West Virginia Mission Festival – March 09, 2019

West Virginia Mission Festival

A Fun-Filled Event for the Entire Family

First Church will be holding its  3rd Annual West Virginia Mission Festival on Saturday, March 09, 2019.

This fun evening benefit will feature Appalachian music and storytelling, a Southern-inspired buffet dinner, cake walk, an update on our WV partners’ progress and a wide variety of children’s activities.

Appalachian Music & Storytelling: One of the premier highlights of the First Church Mission Festival will be live Appalachian music. This year, we welcome back Tim and Maggie, who were with us for the first festival. Tim and Maggie have spent decades studying and performing Appalachian music. They teach music professionally, work on instruments every day and play music in their spare time. They contribute their time and music to the local scene partly in hope that young people will get involved in music and the arts and find more joy in their lives and their communities. Their instruments are flutes and frets and their arrangements are contrapuntal, line against line, informed by the classic music of past masters. Wherever they play, people are charmed by their wit and compelling melodies. They can often be heard in Southern West Virginia, playing at restaurants, weddings, college programs, open mikes and local festivals.

Schedule of Events:

Schedule of Events

  • 5:00 Doors Open
  • 5:30 – 6:00 Tim and Maggie play music especially geared toward children
  • 6:00 – 6:30 First Cake walk and storytelling
  • 6:30 – 7:00 Tim and Maggie music set number 2
  • 7:00 – 7:30 Cup cake walk for kids and storytelling
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Tim and Maggie music set number 3
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Cake walk and storytelling
  • 8:30 – 9:00 meet Tim and Maggie in Vestry for questions and an instrument show and tell.

Cake Walk A favorite West Virginia tradition! You could have a chance to win a delicious home-made cake – if you land on the right number!

Children’s Activities will be scheduled in throughout the evening to entertain and delight your young ones.

Goods and Services Auction A silent auction with many items/services donated by First Church parishioners will open at the Mission Festival.

Sweet and Savory Food Sale First Church members offer their finest baked goods, soups, chili’s and other delicious offerings.

Giving Wall we will once again feature “The Giving Wall.” This is an integral part of our Mission Work that highlights key home improvement projects that are typically undertaken by The Appalachian Folklife Center. Projects available for you to fund will range from $25 (for a bucket of nails) to $500 (buy lumber to build a deck). Personal Checks and Credit Cards will be accepted. Receipts will be provided for tax filing purposes.

Event Fees

A free-will donation will be collected at the door with a suggested minimum of $10 per person or $20 per family.

Goods and Service Auction: A silent auction with many items/services donated by First Church parishioners will open at the Mission Festival.

In addition, we will once again feature “The Giving Wall.” This is an integral part of our Mission Work that highlights key home improvement projects that are typically undertaken by The Appalachian Folklife Center.  Projects available for you to fund will range from $25 (for a bucket of nails) to $500 (buy lumber to build a deck).  Personal Checks and Credit Cards will be accepted.  Receipts will be provided for tax filing purposes.

Event Proceeds

All proceeds from the West Virginia Mission Festival will fund First Church’s humanitarian mission work in West Virginia. This work has been going on for four years, and supports the work of a growing list of inspiring nonprofit partner organizations in West Virginia, including:

The goal of the Mission Festival is to raise money to help these organizations fight poverty through a wide variety of strategies, including home repairs and improvements, after-school education programs, and art and music programs to inspire young minds.

Bring a Friend!

Last year, many of the people that attended this wonderful program were faithful parishioners of our congregation. Our goal is to “take it up a notch” this year.  Please consider inviting a friend or relative to join you at this year’s event.  It will be a unique, inspirational and fun-filled event that you will remember for a long time.

Can’t make it to the event?
You can still help us by donating any amount to the West Virginia Mission Fund. Donations can made using your own personal Paypal account or any major credit card. Please select the button below to be connected to our secure Paypal website:



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