Meeting Minutes


Council Minutes October 12, 2011 (Unapproved)

posted Nov 9, 2011, 5:58 AM by Jonathan Watt

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 p.m. by President Gene Cook.
There were eleven members in attendance: Gene Cook, Bill Magers, Kevin Kruse, Mike Lang, Tom Braymen, Byron Bilderback, Janette Lang, Anita Wardenburg, Waunita Watt, Pastor Watt and Jim Nelson.
The opening devotion, led by Pastor Watt, was from Matthew 13:31-32 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed.
The minutes from the September 13, 2011 meeting were reviewed. It was moved by Tom Braymen and seconded by Anita Wardenburg to approve the minutes. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Pastor’s Report: See attached report dated October 5, 2011.
  • Elders: The Elders will be calling on all Trinity families with children of Sunday School age.
  • Education and Youth: Waunita Watt reported that the October 9 youth meeting had 9 youth in attendance. They viewed a video from Pastor Fisk.
  • Financial Secretary: Kevin Kruse presented the Financial Secretaries Report, attached, showing income through September 30 of $109,807.13. It was moved by Waunita Watt and seconded by Jim Nelson to approve the Financial Secretary’s report. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Treasurer: Tom Braymen presented the financial report. Total expense is $92,847.21. Cash and investments on hand are $157,916.54.It was moved by Kevin Kruse and seconded by Mike Lang to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Missions Anita Wardenburg reported that Door Hangers will be prepared at 6:00 p.m.on Wed Nov 16. They will be distributed on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Preschool: Anita Wardenburg reported that Pat Stream will continue as Secretary of the Preschool Board. The Board is working of revision of By-Laws. The Harvest Celebration will be held on October 23. The Board would like to give each Preschool family a copy of the new Concordia Bible Story Book. Anyone wishing to contribute to this project may do so by placing a gift in the offering plate.
  • Stewardship: No report.
  • Trustees: Byron Bilderback reported the parking lot project has been completed. The parsonage dishwasher has been replaced. We have received a “media center” to be installed in the Fellowship Hall. The Trustees are looking at filling in the fruit closet under the Parsonage front steps. They are also considering the possibility of replacing the front stoop with a deck.
  • Worship/Altar Janette Lang reported the annual meeting of the Worship/Altar Committee will be at 7:30 pm on October 25, 2011. New members are needed and welcome.
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business:
  • Budget requests for calendar year 2012 will be due from boards for the November 9, 2011 meeting for consideration and recommendation to the Voter’s Meeting on November 13, 2011.
  • The Nominations Committee presented a slate of candidates to the Council for approval and recommendation to the Voter’s Meeting November 13, 2011.
  • It was moved by Mike Lang and seconded by Tom Braymen that President Gene Cook and Pastor Watt complete and submit the ballot for “Lutheran Family Services Board of Directors.” The motion was approved unanimously
  • It was moved by Mike Lang and seconded by Anita Wardenburg to approve a one-time scholarship for seminary student Timothy Meyer. The funds to be taken from individual gifts received for this purpose, with the balance, if any, to come from the Endowment Fund.
  • It was moved by Janette Lang and seconded by Anita Wardenburg to approve the proposed “Christian Care Committee By-Laws to the Trinity By-Laws. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • The Council recommends the following nominations to Iowa District West offices: District President – Rev Nathan Dudley; District Board of Education – Phil Wardenburg; District Board of Directors – Mike Lang.
  • Unapproved
  • It was moved by Jim Nelson and seconded by Bill Magers that Mike Lang be our delegate to the Circuit Forum and the 2012 Iowa District West Convention. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • It was moved by Tom Braymen and seconded by Kevin Kruse to allow Deb Melzer to organize a Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck to be held in the Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving Day. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • There will be a special Voter’s Meeting on Sunday, November 13, 2011 following Bible Class. The agenda will be limited to election of 2012 Officers and Board members, and the consideration and approval of a budget for 2012.
The next meeting of the Church Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on November 9, 2011
The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 p.m. with the Lord’s Prayer.
Respectfully submitted,
Mike Lang
Secretary

Council Minutes May 12, 2011 (Unapproved)

posted Jun 7, 2011, 8:39 AM by Pastor Trinity

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
CRESTON, IOWA

Council Minutes (Unapproved)

May 12, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Gene Cook.

There were eight members in attendance:  Gene Cook, Bill Magers, Kevin Kruse, Mike Lang, Tom Braymen, Jim Nelson, Byron Bilderback, and Pastor Jonathan C. Watt.

Pastor Watt led devotion.

There were no minutes from the previous meeting.

Pastor’s Report:  Pastor reminded us that he will be at the Apologetics workshop in Straussburg from July 5-16.  Rev Schilllo from Lutheran Family Services will conduct Divine Service on July 3 and 10.  Rev. Gherkin, Iowa District West Mission Executive will conduct Divine Service on July 17.
    The new laptop computer has arrived and has been installed.  The old desktop computer has been converted into an electronic bulletin board located above the mailboxes in the Narthex.
    Apologetics CD’s are available and are located in the Narthex.  There is a small charge to cover supplies.
    Youth Confirmation will be conducted during Divine Service on May 15.  There will be a reception, sponsored by the Board of Education, for the Conmirmands and High School graduates in lieu of Bible Class.
    The time of our Divine Service will change from 9:00 am to 9:30 am beginning on May 22, 2011.  Pastor Watt will conduct Divine Service in Mt Ayr at 8:00 am beginning May 22, 2011.
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Elders:    The transfer in of Lawrence and Jeanne Herzberg from St. John’s, Clarinda was received.

Youth:    There was no report.

Financial Secretary:    Kevin Kruse presented the Financial Secretaries Report, attached.  Kevin Kruse moved to approve the report, seconded by Bill Magers.  The motion was approved unanimously.
   
 
Treasurer:    Tom Braymen presented the April 2011 financial report.  Total income was $48,943.71.  Total expense was $40,206.31.  Cash and investments on hand were $148,083.67.
    It was moved by Kevin Kruse and seconded by Jim Nelson to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  The motion was approved unanimously.
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Missions    No Report.

Preschool:    Continuation of State funding in 2011-2012 for preschool remains uncertain due to changes in the Iowa Legislature and Governor.

Stewardship:    No report.

Trustees:    Byron Bilderback reported the replacement window for the Fellowship Hall has been delivered and paid for.  It is not yet installed.

Worship/Altar Thanks were relayed for the participation in the Easter Garden.
      The Flagon has been sent in for replating.   

Old Business:  There was no old business.

New Business:  There was no new business.

The next meeting of the Church Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 13, 2011.  The next meeting of the Voter’s Assembly will be held at 11:30 am on Sunday, July 17, 2011.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 p.m. with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Lang
Secretary

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Church Council Meeting Minutes - February 9, 2011

posted Feb 23, 2011, 6:37 AM by Pastor Trinity   [ updated Feb 23, 2011, 6:46 AM ]

Trinity Lutheran Church
Church Council Meeting Minutes
February 9, 2011
(unapproved)


Opening
Present: Pastor Watt, Bill Magers, Jim Nelson, Byron Bilderback, Kevin Kruse, Tom Braymen and Waunita Watt. 
Vice President Bill Magers called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.
Pastor Watt led the opening devotion.
There were no minutes from the previous meeting.

Pastor’s Report
Pastor Watt reported that were 12 persons in the Pastor’s information class with 3 prospective new members. They are meeting on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Pastor reported that the average weekly attendance in 2010 was 92,  and the  average communion attendance was 65.  In 2009 the average weekly attendance  was 94, while the average communion attendance was 64.  In 2008 the average weekly attendance was 90, and the average communion attendance was 66.
On March 27th, Pastor Tom Baker, Concordia Mission Society, will be at Trinity.

Reports of Officer and Boards
Tom Braymen gave the Treasurer's Report.  The Treasurer's report was approved.

Kevin Kruse gave the Financial Secretary's report.

Jim Nelson gave the Elder's report.  Jim said that the Elders did not meet in February due to the snow storm.

Waunita that the youth groups did not meet in January.  There will be a family game day with pizza provided on February 27th after Bible Class.

Byron Bilderback gave the Trustee's report.  He said that he has installed some shelves in the Preschool kitchen area.  He will replace the faucets in the Preschool and in the
Fellowship Hall kitchens.  There has been some furnace work done.  The Trustees will be measuring for new windows in the Fellowship Hall after the weather warms up.

Pastor gave the report for the building committee.  He said that a straw poll will be taken of the congregation to determine if the people would like to add on/ remodel to the church building or if they would like to change the fellowship hall into a new sanctuary.

There were no reports given by Preschool Board, Worship/Alter Committee, Missions, or Stewardship.

Adjournment
Bill Magers led the closing prayer.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted
Kevin Kruse
Acting Secretary

Voters’ Minutes January 16, 2011 (Unapproved)

posted Jan 25, 2011, 7:09 AM by Pastor Trinity   [ updated Jan 25, 2011, 7:14 AM ]

Voters’ Minutes January 16, 2011 (Unapproved)
January 16, 2011

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  • The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. by President Gene Cook.
  • There were thirty-three members in attendance.
  • The minutes of the previous meeting, October 17, 2010 were distributed.
  • It was moved by Jim Nelson and seconded by Randy Roghair to approve the minutes. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Pastor’s Report: Pastor is conducting Bible Class and Divine Service in Mt Ayr, at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively on Sunday evenings. Their Bible Class has been studying “The Church.” Our Lenten services begin on Ash Wednesday, March 9, when we will celebrate Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes. The theme for Lenten services will be based on the Hymn “God’s own child, I gladly say it.”
  • Elders: Jim Nelson reported that the Elders and Pastor are studying the book Lutheranism 101.
  • Education: Julie Lang reported the Board of Education will meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • Youth: Waunita Watt reported on the activities of the Jr Youth Group. There have been 13 in attendance at meetings.
  • Missions: No Report.
  • Preschool: Both classes are full at 20 students. They have waiting lists. The Preschool needs more board members.
  • Stewardship: No report.
  • Treasurer: Tom Braymen presented the 2010 year end financial report. Total income was $134,402.41. Total expense was $136,518.15, resulting in an operating deficit of $2,117.74. Cash and investments on hand were $139,140.01.
  • It was moved by Jim Nelson and seconded by Phil Wardenburg to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Preliminary
  • TLC Voters' Minutes January 16, 2011 Page 2 of 3
  • Financial Secretary: Kevin Kruse reported the 2010 financial contributions reports have been completed and placed in members’ mailboxes. Finance teams have been set up and approved for 2011.
  • Trustees: Byron Bilderback reported that a bid in the amount of $5573.00 has been received for Fellowship Hall window replacement. A motion to accept the bid was made by Charlie Bowman and seconded by Randy Roghair. A motion was made by Jim Nelson to amend the main motion to add the words “to be paid by using the money from our ISSB savings account, and the balance to come from the checking account.” The motion was seconded by Janette Lang. The amendment was approved unanimously. The motion as amended was approved unanimously.
  • Byron Bilderback reported installation of the new preschool door, which meets current fire code requirements.
  • Byron has ordered a new blower motor for one of the sanctuary furnaces,
  • The Trustees plan to inspect the steeple as soon as weather permits. They suspect extensive water damage, which, if correct, will require removal of the steeple.
  • Worship/Altar: Janette Lang reported that the Christmas Greens, etc were removed on Sunday, January 9, 2011, and thanked everyone who helped with this project. It was noted that some of the chrismons are in need of repair.
  • Janette moved the purchase a new Flagon to be used for Holy Communion to be funded as follows: $1008.00 to be from the Kelley Brown Memorial fund, $400 to be from the 2011 Worship/Altar Committee budget and the remaining estimated $200.00 to be from member donations. The motion was seconded by Phil Wardenburg. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Membership Changes: There were no membership changes.
  • Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business.
  • New Business: Charlie Bowman, Chairman of the Planning Committee, presented four options in response to address the perceived need for additional Narthex space, an elevator and an upstairs bathroom. The Voter’s had asked for the Planning Committee early last year.
  • Option 1: Do nothing.
  • Option 2: Remodel the Narthex to provide a handicapped accessible restroom, additional fellowship space and relocate the Pastor’s office. Estimated cost $50,000.00.
  • Option 3: Remodel the Narthex to provide a handicapped accessible restroom, additional fellowship space, relocate the Pastor’s office and provide an elevator between the upper and lower levels. Estimated cost will be $150, 000.00.
  • Preliminary
  • TLC Voters' Minutes January 16, 2011 Page 3 of 3
  • Option 4: Move the Worship Center (Nave and Sanctuary) to the Fellowship Hall. Do nothing to the main building. Estimated cost will be $60,000.00 to $68,000.00.
  • By general consensus it was decided to have the Planning Committee further develop plans and cost estimates for all of the proposals and distribute them prior to the April Voter’s Meeting.
  • In Other New Business: Jim Nelson moved to increase the 2011 budget for “Orphans LCMS-WRHC´ to $1,600.00. The motion was seconded by Randy Roghair. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • There being no further business the meeting was closed at 1:05 p.m. with the Lord’s Prayer.
Respectfully submitted,
Mike Lang
Secretary

Council Minutes - January 12, 2011

posted Jan 13, 2011, 8:06 AM by Pastor Trinity   [ updated Jan 18, 2011, 6:37 AM ]

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
CRESTON, IOWA
Council Minutes
January 12, 2011
(Unapproved)

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Gene Cook.

There were twelve members in attendance:  Gene Cook, Bill Magers, Linda Schroeder, Janette Lang, Waunita Watt, Kevin Kruse, Mike Lang, Tom Braymen, Jim Nelson,

Byron Bilderback, Pastor Jonathan C. Watt.

Pastor Watt led a devotion on Luke 5:27-39.  This was based on the call of Levi, the tax collector, to follow Jesus.

The minutes of the previous meeting, November 10, 2010 were distributed.

It was moved by Byron Bilderback and seconded by Kevin Kruse to approve the minutes.  The motion was approved unanimously.
Pastor’s Report:  Pastor is conducting Divine Service and Bible Class in First Lutheran, Mount Ayr, at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively on Sunday evenings.

Elders:            Jim Nelson reported that the Elders and Pastor are studying the book Lutheranism 101.

Youth:            Waunita Watt reported on the activities of the Jr Youth Group.  There have been 13 in attendance at meetings.
Pastor Watt reported that he, Miciah Watt and Hanna Watt attended a Higher Things conference in Carlisle, Iowa.  There were about 50 youth in attendance from Iowa District West and Iowa District East.

Treasurer:      Tom Braymen presented the 2010 year end financial report.  Total income was $134,402.41.  Total expense was $136,518.15, resulting in an operating deficit of $2,117.74.  Cash and investments on hand were $139,140.01.
It was moved by Jim Nelson and seconded by Byron Bilderback to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Financial Secretary:            Kevin Kruse reported the nomination of Financial Teams.
It was moved by Kevin Kruse and seconded by Tom Braymen to approve the nominations.  The motion was approved unanimously.
Kevin reported that the 2010 individual giving reports have been prepared and distributed.
Kevin reported that he will submit the order for 2012 offering envelopes.

Preschool:     Linda Schroeder reported that both classes are full at 20 students each.
The Preschool will participate in “Lutheran Schools Week” during the period March 6 through March 13, 2011.
Continuation of State funding in 2011-2012 for preschool is uncertain due to changes in the Iowa Legislature and Governor.

Stewardship: No report.

Trustees:        Byron Bilderback reported installation of the new preschool door, which meets current fire code requirements.
Byron also reported the arrival of the new exterior Sacristy door.  It will be installed when weather permits.  He has ordered a new blower motor for one of the sanctuary furnaces.

Worship/Altar:  Janette Lang reported that the Christmas Greens, etc were removed on Sunday, January 9, 2011.  It was noted that some of the chrismons are in need of repair.
Use of the Flagon has been discontinued as it gave an odd taste to the communion wine.  We are using a glass decanter while developing a permanent solution.

Old Business:  There was no old business.

New Business:  Gene Cook informed the Council that the Planning Committee will bring three remodeling options to the Voter’s Assembly.  No action will be requested at this time.
The proposals will address the perceived need for additional Narthex space, an elevator and an upstairs bathroom.  The Voter’s had asked for the Planning Committee early last year.

The voter’s will be asked if they want the Planning Committee to develop plans and cost estimates for any of the proposals.

The next meeting of the Church Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on February 9, 2011.

It was moved by Waunita Watt and seconded by Janette Lang to adjourn the meeting.

The motion was approved and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Lang
Secretary

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