HENDERSON GROVE MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING
JANUARY 28, 2018
I. Opening of the Meeting
Meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Denny Easley
Devotions by Pastor Kurt Carlsen Proverbs 16:31 and 17:1
Determination of a quorum: yes, with 29 members in attendance.
Adoption of the Agenda – Moved by Bob Nelson, seconded by Steve Nelson and passed by voice vote
II. Minutes of the previous meetings
Minutes from the last Annual Meeting will be in the next newsletter
Moved by Doug Heady and Seconded by Pastor Kurt to add Amy Ortery to the Council ballot. Passed by Voice vote.
Report of the Nominating Committee and Elections with the following additions
Jan Nelson - Council, 3 year term, 1st Term
Rosie Allen - Council, 3 year term, 1st term
Laura Easley – Council, 3 year term, 2nd Term
Amy Ortery –Council, 3 year term, 1st Term
Laura Easley – Nominating Committee 3 year Term
Dianne Steck – Auditing – 3 year term
Motion to approve by unanimous ballot by Bob Nelson, 2nd by Laura Easley
Passed voice vote.
IV. Organization and Committee Reports
Motion to accept all committee reports made by Bob Nelson, 2nd by Carl Johnson. Passed by voice vote.
V. Pastor’s Report
Motion to accept Pastor’s report by LuAnn Johnson, 2nd by Michael Nelson, passed with a commendation for a job well done.
VI. Old Business
Laura Easley moved to accept the absence of old business and refer any unknown old business to the Council. Seconded by Dianne Steck. Passed by voice vote.
Motion to approve 2018 budget made by Jan Nelson with 2nd by Steve Nelson Approved by voice vote.
VIII. New Business
Security during worship and events. Discussion centered around the possible presence of members with a concealed carry permit and locking the church doors during worship and other events. Church members would have the combination to unlock the key pad or could come to the glass doors in front. Laura Easley reminded us of a $127 rebate from previous purchases from Menards. Bob Nelson moved that the church purchased and install a keypad type lock with a second from Doug Heady. Passed by voice vote.
Results of the Church Survey were reported. 54 surveys were sent out and 12 received back. Of those returned many though communication was an area that needed improvement as well as church cleanliness and the use of Face Book or the newsletter to get pertinent information to members. Cheryl Heady reminded us that the Pastor has a half time call.
Laura Easley mentioned the use of Memorial monies to replace the old flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. She said Scott Rote would install and passed around samples of no wax, vinyl planking.
Denny Easley mentioned the damage done to the lawn by driving on it to borrow or return tables. He asked that the parking lot be used instead.
Discussion about worship music given the state of David’s health. The chances of hiring an organist versus a pianist and whether to pay monthly or per diem were also discussed. Marilyn Ericson offered to ask a friend about the usual rate. Motion by Laura Easley and seconded by Ashlee Heady to table the discussion and to allow the Council to set the price for worship music. Passed by voice vote.
LuAnn Johnson announced that she will be resigning as Financial Secretary as of March 1st or sooner. There is a need for a new Financial Secretary.
Carl and LuAnn Johnson asked if anyone had seen or removed the piece of paper from the balcony used to track church attendance.
IX. Renewal of Pastoral Call
Motion to renew Pastor Kurt Carlsen’s call made by Marilyn Ericson with a 2nd by Laura Easley was passed by voice vote and applause.
Motion to adjourn made by Laura Easley with 2nd by Doug Heady was passed by voice vote.
Respectfully submitted, Jan Nelson, Council Secretary.
News from the Congregation, WELCA and Sunday school
- Ash Wednesday Service-March 6th at 6:00pm.
Services will continue every Wednesday at 6:00pm with a soup supper to follow.
Soup Suppers-March 6th hosted by the Council
March 13th hosted by the WELCA
March 20th hosted by the Sunday school
March 27th hosted by the Council
April 3rd hosted by the WELCA
April 10th hosted by the Sunday school
- We are in need of a Vacation Bible School Director. This person would get to pick the theme, set up each day and will have plenty of help!! Please see Pastor or Laura if interested!! We cannot have it this year without a director.
- Items of the month are: Crackers and stick butter for the soup suppers and paper towels.
- Mark your calendars for April! Palm Sunday breakfast will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 8:45 to 9:45 before the Palm Sunday service at 10:00am. This will also be Pack the Pews day!! Every adult and child that brings a friend will be entered into a drawing for a 25.00 gift card-adults will be to Amazon and kids will be to Wal-Mart. Let’s PACK THE PEWS, watch for falling surprises during the sermon and don’t forget to bring your friends to the breakfast before the service. Free will offering and all proceeds will go towards Vacation Bible School.
- Please remember to log into Amazon Smile and select Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church as your organization. It doesn’t cost you anything and .05% of all your purchases will be donated strait to the WELCA account.
- Confirmation every Sunday at 8:30am. March 10th is the next council meeting after the service.
So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Isaiah 56:2 (KJV)
Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
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