Church Council

Council News

The following people have been elected by the congregation to positions of leadership as members of our church council, and new members were installed in the February Council Meeting.

Judy Bumpus, President
Malainie Hibler, Vice President
Martina Frommeyer, Secretary
Larry Salvatore, Finance
Melissa Brobst, Christian Education
Burt Horner, Property
Marlena Schilke, Historic Preservation
Reinhard Schwartz, Outreach
Candice Snyder, Social Ministry
Ron and Barb Schulz will assist the council as Treasurer and Financial Secretary

We give thanks to all for their willingness to serve. We also thank retiring members Fred Humcke and Bill Howell for their service and dedication to all things Zion!

The “Parking Lot”

The Council will be discussing and reporting on some items left on the white board “parking lot” for discussion after the 2019 Annual Meeting.

*The method and practice to manage and maintain Operating and Non-Operating Accounts with standards for transfers between accounts

*Philosophy of “Fund-raising” vs. “Giving” when financing church priorities and projects


We have successfully completed an asbestos abatement project in the parsonage. Projects like this are funded from our “non-operation” accounts. In the past, members of the congregation have asked to be notified when projects like this take place so that they can contribute to them. The final cost of the asbestos abatement project was $2,325. Contributions can be made to the non-op accounts to replenish our funds and can be noted (by the donor) that they are to help pay for asbestos abatement. Any size contribution will be very helpful in keeping our finances healthy. Thank you for your prayerful consideration in this matter.


Most of you should have received letters concerning our fall stewardship drive to secure financial pledges for the coming calendar year.  The letter asks you and all our members to “Bee Generous” in your financial support of Zion Lutheran Church.  As hives of bees work together for the sake of the swarm, we hope that everyone at Zion Church can do some part in securing the financial stability of the congregation.

Please get your pledge card back to us via mail, Sunday offering plate, or the box in the church narthex.  We encourage you to return your card even if you are unsure of your commitment or can make no financial pledge at all.  For each pledge card returned, a bee will be added to the hive in the sanctuary.  With Pastor  Wengert “on her way”, Zion needs strong commitments from its members to demonstrate our support of her ministry here!


Candidate Sunday Was a Success!

On Sunday, October 7th, Zion members voted to call the Reverend Ingrid Wengert to Zion as Zion’s next settled pastor. She has notified her home congregation, so we are free to share the joy we feel in moving forward together into a bright future for Zion. We thank all of the members of the Transition and Call Committees, the Church Council and Pastor Dan Schroeder for their tireless work over the last two years in getting us to this point. Pastor Ingrid’s first Sunday in the pulpit is November 25thDetails of the transition and Pastor Dan’s last day will be forthcoming. Welcome to Zion Pastor Ingrid!


Got questions, thoughts, suggestions about life at Zion?

It is time for a mid-year “Ask Us Anything Session”! The Zion church council will be available during Coffee Hour on July 15th to take your questions and suggestions. A mid-year financial overview will be presented and then the floor will be opened for anything you would like to discuss so …“ask us anything”!

Join the Call Prayer Team!

Your prayers are making a difference! The Lord is moving in incredible ways. Please keep praying for the Call Team! Together we can gather that mustard seed sized grain of faith it takes to move this mountain and find the right pastor for us.


Our prayers and full support are needed to help the call team through the challenging call process. We need the prayers of the entire congregation as well as our far flung Zion family. Will you please join our prayer team and pray that our Call Team receives the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit?  Each week we will present the Call Prayer Team verse of the week. We hope that you will use it to meditate, pray over, and help grow your own prayer life. This week’s prayer verse is:

 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33


If you no longer live in our area then it would be especially appreciated if you could email a couple of words of support to:

[email protected].

We will print your messages  in the LVL and they will provide great encouragement to the team.


           Fred Humcke, Council President


Council White Board Items

At the last Annual Congregational Meeting some items were placed on the church council’s “White Board To-Do list”. The following is an update on those items.


 * An analysis of the building expenses related to the building


The property committee has looked into this. It is difficult to calculate because things like heat are always on at some level. The cost of electricity to keep the lights on, or the incremental cost of higher heat needed for a building user can’t be determined from the information we have available. The property committee has proposed that we require a security deposit from building users in case their use requires extra cleaning or maintenance/repairs. We are moving forward to implement this.

  • An outreach plan to be prepared within three months with the aim of increasing


Outreach has been active in this area. They have spoken to Crossroads to strengthen our bonds and work on getting our youth volunteers training from Crossroads. Work has been done to make Zion’s offerings more prominent in local media. Zion’s website is being updated. Look for more details in an upcoming LVL. Contact Outreach Chairman Reinhard Schwartz for more information or to volunteer.

* Contingency plans in the event attendance continues to decline.

The contingency plan for this event would be to share a pastor with another Lutheran church in the area. The Synod would find us a match should that time ever come.

* An analysis of the LVCNS contribution and use of Faith Hall in a macro sense relative to outreach and increasing attendance.

In general the LVCNS does not impact our ability to rent out Faith Hall. They use the Hall on weekday mornings which are not popular rental times. The main issue with the school is tearing down their setup and putting it up again when there are events in the Hall. This puts a strain on our volunteers. The property committee has proposed charging a small fee so that we could pay someone to do the tear down and setup. The details are being worked out and the discussion is ongoing.

* Timetable for changing the worship time back to the old schedule.