First Lutheran Church Council Minutes – April 11, 2023
Council Members present: Levi Winter, Debbie Butler, Jan McElroy, Kara Danna Ida Malde, Pete Petersen, Eric Merten
Council members absent: Joslyn Lavera, Don Meseck
Non-council members present: Pastor Dennis Hickman, Julie Anna Boss and Isabelle Weidert
Devotions were given by Kara.
The May devotions will be given by Ida.
It was moved by Pete, seconded by Debbie, and passed to approve the March 2023 council minutes.
Jan stated the minutes were missing the discussion on the FLC Goals Council had. Ida brought up that Sheila Johnson and Patty Akers want to form a committee to explore the goals and set Strategic Goals to present to Council for the future of FLC. Council members may join the committee.
Council members are to look at the by-laws to see if the committees there are doing what we should be doing.
The men’s toilet issue was taken care of.
None to report
Pastor’s Report: - See attached for the full report
The pastor’s written report was given to council. Items and council discussion included:
2 Baptisms recently
Philorian Mpendaye will be with us May 6-7 from Ulanga Kilombero and of course, we will have a potluck after worship.
Mary Morrow will give the message on April 15 and Laurae Lygre on April 30
Outreach: The Sunday coffee donations are in an envelope for council members to access for kitchen needs. Be sure to put the receipt in the envelope.
Worship and Music: Pete stated how Betty is doing a terrific job at choosing music and sharing her enthusiasm as choir director. All agreed.
Stewardship: Peter reported that FLC is currently flush. The offering envelopes finally came, which makes counting easier. Counters are stepping up.
Youth and Education: Levi reported that VBS will be July 23-27 and the Youth Retreat is August 22-25.
Youth girls are invited to the April 15 retreat as well.
JulieAnna reported that Sunday School is going well and we are back to 1 class.
The Youth taught on Easter to let the adults enjoy the service.
Debbie suggested we use the Giving Tree for VBS supplies.
Congregational Life: Potluck on May 7
Spring Music Fest is May 21
Property Management: Julie Anna reported Brian McElroy emailed her and she provided parts of it. It stated that things in the church are breaking and it is getting harder to find replacement parts. At what point do we replace the broken items such as the water fountains and sink faucets.
Pete moved and Jan gave second to replace the faucets currently needing such and to buy locally. Motion passed.
The water fountain replacements will be looked into.
Summer projects are being lined up.
South Property: Julie Anna reported that the first half of 2023 property taxes were paid so the budget will reflect that as a shortage.
IT: The office staff will talk to Doug Fessler about access to Youtube
Financial Report: See attached for a full report.
· Contributions to FISH for March totaled $700
· Contributions to Disaster Response General totaled $464
· Contributions to Disaster Response Middle East totaled $82
· The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday May 9 at 6:30pm
· The meeting was adjourned with prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Jan McElroy.