Immanuel Lutheran Church
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Church Council Minutes August 14, 2017

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

Meeting called to order at 7:05pm by council president.

Opening prayer for guidance given by Steve Peterson.

MSP to approve July secretary's minutes.

Old Business:

Technology/software report- all congregational information that was received has been entered into the system. Committee now planning on updating report to synod with data. Meeting 8/15 with person from Music Connection. Will get estimates on 1) projection system upstairs, 2) projec-tion system downstairs, 3) connecting systems with sanctuary, 4) updating nursery system, 5) speaker in kitchen, 6) video in gathering area. Tracy Tolzmann will be helping with sound system when available. Need more people to help with Sunday services and other special occasions.

Elsie Nord- no new update.

VBS- Lynn Schultz will check on special donation given for VBS. Looking to next year, perhaps we could pay a congregational member to lead VBS. Also should consider a later date.

ELCA resource person- will schedule another day if people are interested. Will advertise with stewardship note in bulletin. There is no charge to talk with representative.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Gift Acceptance Policy

Policy for Distribution of Unrestricted Bequests/Gifts Over $5000.

Adopted August 7, 2017

10% Tithed outside our walls

20% Endowment Fund

20% Emergency Fund

20% Ministry of Youth and Family programs (separate from Youth Group funds)

30% Building, Maintenance or Debt Funds

Note: These policies are subject to change upon Church Council approval.

The Church Council has the final say in how bequests will be distributed. Money designated for the Emergency Fund that is then utilized, should be repaid to the fullest extent possible to said fund by the congregation in the same fiscal year.

Any building, maintenance or debt project expenditures will be matched dollar for dollar by the congregation.

This policy will be reviewed every March by the Church Council.

These various funds may be help in conservative investment accounts to earn interest until the funds may be needed.

Response to Strategic Plan- Vision 20/20 plan reviewed. Plan will be put in more concise format. Needs to be reviewed every month by council to up-date progress.

New Business:

Council talked about meeting with Justin Grimm. Planning another meeting as soon as area demographics are available.

Almelund Sampler- council in charge of silent and regular auction. Will have special meeting next week to get organized!

Youth group request-need more information, also need number for confir-mation group, also need budget plan for youth group for 2017-2018


Financial: This is payroll week—will need $3000 from emergency fund to meet. Bills are current. From the $20,000 transferred from Elsie Nords be-quest to emergency fund we have used $8,000. Money has been invested into Thrivent.

Pastor’s Report: reviewed written report

Committee Reports:

Christian Education– Teachers for Sunday School being organized. Will work in teams and rotate.

Finance, Memorial, Personnel

Property- Marlin Ness looking into signs for church to be put on High-way 95. Need to be ordered and installed by state.

Stewardship– Committee members are organizing to contact congrega-tional members who have not been attending church. It is a good way to keep in touch with people and gather input.

Worship and Music– Working on sampler program and dinner. Will discuss options at next meeting 6pm, August 28th.

Task Force Reports

Fund Raising Task Force- $60 received from cans.

Communion and Securing the Offering:

September 3rd- Royce Chinander, Don Noyes, Steve Blomquist

September 17th- Clay Ryberg, Bob Stirling, Lynn Schultz

MSP to adjourn meeting at 10pm.

Meeting closed with Lord's Prayer. Respectfully Submitted, Martha Strecker, Council Secretary


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