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June 15, 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 9:30-12:30
Wed 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
June 18
Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
Psalm 100
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Bridget Kennerson
Gregory Wells
David Betz
Rosemarie Fry
Leo Steffens
Amy Poisson
Steve Fry
Coffee Hour for adults upstairs in the church during the parish wide meeting, children downstairs.
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
June 15 - Vestry meeting 7pm
June 17 - Discussion about the Society of the Holy Cross and Intercessory Prayer.  All are welcome, 11-2 in the undercroft. 
June 18 - 9am Summer Worship begins followed by
& Calendar Day meeting 10:30am
June 25 - 9am Worship & Sunday Driver's Golf Outing.  Meet at Countryside Golf Course, Dunbarton at 11:15 for Tee Off at 11:30.
June 25- July 4 - The office will be closed. Email and phone will be checked regularly.
July 2 - 9am Worship
July 9 - 9am Worship
July 16 - 9am Worship w/Sunday School offered
July 20 - Vestry Meeting 7pm
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
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
Lexy Steffens
Barbara Borovick
Gabriel Rodriguez
Owen Dutton
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Leo & Erin Steffens
Rev. William & Barbara Gannon
Rick & Lori Simons
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
Food Pantry Needs
Canned Meals such as ravioli and beef stew
Baked Beans
Mac & Cheese
Canned Fruit
Personal products such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are also welcomed
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.
New Resource
Faithsprouts is a blog designed to help parents, grandparents and caregivers to engage their young children with stories of the faith.  Click here to connect.
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.            

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. 

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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.
Interim Rector's Notes - June 15, 2017
Bishop Rob has expressed our life together in "The Five Practices of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire". Click here to read.  In short they are: We show up, We tell the story, We splash water, We share food, and God surprises.
This Sunday we will hear how God gave the matriarch Sarah the biggest surprise of her life-that she would bear a child in her old age.  And how Sarah laughed at the idea.
I like to think that Christians are people who laugh when surprised.  How about you?
          "See you in church,"
Here are Rev. Celeste, Gerry Bergeron from St. Lawrence, Deb McCarter & Joan Alayne Stevens (Goffstown Clergy Association representative) who showed up for the Goffstown High School Baccaulaureate this past Sundayevening. Can you find "Flat Matt" in the picture?
"Flat Matt" with graduating seniors from St. Matthew's - Congratulations to Rebecca Spaulding & Kathy McKim and families.
Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN


Rev. Celeste will be on vacation from June 23 through July 1.  The Rev. Bill Gannon will celebrate Holy Communion on June 25. In case of a pastoral emergency please contact Angie (486-9151) or Rick (533-6009), who will put you in touch with the Rev. Sarah Rockwell, who is covering for Celeste.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017
The Parish Profile has been posted to the St. Matthew's website! Click HERE to view it.
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.
Team Members: Karyn Battey, David Betz, Bonnie Calhoun, Barbara Carbonneau, Michael Domingue, Bob Jones, Roger Macon, Laeny McKahan, and Shea Sennett. In addition Abby Poison and Kathy McKim are serving as youth representatives

Sunday Drivers Golf - June 25
Sign up in the undercroft.  
After worship on Sunday, June 25 we will meet up at Countryside Golf Club in Dunbarton at 11:15am, to tee off at 11:30am.  Cost is $20 for walkers/$30 for a golf cart.  Trophy will be awarded at the next annual meeting.

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
At Convention of 1900 St. Matthew's was admitted as a Parish. Also during that year, electric lights were installed in the church. It is interesting to note that in the Convention Journal of 1901, St. Matthew's Church was listed with 34 communicants and 220 seats. 

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.
You are invited to a discussion about the Society of the Holy Cross and Intercessory Prayer
on June 17th from 11-2 in the undercroft of St Matthew's Episcopal Church in Goffstown NH
Bring thanksgivings and prayers to offer up
Soul Salad will be provided for lunch
Please bring your own cup, plate or bowl with utensils (this speaks to our commitment to the environment)
If you require child care let us know it will be provided
Please email or call Deb Haines
(For more info, please see the brochure on the back table of the church or speak with Deb Haines)
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