Congregational Meeting Recap: February 2016

Schneeflocken_in_Deutschland_lowresOn Sunday, February 7, LMC held its annual congregational meeting between services in the fellowship hall.

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.

Outgoing Council member, Linda Khoury, was recognized by current member Diane Betten and presented with a gift from the Council.

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.

Council Introductions: Jeff Conway

I was raised FullSizeRender-2Catholic. As a child I attended mass every Sunday and went to CCD — the Catholic version of Sunday School — on Saturday mornings. I even served a three year stint as an alter boy.

When I went away to college, I stopped attending church on a regular basis. And, over time, became more distant and disillusioned with Catholicism. For the next 25 years or so, organized religion wasn’t a part of my life. That’s not to say that I lost my faith, I just didn’t see the need for attending church.

Fast forward to 2009, when my wife Tracy was pregnant with our daughter. We felt very lucky and prepared for her arrival. It was an exciting time! We lived in Lincoln Square, a relatively safe neighborhood with a good school across the street and a lot of parks nearby. It seemed like a perfect place to raise a child.

Yet there was one thing missing … we were both raised in a spiritual community, and we wanted the same for our daughter. For years, we lived just a few doors down the street from Luther Memorial Church. One Sunday, we decided to take a leap of faith of sorts, and stopped in to check out the 9:00am service. We were immediately impressed with Pastor Tim and the welcoming and inclusive nature of the community of parishioners. It felt like home. Thus we began our journey with LMC. We started attending regularly and eventually became members. Our daughter baptized on Holy Saturday in 2011.

Over the years as members of LMC, Tracy and I volunteered in the nursery and currently host Happier Hour. Most recently, I’ve been involved with the capital campaign and serve as a member of the communications committee.

Council Meeting Recap: January 2016

ice-1125335_1920In 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 opening in prayer, we approved the minutes from the December meeting.

We entered executive session in order to meet with a congregation member to discuss Council and member concerns regarding behavior and communication. The executive session continued as we heard a report by attorneys from Perkins Coie regarding their review of our Child Safety and Building Use policies.

Misti Peppler gave a brief update on plans for the upcoming Leadership Summit.

We discussed the upcoming congregational meeting and any alterations that might be necessary due to the change in date.

The meeting was adjourned and we 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!