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 November 2019

Your Mission team met on Oct. 7th, and approved its budget request for Session approval for 2020. It is the same total ($26,200), but there were a few changes in amounts and organizations to support. It will be posted in the Narthex once it is approved by Session. The next Special Offering, the Joy Offering, is set for Dec. 22nd. 

We are now in the midst of collecting items for shoeboxes; see page 4 for a listing of examples of what we need for the filling of boxes for children in Guatemala. See page 5 for examples of what we need for boxes for the seamen at the Port of Houston and for more information about the Seafarers. The boxes will be filled on Nov. 10th, after the Fellowship Luncheon. A collection container is in the Narthex. We do need a few more empty shoeboxes.

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

Our next meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 4th, at 11 a.m.

Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair