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.