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 August 2017

Our goal this month is to collect new (or gently used) shoes for use by Kids Free Clothing Exchange. Please consider donating a pair or two for the luncheon on August 13th. A special “thank you” to Bonnie Laverty and Patty Harrell for leading and coordinating this event. We of course continue to collect non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope’s food pantry (open Tuesdays and Thursdays) along with eyeglasses and craft items. Boxes are available in the Fellowship building hallway.

Thanks to the support of this church, we have been able to assist 7 campers attendance at Camp Cho Yeh and thus far, all reports are that they really enjoyed the camp experience. Our fall projects are to collect items to be placed in shoeboxes, for both seamen at the Port of Houston, and for youth via Samaritan’s Purse program. Did you know that thanks to Ron Tolls, pump action flashlights have gone to Guatamala via the Beckers? Be prepared to help us “light up the world”; more details later. We are also working with some women of our church in the collection of sewing material and items to travel southward later this year.

Thanks to those who donated funds for the June Pentecost special offering; your money went to help our Presbytery.

The Mission group will not meet in August but invites anyone interested to join us Sept. 11th at 11 a.m.  New members are always welcome.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair