Congregational Meeting Recap: July 2015

Wine-and-Basket-of-FoodOn Sunday, July 26, LMC held a special congregational meeting between services in order to vote on two important pieces leading up to our capital campaign, the revised mission and vision statements and the release of funds for the kitchen renovation.

After acknowledging a quorum with fifty-nine voting members in attendance, we opened the meeting with a prayer led by Pastor Tim Brown.

Linda Khoury presented the revised mission and vision that came about as the result of a lengthy process that began with last fall’s cottage meetings.

Our Mission
Transforming Chicagoland in Christ’s name.

Our Vision
We reach people with the Gospel by rejoicing, reforming, responding, and renewing. We rejoice in the love of God shown through Christ in engaging worship. We reform ourselves and the world around us. We respond to our neighbor through service and advocacy. We renew our faith and support others on their faith journey.

Our Call
We Rejoice in the God shown through Christ. We worship fully, sing soulfully, and seek opportunities for prayer and deep conversation as God invites us to grow together. We are a church where people make worship part of their weekly habit.

We Reform ourselves and our community through changing lives and being changed. We seek opportunities to be radically hospitable through our space. We are a church that is open and welcoming and will reform ourselves again and again as we grow in Christ.

We Respond to our neighbor and our world. We work for a world where social justice is lived and embodied as Christ embodied God’s love for all. We strive for all to have food, for gun violence to cease, for equality, for the marginalized to have a voice, and for peace to thrive throughout the world.

We Renew our faith and the faith of all people through study, devotion, encouraging spiritual practices and lifting up spiritual gifts. We are a church who is active in faith formation. We continually renew our connections with our community partners, renewing Chicago and the world in the process.

The congregation unanimously voted to adopt the new mission and vision.

Ron Meadows, the Property Team leader, and Christopher Haite, Property Team member presented the plans for the kitchen renovation and answered questions pertaining to the plan and the renovation process.

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Ben Dieterich, LMC Treasurer, reviewed our current financial health and answered questions regarding specific bequests received over the last few years.

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The congregation unanimously voted to release the requested $225,000 from our general account for the kitchen renovation and necessary repairs and upgrades to the surrounding area.

We closed the meeting with a song led by Pastor Tim Brown.

To see the full slideshow, including details of the renovation process and current financial health click here.

Council Meeting Recap: July 2015

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In an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of the July 21 Council meeting. The minutes will be posted on the Council bulletin board in the basement after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.

We assembled in God’s name offering praise and thanksgiving and asking for clarity and guidance.

We recapped the kitchen listening meetings and discussed concerns addressed at the meetings in preparation for the congregational meeting on July 26th.

Next, we went over the congregational meeting agenda, and talked about how to best use our allotted time between services.

Jay Kapp gave a brief capital campaign update, stating that Diane Betten had agreed to lead the Messenger Committee and that the population of all teams was nearly complete.

We discussed holding a leadership summit in place of an upcoming council meeting, likely in the fall. In addition to the council, the summit will include the staff, the Capital Campaign Leadership Team and the leaders of all of the various teams. It will be a time of strengthening our communication and connection as we enter into the capital campaign and begin living into our new mission and vision.

We discussed how, as a council, we will recognize both Brian Myers and Chris Michaelis as they leave our ministry team.

The council nominated Nathan Crum as the newest member of the Investment Team.

Ben Dieterich gave the Treasurer’s Report. Despite extra payroll expenses in June, we ended the month less than six hundred dollars from breaking even year-to-date.

Pastor Tim spoke briefly about his time at the youth gathering in Detroit as the main highlight from his Pastor’s Report.

In other business we discussed that the fire door by the old office must remain closed for safety, but unlocked to allow groups to meet in there since it now functions as the lounge.

We gave thanks to God and departed in God’s name.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse into our process and keeps you informed as to what we are talking about right now. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to work for you!

Council Meeting Recap: June 2015

Rainbow_and_Clouds_Contemporary_10-31-08In an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of last week’s Council meeting. The minutes will be posted on the Council bulletin board in the basement after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.

We assembled in God’s name offering praise and thanksgiving and asking for clarity and guidance.

Ron Meadows, from the Property Team, joined us and gave the property report. The flat roof and missing gutter have both been replaced. He has received a proposal for the remaining roof issues including partial fixes, patching of the choir area, and more fixes that can wait a bit longer. We reviewed rough kitchen drawings and will get more detailed ones in about a week, with a rough price list in the next two weeks.

Next, we voted on and approved the mission and vision as presented by the Mission and Vision Team. We will present to the congregation for adoption at the July congregational meeting.

We then set dates for kitchen listening meetings and the summer congregational meeting. Kitchen meetings will be held between services on July 12 & 19. The congregational meeting will be held between services on July 26. Linda Khoury will discuss the mission and vision, Ron Meadows will discuss the kitchen renovation and Ben Dieterich will discuss funding for the kitchen.

Following up on an item from the last meeting, Linda stated that she and Diane Betten would be putting up the new council bulletin board the week of July 6.

Ben gave the treasurer’s report. Income in May was higher than Mays past, but lower than the last three months of this year. Last fall’s pledges are currently being compared to year to date giving. The Stewardship Team will be following up on this. The Investment Team is looking at possibly moving some of our investments to ELCA funds.

Jay Kapp gave a capital campaign update. The newly formed Leadership Team is meeting this week. The other capital campaign teams are being formed and will begin meeting soon.

We reviewed Pastor Tim’s report and he highlighted several areas. Brian Myers is stepping down as junior and senior high youth director on August 30. Dan Bierne, of Urban Acacia, has agreed to step in as interim director from September through December. Pastor Tim attended the synod assembly with Dieter Schulte. He is also meeting with Rabbi Rosen regarding Palestinian rights. Rabbi Rosen is looking for a location, possibly LMC, to hold major festivals and other worship events. He is doing peace, justice and advocacy work and is willing to give donations, work, etc. in exchange for using our space.

We reviewed the KAIROS communications audit. We will be sharing more information on the blog and forming a Communications Team to begin addressing the audit’s action items.

We gave thanks to God and departed in God’s name.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse into our process and keeps you informed as to what we are talking about right now. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to work for you!