MANCHESTER - On Nov. 18, FCC celebrated the formal installation of its new pastor, Rev. Dr. Gordon McClellan. The event was well attended by church members and clergy from at least 10 local churches.

Dr. McClellan came to Vermont from Oregon. He is excited to be in Vermont again where he has deep roots, his parents having lived in Weston for many years. His educational background started at Deerfield Academy, then on to Haverford College. His MDIV is from Yale and Doctorate is from Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Krista, are living at The Manse with their two children: Griff, who is 12 and Georgia, who is nine. Both are students at Maple Street School.

McClellan is excited about the renewed spirit and vigor he has seen at FCC as demonstrated by some recent events.

"We had a record-breaking food outreach before Thanksgiving to benefit the Community Food Cupboard. The Congregation filled 56 large grocery bags with food, which needed three cars to get to the food cupboard. There is a wonderful outward-looking spirit at FCC." said McClellan.

McClellan is also extremely pleased with the growth in the church's outreach to children and families. He reports that the number of children has grown from four to 20 since July of 2011. And he is excited about plans being developed for a "Friends of the Steeple" campaign, which will reach out to the wider Manchester community in an effort to raise funds for the renovation and preservation of the iconic tall spire of the church.

"There is emerging a real groundswell of support for this project, which we hope will restore and preserve the magnificent steeple for many years to come." said McClellan.