Update for July, 2020 St. Johns Lutheran Home for Children Board of Trustees Meeting
Mission Statement: Our mission is to perpetuate the historical ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children to area children and youth.
Vision Statement: We exist to review and evaluate selected children and youth ministries within the 4th Judicial Department of New York, providing financial assistance to approved programs from the income generated through the wise and prudent investment of our assets.
Prayer - MY LORD GOD, at this time of unrest through pandemic and injustice we pray for strength, vision, guidance and love. Help us to not be forgetful as to what it took for our state to be able to reopen. Help us to be courteous, respectful and loving towards one another. We pray also for equality, love and understanding during this time unrest. Be with those who are trying to bring justice to all, for those affected by the injustice and to all trying to understand what we see and hear. Help us Lord, to love one another as you have first loved us. Amen.
There was no meeting in April, May, June or July therefore no minutes. We have decided not to have an August meeting
Our next meeting is scheduled for September 10th at 2:00 PM at The Crossroads Campus of the Main Street Ministries. You’ll get a meeting notice a week or so prior to the meeting to remind you of the meeting.
The Executive Committee has not meet, so there is not any meeting information.
Correspondence: All pertinent correspondence is listed under the organizational headings below
Financial Reports – For July, are attached
Family Promise – I am so pleased to announce that we are finally crossing the finish line on the critical renovations that have been happening at the Family Promise shelter facility at 75 Hickory Street in Buffalo. And the results are as humbling as they are exciting. We have a beautifully renovated space that conveys not only functionality but dignity - just what our families deserve. We could not have gotten here without the help of many, many generous supporters from our community. Thanks to everyone for believing in us! These renovations mark a new chapter in our organization's history. We are both moving from a rotational to a static site model AND we are doubling our capacity to serve families experiencing homelessness in this community. Lutheran Youth of WNY: NO UPDATE FOR AUGUST
LCLC – The following is a brief outline of how we plan to continue in ministry this fall. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect us but not completely shut us down. Our cabin rental program to families continues to be a success. Not only have we hosted families every weekend since June 25th, we have reservations for every weekend in August as well. In total, we'll probably reach 50 reservations through Labor Day weekend. Most of these families include children, for whom our mission has a strong focus. Looking ahead, we are about to advertise for September weekend camping in our cabins and now in Redeemer Lodge. Redeemer is a winterized/heated lodge with a self-contained kitchen and toilet facilities that can be used all year long. Many of the reservations for the Retreat Center for the fall have canceled due to COVID-19. This is to be expected as most of our Retreat Center groups are comprised of people from multiple households, rather than just one single household. So the risk of exposure is slightly greater than it is when we host families. Hopefully, as churches begin to reopen and stay opened, people will become more comfortable with retreating at LCLC. Finally, we'll need to take a wait and see approach to the fall as well. If there isn't a fall resurgence of the virus, we will hopefully be able to offer more programs. If there is a "second wave" though, our operations could be very difficult. I hope this provides enough of an update for you. Thanks so much for your continued funding through this very different summer camping season.
Membership: Phil Buchanan – Continues to look at new ways to enhance our membership
Niagara Lutheran Home – NO UPDATE FOR AUGUST
Picnic - Pastor Tim Freed chairman & Toby and Kim Mansfield committee. We had hoped to schedule a picnic for the fall, but all have agreed that may still be too soon.
Public Relations –NO UPDATE FOR AUGUST Peace of the City – NO UPDATE FOR AUGUST
Ragtime & Resurrection Village (from the USNYS newsletter)– We are so grateful to be able to introduce ourselves to you, our partners in God's church. We are the Community of Good Neighbors, a newly forming congregation on the East Side of Buffalo. We are located at 3 Doat Street, where since 1911 the ELCA (and its prior bodies) have been represented by Resurrection Lutheran Church. As we know, the church is always reforming. That is why we are so grateful for the opportunity to build on the foundation of what was, as we learn where God is leading us. We remain partners with the non-profit Resurrection Village that focuses on health and food security in our neighborhood. These wellness resources, along with the worshiping community being built, are exciting realizations of the Holy Spirit's movement over time and space. Right now our priorities are keeping our neighbors safe in the pandemic; helping to feed those experiencing food insecurity; and getting to know the community we have been part of for so many years. If you would like to support this ministry and want to learn more, you can go to our website cgnbuffalo.com and find us on facebook and Instagram at Community of Good Neighbors.
In God's peace, Pastor Miranda Hammer & the growing Community of Good Neighbors
Revive Night Ministries – NO UPDATE FOR AUGUST
Scholarship/Awards Dinner Committee – All scholarship Certificates and checks were mailed to the recipients at the end of July
Seneca Street CDC – We don’t have definite plans yet for the fall since we can’t make them until we get direction from the state and the governor will not be making that decision until the first week of August. We are in the midst of our 22nd annual reading camp and they are very long and exhausting days! I can update you as soon as I know more.
Somali-BantuNO UPDATE FOR AUGUST
Old Business – None
New Business –
Attached is a copy of the proposed 2021 Budget, AS REQUIRED BY OUR BY-LAWS, ONE MONTH BEFORE THE ACTUAL VOTE. We decided to keep thefunding the same as 2020. There will be a “cushion” of $7,280 due RagTime, and LCLC Summer camp being canceled plus we have a discretionary amount of $1,470.
Fund Raising – As reported last month, the executive Group has begun a Fundraising effort by getting a membership list, initially from selected churches for a trial mailing, then expand, if the results are favorable, in the USNYS and send out a general mailing to 1) inform all that St. John’s does exist and 2) solicit funds to be use for support of youth. Ron will get the list of churches to contact. Sharon, George & Ron are working on the letter. If all is favorable, we’ll do a bulk mailing.
Amazon Account – George still looking into am Amazon fund Raising account.
Good of the Order – None
NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 2:00 PM AT THE CROSSROADS CAMPUS OF THE MAIN STREET MINISTRIES.