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 at a Conversation Café event which supports the efforts of the English for New Americans program.  The Quilt Ministry creates amazing quilts for baptisms and shut-ins, as well as recently starting a Dress A Girl Around the World affiliation sewing dresses for girls at risk which are delivered through evangelical and medical missions to remote parts of the world.  The Knitting Ministry knits and crochets 100’s of hats and mittens for schools, Thanksgiving Baskets, and shelters; as well as prayer shawls and balaclavas for the Seafarer’s Mission in Boston. The Meal Train delivers homemade soups, muffins and cookies which are lovingly made by our members to those in our congregation who need a little “light” in their day.

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.  Beginning Saturday, November 16th at 8am, the FCC men will meet for breakfast for fellowship and bible study.  The group plans to meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month, but please refer to the church calendar for dates.

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.  NHCUCC.org

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.

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Our History

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Music

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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

 

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 with Barbara Papagian
Sunday, July 12th at 10am following the 9:30am Hymn & Sing

[CLICK HERE] to join Babara Papagian, Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Sunday Worship
Worship On Sunday

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Children's Program
Virtual Camp at Horton Center

The Horton Center is offering a FREE virtual summer camp for children grades 3-12.  There are 4 virtual camps being offered starting Monday, June 29th through Monday July 20th.  Check out this great opportunity to experience The Horton Center from your home this summer!  Click this link for more information!  

Virtual VBS
Join us for free VBS July 27th-31st

The CYM committee is SO excited to announce that FCC will host a Virtual VBS this summer!  July 27 – 31 we will be having a virtual VBS with videos and some Facebook Lives (depending on family availability).  We will be doing the Orange: Focus: Take a Closer Look. 

This may be a different VBS than what you are used to but we will make it happen, nevertheless.  Your kids will get to dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and his amazing plan for us!  This VBS is available for pre-k through pre-teens.

The memory verse and FOCUS for this VBS is  “Let us keep looking to Jesus.  He is the one who started this journey of faith.  And he is the one who completes the journey of faith.”  Hebrews 12:2A

Families who are interested in participating will be given a VBS packet with activities and instructions on how to have their very own VBS virtual experience.  We will be supplementing this with videos, Facebook Lives and maybe some Google Meet Ups.

If you are interested in participating in the FCC Virtual VBS this summer, please contact Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org

Happy Summer!

2020 Holly Berry Fair

Planned for Saturday, November 21st

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - if we can't have a traditional fair, you can count of them to come up with a version we can all enjoy!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Women's Connection
Saturday, September 26th
Rest up for the 2020 Mystery Ride!

 Highlights

Sunday Hymn Sing and Worship

Thanks to all who tune into the First Congregational Church Facebook page for a live Hymn Sing with Adam and Lauren Peithmann followed by the Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin.  Please [CLICK HERE] or on the link below to access Facebook.  Both events will remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

To connect to the Lyrics and the Bulletins, [CLICK HERE].

On June 7th, the time moved up to 9:30am to start, and is followed by a separate Facebook Worship Service.

We hope everyone is well!  Blessings!

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will perform 20-30 minute mini recitals from the Chapel at FCC on Facebook Live.  Come and hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Facebook.  Events remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

Friday Book/Bible Study
Zoom Book/Bible Study

Barbara Papagian continues to hold a book/Bible study class based on Rabbi Kushnar’s book, “The Lord is My Shepherd” at 9:15am on Friday, July 10th.

Watch for the next series.  To join, please contact Barbara at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Coming Back Soon
Men's Breakfast

Join Rev. Kevin and Peter Perich as the men of FCC make breakfast on the third Saturday of each month, and then enjoy a prayer discussion.  We will post when the next date is!.

Dress A Girl

Watch for updates.  Everyone is welcome to sew on their own or join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world. Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

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

Learn more...

To make masks for healthcare workers, here is a YouTube video I found very useful.  Call the facility first before dropping them off, please. Pattern for medical masks

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!!

From the Pastor's Desk

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Sunday Bulletin

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The Sunday News

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Church Window

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What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order