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 2019

Thank you for your past support of our PC(USA) special offerings; the next one is set for June 9th, which is the Pentecost offering, with 40% of your donations remaining local. The Mission group will meet on June 3rd to determine where funds might go, and anyone may give us input (or attend our 11 a.m. meeting). At this time we have helped fund 4 Cho-Yeh campers and have two in the pipeline with a possibility of two more later on. A big thank you to the anonymous donor last year who helped us support youth attending this great Christian camp. Tis time to begin collecting tennis shoes and socks, etc., for our August 11th Kids Free Clothing Exchange luncheon, when hopefully we will have 75-100 pairs of shoes to donate so that many will have new footgear for school. We continue to collect craft items for the Head-Start program and school supplies for Guatemala, along with eyeglasses and non-perishable food. Our May “We Serve” project was good and I hope we can help someone else next year; a special thanks to Robert Green, Doug & Karen Palmer, Beverly Davidson, and Pastor Joe MacDonald for their involvement. Our prayers go out to two of our committee members, Bonnie Laverty and Georgina Drumm; may God and good doctors grant them relief. A big thanks to our other members: Ron Tolls, Beverly Davidson, Susie Nobles, Doug & Karen Palmer, and Pastor Joe. Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair