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Zion’s Church Council meets the 3rd Thursday of the each month at 7:30 p.m.

2017 Church Council:
Joe Bennett, Mike Biberstine, Kevin Caffee, Kim Deaton, Jill Whitacre, Christian White, Deb Zumstein, Ed Zumstein

2017 Officers:
Joe Bennett, President
Kevin Caffee, Vice-President
Christian White, Council Secretary
Connie Brigner, Treasurer
Robin Caffee, Financial Secretary

2017 Committees:
Stewardship: Jill Whitacre, chair; Mary Anne Bollenbacher, Robin Caffee, SueAnn Reynolds
Evangelism: Deb Zumstein, chair; Robin Caffee, Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller
Property & Management: Kevin Caffee, chair; Cary Brandt, JR Brigner, Mark Kimmel, Larry Caffee
Education: Mike Biberstine, chair; Kerry & Karrel Adams, Megan Fokine, Kendra Miller, Jenifer Ross, Charles & Ruth White
Nominating: Kim Deaton, chair
Audit: Ed Zumstein, chair; Mark Kimmel
Worship: Lynne Miller, chair; Karen Bennett
Joint Parish Council: Joe Bennett, president; Kevin Caffee, vice president; Christian White, secretary; Connie Brigner, treasurer.

17 August 2017 Council Notes:
Youth Sunday School classes will resume after Labor Day. The musical service worship service will be used again, starting in mid-September.

Deb Zumstein will give a 2017 Convocation report before the worship service on 27 August. 400 quilts for relief work were taken to the Convocation and Zion provided 14 of those. Convocation expenses will be split evenly with St. John Hopewell. The congregation will vote on several policy issues this fall. The bathroom at the parsonage will be renovated in mid-September.

A few area Lutheran churches will have Reformation services this year: St. Matthew, Fort Wayne, on 22 October; and First Lutheran, Mansfield, on 18 November.

20 July 2017 Council Notes:
The church now has an AED but a battery and charger still needs to be ordered. It will be located in the pastor’s office at the back of the church. The AED was purchased from Boundtree, who accepted the church’s tax ID.

The pastor will attend the NWOMD Pastor’s Meeting 24-25 July. Zion’s congregation will vote on the proposed Mission District amendments after the NALC Convocation, 8-11 August in Nashville. The pastor will leave on the 6th and return on the 16th.

Special Reformation services will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 22 October, and in Mansfield, Ohio, date not known.

15 June 2017 Council Notes:
Lydia Miller and Remi Fokine were confirmed on 28 May. Vacation Bible School will be the week of 26 June at the Chatt United Methodist Church. Zion will not have a worship service on 2 July but the Vacation Bible School program will be held at 10:30 at the Methodist church.

Pastor Mike will give the children’s sermon on Father’s Day. There has been no feedback from church members concerning the Sola Service. Repairs will be made to the parsonage at the end of the month and the first of next month. The AED for the church has been shipped. Patti Vining Maravalo transferred her membership from Zion.

Zion received a letter from the CALL Food Pantry requesting appliances, vehicles, etc., for their “work for” program. CALL has a new donation bin for donations brought in after business hours and a donation button on their Facebook page. The Family Life Care of Berne (home nursing care and hospice) will replace YFC & C&C Bible Fellowship as Zion’s mission offering. The CD from People’s Bank was rolled over. There will no official “visitation Sunday” this summer.

The NALC Convocation will be 8-11 August in Nashville. The Tamorrias will return home on the 16th. Pastor Ralph Easterhouse will lead the worship service on 13 August in the pastor’s absence.

There are two proposed amendments to our Mission District Constitution, one regarding the term of office of the lay representative from our Mission District to the Ohio Mission Regional Council, and another with a provision for a vacancy in an unexpired term of a clergy or lay representative to the Executive Council. A congregational meeting will need to ratify these within the next six months.

18 May 2017 Council Notes:
The blessing of seeds, soil and water will be on Sunday 20 May. Council reviewed the new Sola Scripture service for Holy Communion, which the congregation will use on 28 May. Kenyan missionary Kathleen Lutz will visit Zion with Mary, a Kenyan Deaconess, on 23 July.

The youth leaders of both congregations suggested making youth-friendly, lounge-type rooms. Funds from the concession stand will be used for Zion’s room, the middle classroom upstairs. All of the lights in the sanctuary have been switched to LED. An AED had been ordered but has not arrived. Kevin Caffee was thanked for his work to tile around the church basement.

Expenses for the Regional NALC Convocation in Grove City will be divided evenly between Zion and St. John Hopewell. Farrel will write a report about the Convocation.

The NALC Marriage Policy will be finalized at a special meeting after the worship service on 21 May.

The parsonage shower estimate will be presented to the congregation for a vote. ALICE training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), presented by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, is scheduled for 25 June at St. John Hopewell. Zion’s members are invited to attend.

Charles Phillip White passed away 27 April. His funeral service was held at Zion on 1 May and he was interred in the Zion’s cemetery.

22 April 2017 Council Notes:
Gordon Foods points can be credited to Zion at the Fort Wayne, Indiana, store. Tile was installed on the side of the church to repair the water leak and Wellman Roof replaced the missing church shingles.

Catechism classes are finished but a confirmation date has not been set. There are three confirmands and council voted to approve their confirmation. Chatta-John made $2200 on their concession stand. Kingdom Kids is now finished. Vacation Bible School will be at the Chatt United Methodist Church on June 26-30. The final Lenten Bible study will be 26 April.

Zion will begin using the Sola Scriptura communion service on 21 May. A delegate is still needed for the National Convocation in Nashville, TN, 8-11 August. Zion will purchase a defibrillator from Bound Tree for $795.99. Council will meet after church on 21 May to update the church marriage policy. The Covenant Agreement has been signed.

16 March 2017 Council Notes:
Kingdom Kids is underway and has had a good turnout. A plumber and contractor have been contacted for an estimate on the parsonage bathroom. Zion Council Members are invited to attend St. John Hopewell’s ALICE training by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. There was discussion about purchasing an AED (automated external defibrillator) for the church.

Thank you notes were received from Lutheran Social Services, C & C Bible Camp, and the Charles Backhaus family. The church basement was reserved for a baby shower on 24 June. Several new Mission Offering suggestions were discussed.  The NALC Marriage Policy will be discussed at a separate meeting for that purpose.

The Regional NALC Meeting will be on 6 May 2017 in Grove City, OH. Zion needs one delegate. The National Convocation will be 8-11 August 2017 in Nashville, TN. Zion needs two delegates. The new NALC website is under development, www.NALC.org.

16 February 2017 Council Notes:
The Lenten Bible Study will be at 7:00 on the Wednesdays in Lent. The theme is the Passion Story and will be led by Pastor Mike Tamorria. The community Good Friday service will be held at the Chatt United Methodist Church.

Deb Z. will create a Newsletter for Zion which will be available by the end of the month. It will include the details for Lenten activities and services.  There are plans for the Easter Bunny to visit Zion this year.

The upstairs shower in the parsonage needs replacing.  A hole in the west cement step at the church needs repaired when weather permits. The step was purposely left hollow when constructed.

St. John Hopewell plans to schedule an ALICE training (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate), in response to a letter recently sent to area churches from Sheriff Jeff Gray.

A $50 Donation to Lutheran Social Services was sent in memory of Charles Backhaus, former Zion member who passed away 3 February 2017. A Letter from the office of Pastor Maki was read regarding the proposed amendments to the NALC Constitution. A letter of thanks was received from the Water Mission International.

Joint Parish Council will be 23 March at 7:30pm at Zion.

The Regional NALC Conference will be 6 May in Grove City, OH, and the National Convocation will be 8 August in Nashville, TN. Zion needs one delegate for Regional and two delegates for National.

19 January 2017 Council Notes:
The recent repairs to the north side of the basement are holding up. A tree at the end of the parsonage sidewalk appears to be dead.

The 2017 parish Lenten worship schedule and Bible Study will be as follows :

  • 1 March: Ash Wednesday service at Zion
  • 8 March: Bible Study at Zion
  • 15 March: Bible Study at Zion
  • 22 March: Bible Study at Zion
  • 29 March: Bible Study at St. John Hopewell
  • 5 April: Bible Study at St. John Hopewell
  • 13 April: Maundy Thursday service at St. John Hopewell

Other services this year: Community Thanksgiving Service to be discussed; commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with Holy Communion on Reformation Sunday; Christmas Eve service to be discussed.

Kingdom Kids will meet on Thursday evenings for 5 weeks beginning 16 February. Bible School will be held at Chatt United Methodist Church, the date to be determined.

The audit committee reports that the financial records are in good standing.

Joint Council should meet quarterly (Jan, Apr, Jul, and Oct) on the Third Tues. The next meeting will be 18 April 2017.

Pastor Karen will travel to Orlando, Florida, for a Pastoral Retreat, 11-23 February. The NALC requests 100% participation. Pastor Bachman will conduct services on 12 and 19 February. Pastor Tom Brunstrup will cover for emergencies.

The NALC Marriage Policy discussion was tabled for now and copies of the Marriage Policy were given to the new council members for review.

There is a new congregation in Westerville, Ohio, making 60 NALC Congregations in Ohio and 415 in North America. Our Northwest District, one of five for the Region (State) has 7 congregations, with 3 full time Pastors, one retired pastor, and one part-time interim pastor.

The Regional NALC Meeting will be 6 May in Grove City. One voting delegate is needed to accompany Pastor Karen and any others are welcome to attend. The National Convocation will be 8-11 August 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Two voting delegates are needed to accompany Pastor Karen and any others are welcome to attend.

Council discussed a letter from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Gray and a copy of the letter is posted on the bulletin board by the south entrance.

Past Years:

2016 Church Council:
Joe Bennett, Mike Biberstine, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Mark Kimmel, Lynne Miller, Deb Zumstein, Ed Zumstein

2016 Officers:
Lynne Miller, President
Kevin Caffee, Vice-President
Joe Bennett, Council Secretary
Connie Brigner, Treasurer
Robin Caffee, Financial Secretary

2016 Committees:
Stewardship: JR Brigner, chair; Mary Anne Bollenbacher, Robin Caffee, SueAnn Reynolds
Evangelism: Deb Zumstein, chair; Robin Caffee, Farrel & Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller
Property & Management: Mark Kimmel, chair; Cary Brandt, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee
Education: Mike Biberstine, chair; Kerry & Karrel Adams, Megan Fokine, Kendra Miller, Jenifer Ross, Charles & Ruth White
Nominating: Joe Bennett, chair; Ruth White
Audit: Ed Zumstein, chair; Mark Kimmel
Worship: Lynne Miller, chair; Karen Bennett

20 October 2016 Council Notes:
Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee, Mark Kimmel, and JR Brigner were thanked for doing several repair projects at the parsonage and cemetery. Mark Kimmel was thanked for teaching the catechism class during the Pastor’s absence.

Upcoming services: 23 October, Harvest Blessing; 30 October Reformation service with Holy Communion; 6 November, All Saints Sunday; 23 November, Thanksgiving Service at St. John Hopewell at 7:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be held at the church 30 October at 5 p.m.

We will begin using the new SOLA service the first Sunday of Advent. service. St. John’s council has approved a 3 year transition period to convert from Sundays and Seasons to the SOLA liturgy.

The parish will have one service on Christmas morning, at St. John Hopewell at 10:00 a.m.

Carpenter Bill Shane has been contacted for a price estimate for a storage cupboard on the second floor balcony. Drainage contractor Brock DeBruy has been consulted about the basement water problem.

15 September 2016 Council Notes:
The storm windows covering the stained glass windows are being replaced with a product called Aqua-Tex, since “hammered glass” is no longer available. The PA system was recently adjusted. Larry Caffee has leveled and seeded the new dirt at the cemetery. Alan Brandt was acknowledged and thanked for delivering and spreading gravel in the church parking lots. Parsonage repairs were discussed. The window blinds in the basement will be replaced, using memorial fund.

Catechism classes will begin on 25 September, with 4 students from Zion. Pastor Bachman will lead the worship service on 9 October while Pastor Tamorria is on vacation. Pastor Maki will be available to handle emergencies that week.

African missionary Kathleen Lutz will be at Zion on 18 September to receive a laptop computer which will also be blessed at the service. A $50 donation will be given to the Gideons in lieu of having a speaker. The Chatt area Red Hat Society will meet 20 September at Zion, with speaker Karen Bennett. Abbey Haworth will marry Shawn Huey at the church on 19 November 2016. A bridal shower will be held at the church on 23 October.

A card and a mum will be sent to St. Paul Liberty Township to commemorate their anniversary.The NALC Wedding Guideline policy was discussed.

Anna L. Brandt passed away 1 September 2016. Scott A. Deaton passed away 5 September 2016.

18 August 2016 Council Notes:
The First Communion class will have its third class session 18 August. Chatt-A-John will have a swim party 28 August at the Fokines.

The locks on all the exterior doors at the church have been replaced.

Council decided to replace the “Sundays and Seasons” liturgy with the SOLA liturgy over a 3 year period and to begin using the SOLA liturgy in November 2016. Pending approval by St. John Hopewell, there will be one church service on Christmas morning (Sunday) at St. John Hopewell. The parish Christmas Eve service will be at Zion.

It was discussed having Communion at one parish church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and at the other church on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. The plan will be presented at the annual congregational meeting in January 2017.

The 11 September worship service will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on 11 September 2001. The service will have patriotic hymns and individual music presented by the youth of the church. The 25 September worship service will be a Healing Service and the 23 October service will be a Harvest Blessing service. The community Thanksgiving service will be 23 November at St. John Hopewell.

Zion’s members have been invited to the 175th anniversary celebration at St. Paul’s Lutheran church in Liberty Township.

Zion received a $100 gift from Pastor Sue Irons, given in Carey Brandt’s name for assistance he provided to repair her vehicle during a recent visit to Pastor Tammoria.

The Parkway Ministerial Association is asking for volunteers to assist in building a house for the “Lots for Soldiers” project. Interested parties should contact Lisa Kuhn at the Rockford village office. Deb Zumstein is collecting Bibles and Christian content books to be used for mission work.

The NALC has a required minimum reimbursement for supply pastors: $135 per day for the first service and $75 for the second service plus mileage. The NALC is asking every congregation to have a committed relationship with at least one mission group, where that mission group would count on the congregation for financial assistance on a regular basis.

Joint council will meet 22 September at 7:30 p.m. at Zion. The Pastor will be on vacation beginning 9 October.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be in 2017.

28 July 2016 Council Notes:
The exterior trim painting of the church has been completed but the company was not interested in doing interior painting. The church windows were not repaired but could be done by some church members. The kitchen drain tiles have also been repaired. The locks on all the exterior doors will be replaced.

The youth baseball outreach at the church ball diamond cost $50 to provide popcorn and water. Youth Sunday School classes will resume after Labor Day. The details of the First Communion class are being discussed.

Jun 2016 Council Notes:
There was no council meeting in June but council decided that 24 July will be a visitation Sunday because the pastor, the organist and the pianist would all be unavailable for the service.

22 May 2016 Council Notes:
Vacation Bible School will be 20-24 June at Zion. The Chatt-a-John youth group will go kayaking on 27 June.

Youth Sunday School classes will be on summer break starting 19 June. A five-hour First Communion class is being arranged for students Jordyn Biberstine, Evan Kimmel, and Adria Miller.

Food items for the St John’s mission trip to Henderson, Kentucky, will be collected until the first Sunday in July. Popcorn and cooking oil for the Zion ball diamond outreach project will be picked up by the person running the concession stand. Kendra Miller and assistants will place labels on the popcorn bags and bottled water inviting youth to VBS. The Evangelism Committee will look at new projects when Kingdom Kids resumes and will be purchase Bibles for Kingdom Kids attendees that do not have one.

Council is looking to get water-damaged spots in the church painted before a November 2016 wedding.

There will be no 7 June Joint Council meeting at St. John’s because there is no business to be conducted.

The Wedding Guidelines discussion was tabled. The Summer in the Park food program will be conducted in Rockford and Mendon, but not in Willshire.

The C &C Bible camp in Berne, Indiana, was added as a local mission recipient and Wernle Home was removed.

21 April 2016 Council Notes:
The Chatt-a-John youth are discussing an overnight stay at the C & C Bible camp in Berne or going kayaking. Confirmation has been rescheduled from 22 May to 29 May.

Council decided to contract with Mahargs Trash Service for a 1 cubic yard container to be picked up bi-weekly at $40/month. Council approved Sam Hoagland’s $190 per mowing bid for mowing the church lot and cemetery.

St. John Hopewell is collecting items for their Henderson, Kentucky, mission trip. The Evangelism Committee is discussing an outreach program that would provide either free water or free popcorn at the church ball diamond during games.

The annual blessing of the seeds, soil, and water will be during the 24 April worship service. The Pastor will be on vacation will be 2-8 May.

One cemetery plot was sold to the Eichler family for the burial of Kate Eichler. Also a plot has been reserved by Kelly Kosier. The plots were sold for $350 each.

Scott Deaton was received into membership at Zion on 27 March 2016. Dennis Robinson was received into membership on 21 April 2016.

The Covenant Agreement between Zion and St John Hopewell and the revised Continuing Education Allowance Agreement between Pastor Karen Tamorria and the Zion/St John councils was signed by both council presidents.

Zion received an invitation from St Paul Lutheran, Liberty Township, to join them in celebration of their 175th anniversary on 17 & 18 September 2016.

“Summer lunch in the park” is being discussed by area churches but Zion does not plan to participate. The C.A.L.L. Food Ministry in Celina is reportedly formulating a program to reach out to youth enrolled in the area schools Backpack Program and council expressed interested in supporting it.

17 March 2016 Council Notes:    
The Kingdom Kids meetings concluded with a visit to the Shane Hill Nursing Home. Vacation Bible School will be 20-24 June at Zion. The last Lenten Bible Study will be 30 March at St John Hopewell at 7 pm. The Palm Sunday service will be a standard service without the Passion Reading.

Painting of the church exterior trim will be scheduled after VBS. Kevin Caffee provided Zwick Funeral Home with updated cemetery information. Sam Hoagland would like to submit a bid for the church mowing job. The Joint Council meeting was cancelled due to lack of business to be conducted. It was decided that the handicap accessibility sign directing people to the west door is sufficient.

Pastor Tamorria reported that she is officially on the Executive Council of the NWOMD. The NALC Bishop has “challenged” each Mission District to start a new mission church.The Pastor informed council that the NALC youth director is a member of the NALC. Sharon Krall volunteered to attend the Ohio Mission Region Covocation as Zion’s delegate.

Scott Deaton has requested to join Zion and will be received into membership using a “Statement of Faith” service. Sophia Miller will be confirmed 22 May 2016.

Pastor Tamorria will on Vacation from 2-8 May and Pastor Don Bachman will fill in for her.

25 February 2016 Council Notes:
Chatt-A-John youth group is discussing a possible overnight stay at an area Bible Camp. Youth and adult volunteers will staff a concession stand at a Parkway school tournament March 3-5. Youth Bibles for Kingdom Kids attendees was discussed.

The Evangelism Committee is planning an “Intentional Love” project that will involve challenges to Zion membership to convey love through their actions.

Council decided to lock in the DP&L electric rate. Council voted to provide assistance to two member families experiencing large medical bills.

Pastor Tamorria read a portion of a thank you letter from Water Missions. She also said that Kathleen Lutz will be returning to the US for a while and would be pleased speak at Zion. Kathleen is associated with the Kenya Heart to Heart Mission project.

Zwick Funeral Home, Decatur, requested an updated cemetery map and the current price for cemetery plots. Olen and Mary Anne Bollenbacher were given permission to use the church basement on 20 March to fro their wedding anniversary celebration.

Joint Council will meet 29 March at Zion.

20 January 2016 Council Notes:
The Pastor announced the Lenten schedule for this year, which will be a Bible study based on the first five books of the Bible. There will be no refreshments. The Pastor thanked everyone involved for Pastor Mike’s anniversary dinner.

There will be a Souper Bowl offering again this year. The mileage rate for 2016 has gone down to $.54/mile, from $.575/mile in 2015.

The Ohio Mission Region Convocation will be 7 May 2016. Zion needs someone to serve as a delegate. Pastor Karen may be required to serve on the NWOMD executive council due to the number of pastors.

2016 Church Council officers were elected: Lynne Miller, president; Kevin Caffee, vice president; Joe Bennett, council secretary; Connie Brigner, church treasurer; and Robin Caffee, financial secretary. Committee Assignments were made.

Florence Miller passed away 14 Jan 2016 and was buried in Zion’s Cemetery.

2015:

2015 Church Council:
Joe Bennett, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Mark Kimmel, Jessica May, Lynne Miller, Deb Zumstein, Ed Zumstein

2015 Officers:
Kevin Caffee, President
Lynne Miller, Vice-President
Joe Bennett, Secretary
Connie Brigner, Treasurer
Robin Caffee, Financial Secretary

2015 Committees:
Stewardship: JR Brigner, chair; Mary Anne Bollenbacher, Robin Caffee, SueAnn Reynolds.
Evangelism: Deb Zumstein, chair; Robin Caffee, Farrel & Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller.
Property & Management: Mark Kimmel, chair; Cary Brandt, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee.
Education: Jessica May, chair; Kerry & Karrel Adams, Robin Caffee, Megan Fokine, Kendra Miller, Jenifer Ross, Charles & Ruth White.
Nominating: Joe Bennett, chair; Ruth White.
Audit: Ed Zumstein, chair; Mark Kimmel
Worship: Lynne Miller, chair; Karen Bennett.

19 Nov 2015 Council Notes:
Repairs to the cemetery headstones have been completed. Money from the Memorial Fund will be used to help pay for the new windows in the church basement. A cell phone booster will be installed at the church instead of having a landline phone. Health insurance for NALC pastors will now be self-insured coverage funded by the NALC. “Care Cards” will be sent to everyone on the prayer list by early December. The Christmas Eve service will be at St. John Hopewell at 7:00 p.m.

22 Oct 2015 Council Notes:
Council discussed the status of repairs to the cemetery headstones; mowing bills for the church and parsonage; and a phone for the church and a cell phone booster. The church water quality tests came back negative. Council accepted a bid from F & S Painting to paint the exterior wood trim on the church for $8300.

About 20 children are attending Kingdom Kids weekly. The community Thanksgiving worship service will be 25 November at 7:00 p.m. at the Chatt Methodist Church.

The pastor reported that she thanked the Chatt Restaurant for donating the chicken for Zion’s 160th Anniversary dinner as well as Pastor Tom from the Chatt Methodist Church for their anniversary gifts of a banner and a wall plaque.

Sam Hoagland and Kami Adams were married at Zion on 10 October 2015.

Pastor Maki will be available for emergencies 26-30 October, in the Pastor’s absence.

23 Sep 2015 Council Notes:
Church informational brochures have been printed and are available at the entrances. Care Cards, signed by members of the congregation, will be sent to offer congratulations or show support in times of need. The subject of a church phone was discussed again. The dead shrubs will be removed from around the church.

Changes to Zion’s budget format, made at the 22 September joint council meeting, were explained.

Proposed changes to the pastor’s Continuing Education Package were discussed. The wording of the amendment is as follows: “Any unused continuing education days may be carried over at a maximum of two weeks. Upon Pastor Karen’s resignation there will be no monetary compensation for any unused continuing education.” Pastor Tamorria provided a list of available supply pastors if one was needed on short notice.

Kingdom Kids will be on Tuesday evenings, beginning 13 October, from 6-7:30 p.m., for the next 6 weeks. A collection of church memorabilia will be on display for Zion’s 160th anniversary celebration. Pastor Bachman will attend the event, to be held 27 September. A congregational meeting will be held 11 October 2015 after the worship service to vote on changes to the NALC constitution and to add an appendix to Zion’s constitution.

27 Aug 2015 Council Notes:
Catechism and Chatt-A-John will resume 24 September with Catechism at 4:00 p.m. and Chatt-A-John at 6:00 p.m., held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. The 23 August Chatt-A-John meeting was held at the Fokine residence. St. John’s council asked Pastor Tamorria to speak to the high school and college-aged youth on the subject of same sex marriage. This may also be a topic for a Bible study. The pastor is waiting to receive forms from the NALC, which are needed to ratify the proposed changes to the existing NALC constitution.

Zion will celebrate their 160th anniversary on 27 September during the worship service, followed by a carry-in dinner. Chicken will be provided by the Chatt Family Restaurant. Invitations will be extended to Pastor Don Bachman and Northwest Ohio Mission District Dean, Pastor Bill Macke. An updated history of the congregation, compiled by Karen Bennett, will be available at that time.

Council accepted Moeller’s estimate to replace the basement windows. The damaged shingles at the church and parsonage were replaced by Wellman Roofing. New handicapped parking signs were placed by the west door. A quote of $11,405 was received from F & S Painting to paint the exterior wood trim at the church. There was discussion about replacing the dead shrubs around the church. It was decided not to have a phone installed at the church. The West Central Ohio YFC has asked for increased financial assistance. Mission funds for the April-June quarter were as follows: $600 to the NWOMD and $1500 evenly divided between West Central Ohio YFC; Wernle Home, and Water Mission International.

The Pastor expressed will attending continuing education classes in Pennsylvania from 8-11 September.

23 July 2015 Council Notes:
Property & Management Committee reports that they are pleased with the mowing crew. Moeller Windows submitted an estimate of $11,888 to replace the basement windows and wrap the frames with aluminum. The 160th Anniversary Dinner will tentatively be held in September and planned by the church women. The mission offering of $1559 will be split evenly between the West Central Ohio Youth for Christ, Water Mission International, and Wernle Home. The Pastor’s health insurance will now be covered by Aetna and there is to be no increase in 2015. NWOMD monies should be sent to Fred Meuter, Ft. Wayne, IN. The NALC recommends that 5% of our undesignated income be sent to the NALC for operational expenses. A congregational meeting will be held some Sunday between 14 August and 9 November 2015 to vote on a recommendation by the NALC to disassociate from CORE. The NALC suggests that we add a paragraph to our wedding policy concerning same sex marriage policy and add an appendix to our constitution to address the same issue. This will be voted on at the next congregational meeting. Brenda Nichols was received into membership 7 Jun 2015 and Mike Biberstine was received into membership 14 Jun 2015. The Pastor will be on vacation 19-23 Aug and Pastor Bachman will fill in during her absence.

25 June 2015 Council Notes:
The average attendance at Bible School was 62-64 children/day. Bible School was held at the Chatt Methodist Church this year. Ellen Bevington has taken the old chairlift. The Blessing of the Seeds & Soil Service was held on 14 June. The church women will host Zion’s 160th anniversary celebration.

Mark Kimmel will get estimates for painting the white surfaces on the church exterior. Wellman Brothers have been contacted about the slate on the church roof. Moeller Door will give a quote for replacing the church basement windows. Kevin Caffee received a quote of $195 from Treece Landscaping & Design for the mowing of all the church yards (church, ball diamond, cemetery).

A congregational meeting is needed to vote on the formation of the Northwest Ohio Mission District and to ratify the NALC constitutional amendments and/or changes. The meeting should be held between 14 August and 9 November and it was decided to wait until after the NALC national convocation. Zion church directory photos will be taken 22 July. Margaret Robinson was received into membership on 24 May 2015 and Brenda Kay (Brigner) Nichols transferred to Zion on 7 June 2015. Mike Biberstine was affirmed on 14 Jun 2015.

21 May 2015 Church Council Notes:
The Pastor reported that the Ohio District of the NALC will now be divided into 5 mission districts and that amendments will need to be voted on by the Northwest Mission District. Annual reports will need to be sent into the NALC and the Pastor will give the forms to the responsible parties. Due to differences, the NALC no longer supports Lutheran CORE.

Wellman Roofing was contacted concerning replacement of missing shingles at the parsonage and to locate a water leak in the area of the church belfry. Bids will be taken for some painting needed at the church. The water quality tests for the church passed for the quarter.

Items to discuss at the 9 June Parish Council meeting include signing the join parish covenant, changes in the pastor’s continuing education policy, and possible alternatives to the Sundays and Seasons worship materials. The joint worship committee does not have any recommendations at this time concerning Sundays and Seasons.

Vacation Bible School will be at the Chatt Methodist Church 22-26 June 2015. Blessing of the Seeds will be during the 14 June worship service. Elijah Lee Gilbert was baptized during the 17 May 2015 worship service. Paige Swallow and Samantha Dunlap will be confirmed on 31 May. Margaret Robinson will be received into membership during the 24 May 2015 worship service. The Pastor reported that Zion will not participate in the ‘Lunch in the Park’ program this year since the lunches will not be served in the Willshire Park.

The next council meeting will be 25 June 2015 due to the pastor’s vacation.

