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Council Updates- October, 2019

Council Meeting Notes

October 2019 Meeting

This is the first of what we expect to be a regular monthly highlights of each month’s Council Meeting.

Meeting Date: October 15, 2019

Meeting opened with prayer by Bill Simmelink.

We also start the meeting with a “Moment of Faith” presented by one of the Council members. These are quite heartfelt and inspiring experiences in the person’s life. This month’s was by Belletech Deresa.

We always distribute documents (reports such Pastors’ reports, Finance, Property, Christian Ed, etc.) ahead of time so that they can be read and reviewed by each Council member. Unless there are any issues to be discussed, or changes made, we then approve by what we call the “Consent Agenda”. This frees up time for discussion on new business or other items.

This month the key items were approvals of Endowment Grants and a review of some proposed changes to the Good Shepherd Constitution.

We also reviewed finances year-to-date. 

We are running a bit behind with the Current Ministry Year Budget. We discussed areas where we will be conservative in our spending throughout the remainder of 2019. We expect to see Good Shepherd members give generously in the final quarter as they traditionally do. Pastor Dave will be crafting a letter this week to encourage a rally in the final 2 months for the Ministry Year Budget.

The meeting was closed with prayer by Pastor Kate

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At the October meeting, church council approved two grants that our Endowment Committee had recommended. First, $750 was awarded to Gifts of Hope. Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program that serves as an intermediary between donors and organizations serving individuals and families in need locally and internationally. This program is a ministry of our Synod. Carolyn Sowinski, member of GS, serves as the Director. Secondly, $1000 was awarded to Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City, VA. This Metro DC Synod sister congregation plans to do a Rise Against Hunger event in 2020 for 40,000 people and engage the community.

With these distributions, our Endowment Fund has now awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships/grants over the last 3 years. We are grateful for those who have remembered Good Shepherd in their legacy plans. Their gifts are the backbone of this fund. As others follow their lead and as we continue to invest wisely, we will be able to give ministry grants/scholarships for decades to come. If you’d like to learn more about how to remember Good Shepherd in your legacy plans, please let me know. I’d be honored to help. Pastor Dave

Committed to Being Generous

Commitment Sunday is November 3

On Sunday, November 3, we invite members of Good Shepherd to offer their financial pledges toward the 2020 Ministry Year as well as their commitments toward the final year of our Building Connections Campaign. If you previously made a pledge to the Building Connections Campaign, there will be an opportunity on the pledge card to re-affirm your commitment or make an additional gift. If you didn’t make a pledge and are in a position to do so, there will be a way to make a “new pledge.” As always, our top priority is to fully fund the 2020 Ministry Year, so we can keep doing what we do so well- namely, provide vibrant worship, communications, education for all ages, year-round youth ministry, small groups, fellowship opportunities, support the larger church, and provide for a facility that hosts countless groups. The Building Connections campaign helps us go “above and beyond” what we already are doing. You will be receiving an information piece in the mail this week to help you prayerfully consider your level of generosity in 2020. We know that Good Shepherd is a place of hope and inspiration; a needed witness in this day and age. We ask all households to help us remain vital and strong with a generous outpouring of financial support in 2020. We are confident you will rise to the occasion.


Shepherd's Hall Re-Dedication and Mission Talk (Sun. Oct 20)

We’ve done a lot over the last two years at Good Shepherd.  New faces have joined the congregation and gotten very involved. New groups have started. We’ve blessed the larger church with great support. We’ve provided catalyst grants through our Endowment for ministry projects and seminary scholarships. Our Sunday school program keeps growing for all ages. Our Outreach Committee keeps on serving and finding ways for us to serve.


The Building Connections Campaign has enabled us to tackle so many physical improvements that bless our ministry. These include, but are not limited to: the education wing renovation, a new awning, new fencing lining the parking lot, a new coat room, a new music room, a new electronic sign, a new garbage coral, new exterior lighting, and of course - a completely renovated Shepherd’s Hall. We especially give thanks for all the generous support of the Special Furnishing Campaign; gifts given in honor or memory of loved ones.


Do you know what’s awesome? There’s still one more year of the campaign! We have some exciting things planned for next year! At both services on October 20, we will have a time of gratitude as we rededicate Shepherd’s Hall.  Additionally, join us in Shepherd’s Hall during the Sunday School Hour. We’ll have some food and some time of fellowship. Pastor Dave will be giving a Mission Talk starting at 10:30 a.m. In that talk, he will speak about the 2020 projects that we’ll be undertaking as well as sharing insights about the 2020 Ministry Year.  Join us!


Pastor Dave’s Mission Talk is now available here.