JULY 2022 CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT
Here is my July Church Council report to the Peace Congregation for July2022.
FINANCES: You may remember that in June I reported a drop in our May offering and thus our expenses exceeded our income. Well some good news, we rebounded in June, so now we are close to income meeting expenses. Like always, give to Peace as your financial situation allows. Thank you!!
STORM DAMAGE: Our Church Building did receive considerable damage from the May/June severe weather. Mike Lagergren reported that the insurance company has been good to work with and as a result we will be getting a new roof. The Council hired John Stone Construction of Spicer as our contractor. The work will probably be done in the Spring of 2023 due to work schedule and supply chain issues etc. Stone Construction has done a temporary shingle fix that should carry us through the winter. Owners, John and Jenny Stone, are members of Peace Lutheran. There was other storm damage that will be fixed that I won’t list, but the roof was the big one.
PEACE BUS: It would really to helpful to restart the Peace Bus service that brings people to church who otherwise have no way of getting there. That said we need volunteers, a coordinator and volunteer drivers. Give volunteering some thought.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: The Stewardship Committee is planning a Capital Campaign Fund Raiser this fall advised by Brenda Moore and Associates. Everything is in the planning stage, but more information will be forthcoming in the near future.
FALL PROGRAMMING: The church staff has been busy planning our church program offerings that start anew at the end of summer. Watch the Church Bulletin and Peace Weekly Updates for more information.
KITCHEN REMODELING: The council voted to spend $500 to remove the kitchen cabinet above the open area of the kitchen looking into the Fellowship Hall. The $500 includes fixing the ceiling above the removed cabinet. The removed cabinet is just that, one long cabinet, not two shorter ones bolted together. What is still useable will be moved to a new as of yet undetermined location. As I wrote last month, the council is aware of the desire of many members of our church to do some updating to the kitchen. The Kitchen Committee has a plan for moving and storing the mostly unused items presently stored in the soon to be removed cabinet.
PRE SCHOOL/DAY CARE: A Loving Arms Pre-School program at Peace Lutheran moves closer to reality. The program parent is Vinge Lutheran in Willmar and their council has approved our church as a future site. Faith Lutheran in Spicer already has the program operating in their church.
JUST FOR KICKS: The Just for Kicks dance classes will again rent gym space from Peace. The program operates classes on Monday and Thursday evenings.
EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE: The council approved the ELCA Primary Health Plan Option for our church employees. This is something we do every year.
MEMORIAL TRUST COMMITTEE: Our Memorial Trust Committee has been inactive of late with no money distributed in the last three years. A new committee has been formed to revitalize Memorial Trust. The committee members are Sherri Bezdichek, Shari Christiansen, Mike Collins, Linda Nelson and Carol Walker.
RETREAT: The council will not hold a regular meeting in August. Rather, we will use a retreat format with no official church business on our agenda. This will be a time for thinking and planning. Because of this, I will not write a Council Report for the September VOP. My next report will appear in the October VOP.
This concludes my report. Thanks for taking the time to read it.
Cliff Gesellchen, Council President