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May 4, 2017 Parish News

Mast Palm Sunday 2


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 7
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Rick  Simons
Jay Hunter
Sharon Benard
Kathy McKim
Stephen Battey
Lexy Steffens
Linnae Peterson
Linda Clark
Roger & Brenda Fortier
Amy Poisson
Barbara Carbonneau
Coffee Hour Hosts
Nancy Clark
Coffee Hour hosts are needed.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Undercroft.  Contact Angie Battey with any questions.
Important Dates
May 7 - Worship 8 & 10am w/baptism
& Outreach Meeting 11:15am
& Search Team with Vestry meeting 2-5pm
May 14 - 8 & 10am Worship, Family Sunday
May 21 - 8 & 10am Worship w/ baptism
& Parish Breakfast served 8:45-9:30am (last one of the program year).
& Social Justice meeting 11:15am
May 28 - Worship 8 & 10am
June 3 - Annual Yard & Bake Sale 8-1pm.  Volunteers needed in shifts from 6-9am, 8am-Noon, and Noon-2pm. 
June 4- Day of Pentecost 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 11 - Worship 8am & Mass on the Grass 10am (details to come)
Save the Date - June 25for the Sunday Driver's Golf Outing.
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
Jody Auger
LeighAnn Shriver
Gayle Feick
Ariel Nieman
Anniversaries Known to Us 
Victor & Sarah Cotugno
Congratulations on the birth of Koen Arthur McKahan  to Bob & Laeny and big brothers Elias & Alaric
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 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.            

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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 4, 2017
This Sunday is known as "Good Shepherd Sunday", because in the Gospel lesson Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd, who leads his sheep into and out of the sheepfold.  He also calls himself the actual "gate" to the sheepfold. Come and learn if this gated shelter is a wall that keeps some sheep out, or if it may serve another purpose.  And help us welcome Hazel and Theo Jaworowski into the fold through the waters of Baptism. 
"See you in church,"


I'm looking for people to read the Pentecost Gospel in a foreign language on June 4th.  You don't need to be able to understand or translate the lesson--just able to read it out loud.  I can provide you with the text in the language of your choice.  You don't need to come forward to read it. Just read from your pew.  If you can help out at the 8:00 or the 10:00 service on June 4th, please let me know, and let me know what language you can read.  Thanks, Celeste

CCC Volunteer Luncheon
Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00PM
All Community Clothing Center volunteers are cordially invited to a luncheon at St. Matthew's on Saturday, May 13 at 12pm in the undercroft.  Please join us so that we may show you our appreciation for the faithful way you serve the Goffstown community.
If you can come, please rsvp Sharon Benard 423-0219 or the office at 497-2003 or

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 am, 9am-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.

Thanks for Environmental Stewardship:
We did it again! Great job in cleaning up our little 2.8 mile section of Mast Road and giving St. Matthew's grounds and gardens a sprucing up.  We had two road crews of two each after the 8 o'clock service and three teams of three plus our team leader after the 10 o'clock.  Angie supervised a crew of  10 (including several teenagers and a four year old) who made fast work of getting the lawn furniture out and clean, raking the yard and weeding the gardens.  This was in addition to all the early bird yard and garden work that the Buckless family has been doing.  The grounds look great!  Mast Road looks great!  Spring has sprung.  Thanks so much for your participation.
Happy Beale and Bob Jones, 
Sharon Benard, Angie Battey



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!

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

In honor of St. Matthew's Church approaching 150th Anniversary, each week there will be a piece of history shared.  Did you know...
On May 2, 1912, Vestry minutes included that Mr. Smook, or some other person, will be paid 50 cents per week to keep the church lawn in good condition.

Search Team Status
May 2017
The Search Team that will result in the calling of a new Rector to St. Matthew's Church was announced by the Vestry in the summer of 2016. This search process is one of the most important things that this parish will do for a long time to come. Your Vestry appreciates your support of this team of dedicated parishioners. They include:
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 to the Search Team. 
The 4 steps of the calling process are: 
1.  Parish Profile (our dreams, our prayers for our new Rector) 
2.  Diocese provides 8-12 applications
3.  Search teams narrows the field to 1-3
4.  Vestry selects top choice
Current status: The Search Team has finalized the Parish Profile. The writing is complete and a beautiful presentation with lots of pictures of life at St. Matthew's has been created. The first draft is ready for the Vestry to review May 7. After any revisions that might come from that meeting, the Profile will be posted to our web site along with the Diocese and National web sites. 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:  Lord 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.
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 theweb 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