Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Thurs­day, April 13, 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM
Palm Sunday
Sun­day, April 9, 9:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Midweek Lenten Series
Wednes­days, March 8 – April 5, 11:00 AM/6:30 PM
Easter Day
Sun­day, April 16, 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Good Friday
Fri­day, April 14, 7:00 PM
Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Palm Sun­day
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Mid­week Lenten Series
Easter Day
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Good Fri­day
Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool
New Life Festival
Sat­ur­day, April 15, 10:00 AM
Spring Congregation Meeting
Sun­day, April 30, 10:30 AM
First Sunday Eat and Greet
Sun­day, April 2nd, 11:30AM
Easter Breakfast
Sun­day, April 16, 7:30 AM
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Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting
First Sun­day Eat and Greet
Easter Break­fast
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Feb­ru­ary 14 Meet­ing

The meet­ing was called to order at 6:05 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a short devo­tion on Saint Valen­tine. The Decem­ber and Jan­u­ary min­utes were approved with a cor­rec­tion. Jan­u­ary atten­dance was lower than pre­vi­ous year’s. We are expect­ing a few trans­fers into the con­gre­ga­tion in the com­ing month. Jan­u­ary ended $3,600 in the red. Most of this deficit is due to one-​time, begin­ning of the year expenses. Con­gre­ga­tion giv­ing has been con­sis­tent over the last few months.

Board Reports

  • Cam­pus Min­istry: Look­ing for more board mem­bers. Cur­rently focus­ing on how Saint John’s can best facil­i­tate this group.
  • Children’s Min­istry: Work­ing to estab­lish a more cohe­sive board. Kids sang dur­ing the ser­vice last week.
  • Elder­ber­ries: Met last week. Will be watch­ing the 1953 Mar­tin Luther movie. Have the first Lenten lunches planned. Would like to have another pre­sen­ta­tion on Advanced Care planning.
  • Fel­low­ship: Small Eat-​and-​Greet this month and the next will be in March. Most evening Lenten meals are taken care of.
  • Human Needs: Kim­berly Pep­miller is head­ing out for a trip to Mada­gas­car soon. The Heseders met in early Feb­ru­ary and plan to host the garage sale in late April. Cur­rently the group is plan­ning to go to inner city Detroit for a mis­sion trip — dates unde­ter­mined. Heseders will be help­ing with Lenten meals and Easter breakfast.
  • Human Resources: Cur­rently com­plet­ing staff eval­u­a­tions. Pas­tor and the board are work­ing on a sum­mer intern­ship arrangement.
  • Lay Min­istry: Met in Jan­u­ary. Wel­comed Ron Young as a new lay minister.
  • Out­reach: Has not met.
  • Preschool: Look­ing to add more board mem­bers. The Preschool Fair at the Lin­coln Cen­ter and the annual Open House were huge suc­cesses. There are three new reg­is­trants from these out­reach events alone, bring­ing our expected total to fif­teen stu­dents for the com­ing year.
  • Trustees: Met last Sun­day. Hung a bul­letin board down­stairs and will look into a solu­tion for the cracked bap­tismal font.
  • Wor­ship: Met last month and reviewed the Advent and Christ­mas ser­vices. Have con­cerns about the restrooms down­stairs near the office and would like these to be updated.
  • Youth: Noth­ing to report.

Parish Administrator’s Report

  • Music Camp: The group that was look­ing to use our facil­ity this sum­mer has since found another location.
  • Neigh­bor­hood Park­ing: The City is look­ing to make the neigh­bor­hood around Saint John’s a per­mit­ted park­ing neigh­bor­hood. Park­ing along Eliz­a­beth and Math­ews would be mon­i­tored with a 2-​hour once-​a-​day limit. This will not effect Sun­day morn­ings (the restric­tions are in place week­days only) and, because guests may park on the street for two hours, will have a lim­ited impact on wed­dings and funerals.
  • Down­stairs Ren­o­va­tion: The Trustees and oth­ers in the church are look­ing into a kitchen and down­stairs restroom ren­o­va­tion. Both areas are very dated par­tic­u­larly the restrooms. Bruce rec­om­mends that the Trustees come up with a plan for the down­stairs bath­rooms as a tem­po­rary solu­tion as any major remodel would require hand­i­cap acces­si­bil­ity. With this, the Trustees should also look into hav­ing a small bath­room attached to the preschool.

Old Busi­ness

  • Memo­r­ial Gar­den: Will be get­ting together soon to have mat­ters resolved so the project can be pre­sented to the congregation.

