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.

From the Pastor's Desk

One of the best parts of my work is being able to teach and write about our faith and Church life. I’m pleased to offer my reflections... Learn more...

Our History

In 1839 the eager entrepreneurs of the Amoskeag Mills coaxed a small, struggling English Congregational Church to link arms with a small, struggling... Learn more...

Music

First Church has a dynamic and inclusive music ministry for all ages. Our adult ensembles and children ensembles enrich our worship service... Learn more...

Pastor's Class

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.  Although visitors are welcome with masks, meetings and gatherings are not being held at this time.

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  Rev. 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, at 10am Sunday for weekly Worship.

  To connect to the Web Bulletin, which includes music lyrics, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. 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.

Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link.  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.

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.

Church World Service

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

[CLICK HERE] for the Mothers Day Blanket Donor List.

Honor your father or special man with a donation to Church World Service!

[CLICK HERE] for the Fathers Day Tools for Hope Sunday Order Form with instructions.  Return the form to the office by June 11th, and send a photo of your loved one to Adam Peithmann at APeithmann@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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!

 May 21st will be "Doubt".  May 28th will be "Senior Moments."  All are welcome!

 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 to enjoy a special video advertisement Adam created!

For more information about Mark Miller Music, please CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to register.

Congratulations, Rev. Barbara!

The Ordination Ceremony and Installation of Rev. Barbara Papagian as our Associate Pastor was on Sunday, May 16th!

Friday Nights at FCC

Keep tuned for Friday Nights at FCC on Friday, May 28th at 6pm...and on the last Friday of the month.

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.

Women's Connection
Join the Zoom socials!

Next event is the Mystery Ride on June 5th!

[CLICK HERE] for details!!

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.

Learn more...

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