First Church’s Commitment to Give Back

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

The financial support we all provide to First Church is an act of faith and an expression of both thanks for the blessings in our individual lives and commitment to our faith journey together. If you are able to give, please do. We are grateful for any and all contributions. Regardless of the amount of your pledge though, please know that you are a beloved member of our faith community, and we’re glad you are a part of First Church. Your pledge allows First Church to give back so that the support of the outreach ministries we value will continue.

We also support the special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Our Church’s Wider Mission Basic Support.

Neighbors In Need

Received in October, this offering is taken in many UCC churches like First Church. Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. For more information visit http://www.ucc.org/nin/

One Great Hour of Sharing

Received in March, this Lenten offering is taken in many UCC churches and in churches of dozens of other denominations. Offerings received are used to channel resources for international programs in health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries, and both international and domestic disaster response. For more information visit http://www.ucc.org/oghs/
for international programs in health, education and ministered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM)

Gifts to support of Our Church’s Wider Mission benefit the full range of the United Church of Christ mission across the country and around the globe. For more information visit http://www.ucc.org/ocwm/basic-support.html.

Meet Our Staff

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Ways To Get Involved

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Our History

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Children

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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!”

Sue Hannigen

“A path which leads me forward in a journey of grace and love with my family, friends, and community."

Bruce Attridge

“Cherished elements of core traditions live on at First Church…” 

Grant Dugan

“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.”

Pamela LeBlanc

 

“I get an overall feeling of being uplifted.”

Joan Currier

 

VISITORS TO THE FCC OFFICES

Until further notice, visitors should call ahead to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and friends.  The Food Closet is available Monday-Friday 9-12noon by prearrangement.  Should you need anything relating to the office, please email Linda Bonetti, Rev. Kevin Pleas, or Barbara Papagian.  Our prayers are with you.

 Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship with Barbara Papagian
Sunday, July 12th at 10am following the 9:30am Hymn & Sing

[CLICK HERE] to join Babara Papagian, Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Care, via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Sunday Worship
Worship On Sunday

[CLICK HERE] to join Rev. Kevin Pleas via Facebook/FCCManchester on Sunday following the Hymn & Sing which starts at 9:30am.

  To connect to the Lyrics and Bulletin, please [CLICK HERE].​

       [CLICK HERE] to send a Prayer Request to Barbara Papagian by 8:30am.

You do not need a Facebook account to view the services live or watch the videos on your own time.

Rev. Pleas will be sending out periodic inspirational messages via In The Spirit.  To sign up, send your email to Rev. Pleas 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.

Children's Program
Virtual Camp at Horton Center

The Horton Center is offering a FREE virtual summer camp for children grades 3-12.  There are 4 virtual camps being offered starting Monday, June 29th through Monday July 20th.  Check out this great opportunity to experience The Horton Center from your home this summer!  Click this link for more information!  

Virtual VBS
Join us for free VBS July 27th-31st

The CYM committee is SO excited to announce that FCC will host a Virtual VBS this summer!  July 27 – 31 we will be having a virtual VBS with videos and some Facebook Lives (depending on family availability).  We will be doing the Orange: Focus: Take a Closer Look. 

This may be a different VBS than what you are used to but we will make it happen, nevertheless.  Your kids will get to dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and his amazing plan for us!  This VBS is available for pre-k through pre-teens.

The memory verse and FOCUS for this VBS is  “Let us keep looking to Jesus.  He is the one who started this journey of faith.  And he is the one who completes the journey of faith.”  Hebrews 12:2A

Families who are interested in participating will be given a VBS packet with activities and instructions on how to have their very own VBS virtual experience.  We will be supplementing this with videos, Facebook Lives and maybe some Google Meet Ups.

If you are interested in participating in the FCC Virtual VBS this summer, please contact Kelda York at kyork@fccmanchesternh.org

Happy Summer!

2020 Holly Berry Fair

Planned for Saturday, November 21st

Pam LeBlanc and Peggy Neveu are still coordinating our Holly Berry Fair - if we can't have a traditional fair, you can count of them to come up with a version we can all enjoy!

Anyone interested in making items for the Fair during this hiatus should contact Pam or Peggy.  Send them a photo of what you would like to donate or how you would like to help!

Women's Connection
Saturday, September 26th
Rest up for the 2020 Mystery Ride!

 Highlights

Sunday Hymn Sing and Worship

Thanks to all who tune into the First Congregational Church Facebook page for a live Hymn Sing with Adam and Lauren Peithmann followed by the Prayer Service by Rev. Kevin.  Please [CLICK HERE] or on the link below to access Facebook.  Both events will remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

To connect to the Lyrics and the Bulletins, [CLICK HERE].

On June 7th, the time moved up to 9:30am to start, and is followed by a separate Facebook Worship Service.

We hope everyone is well!  Blessings!

Friday Nights at FCC at 6pm

Looking to end the week on a high note?  On Fridays at 6pm Adam Peithmann will perform 20-30 minute mini recitals from the Chapel at FCC on Facebook Live.  Come and hear your favorite hymns arranged in a variety of styles plus classical standards.  We hope to see you there!

 Please [CLICK HERE] to access Facebook.  Events remain on Facebook for your inspiration, and you don't need a Facebook account.

Friday Book/Bible Study
Zoom Book/Bible Study

Barbara Papagian continues to hold a book/Bible study class based on Rabbi Kushnar’s book, “The Lord is My Shepherd” at 9:15am on Friday, July 10th.

Watch for the next series.  To join, please contact Barbara at BPapagian@FCCManchesterNH.org.

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Coming Back Soon
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, once we are reunited.

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Coming Back Soon
Men's Breakfast

Join Rev. Kevin and Peter Perich as the men of FCC make breakfast on the third Saturday of each month, and then enjoy a prayer discussion.  We will post when the next date is!.

Dress A Girl

Watch for updates.  Everyone is welcome to sew on their own or join us as we make some dresses for girls at risk around the world. Contact Linda Bonetti for patterns or kits.

Thanks to everyone who continues to support and sew for Dress A Girl!  

Learn more...

To make masks for healthcare workers, here is a YouTube video I found very useful.  Call the facility first before dropping them off, please. Pattern for medical masks

Latest News

Videos on Vimeo

   

[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!!

From the Pastor's Desk

Get connected to Rev. Kevin's insights! Learn more...

Sunday Bulletin

See the order of worship at First Church for the Sunday Service, including the Scripture Reading. Learn more...

The Sunday News

What’s happening this week in the life of First Church? Learn more...

Church Window

What’s happening this month at First Church? Learn more...

What's happening with committees!

Read the 2019 Written Committee Reports by clicking here!

The 2019 Financial & Statistical Reports. Members wishing to receive a digital copy, can request one by email to Linda Bonetti at LBonetti@FCCManchesterNH.org.

2019 Cookbook

2019 Women's Connection Cookbook

only $12.50 each

See a member of Women's Connection to order