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 January 2020

Your Mission Committee of 2019 thanks you for your continued support and prays that we all can continue helping to serve others both near and far. You have donated generously to the four (PC)USA special offerings, to the collection of shoes and socks for KFCE, to gifts for a family in need, with non-perishable foods for the Center of Hope and Revival food pantries, plus shoebox items for our seamen and children in Guatemala, and of course those organizations we support with funds ranging from the local Habitat for Humanity, GODTEL, SAAFE House, KFCE, Imagination Library, Keep a Kid in School, Hechos Dos, the Pan American School, and the PCHS program, as well as many others. See the updated listing on the Mission bulletin board in the narthex.

Mission will meet on Monday, Jan. 6th, at 11 a.m., in the office area of the Activity Building. Anyone may attend as this will be our kick-off meeting for the year. We will review our calendar and determine which projects we might want to participate in this year; we are also open to new members.

My heartfelt thanks to all who have helped us in the past and God willing, can continue to do so in the future. My special thanks to committee members: Beverly Davidson, Bonnie Laverty, Doug and Karen Palmer, Ron Tolls, and Susie Nobles, plus Pastor Joe whose support and input we value. I am blessed to have such a strong group to work with.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair