MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES
July 9, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 10:40 a.m.

Attending:  Chris Thomas, Jenny Gustafson, Bea and George Potter, Steve Pavich, Lanny Kuester.

Steve led the council in an opening prayer.

Clerks Report:  The May meeting minutes were read.  Steve moved to accept the meeting minutes.  Bea 2nd the motion.  All approved the meeting minutes.

Treasurers’ Report: Jenny passed out the Nancy’s financial report for June.   Jenny moved to accept the Treasurers’ report.  Steve 2nd the motion.  All approved the Treasures’ report.

Trustees Report:  As of 3/31/17 there was $36,423.71 in the Endowment Fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas

Chris’ spoke a little bit on the progress of the construction of Hwy 110.

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich
     There will be adult education in the fall.

Missions & Outreach:

Open and Affirming Congregation 

     Several examples of mission statements were passed out.   The mission statement was not determined at the meeting.  There are a couple people in the               
     Minnesota conference that can help us work through the process.  Lanny will invite one of them to visit us in September to talk to the congregation at a worship service. 
    They can help us through the process.  We discussed that it should be carefully planned and hoped to have it all in place by November.
    Men’s Ministry – There is no update.
   The Fountain of Coins was not determined at the meeting.

Pastor’s Report:
Lanny spoke about a 3 steps for the congregation to get through before we can move forward.
     We need to get past the hurt of the members
     We can heal together and help one another
     We have strength here at MHUCC

Lanny led a discussion to discuss the core values of MHUCC (Core Identity).  The following values (what we offer) were mentioned:
     Radical Welcome place
    Open and Affirming place
    Supportive place
    Loving place
    Healing place

Lanny also would like to find a Saturday in the future for about 3 hours for any/all congregants to get together for a session to:
     Have a healing circle (talking stick used) so each person can speak on.

     Why am I here.
     Where is the hurt in the past.
    What do I need for healing.

    Share these thoughts with God and everyone
    This is a time to listen and heal each other.

Old Business: 
There was no old business.

New Business:
There was no new business.

The next council meeting is scheduled for August 13 after church.

Jenny moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Submitted by Jenny Gustafson


MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES
September 17, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 10:58 a.m.

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

Lanny led the council in an opening prayer.

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

Treasurers’ Report: Nancy passed out the financial reports for July and August.  There is a shortage of funds primarily due to losing 3 pledging members.  Nancy suggested that we let the congregation know this so they know what is going on with the church financials.  Jenny moved to approve both reports.  Cathy 2nd the motion.  All approved both reports. 

Trustees Report:  As of 8/31/17 there was $37,237.52 in the Endowment Fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas
There was no moderator report.

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich

The first Fall Bible Study study was on Friday, 9/15.  The assignment for next week is the first three chapters of the book, “We refused to lead a dying church”.

Melissa will have an interfaith study during the winter. 

Missions & Outreach:

Open and Affirming Congregation – Lanny reached out during the week to those that attended the service with Mark Blakesly from the conference on September 10. 
He asked the Council for any thoughts during the meeting.  There was a consensus that it was too long, but other comments were also voiced.

Melissa and Zoe will lead and help draft an ONA mission statement.
Lanny and Steve will work on the bible side of the issue.

Men’s Ministry – There is no update.
The Fountain of Coins through November is Mobile Meals.
Blessing of the Animals is taking place on Wednesday, 9/20.
Crop Walk is on October 15.  Nancy Menning, Cathy Dziuk, Nancy McCreary and Jenny Gustafson will be walking.
The Neighbors Inc. Duck Race is also in October.

Pastor’s Report
Lanny is enjoying his time at MHUCC as he is getting to the people in the congregation.   As we move forward, he sees excitement with the people in the church. 
The future our church will require a team effort to us where we need to be.   We all need pray for our church and our journey.

Lanny will conduct a 3 hour session on Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to conduct a Healing Circle session.  

 

Old Business
There was no old business.

New Business
There was no new business.

The next council meeting is scheduled for October 8 after church.

Jenny moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Submitted by, Jenny Gustafson

680 Highway 110, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

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


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Mendota Heights United Church of Christ

MENDOTA HEIGHTS UCC
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES
April 2, 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. 


Lanny led the council in an opening prayer.

Clerks Report:  The March meeting minutes were read.  Melissa moved to accept the meeting minutes.  Nancy 2nd the motion.  All approved the meeting minutes.

Treasurers’ Report: Nancy passed out the financial report for March.   Jenny moved to accept the Treasurers’ report.  Bea 2nd the motion.  All approved the Treasures’ report.

Trustees Report:  As of 3/31/17 there was TBD in the Endowment Fund.

Moderator’s Report: Chris Thomas
Chris reported that Connie thanked the congregation for the nice letter.
Chris also reported that the plans for the sanctuary were on hold because SonShine needs to update the kitchen first.
We have not seen the plans yet.  There is also a question about what will happen with the banners during construction in the sanctuary.

During Chris’ report, the council talked about some signage for the church.  Steve had looked into some sort of banner and that would cost between $200 and $300.  He passed around a couple examples to see.  We talked about having to put up/take down each Sunday and how it would work in the snow and wind, etc.  Lanny suggested we discuss further on a banner that would work. 

Regarding the website, Kathy volunteered to help.  Kathy, Steve and Lanny will meet on the website to make sure all have a common vision.
 We also discussed advertising within a 5 mile radius.  Lanny will help with this.

Christian Education: Melissa Waskiewicz / Steve Pavich
Between Steve and George, the Lenten study book on Fridays have all been well attended.

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.


The council continues to discuss options regarding a charity to receive the fountain of coins. 
Carolyn reported that for the March Minnesota Food Share drive for Neighbors, Inc. was successful.  MHUCC donated 45 pounds of food and supplies for the Food Shelf, a bag of slightly worn clothes for the Clothes Closet, $210 in check donations and 7 bags of grocery bags with handles. Carolyn thanks everyone.
Jenny will look into finding a Saturday in April or May for us to “do” Feed My Starving Children.

Pastor’s Report:   We plan to have a Maundy Thursday service on 4/13 and Easter service.  The Potters will decorate the church.
Lanny has planned having lunch with Sheri P., conference minister.

Lanny spoke about rebuilding the church.  He suggested that we take a targeted approach to figure out the path to take.  The conference has the “Ashley Fund” that could possibly help us.  Lanny plans on meeting with all members of the church regarding rebuilding the church.

On April 23, Steve Boorsma, will attend our church service.  Melissa will plan for a small luncheon after the service.  Jenny will help with set up and clean up.

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 May 7 after church.

Melissa moved to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

 
Submitted by, Jenny Gustafson

Our Fall Bible Lunch study book is "We Refused to Lead a Dying Church" by Paul Nixon.
We will continue to meet at Old World Pizza at a date/time to be announced soon. The address is 5660 Bishop Ave. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. Everyone is invited to commune with us and to study with us. If you want to know more about our group please contact Rev. Kuester at pastor@mendotaheightschurch.org or Steve Pavich at office@mendotaheightschurch.org or see us at church on Sunday. Contact Steve for a copy of the book.


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Mendota Heights UCC Calendar

October 1        Communion Sunday
October 1        Fountain of Coins Collection
October 1        World Communion Sunday

October 1        Neighbors in Need Mission Offering
October 4        Member in Discernment Gathering, Cleveland, OH

October 8        Access Sunday & Disabilities Awareness Week
October 9        Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 15      Children's Sabbath

October 15      Laity Sunday
October 21      Healing Circle, 10 am-2 pm
October 24      United Nations Day
October 29      UCC Higher Education Sunday
October 31      Reformation-Reconciliation Day









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