February Council Minutes

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Council Meeting Minutes-of February 21, 2018

Members in attendance: Kathy Albrecht, Ann DeZell, Deb Bremmer, Chris Kempel, DJ Scott, Marion Eden, James Richards, Chris Knoup, Lee Block, Richard Brinkmeier, Carrie Hass, Brian Brudi and Pastor Ekstrand.  Members absent: Rollin Nelson

The meeting was called to order at 7:36 pm by President, Jim Richards.

The Responsive Reading was read by Lee Block.

Secretary’s Report: Was submitted in writing.  No comments were made.    Chris Knoup moved to approve the minutes.  Lee Block seconded.  Motion passed.

Correspondence:  None

Staff Reports

Parish Administrator:  Report was presented in writing.  No comments.

Director of Youth Ministries:  Was summited in writing.  No comments.

Pastor’s Report:  Discussed his written report.  Discussed writing lenten dramas.  Pastor will remain Dean of the Northwest Conference for one more year.  Discussed activities of Holy Week.  

 DJ Scott moved to approve the staff reports.   Chris Kempel seconded.  Motion passed.

Financial Reports

Financial Secretary:  The report was presented in writing.  

Treasurer’s Report:  The report was presented in writing. 

Carrie Hass moved to approve the financial reports.   DJ Scott seconded.  Motion passed.

Committee Reports

Stewardship/Outreach:  Presented in Writing.  DJ talked about the brat stand and getting someone from Thrivent to come and talk to the congregation about the Thrivent Action committee, and getting members to go online to allocate monies in their name to certain activities/causes within the church. 

Property: No report for this committee this month.

Memorial and Finance: No report for this committee this month.

Calendar Committee Fundraiser: Drawings are going well.  Committee will meet March 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Christian Education:   Submitted in writing.  No comments

Social Ministry:  Report was written in writing.  Kathy talked about switching from the Heifer project to the ELCA Good Gifts instead.  Kathy Albrecht made a motion to approve ELCA Good Gifts instead of the Heifer Project, Ann DeZell seconded.  Motion passed.

Worship & Music:   They are meeting tomorrow, Thursday February 22, 2018

Strategic Planning:  They did not meet.  Next meeting is March 6th.

Helping Hands:   They did not meet.

Deb Bremmer moved to approve the committee reports.  Carrie Hass seconded.  Motion passed. 




Old Business:

NIS (Northern Illinois Assembly) Voting Members:  Pastor  asked for Prayerful consideration for someone to attend this meeting with him.  We will revisit this again at our meeting next month.  We will ask Diane to put it in the bulletin.  Twila Similar volunteered to go.  We still need a male member.  


Youth Council Member: No one has volunteered to do this yet.  Pastor will talk to Beth about filling this position by the next meeting.


New Business:

Ministerium:  Pastor is looking for someone to attend this meeting with him on March 20th at 6:30 at the United Methodist Church.  Carrie Hass is willing to go to this meeting with him.


Upcoming Dates: -> Upcoming dates of interest were reviewed. 


Mutual Ministry:  Bonnie Dittmer volunteered to be on this committee at our last council meeting.  Ann DeZell was contacted by Bob Hasselman to be on this committee, but the seat had already been filled for the year.  


Reader for next council meeting is: Chris Knoup


DJ Scott moved to adjourn.   Kathy Albrecht seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.

Members closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann DeZell

Council Secretary


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