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Parish News Mar 13 2014 


Please note this Saturday we move our clocks forward an hour.  It's time to 'spring ahead'.



St. Matthew's

Episcopal Church

The Rev. Wm. E. Exner, Rector

7 North Mast Road

Goffstown, NH 03045 


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Sunday Worship

 8am Simple, spoken &

10am with choir, Sunday School, nursery care and  Coffee Hour.


All people of faith are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord's Table.


March 16 Readings

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

John 3:1-17


In Our Prayers    

Get Well and God Bless

 Rev. John, Julie, Alice, Christine, Fraser, Greg, Marie, Phil, Karen, Diane, Elona, Noah, John, Jasmine, Dane, Anna, Joshua, Bonnie, Randy, Rick, Jane, Leslie, Skyler, MaryClare, Judith Anne, Cynthia, Moira, Harold


Birthdays Known to Us

Alan Bourgouin

Finn Grant

Stu Lewin

Patrick Sheehy

Jean Lange

Corbin Beliveau

Ryan Jukes

Jacob Roberge

Julie Grant



Anniversaries Known to Us 





Important Dates



March 13 - Vestry Orientation Dinner Meeting 6pm High Street Farmhouse


March 15 - Adult Potluck Game Night 5:30pm


March 16 - Parish Breakfast 8:45-9:30am


March 18 Parish Potluck & Peacemeals "The Bible & Peace of Soul" 6-7:30pm


March 23 - Consider confirmation/reception in the Episcopal Church meeting at 11:30am


March 23 - Youth Group gathering 4-6pm.


March 23 - "Articulate Your Legacy Faithfully" reception at The High Street Farmhouse 4-6pm.


March 23 - Candlelight Vigil to repeal the death penalty 4:30-6pm.  Begins at St. Joseph's Cathedral end with reception at Grace Episcopal Church


March 30 Lenten Offering - Advanced Episcopal 101 7pm



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.                

The Matthean
The newest issue of The Matthean is available on our website (just click the link and it will take you there). 
Weekly Offerings


 AA meetings held in the church undercroft 8:30pm


SHINE program for seniors and parish nurse 10:30-11:45am
Bible Chat Noon-12:45pm
Sr. Choir Rehearsal 7-8:30pm All are welcome!
Food Pantry - Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00-noon
Community Clothing Center - Tuesday 11:00-2:00pm, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday 3-5pm and Saturday 10:00am-Noon

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.

 Quick Links

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.

 Rector's Notes - March 13, 2014


It is early in the season of Lent and, though the maple sap has started to run as a sure sign that spring will come, and as St. Patrick revelers 'put on the green', we're still braced for a late winter tantrum or two.  Hang on.  Keep faith.  As I said in last Sunday's sermon with the kids worshiping with us, "Come rain, snow or shine, this Lent let's try hard to love what God loves....and do something about it."


This Sunday, March 16, breakfast is served from 8:45-9:30am.  At 10am the Sr. Choir will offer a wonderful anthem, 'God So Loved the World'.  Remember that.  Read on for news and opportunities for spiritual growth and loving witness.



Rev. Wm. Exner, Rector


Planned Giving Reception:

Taking care of yourself, your heirs, your parish


Sunday March 23, 4-6pm at The High Street Farmhouse


Learn from The Rector, doctors & lawyers how to make your financial and healthcare wishes known by easily putting in place:  a will or trust, advance directives and more. 


Our Goal:  To let our spirituality guide us in our long range decisions so that our loved ones and our parish will be blessed beyond our years.


The doctors and lawyers who will speak to us are all part of St. Matthew's community of faith.  They will respond to your questions and offer free advice and encouragement to make your wishes known in terms of advance directives regarding your health and distribution of your wealth as you see fit.


All are welcome.


Please register by Tuesday, March 18 by calling St Matthew's Church office at 497-2003 or emailing  Let your generosity and wishes for your loved ones and church extend beyond your years.  



SNAP Challenge 

In First Century Palestine many who worked the land, or crafted the tools, or built the walls of the palaces lived on one small coin a day. Jesus walked among them, and understood their vulnerability, their hunger, their fear. The people who lived in the cities were mostly unable to see the real desperation in which others were living.


Blindness caused by social, physical and economic stratification undermined the sense of community, bound up creative compassion.


During our fall convention we challenged ourselves to look, and listen to the lives of those in our day who constantly struggle with poverty.   


One way to do this during Lent is to take the SNAP challenge - practice a little by feeding our households on a food stamp budget. May your prayers, and your practice nourish. Please share your experiences within your convocation, with NH Episcopal News, with your neighbors, post your reflections in your newsletter and in Facebook. May God's redeeming grace and transforming power sustain you and your community.


The Rev. Susan Langle

Trinity Church, Claremont


Resources for the Journey:


Nickel-Dimed-Not-Getting-America, by Barbara Ehrenreich



Crispin's House 3-on-3 Tourney basketball-basket.jpg


Crispin's House Coalition for Youth's 14th Annual 3-on-3 Double Elimination Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. All ages, abilities, males and females are WELCOME to participate in this exciting, community building day on the courts in the Goffstown High School Gym. Spectators and parents are also welcome to cheer the teams on, talk with your friends and neighbors, and enjoy our Concession Stand full of good treats. Adult, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Divisions.  Click here for the flyer with more information and a link to to register. 

Free Foot Clinic - offered by the CMC Parish Nurse Program


Date:  Wednesday April 9, 2014
Time:  9:30-11:30am
Location:  St. Matthew's Church
The foot clinic will include:   inspection, soaking, massage, nail care and teaching by the Manchester Community College School of Nursing.
You must pre-register for this free foot clinic by calling 663-8004.

Food Pantry Needs

As you probably already know, we house the Goffstown Network Food Pantry in the St. Matthew's Parish House.  A community organization, Network helps on average 450 people per month, many of them children, elderly or disabled, by helping to provide for their food needs.  As Christians, one of our missions is help those less fortunate than us.  If you would like to donate food items, they can be dropped in the Church foyer or the Parish House when either building is open.  Below is a list of the most urgently needed items. 


 1. Canned Fruit

 2. Boxed Meals (such as Hamburger Helper)

 3. Baking items

 4. Tuna fish

 5. Soup

Thoughts on Forgiving and Forgetting

- Linnae Peterson, M. Div.


"Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past." Anne Lamott


I love this quote. It puts the whole process of forgiveness in a new light. I've always bristled at the phrase "forgive and forget". It's not that I what to dwell on the pains and injuries of the past, but like a bit of scar tissue, they continue to catch me when I least expect it. I've watched the same in my eldest. Bullied in elementary school, my child continues to bear the scars of that experience. Yet my now college age young adult tells me that that experience is what gives passion to the drive to help other young people.  Our past pain, our past mistakes and damage has the potential to change, change ourselves, change the world around us, or change the attitudes that color the sea we live in. In all of this we can only lead by example. Our children will learn to forgive themselves as we forgive ourselves. They will learn to forgive others are they see us do that. They will learn to ask for forgiveness only as they see us ask for forgiveness (even from them). I recently learned of an interesting practice used in some schools. There is a circle on the floor. Whenever someone enters the "Circle of Peace" they are free to confess any misdeed and the only response allowed from those outside the circle is "I forgive you". Whatever your reaction to this practice, it mirrors for me what God does for us. Whenever we are in God presence we enter a "Circle of Peace". We are free to confess any misdeed and the only response that God has for this is "I forgive you." In that forgiveness to give up all hope of a better past, and gain all hope of a better present.




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. 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  $30.00       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 Rev. William E. Exner+, Rector
Administrative Asst. Kelly Kennerson
St. Matthew's Church   7 N. Mast   Goffstown, NH 03045
phone: 603-497-2003 

Office Hours: Tues 9:30-12:30, Wed 9:30-1:30 & Thurs 9:30-12:30