First Presbyterian Global Mission Conference starts Wednesday

First Presbyterian Church (USA), 1100 First Ave., hosts its fifth Global Mission Conference beginning Wednesday evening. It ends Sunday.

The theme is "Living the Great Commission."

The keynote speaker for the conference on Saturday is the Rev. Ken Bailey, Ph.D., a research scholar and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. He lives in Pennsylvania. He has degrees in Arabic Language and Literature, Systematic Theology and New Testament. Bailey has lived in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus. He and his wife Ethel have two adult children, Sara and David. David is a musician and cancer survivor who has also spoken, and performed music, at First Presbyterian.

Bailey will also preach and teach Sunday morning, at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services and will lead the adult Sunday school at 10 a.m.

The rest of the schedule follows:

Wednesday: 6 p.m. kickoff dinner featuring Gary Payton, the regional liaison for Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland for the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1999. Music by Becky Pearson, a church member. Nursery provided.

Thursday: 7:15 a.m. Prayer Breakfast. Norm Malenke will bring music, with Gary Payton as speaker.

Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Chapel will be open for prayer.

Saturday: 5 p.m. "Traveling the Mission Fields." Guests and members can survey the various mission efforts of the church through extensive displays, from guests representing those countries and through music, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu is Haitian. Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $4 for children. Nursery provided.

Reservations for meals are requested by calling 706-322-4523.