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 August 2018

August 12th is the KFCE luncheon when they get to take home all the shoes, socks, underwear, etc., that you have donated/provided; but alas, while some have been turned in, many more are needed. If you can, please bring a new item or two so students in Polk County and surrounding ones can have something nice to wear. We will also be willing to take a monetary donation, with checks made payable to “KFCE.”

This fall we will again begin collecting items for both the seafarers and children to fill shoeboxes, so when on a trip, please collect small items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc., and begin saving things such as small toys, puzzles, and school supplies, for October delivery to the church.

It was great to see our Cho Yeh camper Kelsey Farwell this July and we do hope the others we helped support will visit and share some of their experiences with us; Camp Cho Yeh is a fantastic place to visit and support and I have heard that they serve great meals. Are you aware that this camp is practically next door to us?

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair