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
Council President: Wayne K.
Vice-President: Coralyn H.
Secretary: Nick B.

Council Members, 2018
President: Dennis Luke
Vice President: Bari Raymer
Secretary: Darci Meier
Youth Representative: Krista Keene
Council Members: Troy Keene, Troy Doubler, Eugene Hesselbacher, Kristy Patterson, Don Wienand, Virgil Gordon, 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.

Council Minute Highlights: May, 2019
Jay Andrews presented the Treasurer’s report. As of right now, current expenses are short. Gas $517.07 and electric $247.49. Bari Raymer made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and Kristy Patterson seconded .

Pastor Miho presented her monthly report. Her report included her pastoral works for the month and list of upcoming events. Kristy Patterson made a motion to accept her report and Bari Raymer seconded.

Committee Reports:

  • Worship/Music – Easter services and Holy week went well. Meeting coming up.

  • Learning – Last day of Sunday School is May 19th. VBS dates are July 15-18 at United Methodist Church.

  • Stewardship – Letters were sent to the people who came for Reunion Sunday

  • Property – Thank you to all who have helped and are helping with the sound system set up. Tuesday, May 21st – they will be working all day to set up and part of Wednesday will be used if need be. Anticipate last Sunday of the month the sound system should be up and running. New eternal light will be installed. We will remove the old light and will have dedication ceremony during the service.

  • Memorial – List to be updated.

  • Men’s Group – weather permitted they will have work day on Thursday. Cook out scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd.

Kristy Patterson made motion to accept the committee reports and Tim Gordon

  • Old Business - Constitution updated – Stopped for now. Anticipating more updates to be brought up during the Churchwide Assembly in August. Still looking for a male delegate for the synod assembly. If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know

  • New Business – Participation for the Ramp Wheel-A-Thon in July was approved by Kristy Patterson and seconded by Bari Raymer. Hand bells have been acquired from two churches form Freeport that were combined. A motion was made by Kristy Patterson to add to memorial list for $1500 for the purchase. Ryan Fye seconded. Asking Memorial Committee to ask families to see if it would be ok to use some of the funds donated to purchase. Copier – we need to look into options for new copier/printer in office. After some discussions, we need to find out options and look into usage and maintenance. It was tabled for now. Citizens State Bank would like to meet w/council for the annual review. It was decided that they could come to either our June or July meeting.

  • Last order of new business, Pastor Miho’s vacations. Tim Gordon made a motion and Kristy Patterson seconded for Pastor Miho to take vacation days June 26-27 and August 25-September 1, 2019.

Motion was made by Tim Gordon and seconded by Kristy Patterson to adjourn. All approved and the meeting was closed with the reciting The Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Kristy Patterson, filling in for Darci Meier, Secretary

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

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