Mission Conference Update

Sunday, August 12

• Come hear the latest from our Mexico Mission teams, Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, Better Health, and others during the Sunday School Hour. Sessions will run from 9:45–10:10 a.m., and will be repeated from 10:15–10:40 a.m.

• Following the 11 a.m. service, join us in the Fellowship Hall where representatives from our local mission partners will have tables/booths set up to provide information about their mission and ministries.

• Hot dogs and ice cream will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Charitable and service organizations that want to set up a display for Mission Conference Update can call the church at 483-0121 or register online at www.firstprez.com.


2018 Mission Conference

“You Will Be My Witnesses”

March 10-11, 2018

The children packed “Gifts of the Heart” Cleanup Buckets for Disaster Assistance.

The Speakers:

Dr. Marilyn Borst
Associate Director for Partnership Development
of The Outreach Foundation
Marilyn Borst is associate director for Partnership Development of The Outreach Foundation, a Presbyterian global agency. She works with churches around the United States to connect them to God’s work with the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining The Outreach Foundation staff, Marilyn served for over 6 years as director of Global Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where she oversaw international partnerships.
Marilyn holds degrees in Classical Studies, Art History, and Theology. She has participated in four archeological digs and taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 20 years. She is ordained as an elder and she and husband, Mark, have been married for 39 years.
The Rev. Leon Dorleans
Founding Director of Haiti Outreach Ministries
Leon’s home church is Menelas Community Christian Church. He was ordained into the ministry in 1975 at the Red Quarry Christian Church in French-Lick, Indiana. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian Seminary in 1987 and started his ministry in Cite Soleil in 1988. Haiti Outreach Ministries began in 1990 with Leon as the founding director. Over the last 25 years, Leon has led HOM on the ground in Haiti, leading efforts to build churches, schools and clinics as well as developing the leaders in Haiti needed to sustain the ministry. In 2015 Leon stepped down as president of MICECC but continues to be an active supporter.
He is married to Jacky who is the superintendent of all of the primary schools with an enrollment of more than 1,300 students and of the new secondary school which opened in September 2015.

Breakout Sessions:
Connections of Cumberland County
Fayetteville Urban Ministry
Haiti Outreach Ministries with First Presbyterian Haiti Team
Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity


For the March 10th evening presentation by Dr. Marilyn Borst, “Good News from Hard Places,” click here.

For the March 11th 8:30 sermon by the Rev. Leon Dorleans, “Jesus’ Methodology of Evangelism,” click here.

For the March 11th 11:00 a.m. sermon by Dr. Borst “Mutually Encouraged: Why We Need the Global Church and Why the Global Church Needs Us,” click here.

Above: The B Street Team. First Prez went to the neighborhood during Mission Conference.  To find out more about neighborhood revitalization, click here.


2017 Mission Conference

Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5

The prime speakers for this year’s conference were Dr. Rob Weingartner of the Outreach Foundation, and Dr. John Azumah, an eminent scholar on Christian-Muslim relations.

Click here to listen (or see) parts of Mission Conference weekend 2017:

Dr. Azumah: “The Five Faces of Islam”             Dr. Rob Weingartner: “From Start to Finish”         The Anthem: “My Father’s World”

The Offertory: “Bendecid su nombre”

Magazine article on First Presbyterian’s efforts

CityView Magazine has a two-page article on Rise Against Hunger and our church’s work with the organization.

To read the article, click here.

To read the magazine, click here.


Dear Friends:
Hurricane Matthew has created some difficult days for North Carolina.  I want to bring you up to speed on how this has impacted First Presbyterian Church and how we can be in ministry to our community at this time.

  • First we have heard of few members at this time who sustained significant damage from the storm.  If you were seriously impacted, or are aware of other members who were, please contact the church office, or me personally, and let us know.  We want to be of help in whatever way we can.  I urge you to use social media, email, or the old-fashioned telephone to let others know how you are doing.  Let’s be particularly aware of members who still may not have power or do not use a computer.  Our Stephen Ministry is a wonderful resource for any who have been spiritually and emotionally troubled the events of recent days.
  • Second, the best immediate options for meeting the needs of folks in our community and state who have been hurt by the storm are the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Fayetteville Urban Ministries.  There is a current need for water, food, clothing, travel size hygiene products, diapers, formula, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizers. They are all receiving donations.
  • Third, For those who cannot drop off items at these places, we will collect items during our scheduled Stop Hunger Now event on Saturday, October 15, from 9 AM to 12 PM. We will also collect items on Sunday morning October 16,  and Monday morning as well.  We’ll make every effort to take these donations to where they will do the most good.
  • Fourth, we will be operating on a nearly normal schedule the rest of the week, with our Wednesday Together Meal and learning opportunities happening as planned.  Please contact the church office if you have meetings or events that need to be rescheduled.
  • Finally, let’s pray to be alert for God’s opportunity to  meet the needs of neighbors in our immediate community and beyond. Let’s not forget our long partnership in Haiti and the immense suffering there because of the storm.


Dr. Mike Garrett, Interim Pastor



The Care Clinic

Cool Spring Mission

Family Life Center

Green Street Shelter for Women

Habitat for Humanity

Urban Ministry

Salvation Army

Love Lunches

Contact Helpline

City Rescue Mission

Radio Outreach

Stanton Hospitality House

Operation Inasmuch

Better Health of Cumberland County

Save the Children House of Refuge

Hispanic Ministry

Faith Ministry

Regional & National

Presbyterians for Renewal

New Church Development

Wee Kirk Conferences

French Camp Academy

Presbytery of Coastal Carolina

Hurricane Katrina Relief

Montreat College

The Outreach Foundation

Thornwell Home for Children

Portuguese New Church Development (New Jersey)

Arabic Speech New Church Development (New Jersey)

Arabic-Speaking Missionary to the USA – Mr. Joseph Faragalla


Seminario Evangelico de Telogia,

Matanzas, Cuba

Youth Ministry Merida, Yucatan

Holy Cross Hospital, Haiti

Blanchard School Construction, Citi Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Support of Evangelism Training and Church Growth – Ethiopia

Ben Lacy Rose Chair of New Testament Theology, Justo Mwale Theological College, Lusaka, Zambia

Haiti Outreach Ministry

L’Acul Mission Support, Haiti

Children’s Street Ministry,

Harare, Zimbabwe

Sister Church, Mucheke, Zimbabwe

Missionary Support: Yucatan,

Zimbabwe & Mozambique

Mission Trips: Mexico, Cuba, & Haiti

San Pablo Seminary, Merida, Yucatan

Namumu Orphanage Center,

Siavonga, Zambia

House of Moses Crisis Nursery, Lusaka, Zambia

Noodle Food Factory, North Korea




Leon & Jacky Dorleans: Haiti

Rodney & Sharyn Babe: At-Large
Letter from Missionaries: Click Here

Donald & Laurie Marsden: Russia
Charles & Diane Wonnenberg: Native Americans (South Dakota)
George & Gail McBane: Pakistan
Bill & Nancy Warlick: At-Large
Ted & Sue Wright: Southern Africa
Don & Marta Wehmeyer: Merida, Mexico
Alan & Ellen Smith: Russia







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Phone: 910-483-0121, Fax: 910-483-3975
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