bhutanese refugees who now make their home in this state.
For more information: call 497-2102 or visit www.goffstownlibrary.com

 
 

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
  
The Rev. A.E. Bowles was called to become rector of St. Matthew's Church following the regular monthly meeting of the Vestry on Thursday, February 5, 1914. In the minutes for January 7, 1915, we see for the first time the title of the rector as "Fr. Bowles."
 

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.
 
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.
 
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)

 

 

E-Giving
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

IN GOD'S PRESENCE IS JOY

IN GOD'S SERVICE IS PERFECT FREEDOM

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 finelyorganized@msn.com.  For pastoral help call The Rev. Celeste Hemingson at 603-496-8160 (cell).
 
 
Contact
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  
email:   office@stmattsepiscopal.org 
 

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30-12:30pm, Wed 9:30-1:30pm