St. Matthew’s Church, Episcopal
Parish Notes –September 23, 2010
May God bless you as we continue enter into the fall season of Pentecost. 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). The Nursery is staffed from 9:55am-11:15 on Sundays.
This House of Prayer welcomes all people of faith on their spiritual journey. St. Matthew’s Church 7 North Mast Street, Goffstown, across from Sully’s. St Matt’s phone # 497-2003. Check us out on our website www.stmattsepiscopal.org (support St. Matthew’s click on the e-giving icon). The website has our weekly notes, a current copy of The Matthean, and important dates listed. Just click on Publications.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord…“Plans to give you hope and a future”
“I will sing praises to my God while I have my Being.” Psalm 146
From the Rector: The Spirit, the music, the people, the palpable presence of God’s grace last Sunday, St. Matthew’s Day was all of that AND MORE! Jane and I wish to thank everyone for a perfect morning of celebration of our Patron Saint and for the outpouring of support we received. We love you too! Let’s keep this mission moving ever forward in the days and years ahead.
This coming Sunday is Brown Bag Sunday, an annual affair wherein local churches partner to collect food items for the Network Food Pantry. Please bring a food offering to worship with you on Sunday or drop goods off inside the Church doors during the week before noon on Sunday.
+ Also, there are WALKERS FORMS FOR THIS YEARS COMMUNITY HUNGER WALK to be held on Sunday October 10th starting at noon. This 3 mile walk through Town helps the Network Food Pantry directly and, this year, will also give aid to the people of Haiti as they struggle to recover from natural disaster. PICK UP A WALKER FORM AT THE DOOR UPSTAIRS IN THE CHURCH OR GO ONLINE www.churchworldservice.org/site.
+ St. Matthew’s Junior Choir begins rehearsals on Sunday Sept. 26 from 11:15 – 11:45 during Coffee Hour for all kids who like to sing or wish to learn how. Kids gather in the choir pews following 10 am worship.
+ MIDWEEK WORSHIP BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY SEPT. 29TH AT 5:30 PM. The Evening Prayer Rite will be offered weekly starting Sept. 29. This traditional prayer service lasts about 15 or 20 minutes and it is a wonderful mid week refreshment for the soul. Following the service there will be an informal Prayer Circle for those wishing particular prayers for healing, comfort, or other more particular or personal needs. All are welcome to one or both sessions each week.
+Lastly, I have every intention of wearing the fantastic new stole that our parish children and seamstresses Margie Battey and Joan Stevens crafted for my 25th anniversary at St. Matt’s! Wait ‘til you see it – 14 colorful panels of artwork by our parish kids! Rainbows, sunshine, crosses and birds in flight, words like Peace on Earth, Live/Love/Laugh, Keep the Joy in Life, and God Loves Us radiate from this beautiful liturgical vestment. I love it and will wear it often the rest of this ‘Green’ season of Pentecost in the Church year.
Blessings to all throughout the week ahead,
The Rev. Wm. E. Exner+ Rector
P.S. Please see the attached message of our Bishop which was delivered Sunday by Canon Tim Rich.
Sharing a note left for Bill & Jane that expresses a sentiment heard often:
Bill and Jane,
Congratulations on your 25th anniversary here at St. Matthew’s. Thank you for all your help, leadership, knowledge and empathy. My family is so, so grateful to have found such a wonderful parish.
Thank you again and God Bless!
Network Food Pantry Brown Bag Sunday Food Drive- Sept. 26
Once again this year, St. Matthew’s, in conjunction with The Goffstown Clergy Association, is participating in “Brown Bag Sunday”, started several years ago to help the Goffstown Network food pantry restock their shelves after the quiet summer months. Using the list below as a shopping guide, please bring items to be donated to either the 8 or 10 AM services on Sunday, September 26th, or drop by The Goffstown Network Food Pantry at 9 N. Mast by Noon the same day. If you cannot, just drop the items by the Parish House or foyer in the church sometime before that date. Contributions of cash or check (Goffstown Network) would be particularly helpful. Thank you!!!
****Items underlined are particularly in need****
Peanut Butter Jelly Baking Mixes Juices Rice Pasta
Canned Soup Canned Red Vegetables (like carrots or beets) Canned Fruit
Tuna Fish Canned Meals Cereal Personal Care Items and
The trailer is coming, the trailer is coming – October 4! Please save your good yard sale items for the annual Fall Fest Yard Sale, Saturday Oct. 16.
St Matthew’s Episcopal is adding a Bling Thing Table to its Fall Fest Yard Sale on Saturday, October 16th. Please come check out the jewelry at the Bling Thing table on the lawn of the church between 9 am and 1 pm. You may go away very happy with a new piece of jewelry for yourself or someone else that was donated by one of our parishioners. The proceeds from the Yard Sale including the Bling Thing are used by St Matthew’s Outreach Committee to help others in need in our community and beyond.