Open Agenda Items

  • Sum­mer Pas­toral Sup­port: Ruth Seiler, Del Fredin, Ron Young, Pas­tor, and Wil are part of the com­mit­tee to work on find­ing a sum­mer intern.
  • Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meet­ing: Easter falls in late April so meet­ing will likely be the week after Easter.
  • Boy Scouts of Amer­ica: Due to recent announce­ments by the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica and the LCMS stance on the mat­ters, Pas­tor Net­tle­ton rec­om­mends that Saint John’s dis­con­tinue our rela­tion­ship with Troop 96. Dis­cus­sion fol­lowed. Bruce sug­gests that this be brought up at the con­gre­ga­tion meet­ing for a con­gre­ga­tion vote. The Troop is aware that our char­ter could be dis­solved. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton also rec­om­mends that we cre­ate a facil­ity use pol­icy to ensure that groups that use our facil­ity share Lutheran the­o­log­i­cal beliefs. The board of Human Resources will start with get­ting this in place.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:15 PM

The thir­teen mem­bers of the Church Coun­cil are the “Board of Direc­tors” of the con­gre­ga­tion, tasked with gen­eral over­sight of the life and activ­i­ties of the con­gre­ga­tion to the end that every­thing be done in accor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bylaws.

Jan­u­ary 10 Meet­ing

The meet­ing was called to order at 6:05 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a devo­tion. Eric made a motion to approve the Novem­ber min­utes. Zach sec­onded. Motion approved. In Novem­ber we had a bap­tism and a few trans­fers out of the con­gre­ga­tion in addi­tion to a funeral. In Decem­ber, aver­age Sun­day atten­dance was down. Mid­week ser­vice atten­dance was also down. Christ­mas Day ser­vice was well attended. No offi­cial acts for Decem­ber. Novem­ber left us down about $4,000 for the month. Going into Decem­ber we were down $16,000 for the year. Our giv­ing was increased, leav­ing us $85 up for the month. How­ever, we ended the year about $8,000 in the red. There were no unbud­geted expenses for the year. The biggest indi­vid­ual expense was the new AC unit ($6,500). Eric motioned to approve the finan­cial reports. Jo sec­onded. Motion approved.

Board Reports

  • Wil assigned board liaisons as fol­lows: Cam­pus Min­istry, Sharon Gib­bons; Children’s Min­istry, Zach Stephens; Elder­ber­ries, June Don­ald­son; Fel­low­ship, Sue Gard­ner; Finance, Nancy Behm; Human Needs, Joel San­ford; Human Resources, Bruce Bach­man; Lay Min­istry, Pas­tor Net­tle­ton; Out­reach, Eric Gard­ner; Parish Edu­ca­tion, Chuck Cal­vano; Preschool, Jo Fredin; Trustees, Grant Wolf; Wor­ship, Sam Gard­ner; Youth, Sharon Gib­bons. Wil asked each liai­son to meet with their board and make sure mem­ber lists and board chairs are correct.
  • Fel­low­ship: The board has decided that there will be evening Lenten meals.
  • Preschool: On Jan­u­ary 22 the Preschool will present their new logo and mis­sion state­ment to the con­gre­ga­tion dur­ing the fel­low­ship hour.
  • Trustees: Leon Knox had an esti­mate to replace all of the lights in the build­ing with more effi­cient LED lights. The esti­mate came in at $18,000, so Eric sug­gests con­vert­ing them our­selves start­ing with the lights used most often. Eric and Grant will look into recent roof leaks.

Parish Administrator’s Report

  • Off the Hook Arts Sum­mer­fest: A local non-​profit is look­ing for a venue to hold a music/​art camp this July for min­i­mal cost. We have hosted them in the past with few issues. Zach pro­posed that is would be help­ful to have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Church present while they would be here. Bruce sug­gested we pro­pose to them a fee that would include the cost of extra AC and extra cus­to­dial work. Tom and Jean­nie will deter­mine an appro­pri­ate fee.
  • Auto­matic Paper cut­ter: Tom pro­poses we lease an auto­matic paper cut­ter for approx­i­mately $200/​month. Zach will look into another option and this will be dis­cussed next meeting.

New Busi­ness

  • Memo­r­ial Gar­den: Still have issues to resolve before it can be presented.
  • 2017 Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee: Pres­i­dent Wil Shi­moda, Vice Pres­i­dent Bruce Bach­man, Tea­surer Nancy Behm, Sec­re­tary Sam Gard­ner, and Coun­cil mem­ber Zach Stephens.
  • Pas­toral sup­port: Should get together a com­mit­tee to start the process for find­ing pas­toral sup­port for Pas­tor Net­tle­ton. This posi­tion would likely start as a sum­mer intern­ship. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton does know of one poten­tial candidate.
  • Note from the Pres­i­dent: Wil would like to extend a wel­come to our new Coun­cil mem­bers Chuck and Grant for agree­ing to join us and to thank Rox­Ann Karkoff-​Schweizer, Ron Young and Tim Maxwell for their service.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:00 PM.

The thir­teen mem­bers of the Church Coun­cil are the “Board of Direc­tors” of the con­gre­ga­tion, tasked with gen­eral over­sight of the life and activ­i­ties of the con­gre­ga­tion to the end that every­thing be done in accor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bylaws.

Novem­ber 8 Meet­ing

The meet­ing was called to order at 6:10 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a devo­tion. Min­utes were approved. The only offi­cial act for the month of Octo­ber was a funeral. Bible study atten­dance has been up. For Octo­ber we were ahead $461 due to a five-​Sunday month. We are down about $12,500 for the year. Expenses have been as expected but income has not been as high as needed.

Board Reports

  • Cam­pus Min­istry: Will soon try to gather a task­force to help blend Peace With Christ and Saint John’s cam­pus min­istry efforts.
  • Children’s Min­istry: Sun­day School is run­ning quite smoothly and the kids are really enjoy­ing it. Their upcom­ing ser­vice event will be help­ing with Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child through Samaritan’s Purse.
  • Fel­low­ship: Novem­ber Eat and Greet potluck was well attended. The next one will be in February.
  • Finance: Noth­ing to report.
  • Human Needs: Food drive for Saint John’s Food Bank will begin shortly and con­tinue through Thanks­giv­ing. The Arti­san Fair is this week­end and will sup­port the Heseders.
  • Lay Min­istry: Noth­ing to report.
  • Out­reach: Thanks to all the help­ing hands for the ref­or­ma­tion speaker and the men’s night. The event was well-​attended.
  • Parish Edu­ca­tion: Noth­ing to report.
  • Preschool: Final­iz­ing new logo and would like to have final Coun­cil approval in Decem­ber. Just had a fundrais­ing bake sale that was very successful.
  • Trustees: Many thanks to all who helped with the cleanup day last Sat­ur­day. Eric has fixed a few boiler issues.
  • Wor­ship: Met today and cov­ered the upcom­ing Advent and Christ­mas sched­ule. Wor­ship Arts has pur­chased two new banners.
  • Youth: Had their first meet­ing on Novem­ber 1 and planned a monthly event for the rest of the school year.

Parish Administrator’s Report

  • Let­ter to Hageman’s: Tom wrote a thank you let­ter to Hageman’s for let­ting us take our yard refuse there. Will send it soon. Zach sug­gested send­ing them some­thing in addi­tion to this, such as break­fast burritos.

Old Busi­ness

  • Nom­i­na­tions: We have one nom­i­nee for Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, but are still look­ing for a sec­ond. The rest of the nom­i­na­tions are look­ing good. Cur­rent nom­i­na­tion com­mit­tee have infor­ma­tion that they would like to pass on to next year’s com­mit­tee. Tom will keep a record of this.
  • Memorial/​Prayer Gar­den: Will not be pre­sented at the Con­gre­ga­tion Meet­ing. There is not yet enough cost infor­ma­tion to present.
  • Con­gre­ga­tion Meet­ing Time: Will be at 10:30 AM, Novem­ber 20. We will still have Children’s Sun­day School. We will order more break­fast bur­ri­tos than we did last Spring.

New Busi­ness

  • 2017 Bud­get: Tom reviewed any adjust­ments made to the bud­get since last meet­ing. Tom and Pas­tor Net­tle­ton were excused so their salaries could be dis­cussed in addi­tion to the salaries of the rest of the staff. HR rec­om­mended a 3% increase for Pas­tor Net­tle­ton, Tom, Jean­nie and Don. Coun­cil sees fit to allow a $2,000 increase for Kandi. This will be over the pro­jected break-​even point for the Preschool at this point. Zach motioned to approve the bud­get for pre­sen­ta­tion to the con­gre­ga­tion. Jo sec­onded. More dis­cus­sion fol­lowed. Motion carried.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:50 PM.

The thir­teen mem­bers of the Church Coun­cil are the “Board of Direc­tors” of the con­gre­ga­tion, tasked with gen­eral over­sight of the life and activ­i­ties of the con­gre­ga­tion to the end that every­thing be done in accor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bylaws.

Octo­ber 11 Meet­ing

The meet­ing was called to order at 6:10 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a devo­tion from Sec­ond Tim­o­thy. Sep­tem­ber min­utes were approved with minor cor­rec­tions. No Offi­cial Acts for Sep­tem­ber. Our atten­dance has been down since sum­mer; this is also reflected in bible study atten­dance. There are a few over-​budget items for the month. Lower atten­dance is con­tribut­ing to lower offer­ing. We ended the month $1,000 in the black and now down about $13,000 for the year. Finan­cials approved.

Board Reports

  • Cam­pus Min­istry: Group is up and run­ning. Michael Groves says there are seven or eight stu­dents in the bible study. Han­nah Wal­ters (Peace With Christ) has a num­ber of activ­i­ties scheduled.
  • Children’s Min­istry: The kids are singing on Octo­ber 23 and the Christ­mas pro­gram plan­ning will begin shortly.
  • Elder­ber­ries: Have a board meet­ing tomor­row and host­ing a flu-​shot clinic tomorrow.
  • Fel­low­ship: Had the first Eat and Greet potluck of the Fall. The next one will be Novem­ber 6. No fur­ther thought into con­tin­u­a­tion of Advent meals.
  • Human Resources: Noth­ing to report.
  • Lay Min­istry: Noth­ing to report.
  • Out­reach: Met Tues­day. Start­ing pub­lic­ity for Ref­or­ma­tion speaker on Novem­ber 3. Will also be host­ing a Men’s Night Novem­ber 4 with Dr. Scott Keith.
  • Parish Edu­ca­tion: Noth­ing to report.
  • Preschool: Met ear­lier today and are con­tin­u­ing to work on re-​branding and the new mis­sion state­ment. We have 22 chil­dren in the classes, so things are still look­ing very good. We are con­tin­u­ing to work on get­ting the Col­orado Shines rankings.
  • Trustees: Have not yet sent a thank you note to Hage­man. The sac­risty stair rail­ing has been painted and rou­tine boiler main­te­nance has been com­pleted. Fall clean-​up has been sched­uled for Novem­ber 6. Received a quote to repair side­walk out­side the office and will use money in exte­rior main­te­nance bud­get to com­plete the project.
  • Wor­ship: Noth­ing to report.
  • Youth: First youth board meet­ing will be on Octo­ber 25th. First event last Sun­day at Fort Fun.

Parish Administrator’s Report

  • Emer­gency Assis­tance Fund: We have a ded­i­cated emer­gency assis­tance fund that is used, if needed. We also bud­get $200 for emer­gency assis­tance. Pro­pose to put this bud­geted $200 into the ded­i­cated emer­gency assis­tance fund at the end of the year. We will revisit this topic in Decem­ber when we know where the bud­get stands.

Old Busi­ness

  • Prayer/​Memorial Gar­den: Are not as far along as we hoped with the bids so no offi­cial vote will be made at Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting.

New Busi­ness

  • 2017 Bud­get Draft Pro­posal: Tom reviewed the bud­get pro­posal for 2017. Will have pay­roll input from Board of Human Resources next month.
  • Con­gre­ga­tion Meet­ing: Ron would like board liaisons to have writ­ten updates for their boards.
  • Nom­i­na­tions: Com­mit­tee has met and con­tin­ues to find can­di­dates to fill Coun­cil posi­tions. Still need to find can­di­dates for offi­cer posi­tions. Accord­ing to the bylaws, there needs to be two peo­ple on the bal­lot for each offi­cer position.
  • Foun­da­tion: Has recently met and will give a sta­tus report at the Con­gre­ga­tion Meet­ing. Will pro­pose to the con­gre­ga­tion how the Wente Estate funds should be del­e­gated in accor­dance with the Ms. Wente’s will. There will be a con­gre­ga­tion vote to agree to this.
  • Refresh­ments: Will pro­vide food for Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:40 PM.

The thir­teen mem­bers of the Church Coun­cil are the “Board of Direc­tors” of the con­gre­ga­tion, tasked with gen­eral over­sight of the life and activ­i­ties of the con­gre­ga­tion to the end that every­thing be done in accor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bylaws.

