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Parish News May 8 2014

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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.



David Betz



Jack Kennerson

Tamaryn Morin

Lina Patel

Sara & Jessie Reed

Harrison Meece

Deb McCarter Spaulding

Barbara Carbonneau

Natalie Sennett

Lee Duncan

Amy Poisson

Dianne Macon

Jane Exner


May 11 Readings

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10



In Our Prayers    

Get Well and God Bless

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


Birthdays Known to Us

Ariel Nieman

Michael Bateman

Alyssa Simons Bienivides

John Yost

Ken Brown

Ellie Greiner

Debbie Walsh


Anniversaries Known to Us 

Vic & Sarah Cotugno



Important Dates


May 8 - Vestry Meeting 7pm


May 14 - Trailer arrives for all your good yard sale items.


May 15 - Knitting Group 6:30pm email if you plan to attend.


May 17 - Camp Allen Clean Up, more details to come.


May 18 - Parish Breakfast 8:45-9:30am; Sunday School Celebration during 10am worship & Coffee hour.


May 18 - Youth Group meeting 4-6pm


May 20 - Peacemeals topic: Energy Efficiency 6pm - bring a dish to share for our monthly potluck dinner and discussion


May 23 - FREE Collaborative Choral Concert at St. Anselm's Abbey Church 3pm


May 27 - Southern Convocation Meeting at St. Matthew's 7pm


May 30-June 1 - Youth Retreat


June 1 - kids come dressed to plant flowers during 10 am worship

& Outreach Meeting 11:30


June 5 - Book Group 7pm


June 7 - Annual Spring Thing Yard Sale 8-1pm.  Volunteers needed all day in shifts beginning at 6am to 2pm.


June 8 - Mass on the Grass


Click here for the monthly Calendar


The Matthean
The newest issue of The Matthean Spring 2014 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
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

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.                

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- May 7, 2014


"Behold your Mother..." (Jesus Christ)


Look all around you outdoors this week. It is happening.  Life is sprouting and blooming all over the place. Mother earth faithfully rallies to the call to nurture new growth, beauty and abundance. It springs forth from her.


Look inside you this week, at your humanity - at being alive to witness the spring explosion in a state of natural wonder - and remember from whom you came, your Mother.


In the Holy Bible, we all know the name Eve. It is the name given the first woman in the sacred creation myth found in Genesis. But did you know that the name Eve means 'Life Bearer'?  And did you ever note that Life Bearer was, in that same scriptural reference, 'created in God's image'? (Genesis 1:27)  Let's celebrate the image of God present in the role of Motherhood this Sunday. Through our prayers, presence and song let's offer prayers for her, join her in spirit, and sing her praises. Bring her with you on your arm or in your heart. And if other important women and men in your life 'mothered' you when you really needed it (God bless them!) be sure to remember them in thanks too. I know I have been blessed with spiritual mothers since my Mother's passing and I am grateful. So let's behold our mothers this week from Mother Earth right on up to the saints who raised us, cared for us, loved and served us. They still do whether from heaven or here on earth. For such a love is eternal. Sunday is Mother's Day.



Rev. Wm. E. Exner, Rector



Free for the asking: Hospital bed used in the home. Excellent condition. Call Fr. E 860-6514. Will deliver.


Camp  Allen Clean Up - Save the Date May 17 - more details to come. 
Camp Allen logo

Energy Efficiency Discussion
When you look at your energy (electricity, gas, oil, etc.)  bills do you feel you are spending too much and wasting the planet's resources? You are! But do you know how to reduce those bills and use less?  Come hear energy efficiency experts Nancy Nichols and Paul Button as they share low-cost ways to save money AND save the environment, and give advice on when it is most beneficial to contact a professional.

You will learn things like:

  ·How to rearrange your furniture to use less heat and make your house feel warmer

  ·How to get the government to pay for insulation that could save you hundreds of dollars on your heating, electric, and cooling bills for years to come

  ·How to reduce the heat generated inside your home in the Summer and reduce your lighting costs


Join us May 20 at 6pm at St. Matthew's Church, 3 N. Mast St., Goffstown  in our effort to see how much the community can save.  Potluck dinner.  Bring something tasty to share.


Book Group - June 5, 7pm

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor


click here to go to to read a summary and reviews.




Annual Spring Thing Yard & Bake Sale June 7, 8am-1pm

The trailer will arrive next week, May 14 to receive your good yard sale donation items.  All proceeds go directly to the Outreach Committee.  Please no tires, electronics or mattresses.  Clothing can be donated to the Community Clothing Center next door. Be sure to fill in the back of the trailer first and then stack up.  
The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to help our neighbors in need.  The majority of our funds, which are raised at the spring and fall yard sales and through donations, are used to help local families.  We also have helped with disaster relief in the national and international level.


At our April meeting we voted to send $250 to each of three international charities that we had researched and feel that they do a great job.  The three are Episcopal Relief and Development, Save the Children, and Doctors Without Borders.


We hope that you will be able to help us raise more funds at the June 7th yard sale by donating household goods or baked goods.  We always need help with set up, workers throughout the day, and clean up.  Come and join your friends and make some new friends.  It is a great day of fun and fellowship.   There will soon be sign up sheets at coffee hour for your convenience.


Susan Osburn



Fore!!!  St. Matt's Sunday Drivers
Tourney Sunday June 22 11:30 am


Get back in the swing St. Matthew's golfers, the date is set for the annual Sunday Drivers 9 hole golf tourney at Countryside in Dunbarton.  This hard fought match is all for fun. Everyone in the parish who knows their way arougolfnd a golf course is welcome to sign up. We divide ourselves into foursomes, buy a few Mulligans, and do our best to from tee to green. This year any donations realized will be matched dollar for dollar in our 2014 "Preserving St. Matthew's for the Next Generation" for capital improvements.  Stay tuned for details. Contact Chip Sennett, Official Starter, for more or keep your eye on this publication in upcoming weeks. 

Save the date June 22. 


Our Place Baby Shower
The Health Ministry volunteers of the Parish Nurse Program
baby-blocks2.jpg will be hosting it's 16th Annual Baby Shower to benefit OUR PLACE on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10am-Noon at the Parish of the Transfiguration, 107 Alsace St., Manchester NH 03102.  A brunch will be served at that time.  All are invited to bring new unwrapped baby items needed to help the OUR PLACE Program.   OUR PLACE is a pre-natal and parenting education program for young families.  If unable to attend the shower, but would like to donate, please bring items to the Parish Nurse office (Tuesday-Thursday 9am - 3pm) located at 107 Alsace Street.  For more information regarding the Baby Shower call the Parish Nurse office, 663-8004 or Shower Coordinator Lillian Coulon, 668-1039.

Thoughts on ...

- Linnae Peterson, M. Div.


I recently discovered photography and have begun to actually devote some time to taking photographs. I find myself looking at things differently. I see the way light plays on the slats of a fence, or across a field and find

myself "framing" it for the camera, even when I don't have one. Beauty can be found in the most unlikely places. It crops up around the corner and catches us by surprise, yet taking the time to notice it, beauty will reveal herself to us in new and delightful ways. Often it is through young children we can discover the splendor around us. They make connections that we never would; the fallen tree in the back lot, becomes a pirate ship and the field, a fairy's playground.  To be able to delight in beauty, to pause and notice the wonder of it all, to see all that is around us, is a gift from God. Allow the young ones to teach you, and see the gift of splendor that surrounds you. 


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