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July 17: Installation and Congregational Meeting

On Sunday, July 17 during worship, Council members and ministry teams will be celebrated and installed.

Also on July 17, a special congregational meeting will take place after worship to vote on the shared ministry resolution that will be presented. (A Shared Ministry Congregational Forum will take place on July 10, outlining and answering questions about the resolution.)

Ministry Update

A note from Congregational Council:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”- Jeremiah 29:11

It is our hope to continue to provide updates for our All Saints ministry.

We are continuing to explore the possibility of a shared ministry.  A team from council, (Bonnie Strittmater, K.D. Kalber, and Julie Schoville) have had two meetings with Pastor Paul Ostrem with the S.E. Iowa Synod and St. James and St. Matthew.  There continues to be an interest from all three congregations to explore shared ministry of a full-time pastor and a full-time intern.

Council met on May 3rd to discuss language for a potential draft of a shared agreement between the three congregations to arrive at a common language. If we enter into this agreement, it would require congregational approval.  A shared agreement does not imply a commitment.  Please keep All Saints, St. James, and St. Matthew in your prayers as we move forward with this exciting new opportunity.

Council also met last week to review expectations of an Interim Pastor.

If you have further questions, please feel free to ask any member of council.

More to follow….

Financial Note

Tom Schoville has been looking for help with the church yard mowing including direct conversations and a bulletin announcement. This has yielded little. He contacted a mowing service whom he knows. Brandon Kirby of Kirby Lawncare has given him a quote of $60 per mowing for the entire yard. His normal price would be in the $100 range. If no one can help with the lawn mowing, the Council is planning to have Kirby Lawncare mow twice a month, say the first and third week of each month of the mowing season. Brandon also said he could schedule his service late in the week to give the yard the fresh mowed look for the weekend. We then would be looking at a $120 per month bill plus tax from Kirby Lawncare. This would still require members of the church to mow at least twice a month. Volunteers to help with the mowing and/or commitments to cover the un-budgeted mowing expense would be greatly appreciated.
Roger Oliver, Financial Officer