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From the Pastor’s Desk
One of the best parts of my work is being able to teach and write about our faith and Church life. I’m pleased to offer my reflections through sermons, a monthly newsletter, and an email blog. These collections are available as:
In the Spirit (previously known as News and Notes from the Pastor’s Desk) is a, more or less, weekly keeping in touch blog that includes a variety of thoughts and reflections. Links to recent “In the Spirit” posts can be found below, along with a sign up to receive these posts by email.
Ripples and Reflections is a monthly article about ministry and the life of our church. You may find these articles in the monthly PDF copy of the Church Window.
Sermons are available on the Sermons page under the Worship menu. There you will find several of the most recent Sermons, as well as a collection of Milestone Sermons in both text and audio formats. If the sermon you are looking for isn’t listed on the page, copies of all our sermons are available by contacting our Church office at 603-625-5093.
I hope you enjoy reading some of these offerings. I welcome your comments, thoughts, and any ideas you might have for future topics. You may contact me through the Church office at 603-625-5093 or email at KPleas@FCCManchesterNH.org.
Yours in Faith,
Rev. Kevin Pleas
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First Church Choirs
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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!”
“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."
“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…”
“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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
"Angels in Human Skin" Presentation by Dr. Dirkje Legerstee
An art installation and accompanying story presentation to honor and remember her family's survival through WWII.
Artwork will be on display in the sanctuary for one week from March 17th to March 24th.
Thursday, March 21st there will be a “Meet the Artist” Reception from 6 to 8pm, and on Sunday, March 24th, a special worship service with lunch and Dr. Legerstee’s presentation to follow.
Songweavers "I am Light" Concert
100 Women Singers & 20 Drummers
New Hampshire's original women's chorus... 100 members strong accompanied by 16-20 African style drummers, with piano and guitar. Songweavers is a musical experience of harmony, excitement and love.
Call 625-5093 to reserve tickets. $15 Seniors/Student and $20 Adults
Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook
only $12.50 each
See a member of Women's Connection to order
Join us for the Third Sunday of Lent. Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary with visiting preacher Rev. Dr. Dirkje Legerstee who will be delivering the sermon. The reading is from the Hebrew Bible Deuteronomy 30:13-19 and the Gospel Lesson is from First John 4:7-20.
Prior to the 10:00am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
Following worship, there will be a special luncheon followed by a presentation by Rev. Dr. Kirkje Legerstee "An Angel in Human Skin" along with her artwork.
This is the perfect time to join the First Congregational Church! A new member joining Orientation will be held on Monday, April 1st at 6pm to introduce you to Rev. Pleas and the Membership Committee, and hear about all the opportunties for spirital enrichment and community involvement that First Church offers.
On Sunday, April 14th, new members and those transferring their membership from another church, or renewing their membership at First Church, will be introduced to the congregation as part of the ceremony.
You are welcome here!
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.
Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "We are Unbroken"!
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The Sunday News
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Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle. We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104