Monday, June 18, 2018


  1. Call to Order by Council President Steve Schulz at 6:34pm, Attendance recorded, quorum present. In attendance were: Dean Jensen, Joyce Fredin, Karen Szymanowski, Donna Ludtke, Karen Hovde, Bonnie Trampel, Deb Hanson, Pastor Sean Forde, Craig Ludtke, Diane Damerow, Ann Hareid, Steve Schulz, Mollee Tscholl, Jordan Winter, Jenny Edwin, Belinda Krysan, Jens Levisen, Pastor John Holt and Kristin Larson and Absent was Kara Heinemann. MOTION for Adoption of Agenda as printed by Dean J seconded by Bonnie T APPROVED
  2. Devotions & Prayer— Pastor Holt shared Lamentations 3:22-23 (RSV)- “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” We then meditated on the verse and some shared their new mercies.

Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Additional sharing among the council.

  1. Open Forum – none
  2. Secretary’s Report
    1. Approval of Council meeting minutes from May 21, 2018 by Bonnie T/Joyce F
    2. Review of Congregational Meeting Minutes from June 3, 2018 by the council.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    1. May 2018 Financial Report by Dean J/ Jens L
    2. Report of May Checks: General Fund Amount: $70,231.60; Endowment Fund Amount: $9,357.28; Designated Fund Amount: $7,079.58
  4. Pastors Report: Read thank you from the Pastor Dan Baker’s father’s funeral, Read thank you from the Pastors who were honored at the recognition. Email from Brad Kramer: He and his son are going  to Haiti. They are asking for FLC’s financial help. Pastor Sean shared about his book. Many things coming up in agenda items listed.
  5. Business, Planning & Action Items
    1. Presentation from Ministry Team Review Task Force—Jo Hanson & Diane Damerow shared print outs and a power point.
    2. MOTION to approve the ISD #241 Lease of space in FLC for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Use (Staff recommends presented by Pastor John/Pastor Sean) by Kristin L/Karen S APPROVED
    3. MOTION to approve using the grant in Acct 03-3046 for the Plan for reconfiguration as presented tonight of Youth Room, S.S. Rooms & Chapel on the 2nd floor and to amend properties budget to deficit their balance by $10,000 by Craig/Dean APPROVED —staff recommends. Much discussion and questions.

Both agenda items b. & c. were discussed simultaneously.

    1. School Back Pack Program: 2018–$5760; 2019–$11,520—Pastor Sean and Jenny Edwin Grace Lutheran Church’s Pastor Shane approached FLC asking for partners in this program. We were asked to help Halverson, probably 60-80 students on the weekend. Many local churches are partnering together. Looking to order the food in mid-July so it’s here by the beginning of school. MOTION that FLC council approves the expenditure for the student backpack program in the amount of $5760 by Donna Ludtke/ Jens Levisen. (John 21:15 was read in this discussion by Pastor John) APPROVED. We would fundraise to cover this expenditure.
    2. Proposal for Sanctuary Play Space—Pastor Sean (space under the bell choir) Discussion Consensus: Present to the congregation. MOTION made FLC Council supports this proposal by Mollee T/Jens L APPROVED
    3. Congregational Meetings/Update Dates: June 24 11:15am and September 24 TBD
    4. First Lutheran Day at the A.L. Lakers Baseball Game—Pastor John Sunday July 1 4pm
    5. Other:


  1. Advance planning for next meeting, Monday July 16, 2018, Devotions: Dean Jensen
    1. Items: 1)          Easton Place in the Sanctuary            2)  Ministry Review Team     Response           
    2. Items: 3)                                                                                                                                   4)                                                                                                                                                            
  2. Reports from any Ministry Team, committee, or officers
  • Sprit of Giving Ministry Team deadline for the giving cards to be returned by July 31
  • Youth Ministry Team 17 youth will be attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston leaving June 25th
  • Worship & Music Ministry Team Harp concert on the 26th
  • Growth & Membership Ministry Team Spuds and Splits coming up
  • Women’s Ministry Team Cookbook name deadline June 24, Recipes deadline July 1, Salad Luncheon brought in $1300 and remaining money will help put up the painting, July 21 lunch at Green Lea and attend Beauty and the Beast, purchased new silverware, glass bowls and water servers
  1. Heard any good jokes lately? Dean- Kindergarten teacher asked the students to show & tell their religious objects: Jewish child- this is the star of David, Catholic child- this is a Rosary and the Lutheran child said this is a hotdish
  2. Closing—Prayer requests, Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer
  3. Adjournment at 9:22pm