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 December 2019

We thank you for your donations of $281 for the Peacemaking Special Offering; from this $70 was sent to help My Father’s House serve those in need. It is located near-by at the Life Vine Church and gives daytime assistance. Our next Special Offering is set for Dec. 22nd, which is the Joy Offering benefiting retired UPUSA ministers/workers.

Did you know that we are one of the few churches supporting the Revival Food Pantry in Onalaska? In October they served 186 families with a total of 559 individuals. On Oct. 31st several Mission folks joined Pastor Joe at the Assembly of God’s festival: he distributed at least 150 balloon creatures assisted by Kerry Wheeler, Nina Dobyns, Donna Swanson, Doug Palmer, Bonnie Laverty, and myself.

Our November shoebox event resulted in 28 wrapped boxes going to the seamen at the Port of Houston. With respect to children, after talking with the Beckers, we will be sending most of our collected items to Guatemala in time for them to sort and bag prior to Christmas. Thanks to all who donated to both programs.

We are looking to participate again in the Empty Stocking program, but no specific details at this time.

Our next meeting is set for December 2nd, with special guests Keith and Maria Becker.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair