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

February Mission Report

Souper Bowl Sunday is Feb. 5th: an opportunity for us to provide non-perishable food items for the Center of Hope. While we do provide food and paper items year-long, this is a special day to focus on the many who depend upon support in the Livingston area.

Did you know that our 52 shoeboxes all ended up in Panama? This year our plan is to split our shoebox filling project with the Port of Houston seafarers and Samaritan’s Purse; it’s never too  early to start collecting those little items which seafarers could use along with smaller things for the children.

Your Session has approved participation this year in four PCUSA special offerings:

April 16 (One Great Hour of Sharing); June 4 (Pentecost); Oct. 1 (Peacemaking); and Dec. 24 (Joy): each of these provides us a chance to provide extra financial support to important local, national, and international causes.
Chuck Davidson, Mission Committee Chair