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June 8, 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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8am Simple, spoken worship 
10am worship with music, choirs, SundaySchool, nursery care and coffee hour
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
June 11
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
David Betz
Sharon Benard
Jay Hunter
Mass on the Grass
Coffee Hour Hosts
Pot Luck at Mass on the Grass.  Bring your own meats to grill and a dish to share.
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
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Important Dates
June 11 - Worship 8am & Mass on the Grass 10am(see article)
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
Stacey Edgar
Lynn Reed
Stephen McManus
Joe Sherwood
Andrew Cote
Emma Exner
Anniversaries Known to Us 
David & Janet Chamberlain
Blessings of comfort to Sharon & Dan Benard at the passing of her father, Charles Anderson.
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 
Parish Nurse 10-11:30am
SHINE Program 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
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 8, 2017
June 11th is Trinity Sunday, the celebration of the "God in three persons."  One reason it's hard to get our minds around that idea is that the word "person" doesn't mean the same thing as it did to the early Christians who wrote about it in Latin.  The Latin word "persona" meant a theatrical mask that actors wore on the stage. Each mask, like the famous masks of comedy and tragedy, indicated a particular role the actor was playing. So you could have one actor in multiple roles.  Or one God with three parts to play in our lives.  Does that help?  Come to church on Sunday and let me know!
          "See you in church,"
Relief of a seated poet (Menander) with masks of New Comedy, 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D., Princeton University Art Museum


Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN

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

Mass on the Grass - June 11, 10am
Join us at 10am for Mass on the Grass at the home of Nancy & Peter Clark, 6 Bedford Rd, New Boston.


Come celebrate an outdoor folk style worship followed by an open B-B-Q grill. The inground pool will be open for the water lovers and the lovely country side will be available to relax and enjoy good company.  Rev. Celeste will thank everyone for a great 'Program Year'.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on, meat to grill, your own silverware and plate, plus maybe something to share (chips, a summer salad, etc). Bathing suit if you wish to take a dip.
Directions to 6 Bedford Rd, New Boston: Take Route 13 to New Boston, turn left before the service/gas station, go to the top of the hill and you are there.  Please park in the field, not along the road.  

St. Matt's Softball  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.

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...
Reverend William E. Exner preached his last church service at St. Matthew's Church on 06/12/2016, completing 31 years of parish ministry, with his wife Jane. He was the longest serving Rector in the Diocese at the time of his retirement.
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