DETAILS: The Outreach Committee of St. Matthew’s Episcopal is accepting donations of jewelry for its jewelry table: Bling Thing, at the Fall Fest this year on Saturday, October 16th. As you are doing your Fall cleaning and picking out things to donate to the Fall 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 that can be sold for market value. Jewelry parts such as focal pieces not on chains are acceptable as well. You can drop off unwanted or unused jewelry to the Parish House during open hours or at Sunday service in the basket inside the door.
Thank you for your generosity now and always.
+St. Matt’s Senior Choir begins Fall season rehearsals Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 pm. All adults are invited to sing with the Senior Choir. It’s a good time with nice people and great music.
+ An elder member in downtown Manchester needs rides to Sunday Worship on Sept 26 & Oct 3. Please contact Deb Haines to coordinate email@example.com
+ If you would like to be considered to become a Handy Helper for locally deployed families (mowing a lawn, picking up some groceries, etc.) please submit your name to Natalie Sennett firstname.lastname@example.org or 497-4042.
+ Jr. Choir will begin rehearsals September 26 after worship 11:15-11:45am
Goffstown Community Hunger Walk set for Sunday October 10
“Together let’s end hunger one step at a time.”
Let’s get a bunch of people together from our church to walk 3 miles to end hunger along with others from our community. The date is Sunday October 10. Registration for the Community Hunger Walk is at Stark Hall, corner of Main and Church, at 11:45 am. The Walk starts at noon.
+WHO can walk? Everyone can join in.
+How much money do I need to raise? Any donation to CROPWALK is welcome at registration OR go ONLINE to www.cropwalk.org. CLICK ‘Find a walk’. CLICK ‘New Hampshire’, CLICK ‘Goffstown Crop Walk’. You can donate online and find other helpful details. (You can even invite others to donate to our local walk this way.)
+This Community walk to help end hunger has gone on for close to 30 years. 25% of funds raised goes directly to the Goffstown Network Food Pantry. The remainder is dedicated to relief efforts in Haiti this year through CROP.
BRING A FRIEND FOR A NICE AUTUMN WALK FOR A GREAT CAUSE, MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR OR TEAM OUTING.
Please take a step to end hunger October 10th. Walker forms are available from local Goffstown churches or at registration time, 11:45 at Stark Hall.
In our prayers for comfort and support
“I will refresh you” Jesus Christ
Get Well & God Bless: Dan, Barbara, Linnae, Barbie, Sarah, Jen, Grady, Randy, John, James, Bill, Grady, Sally, Mary, Tom, the Desrochers Family, Andrew, Kevin, Florence, Sam, Heather, Mel, Debbie, Moira, and Rick.
Prayers of Thanks –
Birthdays known to us: Gerry Izikoff, Mary Brick, Katie Dumais, Brendan Battey, Randy Benthien, Judy Shank, Kelly Kennerson, Brian Curran, Allyson Curran, Deborah Kuzma, Tony Howd, Anne Hamilton, Samantha Myrdek, Becky Osburn, Nancy Waller, Janet Chamberlain, Bailee Morin, Bryce Beliveau and Cole Minnich.
Anniversaries known to us: Wayne & Cecily Bedwell, Mark & Angie Battey, Steve & Rosemarie Fry, David & Jessica Washburn, Edward & Heather Meyers, Steve & Pat Henault, and Grant & Monika Wright
“Pray your child’s name with love in your heart. Say your child’s name with love in your voice.”
Monday September 27, 7-9pm Women of Faith invite you to attend a program about Rites of Passage at Unitarian Universalist Church. Learn about the rituals and programs for youth practiced in the Unitarian, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Moslem faith traditions. Young women 11 and older are welcome to attend. Optional history of the church provided at 6:45pm. Space is limited, so please rsvp by Sept. 20 to Jane Silberberg at email@example.com or 472-2205. For more information contact Barbara Lantiegne at 668-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Program held at 669 Union Street, Manchester NH. Street parking is available or you may use the parking lot at the Jewish Federation accessible from Prospect Street. Carpooling is encouraged.
Be It Resolved: A General Convention Resolution asks Episcopalians to volunteer 40 hours a year to a local public school. Imagine the support we could lend our local public schools by simply asking, “How can I help?”… Just ask a local principal or teacher or coach.
Does the Church Office have your current e-mail & contact Information???
Drop us a line to keep us in the loop. Our e-mail is email@example.com
Programs are held at 7 North Mast Street Goffstown on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.
