Minutes for January 14, 2019 St. Johns Lutheran Home for Children Executive Board and Board of Trustees Meeting ZOOM
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.
Regular Board Meeting Called to order at 2:08 PM with Prayer by Linda Mosher.
Installation of Officers: by Pastor David Menz. Officers are: Sharon Patterson, President; Gail Dietz, Vice President; George Roeser, Treasurer; Bill Dannebrock, Financial Secretary and Ron Peters, Executive and Recording Secretary. Duely installed by Pastor David Menz
Reg. Board Present: Buchanan, Dannebrock, Dietz, Lenau, Lindeman, Menz, L. Mosher, Paschka, Patterson, Peters, Polowy, Roeser, Stroczkowski, Swanson and Todd.
Excused: Gensler, Griep (honorary), J. Mosher (honorary) and Kenline
Absent: Freed, Griffiths, Hilary and Kim & Toby Mansfield.
Mission and Vision Statements were read by omitted.
Minutes from the November 12th and the update for December were approved as printed M/S/C.
Correspondence: Presented by Ron Peters –Newsletter from Courier Capital, All Saints Newsletter and Letter from LCLC thank us for our support & November’s Grant, Newsletter from LCLC, Advent Greetings from LCLC and e-mails cancelling December’s meeting.
Financial Reports – Ron Peters: Financial Reports for December were approved as printed M/S/C
Lutheran Youth of WNY: Presented by Nick Stroczkowski – They are in process of developing a youth ministry model which is a lot more applicable to youth. Nick is working on the “WNY Church Unleashed” program, filming and conduction the youth portion of the service. They are told that there are 7-9,000 people tuning in on Sunday’s. They are holding a game night, the 1st Wednesday of the month with a different congregation each month. Nick is hoping to get together withal youth in the summer. They did a (4) week series with USNYS on “What Churches need for youth ministry and what works” – the bottom line is that youth ministry can happen in any size church as long as youth come together to study, listen and practice the Gospel. People way to feel cared for so Nick is holding the (4) week series again in the spring and maybe also in the summer. Nick & Abby are doing Meals on Wheels as an outreach project and a way to stay connected with youth and reach out to people who need food.
LCLC: Lee Lindeman – Cabins now have bathrooms so that they are available for “Family Camping”. “Camp Families” didn’t have access to camp equipment due to limited staff. LCLC is staying in touch with “Camp Families” especially during the summer. Groups of no more than (10) are utilizing the Dining Hall. They hope to be back to normal in the spring. Summer camp will probably require vaccines. They are still planning for summer camp with a limited staff on site Staff is smaller than normal and they are using virtual programing to stay in touch. They can hire & retain staff because the donors came through very well, especially St. John’s, who is their biggest donor. Currently they see a different type of ministry happening and are looking forward to 2022.
Niagara Lutheran Home – (not supported by St. John’s) – NO REPORT
P.R.: NO REPORT
SPCC – No Report
Scholarship Committee – Judy Polowy - They have (5) applications for the scholarships and will be meeting soon to discuss who will be awarded the scholarships.
Seneca Street CDC – Ron Peters – NO REPORT
Somali Bantu/Providence Farm - Providence Farm Collective (PFC) is enthusiastic to announce two wonderful opportunities for farmers and youth!
2. Providence Farm Collective will be kicking off its Young Women's Book Club on Thursday, January 14th at 7PM with Finding Morgan: A Lefay Trilogy!
Our farmers are the heartbeat of PFC! Many of our farming communities voice the same reasons for joining PFC - to build fresh food security within their communities; to grow culturally relevant crops that are key to their food traditions; to connect to their agricultural heritage; to enjoy the outdoors, and to reap the physical and mental health benefits the farm provides. If you wish to learn more about who is farming at PFC and why, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.
Old Business - NONE
New Business –
Executive Secretary Contract for 2021 was accepted as printed with a $600 increase making the total compensation $6,000 per year. M/S/C
The revised Budget for 2021 was accepted, as revised by adding $1,000 in Base and $100 in Challenge grants to St. Peter’s School and the increase in the Executive Secretary’s compensation. M/S/C
A discussion on what to do with the $14,187 from 2020 resulted in a motion to add the increase above for St. Peter’s School with the balance being retained in the investments. M/S/C
All agreed on a ZOOM for February 11th at 2:00 PM
Good of the Order –
Adjournment: Close with the Lord’s Prayer Traditional Version @ 3:19PM
Next meeting is: Executive & Regular Board, February 11th at 2:00 PM