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From the Pastor’s Desk


Dear Friends,

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

Yours in Faith,
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 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...

Families and Children

Families and children are prominent in our church life. Children participate in worship and events throughout the year. Children... 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


Fridays at Noon in March in the Chapel   

Lenten Sacred Space...A time for silence, prayer and meditation

The mission  of the Board of Deacons for Lent is to offer a refuge and a respite from the hectic pace of daily life.

During  the 5 Fridays of Lent the chapel will be opened on March 2nd, 9th,16th,23rd and 30th, from 12:00 - 1:00.      All are welcomed to experience an oasis to reflect, to pray, to mediate or just to enjoy a few moment of peaceful silence in the intimate surroundings of the First Congregational Church Chapel.  The chapel doors on Union Street will be open so anyone who wants to come in can spend as long as they want in solitude.  A Deacon will be present to offer a smile of welcome.

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Sunday, April 15th   

Special Meeting to Approve Mission Statement in Bylaws

A Special Meeting has been called by the Church Council to approve the Mission Statement in the Bylaws:

Mission Statement

The mission of the First Congregational Church is to faithfully embody the Spirit of Christ in worship, fellowship and service by engaging with the Bible, uniting all through the power of the Gospel, and supporting one another in the joy of Christ’s love and the grace of God’s forgiveness.

Friday, March 30th at 7:30pm  

“Walking with The Cross” Good Friday Service, Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield               

Every year the Deerfield Community Church holds a short worship service, then carries a wooden cross about a mile to a resting place—folks swapping to carry the cross as Jesus did along the way. You may attend the entire service or meet at the end of the procession. Service begins at 7:30pm and we would like to meet at FCC and carpool to Deerfield together. Questions may be directed to Pip or Cecile Adams. Please see the sign up sheet on the Church Office Window.

 Upcoming Events 

Worship Sunday

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 10:00am. 

This is Palm Sunday.  Rev. Kevin Pleas, Senior Pastor, will lead traditional worship at 10am in the Sanctuary.  A Palm Sunday Breakfast hosted by the Music Department will begin at 8am.  $5 per person, $15 per family.

Prior to the 10am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.

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Tuesdays at 1pm and Wednesday at 6pm   

Bible Study Class is a weekly gathering led by Reverend Kevin. This week’s session, Tuesday 3/27 & Wednesday 3/28, will be about Jacob's Dream.

Read: Genesis 23:1—28:22   & Kenneth Davis: “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” pg. 80-88

*This will be the last week of this Bible Study session. Next Bible Study session to be announced soon…!                             

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Sunday, April 8, 2018   

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 10:00 am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.

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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

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ONA Update   

ONA Covenant approved on Sunday, November 19th

The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester NH reaffirms our shared covenant and beliefs that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love one another and to extend welcome to all people. We affirm that each individual is a child of God and that all are worthy of God’s love and grace.

As witness to these beliefs and as covenant members of Christ’s church, we proclaim and celebrate God’s love for people of all ages, all races and ethnic backgrounds, all mental and physical abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all sexual orientations, all gender identities and gender expressions, and all other diverse attributes that are woven into the fabric of humankind. 

We are called to be as one body, seeking to walk together in the complete life and ministry of our church. With God’s grace, we resolve to be an open, inclusive, affirming, and accessible community of faith. We invite all to participate and share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our Christian community.

Approved by the Congregation on Sunday, November 19, 2017

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