Sep­tem­ber 13 Meet­ing

Meet­ing called to order at 6:07 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a devo­tion from First Corinthi­ans. Reviewed min­utes. Joel motioned to approve, Bruce sec­onded. Motion car­ried. No Offi­cial Acts for the month of August. Atten­dance for August was down com­pared to prior year. Atten­dance has been down all sum­mer. Offer­ing giv­ing is down about $9,000 for the month, most likely due to lower sum­mer atten­dance. We are cur­rently $14,000 in the red year-​to-​date. Octo­ber has five Sun­days, which will give things a boost. Over­all, things are not look­ing too bad. Bruce motioned to approve, Sue sec­onded, motioned carried.

Board Reports

  • Cam­pus Min­istry: Dis­cus­sion on agenda for later in meeting.
  • Children’s Min­istry: Have not met.
  • Elder­ber­ries: Rock­ies game in August. Will be con­tin­u­ing Third Thurs­day Potlucks.
  • Fel­low­ship: Had church pic­nic with about forty peo­ple. Sec­ond Rock­ies game is this Sun­day. Eat and Greet Potlucks start Octo­ber 2. Dis­cus­sion about not hav­ing evening mid­week Advent meals.
  • Finance: Noth­ing to report.
  • Human Needs: Noth­ing to report.
  • Human Resources: Noth­ing to report
  • Lay Min­istry: Noth­ing to report.
  • Out­reach: Noth­ing new to report.
  • Parish Edu­ca­tion: Has not met.
  • Preschool: Up to 23 alto­gether so we are look­ing good for car­ry­ing our­selves through the sum­mer. Have hired a new aide. Rebrand­ing is going well. Pre­sented a new mis­sion state­ment to Coun­cil for approval: “Build­ing char­ac­ter, school readi­ness and com­mu­nity aware­ness in a nur­tur­ing Chris­t­ian class­room.” Zach moved to approve new mis­sion state­ment. Nancy sec­onded. Motion carried.
  • Trustees: August 19th was a grounds clean up, includ­ing roof area and sky­light. Would like to send Hageman’s a thank you let­ter for not charg­ing us to drop off truck­loads of lawn refuse.
  • Wor­ship: Did not meet today, but have a few notes. 20162017 altar cal­en­dar is set to go. Thanks­giv­ing Eve ser­vice is Novem­ber 23 at 6:30 PM. Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing will be Novem­ber 27. Ten­ta­tive plan for one Christ­mas Eve ser­vice at 6:00 PM and one Christ­mas day ser­vice at 10:00 AM with no Edu­ca­tion hour.
  • Youth: We have a few youth in con­fir­ma­tion. There has not been a board meet­ing but would like to meet soon to plan some events.

Parish Administrator’s Report

  • Bud­get time: Board liaisons, please get bud­get request forms to your board chairs.
  • Staff Health Insur­ance: Staff would like to stick with the same health insur­ance and HSA dona­tion plan. Still the least expen­sive Con­cor­dia option, despite a 20% pre­mium increase. Bruce motioned to approve. Tim sec­onded. Motioned carried.

Old Busi­ness

  • Car­pet­ing: Behind sched­ule; Car­pet One wait­ing for ship­ment of the car­pet from the factory.

New Busi­ness

  • Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mit­tee: The com­mit­tee is respon­si­ble for recruit­ing two can­di­dates for each posi­tion. The nom­i­nat­ing com­mit­tee will be Pas­tor Net­tle­ton, Nancy, Eric, two board mem­bers of dif­fer­ent boards and a con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber at large.
  • Cam­pus Min­istry: Pas­tor met with Pas­tor Magruder at Peace With Christ to talk about Cam­pus Min­istry. Peace With Christ’s Parish Assis­tant, Han­nah, will han­dle the social aspect of the group. But, since we would like this to be more of a part­ner­ship between Peace With Christ and Saint John’s, Pas­tor Net­tle­ton pro­posed that Saint John’s con­tract Michael Groves to teach the stu­dents. The money for this will come from the bud­get under Pas­tor Nettleton’s “pas­toral care”.
  • Assis­tant Pas­tor: Ron and the HR board have come up with a job descrip­tion for an Assis­tant Pas­tor. Will likely start as a con­trac­tual posi­tion and move to a salary based position.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:30 PM.

The thir­teen mem­bers of the Church Coun­cil are the “Board of Direc­tors” of the con­gre­ga­tion, tasked with gen­eral over­sight of the life and activ­i­ties of the con­gre­ga­tion to the end that every­thing be done in accor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bylaws.