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 February 2018

Your Mission group will meet on Monday, February 5th, at 11 a.m., in the office area; anyone interested in planning some of our events for this year is invited. Do we want to have a church-wide garage sale again? Do we want to invite speakers from organizations we help support like Camp Cho-Yeh? Do we want to participate again in the Empty Stocking Program? Do we want to continue collecting craft supplies for the Indian’s Head Start program? Should we continue collecting food items for the Center of Hope’s food pantry? Our budget is finalized as to where about 10% of our church income goes, but where will our individual efforts go?

We will participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring program, with your donations of non-perishable food items and basic family needs (toilet paper, toothpaste, etc.). This will be held on Sunday, February 4th. So, though this is short notice, could you consider making a donation of food or supplies? Checks payable to the church with a notation for “Souper Bowl” will also be accepted.

As chair of last year’s Mission team, I must report that I believe our church has responded to various requests in an outstanding way: funds for the four Special Offerings, items for shoeboxes, gifts for children at Christmas, support of local organizations such as the Food Pantry, Keep a Kid in School, KFCE, etc., show your belief that God can help others in need. Your Session has allowed me the privilege of continuing to serve God as Mission Chair, and I thank you for your past and, I pray, continued support.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair