St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church
Congregational Council August 14, 2017, Meeting
The Congregational Council conducted its regular monthly meeting on August 14, 2017. The session opened with a devotional on the topic “A Partner to Help You When You Don’t Know How to Pray”; the focus of the discussion, based on Romans 8:26, assured all of us that even in the most distressing situations, the Holy Spirit will either give us the words we need to say or will pray for us.
The first business item was the acceptance of the Secretary’s minutes for the July meeting and the Treasurer’s report for July; payment of July’s bills was ratified. Vice-President Paulette Krewson reported that she is already speaking to parish members about running for Council positions at the November 19th Annual Congregational Meeting.
Pastor Matthew Best discussed several matters he hopes can become a part of our ministries as the parish moves forward, including working with St. Paul Lutheran in Carlisle in some type of cafe/pub-style ministry in the community. Council members affirmed Pastor Matthew’s desire to be available to preside at funerals of folks who may not have a religious home. During the last weeks of August and the beginning weeks of September, parish members will have the opportunity to gather in small “get-to-know-you” home meetings so the pastor and members have a chance to learn about each other.
The Educational Ministry Committee reported that camping support requests have exceeded available funds by $1,300 (updated figure).
Council next discussed specific information to be included in the developing Pastoral Sabbatical Policy; this agreed upon items will be included in a draft of the policy to be discussed and acted upon at the September council meeting.
The Congregational Council accepted with regret Stephen Pastena’s letter of resignation as the parish organist and choir director. After serving seven years in the position, Stephen has accepted the same role at Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, MD. The congregation will have an opportunity to express its gratitude to Stephen after the 8:00 A.M. worship service on August 27, his last Sunday at St. Stephen.
Finally, Pastor Matthew announced that his Installation Service as pastor of St. Stephen will occur on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 4:00 P.M. All are encouraged to participate in this celebration.
The session closed with members’ prayers of gratitude and concerns.
The next Congregational Council Meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 7:00 P.M.