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 May 2019

Your Mission group meets on Monday, May 6th, at 11 a.m., in the office area. Anyone is welcome to participate as we review correspondence received in the previous month and make plans for upcoming events. The March fundraiser for the Beckers netted over $2800; THANK YOU to all who helped with the food, the decorations, the music, and of course the donations. We continue to collect items for them to use in Guatemala, which are stored in Room 1 of the Fellowship Hall. Our major service project this month as part of the “We Serve” Polk County event is interior painting on May 11th. Robert Green and the Mission Committee are open to anyone wanting to paint, just contact Chuck Davidson or Doug Palmer for details. We have had two campers register for Camp Cho-Yeh as of this writing and have funds to assist several more so, if you have a child or grandchild who might be interested, please register first at the Cho-Yeh website, and then let me know. Day camp is for students in grades 1-6 and the overnight week sessions are open to students in grades 1—11. Visit www.cho-yeh.org. We ask that during your summer trips you collect items which could be used in our shoeboxes for both youth and seamen; and we do continue to collect non-perishable foods for the Center of Hope as well as eyeglasses and craft items. Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair