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Council Minutes - January 12, 2011

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Council Minutes
January 12, 2011

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