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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 or Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

9:10 Morning Watch

Join 9:10 Morning Watch with Peter Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

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

Sunday Worship

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Stephen Cushing, the Executive Director and Senior Chaplain of New England Seafarers Mission in Boston, 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.

Stewardship Campaign 2021

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Much to our surprise and delight, one of our FCC members, who has learned of our plight to reach our 2021 Stewardship Pledge goal, has stepped up to offer a matching grant, up to $5,000, for any additional 2021 pledges received by December 15th!

Your ongoing support, particularly in this pandemic year of separation, is needed more than ever.  We understand if you are unable to pledge, but please acknowledge the receipt of the form so we know you are connected...together or apart.  You may also email Linda at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

If you have any questions, please call Linda or Dan McKenney.

Barbara Papagian Ecclesiastical Council
She made it!

The Hillsborough Association of the NH Conference-UCC approved Barbara to become an Ordained Minister! Watch for more details of her Ordinationn Ceremony as they unfold in early 2021.  Congratulations to Barbara from FCC!  You make us so proud!

 Highlights

Holiday Schedule

Monday, November 23rd - 7pm           GMCA Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship via Zoom [CLICK HERE]

Sunday, November 29th - 10am           Advent Sunday with Rev. Stephen Cushing

Advent Family Workshop at Home - watch for ornament ideas or pick up at kit at FCC

Sunday, December 6th - 10am                2nd Sunday of Advent with Rev. John Potter

Monday, December 7th - 7pm                 Blue Christmas Service with Barbara Papagian [CLICK HERE]

Friday, December 11th - 7pm              Adam the Elf online Sing-a-long [CLICK HERE]

Sunday, December 13th - 10am                  3rd Sunday of Advent with Rev. Kevin Pleas

Monday, December 14th - 6:45pm Interfaith Women "Home for the Holidays"    [CLICK HERE] for more information

Sunday, December 20th - 10am                 4th Sunday of Advent with Barbara Papagian

Thursday, December 24th - 6pm Candlelight Family Worship with Rev. Kevin Pleas

Sunday, December 27th - 10am                        First Sunday after Christmas with Rev. Kevin Pleas

[CLICK HERE] to join all services on Facebook.com/FCCManchester at the appropriate times.

  To connect to the Web Bulletins or music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].​  You will be directed to the FCC Bulletins page where items are posted in a timely manner.

       [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.

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will post a 20-30 minute mini recital from  FCC on Vimeo.  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.

Women's Connection
Cookie Baking for College - drop off by 12/4
Join the Zoom socials...connect with Pam or Denise
2020 Holly Berry Fair

Plan for November 2021!

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - we can't have a traditional fair, but please continue to create and plan for a spectacular event in 2021!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Men's Breakfast

Join Rev. Kevin and Peter Perich as the men of FCC make breakfast on the third Saturday of each month, and then enjoy a prayer discussion.  We will post when the next date is!.

                               Dress A Girl

Watch for updates.  Everyone is welcome to sew on their own or join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world. Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

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

Learn more...

To make masks for healthcare workers, here is a YouTube video I found very useful.  Call the facility first before dropping them off, please. Pattern for medical masks

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!!

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? Learn more...

Church Window

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

What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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