First Lutheran Church Council Minutes – November 8, 2022
Council Members present: Debbie Butler, Jan McElroy, Rod Johnson, Joslyn LaVera, Ida Malde, Eric Merten, Pete Petersen and Kara DAnna
Council members absent: Sheila Johnson
Non-council members present: Pastor Dennis Hickman, Julie Anna Boss and Isabella Weidert
Devotions were given by Pete Petersen.
The December devotions will be given by Ida Malde.
It was moved by Rod Johnson, seconded by Pete Petersen, and passed to approve the October 2022 council minutes.
The Staff Committee is comprised of Sheila Johnson, David Lygree and Fred Cutlip. They will present wage recommendations to the council.
The library carts were purchased and assembled and are being filled by Carla Bergman.
Debit Card- Working on coordination of schedules to get all 3 signers at the bank.
The roof leak seems to be back, the repair last year did not work. When snow melts quickly it leaks. JulieAnna has called the roofing company to come back and look at the problem.
Pastor’s Report: - See attached for the full report
The pastor’s written report was given to council. Items and council discussion included:
Confirmation Sunday will have cupcakes.
Open Table now available to all from 1-2 Monday through Friday.
First Lutheran will be hosting the Cold Weather Shelter on Tuesdays. Showers will be available and we are asking for simple dinners and breakfasts to feed them.
December 11 will be New Member Sunday and Name Tag Sunday followed by the Advent Potluck. 12 members are joining via letters of transfer.
The Staff Support Committee will also serve as the nominating committee for Council members.
Special Olympic basketball team will be using the gym for practices.
Outreach: Kara reported that Bread for the World baked goods sale is Nov 20 and will be by donations.
Worship and Music: Choir is back. Large print bulletins are a hit and including the hymns in large print is great too. We are still looking for a Choir Director but Betty will continue for now.
Stewardship: $58,000 is pledged for 2023 so far. Time and Talent sheets are still coming in and those not picked up were mailed today.
Congregational Life: Ida reported the Advent Potluck Dec 11 is coming along. Warren Street will be the MC and the prayer will be printed in Norwegian. Lights and trees will be done by the Youth.
Youth and Education: Debbie reported the TV is great for classes. They are looking into a second class to split the age groups.
A trip to Fused is in the works.
The youth will do the Nativity Story on Dec 18th and sing 2 songs.
A baked potato feed is planned for the Annual Meeting January 29, 2023.
Property Management: JulieAnna reported the gutters were cleaned.
Rod suggested a mini clean-up be scheduled for the falling leaves.
South Property: All is well
IT: No report
Financial Report: See attached for a full report
Committees need to bring 2023 budget numbers to the December meeting
· Contributions to FISH for October totaled $972.00
· Contributions to ELCA World Hunger totaled $677.10
· Contributions to ELCA Disaster Relief totaled $590.00
· The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday December 13 at 6:30pm.
· The meeting was adjourned with prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Jan McElroy.