Pastor Bruening's Message
Congregation Positions: In the recent elections, we were able
to fill nearly all slots. In addition, we found people willing to
serve on the following short-term Task Forces: Vision Task Force,
Principal Call Committee and Deficit Funding Task Force.
Director of Music Ministries: When Jerry Kuker announced that
he would be leaving, the Worship Committee evaluated many resumes.
We are most fortunate to have David A. Lincoln now filling this
position. Many thanks to Jerry for coming out of retirement and
serving as Director for the last one and half years.
130th Anniversary: St. John’s was chartered as a congregation
on September 26, 1886 after the school had been in operation for a
year. We plan a special celebration on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Watch for more information on this special celebration.
Work with Elders
With four new Elders and many people not assigned an Elder, I have
gone through and assigned an Elder to all of our Active Members.
Elders are no longer expected to make home visits, but are
encouraged to communicate by phone and or email, especially if a
family assigned to them has been missing in Worship. All Elders will
be receiving monthly reports on the attendance of their families.
Since we have many single women on our roster we will be looking at
ways to Minister specifically to them.
Deficit Funding Task Force Report
The task Force is recommending that the following steps be taken:
Purchase a lawn mower from the Capital Fund and have Members do the
lawn mowing, leaf raking and landscape care. Scott Schiefelbein has
volunteered to oversee this project. Savings: approx. $7,000
Investigate having a contract with a cell phone company to put a
cell phone tower in our tower. This could generate up to $7,000 a
month. We have been previously approached about doing this. Phil
Willig has volunteered to look into this.
When possible, cut down pages of the bulletin and “The Mission” and
cut down on color covers to reduce costs.
The Task Force requested the School look at ways to cut their budget
by $20,000 for the last six months of this fiscal year. They have
done this by noting that the full-time teachers have volunteered to
take a pay cut for which we are truly thankful.
The Church side has cut its budget by $1,800.
The Stewardship Committee will be doing some extra fundraising
during this fiscal year and is planning a major Stewardship Drive
connected to a dinner on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Because of the efforts of everyone, we experienced a deficit of
$23,325 for the first six months of the current fiscal year, a
figure well below what had been projected. Much of this is due to an
increased giving of over 6% toward the Church’s budgeted expenses.
Thank you, everyone, for your
In His Service,