Annual Meeting of St. John's Congregation
The 166th Annual Meeting of St. John’s Congregation was held in the Fellowship Hall following worship on Sunday, January 28th. Council President Ken Ladenburger called the meeting to order and after determining that there was a quorum, Pastor Elise Rothfusz led the opening devotion. A video message from Bishop Stacie Fidlar was shown.
Council President Ken Ladenburger shared remarks about 2023: the retirement of Pastor Ken Gibson, Vicar Anthony Windau becoming our Interim Pastor until mid-August, the many pulpit supply pastors we were privileged to meet, and our Interim Pastor Karen Tews leading us up to the arrival of Pastor Elise Rothfusz. He expressed our gratitude for the members of the Transition Team and the Call Committee, as well as the dedicated staff and many volunteers who made it possible for us to continue all of our ministries and activities during the Call process. He thanked everyone who contributed the funds to repair our beautiful stained glass windows. Ken also thanked his fellow outgoing Council member Dorothy Brandner for her years of service to the church. Fun fact: Did you know that in our 166 years we have had 24 full time senior pastors?
Treasurer Jeff Simonton presented the 2023 Treasurer’s Report which was approved. He noted that this is the first time in a long time that we ended the year “in the black.” This was due to not having a full-time pastor. He then presented the 2024 Annual Budget which was also approved by the congregation.
All of the Team reports were approved. The 2024 Ballot was presented and voted upon favorably. We need an additional Synod Delegate. If you are interested, please contact the office.
Todd Zimmerlein presented the Benevolence/Ministry Enhancement Distribution for 2024 which was approved. Todd also thanked outgoing Council President, Ken Ladenburger, for his two terms on Council.
New Business — Thank you to Todd Zimmerlein and family for installing the new huge tv monitor in the Sanctuary. There is another monitor yet to be installed. The next annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2025.
It was noted that Pastor Elise’s birthday was on January 23rd — “Happy Birthday” was sung by all!
Copies of the 2023 Annual Report are available in the church office.
Church Council Highlights
The following are some highlights from the January 28, 2024 organizational meeting of our Church Council:
The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15th.
2024 St. John's Church Council,
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
The St. John's Quilting group will meet on Tuesday, February 27th at 9am.
The Quilting Ladies have replenished the walker bag basket in the Narthex. If you know of someone who would enjoy a bag, or if you would like one, please feel free to take one. They have also been able to assemble some Quilt Top Kits. If you would like to sew at home, the Kits are now available at the Information Booth and the Church office.
If you have cotton fabric or sheets that need a new home, we would be more than happy to be that new home! You can drop them off in the church office during regular hours.
Thank you for your continuing support of our projects for Lutheran World Relief.
St. John's Prayer Chain Ministry
The prayer chain has been very active these last several months and we are grateful for all of you who participate and offer your prayer support to those going through difficult times. If anyone else would like to join the prayer chain, please contact the church office. The prayer chain is conducted primarily through group text messages with a few members receiving information by a phone call.
The Christ In Our Home daily devotional booklets for January, February, and March are available in the narthex and the church office.