Minutes of Meeting
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Members present: Pastor Jon Ostenburg, Ken Felt, Laura Dilley, Susan Sherman, Mike Mohr, Ruth Monzillo, Heather Faraci, and Milan Barabas.
Members excused: Marie Johnson, Irving Jones, Ken Stoyer, Karla Carson, and Dave Wallin.
Pastor Jon opened the meeting with a prayer.
Minutes of the September meeting were approved on a motion by Ruth Monzillo and seconded by Mike Mohr.
There is some question about the Bible camp $844 reimbursement under miscellaneous. Attempts to contact Dave Wallin were unsuccessful. This will be TABLED until November meeting.
Final numbers from summer camp should be made available by November meeting.
Ken has been approached by a member of our congregation about the possibility of a Catholic church renting our facility to hold their services in. The congregation is located in the HWY 27 and 192 area. Nothing was decided on this issue since no formal request has been made from said congregation.
A letter of resignation from Kate Baumann was read by Ken Felt. It is with deep regrets that her resignation is accepted on a motion from Ruth Monzillo and seconded by Susan Sherman. Pastor Jon will have a letter prepared to send to Kate Baumann.
It is suggested that the Jr. Council position once held by Karissa Bursey be brought back during the next elections around January or February. It is noted it should be a youth member that is already confirmed and we will look for Kate Baumann as the senior youth group leader to make suggestions as to who should fill this position.
The Presidents report was accepted on a motion from Ruth Monzillo and seconded by Milan Barbabas.
Pastor has offered his thanks to Mike Mohr and Milan Barabas for all their assistance in getting the approvals for the memorial garden as well as dealing with the easement issues with The Paradise Group.
Sunday school is in full swing. Numbers are looking good and he’s already heard from several of our winter visitors and we should see them begin arriving soon.
Pastor reports that Ed Frame is really in need of voices for our choir. We will keep the choir in our prayers.
Future planning has been set through Epiphany. Council needs to determine a date for the Annual Meeting.
Pastor Jon and Pastor Ken attended Pastor Himmelman’s funeral service in the St. Pete area. He was the interim Pastor during the call process.
Illness and shut in calls are way up. Many members of our church and their families have been afflicted by serious illness in recent weeks and months.
There has been a great response to the study series on Islam. There are 10 weeks left in the series. Laura Dilley has recommended placing an ad in the paper to let the community know about the study series we are offering. She will meet separately with Pastor to write the ad.
Meetings of the local Lutheran Clergy has begun meeting monthly again. Pastor has asked the council to keep St. John’s church in our prayers as they endure internal strife within their congregation. Also from the Lutheran Clergy meeting, it was noted that another Pastor’s congregation is setting up a separate fund to hold and raise money for members having a financial need. Pastor Jon will follow this and find out more in case we decide to do something similar in our congregation.
Pastor requests we all spend more time praying for those on the prayer list and really keeping our eyes and ears open for those that may need extra prayer that aren’t on the prayer list.
The Pastor’s report was accepted on a motion by Ruth Monzillo and seconded by Milan Barabas.
Easement- The Paradise Group will pay church’s attorney cost. Milan said he will get everything in writing. A performance bond will be acquired to verify we’re covered if anything goes wrong with the project leaving necessary repairs, etc. The retaining wall will be built 20 feet away from our property and will be on their property line so any liability would be on Tuscany Village. It is noted that the church attorney will review all documents to make sure everything is in order.
The Cub Scouts request to use either the sanctuary or classrooms has been denied due to rising utility cost as well as our current janitorial schedule. Pastor Jon will relay the information to Jerry with the Cub Scouts.
Memorial Garden is under way. There was mention of adding a trellis for shade coverage and it was decided to forego this due to permitting issues with the county.
Mike Mohr shared a recycling opportunity for the church. We are very interested and will wait until November’s meeting to hear more information.
The Ladies Evening Circle’s bank statements were provided for review. It is noted the current balance through the August statement is $344.86.
Congregational meeting has been tentatively set for January 25, 2009.
*Budget should be available for review in sanctuary by January 18, 2009.
*New Council Member nominees should be available to congregation by January 18, 2009 as well.
A current copy of the council terms will be made available at the November meeting. Pastor Jon will speak to Barbara about preparing this.
Mike Mohr requested a voice recorder be brought to council meetings to aide in the accuracy of typing council minutes. Pastor Jon or Ruth Monzillo will bring one to the November meeting.
Council is asked to spend some time considering a possible replacement for Kate Baumann’s position on council.
Motion to adjourn was made by Laura Dilley and seconded by Ruth Monzillo. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.