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 October 2017

We are now collecting donations for our shoebox ministry: 25 boxes going to Samaritan’s Purse, and 25 going to the Port of Houston. Our goal is to collect during October and fill the boxes after the Nov. 12th luncheon.   

Suggested items for Samaritan’s Purse (for boys and girls from ages  2 to 14): small dolls; soccer ball or other small balls; stuffed animals; hygiene items such as combs, toothbrush, hairbrushes, etc., (no liquids); school supplies; toys such as Legos, yo-yos, jump ropes; small books; clothing items such as socks, gloves, hats, scarves; shoelaces; silly putty; flash cards; cars and trucks; bracelets and hair ribbons; purses; key chains.

Suggested items for the seafarers (mostly men but there are some women): hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, combs, brushes, toothbrush and toothpaste, dental floss, bandages, lip balm, nail clippers; Texas trivia items; small books; clothing items such as hats, socks, gloves, T-shirts; jig saw puzzles and other small games; sunglasses; finger nail clippers, etc.   We can pack liquids in the boxes for the seamen.

The Peacemaking Special Offering is set for Oct. 1st, and donations may be made  through Oct. 15th, with 75% of funds donated going to help our PCUSA proclaim the peace and grace of Christ both near and far, and work toward a more just and civil world for all; 25% remains local.

Your Mission group is now working on the 2018 budget and welcomes input from all church members; we next meet on Oct. 9th, and anyone is welcome.  Current members Ron & Margie Tolls, Suzie Nobles, Doug Palmer, Beverly Davidson, and Georgina Drumm will also accept your ideas.

Chuck Davidson, Chair