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 September 2017

Wow: your support of the KFCE luncheon and its mission was fantastic. When Althea Elliott left the church on August 13th, she took 93 pairs of shoes, 84 pairs of socks, 17 new underwear, and $462. Due to donations from women of the church, another $366 will be added to this amount:  is this not outstanding?  And what a great effort from Patty Harrell and those “behind the scenes”; this church does serve our Lord.

Are you aware that the Beckers have been given six sewing machines and several boxes of material and sewing items to be taken to Guatamala? Through their

Hechos Dos

ministry, the Beckers have also taken some pump action flashlights (hope you read the great newspaper articles by Ron Tolls), and soon some of our old pews. They will be taking more sewing items later this fall, thanks to the efforts of some women in our church. Please continue to collect and donate sewing supplies for this great project.

It’s also time to begin saving and donating small items for children, to be placed in the Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes, such as: small dolls and stuffed animals, hygiene items, school supplies, small toys for children of various ages, small books & puzzles,  etc. No food, war figures, toothpaste, or used items please. A new container will be placed in the FH. Not to be confusing, we will also be packing some shoeboxes for seamen at the Port of Houston: the items for their boxes can include: small books and games, clothing, toothpaste and other personal hygiene items, Texas trivia, etc. (mostly items for males.) We will decorate these boxes at our November packing event after the luncheon that month. See posted lists for more details about shoebox items.

Non-perishable food items are still needed for use at the Center of Hope: items such as corn and beans are not needed, but any other food/cooking shelf items are, as are volunteers. We continue to collect craft items for the Head Start program at the Indian reservation, as well as eyeglasses for Lions International.

Our next Special Offering is Oct. 1st: this is the annual Peace and Global Witness offering, which supports both local and international efforts to support peacemaking and reconciliation in our world.

 Your Mission team will meet on Sept. 11th at 11am; all are welcome as we make plans for our fall activities and begin our work on next year’s budget.

Chuck Davidson, Chair