News From Your Council of Ministries
|Jerry Gass - President ||Leta Garcia - Worship|
|Hal Switzer - Vice President||Karen Wagner - Evangelism|
|Karen Steiger - Secretary||Norman Eubank - Property|
|Medora Beckmann - Treasurer||Alexis Wagner - Education / Youth|
|Sheri Riley - Financial Secretary ||Wayne Gosnell - Stewardship|
Council Notes -- from the June 10, 2020
The meeting was called to order at 6:08pm by President Jerry Gass. Council members present: Medora Beckmann, Norm Eubank, Jerry Gass, Karen Steiger, Hal Switzer, and Karen Wagner. Other members joining us by Zoom: Wayne Gosnell & Alexis Wagner. Patrick Welton came again as an observer.
Sandy Switzer provided member input detailing TLC’s Welcome Wagon project. So far 3 teams have been formed: Sally Anderson & Sandy Switzer, Jan Gass & Leta Garcia, and Martha Gosnell & Sandy Switzer. Each team delivers a welcome bag, containing a coffee mug and a pound of coffee, to the homes visited. Wayne designed a sticker with pertinent TLC information to be attached to each welcome bag & each bag of coffee. Karen W designed the coffee mugs (with permission to drop Pastor’s calling card inside) using a picture of the church on the outside. The coffee was purchased at Cosco. Sandy reported that 8 homes have been visited, and the responses have been mostly positive. Two families have children, so Sunday School information was also shared. 70 bags have been made and will be distributed.
The minutes of the May 13, 2020 Council meeting had 2 minor corrections. Three graduating Seniors will be honored on Senior Sunday. And under Old Business a TV was installed in the fellowship hall, not a speaker. In Sheri’s absence Jerry presented the financial reports through May 2020. The roof claim income & roof expenses were reclassified to show more accurate bar charts. The financial picture for TLC looks particularly good despite having to live-stream our Sunday services. Jerry commended Pastor for getting the word out to the congregation commending them for being faithful during the pandemic.
Hal brought up for consideration to have a line item…Media Expense…under Worship Expenses, especially once we have yearly fees re: new software or other media expenses not considered capital expenditures.
Medora gave the Treasurer’s Report as of May 22, 2020. The outstanding check #10721 can be added back in because it was a duplicate. She reported that our 17-month CD is maturing on Jun 10, 2020. It had an interest rate of 2.33%.
Youth – Alexis is now licensed to practice legally in 5 states. She will be taking the Texas Bar exam in September. Senior Sunday will be June 14. The 3 honorees will receive gifts and be treated to a special video featuring them and shown during Sunday’s worship service. Summer Sunday School preparations are well under way to begin June 28. Ashley Finch is coordinating the Dr. Seuss themed Sunday School and Sherri Wicker is working on some special Dr. Seuss snacks. The Girls’ Retreat is scheduled for August 6-9 in Concan. 12 girls have signed up so far. The Glorietta Camp deposit is being mailed back and should arrive in a few weeks. The scholarship committee met and unanimously suggested to split the $8,000.00 equally among the 8 applicants, pending the Council’s approval.
Stewardship – Wayne reported that the Legacy Giving Program needs to be developed once we can get back together. Next month the Benevolence distributions will be made.
Evangelism – Karen reported that her activities have been on hold because of the pandemic.
Worship – In Leta’s absence Jerry led discussion on thinking about when our worship could return to 2 services each Sunday. No plans can be made until we know how the pandemic will be treated. Jerry mentioned a good that has come out of this crisis is live streaming our services and Zooming our Bible Class. Suggestions were made to keep the live-stream function so people that are out of town or unable to attend worship would still be able to participate.
Property – Norm reported that the roof replacement project is complete. AV feed to fellowship hall is complete & functioning. New cross location will be discussed later. Brotherhood Mutual did a risk control visit on Mar 16 pointing out some items to consider, but not mandatory 1) installing impact absorbing material under the playground equipment, and 2) trimming limbs above the church. Agent in Hutto will notify Brotherhood Mutual that playground material will not be installed, and limbs will be trimmed at a better time of the year.
Security – Hal addressed recent security training. Lacy Lukich has completed a special 1-day training course. Danny Osterhout just needs to be recertified. Charles Riley has expressed interest to be part of the Security Team. He needs a ‘License to Carry’ to be part of the team. Hal also mentioned that he is still working on getting the defibrillator.
Karen Wagner moved we accept the Committee Reports and Alexis Wagner seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Old Business –
--Appreciation Letters were received
from CASA, ILT, Ethnomedia, Blanco Co Child Protection, Upbring and
LFL. Additionally, we received a gift from the PEC United Charities
that we will distribute as additional benevolence monies.
--Patrick gave an Internship Update. He is taking 2
classes this summer…one being Entrepreneurialship in Your Local
--The Operation Christmas Child letter to
Amy Jeanne Welton has been written including ideas to move forward
in a more single-family sponsored manner in the future. The Council
welcomes Amy Jeanne’s input. Jerry will send out the letter on
official church letterhead. Does Samaritan’s Purse have any way of
telling us where the boxes go?
--The website is
visible but is still under construction. Alexis & Kathy will meet to
solve some of the issues that are not yet perfected. Alexis showed
the home page & its many features. It is very eye-catching &
informative. Alexis, Tami, Kathy & Angie will be trained to update
--The Communion Schedule has been
completed through August 2020.
overflow concerns were brought up. Sit as many worshippers in the
Sanctuary as possible before going into fellowship hall overflow.
Ushers can bring communicants to main church for Communion. Supplies
such as attendance cards, hymnals, Bibles, bulletins should be
available in the fellowship hall, also.
--No need to
continue calling list of members since we are meeting on Sundays
New Business –
--Angie will be out of the office July 6-9.
Our next Council meeting is July 8, so plan ahead with Angie by July 2.
No Fellowships are to be scheduled until the pandemic is over.
--Hal made a motion to pay Nursery Attendant, Lainie Parker, during
Covid-19 even though we had no worship services. Karen W. seconded
the motion. All were in favor.
At 8:39pm Medora
made the motion to adjourn the meeting, and Karen W. seconded the
motion. Everyone joined in reciting The Lord’s Prayer.
Webster’s Definition of “Benevolence”…
disposition to do good; 2a : an act of kindness; 2b : a generous
Every 3 months, Trinity Lutheran Church’s Council of Ministries
distributes benevolence that is based on offerings received by the
church. 10 percent of offerings received are gifted to organizations
in our community and surrounding area. At the July
8th Council of Ministries Meeting the Council approved the following
organizations would receive benevolences totaling $9,310.00, which
is 10% of our offerings from April through June 2020. The
organizations we supported this quarter include:
Blanco County Child Protection and Advocacy Board
CASA of the Highland Lakes
thnomedia, for the Deditos Program
Blanco Good Samaritan Center
Highland Lakes Family Crisis
Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center
Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT)
ILT Scholarship for
LCMC Texas District
LCMC National Organization
Lutherans for Life
Blanco County Community Resource
Blanco Education Foundation
Challenge of Texas
Wycliffe Bible Translators