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
Revival Food Pantry
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

Mission Report for October 2019

Your Mission team met on Sep. 16th and began work on our budget request for next year. We will complete this at our next meeting set for Oct. 7th, so if anyone has input, please let Chuck, Bonnie, Doug, Karen, Beverly, Susie, or Ron know. We do have a special PCUSA offering on Oct. 6th, and the 25 percent which remains local will be sent to help get “My Father’s House” off the ground. In October, we begin to collect items for our shoeboxes; we will need a few more shoeboxes, which will go to both the Port of Houston (for seamen; see page 6) and to Guatemala (for children). More details will be sent out to you via email.
Did you know that you helped Kids Free Clothing Exchange by donating 87 pairs of shoes to them in August? Besides socks and underwear, you also gave them $193. Outstanding! FYI, we do continue to collect shoes year-round. Also, our newest recipient of funds, the Reeves Revival Food Pantry in Onalaska, is very busy. They served 304 individuals in May, 474 in June, 489 in July, and 529 in August. They provide for and serve all whom request assistance.
Our denomination is asking us to consider becoming a “Matthew 25” church and we are studying this. Please go to www.pcusa.org/matthew25 to see what this is about and then inform one of us of your thoughts.
Later this year I expect we will participate again in the Empty Stocking Program, so be prepared. My thanks to all who have assisted & supported our work this year.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair