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, 2019
President: Dennis Luke
Vice President: Bari Raymer
Secretary: Darci Meier

Council Members, 2019
President: Dennis Luke
Vice President: Bari Raymer
Secretary: Darci Meier
Youth Rep. Ethan Fye
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Members: Don Wienand, Virgil Gordon, Kristy Patterson,  Ryan Fye,
Tim Gordon, Cora Hudik

Meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday 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: December, 2019

The Treasurer’s Report was distributed by J. Andrews. Noted was the November gas bill of $387.97 and gas bill of $152.62. Council approved unanimously.

Secretary’s Report was also reviewed and approved.

Pastor Miho presented her November report with highlights of the church’s participation in the upcoming Christmas Tour of Homes, Blue Christmas with the blessing for First Responders on Dec. 29. Invitations will be sent to local responders. The church office will be closed on Dec 25 and Jan. 1. Council approved.

Committee Reports were also accepted. C. Hudik have a year end summary of Stewardship Committee involvements. K. Patterson commented on ongoing confirmation classes as well as youth participation in the Martin Luther’s birthday celebration and their help decorating the church for the tour of homes.

Property Committee met recently and T. Gordon stated discussion was held on possibly painting Fellowship Hall. Quotes will be obtained for consideration. He also said updating the placement of the bulletin boards in the entryway is under study and a sudden repair for the motor in the ventilator at the bottom of the stairs was needed. The new copier in the office is operating and staff is learning the new operations.

Nominees are still needed to fill upcoming vacancies on the Council prior to the Congregational Meeting in February.

In new business, Council approved a wage increase for church secretary Betty Allen. Beginning in January 2020 her hourly wage will increase from $10.05 to $10.25 per hour to meet minimum wage requirements for the State of Illinois. Council approved unanimously.

Discussion continued on newsletter distribution options. The deadline to submit the bulk mailing application is January 26, 2020 and consideration is being given to eliminating the cost by e-mailing the newsletters and making some newsletters available for pick up at the church for members choosing these options.

It was also pointed out that nominations for the 2019 Council are being sought. Four positions will be open.

All committee reports were approved with a motion by Gene Hesselbacher and second by Kristy Patterson.
Funding for the proposed sound system was discussed and tabled until the January meeting. The proposal will be brought to the congregation for approval at the annual meeting Jan. 27, 2019.Individual donations from church members will also be accepted for the project.

D. Luke said the Finance Committee worked diligently and reviewed the budget line by line before submitting their finished product for the upcoming year. The suggested 2020 budget of $129,048.43 shows a $373.20 increase over the 2019 figures. Council fully approved the recommendation with a motion by C. Hudik and second by K. Patterson. The budget will next be brought for congregational approval at the annual meeting.

In other business, Pastor was given approval for vacation days, Dec. 30, 2019—Jan. 3, 2020. All approved.

The next meeting is planned for Jan. 14, 2020.

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

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