In 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.
After assembling in God’s name, our first order of business was to hear updates on our current staffing needs. We reviewed, discussed and unanimously voted to approve the job description for Director of Choirs. A hiring team will be formed shortly. This position will have an eighteen month contract and will work closely with Sarah Schubert, the Lead Musician.
Dan Bierne will continue his work as Youth Director on Wednesday evenings while we search for a permanent replacement for this position. He will also choose and mentor volunteers to lead the group on Sundays. This will give us a chance to focus on the Director of Choirs search first as that need is more immediate. The hiring team for this position will also be formed soon.
Next, Ben Dieterich presented the proposed 2016 budget for review. This budget nets a $100 increase over last year’s. After some discussion, we unanimously approved the proposal for presentation to the congregation at the January congregational meeting.
Jay Kapp gave an update on the capital campaign. We have now received more than $500,000 in pledges. Follow-up letters will go in the mail shortly.
We discussed preparation and attendance for the upcoming January meetings. There was a discussion regarding the need for constitutional amendments and it was decided that none would be necessary for the January congregational meeting. There will be an informational meeting regarding staffing January 10 between services to review what positions we are currently hiring and why. There will be an informational meeting regarding budget on January 17 between services to review the proposed 2016 budget. The congregational meeting will be held on January 24 between services. We also formed a council team to plan and execute the Leadership Summit on January 30. WELCA graciously agreed to reschedule the chili cook-off to February 27 when we discovered there was a conflict.
Angela Cooper gave a report on Pastor Tim’s exit interview.
Ben gave his treasurer’s report. We are seeing positive trends and are hoping for a strong finish to the year. Giving has steadily picked up over the second half of the year, while expenses have held steady.
Pastor Martha spoke briefly regarding her first day at LMC and is looking forward to helping us through our transition.
We gave thanks to God and went out in his 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!