Council Update 2019.02

if we stay focused on our mission of sharing Christ’s word, strengthening faith, and serving those in need we can work through very tough issues

At every meeting the council reviews the income and expenses from the previous month as well as the balances in our various financial accounts. Here are the numbers from the February treasurer’s report. In our general fund, the total income for the month was $58,654, expenses were $73,000. This is our main account and pays for most things such as salaries, utilities, daily expenses, and giving to the Synod. The account varies the most depending on the number of Sundays and the number of paydays in a month. The balance in the general fund at the end of February was $108,000. The building fund income was $13,053 and the monthly expense which is just the mortgage was $13,800. These numbers stay pretty constant month to month. The balance in the Building Fund account at the end of February was $40,800. We also have money in a special projects account, which at the end of February was $142,900. All the funds in the special project account are designated for a specific use. Finally, the balance at the end of February in a few other accounts were: $31,400 in Memorial, $13,100 in the Cemetery account and $15,300 in the Mission account.

At the February meeting, held on the 27th, the council elected to appoint an interim pastor to fill the vacant Pastor of Congregational Life position as soon as feasible. The position would be a half-time position and fulfill responsibilities done temporarily by Jill Davis and retired pastors John Folkerds and Roger Johnson. Duties will be home and hospital visits, first contact for pastoral care, and morning worship leadership about two Sundays a month. Pastor Ted will work with the Minneapolis Area Synod to identify candidates for the position. Pastor Ted and Pastor Suzi will interview the candidates and then the Executive Committee will approve the final candidate. The individual will remain in the position until the Call Committee completes its work and a 3-year term Pastor of Congregational Life is in place.

The council approved the joint proposal by the Memorial and Property Committees to form a Design and Color Task Force to determine new flooring and upholstery options for the Sanctuary. The carpet in the Sanctuary is original, over 30 years old, and is showing its wear. The task force will determine an overall conceptual design, a detailed design and color selection, determine cost, and investigate methods for paying for the project. The task force hopes to complete this work by late spring or early summer at which time the council will decide to move forward or not on the project. If you are interested in working on the task force and would like to make a very visually and long lasting impact on the church, please contact Diane Paulu at dipau77@gmail.com or 612- 599-6507.

Jim Bischoff was appointed to the vacant council position, and Diane Paulu was elected as the council secretary.

The council reviewed a letter received by the Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Rev. Ann M. Svennungsen. The Synod just ended a very tough financial year, and she asked that congregations keep them in their prayers and consider their financial gifts to the Synod. Zion currently gives $1,000 per month to the Synod. The council decided to table the discussion and no decision was made about increased giving to the Synod.

Pastor Ted presented an update on the Call Committee and stated that the committee is currently working on updating the church profile. Potential candidates for the Pastor of Congregational life will use the profile to gather understanding and knowledge about our church to see if they may be interested in applying for the position. Once updated and the job description finalized, we will start advertising the position and seeking applications.

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