I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying life as we gain a little more freedom from the pandemic. We know a lot of our seasonal people have gone back north, so we hope you will stay in touch. Please visit our website www.gloriadeilutheran.com often for church information as we will be posting our council newsletter and any updates there under the community drop down menu.
Here is a summary of the April and May council meetings:
Pastor discussed technical problems we have had with broadcasting our services live. A newly installed computer video card seems to have resolved most of those. He is still considering what is the best way to broadcast our services, live or recorded. One issue is that Facebook’s restrictions make it difficult to include recorded material (like the sending song) in their live stream. He also reported that we have had two responses to our videographer ad. We will talk to these two but hopefully more will respond.
We have posted an ad in the local papers for an Organist/Pianist. In the meantime, a musician who has helped us in the past, Bonnie Wolfgram, has agreed to serve as backup to Ruthann Russel when needed.
We discussed and moved on getting several maintenance issues addressed:
- Cleaning the inside and outside of the windows and reglazing several window areas.
- Fixing several gutters
- Having the electrician complete our lighting project of retrofitting the remaining fluorescent lights fixtures with LED lights.
- The resurfacing of the driveways and parking areas will begin July 1st.
After conversation with Pam Bertrand, the preschool director, she has agreed to a new three-year contract with a rent increase, and we have agreed to her using more space in the Fellowship Hall.
The council voted to approve staff raises for 2021.
Dennis updated us on our participation with Our Daily Bread and Loaves & Fishes. They appreciated our 500 lb. food donation from our spring food drive. The next time we will be helping serve meals is on July 18. We do need additional help, so if you are interested, please contact the office.
It was decided to allow AA to resume holding their meetings in our Fellowship Hall.
A feedback questionnaire was sent to Council members and Ministry heads asking them to list the Council’s 2020 accomplishments and areas of improvement the results highlighted several positive areas: our online services during the pandemic, getting our new website up and running, having a realistic budget and strong financial plan, addressing the inside air quality of the church, and completing several other maintenance projects. They also pointed out several areas where the council could improve. We have decided first to concentrate on improving our communication with the congregation through our monthly newsletter and continuing to reach out to our members and friends through our Caring Ministry. We will also be working to improve our decision-making process.
The second PPP loan monies have been spent and we are working towards completing the loan forgiveness process.
Rudy reported that the market is still on the rise and our investments are doing well. Copies of the Financial and Investment reports and complete council minutes are on file in the office if you care to see them.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 9, at 10:30 a.m. EDT and will be held via Zoom.
Tom Herrman – Council President