Lay Chairperson Report - January 2018
Submitted by Steve Hansen
Our church family at St. Luke continued to provide service and compassion in 2017 to those whom God has placed in front of us. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved from the Beds Plus program, mission trips, Garden Center visits, etc. There are also plenty of opportunities to share your time, talents, and treasures for whatever your passion is. Getting involved with a ministry or program at our church will enrich your life more than you can imagine. I know that I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as Lay Chairperson and Greeter at St. Luke.
If you may recall from last year’s annual meeting, we voted to change the allocation of the tower monies to Charity, Missions, Theological Education, Property Improvement, and Chapel Support. This change in direction allowed us to support those programs that you have indicated are important to you. We also started an endowment fund that allowed us to support additional charities from the interest earned in the fund. You may also recall that in the past, we have never used tower monies to support the annual budget. This practice will most likely have to change in 2018 since we are facing a budget shortfall for the year. This issue can be addressed by increased pledge amounts or increased parish membership.
Our attendance in 2017 was the lowest total amount since I began keeping records in 2006 (see attendance data on the following page). While we still have a promising attendance level for our children, the adult participation has been declining ever so slightly over the past 11 years. Fr. Paul has done a great job organizing bible studies and other discussions at our church. However, we need to do a better job of advertising in our community and inviting guests to attend these events.
In the coming year, we will need to make some necessary repairs and updates to the interior and exterior of our building. These renovations will be prioritized to complete the most needed items first. It is extremely important that we care for all of the blessings we have received and continue to ensure that our church is a place where all are welcome and can tell upon entering that we care about Christ’s church.\
As usual, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Fr. Paul, or any parish council member with any concerns that you may have.