Letter to the Congregation – 01/12/2021

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The Congregation Council met on January 11 for their monthly meeting. This was the first time the Council met with eleven members; indeed it was a joy to have more input and energy in the Zoom room. What follows are some of the highlights from the meeting.

1. It was reported during the financial reports that the congregation ended 2020 in the black! This is very significant as we are all struggling through the pandemic and, as a rule, the first year a full-time pastor is back on staff, congregations can struggle to meet the budget due to the increased expense of paying a full-time pastor. Thank you for your financial support of St. Andrew’s!

2. Pastor Neel reported that our average worship attendance for 2020 was approximately 115 per Sunday. Again, this has been a different type of year, Council viewed this as a positive response from the congregation.

3. Please do not forget to attend the Annual meeting on February 7th, immediately following worship. The Annual reports will be e-mailed to those who have e-mail capability. For those who do not, paper copies of the reports will be ready by Monday, January 25 and can be picked up at Hope House.

4. Looking forward to Lent:
– If the church building is closed, we will hold only one service on Ash Wednesday at 7:00PM.
– For Wednesday in Lent everyone is asked to think about a “Question of Faith.” So, we are asking that you share any questions that you might have, concerning the Bible or Lutheran Theology, with Pastor or the church office. Pastor will compile your responses and the meditations on Wednesdays in Lent will address these questions.

5. The Roof: The Council has approved a proposal to replace the church roof and repair the roof by the church entrance at the kitchen. The cost is just under $19,000.00. The project will be paid for with the funds that we already have in the building fund, so there will be no need for a congregational appeal.

6. The Property Committee solicited multiple bids and this bid from Farina & Farina was the best. We have worked with Farina & Farina in the past and have been very pleased with the quality of their work.

7. A shout out to Chuck Bleice who did the Lion’s share of the leg work so that Property Committee could make its decision.

8. You will have opportunity to ask questions about this project at the Congregational Meeting on February 7th.

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