January 14, 2014 AJLC Council Meeting Summary
Present: Pr Tom, Paul Peterson, Dale Hellickson, Ben Carlson, Amy Krystosek, and Greg Norman.
Excused absence: Bill Willhite and Diane Spanier
Paul called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm followed by Pr Tom with an opening prayer
Pr Tom has had a very busy schedule with Christmas and two funerals. Planning to attend the Augustana District Theological Conference February 3rd in Bloomington and doing a home visit on Thursday. We have 40 people signed up for Wednesday evening Bible study.
Worship Branch: We have four styles of Sunday Services: Traditional, Blended with Choir, Blended with Acoustic Praise Band and singers, Blended. Dale asked if we could do more praise and worship music from the Integrity Music DVD set that John Olson purchased. There are several songs on them that are also in the LBW with a slight “up-beat”. Maybe these could be played before church when it is time for people to “quiet their hearts”. Pr Tom will bring this again to the worship team. It may be a good idea to post the order of these four services in the bulletin each week too.
Education Branch: Amy – January 23rd the Sunday school children will be involved with the service, and Pr Tom encouraged them to be involved every Sunday. Greg is in the process of preparing another adult study and Rene Sol will also be leading a new bible study series from Sola Publishing.
Missions Branch: Ben – October, November and December money designated for the following: Local – Place of Hope and St. Cloud Christian school, National – Lutherans for Life, and International – EEM.
Membership Branch: Pr Tom will be doing a new member class the last Sunday in January with their reception the 3rd Sunday in February. Staff Building Branch – We now have a special events section, with policy and support information along with meals/catering etc. Formal Capital Appeal for Site/Building Fund – 10 pledge cards have been turned in for $19,000 for the building fund ( we need all members pledges in even if marked with a zero), and lead gifts are in as well.
Congregational Meeting February 9th – Agenda items include: a. Election of new officers, b. vote on bylaw change making fiscal year January 1st to December 31st, c. financial review/update. Funeral Policy – Have the family pay for the meal catered by Creative Catering (The Creamery) in Rice with a $100 minimum ($2.60 per person) and have a lead person from AJ coordinate.
We closed the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer and Paul adjourned the meeting.
The next Council Meeting is February 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Love of Christ.
Dale Hellickson Council Secretary