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Immanuel Church Council Meeting Minutes Dec. 6, 2017 Council Minutes 12/11/2017

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

Council meeting called to order at 7:05pm by president Steve Peterson.

Opening prayer for peace and guidance given by Pastor Marla.

MSP to approve November secretary's minutes.

7:05-7:15pm- Opening devotions

-discussed making the best use of our resources at Immanuel

-discussed resources that are available to us

-need more people of all ages involved in church

7:15-7:25 Mark Weslander reviewed budget and financial print outs with council

7:25-7:35 discussed mutual ministry sharing

7:35-7:45 Report from 5 people who attended 11/28/17 partnering meeting at Trinity Lutheran. Basic ideas and needs of churches were listed. Form that needs to be filled out by each church and submitted to Joe Lees before next scheduled meeting, January 9th. This will identify what each church is currently doing and help identify ways in which we might partner.

Council heard report of meeting with young adults---only 2 people present. Planning on temple talk by Matt Carlson at 4pm Christmas service. Also will hand out survey to young adults for meeting ideas and participation. Next meeting scheduled for January 19th.

TV monitor and DVD player has been donated for nursery. Don Noyes will mount tv. Six people have volunteered to staff nursery on Sun-days...background checks are being done on volunteers as required.

Decision on support for Liberian Refugee Center- After discussion, MSP to give $1500 to Willy Johnson to support education center. He is going to Liberia in January and will come back with progress report. Money will come from dollars designated to help projects beyond our walls. This mon-ey should help complete land purchase for education project.

Wayne Carlson has requested use of church fellowship hall May 19th, 2018. MSP to approve. Pastor Marla will notify Wayne of approval.

Membership Task Force- discussed renaming committed "Welcome Team". Members need to notice new people at worship and welcome them. Pastor Marla will contact several members of congregation to join this wel-come team. Will discuss at January council meeting.

Council discussed Christmas recognition of staff members.

2018 Budget—council held lengthy discussion. Proposed budget is less than 2017. MSP to accept proposed budget and present it to congregation at annual meeting, February 11th.


2017 and 2018 Benevolence for St. Paul Area Synod- At this date we are $2400 behind in pledge to synod for 2017. We still have 3 Sundays left in December. If we fall short for pledge to synod for 2017 MSP to take needed money out of general fund to fulfill obligation. Discussed amount to commit to synod for 2918----will discuss at January council meeting and make a decision at that time. Before annual meeting.

Council discussed support for Luther Point Bible Camp. Pledge remains $1400 for year.


Financial- discussed spread sheets at length.

Pastor’s- Discussed request received from Keith Pierce for help to obtain a handicap van. Don Noyes will do some checking and report to council in January. Also will check with Ministry for cars regarding their help. Coun-cil will discuss again in January.

Talked about annual meeting-date is several weeks later this year, which should give more time to prepare. Will discuss again at January council meeting.

Committee Reports:

Christian Ed-


Memorial- Lynn Schultz gave update from Thrivent investments.


Property-decision made to keep elevator contract as is. Did not find any benefit in service and cost to switch. Present company willing to work with Immanuel. Will keep track of present contract end date and renegotiate or switch at that time. Front steps are in very tough shape-trying to find a com-pany that would be willing to replace them and obtain cost estimate. This should be a priority for 2018. Working on outdoor lighting to give better coverage in parking lot and by doors.

Stewardship- volunteers/names tallied from talent sheet for members will-ing to serve on committees and help out at church with various projects---good job!

Worship and Music-

Youth-estimated budget for 2018 in council packet. Lots of activities sched-uled!

Task Force-

Communion and Securing of Offering:

January 7th- Steve Blomquist, Clay Ryberg, Lynn Schultz

January 21st- Bob Stirling, Don Noyes, Steve Peterson

MSP to adjourn meeting at 9:40pm. Meeting closed with Lord's Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Strecker, Council Secretary


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