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, 2019
President: Dennis Luke
Vice President: Bari Raymer
Secretary: Darci Meier

Council Members, 2019
President: Dennis Luke
Vice President: Bari Raymer
Secretary: Darci Meier
Youth Rep. Ethan Fye
Treasurer: Jay Andrews
Members: Don Wienand, Virgil Gordon, Kristy Patterson,  Ryan Fye,
Tim Gordon, Cora Hudik

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.

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, 2019

J. Andrews presented the treasurer’s report which included a September electric bill of $151.71 and gas bill of $138.26. The report was approved following a motion from C. Hudik and seconded by V. Gordon.

Pastor’s report included discussion on a potential confirmand activity in November and pastor’s involvement in the DEITF – a synod based task force, which will meet Nov. 13. Pastor also received permission to investigate participation in the Lena Park District’s Truck or Treat family event planned for Oct. 19 at Lions Park. There is no cost for the church’s participation. K. Patterson moved to accept the report and B. Raymer made a second. All approved.

Committee reports were given with highlights of a Martin Luther birthday celebration Nov. 10. Other local churches will be invited to share in the event. Council asks that members return their pledge and time and talent cards as soon as possible to aid in budget planning. K. Patterson provided Sunday School and Confirmation updates along with plans for a children’s Christmas program. A trip to LOMC Autumn Festival Sat. Oct. 12 is planned for anyone interested.

T. Gordon advised a handicapped seating area has been established in the sanctuary. Also, donors of memorial funds designated for sanctuary carpet may be asked if the funds could be used for carpet in the foyer and steps in the Mason Street entry. Carpet in that area is worn. He also suggested updates in lighting fixtures and bulbs may be investigated for cost saving benefits as well as a potential rebates from Com Ed. The Men’s Ministry steak fry is set for October 26.

Cost-saving measures for newsletter distribution were discussed. Members may choose to have the letter emailed rather than delivered by postal service. Additional copies will be available at the church and some copies may be mailed as usual. The current method of mailing all newsletters is $125 per month. Costs could potentially be reduced to $50 per month. Final decision was tabled until the November meeting.

Church secretary Betty Allen will be asked to seek quotes for a color photo copier. Discussion on replacement will be held at the next meeting.

D. Luke said a request for a bid for tuning of the organ will be sought from Fabry Pipe Organs, Antioch, IL. The organ has not been tuned for 4-5 years and it is in need of attention. The annual Christmas Tour of Homes was discussed. D. Meier suggested the dates of Dec. 13-14 are possibilities. The event is co-sponsored by Lena Business and Professional Association and is a benefit for the local food pantry.

The date of Feb. 2, 2020 has been selected for the annual meeting with a motion by V. Gordon and second by B. Raymer.

Council adjourned with a motion by T. Gordon and second by V. Gordon. Members closed with recital of The Lord’s Prayer.

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

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