Council Notes From March 2019

Council Updates 

Financial reports were reviewed in detail and the financial status is stable. The 3R debt has been reduced to $110,500 with a matching campaign that will run through the summer. There are several summer activities being planned related to recognition and further fund raising. 

Recent activities such as the choir concert, the Adult/ Teen Challenge service and presentation, and the Mother’s Day brunch were successful. Sunday School and confirmation are done for the school year. The summer service schedule will begin on Memorial Day weekend. 

The Council approved a revised Church Facility rental policy agreement that can be accessed through the church office. 

A revised pet policy was adopted and will be placed in the policy manual. 

The Block Party will be held in September. 

Synod assembly representatives are being sought. 

URLC Council Notes December 17th, 2018

  1. Pastor Marggi reported that she will be on vacation December 28-January 5 and that she has organized another mission trip to Guatemala March 9-March 18.
  2. Pastor Marggi thanked the congregation for their generous support of Good Gifts project. We bought the farm. And reported that she has organized a snowshoe outing for January 20.
  3. Roger Rueckert updated the council on the schedule for printing the annual report.
  4. Ron Gabrielson reported that the staff evaluations are almost completed.
  5. Tony Stensland reported that a quote from the Woodward Electric company for electrical updates required by the church insurance company. The council approved the quote of $4179 for the work to be done in 2019. Funds for this project to come out of the general maintenance budget.
  6. 2019 staff contracts were approved for a 2% increase except the secretary who received an adjustment increase or $1/hour plus an additional 6 PTO days. This was made after her one year of service. Also the With One Voice director per diem was increased to put it in line with the other music directors.
  7. It was reported that the church council nominating committee will be making a recommendation for the annual meeting to fill one 1 year term and three 3year terms. Joan Henriksen, T ony Stensland and Roger Rueckert will end their term after the annual meeting on January 27.
  8. The council reviewed a request by the Southeastern Minnesota Synod to increase the church contribution by $1200. It was decided to leave it at the same amount as last year of $6000.
  9. The 2019 operating budget was approved for a recommendation to the congregation for expenditures of $299334 and revenue for $299334.
  10. The January council meeting was moved to January 14.


The financial status of Project 3R is as follows; The debt as of December 17 is $151700. We received $7673 in November. 64% of the debt for the total $412485 project 3R cost has been retired.
Thank you to everyone for your continued contributions.

ISO: New Council Members


After the January 27 Annual meeting there will be three 3 year terms and one 2 year term open. Joan Henriksen, Tony Stensland & Roger Rueckert end their terms and Alex Moreno will be leaving after serving one year. There are a total of nine council member positions and so it is important to fill these

positions. The nominating committee members who will recommend members to fill the positions are Shirley Buck, Rene Arendt & Mike Brengman. Please contact one of these committee members or let JoAnne know at the church office if you are interested in serving. Thank you for your cooperation.

November Church Council Notes


  1. Pastor Marggi reported on her continuing ed trip to Cuba and noted that she will present highlights at one of the upcoming fellowship forums.
  2. Roger Rueckert noted that the annual report preview is scheduled for Sunday January 20 at the fellowship forum with the annual report business meeting set for Sunday January 27 also at the fellowship forum.
  3. It was noted that the church staff evaluations will be conducted during December.
  4. The council reviewed a recommendation from the Southeastern Minnesota Synod that the United Redeemer Lutheran church increase their membership fee from $6000 to $7200 for 2019. It will be reviewed during the budget process.
  5. The snow removal contract for this winter was approved for Countryside Lawn & Landscape of Zumbrota.
  6. The council reviewed the outcome of the council open forum held November 11 and thought the communication process was well received. Strong consideration will be given to scheduling such meetings next year.
  7. Next meeting set for Monday December 17.