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, 2023
President: Jonathon Kurth
Vice President:  Virgil Gordon
Secretary: Janis Kurth
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Youth Representative: Nakoah Cornwell

Council Members, 2023
Anna Patterson, Darci Meier, Donna Gullickson, Dale Gullickson, Vicar Robert Mosbo

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:
October 19, 2023 Council Meeting

The regular Church Council meeting of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was held on October 19, 2023. president Jonathon Kurth called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

Secretary's Report: The Secretary’s Minutes were presented to the Council. Having no additions or corrections, the Secretary’s Minutes were approved.
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Jay Andrews presented the Treasurer’s Report. In the last month there was about $4,600. of income for the church with the expenses staying fairly consistent. This is currently not enough to meet current budgeted expenses. The deficit is currently $13,000. Gas Bill: $166.54 Electric Bill: $159.78. Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Vicar’s Report: Vicar Tomas Mosbo highlighted his report. He and Coral had a wonderful trip to Coral’s 50th high school reunion in New York. Vicar also noted that he was approved by Warburg Seminary Faculty as completing his requirements to become a pastor. Vicar has also had an interview with Bishop Fidlar to confirm his placement in the Northern Illinois Synod. His final interview with Synod Candidacy Committee will be on October 19, 2023 after which the Bishop will be informed by the committee of his approval. Otherwise Vicar Thomas has carried out his other duties of attending committee meetings bulletin and worship preparations, visiting the sick and shut-in and preparing for the Fall Festival. The Vicar’s report was approved.

Committee Reports
Stewardship Committee: Coralyn Hudik passed around a pledge card for the Council to look over. The pledge cards are to be sent out to the members with options on their giving and the ways to help make their giving easier. Coralyn also stated that it would be nice to purchase a stole for Vicar Thomas Mosbo upon his Ordination from church.

Finance Committee: Jay Andrews reported to the committee that the income for the month of September was $4,568.00 and the expenses were $6,798.00 with a monthly deficit of $2,230.00. Several options were discussed including the elimination of funds from the budget for the Web Site, Christian Education, Supply Pastor and Janitor. Also it was suggested to review the Church Insurance and get quotes from other Insurance Agencies to compare with our current insurance in an effort to reduce costs. Wayne Kurth also suggested it may be better to concentrate on trying to increase attendance rather than cutting expenses. A question was asked as to when we renew our contract with the Web Site. Jay Andrews answered that happened in the spring.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group will be having their annual Steak Fry on October 28, 2023 and will be meeting at 4:00pm. The cost will be $20.00 for the meal.

Having no other Committee Reports to review, a motion was made to approve all reports as presented. All Committee Reports were approved as presented.

Old Business
Constitution: The Committee is working with the Synod. The wrong copy was sent in but they now think that they have the right copy and will be sending it off soon.

Clavinova: The party wishing to purchase the Clavinova has looked it over and decided not to purchase it.

The Meeting ended with the Lord’s Prayer.

Next meeting will be held on November 16, 2023 at 6:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted by
Janis Kurth
Church Council Secretary

Special Church Council Meeting
November 5, 2023
A Special Church Council meeting was called by President Jonathon Kurth following Sunday morning Worship Service on November 5, 2023. The purpose of the meeting was to select members from the congregation to be on a Call Committee. The three(3) members of the Internship Committee have offered to act as Call Committee. The Synod recommends that there should be six (6) members for the Call Committee. Darci Meier, Dale Gullickson and Virgil Gordon have volunteered from the Council to be on the Call Committee with Troy Doubler, Tena Rackow and Wayne Kurth from the Internship Committee. Having no other business, motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The Special Council Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted by
Janis Kurth
Church Council Secretary

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

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