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 June 2017

Thanks for such a great outpouring for the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering: $720. Our next one is set for June 4th, which is the Pentecost offering: 40% of your donations will remain local, and the rest is sent to PC(USA) for use by young adult volunteers, youth ministry programs, and Presbyterian work with children at risk. We have not participated in this in the past few years, but if you feel called to do so, make a notation on your check or envelope for “Pentecost offering.”

As of this writing, we have awarded 7 scholarships for campers attending Cho-Yeh. We do have some funding left, thus if you have someone who registers and might want some financial assistance, contact the office or Chuck Davidson.
The Mission team will not be meeting in June, but we request all who might travel this summer to consider picking up personal hygiene items for use in the fall when we will attempt to fill 25 shoeboxes for seamen at the Port of Houston. We also will be collecting small items for children in the fall to fill 25 boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. August will again feature the church luncheon focused on Kids Free Clothing Exchange, so ‘tis time to think about picking up shoes and socks for this event.
We thank you for your continued support in donating non-perishable food items for the

Center of Hope, eyeglasses for Lions International usage, along with craft items for the Head-Start program at the Alabama-Coushatta reservation.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair