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Trinity Lutheran Church Council

Krista Hartley

Council President
Krista Hartley

February Council Report

By Krista Hartley, TLC Council President

Thank you to all who attended Trinity’s Annual Meeting and provided a dish to share for a wonderful meal together. Fellowship with food is the best kind! Thank you to those who stayed after the meeting to help with clean up.
Council, with support from the Nominating Committee, will be seeking congregation members to fill openings in the following committees: Fellowship, Stewardship, Outreach, Faith Formation, Worship, Endowment. God has blessed each of us with various talents. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving of your time and talents to one of these committees, to serve God and Trinity Lutheran Church.

If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting, please pickup a copy of the written reports located on the table at the base of the stairs outside the sanctuary. These reports demonstrate Trinity’s strengths and mission of service in 2017, along with goals for 2018.

1Peter 4:10: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Special Council Secretary Report

By Grant MacLean - TLC Council Secretary

I’ve learned some things about being a member of the Trinity Council these past nine months or so. One of them is that part of our role is to monitor the “vitals” of the congregation by the numbers. It’s a little like what health care workers do: check temperature, blood pressure, etc., to help decide if some sort of intervention is necessary.

At Trinity, the numbers are attendance and collection figures. Healthcare monitoring of individuals and of churches looks at long-term trends to assess health and respond to changes. We value regular participation, and treasure every gift, financial as well as contributions of time, talent and prayer. And often modest contributions represent sacrificial giving, as Jesus noted with the widow’s mite (Luke 21:3-4). The faithful giving of this congregation over the years has freed us to respond creatively to the leading of the Holy Spirit through our ministry and mission planning. That said, surprising numbers alert us; we pause to reflect and decide how best to respond.

During the treasurer’s report at our November Council meeting, there was a surprise. A substantial gift had been presented to the congregation by an anonymous member – and this was the second such gift given by that member in the past six months! It was a remarkably generous and encouraging act. It was the kind of event that fills me with awe, at the abundant grace of our God, and the astonishing faithfulness of our sisters and brothers in Christ. Such awe-inspiring gifts remind me that God is much more generous than I can ever imagine, and that being guided by God’s abundance can lead us – all of us – to contribute to the ministry and mission of this body of Christ in ways that profoundly witness to God’s abundant grace.

The bottom line? As we enter 2018, Trinity Lutheran Church seems especially well-equipped to demonstrate the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to our community and to the world. For this we can truly say (as our Pastor likes to conclude his sermons), “Thanks be to God!”

January Council Report

Happy New Year! With the new year council brings you goals for 2018.
Discussion started at the Budget Meeting in November: The congregation would like to see a priority list of maintenance projects for 2018. On November 30, there was a joint meeting held between Building Task Force and Property/Grounds Committees. This meeting was well attended and four projects were identified with priority list. These projects were brought to December Council Meeting for further discussion and approval by council.

First on the list is the Haven Remodel. Many may ask “what is the Haven”? It is a large room located at the top of the stairs in the old part of the church. Our middle school and high school youth love to gather in this area, and it is being used both Wednesday nights and during any youth gathering at Trinity. These updates will make the area more inviting and safer for the youth. As stated in our year-end letter from council: There have been many discussions regarding whether or not it is even worth putting money into this part of the church because of how old and run down it is. However, after further discussion, your current council has concluded that we shouldn’t think about it as money we’re spending on the church. Instead, we must consider the investment we’re making in the future of our congregation.

Penny has supplied council with Haven Remodel Bids which are broken down into several smaller projects. This will be presented in detail at the Annual Meeting. As soon as funds are established, wall and ceiling repair will begin, including painting for both the large Haven room and the smaller Blue room next to it. Projected cost is $7,950. Other items on this remodel bid are updated electrical/lighting and new flooring which will happen when funds are available.

Next to be addressed in 2018, are new LED lights in the gym. Estimated costs should be available at the Annual Meeting. Projects to be completed in the next five years include new flooring in the atrium, sanctuary roof replacement, roof repair over older building.
Committee goals for 2018: Establish active Stewardship and Fellowship Committees. Make sure existing committees are fully supported.

We encourage all who attend Trinity to stay after service on January 28 for a brunch potluck and Annual Congregational Meeting. Each committee of the church will present a short 3 to 5-minute presentation of their accomplishments for 2017 and goals for 2018. This is a great time to reflect on what talents God has gifted you, and how best to use those gifts for service. I leave you with these two scriptures:

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the heavenly Father of the heavenly lights, who do not change like shifting shadows.” - James 1:17
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various form” - 1Peter 4:10

Thank you to all who participated in the Staff Christmas Gift! It was a Huge Success!

Trinity Lutheran Church Council Members - 2017- 2018

Pr. Dan Forsgren
Pastor Dan Forsgren
Krista Hartley
Krista Hartley , Pres.

Rich Ronnestad
Rich Ronnestad, VP

Scott Tostengard
Scott Tostengard, Treasurer

Grant MacLean
Grant MacLean - Secretary
MaryBeth Ranum
MaryBeth Ranum -
Ex-officio Past President
Jerry Anderson
Jerry Anderson

Sue Baker
Sue Baker

Rolaine Brunelle
Rolaine Brunelle

Billie Haugen
Billie Haugen


Pam Hunt
Pam Hunt

Jerry Johnson
Jerry Johnson

Jeanine Kidwell
Jeanine Kidwell

Scott MacPhee
Scott MacPhee


Peter Riggs
Peter Riggs

Tom Thilo
Tom Thilo

Ted Yurek

Ted Yurek


Andrea Werpy
Andrea Werpy

Penny Weiss
Penny Weiss



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