Immanuel Lutheran Church
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Church Council Minutes 7/10/17

Present: Pastor Marla, Steve Peterson, Steve Blomquist, Royce Chinander, Bob Stirling, Clay Ryberg, Lynn Schultz, Martha Strecker

Meeting called to order at 7:15pm.

Opening prayer for peace and guidance given by Pastor Marla.

MSP to approve June secretary's minutes.

Old Business:

Technology report- training staff for better usage of computer abilities. Deciding necessary information categories. Steve Blomquist will look into information synod is requesting. Every member of Immanuel will get a giving letter from Immanuel—one way to keep in touch with all members. Person from Music Connection (Forest Lake) to go over our speaker locations and to evaluate present equipment. Church also should consider purchasing video equipment for church.....will get quote from Music Connection.

Elsie Nord's Bequest- have not received final check yet.

VBS- meals all set with serving groups. Sign up sheets for donations in gathering area. Need to encourage congregation (all ages welcome) to sign up. Counselors available during day to work with youth/adults from church. VBS has been advertised with all local churches. Pamphlets available for anyone to post in stores, etc.

Pastor Marla will set up day for ELCA resource person, Becky Palmgren, to meet with anyone in congregation. She is willing to come most anytime. She is very knowledgeable and helpful discussing how to distribute assets using tools that will maximize gifts to family and ministries that are important to us. There are no products to sell, and there is no charge for this assistance.

$25,000 check sent to endowment fund for investment with ELCA. Clay Ryberg has paperwork for Thrivent investment...needs signatures from Royce Chinander and Steve Peterson to proceed. Steve Peterson will take signed papers to Thrivent.

New Business:

Endowment Policy- need to set policy for giving. Lynn Schultz will write up proposal for August council meeting. MSP to include the following percentages in proposal: 10% tithe, 20% endowment, 20% emergency fund, 20% ministry at Immanuel-youth and family, 30% building maintenance or debt. The church council has the final say in how bequests will be distributed. The policy will be reviewed yearly by council.

Discussed how to get young families, young people and youth more involved in everyday events at church. ELCA has person (Justin Grimm) who will come and help evaluate our church, and give ideas how to revital-ize and maintain our congregation. Pastor Marla will contact him and set up meeting for council members, Wednesday evening, August 9th.|


Strategic Plan- will review at August council meeting before presenting to congregation.

Almelund Sampler will be held October 15th. Council is responsible for auction—silent and regular. Pastor Marla will contact LeeAnn VanDe Kamp so she is aware of date.


Financial: lower attendance in summer is affecting giving. Bills are current with help from emergency fund.


Mutual Ministry Sharing:

Committee Reports:

Christian Ed- busing planning VBS, planning meeting with Sunday School parents to get a head start on this fall. Discussed options for teachers.




Property- July meeting cancelled


Worship and Music- date set for Almelund Sampler, Sunday, October 15th. Tora Carlson will contact John Ekstrom regarding menu. Next meeting scheduled for 6pm July 24th. Youth-

Task Force Reports:

Communion and Securing the Offering:

August 6th: Clay Ryberg, Lynn Schultz, Steve Blomquist

August 20th: Bob Stirling, Don Noyes, Steve Peterson

Thank you to Pastor Marla and Randy Amborn for hosting the July council meeting. MSP to adjourn council meeting at 8:45pm. Meeting closed with Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Strecker, Council Secretary


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