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Immanuel Church Council Meeting Minutes - May 8, 2017 Present: Steve Blomquist, Lynn Schutz, Martha Strecker, Steve Peterson, Bob Stirling, Clay Ryberg, Pastor Marla, Don Noyes.

Council meeting called to order at 7;10pm by president Steve Peterson.

Opening prayer and devotion for strength and guidance given by Pastor Marla.

MSP to aprove April council minutes.

Old Business:

Vision 20/20 update- group met 5/8/17, next meeting 5/15/17. Group has covered all areas of faith formation and congregational vitality. Need to summarize notes and put into format for presentation to congregation.

Technology subcommittee/software-need to set another meeting date, all returned congregational information sheets have been entered into software, need training to retrieve requested information

Elsie Nord Bequest- according to estate lawyer final check should come to church in June

Endowment fund- met with Thrivent and ELCA Synod gift planner. Both have conservative, safe investments and fees are comparable. MSP by council to open ELCA foundation ( endowment fund pooled trust) for amount of $25,000. MSP by council to move $11,000 from Elsie Nord bequest to endowment fund. Council requested to meet again with ELCA representative another time to review options. Bob Stirling will contact representative and set up meeting.

130th Anniversary Celebration- everything on schedule. Decorating will be Friday

Itonya water project-Church has received $350 more towards the $5000 goal. We are very close to the goal. Women of ELCA will pay last amount after April 30th offering.

New Business:

Steve Blomquist attended ELCA association of congregations meeting at Gustavus. Topic this year was science and faith.

At present, financial statements are sent only to people that have paid toward church pledges. Suggestion made that letters should go out to all congregational members, so everyone is aware of church finances.


Financial- reviewed summary/handout from April/May. Need to have a treasurer to overview all of church finances....job description will be updated and position posted in newsletter and bulletin. Will be discussed at next council meeting. All bills current as of 5/8.

Pastors Report- discussed upcoming VBS. Church applied for and received a $250 grant towards cost of 130th Anniversary celebration. Need to con-sider applying for grant for VBS.


Mutual Ministry Sharing-

Committee Reports:

Christian Education- busy planning VBS. More information to come!


Memorial- meet May 18th to decide scholarship recepients. Mary Hender-son donated 2 new flags in memory of Paul Henderson.

Personnel-will be looking at job description of treasurer and posting posi-tion

Property- Marlin Ness meeting with insurance company and discussing church policy and possible updates. Sidewalk railing discussed. Tree has been planted in front. Looking at cement step repair.

Stewardship- working on 130th anniversary celebration

Worship and Music- next meeting June 26th, 6pm. Carillon repaired and working. cost $1181.00 paid for by donations and Memorial Fund monies. Working on suggestions/ideas for closed circuit TV. May 21st LSS repre-sentative will be at Immanuel. Quilts and prayer shawls will be dedicated and send with him. Kris Koran will serve coffee and money will go to LSS.

Youth- 24 at lock in. Busy planning mission trip. Thank you for great East-er breakfast and all who donated food and time!!

Task Force-

Communion and Securing the Offering:

June 4th: Martha Strecker, Steve Peterson, Royce Chinander

June 18th: Don Noyes, Clay Ryberg, Steve Blomquist

Host for guest pastor June 18th: Clay Ryberg

Host for guest pastor June 25th: Lynn Schultz

MSP to adjourn at 9:35pm.

Meeting closed with Lord's Prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Strecker, Council Secretary

A very sincere thank you and appreciation to the Memorial Committee for the delicious cake, beautiful card and kind words on Sunday, April 23. Thanks also to Connie and Marlin for taking over the Memorial and the Building and Improvement Funds. The funds are in very capable hands. Lois Johnson IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO…Each confirmed member is asked to fill out and return your membership update form. Forms are in the March & April newsletters and available in the back of the Sanctuary. Return tray is in the sanctuary or return to the church office. We are missing some birthdates, anniversary dates, middle names, children and current contact information so your response is important for our records. Thank You! -Church Council and ILC Technology Committee

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