March Council Minutes

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Council Meeting Minutes-March 20, 2019

Members in attendance: Marion Eden, Chris Kempel, Deb Bremmer, Kathy Albrecht, Chris Knoup, , DJ Scott, Carrie Hass, Brian Brudi, Ron DePrisco, Bob Hasselman, Bonnie Dittmar, and Pastor Ekstrand.  Members absent: Richard Brinkmeier and Marge Roiland.

The meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm by President, DJ Scott.

The Responsive Reading was read by Chris Knoup.

The Discussion Topic, Shepherding as Council Members, was presented.

Secretary’s Report: The Council Meeting Minutes on February 20, 2019, and special meetings held on January 26, 2019 and February 3, 2019, were presented in writing. Carrie Hass moved to approve the minutes. Kathy Albrecht seconded. Motion passed.   No correspondence. 

Staff Reports

Parish Administrator:  Report was presented in writing.  

Children & Youth Coordinator:  Report was presented in writing.

Pastor’s Report:   The Pastor’s report was presented in writing.  Pastor discussed most of his involvement is with Lent right now.  He also highlighted the Northwest Conference Spring meeting being held here at St. John’s on Thursday, April 25.  Pastor will be teaching Diakonia class for both the North and Northwest Conference next year. 

Chris Kempel moved to approve the staff reports.  Deb Bremmer seconded.  Motion passed.

Financial Reports

Financial Secretary:  Report presented in writing. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Report presented in writing.   Marion noted the Building Fund has been running close to what is needed, but would appreciate any extra contributions.  There’s over $2000 available for the Grace Meal, so enough for 7 additional meals. 

Bonnie Dittmar moved to approve the financial reports.  Chris Kempel seconded.  Motion passed.

Committee Reports

Stewardship/Outreach/Grace Mel:   Both reports presented in writing.  DJ Scott highlighted the Family Fun Night, Brat Stand and updating the flyer for Health & Wellness Expo.   

Property:  No updates right now.

Memorial and Finance:   Approved a new light for the piano and a dry erase board for Disciples’ Den.  We probably won’t be having a Cub Food Brat Stand this year.

Calendar Committee:  No report.

Social Ministry:   Kathy Albrecht asked if the projects were officially approved at the last meeting.  If they are recurring, then they don’t need to approve.  Kathy noted the projects were the same, but the goals were different.

Christian Education:    VBS planning is ongoing and their next meeting is on April 2, 2019.

Worship & Music:  No report.  Meeting scheduled for April  11 at 10:30 am.

Strategic Planning:     No meeting, but the council would like a new sign coming into Pearl City.    

Helping Hands:  Health & Wellness Fair is coming up on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in the morning. 


Chris Kempel moved to approve the committee reports. Brian Brudi seconded.  Motion passed.

Old Business

Council as Shepherds:  Presented earlier in the meeting. 

Synod Assembly Voting Member:  Kay DePrisco volunteered to serve as the female voting representative at the NIS Assembly.  Chris Kempel moved have Kay and Ron DePrisco as our representatives.  Bonnie Dittmar seconded.  Motion passed.

Northwest Annual Spring Meeting:  Discussed during Pastor’s report.  Will get a count at the April council meeting.

Energy Audit:  Discussed having ComEd and Nicor if they offer energy audits and discussed what has already been done by the Property Committee to conserve energy needs.

Youth Council Member:  No volunteers at this time.  

New Business

Old Copier:  Deb Bremmer moved to keep the new printer we have and have the copier company keep the old printers.  Chris Kempel seconded.  Motion passed.

Sound System:  Dianne reported the Assistant mic piece is on backorder and will contact them again.  Members reported that Pastor’s Mic was making crackling noises. 

Concerns expressed:  Members would like the Wednesday Community Lent Lunches publicized.   There has been issues with the boy’s bathroom after Joy Choir.  Discussed the fabric/supplies in the storytelling room. 

No other new business

Upcoming dates of interest were reviewed.  

Bonnie Dittmar volunteered to be the reader for the April meeting,

Carrie Hass moved to adjourn.  Chris Knoup seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.

Members closed with prayers.

Respectfully submitted,

Dianne Handsaker

Parish Administrator




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