In an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of last month’s Council meeting. The full minutes will be available after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.
We opened in God’s name with a scripture reading from John and a discussion and reflection with Council and Staff.
LMC Staff was present to discuss communication and expectations going forward. We talked about protocol and needs for information going both from Staff to Council and Council to Staff.
We discussed the copier in the office which has been frequently breaking down lately, we are spending a lot on maintenance & repair. Heather is to get three quotes on leasing & buying options and report back to Council.
We approved the February minutes.
We discussed the website domain transfer. The old site no longer links to new site. Christian Kern and Jeff Conway will fix this. It takes some time for Google to redirect to a new site when searching.
Update on fencing, by Jay Kapp. Heather Vanderberg, Jay Kapp & Dan Ruzic met with Clint from fencing. LMC is attempting to schedule improvements to Fellowship Hall as much as possible to minimize the impact upon fencing’s summer schedule.
Jay presented a proposal for the elevator phone line answering service agreement. Council approved.
We discussed the Leadership Summit and survey results. The Leadership Summit was generally well received. There was significant interest in newly forming teams.
Suggested improvements included:
- Need printed agenda
- Need child care
- Not enough time for small groups
- Perhaps less content in favor of more time for discussion and consideration of the selected topic.
Jay gave the Property report. The kitchen is projected to be complete mid to late May, but timing is heavily dependent upon availability of City inspectors. Regarding the Fellowship Hall, we don’t know what’s under the floor, this will determine much of the timing. The current intent is to remove flooring Memorial Day weekend. The team is thinking ahead to what happens in the nursery during basement renovation to best minimize disruption.
Ben Dieterich shared the Treasurer’s report. He will provide quarterly updates to congregation
Justin Shimko gave an update on the LMC Scholarship. When a member from an ELCA church attends an ELCA university, the university matches scholarships given by the church. We have given scholarships in the past, when students have written and requested them. The team is exploring options for funding and working on putting a process in place for future scholarships.
Next, was the Faith & Justice Team report by Justin Shimko. There is new interest in this team stemming from Leadership Summit. The team is currently working with Dieter Schulte on the peace vigil. They are also exploring the possibility of setting up a fund and coordinating with area churches to support vulnerable area families by ensuring care of children if parents are deported. The team will be meeting again after Easter.
Audrey Downes gave the Welcoming Team report. The team has scheduled a meeting and will be getting the meeting date & place to Heather.
In the Congregational Care Team report, by Toietta Dixon, we learned that the team protocol is almost complete. Also, there are more people interested in this team after the Leadership Summit.
Stewardship Team report, by Nicole VanderDoes. She shared several upcoming events.
- Thursday 7pm Tiny Lounge
- April service project with Sole Hope
- April 23 volunteer recognition Sunday-reception between services
- May 20 work day-spring cleaning at church
- June 17 Greater Chicago Food Depository
Diane Betten reported that the Call Team will be meeting with their top candidate shortly.
We closed with the Lord’s Prayer and went out 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!