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 February 2019

We kick off this month asking you to bring a can of food (or two) as our youth collect non-perishable foods for donations to the Center of Hope and the Revival food pantries on Feb. 3rd, Super Bowl Sunday. We of course will continue collecting food throughout the year, along with craft and school supplies for the Head Start program at the reservation and the Hechos Dos ministry in Guatemala. Your Mission committee will meet at 11 a.m., on February 4th, and anyone may attend as we begin planning for our various events later in the year. Please read the information posted on the Narthex bulletin board, as most of the agencies we help support keep us updated via newsletters, notes, or letters of thanks. As written by James, “Every generous act of giving…is from above” (James 1:17), First Presbyterian’s response to various requests for donations or toys or whatever is for sure God acting via each of you in various ways. Your response to help our Christmas families (we ended up helping three families with total of 12 children) resulted in donations of 67 wrapped gifts plus cash of $240 which resulted in several more items for each child. Was this not an act of God? Thank you for your past involvement and I pray that we can continue to serve God by giving to others.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair