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
Please watch our pre-recorded Worship service every Sunday at 10am on Facebook. Our next in person/live streamed worship service will be on Sunday, February 27th at 10am.
[CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Rev. Barbara Papagian by 8:30am Thursday to include in the service.
Rev. Barbara will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via The FCC Friday Link on the 1st and 3nd Fridays of the month; and special editions to keep you updated with FCC Covid protocols. 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.
Visitors are always welcome at First Church, but appointments must be made. Masks must be worn in the offices.
The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon.
Due to the rapidly rising numbers of Covid cases in New Hampshire and the contagiousness of this latest variant, First Church is temporarily moving to pre-recorded Sunday worship at 10am on Facebook with the expectation of returning to in-person, livestreaming worship on February 27th and continuing throughout Lent.
-Rev. Carolyn Keilig & The FCC Church Council
Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo! We have published the "online instant directory" with personal passwords! Refer to directions in the Friday Link for how to connect and edit your own information.
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.
[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...
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First Congregational Church
508 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104