I want to open with clarification of a statement I made in my last article. I stated that, per my resource, we must follow the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Treasurer’s Manual. While reading the Voters Meeting minutes of September 19, 2021, I read, “Pastor Richard commented that the District and Synod are advisory bodies only. The church is free to spend and manage its money as it sees fit without their input or approval.” So, I stand corrected.

The documents I researched included the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council Meeting Minutes – August 19, 2021, the St. Paul Financial Secretary Edward Jones Investment Account Report to the Voters August 19, 2021, and VOTERS MEETING September 19th, 2021 minutes.

In early 2020, the church’s General Fund received $57,107.86 from the Elsie Borcher’s Estate. These funds were already invested in an Edward Jones account. The monies received from the estate were transferred into a new account set up for St Paul, titled Edward Jones Church-1 Guided Solutions Flex Fund (aka CH-1).

During the voters meeting on 6/28/2020, Chuck Gollnick made a motion to move up to $100K from the checking account to the Edward Jones investment account so that it could receive better earnings. On March 17, 2021, $65,000 was transferred from US Bank Checking General Fund to the CH-1 account at Edward Jones.

At this same meeting, there was a subsequent motion by Council to move $140K from the LCEF stewardship account which had been earning only around 0.25%. These funds were transferred to our US Bank account. On June 10, 2021, these funds were transferred to a new Building Fund account at Edward Jones (CH-2). While the $140K Building Fund is restricted, the proceeds/profits earned are unrestricted income.

At the September 19, 2021, meeting, Tim Grace acknowledged that there is risk with investing. He also discussed during times of inflation, money that is not earning is losing money. Our two accounts invested with Edward Jones were doing nicely, with positive net earnings during fiscal year 2020-2021.

Unfortunately, the stock market took a turn for the worse during fiscal year 2021-2022. Next month, I will share the current status of CH-1 and CH-2 accounts.

 

After hearing a wide range of beliefs about dedicated funds and the treasurer’s manual, I realized there was no agreement among my fellow church members. I decided to call the local Lutheran Church Missouri Synod District Office.  I was able to talk with Marilyn Allen, Business Manager, who is the resource person regarding the Treasurer’s manual. She graciously, and with great knowledge, answered all my questions.  Now, I want to share with you the results of our conversation.

First, we must follow the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Treasurer’s Manual. It instructs us on how to follow the rules for 501C3 Non-profit organizations (which we are) as legislated by the Federal government. It also instructs us on when we need to go to the state government. Then we get to follow state rules for non-profit organizations.

Second, when an individual donates to the church for a certain purpose, those funds are dedicated to that purpose inperpetuity (i.e.: forever). We can release those funds for other purposes only through one of the following ways:

  • We go back to the donor and ask them for their permission to re-allocate the funds. If the donor is deceased, we have an option of one of the two following:
  • We go to the heirs and ask their permission to re-allocate the funds. This can be quite difficult because there often are many people to work with.
  • The other option is to petition the state’s Attorney General for their permission to re-allocate the funds. Yes, there are processes and procedures we would have to follow. (It’s not a simple case of “Mother may I?’, “Yes you may.”)

The only time the funds can easily be re-allocated is if it is specified by the donor at the time of donation.  Marilyn gave the following example:  If a donor gave a donation to paint the church walls purple and stated that if they are not painted purple in 10 years, then the money can be re-allocated. (I don’t know about you, but I’d be waiting with bated breath for those 10 years to expire!)

She reminded me that Board (Council) designated funds are not restricted. An example of this is if the board allocated $4000 for materials to reside the Senior Center. Say materials cost $2500. At the end of the project, Council could then redesignate the remaining $1500 to General Fund to meet other financial obligations.

She also cautioned us that when we are raising funds (such as in a stewardship drive) that we do not be too specific. Her example was: The church has a fundraiser for new choir robes. If we raise $1000, but spend only $500, the remaining $500 will need to stay in a dedicated fund until the next time we need choir robes. She said it would be better to be more general and ask for funds for the Choir Department. That way the excess $500 can go to meeting other expenses in the department. 

She also told me that many non-profits have an established policy that governs the terms under which they can accept a donation. It’s something to consider as/when we start looking at long-range planning for this church.

Next month I will share with you what I have learned about the funds we have invested with Edward Jones.

Children Youth and Families

This Children, Youth and Family Update from Jennifer Gatke originally went out as an email to church families from Pastor Don! 🙂

Yeah, for not recreating the wheel!

Youth worhsip leaders
Youth worhsip leaders

Youth Worship Leaders

This Lenten season our youth liturgists at the midweek evening services are Claire and Riley Baldridge, Ava Granquist, Ashlynn Brenner, and Elizabeth Johnston. The congregation loves to see the youth involved in the worship services.

First Communion – The Confirmation Class of 2022 will be partaking in their first communion on Maundy Thursday, April 14th at the 7 PM service. Confirmands are the same worship leaders listed above.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 16, 10-11 AM.

For preschool and church kids. Youth group will need to be there early to put out eggs by 9 AM. We will also be decorating the cross in front of the church with flowers and creating flower arrangements for the tables downstairs for Easter Breakfast. 

Easter Breakfast – Important!
Sunday April 17. After taking an informal poll last Sunday at church, it appears most people would like to have an Easter breakfast. Dave Van Winkle has agreed to make pancakes, but will need help bringing the grill up from the grove. All hands-on deck will be needed from our youth group to serve.

Craft & Chat – April 24 in the church lower level

 

Youth Night Egg Hunt

A fine tradition at St. Paul started by Jim & Ronda Wiedemann. This is for the youth who put out eggs at the earlier hunt, and helped at the Easter Breakfast. Youth can also invite their friends. Date and time TBD.

Preschool Family Mixer

For two years I’ve wanted to have a mixer for our preschool families in the Connect Center. This hour-and-half evening activity would consist of a table icebreaker activity, stand-up comedy, bingo with funny prizes, and a shameless plug to join our church. I think I can pull it off before the preschool year is ended, sometime in May. I would also like to do it with our church families (minus the shameless plug!) Perhaps our Households of Faith group can all work together on this. 

 

Pentecost Sunday – June 5, confirmands confirmed!

Senior Salute – Sunday, June 12. Graduates: Hayden Gatke, Claire Shipman, Annie Zachritz

Confirmation Camp – June 26-July 1 at Camp Lutherwood (Riley, Ashlynn & pastor Don)

Family Camp 1 – July 8-10 at Camp Lutherwood

National Youth Gathering – July 9-13 in Houston, TX.

· Youth participants: J.P. Garstka, David Sanchez

· Adult leaders: Jill Richard, Jennifer Gatke

· Primary leader: Pastor Don

Family Camp 2 – July 21-24 at Camp Lutherwood

 

Sunday School

Every family in our church should be bringing their child/children to Sunday School. It would make it stronger and benefit everyone involved. Jen Gatke has a special Sunday School session in store each month which has a fifth Sunday. The kids will be getting to know our senior members and visa-versa. What a wonderful way to connect our generations at St. Paul!

If I have left anything out or you have any ideas you would like to bring to the table, let me or Jen Gatke know. May God bless you all.

Dear Church family,

On Sunday, January 16th, our church installed the Congregational officers for 2022. Long-standing officers; Tim Grace, Karen Baldwin, and Terri Greene; were installed at the 8:30 Worship Service. Our new officers; Craig Anderson, Elaina Anderson, and myself; were installed at the 10:45 Worship Service. When I heard Pastor Don’s installation address to us, I felt myself standing taller and accepting the responsibility and instruction he was giving us. I could feel God’s presence and blessing on us. Needless to say, the words “I do” were a commitment to my office.

 

Sunday, January 23rd, about eight of us women gathered at 2:00 pm in the basement for a special time of fun and fellowship. While we colored or worked on other crafts, we had a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and to support each other. Pastor Don, who learned proper tea-making when he lived in England, made and served us tea. Of course, we had snacks available. I’m looking forward to our next opportunity to craft-and-chat.

On February 14th, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. When I was small, I was told this romantic tale of a kind old Bishop who secretly gave a dowry to several young women so they could marry. Although I found out that story probably didn’t happen, I believe that we can celebrate the day with that same attitude of kindness and love for others.

 

Love to all,

Dottie Buss 

Summer GrandparentsGreetings in Christ Jesus

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer.  This refers to the hot days of heat, thunderstorms, lethargy, mad dogs, and grumpy folks.  Some folks don’t like these hot days.  I like the summertime.  Lots of daylight and warm evenings.  It is also a time to have a change of pace.  Sit in your lawn chair, put some ice in a glass and sip your favorite beverage.  It is also a time to meditate on God’s Word.  It is a time to enjoy worshiping in the grove.  Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together,…but let us encourage one another.” I encourage you to use the Dog Days as time for spiritual renewal.  Jesus loves you! Have a blessed summer.

Senior Saints will meet only on the second Wednesday of July and August.  In August we will have our picnic.  In September we will be offering some new ways of growing together.  Stay tuned for more information.

In Christ’s love enjoy your blessings.

Pastor Rich

 

Greetings gang, 

 It is wonderful to see so many smiling faces on Wednesdays.

 

  I got some PJ from Paul and Karen.  Our thanks to President Tim and Ellen for fixing hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch.  These may be dog days, but they are also mouse days.  I am going to the beach and be cool.  Here are some summer smiles.

Warning, if you are under the age of 65; do not proceed. The following is for mature readers only who understand what follows.

  • The elderly grandmother always talked to the hens whenever she fed them. Her grandson asked why she did that.  She replied that she was just trying to egg them on. 
  • A state police officer pulled a car over. Five older ladies were in the car and looked in shock.  They were all very pale.  The driver asked why he pulled them over.  She said she was going the speed limit, 22 mph.  The officer said that was the route number, not the speed limit.  The officer said they looked unsettled.  We will be fine, we just got off route 119.
  • What do lawyers wear to court? Lawsuits

 

  • What do you call someone with no body and no nose? Nobody knows.

 

  • When you are 20 and drop something you pick it up. When you are 80 you decide you don’t need it any more.

 

If you were under 65 and read these and need help understanding, contact a Senior Saint.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

Love, Zeke