At the March council meeting, the council discussed and approved council goals for 2019. The council approved nine different goals that will help prioritize the efforts of the council. The first goal is pretty obvious: to complete the call process and have in place a new Pastor of Congregation Life by the end of this summer. This will be challenging because the call process takes time and we obviously want to make sure that we have the right person in place. It is more convenient for people to move during the summer when kids can change schools, and so the Call Committee is working hard to meet this goal. Along with this first goal, the second goal is to revitalize and rejuvenate the Fellowship Committee and Social Ministry Committee once the settled pastor is in place. It was felt that this isn’t a task that Pastor Dave Hoadley should spend his time on as interim pastor, but something that should wait until the new settled pastor is in place.
Another goal approved by the council is to help strengthen the youth ministry programs, with a focus on ministry with high school aged youth. Attendance and interest has been declining, so Pastor Suzi and the Youth Board are working hard to try and figure out what energizes and interests the kids so that they want to attend. Kids are so busy these days and we know we must make the youth ministry a valuable commitment of their time.
Two of the goals approved by the council deal with communications. One is to increase the communication between council and the congregation with a monthly newsletter article which you are reading now and also more announcements in the weekly Sunday bulletin. Another goal is to increase the communications between the various committees and the council. Each committee has a council representative on it and the council receives reports from each committee at its meeting. However, these reports are not always submitted on time and sometimes the council doesn’t know all the important activities of a committee.
Another goal approved was the re-vitalization of the Cemetery Board. This group of people had its first meeting in many years in January this year and discussed a number of issues associated with the cemeteries. Len Bengtson is the sexton for the Zion cemetery and Barb Rassatt is the sexton for the Marysville cemetery. They have done an excellent job over the past number of years keeping the cemeteries going mainly by themselves, but it’s time that we give them the support they need.
During the year, the council will also be reviewing, updating, and in some cases developing new policies for the staff and church. The first policy under consideration will be the handbook for employees. Council last updated the handbook in 2014 and so it is time to look at it again. The Personnel Committee will spearhead this effort. Other polices that the council may consider in the coming year are a conflict of interest policy, a gift acceptance policy, and the annual financial review policy.
The final two goals approved by the council were the effort to do something about the flooring in the Sanctuary, and to hold council meetings to approved agenda length. The carpeting in the Sanctuary is over 30 years old and is in rough shape. The council formed a Color and Design Task Force and they are looking at options for replacement. Once the task force has selected a design and color, the council will make the final approval on whether to move forward or not with the project.
Other business discussed at the meeting included an update on the hot water heater, a discussion on giving to the Synod, and increasing the cost of a cemetery lot for non-members. Currently, Zion gives $12,000 to the Synod every year. The council felt that the level of giving should remain unchanged in 2019. Also, the Cemetery board recommended to the council that the price for a cemetery lot for a non-member should be raised from $800 to $1200. The council wanted to seek input from the congregation on this change and tabled the matter until it could be communicated to the congregation.
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