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Immanuel Church Council Meeting Minutes Feb. 12, 2018

Present: Diane Rothe, Dana Johnson, Lynn Schultz, Don Noyes, Steve Peterson, Bob Stirling, Royce Chinander, Pastor Marla, Shannon Lindgren Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm MSP to approve January 8, 2018 Council minutes. Thank you to Martha Strecker for serving as Council Secretary for the past several years.

Opening prayer and devotions given by Pastor Marla. Council members shared some personal background to get acquainted and better understand each other.

Review Annual Meeting-Lunch served by Sarah Circle was appreciated. Itonya Water Project update was interesting and exciting! Suggestion was made to num-ber pages of the Annual Report. May need to be hand numbered due to last mi-nute changes Merrie often needs to make.

Election of officers: President Steve Peterson, Vice President Royce Chinander, Treasurers Lynn Schultz & Dana Johnson, Council Secretary Shannon Lindgren

Old Business

Council Retreat in March will be a Leadership Retreat led by Joe Lees from the synod. It has been expanded to include council and others in leadership positions in the congregation. Leaders will be receiving invitations, please set aside this date and time; March 24, 2018, 9 am-3 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Linda Mae Engstrom Bequest of $62,500 was allocated according to the Gift Acceptance Policy. MSP to make distributions as follows: $6,250 left in Memorial Fund for Tithing Outside Our Walls, $12,500 to ECLA Endowment Fund and the balance of $43,750 will be invested in Thrivent at this time.

New Business

Bank account signators will be Steve Peterson and Royce Chinander. Lynn Schultz will be added to the ELCA Endowment Fund and Thrivent account.

Committee assignments: Christian Ed - Shannon Lindgren Finance - Steve Peterson, Royce Chinander and Lynn Schultz Memorial – Lynn Schultz Personnel - Steve Peterson, Royce Chinander Property - Don Noyes Stewardship - Bob Stirling, Royce Chinander Worship and Music - Diane Rothe Youth - Dana Johnson

Leaders Toolkit Workshop-Meeting is March 10th at Augustana Lutheran in West St. Paul. Contact Pastor Marla or go online to register. Register by March 2, cost is $20, includes lunch. Let Pastor know if you will attend.

Building Usage Requests- MSP for Jim Mielke, Feb. 22, 2018 for Luther Point Bible Camp meeting and Gwen Swenson, Feb. 24 and June 28, 2018 for 4H events. St Croix Valley Orchestra requested use of the church to perform April 20, 2018 at 7 pm. Set up at 6 pm. They will do marketing for this and would ask for free will offerings. MSP this request. Training for Holy Communion- Dana and Shannon will work with Pastor.


Financial- all bills are paid as of today (Feb.12).Approximately $2,000 bal-ance in account not including Sunday's offering. Moulton is updating the new payroll based on a 2% salary increase.

Pastors Report- MSP to keep Pastor's 2018 housing allowance at $20,000 for tax purposes. (no cost to the church) Would like more planning how to reach out and engage the community. Suggestions: advertise Lenten Soup and Sandwich as open to the community by posting a notice at Rod's, send newsletter to all people in Almelund, start a young women's Bible Study, send water bottles to Itonya with Immanuel labels on them.

Young Adult & Family activity-Feb. 24, 2018 Wild Mountain Tubing. MSP to cover the cost of member families attending through the Young Family account held in Memorial. Contact Matt Carlson to sign up, there is a better rate for a group if enough attend.

Luther Point Camp-Money collected at coffee time goes toward camper-ships. And an anonymous donor is willing to cover 1/3 of cost for kids wanting to attend camp. Council agreed that if more money is needed, a request should be submitted to council and Immanuel would cover the remaining cost of camper-ships using funds in the Youth and Young Family account held in Memorial.

Committee Reports Christian Ed

Finance- Reviewed monthly financial spreadsheets Memorial Personnel Property- Tru Green proposed a 2018 contract for 3 lawn treatments ($451) and 5 cemetery treatments($516) for a total of $967. MSP to open this to the congregation if any member wishes to pay for a portion. Balance will be paid from Building/Property account. The sound system including speakers and volume controls from Sanctuary to Gathering Area, Nursery and Kitch-en has been completed by The Music Connection. Cost was $3,000. Lynn will talk to Connie/Memorial Committee to see if it can cover this cost.


Worship and Music


Task Force

Communion and Securing of Offering:

March 4th - Bob Stirling, Dana Johnson, Diane Rothe March 18th - Steve Peterson, Don Noyes, Lynn Schultz Maundy Thursday Eve 7pm- Diane Rothe

Closed with the Lord's Prayer MSP to adjourned 9:30pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Shannon Lindgren, Council Secretary



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