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May 25, 2017 Parish New

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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, Sunday School, nursery care and coffee hour
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
May 28
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
David Betz
Randy Cheyne
Pam Cheyne
Kathy McKim
Emily Desrochers
Stephen Battey
Kevin Kennerson
Rosemarie Fry
James McKim
Steve Fry
Linda Clark
Craig & Morgan Pierce
Coffee Hour Hosts
Sarah & Benge Ambrogi
Margie Battey
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
Trailer is here to receive your good yard sale items.
May 28 - Worship 8 & 10am
June 3 - Annual Yard & Bake Sale 8-1pm.  Volunteers needed in shifts from 6-9am8am-Noon, and Noon-2pm
June 4Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED
to Worship 8 & 10am
Sunday School Celebration - come ready to plant flowers, bury the time capsule & make streamers.  Ice cream sundaes at coffee hour will complete the program year.
June 10 - Micah Dinner (see article)
June 11 - Worship 8am & Mass on the Grass 10am(details to come)
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
& Calendar Day meeting 10am
June 25 - 9am Worship & Sunday Driver's Golf Outing.  Meet at Countryside Golf Course 11:15 for Tee Off at 11:30.
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
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
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 
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 - May 25, 2017
Blessings to you on this Ascension Day!
In the lesson from Acts this Sunday the apostles ask Jesus when he will seize power by restoring the kingdom to Israel. Jesus answers by promising them power. And then they watch as he is lifted up into the heavens.  Clearly, (and as the rest of the lesson confirms), Jesus calls us to look around us, on this earth and in our neighborhoods; and he empowers us to build his Kingdom right here.  Come and hear what the Word tells us about what that might look like.
"See you in church,"

Click for the summer edition of THE MATTHEAN

Don't forget to wear red to church on June 4, (Pentecost)!  It's the color of the Holy Spirit, our guest of honor on that day.

Bling Thing
 The Outreach Committee of St. Matthew's is accepting donations of jewelry for its jewelry table at the upcoming Yard Sale. As you are doing your spring cleaning and picking out things to donate to the Yard Sale, please consider giving your jewelry box a once over. Your unwanted "bling" can brighten someone else's day and bring some money to the church for its Outreach efforts.
Parishioners are invited to donate items they no longer use. These might include: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins and broaches, and watches. Fine jewelry as well as costume jewelry is welcome. Even broken chains are fine since they might contain gold or silver that can be sold for market value. Jewelry parts such as focal pieces not on chains are acceptable as well.
You can also drop off unwanted or unused jewelry to the Parish House during open hours. Thank you for your generosity now and always.

Yard & Bake Sale - Saturday June 3
Bring your really good 'stuff' to the Outreach trailer (arriving May 16), bake up a storm, or volunteer a couple hours between 6am and 2 pm Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday morning between 6 -9 am9am-Noon, and Noon-2pm (or as your schedule allows).   Folks will help set up, then supervise tables, greet customers and old friends, and to help with the food table and grill.  A sign-up sheet will be available at Coffee Hour weeks prior to the event. It's a good day for a great cause.

Search Team Status
May 2017
The Search Team completed a first draft of the Parish Profile and presented it to the Vestry at a retreat on Sunday, May 7th. The meeting was very constructive. The Vestry offered a number of suggestions for improvements and the Search Team is busy working on making those changes. The Search Team will then present the revised profile to the Vestry one last time before submitting it to Canon Hannah Anderson. She will post it on a number of web sites and we then wait for applications. These will be submitted to the Diocese and a first level of filtering will be done by the Bishop's office. The Bishop's office will then forward applications to our Search Team for consideration. It's exciting to be about to begin this new phase of the search process. Soon we will start hearing from candidates to be our new Rector!
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

Time Capsule to celebrate our 150th!
The Sunday School children have been putting together a time capsule that will be buried in the Grove on June 4, during the Sunday School Celebration.  We are going to have a little extra space in the time capsule.  If you have a small memento that you would like to include, bring it to church during May so we can include it before the capsule gets buried for 50 years!

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
In 1922 our delegation to Diocesan Convention increased to 4 delegates and 4 alternates.
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46 Elm Street
 Byfield, MA 01922-2812  

St. Matthew's is proud to announce that parishioner Kristie Curtis is receiving a Micah Award from Granite State Organizing Project. Her dedication and efforts on behalf of the Youth of St. Matthews and The town of Goffstown are awe inspiring.


The Micah Dinner which will be held on June 10th at Holy Cross Center in Manchester will make the presentation that evening. If you are interested in attending, more information will be posted or you can ask Jean Mazarella, Barbara Carbonneau or Sue Chretien. (Sue Chretien telephone Number is 603-661-3987 or e-mail

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