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March 15, 2018 Parish News

St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele, Rector
7 North Mast Street
Goffstown, NH 03045 
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 18
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Kevin Kennerson
Mary Jenkins
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Ann Domingue
Lexy Steffens
Emily Desrochers
Stephen Battey
Gregory Wells
Barbara Carbonneau
Christina Dickey
Eric Battey
Sarah Ambrogi
Nancy Clark
Jane Doherty
Linnae Peterson


Coffee Hour
Nancy Clark
Important Dates
March 15 - Lenten series, simple supper 6-7pm, program 7-8:30pm
- Vestry meeting 7pm
March 18 - Worship 8 & 10am w/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.
March 25 - Palm Sunday worship 8 & 10am, no Sunday School
March 29 - Maundy Thursday worship 7pm
March 30 - Good Friday worship 7pm
March 31 - Holy Saturday/
Great Easter Vigil 7:30pm
April 1 - Easter Worship 8am, 9:15am, & 11am
April 8 - Worship 8am & Family Sunday worship 10am
- Theology Under Wraps for high school youth 12:30-2 at Nadeau's subs
April 12 - Book group meets to discuss Two Dogs and a Parrot
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Jeff & Family, David, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Lou, Eleanor, 
Birthdays Known to Us
Noah Curtis
Jean Lange
Ryan Jukes
Joanne Wells
Caitlin Ewing
Scott Ewing
Heather Meyers
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 15, 2018
Yesterday, while I was over at the Goffstown High School meeting one of the School Counselors, John Webb, I had the opportunity to witness the "walk out" by students there.  Due to the weather, student leaders opted to "walk out" to the school gym and for 17 minutes (one minute for each person killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting), student leaders read the names and short bios of those killed.  I don't know what percentage of students participated, but the bleachers were almost full.  More importantly, it was done in a respectful and moving way.  I understand that the students who organized this event had spoken with administration beforehand and those lines of communication were evident.
It is so important that we support our youth as they learn how to find their voice on important issues facing our nation and culture.  We need to respect their efforts and engage them in sincere discussions - not to "teach them" anything but to perhaps learn something new.
I remember a button in the Episcopal Church from years ago which read, "Jesus was a young adult."  To me, it was pointing out that young adults in the church are leaders, too.  It reminds me also that many of our great leaders were incredibly young when they began to make their mark in this world.  
- Joan of Arc turned a war around at age 17.  
- Blaise Pascal developed a calculator at 19.  
- At the age of 20, Phillis Wheatley became the first ever African-American woman to be recognized as a published poet.  
- Nellie Bly began her investigative journalist career at 16 and at 23 exposed the systematic inhumane treatment of the mentally ill.  
- Einstein was 26 when he discovered the theory of relativity.  
- At 28, Dietrich Bonhoeffer helped draft the 1934 Barmen Declaration of the Confessing Churches which pitted the church against the Nazi state.
I am so glad the St. Matt's has always been a place the respects, values, and champions youth.  Let us continue to help our young people use their faith and creativity and courage to change our society for the good. 
Peace, Nancy
Thanks to Randy Cheyne & Eric Battey for braving the snow on Tuesday to get St. Matthew's shoveled out. 

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


Nurturing your Soul
How do we consistently renew our soul in faith?
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Check-in begins at 6:15
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
105 Wind Song Ave, Manchester 03104
(Handicapped Accessible with Plenty of Parking)
Our Presenters:
Reyhane Oztekin - Muslim Day of Prayer
Rabbi Beth Davidson - Shabbat as Renewal in Judaism
Sr. Pauline Maurier, CSC - Sabbath: Evolution of Worship and Rest in the Catholic Tradition
Join us for refreshments and conversation after the program!
Please RSVP to or
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OUR MISSION: To share religious beliefs, cultures, and traditions among women of diverse faiths in order to develop understanding and friendship among us and within our community.

Altar Guild Clean Up - March 24

All are welcome to come to church Saturday March 24 from 10am-Noon to prepare the sanctuary for Holy Week. Many hands make light work of sweeping out the sand & salt, wiping down the pews, and polishing the brass & silver. We look forward to your help.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop on Sunday, March 25th after coffee hour for 2 hours. Led by Rev. Nancy Vogele, the cost is $5 to cover supplies.
Email to reserve a spot.

Crispin's House presents:
Which of these people are having suicidal thoughts?  Are any of them?  None of them?  How would you know? 
This free workshop series presented by trainer Keith Chauvette will share NAMI NH's Connect program - a national Best Practice Program that promotes early detection and treatment of risk factors like mental illness and substance abuse disorders which can lead to suicidal thoughts, threats, attempts and deaths.   During this 4-hour introductory course, participants will learn how to recognize the signs of suicide, how to respond and how to access services to help those who may be at risk.   
Who should attend?  All interested adults are welcome and encouraged to to attend. Registration not required but encouraged. Register Today
Dates:Part I, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 &  Part II, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location:  St. Lawrence Church

Active Shooter Response Training
Register for the next Active Shooter Response Training. In December over 200 people attended this workshop offered by Blue-U at Heritage Baptist Church in Nashua. 
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00am-12:00noon
Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH 03101
These events are designed specifically for active-shooter events in churches. However, the more people who participate in these, the more ready we will be in any environment, such as a school, hospital or workplace.

Active Bystander Training - April 7 10am-Noon
Active Bystander Trainings allow participants to recognize when they are bystanders, how to analyze the situations in which they find themselves, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. Active bystandership means taking responsible action to help people in need."
Presented by the Goffstown Public Library. Registration is required.  Click here to register
CONTACT:  Sandy Whipple 603-497-2102 or
LOCATION: Parks & Rec Building at 155 S. Mast Street, Goffstown

Lenten Programs
"Meeting Jesus in John" - The Rev. Nancy Vogele and Linnae Peterson, M.Div., will be facilitating the Lenten Series - 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.
"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 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. The stories will be posted on Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire's website and The Episcopal Church of NH's website.  Click here to read
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