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March 1, 2018 Parish News

St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele, Rector
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
March 4
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Sandra Jones
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Ann Domingue
Matt Desrochers
Tamaryn Morin
Dylan Steffens
Linda Clark
Benge Ambrogi
Joan Alayne Stevens
Leo Steffens
Sarah Ambrogi
Linda Clark


Coffee Hour
Rosemarie & Steve Fry
Important Dates
March 1 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
March 4 - Worship 8 & 10amw/Sunday School
  Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
March 8 -  Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
March 11 - SPRING the CLOCKS AHEAD   
Worship 8am & 10am Family Sunday w/Jr. Choir
- Theology Under Wraps for high school youth at Nadeau's Subs 12:30-2pM
- Meet & Greet Rev. Nancy Vogele at the home of Benge & Sarah Ambrogi, 1280 Union St. Manchester 2:30pm-4pm 
March 15 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
- Vestry meeting 7pm
March 18 - Worship 8 & 10amw/Sunday School
- Parish Breakfast served 8:45-9:30am
- Food collection for backpack weekend program
- Social Justice meeting 11:15
March 22 - Last of the lenten series program, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
March 24 - Altar Guild clean up 10am-noon. All are welcome to help prepare the sanctuary for Holy Week and Easter.
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Jeff & Family, David, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Lou, Eleanor, 
Birthdays Known to Us
Julie Greiner
Charles Anderson
Isaac McKay
Tamblin Gosling
Amy Meyers
Haley Dopson
Anniversaries Known to Us
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
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 - March 1, 2018
Last Thursday, a dozen of us met for our first session of our Adult Lenten program called, "Meeting Jesus in John." Fellowship at 6 around a simple dinner was followed by a very good discussion. It feels more and more rare to be with a group of people in order to spend time talking about what's deep in our hearts and on our minds. It was a good reminder why it's important to slow down and go deeper - with yourself and with others - in order to grow in your faith and appreciate the gift of community.
I also felt that gift of community at last Saturday's celebration at St. Matt's. It was great to have friends from Vermont and Our Savior Lutheran Church (where I was the Transitional Pastor) come and celebrate with us. They all commented on what a great community St. Matt's was. One person even said that she could just tell it was a great community by the amazing food at the reception!
I hope you have felt the gift of community in your life - with friends and family and here at St. Matt's.
If you are looking for some community, it's not too late to join our Thursday evening Adult series. Come for supper at 6 or join us from 7-8:30pm. All are welcome.
Peace, Nancy

Lenten Series Continues Tonight
The Rev. Nancy Vogele and Linnae Peterson, M.Div., will be facilitating the Lenten Series - Meeting Jesus In John, created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist. We will meet on Thursdays in Lent, starting with a simple dinner from 6-7pm, with the educational program from 7-8:30pm.  All are welcome to come whether they can join in for dinner or just the educational session.  Please let Nancy or Linnae know if you have any questions or if you would like a booklet for the series.
Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God - again - or for the very first time?
With a beautiful prayer journalfacilitation guidance for small groups (and more) from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and videos from the monks of SSJE, Meeting Jesus is a six-week journey and reflection on the Gospel According to John, starting Lent 2018.



Quiet Day Offering from NHVT 
Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross  
March 10 9:30-2:30pm
Hosted by: St Andrew's Hopkinton NH


Presenters: Celeste Hemingson &Teresa Gocha
Please remember to bring your own cups  bowls and utensils with a napkin and your manual.  Feel free to bring what ever you want to add to the Soul Salad I will bring the salad and dressings. 
The day, including the "stations" activities, will focus on the four stages of the Becoming Beloved Community document:
* Telling the truth
* Proclaiming the dream
* Practicing the way
* Repairing the breech
Goals for the Day:
* Opportunity for Companions and guests  to acknowledge publicly or privately their own contributions to racial division: things they have done and left undone.
* Opportunity for repentance and reconciliation through Holy Communion. The day will be a wrap-around Eucharist, beginning the day with the Penitential Order and concluding the day with The Great Thanksgiving
Email Deb Haines at for more details or if you wish to attend

Resurrection Gardens- In the Lent to Go bags are is a meditation using a Resurrection Garden. On March 11th during coffee hour there will be an opportunity to create a "Resurrection Garden" for your household. We will meet in the Easter Room, cost of supplies will be $5 per garden. Please sign up in the undercroft or contact the church office.


2018 Lenten Program 
"Becoming Beloved Community" 
The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is honored to partner with the Black Heritage Trail of NH to offer a collection of short readings on little known historic figures from NH's African American community for our 2018 Lenten Program.
For each day in Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, we will publish these stories to help educate us all on what we have never been taught.  They will help us to see the impact and contributions of African Americans who have shaped our lives together as a community.
St. Matthew's to host Safe Church Training

On Wednesday April 11 from 6-9pm, St. Matthew's will host a Safe Church Training (child care provided). The training is required of all who work with children, go out into the community for visitations, as well as the Wardens. It is highly recommended for the Vestry and the entire church congregation. If it is your first time training there are 5 online components that need to be completed prior to attending the 'live' training on April 11. If you are renewing, you need to review one component. If you are interested in the training or have any questions please send the office an email


Helper needed for the Worship Bags -
Have you ever noticed the Worship bags on the ends of the pews and in the back of the church? They contain items to help the youngest members of our congregation interact quietly with the worship going on around them. In order to maintain them, we need someone to clear out and restock them about once a month. If you can help out, contact the church office.
CCC Note: starting this Sunday February 25, the Community  Clothing Center will not accept any donations due to the construction and repairs happening on the garage.
Got 2 hours a month to spare?
 The Community Clothing Center needs TWO good souls to take once a month shift. A person is needed as a Key Person (shift leader) on the 2nd Thursday of each month 3-5pm.  The Key Person opens, handles the cash sales and justifies the money, supervises the volunteers and closes. Training and support are provided.   A person is also needed on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm, to help put clothing on the racks and assist customers. Help! Please contact the office or Sharon or Joan Alayne for more information. Thank you!
Rector The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele
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