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Jerry Gass - President Leta Garcia - Worship
Hal Switzer - Vice PresidentKaren Wagner - Evangelism
Claudia Smith - SecretaryNorman Eubank - Property
Medora Beckmann - TreasurerAlexis Wagner - Education / Youth
Sheri Riley - Financial Secretary Wayne Gosnell - Stewardship

Meeting Council of Churches, October 9, 2019, Trinity Lutheran Church, Blanco, TX

Meeting was called to order at 6:25 pm. Council members in attendance –Claudia Smith, Norman Eubank, Alexis Wagner, Karen Wagner, Jerry Gass, Hal Switzer, Wayne Gosnell, Sheri Riley, Pastor Bobby Leggett, and Leta Garcia. Pastor opened with a prayer on “10 Days of AWE” (addressing Yom Kippur) In Hebrews, the blood of Christ is one sacrifice for all. Member Input: Patrick Welton, seminary Master of Divinity-Biblical Studies, provided a handout to council members. After his update, he opened the floor for questions and answers. Stan Steiger gave an update on renewal for Lutheran Brotherhood Mutual policy. Renewal on Dec. 16.

Time was given to read over the previous meeting minutes with one correction: to add Karen Wagner to attendance list. Karen made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Alexis seconded. Approved.

Committee Reports:

Financial Report - Wayne suggested to fix graphs to show 5 months when needed (not part of financial reports, only suggestion.)  Sheri gave her report also need to combine accounts 499/503/516.
Treasurers Report - Medora reported the balance in building was $15,423.36 after deposits of $1,197.00.
Pastor's Report - Bobby's report included in council packet.
Youth/Education - Alexis reported on museum trip, lock-in, rummage sale, Sunday school pumpkin carving. Talked about upcoming youth activities for the rest of the year.
Stewardship - Wayne gave his report.
Evangelism - Karen reported on plans for the Nov. 24th Thanksgiving Dinner here and Sunday, November 11, soldier home.
Worship - Leta reported on her temple talk and suggestions sent to her. One suggestion was “smells and bells” (incense and music.) Reported on what she does as a music worship leader. Possibility of a new, used or repair organ..
Church Property - Norm submitted his report. He talked about new Christmas lights, and will purchase lights and have someone install. Wayne reported the Carillion installer is coming in Oct. 15th to train volunteers on chimes. Alexis will contact an engineering friend about reports from M&S and city for review.
Fall Fundraiser - no report.
Alexis made a motion to accept the committee reports. Leta seconded. All approved.

Old Business --

    * “Thank You” letters –several letters shared by Wayne.
    * Temple Talks begin Sept. 15th and will continue on non-communion Sundays to finish by Thanksgiving. Idea cards on different ministries passed out by Jerry from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Boerne.
    * Youth Minister search – Alexis and Ashley have done so much
    * Council Retreat date set for Sat. October 26 from 9am-Noon at Leta’s home to long range plan
    * Hal gave supportive report (provided)

New Business –

    * Benevolence reports given by Jerry on behalf of Wayne, to organizations listed below totaling $8700:
The Blanco Education Foundation, in Memory of Jim Raby; Blanco County Community Resource Center; Blanco Good Samaritan Center; Blanco Co. Child Protection & Advocacy; Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center; Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center; Teen Challenge of Texas; CASA; and Institute of Lutheran Theology, for a seminary scholarship
    * Key Security: Give Leta a key, Youth room not to be rented. Rental of church space tabled till next meeting for church’s rental agreement review

Claudia made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 pm, Alexis seconded, all Approved. Closed with Lord’s Prayer.