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 June 2020

What a spring/summer, right? While no Special Offerings have been done since our closure, we did get one email requesting funds for a wood chipper to be used in Guatemala. I have authorized Mission to expend $450 from the designated Congo Mission Fund Balance to be used to assist in this purchase. Your Mission committee has not met recently, but for sure our prayers have gone to those impacted by both COVID-19 and the Onalaska tornado, and our funding to Center of Hope is being used to help folks in the greater Livingston community. A special thanks to both Robin Sessums and Mark Nye for continuing to send out our donations to local agencies who continue to serve those in need.

I suspect some of you will be returning to church once it opens in June, and I want you to know that now is the time to consider purchasing/donating shoes and socks for Kids Free Clothing Exchange. We do need to begin collecting these for August distribution. A container in the Narthex can be used for your donations.

Stay home, or if out, be safe and practice the appropriate behavior. Mission will not meet in June, but hopefully by July will meet in person.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair