Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting September 19, 2018

The meeting was called to order by Scott Graham at 7:05 pm.  Dick Fairclough began the meeting by reading the devotion fromPortals of Prayer from Galatians 6:1-10.   

Those in attendance were Scott Graham, Nina McDonald, Dick Fairclough, Ruth Consier, Mike Compton, Kathy Milligan, Pat Griffin, Ellie Menz, Sarah Erickson, Jack Fredricks, Mark Erickson, David Pedersen, Al Robson, Lynn Menz, Dennis Thede, Linda Thede, Cheryl Robson, Jane Finch

Scott Graham asked the individual Boards to review their goals and report how well they are achieving their goals and what they may need to do to reach their goals. 

Boards Reporting:

Elders-Will give their public report on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Missions, Outreach and Parrish Fellowship: Will give their public report on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Christian Education: Will give their public report Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Trustees: Will give their public report on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Gifts & Stewardship: (tentatively) Will give their public report Sunday, November 11, 2018.


Pat Griffin passed out financial reports for each board.  Pat asked each board to get the financials completed and returned to him by October 14, 2018.  The budget committee will have their first meeting on October 24, 2018.  This will greatly assist the budget committee in making the budget.

Pat suggested that for board members that are not present—to put a copy of the financial in their box so they can receive a copy and share their input.

Information to remember:

  • Next Council Meeting will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • Public reports for each board are scheduled--see dates above. 

Dave Pedersen motioned for financials be approved and Linda Thede second the motion.  The meeting closed with the counsel members reciting the Lord’s Prayer at 8:10 pm. 



TLC Elder’s Meeting July 10, 2018

Chair Menz called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

Those present were Lynn Menz, Al Robson, Trent Gierstorf, David Pedersen, Pat Griffin, Pastor Dennis and invited guest, Lois Brant.

Pastor Dennis lead the group in an opening reading.

Lois Brant had requested the opportunity to talk with the Elders concerning the vacated position from which she resigned in mid-April.  Her concerns focused on informing the Elders of the importance of maintaining an active participation in Community Service Projects and representation of the Church on associated Boards.  Lois was asked to prepare for Pastor and Lynn a detailed list of projects to which she was referring.  Lois stated that going forward she will take responsibility for:

  1. Community Conversations since that is not a church-sponsored activity anyway.
  2. Greene County Clergy Secretary and Treasurer
  3. Visits to the Regency and Hospital Long-Term Care units monthly via the Fellowship Society of TLC.

Lois left the meeting and was thanked for her comments.

Pastor and Lynn will be working closely with Lois on time lines to wrap up involvement with other previous duties.  Additional discussion was held on how to proceed with the unfilled Service Opportunities Coordinator (SOC) position.  David and Al will be handling the monthly volunteers lists for now.

Pastor reported on sound, projectors and screen projects that are currently being researched.  There is a very wide array of equipment and costs.  Trustees are in charge of this project and everyone will be kept informed.

Pastor requested and it was granted for some reimbursement of his personal cell phone for Church work.

Pastor Dennis will be in Alaska parts of August 19-30.  He has arranged for Pastor Wendzel to hold Divine Services on August 5 and 26 and also September 23.

Communion Assistants were established for:

            August 5 – Trent Gierstorf and David Pedersen

            August 19 – Al Robson and Lynn Menz

            September 2 – Al Robson and Kyle Kinne

            September 16 – Pat Griffin and David Pedersen

            September 30 – Trent Gierstorf and Lynn Menz

David will make the Elder’s Report at the Council Meeting

The Members and the Elders received a Thank You from Pastor Dennis and Margaret for all each of us do to help them.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 11th, at 7:00 pm.

Lynn lead the closing with the Lord’s Prayer.

Pat Griffin, Drafted Secretary for the Night



Endowment Fund Meeting, Sunday, July 15, 2018

Attending Scott Graham, Dick Fairclough, Pat Griffin, Pastor Martens, and Linda Thede

Discussion included financials of the Endowment Fund, and going over the Endowment Fund bi-laws where it was stated that meetings should be held three times each year.  The Bi-laws stated one area the fund can be used is  for technology projects.  The current technology project for the church is the projector(s) and screens.  Pastor Martens gave costs for screens, and for both laser projectors and bulb projectors.  The committee agreed to use $7,500  from the Endowment Fund toward the purchase of a projector and a screen.   The Endowment Fund maximum amount for the technology project is $7,500 and must be used by December 31, 2018.

The next scheduled meeting for the Endowment Fund will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm.