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GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Table of Contents Mission Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Minutes of 2009 Annual Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 Minutes of 11/22/09 Congregational Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Minutes of 1/24/10 Congregational Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Minutes of 6/13/10 Congregational Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 President's Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Membership Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Pastor's Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 Youth and Family Minister's Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-17 Parish Worker's Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Congregation Council Chart of Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Treasurer’s Income Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Property Improvement Fund Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Revenue Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Restricted Profit & Loss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Revenue Budget 2009-2010.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Audit Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 A Pictorial Review of the Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-36 Sunday School and VBS Staff Listings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Education Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Evangelism Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Fellowship Committee Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Property Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Service Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-44 Stewardship Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Worship and Music Committee Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47 Youth Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 Archives Committee Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Carol Manley Endowment Fund Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Women of the ELCA Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-55 Women of the ELCA Treasurer’s Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-57 Wellness Committee Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Mission Statement We are a congregation of called believers in Christ. We are: BROUGHT into the church by baptism. SAVED and forgiven by Grace through faith. ASSEMBLED by the Holy Spirit to worship and partake of the sacraments. STRENGTHENED by prayer, study, and fellowship. LED to serve the spiritual and other needs of our community. Our mission is to share the Good News of salvation with all people through our words and through our actions. Because of our relationship with Christ, we seek to live changed, Christ-centered lives with all people through: EDUCATION by increasing our understanding of our baptismal gifts in Jesus Christ through a variety of learning experiences for people of all ages. FELLOWSHIP by encouraging personal caring and meaningful relationships among congregational members. SERVICE by sharing our gifts from God with others in the church, the community, and the world. SPIRITUAL GROWTH by worship, participation in the sacraments, prayer, devotions, and Bible study. STEWARDSHIP by helping our members become aware that all we are and have is a gift from God and joyfully sharing a portion of these gifts in response to God’s love. SUPPORT by meeting the needs of members during times of crisis and on a regular basis. Adopted by the congregation July 1984 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 2 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of 2009 Annual Meeting August 30, 2009 Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m. by President Leanne M. Cunningham. Pastor Donna Hacker Smith led the congregation in devotions. Minutes and Committee Reports The minutes from last year's annual meeting were approved as written and printed by voice vote. The Committee reports were also approved as written and printed by voice vote. Treasurer's Report Dana VanDeveer presented the Treasurer's report as printed in the Annual Report. Dana advised the congregation that last year's Revenue was below projections and Expenditures were also below budget. The Treasurer's Report was accepted by voice vote. Old Business None New Business: 2010 Nominating Committee The following names were presented for next year's Nominating Committee: Cory VanDeveer, Jim Hack, Don Block, Jodi Davis, and Nancy Holm. The nominations were accepted by voice vote. New Business: 2009 Proposed Constitution Julia Panke Makela, chairperson of the Constitutional Review Committee, provided a brief overview of the process of reviewing and recommending changes to the congregation's constitution. The major changes in the proposed constitution were also covered. The members of the committee were thanked for their service. The motion to amend the 1991 GSLC Constitution by substitution of the proposed 2009 GSLC Constitution was followed by discussion. Julia answered questions regarding the proposed Constitution. Discussion resulted in a motion to amend the proposed 2009 GSLC Constitution to include the Parish Nurses as Advisory Members (C12.05), which was approved by voice vote. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 3 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of 2009 Annual Meeting - page 2 The motion to amend the 1991 Constitution by substitution of the proposed 2009 GSLC Constitution, to include the Parish Nurses provision, passed by ballot as follows: 111 approved and 2 opposed. At this point, the document cannot be amended further. The church council will set a date for the second vote, which will be at least 120 days after the first vote. New Business: 2009-2010 Budget Dana VanDeveer presented the 2009-2010 budget and thanked the members of the Finance Committee for their service. Dana explained that the Operations Budget has been reduced by 10%, based on an analysis of the Revenue and Expenditures for the past two years. The motion to not require a Revenue Budget for the upcoming year, since the Revenue Budget would be identical to the Operating Budget, was passed by voice vote. The motion to delete item 34a: Approved Capital Expenditures from the General Budget and include this item in 34: Small Tools was passed by voice vote. Adjournment Motion made and approved to adjourn the meeting at 10:49 a.m. Many Blessings, Regina McArdle Ray 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 4 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of Congregational Meeting November 22, 2009 Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. by President Leanne M. Cunningham. New Business The motion to call Jason Fisher as an Associate in Ministry, serving as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries, passed by ballot as follows: 155 approved and 1 opposed. The motion to accept the bid from the Handyman to remove and replace the front canopy for a total cost of $48,000 was passed by voice vote. The expense will be paid from the Property Improvement Fund. No additional funds are needed. The first portion of the meeting concluded at 9:11 a.m. and continued following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Many Blessings, Regina McArdle Ray Christian Education Chairperson Call to Order The meeting had been called to order at the 8:00 service that morning. This was considered a continuation of the same meeting. Pastor Donna started the meeting with a prayer. First Order of Business – Call for Jason Fisher • Leanne Cunningham made the motion to call Jason Fisher as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The vote was taken by written ballot, with two-thirds vote required to be approved. Second Order of Business – Approve Plans for Rebuilding Canopy • The Church Council made a motion for the Handy Man to rebuild the canopy, with the expense of $48,000 to come from the Property Improvement Fund. Discussion/questions followed: " $1,000 would be left in the Property fund once the $48,000 was paid. " Question was raised on how long would it take to replenish the funds? It was stated that this is the purpose of the fund and that there are lines of credit available in case of emergency. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 5 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of 11/22/09 Congregational Meeting - page 2 " The church does not have any mortgage debt. " 4 bids were considered for the project. " Question was raised on if there had been any consideration on putting a canopy on the back side of the building. The response was not at this time. " People in the congregation have used the Handy Man in the past. " The Handy Man was recommended by the architect. " Work would begin right away. " Entrance may not be available during Christmas. " The Property Committee was thanked for their hard work. • The motion was accepted as made. The meeting was adjourned with the Lord's Prayer. Respectfully submitted, Jane Ann Shedelbower Secretary 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 6 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of Congregational Meeting January 24, 2010 Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President, Leanne Cunningham. Order of Business – Vote on ratification of the constitution · The one item of business is to vote on the ratification of the new constitution. · The first vote was on August 30, 2009. · Today is the second vote; if passed we will have a new constitution. · It was explained that at this time the constitution could not be modified. · A motion was made by Leanne Cunningham to vote to ratify the constitution as approved on August 30, 2009. Greg Fisher seconded the motion. · Ballots were passed out and voting took place. The meeting was continued following the 10:30 service. · The floor was opened for questions. · Question was raised on when the constitution would take effect. · The response is that the Constitution Review Committee will format the document into a clean piece. Once the Synod approves, it will be in effect. The meeting was adjourned by President Leanne Cunningham at 11:27 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Jane Ann Shedelbower Secretary (The vote count was unanimously in favor of approval of the Constitution.) 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 7 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Minutes of Congregational Meeting June 13, 2010 Call to order: President Leanne Cunningham called the meeting to order. Order of Business – Elect members of the Church Council · Leanne provided the names that were on the ballot along with instructions for voting. " Linnea DiBerardino o Jim Hack o Nancy McCowen o Gary O’Brien o Bob Olson • Ballots were passed out and voting took place. • Leanne thanked the congregation members who served on the nominating committee. • Motion was made and approved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 a.m. Respectfully submitted, Jane Ann Shedelbower Secretary 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 8 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS President’s Report 2009-2010 has been quite a year. The continued economic recession, together with financial difficulties of the State of Illinois, have created an environment of frightening economic uncertainty for many in our community. Controversial changes in church policy enacted by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly have provoked strong reactions, both positive and negative, and will no doubt be the topic of many additional important discussions. Yet as I reflect over the past year in the life of Good Shepherd, I am pleased to report that despite these difficulties, our members have remained strong in our service to God, our church, and our community. Good Shepherd’s resilience can be seen in every page of this annual report. As you read through the financial and committee reports that follow, you will find example after example of ways in which our members have given of their time, talent, and treasure in service to the Body of Christ. We at Good Shepherd enjoy dynamic and engaging worship, valuable educational programs, and an outstanding group of youth leaders. We make a difference in our local and global community through our myriad service projects, evangelism activities, and financial contributions. We have fun together, usually while we eat, during a wide variety of fellowship events. We are financially stable. We enjoy excellent pastoral care. We gather in a warm, welcoming, and lovingly-maintained building. We are blessed indeed! Several major projects were completed in 2009-2010. Our revised constitution was approved by the congregation and the ELCA and is now in effect; many thanks to Julia Makela and the Constitution Committee. We beautified our building inside and out, with altar rails and new carpet in the sanctuary and narthex, and a gorgeous new canopy at our front entrance. Cory VanDeveer, Jim Hack, Tom Holm, and the Property Committee deserve our thanks for all of their work on these projects. We couldn’t do all that we do without excellent staff. This past year we have taken time to thank Vern Weis, Kay Matthews, and John Stafford for their hard work and dedication as Custodian, Secretary, and Choir Director. As they move on to new experiences, we welcome Dennis Lage, Maureen Sebek, and John Cox to fill those important roles in our church. This past year we also called our “Youth and Family Guy” Jason Fisher as an Associate in Ministry. Congratulations to Jason for this outstanding achievement. As we begin a new fiscal year, please take a moment to pray for Pastor Donna, Teresa, Jason, and the members who serve on the Council and various committees of our church. If you find an opportunity to thank these individuals, please do so. Better yet, if you find an opportunity to join in and work alongside them, please do so. I promise you won’t regret it. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 9 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS President's Report - page 2 As we reflect with gratitude on the blessings of this past year, I encourage all of us to approach the upcoming year with a spirit of hope and joyous anticipation. Though there will undoubtedly be difficulties in the year ahead, we have already proven that we can face them together with faith and hard work. In Christ’s name, Leanne M. Cunningham President 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 10 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Membership Update July 31, 2009 July 31, 2010 Members Baptized 718 723 Confirmed 583 588 Communed 481 501 Baptized this year Helena Aaron Schrad 10-25-09 Renn Magnus VanDeveer 11-15-09 Perry Jack Snapp 02-14-10 Henry Jackson Rivers 04-11-10 Oliver Patrick Scheu 05-09-10 Franziska Jean Nesse-Lindberg 05-30-10 Confirmed on May 2, 2010 Mary Ruth Corkery Ruth Ellen Davis Dominik Richard Harmon Meret Eugenie Kammerling Alison Robbins Mink Zachary Allen Parks Reed Spencer Reinier Transferred to the Church Eternal Madeline Pugh 09-20-09 Ibulaimu Kakoma 10-28-09 Edward Bartell 12-13-09 Wanda Hicks 01-27-10 Catherine Kairis 02-01-10 Clarence Crozier 02-15-10 Clarence Erickson 04-14-10 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 11 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Pastor’s Report Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. Psalm 127:1 Priorities. I find myself reflecting on my priorities more often these days. Perhaps this is just a natural part of the aging process – as we come to realize that our days are not limitless, we seek to be wise in utilizing the time we have. Perhaps this is simply because, in an increasingly busy world full of distractions (some very appealing!) we all have a hard time staying on track! And so I ask myself constantly, “What is next?” “What should be next?” “What is most important right now?” After serving here since February, 2002, I ask myself what the biggest priorities are for Good Shepherd. We do seem to be very busy around here – just flip through this annual report and you will see a huge array of projects and activities! But what is at the heart – the center – of our life together? The Psalmist offers us an answer in Psalm 127:1: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” It is imperative that we keep Jesus Christ and Scripture at the center of all that we are and all that we do. We accomplish this centering in many ways. Obviously our worship life, education program, and service together are ways of building Christ-centered ministry and mission. How blessed we are to have the lively and dedicated lay leadership that furthers this purpose! Thanks to our Congregation Council, under the leadership of President Leanne Cunningham, we have enjoyed good support and direction. Council meetings are a time of excellent collaboration and community-building. Our committees reflect a similar spirit. I am so grateful for our leadership, and would echo the sentiments of our committee chairs – we need more committee members to help things to happen. Won’t you add this to your priority list? Our priorities are developed and accomplished with the support of excellent staff. In August, 2010 we will recognize Kay Matthews, who has given Good Shepherd 8 years of devoted service as our Parish Secretary. Kay has been a steady and dependable presence in the church office, and she will be missed! Now our new secretary, Maureen Sebek, is beginning her tenure with us. We look forward to years of serving along with her! Another staff transition was that of our Choir Director. After an exceptional year, John Stafford has moved on to accept a position in Kansas City. This year’s Senior Choir played a great role in leading and inspiring us in worship. Now John Cox is stepping in to take over, bringing years of experience and a lot of talent to the post. Vern Weis retired as our Custodian and “Project Man” this year due to health concerns. His impact on our building and grounds has been tremendous. We held a special recognition/celebration in Vern (and Vicki’s) honor, and a new bench at the front entrance is a reminder of Vern’s constant concern for the welcome and comfort of folks 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 12 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Pastor's Report - page 2 who pass through this building. Dennis Lage is now onboard as Custodian, and is caring well for our property. Thankfully some of our staff are continuing to serve into the next year! Linda Pein continues to provide keyboard music on Sundays, to conduct the Handchime Choir, and to coordinate special music. Teresa Peters remains as our steady Parish Worker, acting as my “right hand” in so many ways. Treasurer Dana VanDeveer and her associates at YG Financial continue to provide the services we need to keep our finances in order. And – probably with the greatest impact – Jason Fisher offers tremendous enthusiasm, creativity and wisdom as our Director of Youth and Family Ministries. Jason was commissioned as a rostered Associate in Ministry of the ELCA this year, a great accomplishment. I appreciate Jason’s fresh viewpoints and am grateful to have a professional theologian to work as a partner in ministry and to keep me from “getting stale!” A priority for the beauty of the building and the safety of the congregation was the replacement of the canopy at the front entrance. While it took awhile to do the studies and obtain the designs (thanks, Property Committee!), the end result is more than worth the wait. We have a lovely and sturdy entryway now. Cory VanDeveer and his workers did an excellent job and were most cooperative in working with the church. We can be grateful for a structure which sends the message that welcoming others is a priority here! There has been some innovation in the ways we communicate at Good Shepherd. The weekly “Shepherd’s Shout Out” email provides timely reinforcement of the latest news from church. Our Good Shepherd Facebook page allows us to easily post event notices, photos and videos quickly for all to enjoy. Hopefully we can link our Facebook page and our Web Page for easy access in the near future. Brendan Ganning, who served as our volunteer webmaster for years, had to leave us when his wife graduated and the family relocated to St. Louis. We so appreciate all that Brendan did for us! Our new Constitution was adopted and approved by the Synod this year and is now in force. Thanks to Julia Makela and the Constitution Committee, this was handled carefully and wisely. Their diligence will reap benefits for years to come. All the committees of the church work hard and to great effect. I hesitate to single anyone out as feelings might be hurt. There is so much that goes on here! I would like to thank the Evangelism Committee for some especially creative efforts, including the Music Festival in August of 2009 and the outdoor movie night in July of 2010. These events raise the profile of GSLC in our community, and extend a welcome to others. Bringing new folks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always our number one priority, and the Evangelism Committee is primary in carrying this purpose forward. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 13 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Pastor's Report - page 3 The love of Christ is also extended by our Service Committee and its many activities. Thanks to Susan Hinrichs for heading this up. This group reminds us and mobilizes us in carrying the good news to the poor and weak in our midst. It is inspiring to have so many passionate witnesses among us! The committee work and work for mission are indeed high priorities at Good Shepherd – but we do need more members to be more involved! While things always do seem to be accomplished somehow, we need more folks to step up when projects and activities are undertaken. I encourage everyone reading this report to participate in the Time and Talent Fair this fall and to sign on for some new avenues of activity and service. We need, for example, ushers, food deliverers, communion preparers, and more. I will gladly consult with anyone who would like to consider serving. Our Parish Nursing program is also in need of some bolstering. Marcie Clark is moving away, and our other three nurses are dealing with job and family involvements that keep them from bearing much of the load of the program. If you are a nurse, won’t you consider being part of the next training group? This year has seen great turbulence in the Evangelical Lutheran Church related to last year’s Churchwide Assembly decisions. Fortunately, we at Good Shepherd have been able to maintain our mission and our fellowship despite differing views about these decisions. Some churches in our area are planning to leave the ELCA, and this will create changes in our conference and synodical life. Please continue to pray for the work of Christ’s church in this time of change. As I mentioned in last year’s report, my priorities have centered more on my family in recent times. Two granddaughters were married this past year, and new grandchildren continue to be born – along with great-grandchildren! Larry’s health and well-being continue to remain at the center of our concerns. My own discernment about my career and life priorities is ongoing. I covet your prayers as I make decisions about the future. Overall, Good Shepherd is in great shape! We continue to thrive and to minister in Christ’s name. There is vibrant outreach and a wonderfully lively worship and education life. There are baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, and blessings of life events that remind us of the Spirit’s daily presence with us. Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. Knowing that we keep our priorities firmly grounded in Christ, we know that we do not labor in vain! Thanks for your partnership in the Gospel and for allowing me to serve as your pastor. Respectfully submitted, Donna Hacker Smith Pastor 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 14 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Youth and Family Minister’s Report Last summer our High School youth went to New Orleans for a week of service under the theme “Jesus, Justice, and Jazz.” With the theme of service in Jesus’ name fresh on our minds, we returned home to Champaign Urbana to engage those struggling in our own community. The ELCA’s mission statement has been “God’s Work Our Hands,” and we have had many opportunities for youth and adults to be the hands and feet of Christ this past year. Hospitality to our neighbors Opportunities to work the clothing room or go on furniture deliveries for empty tomb were scheduled on special days that youth were out of school. These proved to be wonderful cross-generational events that allowed adults to model Christ-like service for others alongside our young people. Youth were constantly amazed at how much clothing was donated and how long it would take workers to sort through them everyday. They had a chance to see a ministry that gave everything away free in Jesus name and participate in that work. As we dropped off mattresses around town, a few of the youth were humbled to find out that many kids their own age don’t even have beds to sleep on each night. The Christmas season gave the Chimes team and other musically-gifted people in our congregation the chance to visit nursing homes and sing Christmas carols. In the spring empty tomb held a Work–a–Thon which gave us a chance to help clean out a garage for a family that needed more space for relatives who had moved in unexpectedly. As we cleaned out the garage, the realities of drugs and violence in that neighborhood became very clear. It is my hope that our youth and adults will remember that we are called to be a light in these dark places and that we not let fear move us to abandon those who are hurting. Global giving The Holy Spirit working in us means that we are able to help people very different from us in creative and unexpected ways. I was blown away at how many kids and families participated in our Lutheran World Relief soap drive. As a congregation we purchased over 1,000 bars of soap to be placed in Health Kits that would be sent around the world for those in need. Of course, this meant that I would get slimed later by the youth at our annual Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot, thus fulfilling the prophetic words of Job; “even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda, you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.” (Job 9:30-31) The Trunk or Treat event was also an opportunity to hand out Fair Trade chocolate and encourage our congregation to hand it out or buy more of it for Halloween. This chocolate assures that cocoa farmers are being paid a fair wage for their labor and is 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 15 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Youth and Family Minister's Report - page 2 thus, an act of justice. Youth from our congregation decided that money raised from this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring would be donated locally to the efforts they have seen first hand at empty tomb. Working with our brothers and sisters at First United Methodist Church downtown, we had a follow up event to our 30 Hour Famine Lock-In that helped us learn more about those who are hungry in other countries. The games and activities planned that night made youth more aware of all of the health issues that arise when people are malnourished and have little or no access to clean drinking water. In the spring the Salvation Army helped organize a food drive called “Million Meals for Haiti,” and became another amazing cross-generational event of grace for those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. It was wonderful to not only see many members from our congregation, but thousands from the community. Journeys of faith Middle and High School students were able to participate in a retreat at Lake Williamson Christian Center complete with worship, small group Bible study, and team building challenges. This event was an excellent way for youth to connect with other Lutheran youth across our synod. This past year has also allowed our relationship with First United Methodist Church to grow as we collaborated on various projects together. One such project was the Ski Trip to Devil’s Head in Wisconsin. This cross-generational event brought many families together as we studied scripture and took leaps of faith flying down hills with skis strapped to our feet! Sky Lodge Christian Camp hosted us while we were in Wisconsin, and their facilities were just as much fun as the skiing. This was a trip that we hope to continue with First UMC for many years to come. As winter gave way to spring, Middle and High School youth traveled together down to St. Louis to spend three days serving the community through afterschool programs, Meals on Wheels deliveries, and clean-up of facilities at a battered women’s shelter. This trip gave us a chance to see how many elderly are in need of companionship and decent meals. The trip to East St. Louis opened our eyes to dedicated Christians who have chosen to work in such an economically depressed and violent area. The joy our group found in playing with the kids after school was phenomenal, and the fact that these little kids actually wore out our youth was even more impressive! As I write this, we have youth planning on attending Leadership Lab this year at Augustana College where they will gather for worship, small group Bible study, games, and fellowship. All of the skills they will learn while at Lab will help them continue to be the leaders that they already are in the church here in Champaign. A few days after we return from Leadership Lab, another group of students will head to Oregon, Illinois for Confirmation Camp. We will take time to rest in the Lord and learn how to live as Christ’s followers in the world in which they are growing. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 16 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Youth and Family Minister's Report - page 3 Our Middle and High School youth have continued to gather in one another’s homes for JERICHO each month to share life together. My hope is that these regularly scheduled all-family events draw us deeper into relationship with one another and Christ. JERICHO the rest of the year has consisted of a variety of games, movies, and devotions to help youth share where it is they have seen God during the week and where it is they need to see God in the coming weeks. This time has proven invaluable for our young people as we have struggled with death, divorce, and depression together and have sought our suffering Savior Jesus Christ in the midst of this pain. I count myself blessed that parents and youth are willing to seek God together when life seems to be falling apart in unexpected ways. The maturity of faith that I have witnessed in youth and adults alike continues to give me hope in the transforming power of the Cross of Christ. None of these events would ever be possible without the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of such a giving congregation. Adults and youth have always stepped up in times of need to support our community, one another, and my own family. For that I am always thankful, and also reminded that this is God’s work with our hands. God’s grace and peace, Jason Fisher Youth and Family Minister 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 17 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Parish Worker’s Report “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27 One of my favorite parts of our worship service is the sharing of the peace. In our hectic and stressful lives we all need and look for peace. Peace is woven into and throughout our worship service. After we confess our sins and repent, we hear the proclamation of our forgiveness and there is peace. We hear it, receive it, feel it, and then we share it with those around us. During the sharing of the peace we extend our hands to one another, grasp their hand, look into their eyes and share the gift we have been given. I try to grasp as many hands as I can reach, sometimes leaving my pew to cross the aisle to shake an extended hand. Sometimes I will catch the eye of someone too far away to actually touch, so I will give them the “peace sign”. Sometimes a more intimate greeting, such as a hug and/or a kiss, is given, but since we are Lutherans, those types of greetings are usually limited to family members. Peace is often paired with calm and quiet, but in reality, sharing the peace can be quite loud and enthusiastically boisterous. And then we hear the Word. "Though the m ountains be shaken and the hills be rem oved, yet m y unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be rem oved," says the LORD, who has com passion on you. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the governm ent will be on his shoulders. And he will be called W onderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace." Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your m inds in Christ Jesus. When we are anxious and worried, we need to seek the outstretched hand that saves us as we are sinking below the waves, the hand that heals with a touch and calms the storm. As we leave the sanctuary, strengthened and restored, we are sent back out into the world to go in peace and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God, Teresa Peters Parish Worker 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 18 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Secretary Vice President Nancy Treasurer McCowen Jeanne Dana President Pastor McMurray VanDeveer (ex-officio) Leanne Rev. Donna Cunningham Hacker Smith Chair of Chair of Christian Evangelism Education Linnea Rebecka DiBerardino Dickson 2010-2011 Good Shepherd Chair of Lutheran Church Chair of Fellowship Property Gary O'Brien Congregation Council Jim Hack Chair of Chair of Service Stewardship Susan Hinrichs Greg Fisher/ Pastor Donna Chair of Worship & WELCA Finance Chair of Youth Music Advisory Member Dana Bob Olson Sherrill Jodi Davis VanDeveer Houchens Youth and Family Minister. . . . . . . . Jason Fisher Parish Worker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresa Peters Parish Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen Sebek 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 19 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Treasurer’s Report Income for 2009-2010 Fiscal Year Respectfully submitted, Dana VanDeveer Treasurer 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 20 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Treasurer’s Report Property Improvements Fund Revenue and Expenditures 2009-2010 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 21 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Revenue Summary 2009-2010 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 22 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Restricted Profit & Loss August 2009 through July 2010 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 23 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Proposed General Budget - Page 1 2010-2011 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 24 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Proposed General Budget - page 2 2010-2011 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 25 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Audit Committee Report On July 21, 2010 the committee consisting of Chair Eldon Gleichman, Dave Carlson, and Jeretta Hecht met and examined the records of the Treasurer and Financial Secretary for the fiscal year ending 7/31/10. They used the test procedures outlined by Paragraph CR2.02 on page 27 of the Continuing Resolutions of the Constitution of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The month of February, 2010 was selected to audit for both receipts and expenditures. The financial records of the Youth Committee were also audited and found to be complete and up to date. Since there is little activity in this account, the committee feels it does not need to be put on the computer. Last year Eldon worked with Jason to simplify the record keeping. In the opinion of the committee members, the records are being maintained in accord with accepted financial policy. All records were made available for audit and found to be efficiently kept. The General Fund, Property Improvement Fund, Memorial Fund, Reserve Fund, Carol Manley Endowment Fund for Youth, Memorial Fund, and Exercise Fund were reviewed and found to be accurate for the fiscal year 8/1/09 through 7/31/10. Submitted with respect, Eldon Gleichman Chair Dave Carlson Jeretta Hecht 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 26 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS 2009-2010 Sunday School Staff 3 years through Kindergarten 1 st through 3 rd Grades Confirmation (Grades 6-8) Shelly Cekander Amy Chamley Dan Corkery Amy Chamley Jenelle Keene Leanne Cunningham Jenelle Keene Ruth Meyer Jodi Davis Kim McFarland Ron Meyer Karla Harmon Deb Swanson Nicole Paul Joy Kammerling Regina Ray Carol Manley Steven Reiners Ruth Meyer Music Regina Ray Kara Greer Debby Rehn Linda Pein 4th and 5th Grades Julia Schmidt Shelly Cekander Stephen Stubbs Jodi Davis Co-Superintendents Kara Greer High School Ron Meyer Karla Harmon Jordan Beck Tim Shedelbower Regina Ray Jason Fisher Adult Forum Pastor Donna Hacker Smith 2010 VBS Teachers and Helpers PreK 5th & 6th Grades Skits Tyra Greer Matt Johnson Matt Johnson Chelsea Hart Crafts Ashley Massey Ashley Massey Sara Hook Zach Meyer Jeanne McMurray (PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, Games & 3rd grades) Corwin Carroll Kindergarten Kara Harrison Jason Fisher and 1st Grade (4th-6th Grades) Zach Meyer Dominik Harmon Jenny Johnson Craft Helpers Parish Nurses Luke Meyer Michael Griffin Beth Beck Luke Smith Kacey Harrison Marcie Clark Harrison York Meta Hartz Celeste Coverdill Ryan Ray Betsy Kakoma 2nd and 3rd Grades Steven Reiners Photographer Hayley Beals Snacks Donna Hacker Smith Morgan York Maura Dickson Hospitality Meret Kammerling Dana VanDeveer 4th Grade Jenelle Keene Ally Heffernan Music Director Shannon Siuts Kara Greer Ruth Meyer 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 37 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Christian Education Committee Report Committee members: Amy Chamley, Jason Fisher, Jenelle Thompson-Keene, Jodi Davis, Karla Harmon, Michelle Priddy Petersen, Nicole Paul, Pastor Donna Hacker Smith, Ron Meyer, Shelly Cekander, Tim Shedelbower, and Regina Ray. The goal of the Christian Education Committee is to support the spiritual growth of the congregation through education. There are five main components of Christian education at Good Shepherd: Sunday School, Confirmation, High School, Adult Forum, and Vacation Bible School. Below are some highlights of the past year: · The Sunday school year was off to a great start with our annual Rally Day and cookout. For the second year in a row, Rally Day featured a series of interactive, biblically-based games for the students. · Adult Forum provided a variety of topics for discussion throughout the year. Guest speakers included Bishop Warren D. Freiheit, Pastor John Setterlund, and Russ Senti. · In November, we hosted a friendly competition between the Sunday school students and their parents on Family Day. · Families donated winter clothing to two local charities, Salt & Light and empty tomb, during the Mitten Tree clothing drive. · Our annual children’s Christmas service, “Starry Night, Noisy Night,” was a joyful celebration of Christ’s birth. · In the spring, the Sunday school families raised money to provide a Kiva micro- loan to a grocery store owner in Paraguay. The loan is already being repaid. In a few months, we can loan the money to another entrepreneur. · The Sunday School Choir performed a song based on the 23rd Psalm during the Easter season. · Seven members of the congregation affirmed their baptisms on Confirmation Sunday. · Fifty-one children attended our “Hero Headquarters” Vacation Bible School, directed by Ruth Meyer. This wonderful week was kicked off with our annual church picnic. Throughout the week, our caped heroes learned about the impact they can make by serving the Lord. The week concluded with a worship service led by the students. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 38 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Education Report - page 2 We are excited about the upcoming improvements to our Sunday school program. In the fall, we will begin using the Spark Lectionary curriculum. Each week, the lesson will reinforce the readings from the worship service. We will also return to team teaching. This will provide flexibility for our volunteers, while ensuring consistency for our students. We are grateful to Ron Meyer and Tim Shedelbower for serving as the Sunday school superintendents for the past several years. We also appreciate the joy of music Kara Greer and Linda Pein share with the Sunday School Choir. It has been a pleasure to chair the Christian Education Committee for the past three years. Thank you to the dedicated members of this committee and the Good Shepherd staff for your support. Finally, thank you to the parents, teachers, speakers, and volunteers for sharing your gifts with our congregation. Many Blessings, Regina McArdle Ray Christian Education Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 39 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Evangelism Committee Report Committee members: Cory VanDeveer, Pastor Donna, Darrell Hoemann, Teresa Peters, Ron and Carol Stevenson, Linnea DiBerardino, Karen Whipple, and Steven Reiners Marketing: Ads are placed continuously in the Yellow pages, News-Gazette and Savoy and County Star. The marquee is used for advertising church events periodically. Events: An Outdoor Music Festival was hosted in August 2009. The Crossroads Music Festival played off our Coffeehouse theme. Multiple acts helped to promote the festival atmosphere, and a large tent was used to house the guests and acts. Pizza and popcorn were available for guests. In July of this year, we hosted a movie night showing Toy Story on an inflatable movie screen. A magician kicked off the evening. Popcorn, cotton candy, and pizza were available for guests. We hosted the Boot Sale again and had our Nativity walk. A sub-committee of congregation members helped organize and host the Nativity Walk. Both events were very successful. Fellowship: Evangelism teamed up with The Property committee to serve Lenten supper this year. In God’s Service, Cory VanDeveer Evangelism Committee Chairman 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 40 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Fellowship Committee Report Members included: Julia and Jonathan Makela, Kate Nesse and Scott Lindberg, Jennifer Byers-York, Laurie Johnson, Tori Corkery, Gail Block, and Jeanne McMurray. Many hands helped make serving bagels, donuts, tea, and coffee every Sunday an easy task. Thank you to Kay Matthews, and Pastor Donna who always had our coffee brewing every Sunday. The many servers included Scott Lindberg and Kate Nesse, Rebecca Nef-Heffernan, Teresa Reifsteck, Carol and Ron Stevenson, Sally Widholm, Jennifer Byers-York, Susan Hinrichs, Nancy and Tom Holm, Sherrill Houchens, Tori Corkery, Beth and Mike Followell, Nancy McCowen, Janice Nuss, Dorothy Oakley, Betsy Parks, Becky Fisher, Jeanne McMurray, Dee Deschler, Betsy and Brad Parks, Rosalyn Roosevelt, Hannah Schlake, Betty Frerichs, Claire Kennedy, Nancy Ryniec, Brad and Betsy Parks, Peg Olson, and David Jackson. There were even more people who stepped in to help when a server had a last minute conflict. As you can see, the spirit of fellowship is strong in our congregation. Thank you to all! The reception for Jason was special as it allowed many different committees to work together to celebrate Jason’s special day. Kids and adults got to show Jason how much we truly care about him, appreciate all the hard work he does, and how proud we are of him. The Lenten supper was a chance to sample a vegetarian curry dish as the theme was India. New member receptions are always a great occasion when we can welcome new members to Good Shepherd by serving cookies, fruit, and punch. We are so lucky to be able to welcome new members. The church picnic was a great event in the shade under the tree in the front of the church. Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers were served with all the tasty side dishes shared by the congregation and some fabulous desserts. Since the ground was so wet from all of the rain, many hands helped carry tables and chairs outside! Water balloons helped keep the kids cool, and Jason provided games. Thank you for the opportunity to chair the Fellowship Committee these past few months. I appreciate all of the help and input in learning the ropes of the Fellowship Committee and what it is all about and having the opportunity to finally get to put names to many faces. Respectfully submitted, Rebecka Dickson Fellowship Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 41 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Property Committee Report The most notable improvement to church property this year was the demolition of the front canopy and construction of a new one. The old structure was unstable and possibly unsafe. The new structure, on the other hand, is very stable. Unlike the old canopy, the appearance of the new one is compatible with that of the rest of the church. The cost was approximately $53,000 to the contractor and $2,200 to the architect. The sod cost $1500. It is anticipated that the words “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” and the GSLC logo will be added in the near future. The communion rails were recovered with wood to match the rest of the sanctuary. Thanks to congregation members for suggesting this improvement. The cost was $2,800, including electrical outlets on the undersides of the rails. The windows on the east side of the central part of the church (nursery, classrooms, library, and nurse’s office) were sealed with polycarbonate panels. The cost was $2,800. It is anticipated that reduced heating and cooling costs will make up for the cost of this upgrade. The gutters on the east side of the sanctuary and the library/classroom area were replaced at a cost of $1,500. Other property expenses included routine/preventive maintenance (furnaces, air conditioners, piano tuning, …), maintenance supplies, water, gas, electricity, telecommunications, internet service, fire alarms, parking lot snow removal, and capital equipment. Total property expenses as of June 30 were $46,300. Thanks to Darrell Boege, Jim Hack, Dave Jackson, and Steve Johnson, the members of the property committee, for their time and support. “Welcome aboard” to Dennis Lage, our new custodian. I would like to thank GSLC volunteers for their efforts this past year, including the following: · Darrell Boege for scheduling lawn mowing and snow clearing. · Lawn mowing and snow clearing volunteers. · Don Hoffmeister for maintaining our mowers and snow blower. · Cory Vandeveer and Ben Hein for painting the outside cross. · Garden volunteers for watering, weeding, and planting the flower beds. · Nancy Holm for coordinating the garden volunteers and spending countless hours on garden maintenance. · Kristine and Tom Scheu for cutting up and removing a tree that had blown down in a storm. Sincerely, Tom Holm Property Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 42 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Service Committee Report The Service Committee had another busy year. We continued with our core projects like the Food Pantry and added new projects like the Fair Trade Fair. The list below gives the highlights of our activities. The members of the Service Committee who made this possible are Sara Boege, Donna Clark, Nat Ensrud, Tracy Gunderson, Jenelle Keene, Heather Murphy, Betsy Parks, Heather Snapp, Anna Stefan, Walt Tousey, and Melissa Warmbier, plus many members of the congregation joined to help as needed ranging from people taking leadership roles in projects to the many people of the congregation who donated time, food, and money. Our projects included: • Organizing congregational giving. Our congregation is very generous with their material gifts, and a number of our projects involved organizing these gifts. • The Christmas Giving Tree resulted in gifts for 60 foster children for LSSI and 20 gifts for men participating in the Safe House and their families. We also used part of the Christmas Offering to provide 20 gifts for residents of the Champaign County Nursing home. • The congregation donated over 100 backpacks for empty tomb to distribute to children returning to school. • The congregation gathered items for troops posted overseas in the Troop Valentines program organized by Ruby Splittstoersser from St. Matthews. • Healthy food drive for the neighborhood group home. • We designated special offerings this year to empty tomb's Safe Haven build (Thanksgiving), Austin's Place women's shelter (Christmas), LSSI (Christmas), and the backpack program run by Eastern Illinois Foodbank. • Food Pantry is the cornerstone project of the service committee. It continues to be ably organized by Donna Clark. We've been able to provide food for families in need with once a week deliveries. This is made possible by the many volunteer delivery people in the congregation. • A new effort for the service committee was the Fair Trade Fair held in conjunction with the Apple Festival. We ordered materials from artisans in the third world via Lutheran World Relief. They are guaranteed to be paid a fair wage for their work. Lutheran World Relief also received a share of the proceeds for their mission. We sold $1,289 of items which was about half of our inventory. • We prepared soup and chili for Times Center with Don Block twice returning as chef. We made about 15 gallons at each meeting. • CROPWalk – Jon Gunderson served as our team captain again. This year the walk started and ended at McKinley Presbyterian on campus. The Good Shepherd team had the highest pledge amount of any church this year. • The committee organized meals for several Habitat for Humanity builds. A group of women in the congregation participated in one of the Women Builds for Habitat for Humanity. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 43 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Service Committee Report - page 2 • Betsy Parks organized a group of youth in the congregation to assist with fall yard clean-up for clients of Developmental Services Center. • Promoted participation in the Million Meals for Haiti. A large number of members of Good Shepherd donned plastic aprons and hair covers to package meal packages. Many thanks to the great members of the service committee. They made my first year chairing this committee easy. Together we were able to do a lot of good in God's name. I'm looking forward accomplishing a lot this coming year. Respectfully submitted, Susan Hinrichs Service Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 44 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Stewardship Committee Report The Stewardship Committee includes: Bob Espeseth, Don Hoffmeister, Bob Clark, Ashton Waller and Jim Hack. Kay Matthews, Teresa Peters, and Pastor Donna provided vital support. 1. The Time and Talent Fair was held in September. The effort continues to be valuable to the committees and helps to encourage new volunteers for the work that needs to be done as we carry out our mission. The Time and Talent sheets need to be reviewed by the committee chairpersons and others who need volunteers well in advance of the fair. This allows for revisions prior to the mailing and return of the sheets. Each committee and group who wants volunteers need time to prepare a presentation for the Sunday of the fair. 2. The Harvest of Thanks provided food for 50 needy families at Thanksgiving time. Sixty, five-pound hams and dinner rolls were purchased at Jerry’s IGA. The order was placed about a month in advance with the meat department. The manager of the store donated the grocery bags that were used for the collection and distribution of the food. The bags were handed out on a Sunday two weeks in advance of the collection of the food. Members of the congregation brought in food and money for the hams on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Some 200 grocery bags were filled and presented at the altar and there was more than enough money to cover the cost of the hams. Many members helped redistribute the food brought in to supply the 50 families and there was food remaining to help restock our food pantry. 3. The total amount of financial pledge money was down this year. However, all categories of giving remain strong at this time. We will have to be alert for any changes in financial support during the coming year. This spring our approach to the pledge drive was the theme “Make it Simple”. April 25th was chosen as the Sunday to return the pledge cards. A mailing was sent to members on April 1st which included a brochure, letters from Pastor Donna and myself, an electronic giving form and a pledge form. Temple Talks were presented to the congregation on April 11th and a special presentation by Pastor Donna on April 18th. 4. The Stewardship Committee along with the Fellowship Committee served a meal representing India at a Lenten Supper to 110 people. We planned for food preparation, setting up and taking down tables and chairs, along with serving the meal and cleaning up after the meal. Sincerely, Jim Hack Stewardship Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 45 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Worship and Music Committee Report Committee Members: Dorothy Oakley, June Waller, Linda Pein, Pastor Donna, Tori Corkery, and Sherrill Houchens. Being a charter member of Good Shepherd and having served on the Worship and Music Committee for many years, my eyes have truly been opened to all the areas of the church and its many committees. I have a new found respect for all the council members, committee members, and members-at-large, who make this a great environment to worship. With that being said, I look forward to another great year. The goal of the Worship and Music Committee is to support the worship services of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in order to enrich the spiritual life of the congregation. The various means by which we pursued that goal this year are highlighted below: · Thanks to memorial donations, we were able to purchase new paraments in the colors of red and purple. We were also able to purchase gold and white choir stoles to complete the colors of the church year. · The Worship and Music Committee collaborated with the Executive Committee and choir to provide a Lenten Supper in March. Our country was Japan, and we actually ran out of food. · As you have probably noticed, the communion “route” has changed. We became sensitive to our members with certain allergies and disabilities to accommodate their needs. We offer table communion at the first Sunday of the month at both services, and standing distribution (walk through) communion on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays at the 8am service. We offer standing distribution (walk through) communion on the 3rd Sunday at the 10:30am service. Summer distribution is given on the 1st and 3rd Sundays by standing distribution (walk through) communion. The wine is always distributed in individual cups. · We had numerous blessings this year, such as pets, backpacks, baby day, and new drivers. · All pianos were tuned, and a damper (life saver) was placed on the piano in the sanctuary. · We were able to enjoy some wonderful and special music, such as a choir recital, Matt Johnson’s Summer Band, and several special music pieces, just to name a few. · John Stafford has taken a position in Kansas City and will be leaving his post as the choir director. We will be seeing John Cox in September. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 46 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Worship & Music Report - page 2 The Worship and Music Committee is deeply grateful to all members who generously give their time and talents to serve as ushers, lay readers, musicians, greeters, flower deliverers, providers of chancel care, and all other tasks that make our worship services meaningful to all. If you have an interest in helping out with any of these jobs, please do not hesitate to volunteer. Our committee would be happy to assist you with any instructions or training you may need. Great thanks to all volunteers! Respectfully Submitted, Sherrill Houchens Worship and Music Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 47 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Youth Committee Report Our Youth and Family Ministries Director has captured the spirit and direction of the many facets of our youth program from Kindergarten through High School in Jason’s report in this document. At the risk of being redundant, I have categorized some of the many activities Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Youth have been involved in over the past 12 months. Sunday Fellowship Activities Program Fundraising JERICHO –LYO Family Kick Off Picnic Christmas Spaghetti Dinner Rally Day / Ice Cream Social Easter Breakfast Fundraiser Second Sunday Shepherds Car Wash during Rally Day Trunk or Treat Newlywed Game Christmas Caroling Carol Manley Endowment Fund Lenten Supper(s) (Leadership Lab Scholarships) Spiritual Growth Activities Service Activities Leadership Lab Camp Biloxi National Youth Gathering National Youth Gathering Carlinville Retreat Alternative Spring Break/St. Louis Easter Eve lock in…Fasting Souper Bowl of Caring Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Camp Crop Walk Million Meals for Haiti empty tomb Fun Activities SKI Trip to Devil’s Head Wisconsin with Family and 1st United Methodist Youth JERICHO all Family, Middle School and High School pool parties Street Hockey and …Sliming the Youth Director… To the many members of the Youth Committee, the various liaisons for the K-5, Middle School and High School , all those who have hosted the various age groups in their homes for fun and fellowship, the many folks assisting in the Newlywed Game, Pancake and Spaghetti fundraisers in set up –serving – clean up, the folks providing the tools for cook outs and transportation for the young folks not yet old enough to drive, and those who have volunteered their time and talents to support the Youth of Good Shepherd in all their endeavors I say THANK YOU. On a personal note, related to the Youth Program, I would like to thank the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Congregation for the support for Jason leading up to his commissioning as an Associate in Ministry. As found in Romans 12:4-8 and read at the commissioning service in January…”As in one body we have many members, and 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 48 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Youth Report - page 2 not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” Respectfully, Greg Fisher Youth Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 49 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Archives Committee Report Committee Members: Dick Ensrud, Steve Johnson, Nancy McCowen, Teresa Peters (ex-officio), Selma Richardson, Walt Tousey, and Anna West This ad-hoc committee was formed late last year and has met several times to discuss archives policy including collecting, appraising, preserving, protecting, arranging, describing, and making accessible original historical documents and records of the congregation. At Pastor Donna's suggestion, we adopted the formal ELCA "The Work of a Congregational Archivist and/or Archives Committee" as a guideline for our efforts. We recently added the following ELCA documents both subtitled "Advice for Congregations of the ELCA as updated April, 2010": 1. Records Management for Congregations 2. Maintaining the Parish Register The first document includes a chart describing in detail what records should be retained and for how long, and the second offers suggestions pertaining to the Parish Register specifying what supplementary information should be included for the records of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals, member transfers, etc. The aforementioned documents are all available on ELCA websites for those members who might want more detail than can be provided in this brief summary. A subcommittee of Anna, Nancy, and Selma is currently in the process of customizing ELCA templates to fit our own GSLC needs and we really appreciate the extra time they have devoted to our cause. Special thanks to Teresa for serving as liaison between the church office and our ad-hoc committee and also to Anna, assisted by Jeretta Hecht and Carol Manley, for the ongoing process of organizing photo albums and loose photos to identify names and dates. Steps have been taken and some are still in process to duplicate significant documents and to store off-site. The Parish Register, which is continually being updated, will also be copied and the original maintained in the church office in a fireproof file. The committee is currently studying options for the final physical location of archives. Respectfully submitted, Steve Johnson Archives Committee Chair 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 50 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Carol Manley Endowment Fund for Youth Committee The Carol Manley Endowment Fund for Youth was established to assist in the training and development of our youth. The mission of this committee is twofold: to encourage preservation and growth of the principal balance and utilize earnings from the fund for the youth of Good Shepherd. This fund will provide distributions to support youth ministries beyond the operating budget of this congregation. Members of this committee are Bob Clark, Chairperson, term ends 12/31/11; Jeretta Hecht, Secretary, term ends 12/31/11; Don Block, term end 12/31/10, Regina Ray, term ends 12/31/10 and Betsy Parks, term ends 12/31/12 plus Dana VanDeveer, Treasurer and Pastor. The committee met once in January to elect officers and consider a request from Jason Fisher. Carol Manley suggested that for future years the name of the committee be amended to include “for Youth” The committee was polled by email and approved this change Most of the business of this committee was conducted by email and with such a small committee it worked very well. Jason Fisher, our Youth Minister, requested funds to send eighth grade youth to Leadership Lab at Augustana College and to help youth to attend Outdoor Ministry Camp during the summer of 2010. Approval was given. These monies were distributed in May and June, 2010. The support of Good Shepherd members that make this fund viable and available for our youth is appreciated. Dana VanDeveer, Treasurer of Good Shepherd, has reinvested the CDs that have come due with the approval of the committee. The financial report is included in this report. Respectfully submitted, Bob Clark, Chair Pastor Donna Hacker Smith Regina Ray Jeretta Hecht, Secretary Don Block Betsy Parks Dana VanDeveer, Treasurer 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 51 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Report 2009-2010 WELCA Board President Jodi Davis Co-Vice Presidents Karen Whipple Linnea DiBerardino Secretary Samantha Fisher Treasurer Kellie Olsen Apple Festival Coordination Tori Corkery, Karen Whipple, Doris Snyder, Beth Followell, Jodi Davis, WELCA Board Baptismal Banners Peg Davis Book Club Sonja McManaway Lutheran World Relief Corinne Saldeen/Debby Rehn Meals on Wheels Doris Snyder Mission: Growth Beth Followell Nursery Samantha Fisher and Heather Ochs Prayer Chain Sherry Webb Quilting Project Alberta Nelson Samaratin Coordinator Jenelle Keene Thankoffering Karen Walker Christmas Brunch Ruth Meyer, Jodi Davis We thank God for the many active members who contribute their time and talents to WELCA’s many ongoing projects and events. WELCA is very grateful for the support we receive from the church staff in all of our efforts. As fellow members from Good Shepherd, we unite in WELCA for service, fellowship, growth, and community outreach. The WELCA Board had regular meetings throughout the year on the first Monday of the month. Meetings were attended regularly by board members. Additional meetings were held to plan for the annual fundraiser and special events. Apple Festival continues to be WELCA’s fundraiser. Members of Good Shepherd gathered to prepare 200 homemade apple pies. The pies and donated baked goods were sold at the WELCA Apple Festival event. WELCA is very thankful for the support this event receives from the entire congregation. This past year we had approximately 39 different kinds of cookies. See Treasurer’ s Report for details of the money earned from Apple Festival. Additional money was received from matching funds from Thrivent. WELCA continued to support numerous projects outside of Good Shepherd. Supplies of calendars were donated to the Lutheran Social Services office on a regular basis. Cancelled stamps and soup labels were collected and mailed to organizations. The Good Shepherd quilting group continues to assemble Lutheran World Relief quilts at 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 52 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Report - page 2 church on most Wednesday mornings. These women work with donated materials, mainly used bed sheets given by church members. WELCA was involved in packing school kits and health kits for Lutheran World Relief. Good Shepherd was the site for the In-Gathering. The WELCA Board and Nursery Committee, along with approval from the Property Committee, moved forward with a structural change to the nursery door. With safety a number one concern, this change to a dutch style door will be a permanent improvement to the nursery at Good Shepherd. The Samaritans of Good Shepherd continue to serve our fellow members of GSLC. The Samaritans prepare and serve meals for families who have had a funeral conducted by our staff. Two women of the church are assigned each month to provide the leadership. Samaritans also send get-well, baby, and sympathy cards to fellow church members from the entire church membership. Bible study is the foundation of WELCA. Women’s bible study Circles, sponsored by WELCA, meet in the morning, at noon, and in the evening during the school year. Ruth Circle continues to meet in Good Shepherd choir room on the third Tuesday of each month for primarily Bible Study. This past year they finished "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" and have started "Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible". Outreach from Ruth Circle consists of two names from the Christmas tree and Christmas cookies for the over 80's in our congregation. Anna Circle meets on the first Monday of the month at noon in the church library. This year they finished “Small Group Life: Formation”. Anna Circle serves the “60 Something” pot lucks as their regular service project. Rachel Circle continues to meet in the evening on the fourth Monday of each month. These groups combined on June 15 for a salad supper and joint study. The Mother-Daughter-Friend event was to be a group outing to see the ballet Swan Lake, but was cancelled due to lack of interest. WELCA hosted the annual Christmas Brunch at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. WELCA is blessed to have so many women who participate in the following areas: • Bible study • Prayer chain • Nursery schedules, maintenance, and care • Baptismal banners • Meals on Wheels (coordination and delivery of meals to shut-ins) • Lutheran World Relief (quilts and various kits) • Apple Festival (pie making, donate cookies, work at event) 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 53 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Report - page 3 • Lutheran Special Education Ministries (collection of canned-good labels) • Bethel Institution for the Disabled (collection of cancelled postage stamps) • Monthly Book Club • New Member Reception • Reception and gifts for confirmands and high school graduates • Gift Bibles for 3rd graders and gifts toward Bible Camp for GSLC youth • Thankoffering • Event Planning (Retreat/Spring Fellowship Event/Christmas Brunch) • WELCA Board Respectfully Submitted, Jodi Davis WELCA President 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 54 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Purpose Statement As a community of women Created in the image of God, Called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We commit ourselves to Grow in faith, Affirm our gifts, Support one another in our callings, Engage in ministry and action, and Promote healing in the church, the society and the world. 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 55 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Treasurer’s Report 2009-2010 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 56 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS WELCA Treasurer’s Report 2009-2010 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 57 GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS Wellness Committee Report Highlights of our year serving God and parishioners: • Monthly blood pressure screenings; both organizing and staffing • Document B/P, discuss concerns and provide information. • Meet with individual & couples, to discuss concerns, provide referrals &/or resources • Home, Nursing Home, & hospital visits • Programming for Senior Potluck & blood pressure screening • Vacation Bible School Nurse… • Monthly Scroll articles; • Weekly bulletin Nurse Notes • Purchase & package New Baby welcome gifts • New Baby & Parents visits • Design bulletin board health topics • Monthly public health required survey of Kid’s First Preschool • “Teddy Bear” Project: Collect and donate to community agencies • Purchase and maintenance of Care Notes in narthex and Teen Room • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) maintenance • Donor Sunday for information on Organ Donation • Medical advice provided before and after services • Annual Blood Drive for Community Blood Bank • Vial of Life – medical information program that assists in emergencies • Store and maintain medical assistive equipment for use by those in need • “United for Sight” project • Caregiver Support • Provided program to Parish Nurse Class; on Teddy Bear Project; Walk to Jerusalem Respectfully submitted, Beth Beck, Marcie Clark, Celeste Coverdill, Betsy Kakoma Parish Nurses 2009-2010 Annual Report – Page 58
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