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 May 2018

A big “thank you” to those who contributed to the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering; we sent $807 to our General Assembly. The next special offering, Pentecost, which is May 20th, focuses on helping youth, children at risk, and youth adult volunteers, with 40% staying local to help our members deal with emergency needs.

The April 21st garage sale netted over $900; the Fellowship Hall was filled with your donations and most of it is now on a trip south to Guatemala.   What a great group of mission-minded volunteers:   Glenn Drumm set up the room and clothing racks, then along with Pastor Joe he helped deliver furniture and household items from the home of Gretchen Chambers; Georgina Drumm, Bonnie Laverty, Patty Harrell and Beverly Davidson worked both days sorting, pricing, and selling along with numerous others like Patricia Hermann, Marilyn Nail, Barbara Morris, Jo Pavey, Hershel Mackey, Pam MacDonald, and Doug Palmer. Another “thank you” to those members who stopped by on Saturday to support Hechos Dos.

As of mid-April, we have approved payment to Camp Cho-Yeh of scholarships for five overnight campers and one day camp attendee with a few more possible;  your pledges and Session’s approval of our budget helps fund campers related to church members.

May 5th is our work day at the home of Carole Green, our part of the county-wide Rise Up or “Serve Together” effort. If you can help do landscape or porch work, meet at the church with appropriate tools and clothing at 8:30 a.m. to caravan to her home in the Rye area. Susie Nobles is our lead on this project so let her know if you can help or just show up.

We continue to collect eyeglasses, food items for the Center of Hope, and craft items and in June will begin our annual shoe drive for KFCE. To those who God has given much, much is expected and we at First Presbyterian continue to show our love for our neighbors via our time, money, and talents.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair