West Virginia Mission Festival – March 10, 2018

West Virginia Mission Festival

A Fun-Filled Event for the Entire Family

First Church will be holding its 2nd Annual West Virginia Mission Festival on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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 and storytelling about West Virginia culture and the challenging economic environment citizens are facing today.

This year’s Mission Festival will feature Michael and Carrie Kline.  These two musicians and storytellers have a long history and love of social activism, folk life documentation and old-time singing.  We are so excited to hear them share some of their perspectives on life and music in Appalachia.

Schedule of Events:

  • 5:00 pm, Doors Open and Dinner Service begins
  • 5:15 – 6:15 pm, The Klines, Musical/Storytelling Set #1
  • 6:20 – 6:40 pm, Cake Walk
  • 6:40 – 7:00 pm, Update on West Virginia Partners to Review Accomplishments from Past Year
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm, The Klines, Musical/Storytelling Set #2
  • 8:00 pm, Last call for coffee and deserts
  • 8:30 pm, Program concludes
  • Children’s Activities will be scheduled in Lower Fellowship Hall throughout the evening to entertain and delight your young ones.

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:

Invite All Your Friends and Family!

The goal of the event is to raise money to help fight poverty in West Virginia through a wide variety of strategies, including home repairs and improvements, after school education programs, and art and music programs to inspire young minds.