Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Council Meeting Minutes

19th, APR, 2022

Present: Craig Collins, Rob Blount, Chad Carlson, Cheryl Martines, Steve McIntire, Kelly Jirschele

Staff: Pastor Sarah Rhode, Deacon Heather Feltman

Absent: Judy Hansen, John Volkening, Pete Elza, Pastor Paisley Le Roy

Meeting called to order at: 5:30 PM in Eckstrom Hall

Meeting ended at 8:45 PM


Council Reporter: Cheryl Martines

Open Forum: Informal dinner at 5:00 PM in the Welcome Center – Happy Birthday Cheryl.

Agenda Item #1: Council Retreat

Discussion: Craig C. continued explanation of LIFO inventory results taken by the individual council members and rostered leaders. The survey group results were highlighted.

Conclusion: This awareness will enhance the ability to work together and add value to each member’s contribution.

Action Taken: None

Agenda Item #2: Congregation Goals 2022

Discussion: The rostered leaders prepared their recommended congregational goals for the council retreat in March. The retreat was canceled and the discussion postponed to the April council meeting, Beginning with “We want to be the church that . . . “ , the breakout session narrowed the list of ideas in order to craft the actual goals. PS will be continuing this work around 3 ideas –

● Welcomes everyone

● Actively grows in faith

● Creates excellent worship

Going from these aspirational goals to congregational goals for 2022, it was noted we are still in the pandemic state of mind and participation. The recommended goals would need to be initiated with smaller goals for the remainder of this year. Actual completion of the goals may take up to 2 years.

1. Invest in spiritual growth

2. Hold a BLC retreat

3. Practice invitation

4. Grow our commitment to creation care

PS will bring an updated recommendation to the May council meeting.

Action Taken: None


Agenda Item #3: Council Goals

Discussion: In order for the council to support the congregational goals, council members were encouraged to think of SMART goals for the group. This discussion will take place after the congregational goals are agreed upon.

DH is continuing to work on the formation of teams as introduced at the January annual congregation meeting. An emphasis is being placed on using our daily living professional expertise into our spiritual gifts.

Action Taken: Tabled


Agenda Item #4: Summer Worship

Discussion: PS presented a summer worship schedule to take place from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2022. Based on previous attendance in the pandemic, it was proposed to reduce the Sunday services to one worship (new) time and continue with the Saturday schedule.

Action Taken: Vote

Motion: To accept the recommendation of one Sunday service at 9:30 AM and evening services on the 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturdays of the months from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Made By: Kelly Jirschele

Second: Cheryl Martines

Result: passed


FYI – PS announced a worship change for Sunday, May 15th: There will be one service at 8:30AM, followed by the reconnection hour, followed by the congregation meeting at 10:45AM.

Agenda Item #5: Insurance Coverage

Discussion: DH is in the process of reviewing the insurance coverage as the 3-year renewal is up in May. Church Mutual has been the BLC carrier since 1982 with our property, auto, WC, professional liability, and umbrella policies. Brent Baxter has assisted DH in presenting a new proposal from GuideOne Insurance. Council members are to review both proposals and email any further questions to DH as soon as possible.

Action Taken: None

Agenda Item #6: Consent Agenda

Action Taken: Vote

Motion: To approve the financials and March meeting minutes.

Made By: Rob Blount

Second: Kelly Jirschele

Result: passed

Agenda Item #7: Adjourn Council Meeting