Council Meeting June 12, 2017

by Barbara Lance, Congregation Secretary

The Congregation Council met this week. Pr. Amy opened the meeting by reading Psalm 16. We heard from Audit Committee members Ed Armbrust and Kaaren Roe.  Ed provided an overview of the Audit Committee’s business process and the focus of audits over the years. Typically all audits result in recommendations. Mostly recently they suggested that Good Shepherd should develop a Gift Policy. The church does not typically pay for external audits due to expense, but if the church wanted to secure grants for programs, an external audit would be required.

The Council heard from Columbarium Team members Linda Egge and Jerry and Cindy Schultz. Linda provided an overview of the work and current status. Signs have been posted on Henderson Avenue notifying our neighbors of the planned Columbarium site. The Columbarium budget was discussed, including potential charges for a niche. So far, all permitting costs have been covered with donations.

The Council elected officers:  Ron Tuvey, President; Dave Schoening, Vice-president; Paula Moore, Treasurer and Barb Lantz, Secretary. Officers will be installed on July 9 during the 9:30 worship service. Margie Gray was appointed as Good Shepherd’s representative to the Synod Assembly. The Council discussed the need for new and updated policies, and several updated policies were distributed. We heard of the wonderful work of our staff including plans for Vacation Bible School and church outreach efforts to the LGBTQ community.
Church staff have asked for an Emergency Preparedness Plan; Council members have experience in this area and will help to write a plan.  Pastor Amy reported that Pr. Ann is going through the steps to become a candidate for ministry. Congratulations, Pr. Ann! We heard news about the work of the Spiritual Care Team which is doing great work with a focus on behavioral health, and we learned that Grace Blackmon will be off to Senegal this fall as part of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program.

The church has secured an agreement with community organization, Cielo.  This organization provides support to the Latino population in our community. If you have any questions, please ask any Council member.  We may not have an immediate answer, but we will find out and get back to you.