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 May 2017

Rise Up is set for Saturday, May 6th, starting at 9am at the Tolls’ Extra Mile Ranch; can you help? Fence work is the main focus: minor repairing and major staining. Word has it that work ends about noon and that something will show up for workers to eat.  Then, those wishing to fish may try their luck.   Participants should contact our fearless leader Pastor Joe if  attending, and bring paint brushes or a sprayer, and fishing pole if so inclined. The ranch is located about .9 mile north of the VFW Hall on US 59 heading towards Corrigan; turn right at sign for ranch and once you see the fence, look for the entrance on your left just past the big curve.

Our April garage sale was an outstanding success, and the Property Committee has already ordered and received 28 new cushioned chairs for your use. Again, I must say thanks to all who donated items, their time, and their money.

For those of you with children or grandchildren who might enjoy camping, Camp Cho-Yeh still has a few spots open for both summer camp (1 or 2 week long sessions) and day camp. Check out www.cho-yeh.org or call 936 328 3200.  If needed, your Mission committee does have some scholarship funds available, just contact Chuck Davidson.

This summer is a great time to pick up various small items as you travel, which can be used when we fill our shoeboxes in November. Just a reminder, we will be doing some for students and some for seamen. 

Our next Mission meeting is set for May 1st. Thus, you might be reading this after the fact. Our members are fantastic but anyone is always welcome to visit us at our 11 am meetings. Keep your eyes on our bulletin board and continue to serve our Lord when-ever and wherever you can.

Chuck Davidson, Chair