First Lutheran Church Council Minutes – May 10, 2022
Council Members present: Debbie Butler, Jan McElroy, Eric Merten, Rod Johnson, Ida Malde, Sheila Johnson, Pete Petersen, Joslyn LaVera
Council members absent: Jennifer Campbell
Non-council members present: Pastor Dennis Hickman, Julie Anna Boss
Devotions were given by Jan McElroy.
The June devotions will be given by Sheila Johnson.
It was moved by Rod Johnson, seconded by Pete Petersen, and passed to approve the April 2022 council minutes.
The gym roof only needs to be patched, waiting on good weather to be finished. JulieAnna will ask if heat tape will help for the future on a flat roof?
The insurance company does not want to cover the drain and mold damage. JulieAnna will look into getting an attorney to read the contract.
$7500 to Clean Image, $340 for the plumber and about $500 for materials to fix the wall, Brian McElroy will donate the labor. No bill for the roofing yet.
Stucco cleaning and repair is still on hold, Brian and Rod are looking into specifics.
Rod suggested we need to have AED devices and trained members on using them. A training can be scheduled for 8-10 possibly by the fire department.
Pastor’s Report: - See attached for the full report
The pastor’s written report was given to council. Items and council discussion included:
The large print bulletins are a hit!!!!
JulieAnna is working with Waste Management on the garbage cans in the alley and to get the route changed away from the fence.
We will be returning to regular communion with the individual servings available also on May 15. There will be no common cup for now
Jennifer Campbell has resigned from Council; a replacement to fill her term is being sought.
Eric reported that Ellensburg School District adopted the food saving program Renee Merten started and FISH food back does the pick up.
Compassion Sunday seemed successful.
Bike Bell posters are out for that program for bike safety awareness.
Worship and Music:
Rod reported it is still going well and they hope to have choir back in September
Pete reported that although readers are signed up quickly, counters are not. Help is needed for Sunday money counters.
Youth and Education:
The youth and women’s group are studying JOB. The youth are having good discussions about it. The bean bag chairs are a hit and the boxes were used to make castles for the younger kids.
Lutherhaven sign ups are soon.
Vacation Bible School is set for Aug 21-25.
Ida reported the music fest is set for May 22. Senior Day is June 5 with cupcakes planned. Ida will miss the June meeting.
Volunteers are needed for mowing the lawn; Glenn Madsen and Brian McElroy have been doing it.
A Master List of church maintenance needs to be created and followed; Jan will work on preparing the list.
JulieAnna reported everything is going well.
IT: Rod reported the easiest and free way of getting stronger WIFI access in the Sunday School room is to use the hot spot on our personal cell phones. It’s $60 per month to purchase.
Financial Report: See attached for a full report
Discussion was had on moving the bank accounts away from US Bank due to some errors made in the last few months.
Rob moved and Pete second that we move the accounts from US Bank to Cashmere Valley Bank. Passed
Discussion on getting a credit or debit card for the church office was had. Pros and Cons were discussed. Jan will see what Cashmere Valley offers and report back to JulieAnna.
· Contributions to FISH for April totaled $227, WLCA World Hunger $239 and Disaster Response Easter Europe $300
· The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30pm
· The meeting was adjourned with prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Jan McElroy.