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 March 2018

Three large containers of food supplies were delivered to the Center of Hope after our Souper Bowl Sunday’s collection and of course, we continue to collect and deliver whatever you bring to the Narthex or Fellowship Hall containers. Keep in mind that we also accept eyeglasses & cases, craft items and school supplies for the Indian Head Start program, and we will soon begin to work with women of the church in their drive to gather items to be sent to Guatemala. Just a teaser: they need Spanish Bibles, spiral notebooks, and children’s underwear (more details to come).

Did you know that the annual Polk County Rise-Up program set for the first week-end of May will soon have a new name? This is now being coordinated by the Lake Area Pastors Council, and hopefully we will be able to have some participants working to serve others in the Livingston community.

Did you know that the Port of Houston pastors delivered 9,263 shoeboxes to seamen this past Christmas season? They set foot on 412 ships. We help support the two Presbyterian pastors who try to board every ship coming to port. I have yet to hear where our Samaritan’s Purse boxes went.

The bulletin board has been updated with recently received correspondence, so please view these when you have the time. Your Mission members next meet on March 5th; anyone is welcome to attend our 11 a.m. meeting in the office area.

Regarding our next special offering, funds donated go to help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, our Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self-Development of People program.  Last year you contributed $720, what will you do in 2018?

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair