Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church – Freistadt
January 24th, 2021 at Noon
- Opening Prayer
- Introduction of BLL
- Approval of minutes from the June 28, 2020 Congregational meeting (Please refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION)
- Elections (VOTING ACTION)
- Housing Allowance for all Ministers of the Gospel- (VOTING ACTION)
- Peaceful Release (VOTING ACTION)- Susan Ernst
- Teacher Calls (VOTING ACTION)- John Tarr and Cassie Makela
- Shall the Synod add a year to the current 2019–2022 triennium, allowing districts to hold their conventions in either 2021 or 2022, and moving the upcoming national Synod Convention from 2022 to 2023 (VOTING ACTION)
- Budget/Financial Update (see handouts)
- School Update
- Other items/Questions
- Closing Prayer
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Freistadt
June 28, 2020
(Held outdoors due to COVID-19 Precautions)
- Opening Prayer
The meeting was called to order at 11:07 AM by Dr. Chris Weber and a prayer by Pastor Lehenbauer.
- Introduction of BLL
Chris Weber introduced the current BLL (Chris Weber-Chair, Deb Yahr- Vice Chair, Eric Huber- Treasurer, Lucas Dieringer-Secretary), Dale Bruss, Drew Pipkorn, Amanda Kropp, Mark Jaeger, and Ron Storck.
- Approval of minutes from the January 26, 2020 Congregational meeting. (Refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION)
A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the January 26, 2020 Congregational meeting. Motion passed.
- Approval of minutes from the March 8, 2020 Special Congregational meeting regarding HVAC. (Refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION).
A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the March 8, 2020 Special Congregational meeting. Motion passed.
- Financial Review and Approval of 2020-2021 Budget (refer to handouts). (VOTING ACTION)
Brian Axtman updated the congregation on the current financial report (see report). Of note, he was happy to see how the congregation responded with increased giving during the COVID-19 shutdown. Also, to clarify, the school tuition income increased with increased student enrollment.
Brian also informed the Congregation that Trinity applied for and received a forgivable loan through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) of the CARES Act during the COVID-19 shutdown. The amount is for $258,672 and will be applied this year and into the next fiscal year. This does not show up on the budget as it will most certainly be forgiven. This will also help offset the current shortfall of $104,574.12.
Brian presented the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (please refer to handouts). In discussion, Principal Dr. Sam Seefeld informed the congregation of the teacher positions and staffing needs in regards to the proposed budget. He also indicated that Lexi Schmidt has accepted a director position in Chicago, and therefore we are currently looking for an ELA teacher to replace Lexi.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the proposed budget for 2020-2021. The motion passed.
- Divine Call for Teachers- Alexis Reincke and Anna Armbrust (VOTING ACTION).
A motion was made and seconded to approve the Teacher Calls to Alexis Reincke and Anna Armbrust. The motion passed.
A question was asked after the vote regarding the hiring process. Pastor Carl and Principal Sam Seefeld discussed the current process including the involvement of faculty and members of the congregation in the hiring process. This is in accordance to the Church Constitution and BLL Policies that were updated a few years ago and approved by the congregation.
- Peaceful Release- Bob Anderson (Retirement). (VOTING ACTION).
A motion was made and seconded for Peaceful Release of Bob Anderson upon his retiring from teaching at Trinity School. Motion passed.
- Summer Projects (Informational Item).
Brian Axtman updated the congregation on some of the summer projects that have been happening (see bottom of financial handout). The COVID-19 shutdown did allow for a jump start on a lot of the cleaning. Floors were refinished in one of the school wings. The HVAC controller upgrade is near to start as we are waiting on a funding question to be answered by the company.
- Other items/Questions
- Why are full names (first and last name) of individuals not mentioned in the prayers during the service?
- Pastor Carl indicated this was an intentional change for prayers to be time for praying for the individual and not for announcements.
- How is the school year going to be different in the Fall in regards to the COVID-19 situation?
- Principal Dr. Sam Seefeld indicated that face to face courses will resume in the fall.
- The DPI released guidelines for schools, and this is being reviewed. Since these are guidelines, schools will need to create their plan. The current plan is to hold Chapel and Assembly. There will be distancing of desks, inclusion of sanitizing stations, and screening of visitors. Parents are to screen children at home prior to sending to school. More info to follow as updates occur.
- Concern regarding use of grape juice for Holy Communion?
- Pastor Carl indicated that due to the COVID-19 situation, the use of prepackaged host and cup with grape juice has been implemented. He indicated that he is looking for prepackaged wine for communion but not available at this time. He indicated that grape juice has been implemented in the past under special situations within the Lutheran Church history. This is temporary.
