God So Loved the World

John 3:11-17 (NRSV) Once upon a time, way back in my Coast Guard days, I had a chance to attend a football game at North Carolina State University. I’m not an active football fan. Actually, I’m not much of a sports fan of any kind, but I do enjoy watching a game now...

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Romans 5:1-5 (NRSV) There’s an old song that Roberta Flack used to sing called “Tryin’ Times.” Tryin’ times, is what the world is talking about. You got confusion all over the land. Mother against daughter, father against son, The whole thing is gettin’ out of hand....

Pam’s Update

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. —Isaiah 40:10 (NRSV) Dear Friends, If you caught my sermon this last week, or if you are on the prayer chain, or if you are an active member of our FCC rumor mill, you will no...

In the Beginning, God…

Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV) Psalm 100 (NRSV) Most of you know that our First Congregational Church of Manchester has a history that goes back to the early 1800’s. But the denomination we belong to, the United Church of Christ, has only been around for 63 years now. The UCC...