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.
We warmly invite you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings for a time of spiritual enrichment and fun.
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."
“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.”
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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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Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Quilt Raffle. We collected $840 which will be used towards upcoming Quilt Ministry projects!
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104