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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 KPleas@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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

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

 

 Highlights

2019 Cookbook Preorder

Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2pm

Death by Chocolate...A Murder Mystery Theater at FCC!
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to bring your detective hats to FCC to help us solve a murder mystery! 
Please sign up on the office window to bring one of your favorite chocolate desserts for the Smorgasboard!

And save the following dates:

Sunday, January 20th 11:30-12:30 - Information meeting for all thespians and thespian-wannabees, and helpers who would like to join in the fun and excitement!

Sunday, January 27th 11:30-1pm - Rehearsal (Snow date, February 9th)

Saturday, February 16th Rehearsal/run through followed by the evening performance and FUN!  (Snow date following the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 17th)

Sign up on the office window!

Sunday, February 17th following worship

2019 Annual Meeting

Please be present to vote on the approval of our Written Reports for 2018 and the upcoming 2019 Budget.  A quorum of 50 active members is required.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:00am

Worship Sunday

Join us for the Second Sunday after Epiphany.  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.  This week's sermon is entitled, "Here I am, Lord."  The reading is from First Samuel 3:1-12.

Prior to the 10:00am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019   

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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Sundays at 10am

Sunday School is in full swing!

All children are invited to visit the Sunday School.  Children attend the 10am worship service, then head to classes following "Time with God's Children".

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Sunday, April 14th

Join First Congregational Church!

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!

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Latest News

View The Messiah Concert on Manchester TV

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Enjoy the Jeffrey's original composition of "We are Unbroken"

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "We are Unbroken"!

Enjoy the choir's rendition of "I Believe"

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "I Believe"!

From the Pastor's Desk

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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

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

Quilt Raffle Winners 

Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle.  We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!