16 April 2015 Council Notes:
The joint Worship Committee will meet before the June council meetings to discuss and compare SOLA and Sundays and Seasons worship liturgies. Council approved signing a contract with Lifetouch Photo Directories for a church directory this year. The Joint Parish Covenant will be signed at the 9 June Joint Council meeting at St. Johns Hopewell.

Kevin Caffee will inspect shingle damage at the parsonage after a recent storm and will call Wellman Brothers Roofing if repairs are necessary. The company that picks up the trash at Zion has changed hands and will replace the trash bin as soon as possible. The old sign at St. Johns Hopewell cannot be altered to replace the sign at Zion.

Pastor Tamorria will discuss the Lunch in the Park Program with the Chatt Methodist pastor to see if we are going to participate this year. Pastor Tamorria would like to post a list of area agencies that can assist travelers who occasionally stop at the church requesting aid.

Sharon Krall will represent Zion at the 9 May meeting of the Ohio Mission District meeting in Ashland. Sharon volunteered to run for a position on the Northwest Ohio Region council. The national NALC meeting will be held 14-15 August 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Angel Van Trees will be received into membership through Affirmation of Baptism. Mike Biberstine plans to transfer his membership to Zion and Brenda Brigner Nichols has transferred her membership to Zion. Elijah Gilbert will be baptized as soon as scheduling can be worked out.

Zion’s mission support allocations are currently as follows: YFC 33%, Water Mission 33%, Wernle Home 33%. Lenten offerings are to be given to the Backpack Program. Zion’s NALC support money will be held in the bank until after the May 9 NALC meeting.

Pastor Tamorria will leave for vacation on April 19 and Pastor Don Bachman will lead the 26 April worship service in her absence. Sherry Menchofer will teach the catechism class on 26 April. Confirmation is planned for 31 May. The Pastor thanks the youth education leaders for their hard work in recent months.

19 March 2015 Council Notes:
Vacation Bible School will be held 15-19 June at the Chatt Methodist Church. The Bible School program on 21 June will also be held there. Plans continue for a parish picture directory sometime this year.

The concession stand at the Parkway basket ball tournament netted $2300, which will be used to take the youth group to the movie “Do You Believe” in Van Wert and possibly for the youth to attend a national convention.

Pastor Tamorria will be on vacation 20-26 April and Pastor Don Bachman will fill in for her. The OMD-NALC Convocation will be 9 May 2015 in Ashland, Ohio. The convocation will finalize the constitution for the new Ohio regions. A lay member is needed to serve on the NW-OH council. Participation in the Summer Backpack Program was discussed.

Zion’s old stair lift will be given to  Ellen B.

19 February 2015 Council Notes:
Two new stair lifts were installed in February by New Visions in Coldwater, Ohio. The old stair lift will be offered to anyone from Zion and Ellen Bevington will take it if no one wants it.

Zion will donate money to the Backpack Program, which is funded entirely by donations. The Souper Bowl offering of $125 and 15 pounds of food will go to the CALL Food Pantry.

Easter door hangers will be hung on area doors when it is warmer. The parish youth will staff a concession stand at Parkway on 5-7 March and will travel to Fort Wayne on 22 March to see a movie.

A parish directory committee has met and plans to have a parish directory created in 2015. Candidates to take photos and publish the parish directory are Ashley Dubry from Willshire and Life Touch.

The carpet has been replaced and the toilet repaired in the women’s restroom. Insurance for the copier is $19/mo and the lease is $99.21/mo. We are on a list for a dumpster replacement.  Mike Bruns (Blind Date) offered to provide music at Zion some Sunday.

15 January 2015 Council Notes:
Council officers were elected and committee assignments were made. The upcoming Lenten schedule was discussed: Wednesday evening Lenten services will consist of a Bible study on Job. Ash Wednesday and the next three services will be held at Zion. St. John Hopewell will host services on 18 & 25 March, as well as the Maunday-Thursday service. The Good Friday service will be a community service held at St. Paul UCC.

Zion’s new NALC constitution was ratified and the 2015 budget was approved at last Sunday’s annual congregational meeting.

The women’s restroom is being re-carpeted and a new stool will be installed, as repairs after the overflow in November.

A joint worship committee meeting will be held 20 January at 7:15 at the parsonage. The joint parish council will be held at Zion on 10 March at 7:30 p.m.

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2014:

18 December 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee placed door hangers on homes in Chatt in December. The Sunday School Christmas program will be held on 21 December during the worship service time. There will be no communion that Sunday. The church copier has been replaced. Final revisions to the new constitution were approved.

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held after the worship service on 11 January 2015. The new council members will also be installed at that time. New council members (voted in at the 7 December 2014 meeting): Mark Kimmel, Kevin Caffee, JR Brigner, and Lynne Miller.

The Northwest Ohio Pastor’s meeting will be held at Zion on 6 January 2015 at 9:30 a.m. The pastor will be on vacation from 29-31 December.

21 November 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee is in the process of creating a brochure for the church. They are also planning to place door hangers in area communities on Christmas and Easter. The church will be decorated for Christmas on Saturday 29 November at 1:00.

Zion will host a Thanksgiving Eve service for the Chatt Valley Churches on Wednesday 26 November at 7 p.m.

Council approved the purchase of two new stair-lifts, one to replace the one going up to the sanctuary and the other to go down into the basement. They will be purchased and installed by New Visions of Coldwater, Ohio.

Constitution revisions are still taking place. The church copier needs replaced and council is looking at replacement options. Congregation elections will be held 7 December after the worship service. Zion’s Diner will be held 7 December after the worship service. The First Communion Class may have their first communion on 7 December. Chatta-John will go to Fort Wayne shopping on 7 December and take purchased items to the County Home on 14 December. Pastor Tamorria will be gone 29-31 December for her family’s Christmas. The Northwest Ohio Pastor’s Meeting will be 6 January 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at Zion.

16 October 2014 Council Notes:
The First Communion Class will be held during the Sunday School hour for 5 Sundays in November. There are 2 students for the class so far.

Pastor Tamorria will be out of town for the 26 October worship service. Pastor Don Bachman will lead the service with Holy Communion. The community Thanksgiving service will be held at Zion on 16 November at 7 p.m. The parish Christmas Eve service will be held at Zion.

Zion is looking at stair chair lift models, to choose and install one on the west basement stairs.

The council has been working on the new constitution, which should be available at the congregational meeting after the first of the year. The Nominating Committee has started asking for nominees.

25 September 2014 Council Notes:
The Pastor reported that several children in the congregation are of communion age. A First Communion Class will begin soon with Pastor Mike Tamorria as the instructor. Reese Fokine was confirmed on Holy Cross Sunday, 14 September 2014.

The Women of the Church purchased a gas card for the Chad Reynolds family, to help with driving expenses. Herb Brandt will celebrate his 100th birthday in November and Zion plans to honor the event with flowers and cards.

The funds from the church’s CDs were reinvested in a 39-month plan and an 18-month plan. It was decided that Zion’s Mission Fund recipients would be Local: Wernle Home and West Central Ohio Youth for Christ; International: Water Mission International.

The October worship schedule: 5 Oct: Harvest Blessing; 12 Oct: Healing Service; 19 Oct: Joint worship with Holy Communion at St. John, to celebrate Pastor Karen Tamorria’s 20th anniversary of her ordination, 10 a.m. followed by a carry-in dinner. 26 Oct: Reformation Sunday with Holy Communion, Pastor Don Bachman in Pastor Tamorria’s absence.

