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 April 2017

April 1st is our garage sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will be used to help purchase padded chairs. Thanks to all who have donated items, and of course, thanks to anyone who purchased something.

Your Mission committee meets on April 3rd at 11 a.m. in the church office area; all are welcome to attend.

Our Special Offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing is set for April 16th. Money donated to this is used by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (32 %), the Presbyterian Hunger Program (36 %) and the rest for Self-Development of People programs (32 %). Donations can be made prior to this date with a notation on your check  for OGHS. In 2015, we received $346.07, and last year, $180; what will God lead us to do this year?

Please view the Mission bulletin board in the Narthex for up to date letters of thanks and information from the various organizations you help support. Also, please continue to bring non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope’s food pantry. We also continue to collect eyeglasses, cases etc. for use by Lions International as well as craft items for the Head Start program at the Alabama – Coushatta Reservation. For those of you with some interest in helping others around the world, please pick up the 2016 – 2017 Presbyterian Giving Catalog located on the brochure table.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair