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, 2022
President: Wayne Kurth
Vice President:  Billie Jo Runkle
Secretary: Janis Kurth
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Youth Representative: Nakoah Cornwell

Council Members, 2022
Kristy Patterson, Anna Patterson, Jonathon Kurth, Darci Meier, Virgil Gordon, Pastor Miho Yasukawa

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 17, 2022 Council Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Council was called to order by President Wayne Kurth at 6:30pm on November 17, 2022.

Secretary’s report: The Secretary’s report for October 20, 2022 was reviewed. A motion to approve the October 21, 2021 meeting minuets as presented, motion approved.

Treasure's Report: Jay Andrews presented the Treasurer’s Report. The income is still running behind the budget for the year. The Council was reminded that a deficit in the budget was anticipated for the year. The current accounts are about $4,600. behind for the month while the overall budget is $22,500 behind.
Heating: $696.04; Electric: $148.59. Treasures report was approved.

Vicar’s Report: Vicar Thomas Mosbo presented his report. Vicar has provided pastoral care in person and on the phone to members and visited members who have been in the hospital. Vicar attended the Tuesday morning Bible Study and the Friendship Club dinner as well as conducted the Sunday Morning Worship services. Vicar Mosbo noted that he will be meeting with Bishop Stacie Fidler on Monday, November 21, 2022. Vicar’s report was accepted as presented.

Committee Reports
Stewardship Committee: The “Welcome to Lena” pot luck for Vicar Thomas and Coral Mosbo went very well. Good food and fellowship were shared by all in attendance.

Learning and Youth Committee: Sunday School for all ages is not going very well. There have been three students and a couple of adults one Sunday and only a couple of adults the other Sundays. Looking for ideas and suggestions as to how to proceed in the future. The youth Christmas Program is being planned for December 18, 2022, during the Sunday Worship Service. It will be a program of narration and song of the season.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will be meeting after Thanksgiving to work on the new budget for 2023.

Property Committee: Part of the gutter guards are done. Waiting for the company to get a lift to finish the job. Wayne Kurth has worked on the boiler motors and currently everything is working again.

Facebook/Website Committee: It has been noticed that the Website is in need of being updated.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group will be singing again on December 4, 2022 at morning worship service.

All Committee Reports were approved.

Old Business
The Constitution Committee met and went over the concerns of the Church Councils review of their draft Constitution. They also had a new model Constitution from the Synod with the new revisions from the Synod Assemble. The committee presented their new draft for the Church Councils consideration. After reviewing the draft and some discussion a motion to send the current revised version of the Church Constitution to the Synod for their appraisal. Motion approved.

Vicar Thomas Mosbo’s Contract: Vicar Thomas Mosbo will be traveling to meet with Bishop Stacie Fidlar on Monday, November 21, 2022. He hopes to get more information about a contract and possible Internship Program here at Good shepherd. He will report back what he learns.

New Business
Review of the Mailing List: It was suggested that due to the cost of postage that the current Newsletter mailing list be reviewed. After review and discussion, it was decided to leave the list as it is for now.

Endowment Funds: The semi annual Rent Support for the Lena Food Pantry is due to be paid. A motion was made to end $600 to the Lena Food Pantry for the Good Shepherd’s portion of the Rent Support and to take the money from the Lucille Baker Endowment Fund Interest. Motion approved.

It is also time for the annual disbursement of the Endowment Fund Interest to support the Mission Work of the Church. Following is a list of the organizations that funds will be disbursed to:
     Piece Corp $2,500
     Grace Place Campus Ministry $250
To be taken from the Lucille Baker Endowment Fund Interest for a total of $2,750.

     Lena Food Pantry $1,000
     Lena Area Church Cooperative $500
     Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center $500
     Pine Ridge Retreat Center $500
    Sisters of Immaculate Heart Madonna Renewal Center $250
To be taken from the Special Funds Endowment Fund Interest for a total of $2,750.

Motion made to approve the disbursement of the funds to the above listed organizations. Motion approved.

New Christmas Tree: It has been suggested that it may be time for a new Christmas tree. The current tree was purchased in 1999 and it’s 23 years old. There are some of the lights that will no longer light and the tree must be tied up so that it does not lean to one side. There is a tree at Wal-Mart for $340. A member of the congregation has offered money toward the purchase of a new tree and the rest of the money will come from the Memorial Fund. After discussion a motion was made to purchase a new tree, motion approved.

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
Church Council Secretary

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

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