March Council Minutes

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Council Meeting Minutes, March 17, 2021

Members in attendance: Marion Eden, Lori Kempel, Bonnie Dittmar, Bob Hasselman,  Larry Albrecht, Leann Heimeringer, Morgan Scharping, Cheyenne Handsaker, Joan Stewart, and Terry Kempel. Absent: Gina Boop, Marge Roiland and Lois Hunsaker.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President, Lori Kempel.

The Opening Prayer was read by Lori Kempel.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the February 17, 2021, council meeting were presented in writing. Minutes were approved as read. 

Staff Reports

Parish Administrator:  Report was presented in writing.

Children & Youth Coordinator:  No report

Pastor’s Report:  No report.  Pastor Lay has covered Pastoral Care for various members, funeral for Stanley Eberle and Sunday Services.  He also will preside over Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services.    

Staff reports were approved as submitted. 

Financial Reports

Financial Secretary:  Report presented in writing. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Report presented in writing.

Financial Reports were approved as read.

Committee Reports

Stewardship/Outreach/Grace Meal:  Discussed the upcoming March Grace Meal.  Thank you to the Pearl City High School Servant Leadership for volunteering for the March Grace Meal.    

Property:  A detailed report was presented in writing.

Memorial & Finance:  Committee has not met. No additional report.

Christian Education:   Report as submitted. 

Social Ministry: The committee met and reported their projects they have chosen for this year.   

Worship & Music:  The committee has met and minutes of their meeting were presented.  They will be having a Good Friday service. We will not have a full lily garden this year, but still have an insert.  Members of the committee will provide altar decorations for Palm Sunday and Easter.        

Helping Hands/Health Ministry:  No meeting.

Call Committee:  The church’s Ministry Site Profile has been received and approved.  It’s now available for candidates to review.    

The committee reports were approved as presented include Social Ministry’s programs.

Old Business

Northern IL Synod Assembly:  The Synod Assembly will be held on June 18-19, 2021 by Zoom.  No one from council was interested in being a voting delegate.  This announcement has been in the bulletin, but have not any interested.     

No other old business

New Business

Pastor Stees Memorial for LOMC: St. John’s did not send flowers for the funeral of Pastor Stees.  Members have suggested sending a memorial to LOMC in Pastor’s Stees’ name.  Marion Eden move to send LOMC $100 in memory of Pastor Stees.  Bonnie Dittmar seconded.  Motion passed. 

Children and Youth Coordinator: Monica Baier has submitted a letter of resignation that was read to the council.  The council had a lengthy discussion on what is available for the youth in Pearl City through YoungLife and what YoungLife includes.  Lori Kempel had reached out to Wayne Fischer at Zion Church asking if it was possible for St. John’s youth to participate and the potential of using the upstairs in the future.  Cheyenne Handsaker shared what happens at Hang Out at Zion and then YoungLife in Shannon.  No action was taken at this time and this item will remain on the agenda.  Monica was teaching Sunday School also.  Leann Heimerdinger offered to ask Gertrude if she would teach Sunday School til the end of May and Gertrude agreed.  The council expressed their deep appreciation to Monica for her time, efforts and dedication to the children and youth at St. John’s.

Fellowship:     Members have asked if Fellowship after worship could resume with restrictions.  Many of our members have been vaccinated and would like to have fellowship.  Marion Eden moved to start fellowship after worship on April 11.  Bonnie seconded.  Motion passed.  Members we’ll be asked to refrain from fellowship (and worship) if not feeling well. 

No other new business.

Upcoming dates of interest were reviewed. 

Marion Eden volunteered to be the reader for the April meeting,

Meeting adjourned. 

Members closed with prayers.

Respectfully submitted,

Dianne Handsaker

Parish Administrator

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