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                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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July Church Council


Church Council Minutes 7.9.2018, at the home of Pastor Marla

Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm by President Steve Peterson

Present: Steve Peterson, Royce Chinander, Pastor Marla, Diane Rothe, Dana Johnson, and Bob Stirling

Absent: Don Noyes, Shannon Lindgren, Lynn Schultz

Opening prayer led by Pastor Marla

MSP to approve June 4, 2018 Council meeting minutes.


Shared Ministry Steve, Bob and Lynn attended the shared ministry meet-ing on June 20th @ Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. Zion Lutheran in Chisago recently installed a new pastor. They review the shared worship service program and discussed the service to be held on Sept. 30 @ 4 pm.

Almelund Water Steve will contact Candy Nelson to gather more infor-mation on the role of acting Treasurer for Almelund Water Works.

VBS Liz and Dana are meeting Tuesday, July 10. Dana will attend the Sunday School meeting on Wed. July 11th and will update the committee.


Synod Local Mission Campaign We received an email from Rev. Justin Grimm from the Saint Paul Area Synod. The Local Mission Campaign is to reach out and start new ministries in our local Twin Cities area. Tabled until the August meeting

Almelund Sampler October 14th is the date that has been set for this years Sampler. Last year Council made phone call from local business to request auction items. Pastor Marla will email the Council with a list of contacts for review. LeeAnn VandeKamp has agreed to be the auctioneer for the evening

Water - Health Requirements Report from MDH Section of Drinking Water Protection Sanitary Survey Report shows no deficiencies.

Computer needs The church computer that Merrie uses is now 6 years old and has been acting up. It was recently updated/repaired by Brighter Com-puter Solutions in North Branch. Pastor Marla is requesting we add funds to the 2019 Budget for a new computer and transition Merrie’s computer to be used with the projector.

Young adult activity during VBS - Liz Sandberg was reaching out to Matt Carlson to gather ideas and suggestions on what they would like to do during this time.

Service Groups - A request was made to have two service groups service at functions as some groups do not have enough active members. The council determined this is an action item to be decided by the service groups and not the Church Council or to be discussed at the annual meet-ing.


Financial - We are current on our bills. We are steadfast in prayer that funds will suffice through the summer months.

Pastor’s - One baptism, one wedding, one funeral, Pastoral Care visits and pre-marital counseling filled the time of Pastor Marla for the month of June. In addition, Pastor participated in the Youth mission trip to South Dakota. The trip went very well. Through YouthWorks, they provided service to the people of Sisseton by painting homes, and part of a school, leading kid’s club, visiting elders in the local nursing homes, and spending time daily in Bible study and worship of God. Trio Con Brio held a nice concert at Im-manuel in June and those in attendance gave a nice $345 free will offering.

Committee Reports

Chistian Ed - meeting on Wed. July 11th

Finance no meeting

Memorial final payment of $10,000 received from Elsie Nord’s estate.

Property Steps are expected to be nearly complete by July 14th .


Worship and Music

Youth - Mission trip was a success.

Communion and Securing Offering


August 5 Dana_Johnson Steve Peterson Don Noyes
August 19 Bob Sterling Royce Chinander Diane Rothe

REMINDER: August Council Meeting moved to first Monday - August 6 - due to VBS the second week of August

Closed with the Lord’s Prayer. MSP to adjourn at 8:57 pm

Respectfully submitted, Dana M Johnson, acting Secretary

Help Create Immanuel’s New Website

Would you like to see a newer, more interactive website for Immanuel? The Stewardship Committee will be working with a website developer to upgrade our website – to make it more engaging for congregation members and for potential visitors interested in checking us out. We will need a team of people to help with this. Would you like to be part of that team? If so, let Pastor Marla or Royce Chinander know.

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