Pastoral Council Minutes, November 17, 2015
Attendees: Ken Kuennen, Dave Knittel, Jill Groth, Michele Stevens – Finance, Dawn Podhajsky, Ted Mulert, Karen Kuhlmann, & Father Dave
Reviewed minutes – approved by: Dawn and Jill
Finance Council report: Michele reported; offertory is up by 9K over last year. Expenses NCYC funded 10K over 2 yrs, more to pay on that. Electric will go up by 10% and gas up ½ %. Looking to replace the current lights (Total of 79 in facility) replace w LED. Lights have a 10 yr warranty, this will help save money overall.
Faith Formation: no report, meeting canceled.
Report on goal / action item by Pastoral Council: Two activion items were reported: Ted, acknowledges others by name when he sees them. Dawn stated she calls 1-2 parents every week w/ good news or just to check in. Both items make others aware and happy to be included, noticed and respected.
Pastor’s report: Father Dave reported that Lay people, are asking permission to do things. He stated that we don’t need pastor’s permission. People just need to share faith in their daily life w/o permission. Discover faith, recognize joy, and foster with diligence. Encourage others to give and let God handle the rest.
Discussion of remaining last 2 survey responses:
If we didn’t care how others would view us, what would we do to achieve our mission to “share Jesus love”? Service, capture life long life set, experience we are love and called to love, do more to those outside of these walls. Sharing faith & family with others. Be the voice for those that can’t speak for themselves. Be an advocate for others.
If we could do only 1 thing to accomplish our mission to “Share Jesus love,” how would that be? How would that change St. Mary? Outreach. Helping others and being there for others, inclusion. Utilize Faith formation to help teach our young to Share Jesus Love.
Next meeting: January 19, 2016.
Respectfully submitted by: Karen Kuhlmann, Secretary