May Council Minutes

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Council Meeting Minutes-May 15, 2019

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Vice President, Kathy Albrecht.

The Opening Prayer was read by Deb Bremmer.

The Discussion Topic was What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas?  Council members asked for the topic to be shared with the Mutual Ministry Committee and the entire congregation.  

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the April 17, 2019 council meeting was presented in writing. Marge Roiland moved to approve the minutes. Bonnie Dittmar seconded. Motion passed.  No correspondence. 

Staff Reports

Parish Administrator:  Report was presented in writing with no additions.

Children & Youth Director:  Report was presented in writing.

Pastor’s Report:   The Pastor’s report was presented in writing.  Pastor discussed that he has moved past Lent and Easter and onto Vacation Bible School.  Pastor Matt Smith will be moving away from the Pearl City UMC and new Pastor will be appointed to the church    

Deb Bremmer moved to approve the staff reports.  Marge Roiland seconded.  Motion passed.

Financial Reports

Financial Secretary:  Report presented in writing. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Marion Eden discussed that the offerings have been similar to last year at this time.  Have had funds to pay all bills, but it’s getting closer to being depleted.  Marion noted the grant for the Grace Meal and an additional $5000 offering to the Building Fund to be paid on the Mission Investment Fund mortgage were received in May.

Brian Brudi moved to approve the financial reports.  Marge Roiland seconded.  Motion passed.

Committee Reports

Stewardship/Outreach/Grace Mel:   The report was presented in writing. Marge highlighted the arrangements for this summer’s Brat Stand.   

Property:  The painter should be here in about 10 days.  The stump removal has been requested.  They are getting a quote on washing Luther Hall and caulking all the windows in Luther Hall. 

Memorial and Finance:   No report as they didn’t meet.

Calendar Committee:  No report.

Social Ministry:   Kathy noted the offering for the ELCA Good Gifts is ongoing. 

Christian Education:    Getting ready for VBS.  Discussed the garden plot for VBS.

Worship & Music:  No report as they have not met since the April Council Meeting.  They are scheduled meet on May 30.   

Strategic Planning:   Carrie Hass contacted the committee about the signage request.   The committee doesn’t feel signage is the responsibility of the committee.  They will ask the Outreach/Stewardship committee. 

Helping Hands/Health Ministry:   Report was presented in writing.  Dianne noted she was asked about Grief Journey event, but it wasn’t included in their report.  They will discuss it at their next meeting on June 1.

Marge Roiland moved to approve the committee reports. Ron DePrisco seconded.  Motion passed.

Old Business

Youth Council Member:  No volunteers at this time. 

Council as Shepherd: No feedback.

No other new business.

New Business

NIS Assembly:  Ron & KayDePrisco have an unforeseen conflict and are no longer able to attend the assembly.  They asked if anyone could fill in for them.   Pastor Ekstrand will contact others personally.

Committee Reminders:  Pastor Ekstrand presented the month by month of committee’s duties in writing. 

Prayers at Service:  Ron DePrisco asked about the worship service and the Creed.  He recited a creed that was used at a church that he visited.   Pastor Ekstrand said he would talk to Ron DePrisco directly on this topic. 

No new business

Upcoming dates of interest were reviewed.  

Ron DePrisco volunteered to be the reader for the June meeting,

Bonnie Dittmar moved to adjourn.  Deb Bremmer seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.

Members closed with prayers.

Respectfully submitted,

Dianne Handsaker

Parish Administrator






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