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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
                  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

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                    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

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

Old Business

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.

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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.

Motion made and approved to adjourn the meeting at 10:49 a.m.

Many Blessings,
Regina McArdle Ray

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                   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.

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       " 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

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                    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

(The vote count was unanimously in favor of approval of the Constitution.)

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                    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
          " 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

• Motion was made and approved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Ann Shedelbower

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                                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.

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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

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                           Membership Update

                      July 31, 2009        July 31, 2010
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

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                                    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
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

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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
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
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.

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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

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                   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

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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.

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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

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                                  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

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                                      Vice President              Nancy                      Treasurer
                                        Jeanne                                                 Dana
              President                                                                                                 Pastor
                                       McMurray                                             VanDeveer
            Leanne                                                                                                   Rev. Donna
          Cunningham                                                                                                Hacker Smith

        Chair of
                                                                                                                         Chair of

                                                           Good Shepherd
  Chair of                                                Lutheran Church
                                                                                                                                 Chair of
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
                                                 Jodi Davis                     VanDeveer

                                           Youth and Family Minister. . . . . . . . Jason Fisher
                                           Parish Worker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresa Peters
                                           Parish Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen Sebek

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                                Treasurer’s Report
                          Income for 2009-2010 Fiscal Year

Respectfully submitted,
Dana VanDeveer

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          Treasurer’s Report

       Property Improvements Fund
    Revenue and Expenditures 2009-2010

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                                    Revenue Summary
                                    2009-2010 Fiscal Year

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       Restricted Profit & Loss
      August 2009 through July 2010

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                    Proposed General Budget - Page 1
                                    2010-2011 Fiscal Year

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    Proposed General Budget - page 2
           2010-2011 Fiscal Year

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                           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

Dave Carlson
Jeretta Hecht

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                       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

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                  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
   ·   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.

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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

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                         Evangelism Committee Report
 Committee members: Cory VanDeveer, Pastor Donna, Darrell Hoemann, Teresa
 Peters, Ron and Carol Stevenson, Linnea DiBerardino, Karen Whipple, and Steven

 Ads are placed continuously in the Yellow pages, News-Gazette and Savoy and
 County Star. The marquee is used for advertising church events periodically.

 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.

 Evangelism teamed up with The Property committee to serve Lenten supper this year.

 In God’s Service,
 Cory VanDeveer
 Evangelism Committee Chairman

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                      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

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

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                           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
    · 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.

 Tom Holm
 Property Committee Chair

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                        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
• 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.

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 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

 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

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                    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
  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.
Jim Hack
Stewardship Committee Chair

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                   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
   ·   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.

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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

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                              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

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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.”

Greg Fisher
Youth Committee Chair

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                           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

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     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

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

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                                    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

 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

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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)

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        •   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

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                         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.

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                   WELCA Treasurer’s Report 2009-2010

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  WELCA Treasurer’s Report 2009-2010

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                           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
        • 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

 Respectfully submitted,
 Beth Beck, Marcie Clark, Celeste Coverdill, Betsy Kakoma
 Parish Nurses

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