- Written by Brandon Abel Brandon Abel
- Created: September 01 2022 September 01 2022
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM in Room 302. Pastor Nettleton read from the Large Catechism and offered a prayer.
Grand moved that the minutes from the May 10 meeting be approved as circulated. Dr. Marschke seconded the motion and it passed. Pastor Nettleton noted average weekly attendance in May was down compared to the last couple years. There was a single official act performed during the month of May, which was the confirmation of Andrew Molzer by Pastor Nettleton.
Monthly income exceeded expenses by about $300 and there were not any notable out-of-budget expenses in May. The current fiscal year budget deficit is about $14,239. It was also noted year-to-date offering income is at about 98% of plan and if this favorable trend continues it is anticipated we should see the deficit falling, as there were many full-year expenses incurred during the first five months of the year.
There were no board reports provided.
Tom Miles reported a new lawn service company has been hired to replace the previous contractor. The new contractor has been very responsive and good to work with to date. Tom also mentioned Jerome Haas completed much needed sprinkler repairs and some of the dry spots in the lawn are greening up nicely. It was also noted that the city has completed patching of potholes in the alley. A grant application was made to the Rocky Mountain District for financial support for the pastoral sabbatical. Saint John’s was awarded $1,500, which was provided by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. The award is now in a separate sabbatical fund. Tom made a request to council for future mileage reimbursement related to the engraving of columbarium stones, which require periodic trips to Windsor. Dr. Marschke moved to reimburse this mileage per 2022 the IRS schedule from the columbarium fund. Grant seconded the motion and it passed.
Dale and Pastor Nettleton provided an update on the district convention. There were about 188 voting delegates present at the convention representing a large geographical area. The event lasted about two days and was filled with activity. Three of the more notable accomplishments included the election of a new district president, the election of four vice presents, and the resounding rejection of online communion.
Dale spoke about the congregation restructuring and the desire to form a restructuring committee to provide more dedicated support of the efforts moving forward. Grant moved to approve the formation of a separate congregational bylaw revision committee consisting of between three to five congregational members. The so-moved committee shall be responsible for authoring and proposing bylaw revisions to support restructuring. Jill seconded the motion and it carried. After the motion vote, it was agreed that Pastor Nettleton and Dale shall personally choose the members of the newly sanctioned committee.
There were not any open agenda items to be addressed. The meeting adjourned at 7:03pm with everyone standing for the Lord’s Prayer.
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.