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
Council President: Wayne K.
Vice-President: Coralyn H.
Secretary: Nick B.

Council Members, 2016
Dennis Luke—President
Coralyn Hudik—Vice President
Secretary--Darci Meier
Youth Representative—Krista Keene
Council Members: Shirley Fox, Karen Niemeier, Tim Gordon, Troy Keene,
Troy Doubler, Eugene Hesselbacher, Kristy Patterson, Pastor Miho

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.

2015 Church Committees
If you are interested in joining one of the committees, contact the chair of the committee or Pastor Miranda. More help for mission, ministry, and leadership is always needed!

Standing Committees
Worship/Witness: Denny Luke-Chair, Karen Niemeier, Sue Diddens, Tena Rackow, Vivian Hesselbacher, Colton Brinker, Pastor Miranda (CR)

Stewardship: Chair-Open, Pastor Miranda, Shirley Fox, Jon Hudik

Learning/Youth: Chair-Open, Chris Brinker, Beth Martin Leesa Kurth, Sue Diddens, Michelle Andrews, Troy Keene, Marybeth Brinker,
Pastor Miranda

Service: Barnabas/Health & Wellness: Chair-Mary Lloyd, Co-Chair- Nick Baker, Karen Niemeier, Darlene Aurand, Ellen Kyles

Finance: Chair- Wayne Kurth, Chris Brinker, Marion Fahr,
Sharon Schlachter, Jay Andrews, Leland Wenzel, Troy Doubler

Property: Chair- Chris Brinker, Wayne Kurth , Ray Stamm,
Delbert Scheider, Leland Wenzel, Troy Doubler, Nick Baker, Jesse Klosterboer, Jerimy Schriner

Additional Committees/Task Teams/Organizations
taff Support./ Mutual Ministry: Tena Rackow, Gene Hesselbacher,
Sheila Keene, Pastor Miranda, Bill Engel, Sue Kraft, Leland Wenzel

Executive: Pres. Wayne Kurth, V.P.: Coralyn Hudik,
Secretary: Nick Baker

Scholarship: Mary Beth Brinker (Chair) Mike Geiseman,
Shirley Fox, Coralyn Hudik

Nomination: Mary Lloyd, Nick Baker and Michelle Andrews

Audit: Tena Rackow, Billie Jo Runkle

Memorial: Janis Kurth (Chair), Donna Gullickson, Lynn Lyvers

Building Trust Fund Board: Chair-Jay Andrews , Bill Engel,
Lynn Lyvers, Donna Gullickson, Ellen Kyles

Website: Chair-Troy Doubler, (CR) Brianna Andrews, Dan Kurth,
Colton Brinker, Austin Andrews, Taylor Bastian

Women of the ELCA: Joyce Tessendorf, Sheila Keene

Men's Ministry: Troy Doubler, Wayne Kurth, Jesse Klosterboer

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

2015 Annual Report
To download and read the Annual Report, click here.

Council Minute Highlights: November, 2017
The Treasurers Report was reviewed with October gas bill of $118.29 and electric bill of $158.53. Motion to approve was made by Tim Gordon and seconded by Karen Niemeier. Motion passed.

Pastor Miho presented her monthly report which included upcoming events of the Re-Markable Conversation with the Bishop in Massbach and Christmas services. Pastor is scheduling one-on-one meetings with Council members in upcoming months. She brought the current issue of Making Christ Known where the Piece Corps was featured for the donation of quilts to the Hurricane Harvey mission.

On behalf of Worship and Music, Denny Luke said 15 – 20 minute training sessions will be held for all volunteers, such as ushers and greeters, to review responsibilities. Special Sunday services will be held when there are five Sundays in a month. Suggestions are welcome.

Karen Niemeier, Service Committee, said a new location is being sought for the After School Program. Denny Luke said the Finance Committee is asking all committee chairs to prepare budgets for review prior to the annual meeting.

The Property Committee has prepared a list of improvement projects for the sanctuary. Troy Doubler moved and Coralyn Hudik seconded the motion to consider and move forward the suggestions to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting. Council unanimously approved. The list includes upgrades to the following sanctuary areas: sound and video system, carpet, sanding and refinishing floors, electrical upgrades, refinishing and painting inside of windows and new pew cushions. Cost of the project is estimated to be $52,000 - $65,000. current memorial is designated for carpet upgrades, but it is not sufficient to complete the work. With congregational and Trust Board approval, the project has the option of being funded by the Building Trust Fund.

Troy Doubler made a motion to give $500 to Danica Balbach for her Mission Trip to Haiti. Gene Hesselbacher seconded and motion passed.

Karen Niemeier presented an update on the Constitution with revisions as suggested by the Synod. The bulk of the changes involve language and separation of the Constitution from other elements such as job descriptions and policies. Fourteen sections were reviewed.

ELCA Disaster Relief - $500; ELCA Global Missionary Sponsorship - $1,500; ELCA Good Gifts - $500; Grace Place Campus Ministry - $250; Lena Area Church Cooperative - $500; Lena Food Pantry - $750 and $600 for rent; and Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center - $500. The Council also agreed to donate $500 to First Lutheran Church for the Stubbs Family medical needs. Coralyn Hudik moved to add Pine Ridge Retreat Center to the distribution of Endowment Funds. Troy Doubler seconded and all approved for the amount of $500.

Approved a Christmas Tour of Homes as a benefit for the food pantry. Date will be 4-7 pm Sunday, Dec. 10 with three homes on the tour.

Accepted Pastor Miho’s suggestion of an Angel theme for Advent and Christmas and to invite the community to stop by and visit. Members are asked to lend angel decorations and contribute to decorating. Donations will be collected for Tyler’s Justice Center in Stockton.

Agreed to consider a new photo directory by Life Touch early in 2018.

Set the date for the annual meeting for Jan. 28, 2018

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

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