Present: Craig Collins, Rob Blount, Chad Carlson, Cheryl Martines, Pete Elza, Judy Hanson, John Volkening, Steve McIntire, Kelly Jirschele
Staff: Pastor Sarah Rhode, Deacon Heather Feltman, Pastor Paisley Le Roy
Meeting called to order at: 6:30 PM in Education Hall
Meeting closed at: 9:05 PM
Council Reporter: Cheryl Martines
Open Forum: Pastor Paisley led Bible study.
Discussion: Book of Acts
Agenda Item #1: World Relief Presentation – Pastor Keith Draper
Discussion: Pastor Draper shared information about the organization and how congregations can support this ministry. He presented the current situation of displaced people around the world and the impact on the Chicagoland area. He will return to BLC this fall to continue this discussion with the congregation.
Follow-up Items: Council will discern future involvement with World Relief at the October meeting.
Agenda Item #2: 2022 Congregation Goal Process
Discussion: The process used last year was reviewed. The council will use the same process, and the time frame for the fall preparation of goal setting was agreed upon. The broad categories of Loving God, Loving and Caring for One Another, and Loving our Neighbors will continue into 2022.
Follow-up Items: Council members will submit goal ideas prior to October meetings.
Agenda Item #3: 2022 Budget Development Process
Discussion: The key steps in the budget preparation process were presented. A reminder that zero-based budgeting is used. The council and rostered staff will be affirming ministry priorities and staffing as it impacts the 2022 budget. The debt reduction plan will also be incorporated in the overall budget discussion.
Follow-up Items: A special council meeting will be held October 12, 2021, to begin the budget process.
Agenda Item #4: Rostered Leader Report
Discussion: Pastor Sarah provided the update for the director of music search – Seven candidates were chosen to be interviewed on zoom; Four were invited to BLC; Two dropped out for personal reasons; Two were interviewed in person. Following the interviews, the search team decided neither candidate was a good fit for BLC. The position will be posted again as we are reopening the search process.
Pastor Paisley was pleased with the opening day (9/19) turnout for Sunday School, confirmation, and HS youth group. An (6:00PM) outdoor worship service will be held on Sunday evenings in October and November prior to the HS meeting.
Deacon Heather gave details of the building projects (roof began 9/13 with scheduled completion 11/15; HVAC demolition scheduled to begin 9/27 with completion 11/1.)
Agenda Item #5: Vaccine Mandate
Discussion: Last month the council adopted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate policy for all church staff and preschool staff. Craig provided the update – Each individual case of non-compliance was addressed prior to the compliance deadline of September 17, 2021. One church staff member is seeking doctor clarification and working remotely at this time. Two preschool teachers are no longer employed. Another preschool staff member is undergoing weekly testing until fully vaccinated.
The preschool director has adjusted the attendance schedule and will continue to post staff openings (ex. Friday email blast.)
Follow-up Items: Another update will be provided at the October council meeting.
Agenda Item #6: Consent agenda
Discussion: The August meeting minutes, July final financials, August financials, and August cash reports were reviewed. The Council Qualifications, Expectations, and Responsibilities document was discussed.
Motion: Approve the minutes, financial statements, and council document.
Made By: Rob
Agenda Item #7: Adjourn Council Meeting
Motion: “Motion to adjourn”
Made By: Craig