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 January 2019

Your Mission committee for this year will hold its first meeting on Wed., (yes, a Wed.) Jan. 9th, at 11 a.m., in the office area. We invite anyone interested in helping us help others to attend. We finished 2018 on a high note thanks to great congregational support for our Christmas stocking-filling families. My special thanks to Beverly Davidson and Bonnie Laverty for organizing, purchasing, and then wrapping gifts which were purchased just prior to Christmas; and of course, a major “thank you” to all who purchased gifts via the tag system and donated money which went to provide a merry Christmas for two families and eight children. Our 2019 budget will soon be voted upon by you; we kept all whom we supported in 2018 but did add one new organization, a food pantry in the Onalaska area. More details once you all approve the budget later this month. Please view the Mission bulletin board in the Narthex for the latest on the organizations we (you) support. I suspect we will continue to collect non-perishable foods for the Center of Hope, craft and school items for the Indian’s Head-Start program, eyeglasses for the local Lions club, and misc. items to go south to Guatemala; but these and other activities of 2019 will be discussed and hopefully approved at the Jan. Mission meeting. I thank those church members who participated in last year’s Mission work: Doug Palmer, Beverly Davidson, Bonnie Laverty, Susie Nobles, Georgina Drumm, Ron & Margie Tolls, along with Pastor Joe. To the many others who supported us, helped wrap toys, filled shoe-boxes, donated items (such as shoes and socks and/or money), prayed for the Beckers, and others who serve our Lord, I THANK YOU!
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair