Trinity Lutheran Church Council Minutes

December 12, 2023

6:00 PM @ Pastor Donnita’s


  1. Call to Order/Attendance – Mike, Terri, Laurie, Janel, Kristy, Kendra, and Elaine Meeting commenced at 6:02pm.


  1. Devotion

Luke 1:28-33

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”


Luke 2:8-11

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.


  • Administration
  1. Approve Minutes – Approve minutes of last meeting. Kristy motioned, Terri seconded to approve the November 14, 2023, minutes.  Passed unanimously.
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Approve the treasurer’s report for October. Janel motioned, Laurie seconded to approve the report.  Passed unanimously.
  3. Pastor’s Report-

First Friday Donuts funding- Pastor Keri wants to know if other churches would be interested in helping to fund this school project. Cost is about $900/yr.  Laurie will contact Pastor Keri about other churches helping and report back if other churches would like to split costs.


My end date is Sunday May 12 – see Sunday schedule.


SAM Meeting- I met with Laurie, Deb and Charline to begin discussing their role. They will do Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services; begin presiding over communion in new year. Before I leave, we will outline a plan for worship services. Still waiting for email from Bishop with compensation guidelines.


Caitlin and I visited, and she mentioned her concern that Trinity’s plans to yoke will change our need for her job. HR may want to visit with her. She may also be open to more hours if needed.


$20,000 do we need parameters for its use – Maybe create a committee from each of the following: Vision Committee, Memorial Committee and Evangelism Committee.  Maybe contact Kim Werling.  Laurie will talk to Deb Cook first about how we want to direct the funds.


Grace committee- Kathy Daedlow plans to resign from committee end of December.  Janel will talk to Denise to see if she has someone in mind for the committee.


Since last council meeting

Sermon prep and preaching

Confirmation lessons planned

Taught confirmation class

Phone calls


Planned impromptu nativity for December 17

Planned Christmas Eve

SAM meeting



A Very Noisy Christmas book for children’s sermon $4.99

Devotion book for confirmation $1.50

Board book for monthly giveaway 2 @ $2.80

The Nativity book for monthly giveaway $7.99

Word $7


  1. Previous Business (compilation of issues from the past six months): We will come back to these items, time permitting.
  2. Committee Descriptions -Still to be developed and edited: Stewardship, Evangelism and HR Committees
  3. TLC asset sign out policy-Discussion continuation: Checkout list for Kitchen items needed. Checkout list for tables/chairs on custodian closet.
  4. Call Committee updates – No updates at this time. Pastor David from UCC in Lowden.
  5. Synodically Training – Laurie, Charline, Deb are attending. Haven’t received any information from the Bishop at this time.
  6. Update on vision/yoking process – Pastor Dan will meet with committee in January some time. Committee met 12-11-23.
  7. Authorization for Elaine to close the General Savings and Capital Improvement accounts, transferring funds to General Checking.
  8. Begin preparing for yearend reports. The 2024 annual meeting date has been set for Sunday, February 18, 2024. As a reminder to y’all, B and I are heading to Florida January 4’ish and won’t be returning until mid-March. Therefore, I’d like to get as much of the 2024 annual meeting agenda and reports completed before we leave. Note: At your post annual meeting council meeting, I am not volunteering for a third term as president, so please consider accepting this position. Committee Chair should be preparing the reports.  Could Agenda be emailed out prior to meeting?
  9. Other



  1. New Business:


  1. Second reading of Trinity’s 2024 budget – Laurie made a motion to accept the budget, Janel seconded. Motion passed.
  2. Christmas gifts for Caitlin and Alicia – Will ask for a collection for their gifts.
  3. Second reading of Treasurers, Financial Secretary committees
  4. Second reading of asset sign out write up.
  5. Question #1 from Sally- December 31st is on a Sunday! In order for a member to have their year end offering counted and recognized as a 2023 deduction item, it must be in the office by noon, Friday December 29th. We need two council members to count; timing is critical!
  6. Question # 2 from Sally- The angel wing artist won’t be able to complete the wings painting in December. The committee would still like to do this in time for Easter.
  7. Other – Will start passing the peace and offering plate as we did prior to COVID.
  8. Pending HR Committee approval, council approved a 10% raise for Caitlin and Alicia effective January 1st. Mike made a motion and Laurie seconded.  Motion passed.


  1. Closing Prayer – Pastor Donnita led us in prayer.


VII.  Adjournment – Motion by Terri to adjourn the meeting; second made by Janel.  Motion passed.   8:08.



Next council meeting—January 18, 2024, 6:00 PM, Location: Church