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 March 2017

Beware the Ides of March? No, be aware that we support the Center of Hope at its new location (600 S. Washington), and its food bank, which is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30, and from 5:30—7:30 Thursday evenings.  Several of you currently volunteer, and a few more would be welcome; stop by and visit this great program serving the people of Polk County.

We continue to collect non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope, craft items for the Head Start program at the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, as well as eyeglasses for Lions International– all in containers located in both the hallway of the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.

We are also beginning to collect items in Room 3 of the Fellowship Hall for a community garage sale. No clothing, please, but anything else is welcome. Our goal is to sell your donated items on April 1st, with the proceeds to be used to purchase chairs for the FH.

Garage Sale:
April 1st 9am-2pm

The sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help, contact a member of the Mission team. If you have items to be picked up, notify the church or Chuck Davidson, Doug Palmer, Susie Nobles, or Georgina Drumm (members of Mission).

Thanks to those who donated food items or cash for our Souper Bowl of Caring effort on Feb. 5th; two large containers plus $41 went to the Center of Hope.

The next meeting of your Mission committee is March 6th at 11am; all are welcome.

Our next Special Offering is the One Great Hour of Sharing on April 16th.

Rise Up, a Christian service event involving several local churches, is set for May 6th; volunteers are needed as we plan to work at the Extra Mile Ranch that day under guidance from Ron Tolls.

Chuck Davidson, Chair