First Congregational Church Council Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Present: John Gray, Sara Ryerson, Kipp Hendricks, Jim Trotter, Trudy Medendorp, Kathryn Gooding, Jenny Streit, Rev. Eric Fistler, Rev. Emily Davis

  1. Sara called the meeting to order at 7:02.  

  2. Eric began our work with a mini Bible study: Acts 2:42-47

  3. Approval of 5-22-18 Minutes; Kipp motioned to approve, John seconded. Motion carried.

  4. Financial Report - John  All is well, update/details to follow in August.

  5. Chairperson’s Report – Sara reports Lakeside festival and parade went well. Annual meeting went smoothly. Discussed priorities for Council for the year.

  6. Staff Report-- Eric

    • Led two workshops at the Great Lakes Youth Event.

    • Facilities working on emergency preparedness. We’ll need drills during worship.

    • Discussed Safe Church Policy

    • We have five different Statements of Faith; need only one

    • Discussed timing of Stewardship Campaign

    • Discussed years-long accumulation of issues with our building and role that a safe, accessible welcoming facility has in building community and fostering ministry. Agreed to begin process of increasing awareness within the congregation and consider how to proceed. Further discussion planned for August.

  7. Staff Report--Emily

    • Co-chaired Elmhurst Great Lakes Youth Event “Your Voice Matters” which included 8 FCC youth.

    • First FCC youth urban mission trip heads to Denver with 11 youth

    • VBS this week has 30 kids, mostly 6 and younger. Rebuilding population/participation. Coming “dip” in appearance of youth attendance (choirs, JF, PF) expected.

    • 200 youth volunteer hours at this year’s Lakeside Festival

    • Hiring a second nursery attendant

  8. Other--Discussed intention for new smaller Council to be visible and accessible to all ministries and members. Lisa has ordered new name tags. All Ministries Mtg Aug 21 at 7 PM.

  9. Next Council meeting August 14 at 7 PM (every 2nd Tuesday)

  10. Closing prayer – Emily

  11. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

Faithfully submitted,  

Kathryn Gooding, Church clerk