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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: September, 2017
Jay Andrews presented the Treasurers Report. August electric bill was $263.54 and the gas bill was $118.51. Tim Gordon made the motion to move the remaining $1208.16 in the Roof Account to the Building and Maintenance Improvement Fund. Troy Doubler seconded and the motion passed.

The Pastor’s Report was reviewed. Pastor Miho will attend the Professional Leaders Conference in Sinsinawa Sept. 18 – 20. Pastor and Coralyn Hudik will attend the Embracing Stewardship Workshop in Rochelle Sept. 23. Pastor will take part in the second year theological education in Rochelle Oct. 11.Pastor will look into having the Stubbs Family, our mission family who has served in Tanzania, speak at our church. Troy Doubler moved to accept the report and Coralyn Hudik seconded. All agreed.

Committee reports were received. Coralyn Hudik , Stewardship, said member Shirley Fox will move to the Property Committee. Hudik will no longer serve as chairman after January 2018 although she will remain on the committee. New members will be sought. Hudik also said there was good involvement with Time Talent and Gifts among members. Stewardship is also considering creating bumper stickers or magnets to highlight Good Shepherd.

On behalf of the Learning Committee, it was noted First Communion classes will be held Oct. 8, 15, and 22 with the celebration of communion Oct. 29. children’s Christmas program is slated for Dec. 17.

Troy Doubler moved to adjourn to closed session to discuss personnel. Coralyn Hudik seconded and motion carried. Once again in open session, Doubler made the motion that the custodian be paid a salary of $216 per month based on adherence to the job description. Karen Niemeier seconded the motion and it passed with unanimous vote.

Troy Doubler, Property Committee, suggested the congregation be asked for preferences for future building projects so the vision can be shared. Memorial funds are available for carpet in the sanctuary and for Fellowship Hall improvements, but funds are not adequate to complete projects.

Pastor Miho also suggested the committee look into purchasing some chairs that have handles to enable mobility for congregational members and guests.

Karen Niemeier, Service Committee, said the after school program is going well with 56 children attending. She commented that about half of the students are not affiliated with a church and this is a good outreach program. More volunteers, especially men, are needed.

Pastor Miho said the Food Pantry will move to a downtown location behind The Sugar Bowl and will need to rent the facility. Six local churches have been asked to contribute. Karen Niemeier moved that Good Shepherd pay $100 per month semi-annually to support the food pantry. Coralyn Hudik seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Funds will be taken from the Lucille Baker Endowment if the arrangement is acceptable to the food pantry administration. Good Shepherd has contributed $750 in 2016 and $1250 in 2015 to food pantry operations.

Darci Meier discussed the possibility of a Christmas Walk through homes as a fund-raiser for the Food Pantry. Participation from several homes would be asked.

Approved having FHN provide flu immunizations at the Oct. 9 Parkinson’s Support Group meeting. The meeting and immunizations are open to the public and the event will be advertised. There will be fees charged for the immunizations..
Approved confirmation of two members, Hanna Brinker and Ashtyn Brinker Sept. 17.

Will share with the congregation a request from member Danica Balbach for support for her March 2018 mission trip to Haiti.

Learned several revisions are requested by the Synod for the constitution prior to congregational approval at the annual meeting in January.

Discussed the upcoming Goods Work Our Hands workday.

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

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