Fall Mission Conference 2018

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This weekend is designed to allow participants to gain a better understanding of current mission work being done around the world and to meet some missionaries face to face! Rob A.* from World Outreach will lead a series of messages during the weekend focusing on what the Bible says about having a passion for those around the world who have yet to hear the Gospel, and what the Bible says about these people being the "harvest." The weekend includes times designated for participants to browse table displays and ask missions questions about their work, as well as times of worship through scripture, music, and prayer.

This is a FREE event and registration is NOT required.
Participants are welcome to attend one part, a few sessions, or all of the conference!

The Keynote Speaker and Supported Missionaries

Throughout the conference keynote speaker, Rob A.*, with World Outreach, will present three session messages based on John 4:35. Session topics include: Authority to Harvest, Jesus Training to Harvest and the Power to Harvest.

A variety of other missionaries will also present about their ministries, answer questions, and share how God is working around the world. International Missionaries include Matt & Elena T.* (United World Mission), Greg & Elizabeth M.* (World Outreach) and Kim G. (United World Mission). Those serving in missionary ministries throughout Western New York include Rasheed Akhtar (International Students Inc., Buffalo, NY), Michael Masters (Cross Training Athletics), Julie Palmer (P.A.T.H. People Against Trafficking Humans, Inc.), and Stu Chen. The unique ministry positions and backgrounds of these missionaries are sure to inspire you to find your sphere of influence to bring others to Christ!

*Last name omitted for the safety of the missionary.

The Program

Friday, November 2nd

7:00-7:30pm - Reception of Missionaries

Enjoy refreshmentss during an informal time to meet and greet some of the missionaries, gather more information & ask questions about their ministries.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

7:30-9:00pm - Session #1: Authority to Harvest (Matthew28:17-20) & Missionary Presentation: Matt & Elena T.*

Matt and Elena T. with United World Mission will present their ministry and how God is working in their lives. Following their presentation, our keynote speaker Rob A. will present the first of the weekend's messages. The session will also include worship through music and prayer, as well as a testimony from another participating missionary.

Location: Main Sanctuary

Saturday, November 3rd

9:00-9:30am - Continental Breakfast

A time together with the missionaries while enjoying breakfast refreshments and coffee.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

9:30-10:30am - Missionary Presentation: Kim G.*

Kim G. will present this morning sharing her call to serve unreached people in South Asia, her life now as she has been living in South Asia since March 2017 and how the Lord is providing opportunities for her to share the Good News with the people of the city.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

9:30-10:30am - Missionary Presentation: Greg & Elizabeth M.*

Greg & Elizabeth will share how God called them together and their plan for Mission work with Muslim refugees in the Middle East, taking place January 2019.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

11:30am-12:50pm - Lunch & Break

Lunch is on your own. If you prefer to stay and have lunch with the missionaries we will offer two options:
1. Orders and payment for half subs to be delivered. We will be taking orders until 10:30am.
2. Bring a lunch. Refrigerator space and microwave usage available, if needed.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

1:00-1:50pm - Missionary Presentations: Stu Chen & Michael Masters

Choose between the following seminar options:


Presentation 1: "A Personal Pilgrimage into Muslim Outreach in Western New York and Beyond"
Presenter: Stu Chen

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

Presentation 2: Cross Training Athletics
Presenters: Michael Masters, Cross Training Athletics

Location: Main Sanctuary

2:00-2:50pm - Missionary Presentations: Iris A.* & Julie Palmer

Choose between the following seminar options:


Presntation 1: "Bible Translation: Challenges and Things Learned"
Presenter: Iris A.*, World Outreach

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

Presentation 2: "Serving the Least of These in the Harvest"
Presenters: Julie Palmer, PATH - People Against Human Trafficking

Location: Main Sanctuary

3:00-4:00pm - Round Table Forum

Information TBA

Location: TBA

6:00-7:00pm - Harvest Dinner

The entire congregation is invited to gather together for a delicious, homemade dinner & desserts. Reservations requested. See the Harvest Dinner section below for details.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

7:30-9:00pm - Session #2: Jesus Trainig to Harvest (Luke 10:1-12)

Keynote speaker, Rob A. with his wife Iris, both working with World Outreach, will present their ministry and how God is working in their lives. Following their presentation, they will give the second of the weekend's messages. The session will also include worship through contemporary music and prayer.

Location: Main Sanctuary

Sunday, November 4th

8:30-9:30am - Session #3: Power to Harvest (Acts 1:8)

Rob A.* will bring the third message in the weekend series during the sermon portion of the weekly Traditional Worship Service. Regular service elements will also be included during this time. The same message will be shared during both morning services, allowing for two opportunities to catch session #3.

Location: Main Sanctuary

9:45-10:30am - Missionary Presentations @ Sunday School

Rasheed Akhtar will present to the adult classes and share how God is working thorugh the International Studies of Buffalo, NY.
Various supported missionaries will present to students in the children's Sunday School classes (1st-12th grade).

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall (adults) & various Sunday School Classrooms (children)

11:00am-12:15pm - Session #3: Power to Harvest (Acts 1:8)

Rob A.* will bring the third message in the weekend series during the sermon portion of the weekly Contemporary Worship Service. Regular service elements will also be included during this time. The same message will be shared during both morning services, allowing for two opportunities to catch session #3.

Location: Main Sanctuary

12:15-1:00pm - Soup Sunday with Missionaries

Talk with the missionaries and get to know them better or socialize with others from the congregation during our monthly Soup Sunday luncheon. Choose from a delicious variety of homemade soups in Waith Fellowship Hall after Sunday morning services.

Location: Waith Fellowship Hall

7:00-8:30pm - Youth Group with a Missionary

Students participating in youth groups will have a special time to hear from our missionaries during their regular youth group time spend with their peers. There will be time to ask questions about their ministries and hear more of how God is working in their lives.

Location: Potter's House (Jr. & Sr. High youth) & Room 114-115 (3rd-6th Grade youth)

*Last names omitted for the safety of the missionaries.

Location & Parking

This event will be held at Lancaster Presbyterian Church. Sessions will take place in the Main Sanctuary, with other parts of the conference in Waith Fellowship Hall as well as classrooms around the church.

Parking is available in one of the three church parking lots (see map) as well as along the residential streets around the church.

Harvest Dinner Reservations

The entire congregation is invited to sign up for the Harvest Dinner on Saturday evening. Sign up sheets will be located in the Upper Foyer and Waith Fellowship Hall until Sunday, October 28th. Please reserve your spot by this date so that the dinner coordinators can plan accordingly. You can also sign up by calling the church office at (716) 684-2277 or by e-mailing office@L-P-C.org.