Ministry of Mission and Outreach

This Ministry leads the efforts of First Church to be a community of service where all are in mission; to be a welcoming, inclusive congregation that actively seeks diversity in its membership; and to coordinate First Church’s activities to enrich the Church’s fellowship life.

This Ministry includes the committees and groups listed below.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee promotes the provision of volunteering services to a wide variety of service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, New Horizons, and New England Seafarers. The committee provides funds, given by the congregation, to covenant ministries, support ministries, outreach projects, and special requests.

Hands On Mission for Everyone (H.O.M.E.)

The H.O.M.E. team focuses on “hands on” volunteer work in our community performed by First Church members. Each month volunteers serve at New Horizons with food preparation, food service, and working in the food pantry. Volunteers also spend time on a weekly basis working for Habitat for Humanity at their build site and shop store. Many volunteers participate monthly at the Conversation Café event which supports the efforts of the English for New Americans program.

Membership Team

This group is dedicated to finding ways to increase the membership of First Church by reaching out to prospective members through community involvement, while maintaining current membership and connecting with members who may need encouragement to reestablish their relationship with First Church. The team collaborates on events such as New Member Orientation and Joining Sundays, Recognition Sunday, the All Committee Dinner, and Usher and Greeter Training.

Senior Citizen’s Fellowship Board

This group hosts Spring, Fall and Christmas Luncheons for senior members, which are always well attended and include delicious meals and spirited entertainment. Senior Board members send Sympathy, Get Well and Thinking of You cards to senior members of the congregation, and deliver token gifts and Christmas poinsettias to home-bound seniors.

Women’s Connection

This group of women gathers to experience social time together, build connections, and offers opportunities to strengthen friendships and support one another as they journey through life together, at every season of their lives. Many activities and events are offered throughout the year, such as game days, cook offs, themed breakfasts, theatre productions, cookie swaps, the NYC bus trip, a women’s retreat, and the popular Mystery Ride.

Men’s Group

This group offers opportunities for the men of First Church to spend social time together and strengthen friendships. They also provide assistance to the congregation on small home repair projects.

Interfaith Women of New Hampshire

Women from First Church participate in the mission of this group which is to share religious beliefs, cultures and traditions of women from diverse faiths in the greater Manchester area, with the goal of developing greater understanding and friendship among each other. The churches affiliated with the group host numerous events throughout the year such as book discussions, panel discussions on topics of faith, and an annual holiday event. To learn more visit www.interfaithwomennh.org.

New Hampshire Conference – United Church of Christ

Members of this group represent First Church by serving as delegates of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ. They attend the Annual Conference meeting to participate in worship, attend discussion groups, and vote on the nominating report. They report matters of importance to First Church via the Church Council.

Elliot Hospital Trustee

First Church has played a key role in the Elliot Hospital from its inception. Mary Elliot was a congregant of First Church and established the Elliot Hospital, as a non-sectarian hospital in Manchester. A member of First Church, along with representatives from four other downtown Protestant churches, was designated to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Elliot Hospital.

Dr. Paul Hoff currently serves as the Trustee representing First Church.

From the Pastor's Desk

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Our History

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Music

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Pastor's Class

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“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

 

 Highlights

Saturday, April 20th at 2pm  
Celebration of Life for Michael Pugh

Please join the family and friends in the sanctuary on Saturday, April 20th at 2pm, as we celebrate the glorious life of Michael Pugh.  A reception will follow the service.

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Saturday, May 11th at 10am  
Celebration of Life for Beverly Archambault

Please join the family and friends at Goodwin Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11th at 10am, as we celebrate the meaningful life of Beverly Archambault.   Goodwin Funeral Home is located at 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH.  

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Friday, May 10th at 10am  
Celebration of Life for Denis Tremblay

Please join the family and friends in the Sanctuary on Friday, May 10th at 10am, as we celebrate the wonderful life of Denis Tremblay.   

 

Saturday, May 11th  

NHCUCC Women's Spring Gathering at FCC

Send your registration form by May1st...and sign up on the office window to help.

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Saturday, June 1st  

Women's Connection 7th Annual Mystery Ride

Sign up on the office window...limited number can attend.  Drivers needed!

Saturday, June 8th  

Special Olympics Summer Games  Mini-Jav

Sign up to Volunteer TODAY!

Be part of the First Church Volunteer Day at the Special Olympics Summer Games at the UNH campus in Durham.  We are looking for 50 volunteers...no experience necessary!  Just a caring heart and the desire to help make our 4th year another success for the athletes!

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 Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 10:00am

Worship Easter Sunday

Join us for Easter Sunday!  Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Game of Skeptism".  The reading is from John 20:1-10, 19-29.

Following worship, all are welcome to fellowship in the dining room.

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Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm   

Interfaith Women of New Hampshire

Join Interfaith Women of New Hampshire at St. Catherine of Sienna School Auditorium, 206 North St, Manchester, on Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   

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.  

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Sunday, May 5, 2019   

"Spring Ring Sunday" Open House to learn about playing bells!

Join us for beautiful handbell music on May 5th and stay after worship to find out more about ringing handbells at the special bell "open house!"  Hear how you can learn how to play handbells at FCC!  For more information, you can also contact Adam Peithmann at 603-625-5093 or apeithmann@fccmanchesternh.org

Sundays at 10am

Sunday School is in full swing!

All children are invited to visit the Sunday School.  Children attend the 10am worship service, then head to classes following "Time with God's Children".

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2019 Cookbook Preorder

Preorder your 2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order      

Latest News

Open & Affirming

 

Thanks to all who participated in the Healing the Divide 2019 Gathering!

 

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Quilt Raffle Winners 

Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle.  We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!