Meet Our Staff

Rev. Carolyn Keilig

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

Rev. Barbara Papagian

Associate Pastor

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

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As a newly Ordained Minister, I was Installed as the Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church on May 16, 2021. 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.

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

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

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

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.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

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.

9am Morning Watch

Join 9am Morning Watch Monday-Thursday.

[CLICK HERE] to connect to Facebook

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

Church School

With Covid restrictions, we are reevaluating in person Church School to ensure the safety of our children.

On Sundays, the Cradle Room is open but not staffed.

 You are also welcome to email Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org.

[CLICK HERE] for the Registration Form.

Holly Berry Fair ... see you in 2022!

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

 Highlights

Join us in person every Sunday at 10am!

*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. 

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     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 

Women's Connection
Join us for Zoom Bingo on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30pm.

Contact Pam or Denise to get your pre-printed BINGO card!

2021 Photo Directory

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.

Memory Garden gets a facelift!

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.

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 and summer meeting times.

Queen City Pride Festival

Saturday, June 19th 

Thanks to all who volunteered at this marvelous event!

See more about First Church Open & Affirming activities 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!

Bulletins and Sunday News will be available at all 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