A fall parish Bible Study will be held 2, 16, & 30 November at 7 p.m., with the first study held at Zion. The study will focus on the Bible’s Christmas stories.

28 August 2014 Council Notes:
Council approved the $3600 estimate submitted by Kevin Foster/FOSCO Services, Monroe, IN, for cemetery monument repairs. The monies will be taken from the cemetery and memorial funds. Council decided to have the parsonage night light disconnected.

Council will meet on 3 September 2014 for the purpose of revising Zion’s constitution, using NALC guidelines.

Youth Sunday School classes will begin 7 September. Kingdom Kids will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. from 1 October through 12 November, then resume again January 2015. The Lunch in the Park program has ended for this year. On 30 July, the final day, 13 were served at Willshire, 18 at Mendon, and 18 at Rockford.

There is interest in a Bible study in the fall. Plans are being made for a parish picture directory. Zion has been invited to participate in a mission trip to Haiti in February 2015.

It was reported that the Ohio Mission Districts of the NALC will be divided into 5 districts in November. Pastor Bill Maki will be the dean of the Northwest Ohio District, which will be Region 5 and consist of 7 churches.

Mark Kimmel, Zion’s delegate to the 2014 NALC Convocation, gave a report of the Convocation.

17 July 2014 Council Notes:
It was reported that 70 different children attended Vacation Bible School this year.

Plans to commemorate Zion’s upcoming 160th anniversary were discussed. So far there are plans for a new parish directory and an updated history of Zion.

The last Summer Lunch in the Park will be Wednesday 30 July. Zion is working with Chatt Methodist to provide lunches on that day and will pack the lunches on Tuesday evening, 29 July. Five lunches were distributed at Willshire and 20 at Mendon on 9 July.

Pastor Tamorria said that she has sent in the Annual Report. The pastor reported that the NALC was denied membership in the Lutheran World Federation.

Pastor Tamorria will attend the NALC Conference and will be gone 21-31 July. There will be no worship service at Zion on 27 July and members are urged to attend the service at St. John Hopewell, led by Rev. Don Bachman. Pastor Bachman will cover emergencies in Pastor Tamorria’s absence.

Turner Tangeman will be baptized during the worship service on 3 August. Zion’s Diner will be held after the worship service on 3 August. Robin Caffee is making plans for a homemade ice cream social on the evening of 17 August.

19 June 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee sent letters inviting local churches to Vacation Bible School to be held 16-20 June at Zion. The Evangelism Committee will meet again on October. 22 youth traveled to the Creation Museum on 4 June. Confirmation classes were completed on 18 May. The confirmation date has not been scheduled yet.

The Joint Parish Council met 17 June at St. John Hopewell. Arrangements have been made for the 2014 NALC Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Mark and Michelle Kimmel will be delegates from Zion. There will not be a parish Bible Study during the summer, but there may be one in the fall. A 2015 parish directory was discussed, which would coincide with Zion’s 160th anniversary next year. The Joint Council will meet again on 16 September at Zion.

The Property and Management Committee reported that repairs were made to the south church door and drainage problems on the west side of the church.

There will be no worship service at Zion on 27 July. Members are urged to attend at St. John Hopewell. Their service will be led by Rev. Bachman in Pastor Tamorria’s absence. Zion, with St. John Hopewell and Chatt Methodist, will provide Lunch in the Park at Willshire on 9 July.

22 May 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee will meet 29 May at 7:00 p.m. Deb Zumstein has the Gift Tree completed.

There will be no youth Sunday School in July and August. Vacation Bible School will be held 16-20 June from 9:00-noon. The Bible School program will be held at Zion on 22 June at 10:30 a.m.

The Chatta-John youth group was invited by the Rockford Methodist youth to go to the Creation Museum on 4 June, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Catechism is finished for this semester. Reese Fokine will be confirmed on 8 or 15 June. The pastor will schedule a first communion class for two youth. There will be a planning meeting for the Summer Lunch in the Park Program on 27 May at 7:00 p.m. at the Chatt Methodist Church.

Christ in Our Home for the fourth quarter was ordered by the pastor. Farrel and Sharon Krall will put their NALC Convocation report in the newsletter. Rogation Sunday will be 25 May and the Rogation prayers will be in place of the Children’s Sermon.

The pastor will attend the NALC National Convocation 25-26 July in Charleston, S.C. Pastor Bachman will conduct the worship service in her absence.

Aubrey Ann Reynolds will be baptized on 25 May during the worship service. Chloe Kay Bennett will be baptized on 1 June during the worship service.

The Lutheran World Federation of Churches is not considering NALC membership.

24 April 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee will meet some time in May, the specific date TBD. The last Chatta-John meeting will be 4 May. The group is going to the Creation Museum on 4 June. The confirmation date has yet to be determined.

Deb Zumstein ordered a “tree” to be used for the “gift tree.” Farrel and Sharon Krall are going to the Ohio District NALC  meeting on 3 May 2014. The National NALC meeting will be 24-25 July 2014. The Christ in Our Home order will be placed for the fourth quarter.

Council discussed repairing some cemetery monuments and foundations. Ellen Bevington will be mowing the church grounds this year.

Pastor Bachman will lead the service on 11 May in Pastor Tamorria’s absence.

Council voted to hand out food packs in Willshire for the School Backpack Program, which was extended into the summer. The tentative date is 11 June. Joe and Karen Bennett volunteered to pass out the food packs.

27 March 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee will meet after Easter. Vacation Bible School will be held 16-20 June at Zion, with St. John Hopewell and Chatt Methodist participating. The theme will be Weird Animals. A new adult Sunday School has started. It is a five week class on the book of James, lead by Ed Zumstein.

The “gift tree” that was suggested by missionary Kathleen Lutz will begin after April. Each individual will be responsible for sending money and Deb Zumstein will make address labels. Checks are to be made out to “Hope for Living.”

It was decided not to change the wording in the covenant agreement of the parish. Council decided to order 6 large print Christ in Our Home for the home-bound and 18 pocket edition for distribution at church.

Upcoming: Community Good Friday service will be at Chatt Methodist at 7:00. The Ohio Mission District meeting will be held in Mansfield on 3 May from 9-4:30. Zion will send one delegate. Pastor Bachman will lead the service on 11 May in Pastor Tamorria’s absence.

20 February 2014 Council Notes:
The Evangelism Committee has created a list of items to promote outreach in the community. The list will be presented at the March joint council meeting with St. John Hopewell. The Vacation Bible School committee will have a meeting to discuss this year’s curriculum, meeting date to be determined. The Education Committee would like to start a Sunday School class with a contemporary adult forum. The Catechism policy was discussed.

The Property and Management Committee has asked the county about putting tile on the south side of Tama Road at Route 49 so the ditch could be leveled to make snow removal easier.

Changing the Church Council meeting time to the fourth Thursday of the month was discussed and it was decided to change it to the fourth Thursday, beginning March 2014.

Missionary Kathleen Lutz requested that Zion put a “Gift Tree” in our church. Needed items would be purchased by members of the congregation and Kathleen will distribute them. The request was approved.

16 January 2014 Council Notes:
Officers and committees were elected and chosen for 2014. Church council members and church officers were installed during the worship service on 5 January. Lynne Miller and Farrel Krall will review the church constitution.

