Meet Our Staff
Rev. Carolyn Keilig
Interim Senior Pastor
Contact Rev. Carolyn at 603-625-5093 or CKeilig@FCCManchesterNH.org
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Rev. Carolyn Keilig is no stranger to First Congregational Church, having served here previously as the Interim Senior Pastor, 2013-2015. She is excited to return to Manchester in the same position, recognizing that we all have changed during the ensuing years.
Rev. Carolyn grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut and it was when she was active in her local church’s youth group that she felt her call to ministry. From there she went to Defiance College where she double majored in Religious Education and Sociology. She received her M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School.
While she began her ordained ministry over 40 years ago as a settled pastor at the First Congregational Church in Kittery Point, Maine, she always felt a call to serve churches going through transitions. She eventually received the training to become an Intentional Interim, and has served numerous UCC churches throughout New Hampshire in that capacity. Rev. Carolyn says that one of the greatest joys of ministry, especially interim ministry, is meeting and getting to know a wonderful and diverse number of people with the opportunity to learn from the variety of perspectives that make up any particular community of faith.
She brings a wealth of experience to each church she serves, having served on many local, state and national boards. Currently, she is the President of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ until her term ends in October 2021.
When not making the commute to Manchester from her home in Hopkinton, Rev. Carolyn enjoys reading, cooking, fabric arts, bird watching, hosting high school exchange students and keeping up to date with her three adult children.
Contact Reverend Carolyn Keilig at CKeilig@FCCManchesterNH.org
Rev. Barbara Papagian
Contact Rev. Barbara at 603-625-5093 or BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org
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Since I have been an active member of First Congregational Church for twenty-three years, I have worked on many committees, and was Deacon of Discipleship before joining the staff in my capacity of visiting ministry, and now as a Pastor.
I grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts and attended The University of New Hampshire. I now live in Manchester, New Hampshire and have two adult sons.
When I am not working, I enjoy reading, swimming, golfing, playing my oboe, and spending time with family and friends.
A Bible verse that really speaks to me is Romans 12:10. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” That is the essence of my ministry.
Contact Reverend Barbara Papagian at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org
Director of Music Ministry
Contact Adam at 603-625-5093 or APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org
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Adam completed an undergraduate degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s Degree with a church music certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale. He also completed additional studies as a Fulbright scholar in Bremen, Germany.
Adam and his wife, Lauren, and daughters, Audrey and Annie live in Chester, New Hampshire. Lauren, also a graduate of the Institute of Sacred Music, is a music teacher at Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire. Adam and his family are delighted to be a part of the First Congregational Church of Manchester, NH.
Contact Adam Peithmann at APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Contact Kelda at 603-625-5093 or KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org
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Kelda can be reached at 603-625-5093, or by email at KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org.
Contact Peter at 603-625-5093 or PPerich@FCCManchesterNH.org
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Contact Peter through the church office at 603-625-5093 or pperich@FCCManchesterNH.org.
Contact Linda at 603-625-5093 or LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org
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I have been blessed to work at First Church since 2014 with a talented, compassionate staff and a host of members and friends who have embellished my life in unbelievable ways! My husband, Michael, two children and four grandchildren will attest to this! I now have time to enjoy puzzles, reading, sewing, cooking…and every weekend at our camp swimming, boating, and enjoying friends and family.
Contact Linda through the Church Office at 603-625-5093 or LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org
Contact Sokhom at 603-625-5093
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On his off days, he cares for his 14 grandchildren, his 25’x50’ garden, his model train collection, and he escapes to go fishing as often as he can.
Contact Sokhom through the First Church office at 603-625-5093.
Front Office Assistant
Contact Lauren at 603-625-5093 or LHendersonFCC@Yahoo.com
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Lauren lives here in Manchester. She is married to Mitchell and together they have a ten-year-old daughter named Violet. Lauren’s professional experience includes library work in Manchester and Bedford. She has worked at the Currier and Shaker Village Museums, and teaches Meditation and Yoga as well. We hope you’ll drop by to welcome the most recent member of our staff!
Contact Lauren at LHendersonFCC@Yahoo.com .
“It is my time at First Church that helps me "recharge" my spirit with faith and hope for the coming week!”
“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."
“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…”
“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.”
"We visited several churches after moving to Manchester. In our worship at First Church we were overwhelmed by the great preaching, the magnificent music and the very welcoming congregation. We feel truly blessed to have been led to membership at First Church."
Ross and Marion Palmes
Visitors are always welcome at First Church! Masks are recommended in the offices if you are not fully vaccinated, following CDC Guidelines.
The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon. Should you need anything relating to the office, please call, or email Linda Bonetti, Lauren Henderson, Rev. Carolyn Keilig, or Rev. Barbara Papagian.
We are back and live!
Join us on Sundays at 10am to worship with Rev. Carolyn Keilig!
[CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Friday.
We will no longer offer a virtual service.
Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link on the 1st and 3nd Fridays of the month. To sign up, send your email to Rev. 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.
We are postponing our fantastic Christmas Fair to safer times in 2022.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us thus far...keep enjoying your crafting as we look forward to a new date. Contact Pam LeBlanc (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peggy Neveu (email@example.com) to talk about how you can get involved!
*PLEASE READ OUR REOPENING INFORMATION*
ReOpening Protocol 9/20/21
Being able to worship together again on Sunday mornings is not only spiritually fulfilling but paramount in being able to reconnect with one another and with God.
In light of this, the Re-Opening committee will continue to meet and adjust our Covid protocols.
In concurrence with the Church Council and the Deacons,
we believe that our established protocols will help ensure all our members and visitors will stay safe while worshipping with us and will allow us to continue to worship in-person each Sunday!
At the same time, we are aware that our church family includes children who are unable to be vaccinated,
as well as those whose vaccination status is compromised because of health issues.
Recognizing the increasing number of Covid cases in the Manchester area, including breakthrough cases of those who are vaccinated, we urge you to follow the protocols that have been established.
Let's continue to gather safely every Sunday and find the strength and guidance from God that we all need during these uncertain times.
Masks are strongly urged to protect everyone, following CDC recommendations.
Social distancing indoors should be practiced. (Feel free to greet one another outdoors)
If ramp access is needed, please ring the bell.
Offerings may be left in the box located in the narthex and plates by the exit doors.
Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.
People may seat themselves in open pews.
The Cradle Room is available but not staffed.
We look forward to seeing everyone but urge you not to congregate inside the building at this time.
Thank you, The ReOpening Task Force, 9/16/21
Join us for Zoom Bingo on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30pm.
Contact Pam or Denise to get your pre-printed BINGO card!
All members and friends are asked to submit a photo for our internal "Photo Directory" to be published this fall. Email them to Lauren at LHenderson@FCCManchesterNH.org, or call the office to arrange to come in to take a photo. On Sundays, talk with Bill Jones or Pam LeBlanc about getting a photo taken.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in to work on the Memory Garden! Our tranquil space for personal reflection and healing is available to you outside the Chapel doors.
Donations to the Memory Garden can be sent directly to FCC with "Memory Garden" in the memo.
[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!!
The Open & Affirming Committee generally meets via zoom on the 4th Sunday at 1pm. Contact Carol Soucy for more information and summer meeting times.
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!
Bulletins and Sunday News will be available at all in-person services.
What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...
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
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104