Devotional Resources

Welcome to our Devotional Resources page. We hope that you will find the suggested readings below to be both supportive and inspirational.

The Stillspeaking Daily Devotional provides short essays by pastors of the United Church of Christ, with a Bible passage and prayer.

Anthony Robinson is an ordained UCC minister, with 30 years of pulpit ministry. He now works as a speaker, teacher, consultant, coach, and author. His web page includes a Weekly Meditation as well as commentary in “What’s Tony Thinking?”

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations offer brief reflections on contemplative spirituality. Fr. Richard draws from his Franciscan heritage, Christian scriptures and mystics, and teachers from every wisdom tradition who point to our inherent union with and longing for God.

The Upper Room Daily Devotional mission is “to provide a model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats, to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence.”

Daughters of Abraham is an interfaith book group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim women who have been meeting monthly since 2002 to explore their religious faiths through books. “The mission of the Daughters of Abraham is to overcome stereotypes and to foster mutual respect and understanding among Muslim, Jewish and Christian women”. Their website includes a list of recommended books on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

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Our History

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Children

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“It is my time at First Church that helps me "recharge" my spirit with faith and hope for the coming week!”

Sue Hannigen

“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."

Bruce Attridge

“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…” 

Grant Dugan

“I hope others will find such joy when they come here.”

Eleanor Flint Campbell

“We treasure our many friends and colleagues in this wonderful congregation.”

Susan and Bruce Felmly

“I love First Church because of my involvement with Women's Connection.”

Pamela LeBlanc

 

“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”

Joan Currier

 

 Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 19, 2020,  at 10:00am

Worship This Sunday

Join us this Sunday for worship on the Second Sunday after Epiphany!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "Risky Business".  The scripture reading is from Isaiah 49:1-7.                                            Learn more...

Sunday, February 2, 2020,  at 11:30am

Mind, Body, Spirit...with Jason Sokol

All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick

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Sunday, March 8, 2020   

Service of Prayer and Healing

Inspired by the Celtic Tradition, the roughly half-hour service will include music, readings, prayers and an opportunity to receive a “Laying on of Hands” blessing. Service will be held in the Chapel following the 10:00am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.

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2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

 Highlights

Men's Group on Saturday, January 18th at 8am

Join Rev. Pleas at the next monthly Men's Breakfast!

Sign up on the office window, or talk to Rev. Pleas for details.

Meet the Pastor Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

Drop in to see Rev. Pleas!  Or anytime by appointment.

Come in Wednesdays 1pm-3pm for some very inspirational one-on-one time with Rev. Kevin Pleas.

Dress A Girl

The next Dress A Girl Sew will be Thursday, January 30th, at 9am; and Thursday, February 20th.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world.

Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!  

Sokhom has brought our dresses to Cambodia!  This grandmother is raising the grandchildren so the parents can find work in Thailand.

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Young Athletes Volunteers

Join the Young Athletes 5:30-6:30pm at Manchester Community Music School.  Sign up on the office window, or see Bill Jones.

Latest News

2019 Written Commitee Reports

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports can be picked up on Sunday, January 26th.  Those not picked up will be mailed 1st Class on Monday, January 27th.  Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service.   Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)", and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!

From the Pastor's Desk

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...

Sunday Bulletin

See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...

The Sunday News

What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Learn more...

Church Window

What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...

June 2, 2019

Welcome to our Confirmands!

   

June 2, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

   

June 16, 2019

Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!