Item discussed: the parish catechism policy; how to inform people if services are cancelled due to weather or other circumstances.  Lutheran Men in Mission meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at St. John Hopewell at 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming youth activities: Kevin Browning will lead the discussion at Chatta-John the fourth Sunday of the month for the next four months; Kingdom Kids will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and will finish the week before Ash Wednesday. Their last meeting will be at Shane Hill.

2014 Church Council:
Joe Bennett, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee, Robin Caffee, Jessica May, Deb Zumstein, Ed Zumstein

2014 Officers:
Kevin Caffee, President
JR Brigner, Vice-President
Joe Bennett, Secretary
Connie Brigner, Treasurer
Robin Caffee, Financial Secretary

2014 Committees:
Stewardship: Jessica May, chair; Mary Anne Bollenbacher, Robin Caffee, SueAnn Reynolds.
Evangelism: Deb Zumstein, chair; Connie Brigner, Robin Caffee, Farrel & Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller.
Property & Management: Larry Caffee, chair; Cary Brandt, JR Brigner, Linda Caffee, Mark Kimmel.
Education: Robin Caffee, chair; Kerry & Karrel Adams, Megan Fokine, Kendra Miller, SueAnn Reynolds, Jenifer Ross, Charles & Ruth White.
Nominating: Joe Bennett, chair; Ruth White.
Audit: Ed Zumstein, chair.
Worship: Lynne Miller, Karen Bennett.

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2013:

19 December 2013 Church Council Notes:
All the major church projects have been completed and payment has been made. There was discussion about how to notify members if services are canceled because of weather. The parish Catechism policy was discussed. Lynne and Farrel are working on the church constitution review. The pastor will transfer her membership to Zion for 2014. The Evangelism Committee is working on an Outreach Proposal consisting of Zion’s activities.

Upcoming: Installation of church officers (5 Jan); Annual congregational meeting (12 Jan); Children’s Christmas Program (22 Dec); Kingdom Kids (8 Jan & continue for 5 additional Wednesdays); Joint Parish Council (18 Mar & Sep/Zion; Jun & Dec/St. John). Lenten schedule: Ash Wednesday & first 3 Wednesday services at St. John; final 2 Wednesday services & Maunday Thursday at Zion.

21 November 2013 Church Council Notes:
The church chimney has been removed and the roof is repaired. International mission giving for the first quarter 2014 will be to Water Missions International.

The church will be decorated for Christmas on 25 November at 6:30 p.m. and on the 26th, if needed. The Christmas concert will be held 15 December at 3:00 p.m. The church will be open to the public at 2:00 to view nativity sets brought in by members of the congregation. The joint parish council will meet 17 December at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Hopewell. Christmas Eve service will be at St. John Hopewell at 7:30 p.m. Kingdom Kids has completed the fall session. Their spring session will begin 8 January 2014 with a visit to a nursing home.

17 October 2013 Church Council Notes:
The new furnace is up and running. There will be a budget meeting 13 November.

Report from the parish council meeting: St. John Hopewell will host the Christmas Eve service. Next summer’s vacation Bible school will remain in Chatt and it is Zion’s turn to have the event. The Gideons will speak during both services on 24 November in the absence of Pastor Tamorria. Pastor Maki will cover for Pastor Tamorria during the week of 22-29 November. It was agreed  that the pastor’s parish mileage will be split 80/20.

19 September 2013 Church Council Notes:
Kingdom Kids will begin on Wednesday 2 October and will be held for six weeks. Youth Sunday School classes will start up again 22 September. Last week’s Sunday School breakfast was well attended. Parish confirmation classes started last week at St. John Hopewell. They will be held the 2nd and 4th Sundays and the location will alternate monthly between the two churches.

Installation of the church boiler has begun and may be completed next week. Installation of tile from the church property to the open ditch was discussed.

The new treasurer will take over January 2014 and on-line banking was discussed. The pastor will be on vacation the Sunday before Thanksgiving and having a Gideon come to speak that Sunday was discussed.

15 August 2013 Church Council Notes:
Kingdom Kids will be held on Wednesday evenings from 2 October-6 November. They will go to a local nursing home on 13 November. The Chatta-John parish youth group will begin meeting on 8 September and will meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Curtis Hamrick will be the speaker.

Pastors Karen and Mike Tamorria and Farrel and Sharon Krall attended the NALC Convocation in Pittsburgh last week. Farrel will give a report of the convocation soon during a church service. Larry Caffee and J.R. Brigner represented Zion at the YFC golf fund-raiser, finishing 4th out of 11 teams.

The church boilers will be installed the end of August and the church chimney will be taken down sometime in October or November.

The church will no longer purchase altar flowers. It will be up to individuals or families to supply the flowers. Silk flowers will be used if cut flowers are not provided. The church record book has been updated. The cemetery records are in the church safe. Liberty Township trustees have been notified of the mausoleum transfer. The next Bible Study on 21 August will be the third and final of this series. The Joint Council meeting will be rescheduled from 12 September to 26 September. The pastor’s health insurance will go up 17% this year and 15% next year. Blessing of backpacks during the Children’s Sermon will be 25 August.

18 July 2013 Church Council Notes:
Farrel and Sharon Krall will be Zion’s delegates to the NALC National Convocation in Pittsburgh on 7-9 August 2013. Pastor Karen will also attend. Missionary Kathleen Lutz will speak during Zion’s worship service 11 August in the absence of Pastor Karen. Joe Bennett will lead the worship service.

The Trucker Ministry at routes 127, 33 and 707 in Mercer is asking for volunteers. Youth for Christ will have a golf outing fund-raiser on 31 July. Trunk or Treat will be held the Sunday before Halloween. A meal will be be held with this event.

It was decided to turn the mausoleum over to the Liberty Township trustees. The roof needs repaired and there are only two mausoleum board members remaining. There is no progress on purchasing software for the church treasurer position and Zion plans to transition to the new treasurer in January 2014. No one from Zion is going to the Tin Caps game.

The first Bible Study was held 10 July and the next will be 31 July. The study is on the tabernacle.

20 June 2013 Church Council Notes:
Vacation Bible School was held 17-21 June and the average attendance was 70/day. The Evangelism Committee will meet 17 July and will discuss the congregation’s current Mission Statement. The church roof repair is complete. The new heating system and chimney removal still need to be done. The mausoleum roof needs repair. The church does not have a new treasurer yet. The new software is difficult to set up and use and is problematic. The playground equipment will be inspected to determine if it needs repair.

Farrel and Sharon Krall have agreed to be conference delegates. The Chatta-John youth group will not meet during the summer. West-Central Ohio Youth for Christ donations were discussed as well as a YFC fundraiser.

A Bible Study, “The Temple,” will begin 10 July from 7:00-8:30. The evening will also include a hymn sing and refreshments. Zion is invited to NALC/Lutheran CORE night at the Tincaps baseball game 5 August at 7:05. The cost is $8/ticket and reservations are due by 17 July. Trucker Ministry is asking for volunteers from Zion. A missionary from Kenya would be available to speak at an upcoming August worship service when the pastor is on vacation.

16 May 2013 Church Council Notes:
Vacation Bible School will be 17-21 June at the Chatt Methodist Church. The Confirmation class has concluded for the summer. The joint parish council will meet 27 June. The Evangelism Committee will meet 14 July. The belfry roof repair is complete. Several items need to be fixed at the parsonage.

