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March 14 Meet­ing

The meet­ing was called to order at 6:05 PM. Pas­tor Net­tle­ton opened with a devo­tion from Isa­iah. Prior meet­ing min­utes were approved. Atten­dance has been con­sis­tent. There has been an increase in bible study atten­dance. We received the Abel fam­ily into the con­gre­ga­tion. Should have about ten new mem­bers join­ing this Sun­day. Giv­ing in Feb­ru­ary was higher than expected. We are up about $5,000 for the year. We had a few addi­tional once-​a-​year expenses. Eric motioned to approve, Jo sec­onded, motion carried.

Board Reports

  • Cam­pus Min­istry: There is a task­force meet­ing set in May to dis­cuss how to move for­ward with cam­pus min­istry and how Saint John’s can be most use­ful. The task­force includes Saint John’s mem­bers and a few col­lege students.
  • Children’s Min­istry: Given by Sue. There will be a Sun­day School meet­ing on April 5. Kids are work­ing on their Palm Sun­day song. VBS will be the first week in June.
  • Elder­ber­ries: Have had good atten­dance at the Noon Lenten meals. No major events planned.
  • Fel­low­ship: The next Eat and Greet will be April 2. Lenten din­ners are going well and the remain­ing meal have been planned. The soft­ball team is look­ing for play­ers, espe­cially women, for the sum­mer league.
  • Finance: Did not meet.
  • Human Needs: Garage sale will be at the end of the May. Kim­berly Pep­miller is cur­rently serv­ing in Mada­gas­car. Heseders are look­ing to have a trip in July.
  • Human Resources: Noth­ing to report.
  • Lay Min­istry: Met but noth­ing to report.
  • Out­reach: Did not meet but we are glad to know that our ad in the Dis­cover mag­a­zine has brought peo­ple in.
  • Parish Edu­ca­tion: Has not met and look­ing for more board members.
  • Preschool: Kandy is look­ing to inte­grate a music pro­gram into the weekly sched­ule for next semes­ter for the older stu­dents. Fund­ing would likely come from the “spe­cial projects” fund. March 29 there will be a fundraiser at Pour Broth­ers restaurant.
  • Trustees: Did not meet. Will have some­one from Tere­lux com­ing in to look at LED retro­fit for the lights through­out the church.
  • Wor­ship: Met today but noth­ing to report.
  • Youth: Con­tin­u­ing to do youth events and they are going well.

Parish Administrator’s Report

    Paper Cut­ting Machine: A $200/​month expense was built into the bud­get for this year which would cover the cost of leas­ing a new machine. Coun­cil agrees Tom should look for a used one at a lower price closer to $100/​month.

Old Busi­ness

  • The Gar­den: Com­mit­tee met today. Should have every­thing together to present to the con­gre­ga­tion April 30. Have decided to name the project The Garden.
  • Sum­mer intern: HR board approved a job descrip­tion for the intern. Have heard from a can­di­date and hope to inter­view him some­time this month. Would like to present this to the con­gre­ga­tion at the upcom­ing meeting.
  • Boy Scouts: Dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued from last meet­ing. The Boy Scout char­ter is issued to Saint John’s vot­ing mem­bers there­fore the mat­ter must be put to a mem­ber vote. Nancy made a motion that the Church Coun­cil sup­port Pas­tor Net­tle­ton and LCMS rec­om­men­da­tion to not renew our char­ter with Boy Scout Troop 96, Bruce sec­onded, motion passed.
  • Facil­ity use pol­icy: The HR board will begin for­mu­lat­ing a facil­ity use policy.

Open Agenda Items

  • First Aid Sig­nage: We should really have signs in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall and any other rel­e­vant areas sig­ni­fy­ing where first aid kits and fire extin­guish­ers are. Tom will take care of this.

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 7:10 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.

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.