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March 8, 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 11
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
David Betz
Sharon Benard
Jay Hunter
Kevin Battey
Nathaniel Sherwood
Gregory Wells
Linnae Peterson
Jane Doherty
Roger & Brenda Fortier
Rosemarie Fry
Judy Pancoast
Paul Peterson


Coffee Hour
JoAnna Wentworth
Important Dates
March 8 -  CANCELLED 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
- Resurrection Garden making during coffee hour
- 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.
March 25 - Palm Sundayworship 8 & 10am, no Sunday School
March 29 - Maundy Thursdayworship 7pm
March 30 - Good Fridayworship 7pm
March 31 - Holy Saturday/
Great Easter Vigil 7:30pm
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In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Jeff & Family, David, Eryn, Eileen, Pat, Lou, Eleanor, 
Birthdays Known to Us
Amy Poisson
Rosemarie Fry
Jane Penney
Alan Bourgouin
Stu Lewin
Patrick Sheehy
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 Fridaybetween 9am & 2pm.  No fare for the service but reservations are required.  Call the MTA at 623-8801 at least 1 day in advance.          
Note that the Lenten Series is cancelled tonight due to the storm and snow clean up.
Parish Notes - March 8, 2018
All you have to do is take a look at this edition of our Parish News to see that there are a lot of really good and important events going on at St. Matt's and in the community.  So, please read through this news email and see if you are feeling "called" to attend any of them.  At this Sunday's "Theology Under Wraps" we will be discussing the Florida school shooting and the proposed responses to it (new legislation, school walk outs, marches, etc).  Later in the afternoon is a "Meet and Greet" at the Ambrogi's home in Manchester.  Please come and ask me any questions, let me know what you think of St. Matt's, ideas you have for its future, etc. 
We also have workshops on making a "Resurrection Garden" or "Ukrainian Easter eggs" here at St. Matt's to learning about suicide prevention, race issues in NH, active bystander and active shooter trainings to a quiet day this Saturday in Hopkinton. It's all good and some events are at the same time as others.  So, "read, mark, and inwardly digest" this information and look at your schedules and do what your time and interest permit.  It's always good to learn something new, to grow in your faith, and act on your convictions.  And, if you do attend an event, I'm always interested in hearing what you learned and how that information could benefit St. Matt's.
Peace, Nancy

Meet & Greet at the Ambrogi's
Please join Sarah and Benge Ambrogi at their home inManchester, 1280 Union St, from 2:30 to 4 on Sundayafternoon March 11 for a meet and greet with our new rector.  This will be a chance to get to know Nancy a bit better and to talk with her one on one.  All are welcome, but folks who are relatively new to St. Matthew's are especially encouraged.  Light refreshments will be served.  Google maps should get you to 1280 Union St easily, but call Sarah at 603 540-5407 if there are any questions. Ample parking is available.

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.


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, March 14, 2018 &  Part II, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location:  St. Lawrence Church

Understanding Race in NH - "I Am Not Your Negro Viewing & Discussion"Article 
Why is understanding race important in New Hampshire? The answer starts with understanding our history. "I Am Not Your Negro" envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Join us for a screening of this award-winning film followed by a facilitated discussion about the movie and race locally and around the nation. If you would like to join us for pizza, please RSVP by March 13. Free.



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
(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
Visit us online at:
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.

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.

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

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


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
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.
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