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 December 2018

Your Mission team has been busy and will meet one more time this year, on Monday, Dec. 3rd; anyone may attend our 11 a.m. meeting near the office. Thanks to some great help on Nov. 11th, we were able to pack 25 boxes for children which Samaritan’s Purse will distribute along with 26 boxes for the seamen arriving at the Port of Houston. The boxes have been turned in to the respective locations and some children and men are going to be very pleased; a special thanks to Susie Nobles for getting some printed cards giving our church address in hopes that we might hear from someone in the future. Mission has completed our 2019 budget request, and while the amount is close to this year’s, we have added one agency serving food in the Onalaska area. Once approved by Session, I will give more details. We have applied to participate again in Polk County’s Empty Stocking program with a request for one family with small children. As of this writing, we have not been given any details, but hopefully we will know by the time you are reading this. I suspect the turn-around time will be short, from our notice of needed items to the deadline to turn them in. Please continue to donate non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope, eyeglasses, items to be sent to Guatemala and craft items for the reservation’s Head Start program. Our bulletin board in the Narthex also has the latest correspondence received from those we help support:  check it out. May I also state a BIG THANK YOU to the Mission committee members for their service this year? T H A N K  Y O U to Doug Palmer, Susie Nobles, Ron & Margie Tolls, Georgina Drumm, and Pastor Joe; and, while not members, outstanding assistance from Glenn Drumm, Robin Sessums, and Mark Nye throughout the year. Have a Great Christmas.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair