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:
Advancing Inmate Ministry (AIM) Polunsky
Center of Hope
Camp Cho Yeh scholarships
Campaign 300
Empty Stocking: Polk County
GODTEL Ministry
Habitat for Humanity: Polk County
Head Start: Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation
Hechos Dos (Becker Ministry)
Imagination Library: Reading Enhances Advanced Development (READ)
Keep a Kid in School (Polk County Dept. of Health)
Kids Free Clothing Exchange (KFCE)
Lions International (eyeglasses collection)
Our Father’s House: Livingston
Presbytery of New Covenant
Pan American School
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
Pastors Outreach to Patients (POP)
PC (USA) Special Offerings (4)
Polk County Emergency Health Board
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Presbytery of New Covenant
Revival Food Pantry
Seafarer’s Ministry: Port of Houston

Mission Report for November 2020

Your Mission committee (next year’s Outreach Team) will meet on Monday, November 2, at 11 a.m., in the FH. Anyone may attend. Our primary focus will be on the budget for 2021. We will also discuss whether or not to participate in this year’s Empty Stocking program run by the Polk County Emergency Health Board.

Did you know that last year, the Polk County board disbursed $21,186.00 to help with medications and health transportation to those eligible families needing emergency assistance? We allocated $2,250.00 in our budget to help them serve 682 people in 2019.

Our current shoebox drive will end at Thanksgiving and hopefully the seamen at the Port of Houston will start getting them in early December. A special thanks to folks like Nina Dobyns and Jamie Nixon for doing 4-5 boxes a week and to all others who have participated. One problem however, we are running low on empty shoeboxes, so, feel free to donate them too. KFCE has been our chief shoebox donor, so thank you, Bonnie.

May I also thank those who donated to the PCUSA Peace-making special offering?

On Nov. 22nd Mission has volunteered to be responsible for the Word during that Sunday service; we plan on inviting 3-4 folks from local organizations we/you support and having them tell us/you what they are doing. Be prepared to learn how your support is helping folks in this community.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair