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

Meeting called to order at 7pm by Steve Peterson.

Opening devotions given by Pastor Marla for guidance.

MSP to approve September council minutes with spelling corrections.

Mutual Ministry Sharing: Discussed at length notes from meeting with synod pastor Joe Lees.

Council Meeting Guidelines: future meetings will have time guidelines to run meeting in a more timely fashion. Council members are to read packet before meeting and be prepared to discuss highlighted items.

Old Business:

Elsie Nord bequest- Estate has been settled. Church will be receiving a check this week for $100,000, plus a small check when lawyer and taxes are paid in May of 2018. Council needs to follow guidelines for receiving an unrestricted gift. Lynn Schultz will compile a record of gift distribution to date. A special council meeting will be called when list is compiled.

Strategic Plan- Vision 20/20 responses: discussed forming a membership committee or task force regarding membership. Will discuss further at November council meeting.

Council is requesting a 2018 budget from youth group. We need outline of upcoming activities and approximate costs, along with ideas for raising funds for group. Pastor Marla will talk to Jason and DeeDee.

Almelund Sampler: discussed concerns with ticket sales, auction items donated. Council will meet at 9am Saturday to get items organized.

Discussed payment to Youth Group for VBS waterpark trip. MSP to pay from Elsie Nord fund for youth group.

New Business:

Synod presentation: will discuss at November council meeting

Jim Mielke requesting to come to November council meeting to present update information on Luther Point.

Giving envelopes: ordered in May and should be coming any day. Pastor Marla will call company and check on progress. Envelopes will be placed in Fellowship Hall for members to pick up. We're hoping to avoid postage this year!


Financial: discussed spread sheet. $8000.00 left in emergency fund from $20,000 transferred from Elsie Nord’s bequest. $4000.00 used this month for payroll. Third quarter tax statement received from Moultens.

Pastor's : Organ repaired for cost of $448. Part of repair was covered with warranty. Payment will come from property fund.

Committee Reports:

Christian Education: Teaching teams working well


Memorial: church signs on Highway 95 from state will cost $1000.00 each. Marlin Ness will be meeting with person from highway department in next few weeks.


Property: looking at trying to end our present elevator contract. Have found new company for more reasonable price. Council asking property committee to update their list of current and long range projects.

Stewardship: working on potluck in November

Worship and Music: reviewed report

Youth: need 2018 budget, lots of activities being planned

Task Force Reports:

Communion and Serving the Offering:

November 5: Martha Strecker, Don Noyes, Royce Chinander

November 19: Bob Stirling, Clay Ryberg, Steve Peterson

November 21, 7pm: Steve Blomquist

MSP to adjourn council meeting at 9:50pm.

Meeting closed with Lord's Prayer

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Strecker Council Secretary


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