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November 23, 2017 Parish News

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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 9:30-12:30pm
Wed 9:30-1:30pm
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8am Rite I - simple, spoken worship
10am Rite II - nursery care provided, Sunday School, music, choirs, and coffee hour.
All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.
Sunday Readings
November 26
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
  Thank you for your ministry this Sunday:
Sandra Jones
Sharon Benard
Mary Jenkins
Sara Reed
Jessie Reed
Kevin Battey
Emily Desrochers
Chris Calhoun
Deb McCarter
Roger & Brenda Fortier
Nancy Clark
Paul Peterson
Angie Battey
Coffee Hour Host
Angie & Mark Battey
Important Dates
Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Day worship service @ St. John the Evangelist, Dunbarton 9:30am. Celebrate with Bishop Hirschfeld.
Nov 26 - 8 & 10am worship. Christ the King Sunday - it's the last Sunday after Pentecost.
& organizational meeting for the NEW Epiphany Play. Narrators & actors needed. 
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
December 2 - Altar Guild Clean Up 10am-Noon. All are welcome to come polish the brass and spruce up the church for the Advent season.
Advent Wreath Creation - 11-Noon. All children & youth in the parish are welcome to the undercroft to help create the giant Advent wreath.
December 3 - Advent I 8 & 10am worship w/baptism.
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
December 9 - Progressive Dinner & Yankee Swap 6pm. Sign up in the undercroft.
December 10 - 8 & 10am worship (with Sunday school, no family Sunday this week)
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
& Theology Under Wraps for high school youth 4-5:30pm at Nadeau's Subs.
December 14 - Vestry meeting 7pm
December 17 - 8am worship & 10am w/baptism
& Parish Breakfast 8:45-9:30am
& Jr. Choir rehearsal 11:30-noon
& Lessons & Carols 7pm
December 22 - Christmas food basket packing at St. Lawrence Church 6:30pm
Click here for the monthly Calendar 
In Our Prayers
Get Well and God Bless
Eleanor, Jane, Cynthia & Jim, Lu, Ed, Carolyn, Amy, Corrine, Barb, Dian, Bill, John, George & Phyllis, Ella Rose, Mary, Diana, Dede, Debra, K, John, Judith Anne,  & Sophia
Birthdays Known to Us
Kaye Jaworowski
John Carbonneau
Mary Jenkins
Chris Lange
Amy Neiman
Hazel Jaworowski
Theo Jaworowski
Ben Macon
Dianne Macon
Mark Sherwood
Lori Simons
Peg Darrah
Mia Moore
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
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.

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. 

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.
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.          
Interim Rector's Notes - November 23, 2017
Wishing you all a happy day of thanksgiving!
Remember that the first Thanksgiving celebration was by the Pilgrims, thanking God that they had made it through their first year in a new land.  And they almost didn't make it!  They landed in November, 1620-much too late to plant crops to sustain themselves over the winter. Let's not forget that what kept them from starving was their Indian neighbors, the Wampanoag people, who sold them corn, and also taught them how to manage in an unfamiliar territory.  As we celebrate our allegiance to our nation, let us thank God for our ability to work in concert with others-people with different religions, language, color, and customs.  This ability has been essential to our survival from the very beginning.
            "See you in church,"

An organizational meeting for the Epiphany Play will be on November 26 following the 10am service.  A sign up sheet is also available in back of the church.  We need many actors, angels and narrators.  Please see Leo Steffens with any questions.

Save these Dates!
Progressive Christmas Dinner and Yankee Swap December 9, 6pm
We are looking for several host homes. Please contact the office for more information.
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
December 17, 7pm

Saturday December 2
Come join the Altar Guild of St. Matthew's for a sanctuary clean up. We'll prepare for Advent by polishing the brass and silver, wiping down the pews, unwrapping the creche, and hanging the wreaths. All are welcome. Many hands make light work. 10-Noon.
Also, all children and youth are welcome to help make the giant advent wreath that hangs in the sanctuary, 11-noon in the undercroft.

Pledge Gathering Update:
50 pledges in hand totaling $118,332


100 pledges totaling $170,000

Search Team status:
The wardens and vestry of St. Matthew's Church are delighted to announce that we have called the Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele to be our next rector. She will join us on January 1, 2018. Click here for her bio.
Transition Prayer:
Loving God, giver of all good gifts, we thank you for your guidance through our search for our next rector. Open our hearts and minds to the new possibilities of the future as we now prepare to welcome her.  Inspire each of us to offer our unique gifts for building up your church.  Keep watch over Nancy Vogele, the one you have chosen for us, so that together, we will be united in love and dedicated to your mission. Through Jesus Christ, our lord. 

Opportunities to help around St. Matt's:


Cleaning help:
Looking for a couple of individuals that like to organize and clean. Help is needed on Tuesday November 28 to deep clean the kitchen. If you could spare a couple of hours just come to the church between 10am -noon.  Call Angie 486-9151 with any questions
The Altar guild clean up and Advent wreath making is on December 2, but some of the tasks could be done in November.  Many hands make light work.  If you can help please contact Angie.
CCC Volunteer Openings
Can you spare 2 hours a month? 
The Community Clothing Center needs a Key Person 24 hours a year on the 4th Thursday of each month from 3-5 pm.
We also need a Key Person 8 hours a year on the 5th Thursday (only happens 4 times a year) 3-5 pm.
Please call Joan Alayne Stevens at 660-9164.
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