Council Reports Archive

St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church Congregational

Posted March 22, 2018 By admin

Council noted Good Things at St. Jacob’s this past month included that the Lenten meals went great, worship services have been very good, the improved and revamped church bulletin is a great new change, youth choir has been successful thus far and the Gideon offering was very generous.

Ministry Teams- Thank you to those that submitted monthly reports. A few highlights of the monthly reports are included below.

Staff Support- Members have been selected for the Mutual Ministry Team and they plan on meeting with Pastor David in the near future. St. Jacob’s job (Christian Education Director / Youth Minister) opening/description has been officially posted. The staff birthdays of Bryan Metze and Sherry Floyd were recognized.

Spiritual Life- Robin Lindler has prepared announcements and order forms for Easter Lilies. The storage cabinets in the Sacristy and the Worship and Music cabinets have been re-arranged and organized. Altar Guild is meeting with Pastor David on March 11, 2018. Ash Wednesday Service was planned. Laurie Lackey is working with Pastor David to plan and
prepare for Holy Week and Easter. A parent or youth assistant is needed for Children’s choir every Sunday morning at 9:15am. Sandra Brown meet with all Team Leaders, which would be affected by changes, met to discuss revamping the church teams. It was a very productive meeting. Thank you to everyone that helped with the Lenten meals. They were all covered and very successful. A special thanks to John Wallace family for graciously providing GREAT food from “The Mellow Mushroom” to our church! A reminder to keep team members advised on the condition and needs of those on the prayer list.

Short Term- A March 17, 2018 audit is planned on the church and youth treasure books. Robert Lindler met to communicate with all team leaders by March 31, 2018 to discuss various changes to the Ministry Teams. Council approved for Robert to draft these changes to the Constitution/Bylaws were reviewed for approval by Church Council. and approved.

Witness- St.Jacob’s appeared in “The Lake Murray Times” in their February edition. Planning is taking place for the spring yard cleaning with the St.Jacob’s Youth.

Parish Life- Fund raising is taking place for the Youth BBQ on March 17, 2018. Up and Going meet on February 9, 2018 and traveled to Brooklyn Banquet Facility in West Columbia for a seafood buffet. They also enjoyed “Free Friday” at the Riverbanks Zoo and the judging of the “Orchid Show” at the Botanical Gardens. Special thanks to Gerald Lindler for driving the bus! Hospice Easter bags will be prepared in March. Lutheran Women have planned an Easter Egg Hunt for the morning of March 31, 2018. Plans are being made for the Mother/Daughter Tea on June 23rd at 4pm. A congregational meal fundraiser is planned for May 6, 2018.

Support of Ministries- Total membership is 360 as of 03/05/2018

Council noted Good Things at St.Jacob’s this past month included the installation of Pastor Nuottila went well, the
write up in the Chapin Times newspaper concerning St.Jacob’s new Pastor was exciting, the Congo presentation
along with the love offering was a success and Youth Sunday on February 4th went well.
Ministry Teams- Thank you to those that submitted monthly reports. A few highlights of the monthly reports are
included below.
Staff Support- St.Jacob’s is actively looking for a part time Christian Education/Youth Minister.
Worship and Music- Currently preparing for Lenten meals, working to finalize Holy Week and Easter services.
Children’s choir will kick off on February 18th at 9:15am. The children will work on preparing their songs for Easter
Altar Guild- Altar vases were refurbished and returned. Gluten free waters are now available for communion.
Prayer Team- Completed the year end report.
Constitution Team- Several change request have been submitted for the constitution.
Audit Team- Plans to audit the church books and the youth books are set for March 2018.
Building Team- Meet and reviewed several ideas for the church. Looking forward to working with the Long Range
Team as well as the church congregation on the future vision for St.Jacob’s.
Nominations- The list of team leaders for 2018 was finalized. Team leader responsibilities were distributed to each
team leader. We have an open position for a Long Range Planning team leader. The annual report was submitted to
the church office.
Up and Going- 185 bows for hospice bags were made at the last meeting. Members gathered and enjoyed a pot of
soup together. Helen Lindler gave devotions on “new beginnings” which our baptism gives us everyday. Friday at the
Zoo was planned for February 2nd, weather permitting.
Youth- Youth Sunday was great on February 4th! Over $400 was collected for “We Care” in Chapin. Youth provides
the Lenten meal on February 21st. Barbecue tickets are also being sold by all of St.Jacob’s youth. The youth
barbecue will be on March 17th.
Communication/Membership- 361 total membership as of February 5, 2018.
314 baptized confirmed and 47 baptized only.

Worship and Music News

Posted February 26, 2018 By admin

Our group has been and continues to be busy. Several events have been planned, so go ahead and mark your calendars:
1. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31, 10-11:30 AM. Children need to bring their baskets and see how many eggs thay can find. We will also have crafts and a light lunch will be served.
2. Lutheran Women Sunday is April 8.
3. Congregational Meal Fundraisers will be held on May 6 and September 23 which will be held immediately following church services. These fundraisers are held in order for our group to help those in need. As
Jacob’s Ladder
We have an exciting opportunity available for the youngsters at St. Jacob’s. All children from Kindergarten through the 5th grade are invited to sing in the newly-formed Children’s Choir. We will begin by preparing music for the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.
From now until Easter Sunday, we will practice approximately 10 minutes at the beginning of Sunday School. Please bring your children to the sanctuary at 9:15 for the practice. Once we are finished, your children will be accompanied to their respective classrooms for Sunday School.
Between now and Easter, we will be working
on setting a schedule for the children sing on a regular basis and we will be asking for input from the parents to establish a more permanent practice time.
Also, if any of our 6th – 12th graders would like to be a ‘singing buddy’ or mentor for the younger ones, please consider joining us as well.
In other news, the choir workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 to 12.
Lunch will be provided.
I always enjoy working with the adult choir members and I am looking forward to working with the children of St. Jacob’s as we build the foundations for future musicians in the church.
Soli Deo Gloria,

Council Briefs for January 2, 2018 Meeting

Posted February 5, 2018 By admin

Council noted Good Things at St.Jacob’s this past month included Marie liver transplant was a success, church attendance seems to be improving, advent services all went well and the messages in these were appreciated. Everyone seems to be enjoying Pastor’s devotions in the newsletters. He will continue to post these and looks forward to it! The Christmas Eve service was great along with the bells doing a wonderful job. The congregation seemed to like the one Christmas Eve service verses the two individual services. Thank you to Robin and Gerald for finding the candles!

Ministry Teams- Thank you to those that submitted monthly reports. A few highlights of Monthly Team
reports are included below.

The Building team will meet again in the next several weeks to discuss future plans. At the moment they are
visiting other church kitchens to research building ideas.

Communication/Membership Secretary– Our current statistical information includes 355 total membership.
Robin is working to prepare all required reports and information for the 2018 Annual Report Book.

Up and Going met on December 14th for a Christmas celebration. 19 members and guests were in
attendance. 90 lbs. of canned goods were donated to We Care! They all enjoyed a delicious meal and took part in
singing Christmas carols. A Christmas story reading was provided by Gloria and Bob.
Publicity Team- Thanks to David for helping out temporarily with the church sign.

Staff Support Team will continue to touch base with each staff member to determine any requests or
concerns for 2018.

Youth- The youth went to Generations and to nine individual homes on December 3rd singing Christmas
carols. They enjoyed playing a fun game at the youth party afterwards. Thanks to Gerald for driving the bus.