APPROVED MINUTES – August 13, 2020 Church Council meeting.
Valerie called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm. and Pastor Deb opened with a reading and prayer
Those in attendance meeting were Pastor Deb, Phyllis Roseberry, Alan Roseberry, Valerie Prax, Mike Prax Steve Sigstad, Don Ripperton, Jan Anderson, Carmel Gorham, Ruth Smith, Melanie Halverson, and Janell Anderson.
July minutes were approved M/S/C Steve/Jan
Financial Secretary’s report was approved as presented M/S/C, Janell/Carmel
Treasurer’s report was approved as presented M/S/C Jan/Carmel Janell asked for direction for the EC Builders Grant, in new line item or Maintenance. Steve requested new line item. Money from cards went into General Fund. Carmel asked about the monetary gift that was given to the church from Betty Fredrickson’s estate. After some discussion the amount of $3,135,64 would be moved out of the general fund and put into a special line item of its own. There was further discussion on an appropriate use for the gift. Ideas were, for the parking lot, toward new patio doors, technology, something for the children of the church community. Discussion was tabled for next month.
Valerie will look into the procedure to apply for the EDA county grant.
Finance report: Phyllis brought up the stewardship drive and how it may look different this year. She is going to start on formatting an updated brochure for the stewardship drive. Monthly apportionments will be paid in full for August.
Trustees: The Parsonage needs a new microwave. Scotts will be contracted to spray and fertilize the church and parsonage yard this fall. Aesthetics committee continues to work on areas of the church. The nursery is the latest area. Toys have been taken out and sorted, some to go out for free on Saturday morning. Ginger will come and look through what is pulled out and talk about cleaning/care during COVID and flu season. Two pews are damaged and will be taken out and replaced with the pews that are in the hallways at church. It will not be an easy task, help will be needed. The Bell Tower painting day will be Saturday September 19th. The Welcome Center is together and will be set in its area but it is moveable if needed. The carpet in the back hallway and the classrooms and offices will be cleaned.
August 29th the Town and Country Garden Club will have a plant sale.
Worship: A Sunday counter is needed; Janell has volunteered to do this. Remember, an easy way for us to evangelize at this time is to share the on line Sunday morning worship. Jackie P will be our accompanist during the month of August. She is coming in once during the week for the on line portion of the Sunday service and then outside for the in person Sunday service. After some discussion an accompanist that comes for both days will be paid $100.00 a week.
Pastor’s Time: Ben’s last day is the 19th of August. He and the family will not be here on Sunday as they have a family vacation planned. Ben’s recommendation for the next youth person would be to focus on the youth and not lead the children’s activities. Before the COVID restrictions the Saturday children’s’ program was just starting to grow. Pastor stated she is not sure how to do Confirmation now. There would be three this year. They are, Nora, Sam and Lindsay. The office is about ¾ the way through on the record retention task.
After some discussion the Sunday morning in person service will remain outdoors until after the next Combined Worship, Finance and Church Council meeting scheduled for Thursday September 10.M/S/C Carmel/Janell to adjourn at 8:09 pm.
Next meeting will be combined again on Thursday September 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm.
Janell Anderson, Council Secretary