Giving – Frequently Asked Questions

What happens with the money that I pledge to the church?

Your pledge is used to fund the operating budget that is voted upon and adopted by the congregation each year at our annual meeting.

Who will know how much I pledge or give to the church?

Gifts to the church are held in strict confidence. The only person who knows how much you pledge or give to the church is the Church Administrator. Our Church Administrator records each gift that comes in and will send you a quarterly statement reflecting what has been received.

How much should I give?

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Your pledge is a good-faith estimate of what you intend to do in the coming year. We would never make participating in our faith community dependent upon anyone’s ability to pay. Rest assured, First Church will be here for all who need it. That is our mission and our high calling, and we carry that mission out to the best of our ability. At the same time, in order for there to be a faith community at all, those who are able to give must provide for those who are not able. This is the economic reality that all churches depend on, and First Church is no exception. As a steward, your pledge reflects not only a sharing of your financial resources but also an affirmation of your faith in the continuance of our church’s mission.

Can I make a gift online?

First Church accepts gifts online. To set up and manage one time or recurring donations, please CLICK HERE.

Children

We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.

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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... Learn more...

Ways To Get Involved

There are many ways to become involved at First Church. As you become more familiar with our church, some of the opportunities to choose... Learn more...

First Church Concerts

First Church has a vibrant music ministry program which includes concerts throughout the year. These concerts feature talent... 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

 

 Upcoming Events

Monday, December 16, 2019,  at 11:00am

Philip Jacobs Funeral Service

Join friends and family at the funeral service of Philip Jacobs at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, on Monday, December 16th at 11am.

Sunday, December 15, 2019,  at 10:00am

Worship This Sunday

Join us this Sunday for worship on the Third Sunday of Advent!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Gift of Joy."  The scripture reading is from Philippians 4:4-7..

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Services

Christmas Eve Worship

Please join us on Christmas Eve for our joyous services!

At 4:30pm all are invited to the Family Worship Celebration.

At 8:00pm all are invited to the more solemn Candlelight Service.

Sunday, January 12, 2020   

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.  Due to scheduling conflicts, there will not be a September Service of Prayer and Healing, however Rev. Kevin Pleas is available any time you are in need of prayer.

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2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

 Highlights

Men's Group on Sunday, December 21st at 8am

Join Rev. Pleas at the next monthly Men's Breakfast!

Sign up on the office window, or talk to Rev. Pleas for details.

Meet the Pastor Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

Come in Wednesdays 1pm-3pm for some very inspirational one-on-one time with Rev. Kevin Pleas.

Dress A Girl

The next Dress A Girl Sew will be Thursday, November 21st, at 9am.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world.

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

Sokhom has brought our dresses to Cambodia!  This grandmother is raising the grandchildren so the parents can find work in Thailand.

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Young Athletes Volunteers

We continue to volunteer with the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm at Manchester Community Music School.  See Bill Jones to get more details and to get involved!

Next New Member Joining is January 19th

Mark your calendar to join First Congregational Church on Sunday, January 19th! 

Orientation is Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm.

On Sunday, October 20th, our newest members Wilson Plamondon and Bruce Kinney joined FCC during worship.

To learn more about the benefits and inspiration that comes with belonging to the First Congregational Church, please contact Rev. Pleas.

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Latest News

Current Videos

Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service.   Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)", and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!

From the Pastor's Desk

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...

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...

June 2, 2019

Welcome to our Confirmands!

   

June 2, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

   

June 16, 2019

Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!