Ministry of Sustaining Our Church Home
This Ministry provides direction and good stewardship over the physical resources and financial condition of First Church. It provides oversight for the annual budget, encourages congregational giving, and manages investment concerns. It is also responsible for personnel management of First Church staff and the nominating process for members identified to serve on boards and committees.
This Ministry includes the Board and the committees listed below.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the fiscal health of First Church and overall care of the physical building and property. This includes the financial performance for the endowment funds portfolio investments. They also review and act on capital improvement projects for the Church. The Board has oversight responsibility for preparing the annual budget, and approves the annual budget for subsequent presentation and approval by the congregation at the Annual Meeting.
The Treasurer leads the effort to gain input from the churches numerous committees and groups regarding their funding requests for inclusion in the annual budget. The committee works in coordination with the Church Council and Board of Trustees to finalize and present the annual budget at the Annual Meeting.
The Stewardship Committee devotes its efforts in preparing for and conducting the annual Stewardship Pledge Campaign. It also offers a wide variety of value added “Mind, Body and Spirit” seminars to the congregation throughout the year.
The Nominating Committee performs the critical task of recruitment of church leaders on an annual basis, to be offered as Candidates to fill open positions on specific Boards and Committees. Locating and encouraging leaders to serve is vital to the well-being of First Church and the fulfillment of its mission. Candidates are presented by the Nominating Committee for approval by the congregation at the Annual Meeting.
Each year the congregation of First Church honors our graduating high school seniors on Scholarship Sunday by presenting Scholarship Awards and Graduation Gifts. All seniors who are members of First Church are invited to apply for specific scholarships and awards. The New Chapter Award is occasionally given to financially support an adult member of the congregation who decides to pursue a “new chapter” in their life, requiring additional education to achieve their goal.
Building and Grounds Committee
The Building Manager works in concert with the Trustees to provide cost estimates and subsequent accomplishment of numerous improvement projects throughout the year. The beautiful grounds of First Church are well maintained through weekly mowing of the lawn to snow removal in the winter, and the many projects in between. Many volunteers contribute their time and effort to support projects inside and outside the First Church building.
Friends of the Office (FOO’s)
A dedicated group of individuals provide support to the church office throughout the year by collating, folding, stapling, labeling, and sorting the Church Window to get it ready for mailing. They also work on assembly of the Written and Financial Annual Reports, the Church Directory and any other large projects or mailing requirements.
Memory Garden Committee
The Memory Garden was accomplished in 2016 with funds donated by members of First Church in honor of loved ones. The Memory Garden is located under the Chapel windows facing Union Street. It features a granite bench as its centerpiece and offers a place for reflection while adding to the beauty of our historic building. First Church wishes to thank Real Fallu, owner of Perennial Design Landscaping, for donating his time and equipment to this endeavor, as well as the many volunteers from the congregation who worked on the project. As a tribute to our loved ones, all donations and volunteers are recorded in the “Memory Book”, which is displayed in our Sanctuary.
“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 (email@example.com) or Peggy Neveu (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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