Church Council Minutes: May 20th, 2021
Council Members Present: Pastor Dennis, Pr. Lee A., Norm L., Trudy P., Mardi V., and Gordy N..
Absent: Hallie S. and Cathy H. Special Guest: Murray S.
Lee called meeting to order.
Pastor Dennis opened in prayer and spiritual thoughts. From Luke 8:10-11 Jesus taught in parables. His disciples
(learners) asked him why he taught this way. Jesus told them “to you, who follow me, the mysteries are revealed but for
those who have ears but do not hear and eyes that do not see “The mysteries of the kingdom are hidden from them.”
Why is that? The short answer is that they do not have a heart that is yearning to hear the Words of God. Therefore,
Jesus knows it is human natured to want to solve a riddle, a puzzle. So he teaches in a way that will drive them to think
about the meaning.
Then Jesus’ Words with the power of the Holy Spirit will open eyes to see and hears to hear the Good News of
God’s redemption in Jesus Christ.
May we ever be ready to hear God’s word for our life and live for Him in His Kingdom.
Murray S. was here to discuss the required provisions of the Constitution. It was a good discussion.
Approval of Agenda: Trudy made a motion to accept the agenda; Norm 2nd; all in favor; MC.
Pastor’s Report: Everything has been going well since Ester and other events will be occurring in the month. Confirmation
was held on the 2nd of the month with 5 confirmands being confirmed. Pastor is looking forward to teaching
the Parables; this giving everyone the chance to get to know who GOD is and how it pertains to us.
Minutes: Minutes from the last meeting were read by the council members. Mardi made a motion to approve the April
minutes and Trudy 2nd, MC
Treasurer’s Report: Gordy made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report and pay the bills as is, Norm 2nd, All in favor, MC.
Worship: Pastor reported that everything is going well with Sunday Worship.
Education: VBS will be coming up June 1-3 from 10-1 at SP in Center. the Ten Commandments is being held from mid-April to mid-May on Wednesday after school for 4-6th graders.
Youth: Haven’t been meeting because of other activities but planning a trip to Medora and Cross Ranch at some
time in the near future. Senior Recognition Sunday was held on May 23 and quilts were given out to the
seniors from Our Savior’s and from our little community.
Property: Gordy reported that he put a screen on a window and noted that the city had the parking lot filled in.
Parish: Next meeting: July 15th, @ 6:30pm at St. Paul’s.
A. Flooring: Gordy received a bid from Home Connections and will try to get some more bids for the flooring in the parsonage.
A. Constitution: It was decided to let the congregation make a decision on the Constitution at the next annual meeting.
B. Mowing: We are going to need mowers for the church and the cemetery.
C. Spraying: It was decided to ask S & M Spraying from Center to spray our grass at the church.
Upcoming Events: May 30: Center/Stanton Graduation at 2pm and Hazen Graduation at 1:30pm. VBS will be June 1-3 at SP in
Center from 10-1.
Correspondence: We had no correspondence at this time..
Calendar dates and next meeting: Next meeting: June 15 @ 6:00pm
Lee made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Cathy 2nd; MC. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer
Submitted by Trudy P. Upon approval at June meeting
Joint Parish Council Meeting April 15, 2021
President Dean K. called the meeting to order.
Members present were Valerie S., Dallas M., Barb F., Diane C., Steven H., Dean K. and Pastor Dennis.
Valerie opened with prayer and devotions.
New members were introduced since we haven’t all been at one meeting together during COVID.
Agenda: No additions.
Minutes: Steven moved and Barb seconded to approve the minutes of last meeting. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: Pastor went through spending on line 404. This included ink for printer, yearly copyright license, and
other items. Dallas moved to accept the treasure’s report, Steven seconded it. Motion passed.
The report on the Sabbatical Leave: The Sabbatical Leave was approved by both churches at annual meetings. It is now
part of Parish Agreement.
Pastor’s Report: The Bible Study went well this spring. Pastor presented it four times a week to make it accessible to all.
It was teaching how to use study Bibles.
Pastor may have a summer Bible study on the parables of Jesus.
Confirmation will be May 2 at both churches.
St. Paul’s puts together 64 grocery bags every other week and given to children at school that are in need of food for
weekends. Great Plains food truck supplies these groceries and members put them together. Our Savior’s has a food
program also. One member buys food and distributes the baskets to families in Stanton.
VBS will be held June 1,2,3 in Center. Valerie S. and Melissa H. are in planning stages.
Pastor also addressed financial picture for each congregation. For now things are fine, but may need to address finances
Old Business: Pastor evaluation was discussed. The council agreed that each congregation’s council should address this
at their next meetings. Dean will contact Lee A. and Dallas will contact St. Paul’s council.
Parish Council minutes should be printed in respective newsletters.
New Business: None
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM at St. Paul’s Church in Center.
We closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Secretary of Parish Council
Officers for 2020-2021
President: Dean K.
Vice President: Dallas M.
Secretary: Valerie S. (Church Council Minutes: April)