Federal regulations (HIPAA) regarding security and privacy of patients are now being implemented by hospitals which affect the notification of clergy when members are patients in the hospital. Unless you specifically tell the hospital that you wish your church or pastor to be notified, they will not let us know. Please let the hospital personnel know that you want your church or pastor notified, or ask a friend or family member to notify us.
This is the only sure way for us to know that you are hospitalized.
Keeping You Informed: If you have recently moved, changed your phone number, your email address, or marital status please give your new info to the church office. Email is the quickest and most efficient way for us to keep you informed. If you have not given us your email address yet, please do so. Thank you.
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!)
Thanks for your help and support.
LWML MINUTES—FEBRUARY 16, 2014
Alana Curnyn announced a that we had $307.67 in our checking account. She sent $60.00 to the Boone zone for the Mites collected in January.
Sue announced that the new Boone Zone president is Sue Ackerman of Boone. Her email address is email@example.com. She was contacted about whether she needed to approve the quilt that would be used as the banner for the June, 2014 Iowa District West Convention in Okoboji. She said that as long as we followed the specifications, she did not need to approve the design.
The six round table cloths have been ordered from Walter Drake Company. They should be here soon and the design should match that on the long table cloths that we purchased last year. Sue will check them out when they get here before she turns in the bill. With shipping, they will be $85.00.
Our group is bringing food for the new member reception on February 23. Lisa, Ellie, and Alana will bring coffee cakes. Sue will bring juice and milk, crackers, and cheese. Lois may bring additional items. Parish Fellowship group should be responsible for the coffee.
LWML is responsible for serving the Lenten Luncheon on March 19. We decided to have maidrites, baked beans, chips, salads, bars, lemonade, coffee, and water. We can only charge $5 for the meals. Serving will start at 11:45 a.m. Our group is only responsible for the meal, not the service following the meal.
The Boone Zone Rally is April 5 at Memorial Lutheran in Ames. Hannah Moore International Student Minister is the featured speaker.
The Iowa District West Biennial Convention is June 19-21 at Camp Okoboji. Sue has registration information.
Lois announced that confirmation will not be on Palm Sunday this year, but will be on April 27th.
Ellie brought up wanting to have a ladies retreat some Saturday. We discussed the first Saturday in April, but that is the day of the Boone Zone rally, so we may have to try another day.
Lois said the Relay of life would like groups to help make turbans for cancer patients to wear when they lose their hair. They have a pattern to follow and don’t look too difficult. We thought that we might be able to make 12 turbans. We talked about having an assembly line to cut out the pieces and then possibly the quilting group could do the sewing.
There will be a fundraiser for Keisha Kopecky family on March 16.
MINUTES FOR JANUARY 15, 2014 TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The TLC Council meeting was called to order by Council Chairman David Pedersen with 13 members present. Pastor Jones opened the meeting with prayer.
Due to a vacancy in the Recording Secretary position, November’s minutes were not available for approval at this meeting. They will be read in March.
Due to the absence of the Treasurer, no financial reports were available.
The 75th Anniversary Steering Committee reported that all committees working on the anniversary celebration have been requested to meet soon and send at least one representative to the February Steering Committee meeting. Invitations to the anniversary celebration will be sent out on April 1, 2014. The date of the anniversary celebration is still June 15, 2014. There is no truth to the rumor that the Bell Tower Festival has been moved a week earlier, and even if it were, our date would not change.
The Elders reported that they have been continuing to meet. Each household in the congregation has been assigned to an elder, and the elders are to pray for those entrusted in their care. Further training will be given by pastor to equip the elders to make visits as well.
Pastor Jones gave out a written report of his activities for November and December, as well as a summary report for 2013. He also stated that he is working with Darla Johnson to reestablish the parish nurse program. He also reported that in response to inquiries raised recently in various Bible studies, the elders decided that we should have Holy Communion on the 5th Sundays of the month when they occur.
The Board of Christian Education gave a written and oral report of their recent meetings. They have challenged all Council members to attend at least one Christian Education opportunity each week, both for their own spiritual growth and to set a good example to the congregation. The Super Bible Bowl will be on February 2nd. The questions have been rewritten and are based on the lessons that the students have learned in Sunday School. There is also discussion of moving the church library into the lounge area. This would allow for greater visibility and awareness of the library, and also give an opportunity to update the selection of books and resources available. The current library space could then be converted into a multipurpose conference and classroom space.
The Trustees reported that things with the property were going well. They will be checking on heating bills to compare current usage against what was used before the new furnaces and basement windows.
Member and Community Outreach is planning on having a church clean-up day for the 5th Sunday in March. They are also looking for ideas for future 5th Sunday activities.
The Board of Missions is planning on meeting soon. They are also looking into applying for an Ablaze grant.
The board of Stewardship, Talents, and Gifts met recently and discussed the duties of the board as given in the by-laws. They will be putting stewardship articles in the newsletter and bulletin. They are also updating the talents and gifts survey and will be distributing them soon for all members to fill out.
