. . In Monthly Council Minutes . . .

 IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Council Meeting Minutes Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6:30 p.m. 

ATTENDEES:

(X ) Jerry DeCent, box 50                             ( X ) Pastor Paul Mattson
( X ) Nancy Evans, box 61                             ( – ) Tom Nixon, box 07
( X ) Bonnie Goshey, box 36                         ( X) Peter Nordell, box 222
( X ) Deb Koop, box 114                                 ( -) David Pundt, box 295
( X ) Kevin Martini, box 213                         ( X ) Sue Schubert, box 43

 CALL TO ORDER 

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA 

Deb added “landscaping bill” (NB#4). Jerry moved to accept the amended agenda. Kevin seconded. Motion passed unanimously. 

CELEBRATING THE JOYS OF IMMANUEL 

The bazaar was a success. The intergenerational bell choir performed beautifully. Congratulations to Pastor Paul on the 30th anniversary of his ordination. Families attending second service appreciate the leftover donuts and coffee for their smaller fellowship time. 

DEVOTIONS – 

This month: (we are between books) Next month: 

PRAYER REQUESTS 

COUNCIL BUSINESS 

REVIEW & ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS FROM OCTOBER 

A motion was made by Nancy to accept the October financial report. Seconded by Peter. Motion passed by unanimous vote. 

DISCUSSION/QUESTIONS ON THE MINUTES FROM OCTOBER 

Approved previously via email. 

OLD BUSINESS 

1. PERSONNEL REPORT – Jerry moved, seconded by Deb, to hire Sally Oren as the new membership coordinator at 20 hours a week beginning at $14.00 an hour, increasing to $14.50 an hour after a 90-day probationary period. Motion passed unanimously. She says she is free to start training with Elaine at any time. Peter moved, seconded by Bonnie, to hire Debbie Carlson as office manager at 35 hours a week beginning at $18.00 an hour, increasing to $19.00 an hour after a 90-day probationary period. Motion passed unanimously. She will be asked to begin training with Brenda on January 2. 

2. SUBSTITUTE MAINTENANCE POSITION – Steve Perpich decided against taking this position, so it remains open. 

3. FINANCIAL AUDIT UPDATE – Jay Bock, of Minnesota Money Management LLC, reported on the financial review he conducted covering a 6-month period from January 2022 through June 2022. He shared his findings and recommendations (attached). He found the church finances to be accurate, complete, and timely. Kevin moved, seconded by Peter, raising Deb Eatros’ salary to $17.00 an hour beginning with the next pay period. Motion passed unanimously. 

4. OUTSIDE SECURITY CAMERAS – Stewart Sound Systems prepared an estimate on the installation of two security cameras for the exterior of the church to be integrated into our current security system at a cost of $1399.86. Nancy moved, seconded by Jerry, to purchase and install these cameras after the 2023 budget is approved at the annual meeting in February. Motion passed unanimously. 

5. UPDATE ON FUNERAL STIPEND – Nancy moved, seconded by Peter, that beginning immediately, funeral cooks will receive a stipend equivalent to the custodian stipend to be paid through the funeral home as part of the bill to the family. Motion passed unanimously. 

NEW BUSINESS 

1. PASTOR’S FURNISHING ALLOWANCE – Jerry moved, seconded by Bonnie, to declare a furnishing allowance of $5000 for 2023. Motion passed with 7 affirmative votes and one abstention. 

2. PARSONAGE MAINTENANCE – Pastor will contact a cleaning service for an estimate on carpet and duct work cleaning to be done at the parsonage in the new year. 

3. POWERPOINT STIPEND – Until a new worship coordinator is hired, Nancy moved to pay temporary staff who will put together the Powerpoint the same rate they are paid for filling in for the office manager. Seconded by Deb. Motion passed unanimously. 

4. LANDSCAPING BILL – A bill for $1575.00 was received from the Radinovichs for fall landscape maintenance around the church grounds. Peter moved, seconded by Jerry, that this should be paid from the special savings “Area of Greatest Need.” The council asks the budget team to assign a dollar amount to line 6170 “Landscape Maintenance” in the annual budget as this is a regular expense. 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Next meeting set for December 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. 

~respectfully submitted by N. Evans, council secretary 

Financial report