ALL WELCOME - INVITE A FRIEND
The Community Spiritual Life Center will be offering programs again this fall on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish House for all those who want to deepen their spiritual journey. The first session will be on Tuesday October 12. Programs will include a series by Father Exner beginning with Faith Perspectives and the Death Penalty on October 12th and Funding the Common Good on November 16th. Each week's program will be announced in Parish Notes, the Church Bulletin and announcements in church. Other offerings and discussions to be announced over the course of the year.
All sessions are free and are open to all as we walk this faith journey together. The second block of Tuesday night sessions will begin on January 25th and will continue into Lent on March 16th. For more information check out the website at www.cslcgoffstown.org or ask Reverend Exner or Joan Stevens. We look forward to seeing you there!
Announcing the Villa Augustina 9th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
Friday, October 1, 2010
For a fun-filled day of golf and charity as we enjoy the crisp, New England fall weather at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, one of the top golf courses in all of NH! All proceeds will benefit the Villa Augustina School. The shot gun start will begin at 9:30 a.m. The event will include light breakfast, lunch, 18 holes, golf carts, silent & live auctions, and much more!
To register please visit www.villaaugustina.org, or contact the school at (603) 497-2361 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I no longer call you servants, now I call you friends” Jesus Christ
Play Group – plays every Wednesday 10-11am
Food Pantry– Wednesday 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-noon
Community Clothing Center – Tuesday 11am-2pm, Wednesday 6-8pm & Saturdays 10am-noon
SHINE. Sr. Citizens are welcome Wednesdays in the Parish House from 10:30-11:45 for activity, exercise and snacks.
Parish Nurse –hours are 10-noon Wednesdays for anyone who would like their blood pressure checked or have general health questions.
Bible Chat –Wednesdays from noon-1pm. (Summer vacation beginning June 23 – Sept. 8)
Desrochers Family Update: You have all been so helpful in the past, but due to summer vacation, some of the care calendar needs have gone unmet. This is a very difficult and busy time for the Desrochers family – Emily begins another round of chemotherapy. If we all sign up for one thing this month, we should hit all the needs!
To help us share information about her treatment and progress, the Desrochers have created a website: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/emilydesrochers
Please visit often for updates - you can also view photos and leave messages in our guestbook.
Thank you for your continued care and support as we help Emily through this.
A Care Calendar has been set up for the Desrochers Family. If you would like to help out with a meal or errand please visit the website:
The HELPER logon is used by family and friends that would like to sign-up to help a loved one.
To access Desrochers Family's personal CareCalendar site,
visit http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/33275 and enter the following
information in the appropriate spaces:
CALENDAR ID : 33275
SECURITY CODE : 5475
Remember to make enough for 2-3 days. Please try to click on the calendar dates to see what others are planning to bring, so that we can avoid having too much of one type of item.
We have dropped the "meal delivery days." You can now come whenever you'd like, as long as you respect the wishes of the family with regards to the "no knocking, doorbell ringing, or calling" rule (between the hours of 12 and 3). Jill has asked for some childcare helpers this week. AM and PM shifts are available.
Thank you for all of the wonderful things you are doing to help the Desrochers! She feels truly loved!
Kimberlie Berrigan email@example.com or Katie Leduc Whipplewill@comcast.net Meals may also be left in the freezer at church.
Thank you and God Bless!
Episcopal Café – www.episcopalcafe.com
St. Matthew’s web page: www.stmattsepiscopal.org
For Teens – www.reachout.com
Link to Resources – call 211 or www.211nh.org Call for information about health and human services and organizations in your community
The 2010 Seniors Count Resource Guide for the Manchester Area www.seniorscountnh.org or call
Service Link: www.nh.gov/servicelink/
or call 1-866-634-9412. The closest office is in Manchester at Easter Seals. They help connect seniors and their care givers to services they need. They even provide caregiver support programs and help people get on Medicaid.
Family Squares for the Church Quilt - Muslin squares with instructions, for the Church Quilt are available in the undercroft. If you have any questions about the quilt or how to use the squares, please contact Margie Battey at 497-2107.
· Dial 211 for NH referrals to resources
· Fuel assistance – contact 647-4470 or 1-800-322-1073 or www.snhs.org
· The Sr. Citizen SHINE Wednesdays at 10:30-11:45am
· Weekly Bible Chat Wednesdays at noon
· Parish Nurse, Wednesday Mornings during SHINE
· ‘A Safe Place’ for women in need 1-800-854-3552
· Women’s Crisis Center, Manchester 668-2299
· Apply for food stamps by phone 1-800-852-3345 ext. 4238
· The Network Food Pantry hours are Wed 6pm - 8pm & Sat 10am – noon
· Community Clothing Center at 9 North Mast – Same hours as Network Food Pantry
· St Matt’s Play Group/Undercroft Wednesdays 10 – 11am
“Christ is the Worlds True Light”
St. Matt’s needs your help – STEWARDSHIP
“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 through an application called E-Giving. It is a product offered through Morehouse Publishing (a church supply company we have done business with for many years.) Through this site, you can choose to make a single contribution for a current or future date or a regular, recurring contribution. You can have the contribution come directly from your bank account or charge to a credit card and you can choose what type of contribution you wish to make. A payment toward your pledge, a donation for flowers, a special gift, ect.
