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Here are the latest newsletter articles from our Council President.

Council Highlights - August 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

08/28/2022

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Greetings everyone! At the August council meeting we heard about the planning going on for the Rock The Block Picnic to be held on Wednesday, August 24. I hope you are (or were) able to attend and help out. We also discussed Rally Sunday which will be on September 11.

I hope you can make it as we kick off the Fall season, the beginning of Sunday School, Confirmation, and get back into full swing after the Summer.

   

Updating the church rolls is in the planning; this needs t

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Council Highlights - July 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

07/31/2022

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Hello all! Remember last winter when we were complaining about how cold it was? Anyway, the council held its monthly meeting on the 12th of July and went through the goings on at Gethsemane. Ministry team information was shared along with financial reports and old and new business. The main doors entering the Narthex from the south were discussed as during heavy rains water gets in and flows toward the lift. Not exactly ideal! Possible replacement of the doors was discusse...
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Council Highlights - June 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

07/05/2022

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At our June meeting we heard from a number of our ministries. Char Meinzer reported that CYF has planned VBS for Aug. 7-10, 5:30 - 7 pm. They also made the decision to shorten confirmation from 4 years to 3 years. A high school ministry will be established for 9th - 12th grades. Ken Alaspa said the property crew continues making repairs as needed in the church. Sheila Davidson said the generosity team did very well for the “Cleaning Closets for God” June Favor of the month...
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Council Highlights - May 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

05/29/2022

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Happy Spring! At the May Council meeting we heard reports from the various ministry teams about all the things going on at Gethsemane. The nominating committee and the audit committee are in need of members willing to serve in these two important areas. Please give prayerful consideration and say yes, I am willing to serve. We are also looking for one of our young people to join us on the council, this is a great way to have input on the direction of our congregation.    W...
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Council Highlights - April 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

05/01/2022

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Hopefully by the time you read this, winter might be over. Part of the discussion at council this month was how the plowing and utility bills were higher this year than last. We can all understand why. Reports were given on the goings on of the various ministry teams as well as financial reports. The council then reviewed and discussed Mission and Goals for the council in 2022. We are in need of volunteers for the nominating committee (recruiting for council) and for the a...
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Council Highlights - March 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

04/01/2022

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In February, our Council and Pastor Amy enjoyed a one day retreat at Camp Hiawatha. Our discussions involved ways to improve the council and visions for our congregation's future. 

At our March meeting, we had reports from our various Ministry teams and reviewed our budget. We decided to actively seek out a teen/young adult to join us as a council member. Currently, we do not have a member in that age category. If you know someone that would qualify, please encourage them t

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Council Highlights - February 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

02/27/2022

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Greetings all! At the February council meeting we discussed all of the usual business and reports. Also discussed was the finalizing of the new church Personnel Policy which has been in the works for some time now. An update on the new outdoor sign was given, a retreat for the council was set, Bruce reported on a possible Employee Retention Credit and information on Lenten Soup suppers was given. One other item from the meeting was the need for a nominating committee for t...
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Council Highlights - January 2022

by: Joyce Bloomquist

01/30/2022

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Happy New Year! At our January church council meeting a number of things were discussed and decided upon. Outreach to our community and to members of Gethsemane was a key part of the reports by the ministry teams. Your help is appreciated in these efforts and more help is needed! Let’s continue to stretch out beyond our walls to minister to those outside our walls.During the financial reports the final proposed budget received some “tweaks” from Bruce and is now ready to b...
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Council Highlights - December 2021

by: Joyce Bloomquist

01/03/2022

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2022.    The council did not have a regular meeting this month, but we did get together to celebrate the season and enjoy each other’s company. I want to thank all the members of the council not only for all the wonderful things they accomplished this year but also for all of the thought and insight they brought to Gethsemane in 2021. Just in case you didn’t know, our council members are Sheila...
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Council Highlights - November 2021

by: Joyce Bloomquist

12/08/2021

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Greetings all! At our November council meeting, the biggest item on the agenda was to go through and approve the 2022 budget that would then be brought to the congregation for their consideration at the annual meeting in January. Thanks to Bruce for all of his hard work preparing and explaining the changes in the budget.On February 19th, the council will be having a day long retreat to do some Mission/Vision planning for Gethsemane.On February 24th, we need 50 volunteers a...
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Council Highlights - October 2021

by: Joyce Bloomquist

10/31/2021

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Council President Bennet was on vacation in October. 

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Council Highlights - September 2021

by: Amy Janssen

10/01/2021

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      Happy fall everyone! At this past month’s council meeting, we discussed the going ons of the various ministry teams, financial information, questions and what’s        happening in regard to church property upgrades and repairs, and other matters going on at Gethsemane. 

     We also discussed Covid. Who knew this would still be on all of our plates after so many months. People have been asking when things might “loosen up” at church. My answer is, “I don’t know.” I d

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Council Highlights - August 2021

by: Amy Janssen

09/13/2021

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     Hello all! At the August Council Meeting, after going through reports on a number of things, we looked toward the fall and work to be done on some improvements and changes to the church property. 

     The sign in front of the church has been needing work for some time now. With some of the funds received from the sale of property a year or so ago, the council has   approved the installation of a new LED sign to go in the where the current lettering is in the existing

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