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, 2021
President: Wayne Kurth
Vice President:  Coralyn Hudik
Secretary: Janis Kurth
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Youth Representative: Open

Council Members, 2021
Tim Gordon, Ryan Fye, Jonathon Kurth, Billie Jo Runkle, Kristy Patterson, Anna Patterson

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: November, 2021
The regular monthly meeting of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Council was called to order by President Wayne Kurth at 6:30pm on November 18, 2021.

Secretary’s report: The Secretary’s report was reviewed, Kristy Patterson made motion to approve the October 21, 2021 meeting minuets, motion approved.

Treasure's Report: Jay Andrews presented the Treasurer’s Report. The budget for the year is still running behind but he noted that the weekly offerings have been showing a small improvement, which needs to continue into the future to help out the budget short fall.
   Heating: $278.26
   Electric: $126.6
   Treasures report was approved.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Miho noted that on November 2nd, the Mobile Food Pantry was so busy that it ran out of food. In October, the Lena Food Pantry served 70 families. The date of the December Food Pantry is being determined as the Food Pantry will be closed on December 25. A question was asked about the upcoming ELCA National Youth Gathering. At this time they are waiting for further information on this event with all the restrictions that are still in effect and how it might affect the Youth Gathering. Pastor’s report was approved.

Committee Reports
Worship and Music Committee: The Advent and Christmas Schedule for services was highlighted. Advent starts on November 28th. Christmas Eve Service will be at 7:00pm, Christmas Day Service will be at 9:30am, First Sunday of Christ will be December 26th at 9:30am and a service of Carols and Stories will be at 9:30am on January 2nd, 2022.

Stewardship Committee: The Stewardship Committee will be sending out cards to the congregation to stress our current financial needs. Also with that card will be current statement of giving. The committee would also like to stress that in order to have any contributions count towards your 2021 giving, they must be into the church before December 31, 2021.

Learning and Youth Committee: Confirmation is still moving along. The youth will be raking some leaves for several people yet this fall. The Children’s Christmas Program will again be a video program. It is in process.

Service Committee: Good Shepherd is to help with the Food Pantry in December. Date to be determines. The Lena Area Church Cooperative is looking for monetary donations for their Thanksgiving Drive.

Finance Committee: The Committee will be meeting in early December to start work on the 2022 budget.

Property Committee: Precision Drive & Control of Monroe is still waiting on the switch to fix the elevator motor. The hole that the squirrel was coming in has been fixed.

Audit Committee: An audit of the Church Finances was performed by looking over the books from 2017-2020. a final report will be presented to council at a later date.

Men’s Ministry: A good time was had by all at the Men’s Steak Fry. All the monetary donations for the meal were given to the church to help with expenses. The Men’s Choir will be singing on the first Sunday in December.

All Committee Reports were approved.

Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.

New Business

  • Distribution of Endowment Funds: Treasurer Jay Andrews presented a printout of all the projects or organizations that have been helped by Good Shepherd with the Distribution of Funds from the Endowment interest. After discussion, Billie Jo Runkle made a motion to take $3,500 out of the Special Funds Endowment, portion to be distributed as follows:
       $500. Lena Area Church Cooperative
       $1,000 Lena Food Pantry
       $1,000 Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center
       $500 Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center
       $250 Grace Place Ministries
       $250 ECLA Good Gifts.
    Coralyn Hudik seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

  • Christmas Parade: There was discussion on participation in the Lena Christmas Parade. The idea was discussed and it was approved that Good Shepherd Church will participate in the Christmas Parade.

  • Grant: Wayne Kurth received a letter from the Synod stating that there is Synod grant money available for congregations wishing to start a new program with their church.

  • Susie Gordon Items: Virgil and Tim Gordon would like to put some items from Susie Gordon out in the Fellowship Hall for others to buy as they wish. All proceeds from the sale of these items would go to the Piece Corp Quilters.

Having no other business, the meeting adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer. The next meeting will be on December 16, 2021 at 6:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted by,
Janis Kurth

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

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