The meeting was called to order by Council president, Misti Peppler. Justin Shimko opened the meeting in prayer. We acknowledged a quorum of over 80 members present and approved the meeting’s agenda. We then corrected and approved the minutes from last year’s meeting.
During her President’s Report, Misti reviewed 2015’s highs and lows and read the Council’s statement regarding the completed investigation into our former choir director and the legal investigation that took place regarding her employment at LMC. Misti then reviewed the change in Council member elections that will be adopted going forward. Elections will be taking place during the late summer/early fall congregational meeting to give new council members a period of acclimation before their term officially begins in January. During this period, members elect will not have voting or executive privileges. Misti spoke of our commitment to continued growth and took a look forward to what is next for LMC, namely staffing, the call process and building improvements.
Pastor Martha Hall gave a big thank you to this year’s Council and spoke of her excitement at being with LMC during this season of transition.
Jay Kapp gave an update on the capital campaign and stated that our current pledges for the next three years are up to $530,490.
Investment team member Alphonse Gray gave a brief update from his team and recognized outgoing member Stuart Kirk, who was not in attendance. New team members, Kevin Massey & Dan Kopczynski were then elected.
Ben Dieterich gave his Treasurer’s Report and budget presentation. The 2016 budget was then approved with no discussion.
Jeff Conway was elected as the newest Council member and Ben Dieterich was re-elected as Treasurer.
Under old business, a meeting for February 28, between services was announced detailing the updated plans and timeline for the kitchen renovation.
Congregation member Christine Shaw closed in prayer and the meeting was adjourned.