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 April 2020

As I write this report, I do not anticipate having a Mission committee meeting on April 6th. I do expect the church to remain closed to groups of 10 or more for several weeks. I pray that each of you stays as healthy as possible and that basic supplies are available. Check the local paper or county websites for updates on health and safety guidelines.

I do anticipate Camp Cho Yeh operating in June so if you do have young ones who might want to attend camp, either overnight or during the day, tis time to check out camp sessions while you have the time at home. Go to www.cho-yeh.org to get details; we will be able to assist with funding for children and grandchildren of our members. Let me know once you are registered.

If we do return to church prior to April 12th, which is Easter, we will participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing. If not, do what you can to help those in need and keep in contact with family and friends. While a bat may have begun this virus, God can help us overcome it. Follow both local, state, and Federal alerts and take care of those close to you.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair