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 October 2018

Your mission this month is to begin collecting items to fill at least 25 shoeboxes for male seafarers arriving at the Port of Houston and 25 + boxes to send to Samaritan’s Purse to deliver to children someplace in our world. Your Mission Committee will fill these boxes after our November 11th luncheon and anyone may assist. Some examples of items which you can collect/donate include:

  • Seafarers – comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, band-aids, deodorant, baseball caps, pens and pencils, key chains, playing cards, soap, lotion, word search books, needle/thread, lip balm, nail clippers, disposable razors, socks
  • Children – comb, toothbrush, baseball caps, pens & pencils, small balls and toys, bandages, small dolls, silly putty, shoelaces, small boxes of Legos/puzzles, flash cards, notepads, coloring books, crayons, hard candy, emery boards, hair ribbons, bangle bracelets, travel sewing kits, kazoos, keychains
October 7th is the annual Peace and Global Witness Special Offering, which allows 25% of donations to be used locally, 25% to be used at Presbytery and Synod levels for peacemaking work, and 50% to peace and reconciliation work done by Presbyterians around the globe. Our 25% will be sent again to the Livingston SPCA.  “If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!” Thanks to all for your great support of Kids Free Clothing Exchange; at last report more than $400 was given to KFCE in August along with 83 pairs of shoes, plus socks and underwear. A special note of thanks to: Bonnie Laverty, Mary Lou Anderson, Beverly Davidson, & the Flukers for your outstanding contributions (which I know about).
Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair