The purpose of our Mission ministry is to inform and encourage our members to work in the greater Livingston community promoting and supporting services and resources for those in need. We work within the framework of the PC(USA) by participating in the four annual Special Offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, and Joy Gift) and supplement our annual benevolence budget via guest speakers/programs, food and eyeglass collections, shoe drives, and participation in organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoebox program and our local health department’s Empty Stockings program.
The Mission committee is responsible for recommending for Session approval where we send about 10% of our annual budget each year. Our benevolence giving focuses on mostly organizations which help those in our Polk County region but does include some state, national, and international organizations. Below is the list which we now support with financial donations:
Center of Hope
Camp Cho Yeh scholarships
GODTEL Ministry
Habitat for Humanity
Campaign 300 Fund
Keep a Kid in School
Imagination Library
Presbytery of New Covenant
Polk County Emergency Health Board
Pan American School
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Kids Free Clothing Exchange
Prayers of the People
Hechos Dos
Samaritan Fund

February Mission Report

Souper Bowl Sunday is Feb. 5th: an opportunity for us to provide non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope. While we do provide food and paper items year-long, this is a special day to focus on the many who depend upon support in the Livingston area.

Did you know that our 52 shoeboxes all ended up in Panama? This year our plan is to split our shoebox filling project with the Port of Houston seafarers and Samaritan’s Purse; it’s never too  early to start collecting those little items which seafarers could use along with smaller things for the children.

Your Session has approved participation this year in four PCUSA special offerings:

April 16 (One Great Hour of Sharing); June 4 (Pentecost); Oct. 1 (Peacemaking); and Dec. 24 (Joy): each of these provides us a chance to provide extra financial support to important local, national, and international causes.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Committee Chair