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Council Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA
To new business, Bob added insurance. Nancy moved to accept the amended agenda. Jim seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
CELEBRATING THE JOYS OF IMMANUEL
Completion of fall chores – landscaping work, garage and quilt closet cleaning. Great start to Sunday School. A meaningful trip to Denver for Pastor Paul and Dan. A whole family is to be baptized this coming Sunday.
DEVOTIONS/HOMEWORK: THE UNCOMMON LIFE – “DEUTERONOMY 4:9”
This month: Casey Kannel Next month: Rick Kleinschmidt
REVIEW & ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS FROM AUGUST
A motion was made by Casey to accept the August financial report. Seconded by Dan. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
DISCUSSION/QUESTIONS ON THE MINUTES FROM AUGUST
Approved previously via email.
1. FINANCIAL COMPARISONS – It became clear at the semi -annual financial meeting that members of the congregation would like to better understand where funding shortfalls are occurring. In addition to reporting operating income year to date and operating expenses year to date in each Sunday bulletin, Gene will be asked to detail the offering collected comparing 2018 with the preceding year.
2. COMMITTEE REPORTS –
A. Feasibility team: Nancy reported that a t nex t week’s meeting, each participant will share his or her vision for the church fa cility explaining how changes could improve the church’s mission.
B. Personnel : 1. A candidate has been interviewed for the worship coordinator position. Pending the criminal background check, Rick moved, Deb seconded, hiring this person for 20 hours a week at $12.50/hour. Motion passed unanimously. 2. Rick moved, Nancy seconded, to accept Brenda B ong’s offer to volunteer her time as nursery coordinator a nd to continue her role as wedding coordinator. Motion passed unanimously. 3. Jim moved to have the church’s finances audited by an outside source before a new financial secretary begins in Feb. 2019. Casey seconded. Motion passed unanimously. 4. The council will recommend to Gene Lofquist that the prioritized list of ministries for donations printed in each month’s newsletter be revised to reflect areas of greates t need. “General Fund” ca n be included in the list.
3. PARSONAGE EXPENSES – We received two bids for repairs needed at the parsonage: soffit and fascia on garage, replace door trim, replace one window, better support of aluminum threshold, patio door flashing, pressure washing of house, repairs to retaining wall . Casey will ask for the bids to be resubmitted using the same format for each so t hat we can fairly compare them.
4. SUNDAY SCHOOL & GARAGE PURGE – 10-12 people helped clean and re-organize the Sunday school rooms, quilter ’s closet, and garage. Anything determined to be no longer needed but still useable was donated to a low income family.
1. SERVICE APPRECIATION – Pastor Paul moved to adopt a policy to recognize departing staff with a gift of appreciation of $100 a year for each full year of service up to $500. Jim seconded. Passed unanimously.
2. STEWARDSHIP TEAM – Bob will contact six members of the congregation asking them to serve on the stewardship team which is being called into service prior to the end -of-year pledging period.
3. SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOM UPDATE – Bill Bongs and Bill Bongs Jr painted the Sunday School rooms, and Hudrlik Carpet installed new carpet for a total cost of $1250 to come from capital improvements. A TV/DVD/mobile cart will be ordered out of the technology fund.
4. INSURANCE – Bob received a report of an insurance safety audit of the church and parsonage dated April 5, 2018, which specifies areas needing correction. The repairs are due October 19. Bob will be in contact with the insurance agent to dispute a couple of the items (ex: nursery room shelving must be anchored to the wall)