- Will there be an option for a service in the Sanctuary without masks? Do we need these restrictions? Should there be a survey about re-opening/phases of re-opening? (These were questions to consider but no specific answer at this time).
- Closing Prayer
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:47 AM. Motion passed.
Pastor Lehenbauer closed with a prayer.
51 voting members were signed in.
Respectfully submitted by,
Lucas Dieringer, BLL Secretary
Candidates for Board of Lay Leaders
Richard (Dick) Frohmader
Dick and his wife Patti have been members at Trinity for 38 years. Their children attended Trinity School. Dick has served as an usher, and in the past on the Board of Properties and School Board.
Jack and his wife Cheryl have been members of Trinity for 20 years. Daughters Kaitlan and Sophie attended Trinity and Living Word Luther High. Kaitlan graduated from Concordia Mequon and Sophia graduated from Concordia Seward last December. Jack has served on several committees over the years. Jack and Cheryl have also chaperoned for two youth gatherings and participated in mission trips to the Wind River Reservation.
David Kaemmer has been a member of Trinity for 30 years. David and his wife Crescent have two adult children. Jeremey and Noah both attended Trinity School. David had been involved at Trinity in Board of Evangelism (6 years), Board of Elders, taught 7/8 grade Sunday School (4 years), along with attending Bible study regularly. David enjoys spending time playing tennis, pickle ball, golf, hiking, drums along with volunteering percussion talent with the students at Living Word Lutheran HS.
Dave has been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church- Freistadt since 2015, after moving to Germantown. He would like to expand his participation within the church community by being a member of the Board of Layman Leaders. Previous related experience include:
1. Member of Call Committee for finding a replacement Assistant Pastor in 2018.
2. Served on Church Council (Social Ministry) at St. Luke’s in Slinger, WI for 3 years.
3. Manager at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, prior to retirement in 2012.
4. Volunteer at church assisting with communion setup, painting projects, and meal preparation kits for export to Africa.
Adam J. Schoessow
Adam has been a member at Trinity for over 40 years. He attended school at Trinity from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Adam and his wife Christina have 2 children that attend school at Trinity.
Deb and her husband Jim have been Trinity Members for over 20 years. Their two sons, Preston and Luke are Trinity graduates. Deb has taught Sunday school/ T3 for kids over the past 20 years and participates in small group Bible study. She has also volunteered for activities including the Trinity Human Care board, Trinity School PTL board, Basketball Tournament Committee, tutoring, and she is currently on the Board of Lay Leaders, serving as Vice Chair.
Deb is a Physical Therapist and enjoys golf, sports, fitness activities, gardening, and time with family and friends.
Candidates for Endowment Committee
Robinson (Rob) L. Butz
Rob and his wife Jane joined Trinity Lutheran Church Freistadt in 2017. He is currently serving on the Endowment Committee and is also active in the Homebound Program. They have been married 47 years and have a daughter, twin sons and a granddaughter. In 2010, after 34 years with Robert W. Baird & Co., Rob retired as a Sr. V.P. of Investment Operations. Interests include gardening, golf, traveling, online courses, music and creating short video movies.
Marianne and her husband Gary have been members of Trinity for 12 years. They were previously members at Beautiful Savior in Milwaukee. Marianne is retired after teaching physical education at Martin Luther High School for 30 years. Marianne and Gary have two married sons and 6 grandchildren. They have a grandchild at Lake Country High School and a grandchild at Divine Redeemer.
Marianne has been an active volunteer at Trinity. Her service includes hosting at Lenten Suppers and other congregational events, tutoring at Trinity’s after school program and packing college care packages.
Jenise is a lifelong member, being baptized, confirmed, and married at Trinity. She attended grade school at Trinity from K through 8th grade and has great memories of her teachers and pastors and is so thankful for both the academic and faith foundation that they built in her. She is married to Scott and they have a beautiful daughter, Emily, who is a junior at Germantown High School. Jenise has a degree in Horticulture from UW-Madison and works for Carlin Sales Corporation, supplying greenhouses, nurseries, and landscapers with the supplies they need. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with family.
Candidates for Elder
Tom has been a member of Trinity most of his life. He is married to Gayla for 46 years. He has served Trinity in many capacities. He has been a Choir member, usher, a regular on the 4th of July committee, and served on the BLL and Vice Chair for 8 years. Currently he serves as Elder.
Neal and his wife Erika have been members at Trinity for over 30 years. He has been active at Trinity in many ways including as an usher, on the Board of Adult Education, Sunday school navigator, and Board of Lay Leaders. He was part of the LCMS SW District Child Education Committee from 1989-1997. Currently he serves as a Worship Assistant and an Elder. Prior to joining Trinity he was an usher and Sunday School Superintendent at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend 1978-1983.