There is a link on St Matthew’s website (www.stmattsepiscopal.org ) that will take you directly to the St Matthew’s E-Giving window. 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!)
If you are interested in finding more about the application’s security, the policy can be found at the following link: http://e-giving.org/security.htm
“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:
Sanctuary Lamp $20.00
Weekly Wafers/Host $10.00
Flower Offering $30.00
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: Office, 7 No. Mast St., Goffstown, NH 03045
Recycling: Don’t forget to bring in your print cartridges to be recycled. Just bring them in or drop off at the office.
Support for Your Business: Do you own your own business? Are you self employed? Are you an active, supportive part of St. Matthew’s programs or worshipping community? If so, you are welcome to send your business card/contact information to St. Matt’s office for inclusion on our Parish Business web page. Our goal is to help people in the parish be aware of the various talents and services available by way of others associated with the parish.
Self – Employed Small Business owners who are active, supportive members
of St. Matthew’s
Computer Assistance – Doug Doster 497-5372 He keeps St. Matthew’s humming along.
Food, Spirits & Live Blues – The Village Trestle 25 Main Street, Goffstown 497-8230 Steve and Lorraine Pascucci, owners. Adult fun, good folks.
French & Rising Funeral Home – 497-4711 Tim and Gail Kenney, owners. Long time members and good friends. Excellent and compassionate.
Jewelry – Jonathan’s Jeweler’s 460 Rt. 101, Bedford 471-2828 Jonathan Crary NH Jeweler of the Year and long time friend.
Landscaping/Yard Work – John Erlman 384-3450 Solid, friendly and knowledgeable – one of the good guys.
Market America – Leighann Shriver firstname.lastname@example.org. Attentive to your needs, faithful to her duties.
Martial Arts, Tai Chi –MLK Self Defense Academy 323 South Willow St., Manchester 625-4655 or www.mlksda.com Joe & Denise Sherwood From Tiny Tigers to Black Belts – a warm, supportive atmosphere.
Massage – Pat Soule 785-5306 Long time practitioner, gentle and effective.
Organization & Cleaning for Home – Finely Organized 497-8203 or email@example.com Angie Battey Reliable and delightful.
Painting Interior/Exterior – American Beauty Painting 533-1117 Ted Harlow A true artist and hard worker.
Pampered Chef – Karyn Battey 497-3365 The very best!
Photography – George Welch 545-5335 or www.georgewelchphotography.com He’s our man! Weddings, celebrations, beauty.
Piano & Voice Lessons, Beginners to Adults welcome! – Judy Pancoast 264-9618 Experience, warmth and a love for kids!
Print Shop & T-shirts – Great service, Good People – Brown Graphix, Main Street Goffstown 497-2374.
Transitions Lifestyle System – A low glycemic, body fat burning, muscle saving, eat as much as you want of the right foods kind of food plan. Denise Sherwood, Certified Transitions Lifestyle Coach. 603-493-3713. Denise@SherwoodAssoc.net
Website design – Joe Sherwood email him at Joe@SherwoodWebDesigns.com
Wood crafts and Furniture – WhippleWill Woodsmith 497-3291 Jean Leduc Skill with a smile.
Friends of St. Matthew’s We Recommend
Ace Goffstown Hardware, 5 Depot Street Goffstown
Building/Home Inspections and Engineered Energy Consults - Criterium-Turner Engineers 497-3137 or www.EngineerNH.com
Catering, Breakfast – The Happy Tomato Café 4 Main Street, Goffstown 497-4072 or www.happytomatocafe.com
Crispin’s House After School Program at Mountain View Middle School www.crispinshouse.org
Dr. Erika Duffy – Alternative healing arts, compassionate life skills resources 497-3389
Electrician – Norton Phelps 973-1469 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Electrician – Ian Cote 623-3535
Fine Dining – Patrick’s Country Restaurant 9 High Street, Goffstown 497-4800
Florists – Apotheca Flower Shoppe & Tea Chest Goffstown 497-4940 www.apothecaflowershoppe.com
Goffstown Public Library – resources and welcome for all ages
Groceries – Sully’s right across from St. Matthew’s
Snow Removal – Brian Untiet 497-2776
Please Note: The following listing is a work in progress. It’s purpose is to support active members of St. Matthew’s and to give a friendly “shout out” to local businesses who constantly go beyond the call of duty to work with us.
Give Thanks To God Always
IN GOD’S PRESENCE IS JOY.