Council

. . . . in the President’s Corner 

. . . In Monthly Council Minutes . . .

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Council Meeting 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

 CALL TO ORDER 

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA 

Bob dropped donation requests (NB#2) and Casey added Cetera Stock Portfolio (NB#2). Nancy added financial reporting simplification (OB#6), keys to bank night deposit box (NB#3) and budgeting of sponsorships (NB#4 . Casey moved to accept the amended agenda. Robyn seconded. Motion passed unanimously. 

CELEBRATING THE JOYS OF IMMANUEL 

Successful rummage sale (and clean-up!). Nice tribute to high school graduates. Wrapping up successful youth and Sunday school programs for this school year. 

DEVOTIONS – from the book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore – chapters 3-4.  This month: Pastor Paul Next month: Karen Midthun 

PRAYER REQUESTS 

COUNCIL BUSINESS 

REVIEW & ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS FROM APRIL 

Rick moved that we accept the financial report for March. Deb seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Discussion of the possibility of establishing an endowment fund. Water heater at parsonage died (after 21 years). Repair parts were not available, so it was replaced. Council directed Sandy to pay the bill from major capital improvements. 

DISCUSSION/QUESTIONS ON THE MINUTES FROM APRIL 

Minutes were approved previously via email. 

OLD BUSINESS 

1. COMMITTEES – The stewardship team will be meeting soon. 

2. DROP BOX – Bob reported that the soup kitchen in Brainerd is using a drop box attached to the door that has a number code entry. He will get details from them on where they got it and how it is working out. 

3. COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – Nancy reported that the SRT captains have not met yet to discuss changes to the treats on Sundays. Nancy and Tammy Freeberg will be sharing responsibility for Elaine Karel’s SRT as she wishes to step down. 

4. SERVANT KEEPER TRAINING – Last month, the cost of enrollment, hotel (3 rooms), and standard mileage (2 vehicles) was approved for the upcoming staff training in Bloomington. Council was informed that five of the staff will be staying with friends/relatives in the cities, so only one hotel room is needed. More details coming. 

5. CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Bob reviewed the topics to be discussed at the June 2 meeting. 

6. SIMPLIFIED FINANCIAL REPORTING – Paul shared the form that was used at Immanuel in years past. Both Sandy and the council liaisons to the financial team felt it was much easier to read and understand. At the next meeting of the financial team, this topic will be addressed. There has positive feedback received on the new financial summary in the Sunday bulletins. Bob moved that Nancy be added as a financial team liaison along with Casey. Casey seconded. Motion passed unanimously. 

NEW BUSINESS 

1. PARKING – Pastor Paul will write a paragraph for the Sunday bulletin requesting that church attendees with good mobility park further away from church so that those who are not as mobile can park closer. 

2. CETERA STOCK PORFOLIO – Years ago, the church received AT&T stocks as a gift. Casey reported that these stocks are losing value and the fees look high. Paul will call the Cetera rep to ask what our options are with this. 

3. BANK DEPOSIT BOX – At Sandy’s request, Nancy moved that additional keys be requested for the bank night deposit box so that each offering counter team could have one. The key allows them to deposit the money bag after hours. It does not allow them access to a deposited bag nor to the content of the bag itself. There is no additional charge for additional keys. Casey seconded the motion. Passed unanimously. 

4. CHURCH SPONSORSHIPS – Discussion on approval and budgeting of the church sponsorships of events. Some, like Music in the Park last month, are voted on and budgeted to either [evangelism/advertising/public awareness] or to [social ministries/community services]. Others, like the Kinship Partners Taste of the Lakes table sponsorship, are privately donated by members and are not voted on, nor do they appear in the budget.

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS FOR JULY 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

ADJOURNMENT (8:00 P.M.) 

Next meeting set for June 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 

~Respectfully submitted by Nancy Evans, council secretary 

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Rick Kleinschmidt, Vice President

Karen Midthun

Casey Kannel

Dan Wisniak

Jim Patrick

Pastor Paul Mattson

Bob Neros, President

Robyn Maki

Nancy Evans, Secretary

Deb Koop