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Help the Iowa LWML get cash for your trash! Iowa Districts East and West will be the hosts for the LWML national convention to be held in Des Moines in 2015. The Iowa LWML has initiated an electronics recycling program to help defray costs for hosting the convention. See the poster on the portable bulletin board to learn about what types of printer cartridges and other electronics are being accepted. Recyclables may be placed in the bottom drawer of the built-in file cabinet in the Parish Nurse's office. (The drawer is clearly marked!)
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LWML Minutes -- November 17, 2013
Darla Johnson and Alana Curnyn were hostesses for the November meeting of LWML. Minutes from the October meeting were read and the Mite offering total for the month of September was added.
Correspondence was received from Reed Pedersen thanking us for the gift that we sent him. We also received a letter from the Adopt-a -student program thanking us for our $500 donation for student Kevin Richter.
Treasurer Alana Curnyn reported deposits of $125.00 for our local treasury. She wrote checks of $500 for the Adopt-a-student and $48.05 to Ruth Goshon for the card ministry. Our group collected $53.18 in Mites in October, and that was forwarded to the Boone Zone treasurer. The current balance in our treasury is $212.67.
Lois brought up that if we wanted to make and serve one of the Wednesday night suppers, we could boost our balance a little. We discussed it briefly and decided that we would try to do one of the suppers after the first of the year.
Sue got the specifications for the baby quilt for the June Iowa District West convention in Okoboji. The quilters will look them over and decide whether they want to take on the project.
Sue had contacted Marilyn Schroeder offering our help for certain projects for the 2015 National convention in Des Moines. She has not heard back from Ms. Schroeder.
We had a follow-up discussion regarding our poinsettias for the Christmas season. Connie Carstens checked Hobby Lobby where they had an abundance of potted poinsettias last year. They are not getting the ones in the pots this year, but they do have a lot of nice artificial poinsettias in bunches. Darla said that if we got some Terra Cotta pots and some styrofoam, we could put them in pots ourselves. Sue will get the supplies for six pots, and Darla will help construct them. We are decorating the church for Christmas on November 30 this year, but we wouldn’t have to put all the plants out that day. We are still planning to get four live plants for the altar.
We discussed our tradition of taking cookies and candies to those who worked on Christmas Eve. Sue brought up possibly taking a little package of goodies to our shut-ins also. The point of many of them on restricted diets was brought up. We decided to do it anyway as the little bag of goodies would not be large. Cheryl decided to head up this project and will get back to the group by email as to when she needs the treats.
Lois brought up the various collection boxes around the church. There is a box by the rolling bulletin board for $ for the Canine Dogs project. The sheriffs department needs to buy another drug dog as the current one is losing his sense of smell. There are also boxes for food contributions to the food pantry and deodorant and soap for adopt-a-family.
Cheryl brought up having a LWML garage sale sometime after the first of the year to raise money. We decided to think about it and discuss it more in January. We decided that we would want to limit the type of donations as the last garage sale that we had was a lot of work and had many items left over that needed to be transported to Goodwill.
Members were reminded to keep bringing used ink cartridges and putting them in the bottom drawer to the left in Lois’s room. The drawer is marked.
Minutes submitted by Sue Rieder
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES—NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Pastor opened with a word of prayer.
Members present: Lois Rae Brant, Dick Carstens, Ruth Consier, Mark and Sarah Erickson, Jack Frederick, Jim Giese, Denny and Ruth Goshon, Pat Griffin, Terry Johnson, Pastor and Christine Jones, Lynn and Ellie Menz, David Pedersen, and Cheryl Robson.
Terry made a motion to approve the September Minutes. Jack seconded and passed unanimously.
Pat reported that offerings are behind about $50,000. 75th Renovations are over and expenses are in line with budget. Dick made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Lois seconded it. Motion passed unanimously. Pat will research the Endowment Mutual Fund.
The Elders reported one baptism: Teagan Gierstorf. Pastor distributed his report and shared that the 6 Elders will be assigned families in the congregation to improve communication. He is prepared for Advent. Wednesday Table Talks are well-attended, but will be suspended during Advent Season. Reminder that Evening service times are at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m.
The Board of Christian Education reported the Sunday School Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 15 during the church service. It will be followed by a birthday party for Jesus. The Sunday School teachers are meeting the 2nd Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m. The Reformation Festival was a success and we will plan to make it an annual event.
The Trustees reported that Joe Wanninger agreed to be on the ballot. Christmas tree decoration and nativity display is planned for Saturday, November 30 @ 9 a.m.
The Member & Committee Outreach reported the TEAM account was the recipient of $200 for the 5th Sunday event. On Christmas Eve members are invited to bring goodies and deliver them to people in our communities who will be working. SS folders are anticipated by the children. New baby welcome recipient was Teagan. Plans are in the works for 2014 5th Sundays.
Missions Board reported Ruth Consier and Trisha Easton are on the ballot.
Parish Fellowship reported that Trisha Easton, Rita Compton, Connie Carstens and Keisha Kopecky will be on the ballot for 4 spots. [Terry Johnson will check his records to see which board claimed Trisha first.]
Stewardship, Talents and Gifts report that Mark meeting with Gospel Gladiators interested in becoming Jr. Handbell Ringers. Ellie explained about a Stewardship program called discipleship offered by Pastor Andreasen. Pastor also mentioned inviting Pastor Riggert.
Lois shared that Wednesday afternoons exceeded her expectations and she has many speakers willing to present. She is looking for volunteer drivers for some interested individuals. There was a discussion about the need for a vehicle to transport the home bound, but consensus was that it was not needed at this time. Pedersen’s do have a vehicle that is equipped for wheelchairs if there is a need.
The 75th Anniversary Steering Committee reported they had had their last meeting until January to make sure they were on track. Ann Menzel is helping with the book. After the 1st of the year, time will go fast.
Terry made a motion to return to the title of “Circuit Visitor” instead of “Circuit Counselor” for the LCMS Constitutional Amendment-Article XII of the Synod and Their Regulation. Jack seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Terry presented the 2014 budget to the council. He emphasized the need for a realistic budget. Approximately ˝ the budget is salaries, benefits and taxes. The committee assumed utilities would be a little higher than last year. Some areas in the budget were reduced and may need to be made up with fundraising at a later time. Lois made a motion to approve the 2014 budget with Ellie seconding it. Motion unanimously approved.
The next council meeting will be January 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:33 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Sarah Erickson, Secretary, Pro-Tem