Pastoral Council Minutes
March 15, 2016
Attendees: Ken Kuennen, Dave Knittel, Jill Groth, Michele Stevens – Finance, Dawn Podhajsky, Ted Mulert, Karen Kuhlmann, Justin Crouse & Father Dave Ron Liebold, Deacon Phil
Reviewed minutes – approved by: Jill and Ken
Finance Council report: 30K above budget. Giving is up 16K over last year. Loan balance down to 36K. Discussed budget items will have budget items available next month.
Election report: Names will be given to the office and he will ask the office to send letters inviting them to the meeting.
Brad or Melissa Kasemeier, Jenny Dunkin, Kim or Chris Steggall, Kevan or Cheryl Forrest, Jeff or Ashley Keen, Penny Toay, Chris or Mary Foy,
Simple effort to Pay off loan? ($36-37K) Should we push to have the loan paid by year end. 1% interest rate on loan. Would mood change if we are debt free. Agreed that we will have this left alone and no fundraising to have this paid off by calendar year vs. physical year.
Outdoor Bell/ Bell Tower/ Sphere/ Marv & Ron Liebold build in Mary’s honor (Marv’s wife) possibly have communication tower.(rent is paid to church). Ron has SPA communication, we don’t have a need for a tower in this area but they may need in the future. Gary Mehan, (architect for the church) Ron presented 5 different designs
Using the Bell Tower will help brand the church as Catholic. It was estimated it would require at least 20K for tower if it were attached to church. For a stand-alone tower the cost was estimated at 40-60K.
Other concerns brought forth were that the parish people would like a covered walkway. Discussion evolved into the possibility of the Bell Tower and a covered enter way being incorporated together into a project or phases that will blend the two projects together at a later date. It was suggested that fund-raising campaign could be held to raise capital.
The Tower was approved, as we’d like to have a cross tower as a symbol of our faith community.
Marv and Ron will work with Jill, Karen and Ted to get feedback from the Parish on how to proceed. The Sub-committee will reconvene on Tower. It was noted that the tower would have to be paid for before the tower would be built. Discussions will continue on the covered walk-way and fundraising efforts.
Future Agenda Items:
Next meeting: April 19 2016.
Respectfully submitted by: Karen Kuhlmann, Secretary