By Pastor Gayle Pope
Jesus says in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the
branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear
much fruit, because apart from me you can do
nothing.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.
I’d like to think that I “abide in Jesus” and “bear
much fruit” all the time – continuously. But I don’t. I
get distracted, busy, anxious and pre-occupied. And
yet, there are those beautiful moments when my heart
is open and the Spirit whispers and I hear it and sense
the Divine Love moving in and through me, bearing
the good fruit of God’s kingdom in the world.
Prayer, meditation, journaling, worship, Holy
Communion, reading devotionals, listening to
Christian music, fellowship with others … all these
things help me “abide.” Here’s a poem about abiding
the Spirit put into my heart this week.
Abide in me, I will not die.
Believe in me and you will rise
above the fray, above the pain,
yet still within the deathly game.
My peace I give. Can you believe?
Reach out your hand, my love receive.
You try so hard to do my will.
Don’t overdo – sometimes, be still
Then I will come and fill your cup.
Look here to me, with me to sup.
Come and be fed – my life I give
that you may love and in me live.
BLESSING BUDDIES HELP OUT
Several of our Blessing Buddy pairs got together
Sunday, April 26, and assembled 21 Personal Care
Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Way to go! And
thanks to all who contributed items for the kits! After
that, the Buddies did some kite flying and enjoyed ice
cream sundaes. Thanks to Donna Parke and Patty
HIGH, DEEP, AND WIDE RETREAT
By: Matt Futhey
Brent Bigley and I
had the opportunity to
attend a men’s only
retreat at Lutherdale
Bible Camp in
Elkhorn, WI April 17-
18. It included a
inspiration and bible
study. I can only
speak for myself, but
it was an awesome
experience and I
would recommend any men to go to this retreat.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Christ Lutheran Church, Quincy, IL May 2015
Wall climbing and zip lines
added to the fun of the retreat.
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Christ Lutheran Church Congregational Council
April 14, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Members Present: Sam Lathrop, Alan Steigelman, Stuart
Peters, Joe Brinkman, Conny Bakker, Sue Reeder, Kaye
Marshall, Crystal Bliven, Kara Wingerter, Bonnie
Scranton, Kathy Wolters and Pastor Gayle Pope. Absent:
Opening Prayer was provided by Pastor Gayle. Sue
Reeder led devotions. Bonnie Scranton will lead
devotions in May. Meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m.
by President Steigelman. Two additions were made to the
agenda. Motion to approve minutes of the March 10, 2015
President’s Report: President Steigelman congratulated
all on the phenomenal Easter service held at Christ
Lutheran Church. He acknowledged how wonderful it was
to have a full house.
Pastor’s Report: Pastor Gayle distributed a printed report
for her activities for the month of March.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Bonnie
Scranton distributed financial reports. She indicated our
financial situation was solid at this time. Bonnie asked all
ministry teams to monitor their budgets throughout the
year. She reported that the required annual financial report
was submitted to the Mission Investment Fund.
The non-budgeted revenue items on the back sheet were
reviewed by Bonnie.
Motion to transfer the amount in the Lathrop-Walker
fund to capital improvements carried.
Motion carried to transfer money in the following non-
budgeted funds to the memorial fund: church
directory, Holderbaum crosses, and Dave Ramsey.
Motion carried to accept reports and place the financial
report on file for audit.
Ministry Team and Committee Reports:
Communications – No Report
Fellowship – Conny Bakker requested bake sale
donations for the garage sale. She asked them to be
delivered on Friday or early Saturday a.m.
Learning – Kara Wingerter reported 30 children
attended the Easter Egg Hunt. She announced
Blessing buddies will putting together Personal Care
Kits on Sunday, April 26. The learning ministry is
asking for specific donations of personal care items
from church members prior to the 26.
Mutual Ministry – Crystal Bliven reported the
Shepherd Group met in February and have added all
new members to shepherd groups. On Good Shepherd
Sunday shepherd groups will sit together during coffee
hour after church. The mutual ministry team discussed
how the Helping Hands Committee was meeting the
needs of members of the congregation and how the
church was doing at fulfilling our mission.
Property – Joe Brinkman reported the Property team
has worked 109 hours on property projects thus far in
the year. They will be undertaking the HVAC
twinning and resurfacing of the back parking lot this
year. Both projects have been budgeted for this year.
Service – Kaye Marshall reported their next project is
the April 25
Garage Sale. Volunteers are needed to
set up, man the sale, and clean up.
Stewardship – No Report
Worship – Sue Reeder reported that the worship
committee was extremely busy during Lent and Easter
week. The worship team will meet April 15.
Risk Management – Sam Lathrop reported changes in
the US Government insurance coverage of terrorist
acts. Their coverage impacts our Church Mutual
insurance policy positively.
Finance & Investment – No Report
Endowment – Bonnie Scranton reported that Steven
Phelps from ELCA met with the endowment
committee on April 13. The endowment committee is
working on governance issues and plans to present an
endowment governance document to the church
council at the May 12, 2015 council meeting. Bonnie
Scranton will be meeting with our financial secretary
(Robin Lentz) to rearrange the financial reports.
Those reports need to clearly note that the funds on
deposit with the MIF are endowment restricted funds
and not available for general use.
Motion to approve all ministry team reports carried.
a. LUGNuts update – Bonnie Scranton reported 97% of
the congregation responded favorably to the
Columbarium. The location for the columbarium will
be moved a few feet to the east to create more
separation between it & the playground. The layout
itself is not changing. The committee plans to
personally visit with the neighbors adjacent to the
columbarium to seek their support and answer their
questions. Dick Klusmeyer, committee member, will
make the required presentation to the city zoning and
planning commission the end of May. If the project is
approved by the zoning and planning commission it
will be taken to the city council for approval. Only
after all of these requirements are fulfilled will the
project be undertaken.
b. Strategic Planning – President Alan Steigelman
reported the majority of council members can attend a
Saturday retreat to discuss strategic planning on May
The council will review the current strategic plan,
recommend adjustments to the plan, develop a process
to gather information from the congregation, and
determine what questions need to be asked.