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 April 2019

Your Mission team meets at 11 a.m. on April 1st (yes, April Fools’ day), and all are welcome to attend; we meet in the choir room area. We thank you for your support for our Hechos Dos event on March 23rd.
Easter arrives on April 21st, when we will have our annual “One Great Hour of Sharing” special collection. This started in 1949, with proceeds going to help relief from natural disasters, provide food for those in need, and support around the world for the poor and oppressed.  To learn more, visit www.pcusa.org/oghs.
First Presbyterian will participate in Polk County’s “We Serve” event again in May, and our work day is set for May 11th. We will mostly be painting; thus if you have this skill, let me know.
For those with young children or grandchildren, it is time to register for Camp Cho-Yeh.  Weekly camp sessions for those In grades 1-5, 6-8, and 9-11 are now available as is the day camp for grades 1-6.  Your Mission team is available to assist with the cost; but you must first register your child, then let me know.
We continue to collect non-perishable food for the Center of Hope and the Revival Food Pantry in Onalaska, along with eye glasses for Lions International and craft items for the Indian reservation. Check out our bulletin board for the latest correspondence from those we assist.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair