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.”
“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”
Join us this Sunday for worship on the Third Sunday of Advent! Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kevin Pleas, will lead the worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary. This week's sermon is titled "The Gift of Joy." The scripture reading is from Philippians 4:4-7..
Christmas Eve Worship
Please join us on Christmas Eve for our joyous services!
At 4:30pm all are invited to the Family Worship Celebration.
At 8:00pm all are invited to the more solemn Candlelight Service.
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. Due to scheduling conflicts, there will not be a September Service of Prayer and Healing, however Rev. Kevin Pleas is available any time you are in need of prayer.
2019 Women's Connection Cookbook
only $12.50 each
See a member of Women's Connection to order
Join Rev. Pleas at the next monthly Men's Breakfast!
Sign up on the office window, or talk to Rev. Pleas for details.
Come in Wednesdays 1pm-3pm for some very inspirational one-on-one time with Rev. Kevin Pleas.
The next Dress A Girl Sew will be Thursday, November 21st, at 9am. Everyone is welcome to join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world.
Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!
Sokhom has brought our dresses to Cambodia! This grandmother is raising the grandchildren so the parents can find work in Thailand.
We continue to volunteer with the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm at Manchester Community Music School. See Bill Jones to get more details and to get involved!
Mark your calendar to join First Congregational Church on Sunday, January 19th!
Orientation is Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm.
On Sunday, October 20th, our newest members Wilson Plamondon and Bruce Kinney joined FCC during worship.
To learn more about the benefits and inspiration that comes with belonging to the First Congregational Church, please contact Rev. Pleas.
Click here to enjoy our current videos on Vimeo including "Weave" sung by our choir during the Dress A Girl Around the World Blessing and Stewardship Sunday service. Also check out "I Believe", Jeffrey Frye's original "We are Unbroken (After All)", and other unique and enjoyable FCC musical moments!!
From the Pastor's Desk
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See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...
The Sunday News
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Welcome to our Confirmands!
Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!
Welcome New Member, Alan Martin!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104