First Lutheran Church Council Minutes –October 12, 2021
Council Members present: Debbie Butler, Jan McElroy, Eric Merten, Rod Johnson, Ida Malde, Sheila Johnson
Council members absent: Jennifer Campbell, Pete Peterson, Jay Ragland
Non-council members present: Pastor Dennis Hickman, Julie Anna Boss
Devotions were given by Jan McElroy.
The November devotions will be given by Sheila Johnson.
It was moved by Sheila Johnson, seconded by Debbi Butler, and passed to approve the September 2021 council minutes, passed.
Financial Secretary update: Eric and Renee Merten have considered taking on some of the duties, not all. Jim Stolte is training Bella on the office work of the position and Pete Petersen is working on coordinating the counting volunteers for Sundays. JulieAnna will again reach out to a woman who does bookkeeping for other churches and get a price and what that entails. Discussion was had on having an outside person or church member to take the position
Goals and Strategic Plan of FLC Council update: The Stewardship committee should take charge and provide an update at the November 9 meeting. Jan McElroy moved and Ida Malde second to instruct the Stewardship committee to give us the Strategic Plan, Review and update in the November meeting. We need a path forward. Pastor Dennis will reach out to Pete and Jay to reach out to Jess Holcomb for assistance.
Plan to Assist the Afghan resettlement program update: Laurae Lygre is still trying to connect with Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services. The church could plan a service on refugee assistance and take a special offering. Pastor Dennis will contact the Bishop of NW Washington to see if we can piggyback onto any programs available.
Due to convocation cancellation, it was moved by Sheila Johnson and seconded by Ida Malde to let Pastor Dennis have October 25-27 off for retreat days, motion passed.
Pastor’s Report: - See attached for the full report
The pastor’s written report was given to council.
Outreach: Eric Merten reported
November 21 will be Bread for the World bake sale/fundraiser.
FISH will be again using the gym in December for the Christmas Basket program.
Weekend Nutrition is happening again and Judy Ragland is working to fill 33 bags per week. Pastor Dennis applied for a share grant to assist this program, will know in January.
Jan McElroy moved and Sheila Johnson second to offer $2000 from Thrivent Choice Dollars go to the Weekend Nutrition program, passed.
In November there will be a discussion on the by-laws and committee duties of Outreach.
Worship and Music: Rod Johnson reported
Choir is on hold.
Reformation Sunday will have special music.
Things are humming along.
Youth and Education: Debbie Butler and JulieAnna Boss reported
The youth received a new couch for the youth room and helped move it in which turned in to assisting the church member who donated it with yardwork.
37 kits of education and personal health were taken to Spokane by Kathy Hickman. The leftover items are being saved for the Spring drive.
The Youth finished their study on money and started a new series on relationships and growing as Christians.
The Sunday School hour is going well.
There will be a Thanksgiving Carnival November 16 from 6:30-7:30 with cake walk, raffle, bounce house and games. Baked potato/chili feed to raise money for the 2022 trip.
16 women are registered to attend the Women’s retreat.
Congregational Life: Ida Malde reported
Confirmation Sunday is October 24 and there will be cupcakes.
No Scandinavian dinner again this year.
December 19 will be a Christmas Music Fest before worship service.
Property Management: JulieAnna Boss reported
The outside kitchen door is installed.
South Property: JulieAnna Boss reported
A contractor needs to be hire to replace the facial boards.
Financial Report: See attached for a full report
Revenue is down for September, temple talks may help increase offering.
Contributions to FISH for September totaled $122 and 62 lbs .
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday November 9 at 6:30
with no ministry meetings being held in person at this time.
The meeting was adjourned with prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Jan McElroy.