There was no old business on the agenda.
There was no new business to be addressed at this time.
The next Council meeting will be March 19, 2014 at 8pm.
The meeting adjourned with the Lord’s prayer.
Respectfully submitted, Rev. Timothy A Jones, Secretary Pro-Tem
ELDER’S MEETING MINUTES AND
NEWSLETTER REPORT— FEBRUARY 2, 2014
The Trinity Elders meeting was held following the Book of Concord study with only three Elders present, possibly because of the snowstorm raging outside. Pastor Jones led devotions and prayer by introducing us to the “Compline” short service from the hymnal. This is in keeping with our desire to begin our meetings with prayer for ourselves and for the congregation.
We discussed the following:
Previously Pastor randomly divided the congregation members into six lists, one for each Elder. We are to pray for each member first of all. We also need to correct addresses and make needed changes to have a more accurate congregational list. The church office will assist. We plan to send letters of introduction to congregational members prior to the beginning of Lent and will connect personally with members on our lists during the year.
We still have an issue with people not hearing the sermon as well as they should. We discussed at length what might be done. Perhaps extra side speakers would help get the sound to the back half of the church. Pastor and Mark Erickson will look into that possibility. In a group of any size, there is always unavoidable movement and noise. Could those distractions and sounds be taking focus away from the Sermon? Sitting closer to the front would help limit those distractions!
Pastor reported he will help Peace, Glidden do a “youth lock-in” February 7th. Pastor Miller attended ours last year and asked Pastor Jones if he would assist him with one at his church. It will be similar to the one held at Trinity and some of our youth will go along as helpers.
Ash Wednesday is March 5th. Pastor is working on the Lenten theme “The Crucified King” in preparation for the season.
Since the Elders decided communion will also be held on fifth Sundays of the month, pastor has received some positive comments about that decision.
Pastor visited with the 4 confirmation parents and this year the questioning, confirmation and first communion will all take place on the same day, Sunday, April 27th. This will make the day a big event of joy rather than having it spread out over nearly a week. The Elders gave their approval for this change.
Pastor will schedule an Elder’s Visitation Workshop training for sometime in late May.
Pastor arranged for Pastor Morfitt to be in charge of services while he is on vacation from June 20th to July 4th.
There is an “Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music” at Concordia University in Seward, NE on July 28-31. Pastor and Mark Erickson would like to attend and the Elders encouraged them to do so, and approved Trinity covering the costs to attend.
Our church has no official wedding policy. IDW is recommending each church establish such a policy especially in light of recent court ruling on same sex unions. Pastor created such a brochure and we will discuss it at our next meeting and later bring a final copy to the council for approval. This will also help handle “off the wall” ideas in regard to weddings in the future. We also talked about upcoming weddings of Trinity members who want another pastor to perform the service and why this may still be happening.
We closed the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer.
Lynn Menz - Elder
NOTES FROM PARISH NURSE:
Dear Trinity Family,
Who is ready for spring? I think my hand would be the first to rise on that question. I am ready to see some life in the nature. I am ready to work in my gardens and I am ready for warmth. I am sure many of you can identify with those feelings. At the same time I need to be thankful to be able to get out and go places even though it is winter.
Recently I visited one of our shut-ins and this was made very realistic to me. I would like you to put yourself in one or both of the following situations just for a minute.
Being ill or handicapped and not being able to get out of your home.
Being the caregiver of someone in the above situation and having your time consumed with caregiving
responsibilities and not having the time for yourself to do those things that you enjoy.
Makes you thankful for your freedom, doesn’t it. Think of the shut-ins in our congregation. As you look at the list, you soon realize that many of these people are ones that have given many hours of volunteer time to our church when they were able. Some of them were even people that took time to visit the shut- ins and make sure that their needs were met.
Recently, when I was making a visit, the caregiver mentioned to me that it would be nice to see some faces from our congregation. That person mentions that maybe the visitor would not be able to visit a lot with their spouse but that they would love to visit with some of those familiar people. Ouch! We get so busy with our lives that it is easy to put visiting our shut-ins or offering to help them on the bottom of the list.
I would like to challenge the members of the Trinity family to make this a priority. Show our thanks to these people for the time and effort they have spent doing the Lord’s work, and just making them feel like they still matter. This can be done certainly by a visit but also, have you ever thought of calling one of our shut-ins or caregivers if you’re on the way to the grocery store to see if you can pick up anything for them. You could call and see if there is anything they need done around the house, or if they would like you to bring them a meal or help with their laundry. Just a phone call to say hello or a visit to spend some time with them would be great. When one of our own members expresses this as a need, we need to fulfill that need for them.
So the challenge is set. If you would like to know who might need some things, contact me and I will give you some ideas. Let’s see if we can decrease some of their loneliness.
Your Parish Nurse, Darla Johnson