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 September 2019

Your Mission group, plus many of you, have been very busy this summer. Your donations of shoes, band-aids, funds, etc., has allowed KFCE to have a good supply on hand to give out to needy children, the Beckers will have several boxes of items to take back to Guatemala, and your contributions of $626 for the Pentecost Special Offering gives us $250 to spend later this fall on shoebox items to be sent to children in Guatemala. Thank You! We also helped five young people to attend Camp Cho Yeh’s overnight experience, and six to attend the day camp week. Funds for this were part of our 2019 budget, and on Sept. 16th, we meet to begin the process of determining who and what we will support next year. If you have input, let me or any of the Mission Committee  members know your thoughts (Doug Palmer, Bonnie Laverty, Ron Tolls, Beverly Davidson, Susie Nobles, and myself), or come to this meeting at 11 a.m., in the choir area of the Activity Building. In October we will begin collecting items for the shoeboxes, and I suspect we will also participate in Polk County’s Empty Stocking program again; so, be prepared. Our next PCUSA Special Offering is set for October 6th: Peace and Global Witness. Chuck Davidson, Mission Chair