Trinity Lutheran Church
Regular Church Council Meeting - March 14th, 2019
Present: Pastor Megan Preston, Greg Jans, Jeff Niedenthal, Brian Weseman, David Martin, Gabby Swisher, Janelle Johnson
Greg called the meeting to order at 7:04 Pastor Megan gave devotions A move to approve the agenda was given by Brian and seconded by Jeff. Motion carried
1:1 Challenge- Jeff suggested asking “curious” questions and getting to know a new person at least once in the coming month. Talking about our faith and church will follow.
Researching local hunger needs.
Youth and Family Ministry Position
Minutes of the February 14th meeting were reviewed and a move to approve was given by Brian and seconded by Jeff. Motion carried
Not available as Sonia was absent, but looks on track according to the graphs
Pastor Megan began by stating that two services had to be cancelled in the past month due to bad weather. The Lenten season has begun. She has been to South Grove for visitation. She has met with other pastors in the conference and is now a board member of Meeker Area Ministries. She will be attending the first call for pastors retreat in Alexandria on March 24th-26th. Cost is $100.00. Pastor’s are considered to be first call for 3 years. Five children from the church will be attending a first communion retreat at Green Lake and will have their first communion during the Maundy Thursday service on April 18th. The Senior High Youth retreat is the first weekend in April at Alexandria. Expenses for Trinity’s youth who attend will be paid from the endowment fund per Brian.
Christian Education and Youth- Gabby stated she is getting back on board and will be meeting with Jenna and Ashley. Jeff is meeting with the youth for breakfast club on Sunday mornings.
Organizations and Activities- Lenten soup and sandwich meals are set to go.
Finance and Stewardship- no report.
Mission and Outreach-no report.
Personnel- will be discussed under new business
Worship, Music, Arts- Greg talked with Mary to make sure she is doing well during her treatments and has the support she needs.
Properties- Ryan Buer will do an analysis of the electrical at the church. It was discussed that there is a need to create a Safety and Security Committee for the church. Policies for an active shooter situation and storm procedures would be some of the issues addressed. There was discussion of possible committee members that could lend their areas of expertise to creating policies and procedures. Dave Martin will follow through on asking these people. Issues concerning the parsonage were discussed, including the need to straighten and repair the sidewalk that is tilting and uneven, insulation issues in the attic and weeping in between the house and garage. Brian will contact the lumberyard to discuss repairs and costs to correct the problems. Also, it was brought up that someone needs to contact Mike Peterson when church is cancelled so that he doesn’t come to plow the parking lot any earlier than need be.
Clean out storage rooms is ongoing.
Preparing for active shooter is ongoing as discussed earlier in committee reports Church fire alarm system. Ryan Buer will give electrical analysis Creating drivers list for church will be dropped because of no interest Funeral Policy-Mardelle and Dennis to meet with pastor to discuss Updating membership records is ongoing Long-term maintenance of stained-glass windows-they will be back at spring time to better assess what needs to be done. Front stained-glass window needs to be repacked also.
Candidate for Youth and Family Ministry Position- Pastor talked with potential candidate on the phone but suggested we put together a committee to create a new job description for the position first. She will contact people to be part of the committee.
TV broadcast- Dave Martin was in contact with the people who broadcast the tape and it was determined that the quality of the tape is fine although we may need some new gear to enhance production flexibility.
Equipping Congregations Day- Greg attended the event and talked about the seminars he attended including caring for God’s water on the prairie and top 100 conversations.
Council installation will be March 24th
Tables of Eight
Trip to Minneapolis Institute of Art will be March 31st Parsonage issues were discussed earlier in properties
Adjournment- Greg adjourned the meeting at 8:24, and we closed with the Lord’s Prayer
Janelle Johnson, Secretary
Next meeting is April 11, 2019
April Council Assistant: Trinity Youth
** Minutes approved at Regular Church Council Meeting on April 11, 2019 **