New Song Council Meeting — February 24, 2020
The meeting was called to order at 6:03pm by Pastor Paul. Present were Pastor Paul, Art Clayton, Larry Edsall, Brenden Fjelsted, Doug Gab, Kathleen Goulding, Neal Husak, Holli Spangler, Lauren Thomas, Stephanie Wasano, and Melissa Williams.
Pastor Paul opened with a prayer and devotional. Art Clayton will lead the devotional for the March meeting. Council members then introduced themselves as this was the first meeting with the newly appointed members.
Pastor Paul reviewed the purpose of the council based on the Constitution for New Song Lutheran Church and the Bylaws.
President: Holli Spangler
Vice President: Doug Gab
Treasurer: Neal Husak
Secretary: Melissa Williams
Personnel Committee: Doug Gab, Kathleen Goulding, Stephanie Wasano
Preschool Advisory Team Liaison (SAT): Larry Edsall
Facilities Management Team Liaison: Art Clayton, Lauren Thomas, Doug Gab
Stewardship Team Liaison: Melissa Williams, Larry Edsall, Art Clayton
Financial Management Team: Neal Husak
Nominating Committee: Kathleen Goulding
Children and Youth Ministry: Stephanie Wasano
Evangelism: Neal Husak
Optics: Art Clayton
Women’s Ministry: Melissa Williams
Men’s Ministry: Lauren Thomas
Music Ministry: Doug Gab
Mission endowment Team: Neal Husak
Pastor Paul’s Report:
Deaths: The Rev. George Thune; memorial service 2/29/20 at 11am.
New members: Jann and Steve Evans
Bishop Deborah Hutterer has asked to visit and preach at all services on the weekend of March 28/29. Plans are in the works to invite church council and ministry leaders to a simple dinner on Saturday, March 28. Bishop Hutterer will stay after church on Sunday for a brief coffee hour before leaving for Phoenix.
Adult confirmation class will begin on Monday, March 2, and continue through Lent.
Lenten activities include Labyrinth and Lunch on Wednesday, Daily Devotion and Easter Egg hunt, and the Sermon Series titled “A Feast in the Wilderness: Finding Good News in Deserted Places”.
Pastor Paul is working with Pr. Ellysa Banks from the Sin City Church to develop an interactive Good Friday Stations of the Cross service to be held outside at noon.
Pastor Paul is working with Jeremy to develop a process for members of the congregation to work with the Praise Team. This will include vocal and instrumental talents.
Holli presented the end-of month financial report for January 2020. Our average attendance was down when compared to last year. Our monthly revenue from offerings was up 1% from last year, while our year-to-date revenue is up 1% from last year and 11% from our 2020 budget.
Request for additional funding was discussed. Currently the council has requested that the team work within their current budget and manage their expenses accordingly.
A new cleaning service has been hired. So far the team has been pleased with their performance. We may need to reseal the floors later on this year.
The team is looking at freezer units prior to authorization to purchase a new one.
Two of the three projectors in the sanctuary are experiencing issues. The AV team has been requested to present a proposal for the purchase of TVs and the cost of rewiring the devices.
The council confirmed that the meetings will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm and that there was no meeting in July.
The meeting was adjourned at 8pm, followed by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 24, at 6pm.
Respectfully submitted, Melissa Williams – Recording Secretary