680 Highway 110, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Email: office@mendotaheightschurch.org
Office: 651.454.1311 | Pastor: 651.308.5076


HEIGHTS


MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES
March 12, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 10:55 a.m.

Attending:  Chris Thomas, Nancy McCreary, Jenny Gustafson, Melissa Waskiewicz, George and Bea Potter, Steve Pavich, Lanny Kuester, Cathy

Lanny led the council in an opening prayer.

Clerks Report:  The January meeting minutes were read.  Chris moved to accept the meeting minutes as corrected.  Nancy 2nd the motion.  All approved the meeting minutes.

Treasurers’ Report: Nancy passed out the financial report for January.   Jenny moved to accept the Treasurers’ report.  Bea 2nd the motion. 
All approved the Treasurer's report.

Trustees Report:  As of 2/28/17 there was $34,926.76 in the endowment fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas
Chris discussed his letter to Connie.  We all agreed that it should be updated;
Lanny suggested the letter was good except that the last paragraph should be 2 paragraphs.

Lanny spoke with Connie about the plans for the sanctuary and mentioned some of the MHUCC concerns.  Connie took the piano but will get the “plate” off of it.  She also said she would replace the piano.  She plans on a floor to ceiling window in the sanctuary.  Connie told Lanny that she is being treated for cancer, so it is assumed the project will probably get started this summer and to get it done as soon as possible.  She has probably already consulted a lawyer.  Some of the council needs to see the plans.  Do the plans say that the sanctuary is a dual-use facility?  Lanny reminded the council that the church is the people, not the building; our future is in God’s hands.  The conference told Lanny we should negotiate on items, keep everything clean and clear and get everything in writing.

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich

Steve wants to start the Friday lunches with the Lenten study book he selected.  Melissa will begin using the coloring book

Missions & Outreach:

Open and Affirming Congregation – No updated.  Melissa will talk to Lanny on how he would like to proceed.
Men’s Ministry – There is no update.
Nancy brought up a topic about changing the charity for the fountain of coins since it has been designated to Clare Housing for a long time.  Thoughts captured Interfaith Action or Meals on Wheels.  Nancy moved to make the change to a different charity; Steve 2nd it.  All approved the motion.

Pastor’s Report:   Most of Lanny’s report was covered in the moderator’s report.   Lanny has planned having lunch with Sheri Prestamon, conference minister.  Next meeting, Lanny will discuss options on how MHUCC can move forward.

Old Business:
Steve has looked for insurance plans with a lower premium, but has not found anything lower that what we are currently paying.

New Business:

There was no new business.

The next council meeting is scheduled for March 12 after church.

Steve moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Submitted by,

Jenny Gustafson, Clerk




Starting Sunday, March 19th, after worship, and continuing through Lent Melissa will lead us in
“Coloring Lent.”
which is an adult coloring book for the journey to resurrection. Don’t worry if you don’t have crayons or colored pencils. God will provide.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES


January 8, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 10:25 a.m.

Attending:  Chris Thomas, Nancy McCreary, Jenny Gustafson, Barb Corey, Melissa Waskiewicz, George and Bea Potter, Steve Pavich

Steve led the council in an opening prayer.

Clerks Report:  The November meeting minutes were read.  Nancy moved to accept the meeting minutes as corrected.  Steve 2nd the motion.  All approved the meeting minutes.

Treasurers’ Report: Nancy passed out the financial reports for year end.  Although some miscellaneous checks were just written today that will apply to 2016 books, Nancy said that we are looking good for the end of 2016.  There were some “old” long term members that made nice anonymous donations.  Jenny moved to accept the Treasurers’ report.  Melissa 2nd the motion.  All approved the Treasures’ report.

Trustees Report:  As of 1/8/17 there was $34,068.01 in the endowment fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas

Chris learned that St. Anne’s Church had their local feed my starving children the same week as we were to do ours at FMSC.

Men’s Ministry: There is no update for Men’s Ministry. 

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich

The Advent book study was completed.  Steve is looking for a Lenten study now.  He is pleased with the group continues to have several members that continue to participate.

Missions & Outreach:


Open and Affirming Congregation – Melissa will set up a committee meeting.

Pastor’s Report:  Steve and Melissa will plan services through the end of the February.

The conference has extended Steve’s license through March.  This way, Steve can continue is his capacity to serve communion for February and March.

Old Business: 

Search committee

Lanny Kuester was selected to be the new pastor.  He returns to the country in February.  He would like to start early March.  Prior to his first date, he would like to review and “sign” his contract with MHUCC.

New Business:

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2017.  Committee members need to get their reports to Steve by January 13.

The next council meeting is scheduled for February 12 after church.

Jenny moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 11.08 a.m.

Submitted by,

Jenny Gustafson, Clerk

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MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES
February 12, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 10:17 a.m.

Attending:  Chris Thomas, Nancy McCreary, Jenny Gustafson, Melissa Waskiewicz, George and Bea Potter, Steve Pavich

Steve led the council in an opening prayer.

Clerks Report:  The January meeting minutes were read.  Steve moved to accept the meeting minutes as corrected.  Nancy 2nd the motion.  All approved the meeting minutes.

Treasurers’ Report: Nancy passed out the financial report for January.  We were down a little for the month.  Although there were 5 Sundays in January, we also has 5 Sundays of expense.  Jenny moved to accept the Treasurers’ report.  Bea 2nd the motion.  All approved the Treasures’ report.

Trustees Report:  As of 1/31/17 there was $34,319.10 in the endowment fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas
No Report.

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich

Steve selected two Lenten books.  One is an adult coloring book with selected scripture that relates to the pictures.  One is a traditional Lenten study.  Since Pastor Lanny will be arriving by March 5th, Steve will talk to Lanny regarding the study.

Missions & Outreach:

Open and Affirming Congregation – No updated.  Melissa will talk to Lanny on how he would like to proceed.
Men’s Ministry – Moved to this section.  There is no update.

Pastor’s Report:  Steve and Melissa will plan services through the first week of March.

Steve will put a notice in next week’s bulletin regarding a service on a racial justice service.  Steve was “elected” to chair the committee for the conference. 
It is on Saturday, March 25 at Parkway UCC in Minneapolis.

Old Business: 

Steve will continue to research an insurance plan that has a lower premium.

Lanny Keuster will start on March 5.  The contract was sent to Lanny, but with his return mid-February, we are not sure if he has read or signed it.  Women’s fellowship is planning a lunch on this day to welcome Lanny.  There is a sign-up sheet for the lunch.

New Business:
Steve has ashes for Ash Wednesday, March 1.  Palms have been ordered for Palm Sunday, April 9.  Steve will look into getting a temporary sign in for our website to get our Lent schedule on the website.

The next council meeting is scheduled for March 12 after church.

Steve moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 11.08 a.m.

Submitted by,

Jenny Gustafson, Clerk

We are continuing our Bible Lunch at Old World Pizza. The address is 5660 Bishop Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. Our Luncheon Bible Study will begin again on Friday, March 24th at 12:30 p.m. and continue each Friday. Everyone is invited to commune with us and to study with us. We will be reading and commenting on "Diving Lessons" from the Still Speaking writers group.  If you want a book please contact the church at office@mendotaheightschurch.org or see Steve Pavich at the church .

Mendota Heights UCC Calendar

March 1          Ash Wednesday Worship, 6 PM
March 5          Communion Sunday
                       First Sunday in Lent, Amistad Sunday
                       UCC Women's Week, March 5 - 11
March 12        Second Sunday in Lent
                       Church Council Meeting

March 19        Third Sunday in Lent
March 26        Fourth Sunday in Lent, One Great Hour of Sharing Offering


April 2            Communion Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Lent
                      Church Council Meeting
April 9            Palm/Passion Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Lent
April 13          Maundy Thursday

April 14          Good Friday
April 16          Easter

April 23          Second Sunday of Easter
April 30         Third Sunday of Easter







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Mendota Heights United Church of Christ