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 2018

The first Sunday of April, not a fool’s day, is our special offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing. Donations sent to our General Assembly are used for three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger Relief, and Self-development of People. This is one way we share Christ’s love to make our world a better place to live in.

Did you know that our adult Sunday school class has for years been taking up collections and donating them to two of our local agencies which we as a congregation help support? The two agencies are: GODTEL and the Center of Hope.

Did you know that the Center of Hope now has a storage room to collect donations to be used by the Beckers in Guatemala? You can take things to them, or if brought to the church, our esteemed Glenn Drumm delivers them. He also helps deliver your food donations; the Mission  Committee thanks him.

Relative to the Beckers and their Hechos Dos ministry, the women of our church are going to have a sewing event in the Fellowship Hall on April 23rd, starting at about 9 a.m. Look for more details to come.

Have you heard? Another Community Wide Garage Sale is coming. Yes, we will hold this in  the FH on Sat., April 21st, starting at 8 a.m., and ending about 2 p.m. Thus, items are needed from you (or many of you); please begin saving things to donate (we will accept clothing on hangers and all else), and deliver to the church after our luncheon on the 8th. Funds earned from this effort will go to Hechos Dos, as will most items left over.

We are also going to ask that some of you help with this year’s Rise Up event on May 5th; again, we hope to help paint the fence at the Tolls’ ranch, so if interested let Pastor Joe or Ron/Margie know you can help. We hope to also do a special clean-up project at a church member’s home sometime this month; more details to come.

Mission next meets on April 2nd at 11 a.m.; Anyone may attend.

-Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair