President's Update

President’s Update

Occasional updates from our Church Council President, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

September 2019

Immanuel’s Council and Executive Committee held their monthly meetings on Tuesday, September 10th. Our agenda was light, following the busy weekend that included the Bingo for PROP event and our opening weekend service under the tent. Council expressed its appreciation for the organizers and the many volunteers that participated in the weekend events. Attendance was high for both events, despite the weather being slightly cold and rainy. Funds raised for PROP were consistent with last year, although the final tally was not available yet at the meeting.

Some council members gave brief updates on programming that will resume in September. The Sunday School rooms are ready for the start of classes with fresh paint and flooring. The remaining list of projects on our Building Up campaign were discussed and should be finished within the next few weeks. Full reports from all committees will be given in October. Minutes from the August meeting were approved and are now posted on-line. Finances and attendance through August month-end were also reviewed and are posted here. Consistent with last month, our year-to-date income is on track, but attendance is lagging behind the prior two years.

August 2019

Council had a productive meeting on August 13th! We do not meet in July, so there were several committee updates that covered summer activities (such as mission trips and VBS) and plans for fall programming (such as Confirmation, Tables of Eight, adult faith formation, etc.). Immanuel sure is a busy place!

We reviewed the Building Up campaign project list, including budget adjustments and also progress made to date. It sounds like most of the work will be completed prior to the first weekend of Sunday School.

Many of the committees are preparing for either the Prop bingo event, Tent meeting, or programming, with all-hands pitching in!

A highlight of our meeting was a visit from Judy Miller and Bev Osekowsky. Judy and Bev are two of the eight Immanuel delegates that attended the Minneapolis Synod meeting in May. They provided Council with a nice summary of the events and speakers at the meeting, and summarized the resolutions that were voted on. I particularly appreciated hearing from them and am thankful for their caring service on behalf of Immanuel. 

Finally, meeting minutes were approved for our June meetings and financial results were discussed. Attendance and income results are posted here. Summer attendance has been lower than recent years. Giving remains slightly above budget on a year-to-date basis, which is still benefiting from March results.

June’s approved Exec and Council minutes are available online.

June 2019

We’ve held two Council & Exec meetings since my last update.

At our May meeting, we celebrated Immanuel’s programming highlights over Holy Week and our Easter services. Attendance for Easter Sunday worship was 270 greater than the prior year and the music, in particular, was lifted up as a highlight. Council members provided committee updates, which included programs that wrapped up in May and special summer offerings that are planned (VBS, camps, mission trips, etc.). At both meetings, council reviewed the list of capital projects included in the Building Up capital campaign, as well as financing alternatives as we close out our Opening Doors campaign in June.

At our June meeting, Immanuel’s parish nurse, Kari Totall, met with Council to educate us on her role and the many ways she ministers to members of our congregation, both personally and through her ministry teams. We are so grateful for her talents and her commitment.

Minutes from April and May meetings have been approved and are now online.

Attendance and giving summaries through May are also online.

April 2019

This is my first update following Immanuel’s Council and Executive Committee meetings, which I now plan to provide each month. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, except July. I’ll try to:

Approved meeting minutes, which are more thorough, will be posted on the web site as they have always been. We are striving to provide helpful information as timely as possible. Your feedback and requests are welcome! Please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

April Council & Exec Highlights
Immanuel’s Council and Executive Committee met on April 9th. At both meetings, a considerable amount of time was devoted to the upcoming Building Up Capital Campaign, including the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which Pastor Paul presented. In addition, Jeff Kjellberg from Kairos presented feedback from the recent MAP survey, including feedback from one-on-one interviews. Council will dig deeper into these results at our upcoming council retreat on April 27th, which will be held at the Luther Seminary. Lastly, we celebrated a great month of giving in March, which made up for a decline in February when weather interrupted worship schedules for many members. Giving and attendance comparisons through March can be accessed here. Additional items discussed at our April meetings will be posted in secretary Pat Hammer’s minutes when they are approved in May. Minutes from February and March are now online.

Beth Hansen
Council President

Immanuel Annual Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting on January 27th. We were blessed with a quorum of members in attendance (well over the 60 required), and wonderful food.

We are grateful to have a caring congregation that was engaged in dialogue throughout the agenda. Two key highlights of the meeting are as follows:

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