Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048


Good Shepherd Lutheran Council


Council Officers, 2022
President: Wayne Kurth
Vice President:  Billie Jo Runkle
Secretary: Janis Kurth
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Youth Representative: Nakoah Cornwell

Council Members, 2022
Kristy Patterson, Anna Patterson, Jonathon Kurth, Darci Meier, Virgil Gordon, Pastor Miho Yasukawa

Meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
For more information on council activities call the church office at 1- 815-369-5552.

Standing Committees

Additional Committees/Task Teams/Organizations
taff Support./ Mutual Ministry
Building Trust Fund Board
Women of the ELCA
Men's Ministry

Complete copy of council minutes can be found on the bulletin board.

Council Minute Highlights: July 2022 Council Meeting
The regular monthly meeting of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Council was called to order by President Wayne Kurth at 6:40pm on July 21, 2022

Secretary's Report: The July 21, 2022 Secretary's Report was presented and reviewed. Having no additions or corrections, the report was approved.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Jay Andrews reported that although the July offerings for the start of July are improving, there is still a shortage of about $2,300 in the budget. The checking is currently $788.00 in the red. The overall budget offerings are falling quite short for the year. Gas Bill $927.86 Electric Bill $127.75. The Treasurer's Report was approved as presented.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Miho Yasukawa noted that Bishop-elect Stacie Fidlar's installation will be on October 8, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford. The Food Pantry has been busy. Needs keep increasing as prices continue to rise. In May the Food Pantry served 75 families including 213 individuals. In June they served 75 families including 239 individuals. On July 12 the Mobil food Pantry served 131 families. Pastor Miho wished to thank the Council for all their prayers, comments conversations, all “holy” angers, sharing joy and exhaustion. Pastor's Report was approved as presented.

Committee Reports
Stewardship Committee: The Community Picnic is progressing. There is a sign-up sheet on the ramp for food. Paper products, plastic silverware, water, and ice cream will be provided. The Men's Group will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Also looking into the cost of putting an ad in the Shopper's Guide to promote the picnic.

Learning and Youth Committee: On August 6, 2022 there will be a Back to School Family Fun Day at Citizens State Bank Parking Lot from 1pm – 4pm (rain date August 13). The Lena Lions Club has generously donated $250.00 to purchase prizes for games and other items needed for the afternoon. Thank you to the Lena Lions Club. The Learning Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the games. On August 28, 2022 there will be the kick off for Sunday School. This will be from 9:00 am to 9:30 am in the church sanctuary. It will be a simple format of Bible Stories, songs, opening and closing prayers. Their next meeting will be Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 11:00 am.

Service Committee: Need volunteers for the Food Pantry. Please sign up.

Finance Committee: The committee had a meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. After a long discussion, the Finance Committee recommends that the Church Council hold a Special Congregational meeting to determine what the Congregation would like to do about the finances of the Church. It was suggested to hold the meeting in mid to late August. The Finance Committee noted that with Pastor Miho Yasukawa leaving and the need for an Interim Pastor, that our costs will be different. Following more discussion, Virgil Gordon made a motion to have a Special Congregational Meeting on August 21, 2022 following the Worship Service at 10:30 am. The Agenda for the meeting would be the Church Finances and Future Pastoral Leadership. These will be the only two items discussed that day. There will be announcements made from the Pulpit on August 7 and 14, 2022. Announcement will be put in the August Newsletter. The possibility of Zoom will also be explored. Kristi Patterson seconded the motion. The motion was approved by voice vote.

Property Committee: The Property Committee is recommending putting Gutter Guards on the Church. Noting an error in the Property Committee’s presentation to the Council, the Council sent the recommendation back to the Property Committee for clarification.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 7:00pm for Pastor Miho Yasukawa’s Exit Interview with Rev. Denver Bitner.

WELCA: The NIS WELCA Convention will be held September 17, 2022 at Prince of Peace Church in Freeport. If anyone wishes to attend, talk to Sheila Keen for information.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group will be meeting on July 30, 2022 at 4:30pm. They will be grilling for the community Picnic/Pastor’s Farewell on August 7, 2022.

Having no other Committee Reports, all reports were approved as presented.

Old Business
Constitution: The draft of the New Constitution has been sent to the Synod. The Synod has replied with some suggestions for changes in the wording of some portions. The Committee will be meeting to work on these suggestions.

Shared Ministry: Will be working with St. Paul’s, in Warren, on considering our options to this proposal.

Membership: Beth Martin and Wayne Kurth sat down and went over the Membership List. They found a number of members to investigate as to whether to consider them active members, inactive members, or associate members.

Fall Festival Booth: The Church Council decided to have a booth at the Fall Festival this year at a cost of $60.00.

New Business
Call Committee: The Council was asked to think about possible members to serve on the Call Committee. It was voiced by the Council that if St. Paul’s, in Warren, wished to continue to exploring the options of the Shared Ministry, that members from their congregation should be included on the Call Committee.

Having no other business before the Council, the meeting was adjourning with the Lord’s Prayer. Next meeting will be on August 18, 2022 at 6:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Janis Kurth
Church Council Secretary

A complete copy of the minutes will be posted on bulletin board.

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