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 July 2018

Did you know that we have helped send six campers to Camp Cho Yeh this summer? And one of them will soon be a junior counselor? If you see Aleigh Ritter, Gavyn Heredia, Emily Hermann or Ashley Hermann, ask them about their experiences. Soon, Grayson Wilkins and Kelsey Farwell will be onsite; hopefully we will see some of these campers in August with updates.

We had a great workday at home of Carole Green’s in May and pray that she has returned to her home to enjoy what Jay, Bonnie, Nina, Suzie, Joe, Chuck, Kathy and Robert began.

Our key goal this summer is to collect new shoes, yes, new ones of all sizes, for distribution prior to school by Kids Free Clothing Exchange. Containers exist in the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex for your filling. The August 12th luncheon is our target date to deliver to KFCE at least 50 new shoes, new socks, even new underwear, for children of all ages. We will also accept checks made out to “KFCE” in case you are not able to shop this summer.

We continue to collect non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope along with unneeded eye glasses & cases, plus school & craft items for the Head Start program at the Alabama Coushatta Reservation.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair