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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 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:

  • Ripples and Reflections: a monthly article about ministry and the life of our church, found in the monthly PDF copy of the Church Window.
  • Sermons: available in both text and audio formats on the Sermons page under the Worship menu.
  • In the Spirit: a, more or less, weekly keeping in touch blog. Links to recent “In the Spirit” posts can be found below, along with a sign up to receive these posts by email.

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 RevKPleas508@gmail.com.

Rev. Kevin Pleas

First Church Choirs

Our choirs enrich your worship experience, which includes children’s story, music, sermon, and prayer. 

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Communion

Communion is celebrated during worship on “Threshold Sundays” – the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the New Year, the first Sunday... Learn more...

Bible Study

Rev. Kevin offers a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year. Past classes have included... Learn more...

“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

 

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon by prearrangement.  Should you need anything relating to the office, please email Linda Bonetti, Rev. Kevin Pleas, or  Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

Palm Pick-up Saturday, 3/27 2-3:30pm

Palm Crosses will be handed out by Rev. Pleas and the Deacons to drivers on Saturday, March 27th between 2-3:30pm in our driveway between Hanover & Amherst Streets.  Please stay in your car.  Rain or Shine.  While supplies last.

Lenten Services

All services are on Facebook/FCCManchester

Palm Sunday Worship March 28th 10am

Maundy Thursday Worship April 1st 7pm

Easter Worship April 4th at 10am

Sunday Worship

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas, our Senior Pastor, as he delivers this week's message on Facebook.com/FCCManchester on Sunday at 10am for weekly Worship.

  To connect to the Web Bulletin, which includes music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Friday.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Barbara Papagian will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link.  To sign up, send your email to Barbara by [CLICKING HERE].   We pray that everyone stays safe, obeys the rules, and keeps in phone or email contact with all those in need of kindness and an encouraging word.

9:10 Morning Watch

Join 9:10 Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

[CLICK HERE] to access the Morning Watch Bulletin on the FCC Bulletins page.

Bible Study with John

Bible Study with John is Fridays at 9:30am.  He will be studying Isaiah, Part 2.

Watch the FCC Friday Link for the Zoom connection.  All are welcome!

Barbara Papagian Ordination
May 16, 2021

The Hillsborough Association of the NH Conference-UCC approved Barbara to become an Ordained Minister! Watch for more details of her Ordinationn Ceremony on Sunday, May 16th!

 Highlights

2020 Annual Meeting & Reports

Read the 2020 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2020 Financial & Statistical Reports are mailed to members in February in preparation for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 7th at 11:30am via Zoom. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

Friday Nights at FCC

Keep tuned for Friday Nights at FCC to resume on Friday, March 26th...and on the last Friday of the month at 6pm going forward.  Events will be posted in the FCC Friday Link. Tune in to hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Vimeo.  Events remain on Vimeo for your inspiration.  Or go live on Facebook.

Women's Connection
Join the Zoom socials!

March Zoom Social on Wednesday, March 10th has changed!

Seated Chair Yoga at 10am on Wednesday, March 10th

Email Pam Denise (beau.de@comcast.net) to get a Zoom invite via email.

Keep busy!

We are a crafty bunch of people at FCC!  Dress A Girl sews are on hold but we encourage everyone to use their talents to sew dresses or skirts at home (kits are available), or continue making masks! Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

And get ready for the Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 20, 2021!             

Contact Pam LeBlanc (blanclp@comcast.net) or Peggy Neveu (frannys1@aol.com) talk about how you can get involved!

The Light in the Heart of the City

FCC has been a beacon of hope since 1878 on the corner of Union and Hanover Street.  On December 20-27th we left the lights on overnight as a reminder of our mission to bring faith, hope and peace throughout the year to our neighbors, friends, and congregants.

Learn more about the Samuel West stained glass windows by clicking Light in the Heart of the City.

Latest News

Videos on Vimeo

   

[CLICK HERE] to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo.  Recently Adam has been recording some select pieces for your enjoyment.  Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)"; "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service; and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!

Open & Affirming

See the latest Open and Affirming News by [clicking here]!

The Open & Affirming Committee generally meets via zoom on the 4th Sunday at 1pm.  Contact Carol Soucy for more information.

Quick Links to Content

From the Pastor's Desk

Link to Pastor Kevin Pleas' In the Spirit columns by [clicking here].

Sunday Bulletin

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

The Sunday News & FCC Friday Link

What’s happening this week in the life of First Church?  Click on the FCC Friday Link to see what happening around First Congregational Church!

For the rest of the "Covid season" we will stop producing the Sunday News, and resume it with the Bulletins at "in person" services.

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Church Window

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

Cookbook

Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

!See a member of Women's Connection or call the office for your copy of our favorite recipes