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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Ways To Get Involved
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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.”
Lenten Sacred Space...A time for silence, prayer and meditation
The mission of the Board of Deacons for Lent is to offer a refuge and a respite from the hectic pace of daily life.
During the 5 Fridays of Lent the chapel will be opened on March 2nd, 9th,16th,23rd and 30th, from 12:00 - 1:00. All are welcomed to experience an oasis to reflect, to pray, to mediate or just to enjoy a few moment of peaceful silence in the intimate surroundings of the First Congregational Church Chapel. The chapel doors on Union Street will be open so anyone who wants to come in can spend as long as they want in solitude. A Deacon will be present to offer a smile of welcome.
This is the Second Sunday in Lent. Barbara Papagian will lead traditional worship at 10am in the Sanctuary.
Prior to the 10am service, please enjoy the new Time of Greeting ... meet new friends and share fond memories before worship begins.
Bible Study Class is a weekly gathering led by Reverend Kevin. This week’s session, Tuesday 3/6 & Wednesday 3/7, include the
Sodom and Gomorral
Read: Genesis 18:16 - 19:38 & Kenneth Davis: “Don’t Know Much About the Bible” "Why did Lot's Wife turn into a pillar of salt?"
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 10:00 am worship service and fellowship, on the 2nd Sunday each month.
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The Sunday News
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ONA Covenant approved on Sunday, November 19th
The faith community of First Congregational Church, Manchester NH reaffirms our shared covenant and beliefs that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love one another and to extend welcome to all people. We affirm that each individual is a child of God and that all are worthy of God’s love and grace.
As witness to these beliefs and as covenant members of Christ’s church, we proclaim and celebrate God’s love for people of all ages, all races and ethnic backgrounds, all mental and physical abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all sexual orientations, all gender identities and gender expressions, and all other diverse attributes that are woven into the fabric of humankind.
We are called to be as one body, seeking to walk together in the complete life and ministry of our church. With God’s grace, we resolve to be an open, inclusive, affirming, and accessible community of faith. We invite all to participate and share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our Christian community.
Approved by the Congregation on Sunday, November 19, 2017
First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104