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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Stewardship Committee has mailed the 2022 Pledge Forms. Our goal this year is to hear from everyone. Please pledge if you are able, but we understand that some have limited resources. We strive to get a reply from 100% of the 200 letters mailed, knowing that we reached you.
Update: We met with Reopening Committee on 9/23. We’re now going to sell our crafts after Worship on 12/5! More details coming! There will be a “preview” set up on 11/14!!!
Thanks to everyone who has helped us thus far...keep enjoying your crafting as we look forward to this new date to sell crafts. 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
Congratulations to Terri Pattee...Queen of Bingo this month!
Donate with Women's Connection to the Memory Garden in memory of Barbara Hebert.
The ladies had a blast at Mack's Orchard apple picking 10/3 after worship.
The NHUCC Women’s Fellowship Fall Gathering is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Congregational church of Laconia, UCC.
The deadline for Holiday Cards for Soldiers is October 17th.
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.
The Outreach Committee is collecting boots and sneakers (unisex style, youth 12-13 and 1-4) for Bakersville School. Please drop them off in the church office with your name. There's a sign up sheet on the office window.
It’s Angel Tree time, and this year the Outreach Committee has an exciting twist. Instead of gift cards or gifts we would like to distribute filled Christmas Stockings! Please pick up your stocking to fill with $30 of gifts, wrapped or unwrapped (no food or candy, please).
[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
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.
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104