Announcing a new Service & Outreach opportunity!

Each month the American Legion in Manchester collects items for Operation Troop Support, an organization that focuses efforts on helping our deployed troops as well as their loved ones back home. The Service & Outreach committee has agreed to help by collecting requested items. Each month we will let you know what the items are and have a collection bin outside the Chapel Office door and in the Church for donations. This collection is in addition to the mission for The Grace Center and The Open Door (which is ongoing, see next page for those items) to give another opportunity to participate in hands on service and outreach.

The troop items requested for May are sunscreen, foot powder and deodorant; for June they are powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, ice tea, lemonade).

The Service & Outreach collection also continues for –

The Grace Center/The Open Door Collection

The Open Door
Baking Mixes -Cake, Brownie, Cookie, Muffin, Pancake 
Peanut Butter
Canned Tuna, Chicken, and Turkey
Healthy Snack Items
100% Juice/Juice Boxes
Breakfast Cereal
Hearty Soups
Canned Vegetables and Fruits
Spaghetti Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
Rice, Noodles, Pasta

The Grace Center
Gift Cards from local grocery markets (Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Market Basket, etc.) so they can purchase butter, cream and other perishables 

Donations can be brought to the Chapel building, (1 Chapel Lane behind Santander Bank) a Collection Bin is located to the right of the Office Door

From the Open Door

Thanks to your dedication, we are already off to a strong start this year with plenty of volunteers stepping up to feed our community. We still have a few openings on Friday that we’d love to see filled in! Consider registering for the following:

Fulfillment Center, 11-1pm

Fulfillment Center, 1-3pm

Pick-Up Assistant, 3-5pm

No Contact Deliveries, 3-5pm

Visit VolunteerHub to claim your spot now:

Compassion Mission

The Diaconate invites you to participate in the Compassion International Mission in 2022. You are invited to sign up for a month here

We sponsor a child from Sandai Community, Nakuru, Kenya, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Endorois. The regional diet consists of maize and cereal. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Sandai Community are unemployed, but some work as animal herders, day laborers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs higher enrollment in primary schools and transformation of traditional values.
Our sponsorship provides Bible teaching, health screenings, immunizations, community service opportunities, gardening classes, counseling on and testing for HIV/AIDS, life skills training and mentorship programs. Modern farming techniques training is provided to our sponsored child’s parents.

You are invited to sign up for one month of support for $38.  Checks for that amount should be written to First Parish Church and sent to P.O. Box 187, Manchester, MA 01944. 

Questions about the project can be directed to Sue at

The Seaside Parish Knitters

Over the years we have enjoyed our time knitting and crocheting items for baptismal events at the church, shawls and blankets for friends at home, scarves, neck gators, and helmet liners for our veterans in Afghanistan; and mittens and hats for Cape Ann children.

The Seaside Parish Knitters are looking for knitting needles and yarn that you might be considering “casting” aside. We continue to knit blankets, shawls, and scarves; and for our military troops: helmet liners, neck gators, and scarves.

We use both 100% wool and synthetic fibers for yarn, and straight and round knitting needles….all sizes. Contact Penny Lapham at 978-526-7128 or We welcome anyone wishing to join us.

Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 1 Chapel Lane from 1-5 PM, attendees can drop in at their convenience.

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