Meet Our Staff

Rev. Kevin Pleas

Rev. Kevin Pleas

Senior Pastor

Contact Rev. Kevin at 603-625-5093 or RevKPleas508@gmail.com

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The church has been a beloved part of my life as far back as I can remember. Beginning with the First Methodist Church of Riverside in California, where I grew up, I’ve been actively involved in one church community or another everywhere I’ve lived. I was blessed to feel a strong call to ministry early in my life, and after more than 30 years as a pastor, I am still deeply grateful for the privilege of serving.

After High School, I joined the Coast Guard for four years of active duty, then attended college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where I received a degree in Psychology. Then came three years at Andover Newton Theological School, a Master of Divinity Degree, and, in 1987, a formal Ordination to Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ. I have served churches in Massachusetts, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maine, and, in November of 2015, I was thrilled to be called as the Senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Manchester.

My ministry rises from knowing that God is gracious and extravagantly welcoming, that Jesus Christ provides a wonderful blueprint for faithful living, that life is abundant, that our hearts are best served by living close to a spirit of compassion, and that we are all invited into what Martin Luther King, Jr. liked to call the “Beloved Community.”

Personally, I have been happily, no joyfully, married to my wife, Pamela, for nearly 36 years. We have two beautiful daughters living in Maine: Sarah and Corinne. Sarah is married to a great guy named Sean, and the two of them recently gifted us with our first grandson: Caleb, who is perfect. And then there’s Coco, our lovely poodle-mix rescue dog.

Church office phone 603-625-5093

Contact Kevin Pleas at RevKPleas508@gmail.com

Adam Peithmann

Adam Peithmann

Director of Music Ministry

Contact Adam at 603-625-5093 or APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org

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Adam has been the Director of Music Ministry for the First Congregational Church since the Fall of 2014. Originally from Nebraska, he has worked in a variety of churches in the northeast.

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

Barbara Papagian

Barbara Papagian

Director of Parish Care

Contact Barbara at 603-625-5093 or BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org

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As Director of Parish Care, I am dedicated to keeping in contact with the congregation, paying special attention to shut-ins, the hospitalized, anyone going through difficult life changes. My ministry is one of caring, listening, and connecting.

I have a Certificate in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Andover Newton Theological School and am working toward Commissioned Ministry in Parish Care.

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.

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 Barbara Papagian at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org

Kelda York

Kelda York

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Contact Kelda at 603-625-5093 or KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org

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  Kelda York and her family have been members since 2008.  Her three children, Sylvie, Esme, and Lincoln, have grown up at First Congregational Church, where Kelda has been a teacher in our Church School and VBS Program.  Kelda is the former Coordinator of the Ministry of Mission and Outreach, and currently sings in the choir in addtion to her other volunteer roles.

Kelda can be reached at 603-625-5093, or by email at KYork@FCCManchesterNH.org.

Peter Perich

Peter Perich

Building Manager

Contact Peter at 603-625-5093 or PPerich@FCCManchesterNH.org

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  Peter has been a member of FCC since 1979, and on April 1, 2021, took on the position of Building Manager.  Peter has been involved in every aspect of FCC, serving as the Moderator of the Representative Council among his many achievements. Peter retired in 2018 as Assistant Principal at Memorial High School in Manchester, having spent nearly 50 years there starting as a student…he has been termed a “Granite State Great!”  Peter brings his skills of communication and organization to ensure our building is sound and secure.

Contact Peter through the church office at 603-625-5093 or pperich@FCCManchesterNH.org.

Linda Bonetti

Linda Bonetti

Church Administrator

Contact Linda at 603-625-5093 or LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org

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In the fall of 2014 I had come home late and pulled up Craigslist to update some job listings I was running, and up popped the listing from First Church for a Church Administrator…and at the very same moment I heard a horrendous crash! Long story short, a tree had fallen on my car, totaling it! I took this as a sign that I needed to make some changes from the very long days and stressful work environment I was in…and the rest is history.

 

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

Sokhom Sar

Sokhom Sar

Sexton

Contact Sokhom at 603-625-5093

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Sokhom fled Cambodia via Thailand in 1983. First Church welcomed him and his family, sponsoring his entrance into the United States and hiring him as our Sexton. A highlight was when Sokhom and his wife, Yean became American Citizens! Sokhom faithfully dedicates his days to the cleanliness and organization of First Church.

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.

Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson

Front Office Assistant

Contact Lauren at 603-625-5093 or LHendersonFCC@Yahoo.com

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 Lauren is a delightful new presence on our First Congregational Staff, and brings many new gifts to our membership. She has learned the ropes rapidly, and is settling in very well.

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 .  

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

"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 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, Rev. Kevin Pleas, or  Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas, our Senior Pastor, 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.

9:10 Morning Watch

Join 9:10 Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

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

Bible Study with a New Twist

Fridays at 9:30am

We are trying something new for our usual Book/Bible Study…Movie Club!  We will be watching a movie at home and then having a group discussion about the Christian values in the storyline. We have a list of movies already planned but feel free to give us more suggestions. Reach out to Barbara at BPapagian@fccmanchesternh.org to be included in the email about this exciting new take on Book/Bible Study!

The April 23rd discussion will be about "Becket".  The April 30th discussion will be about "Tootsie".  All are welcome!

Mothers Day Blanket Sunday
May 9, 2021

Honor your mother or special lady with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] Mothers Day Blankets Sunday Order Form with instructions.  Return the form to the office by April 30th, and send a photo of your loved one to Adam Peithmann at APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org.

 

 Highlights

Mark Miller on May 23rd at 7pm

Draw the Circle Wide:  An Evening with Mark Miller

Sponsored by First Congregational Church Manchester’s Music Ministry, Open & Affirming Committee, Outreach Committee, and Church Council.

You are invited to a conversation and musical presentation on Zoom with church musician, composer and educator, Mark Miller! 

[CLICK HERE] for more information.

Women's Connection
Join the Zoom socials!

Bingo on Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30pm!

Email Denise (beau.de@comcast.net) to get a Zoom invite via email.
Barbara Papagian Ordination
May 16, 2021

The Hillsborough Association of the NH Conference-UCC approved Barbara to become an Ordained Minister! Watch for more details of her Ordinationn Ceremony on Sunday, May 16th!

Friday Nights at FCC

Keep tuned for Friday Nights at FCC on Friday, April 30 at 6pm...and on the last Friday of the month at 6pm going forward.

This month's Friday Nights at FCC event will feature Adam Peithmann at 6:00 pm.

 Events will be posted in the FCC Friday Link. 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.  Or go live on Facebook.

Holly Berry Fair on November 20th!

Get ready for the Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 20, 2021!             

Contact Pam LeBlanc (blanclp@comcast.net) or Peggy Neveu (frannys1@aol.com) talk about how you can get involved!

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!!

Open & Affirming

See the latest Open and Affirming News by [clicking here]!

The Open & Affirming Committee generally meets via zoom on the 4th Sunday at 1pm.  Contact Carol Soucy for more information.

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?  Click on the FCC Friday Link to see what happening around First Congregational Church!

For the rest of the "Covid season" we will stop producing the Sunday News, and resume it with the Bulletins at "in person" services.

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Church Window

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

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