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 monthly at the Conversation Café event which supports the efforts of the English for New Americans program.
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.
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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“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."
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“I hope others will find such joy when they come here.”
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Susan and Bruce Felmly
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"Angels in Human Skin" Presentation by Dr. Dirkje Legerstee
An art installation and accompanying story presentation to honor and remember her family's survival through WWII.
Artwork will be on display in the sanctuary for one week from March 17th to March 24th.
Thursday, March 21st there will be a “Meet the Artist” Reception from 6 to 8pm, and on Sunday, March 24th, a special worship service with lunch and Dr. Legerstee’s presentation to follow.
Songweavers "I am Light" Concert
100 Women Singers & 20 Drummers
New Hampshire's original women's chorus... 100 members strong accompanied by 16-20 African style drummers, with piano and guitar. Songweavers is a musical experience of harmony, excitement and love.
Call 625-5093 to reserve tickets. $15 Seniors/Student and $20 Adults
Join us for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. Our Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, Barbara Papagian, will lead the worship service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is entitled, "Foregiveness." The reading is from Luke 6:27-38.
Prior to the 10:00am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
This is the perfect time to join the First Congregational Church! A new member joining Orientation will be held on Monday, April 1st at 6pm to introduce you to Rev. Pleas and the Membership Committee, and hear about all the opportunties for spirital enrichment and community involvement that First Church offers.
On Sunday, April 14th, new members and those transferring their membership from another church, or renewing their membership at First Church, will be introduced to the congregation as part of the ceremony.
You are welcome here!
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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First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104