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Mission Forums


6:00pm | The Wright Place
Join us on Sunday, February 12th at 6:00pm as we welcome two of our own who have a passion for international missions and outreach. They will share their stories and teach us how our church can become more actively involved in international missions.

Lea McLaughlin | South Sudan
In December of 2014, Lea began working with Samaritan’s Purse in South Sudan. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization that helps meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Lea will share stories of her ministry in the war-torn country of South Sudan.

Gene Schmidt | Haiti
Following the devastating earthquake in 2010, Gene started volunteering with a variety of organizations in the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. He has made countless trips to Haiti, where millions of people live in extreme poverty. Gene will share how our church can support vital ministries in Haiti.



6:00pm | The Wright Place
Join us on Sunday, February 26th at 6:00pm as we welcome Dr. Mike Hoppe, an expert at promoting missions and outreach in the local church. He will teach us how we can organize our mission and outreach efforts to be most effective.

Dr. Mike Hoppe
The Revered Dr. Mike Hoppe, Lead Pastor of Saraland United Methodist Church, has a big heart for missions and serving outside the walls of the church. He has served as a youth pastor, international missionary, and as a missions pastor prior to serving at Saraland. Mike has degrees from Ohio Northern University (BA, Religion; BA, History), Princeton Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), and Asbury Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). Mike specializes in helping local churches develop their mission and outreach programs.

Looking Ahead

In 2018 First Church will focus on Missions as part of our 5-Year Vision. 2018 will include monthly mission projects, multiple local and international mission trip opportunities, and more.