18 April 2013 Church Council Notes:
Plans are being made for the next Bible Study, possibly this summer. Pastor Tamorria recommended the NIV Bible for the pews. The Evangelism Committee met on 17 April. The Property & Management Committee reported that the roofers have the materials for the church roof but have not started the project yet. Ellen Bevington will mow the church yards this summer.

Robin Caffee will attend the Ohio Mission District NALC Convocation in Mansfield on 4 May. About 20 children attended Breakfast with the Bunny this year. Bible School will be held 17-21 June this year. Connie Brigner has agreed to take over the church treasurer position 1 May 2013. The Chatta-John youth group went to the Ronald MacDonald House in Fort Wayne on 14 April, with 22 attending. The telephone has been removed from the church.

21 March 2013 Church Council Notes:
It was reported that the Joint Parish Council renewed the parish covenant, discussed worship services and the Chatta-John youth group. Catechism will be a 2-year program. The Worship Committee will meet 2 April at 7:00 p.m. at the parsonage. The Evangelism Committee will meet 17 April at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Tamorria will be on vacation 28 April. John Wanner will be the guest speaker that Sunday. Robin Caffee will be the delegate to the 2013 Ohio Mission District NALC Convocation in Mansfield, Ohio, 4 May 2013.

Vacation Bible School will be held 17-21 June 2013 at the Chatt Methodist Church. The Bible School program will be at the Chatt Methodist Church on 23 June and there will be no church service at Zion that morning.

Council voted to have the west part of the roof repaired by Technique Roofing Systems as soon as possible. Council will ask the congregation’s approval for the remaining roof repairs. The church well needs to be replaced according to the EPA report.

Breakfast with the Bunny will be Saturday 23 March at 9:00 a.m. at Zion. First communion for seven youths will be on Easter Sunday.

Zion will send a $100 memorial to the family of Zion’s former pastor Gary Anderson.

21 February 2013 Church Council Notes:
First communion classes began 17 February during the Sunday School hour. The Evangelism Committee will meet soon. Worship committees from both congregations met with Pastor Karen Tamorria 24 January. Wellman Brothers Co. was asked to give an estimate for church roof repairs. The joint parish council will meet 14 March at 7:30 p.m. at Zion.

17 January 2013 Church Council Notes:
Officers and committees for 2013 were chosen. It was announced that the vote at last Sunday’s annual congregational meeting was unanimous not to join the Lutheran World Federation. Our vote will be sent to NALC. Phone service at the church will be discontinued. A first communion class will start soon, with first communion scheduled for Easter Sunday. Council is still looking for a treasurer to replace Florence Miller.

2013 Church Council:
Joe Bennett, JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee, Robin Caffee, Mark Kimmel, Farrel Krall, Lynne Miller.

2013 Officers:
Lynne Miller, President
JR Brigner, Vice-President
Mark Kimmel, Secretary
Treasurer, TBD
Robin Caffee, Financial Secretary

2013 Committees:
Stewardship: Larry Caffee, chair; Mary Anne Bollenbacher, Robin Caffee, SueAnn Reynolds, Nicole Whitacre.
Evangelism: Farrel Krall, chair; Connie Brigner, Robin Caffee, Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller, Nicole Whitacre.
Property & Management: Kevin Caffee, chair; Cary Brandt, JR & Connie Brigner, Don Caffee, Larry Caffee, Mark Kimmel.
Education: Robin Caffee, chair; Kerry & Karrel Adams, Jenny Fisher, Megan Fokine, Kendra Miller, Jenifer Ross, Ruth & Charles White.
Nominating: Joe Bennett, chair; Cathy Bollenbacher, Ruth White.
Audit: JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee.
Worship: Lynne Miller, Karen Bennett.

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December 2012 Church Council Notes:
Church Council election results, 2013 Council: Joe Bennett, Mark Kimmel, Farrel Krall, Lynne Miller; 2014 Council: JR Brigner, Kevin Caffee, Larry Caffee, Robin Caffee. Sunday School Treasurer: Karrel Adams. Sunday School Secretary: Paige Swallow.

Upcoming events were scheduled and/or discussed:  A service appreciation award will be presented to Florence Miller on 30 December for her longtime position as church treasurer.  Church Council members and other church officers will be installed 30 December. Pastor Karen Tamorria’s installation will be 6 January 2013, at 4:00 p.m.  at St. John Hopewell. Zion’s annual congregational meeting will be 13 January after the worship service. Kevin Caffee volunteered to compile the annual reports for the meeting. The congregation will vote on whether or not to join the Lutheran World Federation at the meeting. The Ohio Mission District clergy and council presidents will meet on 2 March at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys. There will be a Zion/St. John Joint Council meeting on 14 March at Zion. The upcoming joint Lenten service schedule was discussed.

The council is looking for someone to take the position of church treasurer. Pastor Mike Tamorria will become a member of Zion and Pastor Karen Tamorria will become a member of St. John. Lynne Miller and Karen Bennett were appointed to serve on the Zion/St. John Joint Worship Committee from Zion.

November 2012 Church Council Notes:
The parsonage is ready for the arrival of the Tamorrias on 19 November. There will be an open house at the parsonage Sunday, 18 November. The fall session of Kingdom Kids is completed, with an average attendance of 15 children per session.

The Community Thanksgiving Service will be at the Chatt United Methodist Church at 7:30 on 21 November. There will be a Joint Council meeting with Pastor Tamorria on 13 December.

Florence Miller, church treasurer for 28 years, has submitted her resignation, effective 31 December. Council will ask for someone to volunteer for the job.

October 2012 Church Council Notes:
The salary/compensation package for Pastor Karen Tamorria was approved. A congregational meeting will be held after worship services on 21 October to vote on calling Pastor Tamorria. Other items concerning calling, moving and housing the new pastor were discussed.

September 2012 Church Council Notes:
Pastor Karen Tamorria and her husband Rev. Michael Tamorria will visit the Hopewell/Zion parish on 22 September, the visit hosted by the Kralls and Hechts. Pastor Karen Tamorria will preside over the parish church services on 23 September. A parish carry-in lunch will be held at Zion at 12:00 noon followed by a meeting with the call committee and council members.

The Connect 4 Youth Group has been reorganized under the sponsorship of St. John Hopewell and Zion churches. A new name for the organization will be selected by its members.

Youth Sunday School classes have begun after the summer recess. Kingdom Kids will start soon.

The local Mission Offering for Oct-Dec will be Youth for Christ, Van Wert Chapter.

The cleaning and painting at the parsonage is nearly completed. Sidewalk repairs will be made this coming Monday and Tuesday. Linoleum will be installed in the parsonage kitchen.

August 2012 Church Council Notes:
Sharon Krall is updating the church record book from information provided by Karen Bennett. The Joint Call committee is looking at potential pastor candidates and have extended an invitation to visit the parish to one pastor. St. John, Hopewell, has invited members of Zion to a special Rally Day service on 9 September with a carry-in lunch to follow.

Parsonage cleaning day was 21 July by members of Zion. Some of the first floor was also painted. Interior painting of the parsonage was completed on 11 August by members. The final cleaning is still to be scheduled and will be out-sourced. Repairs are planned for sidewalks at the church and parsonage.

July 2012 Church Council Notes:
Sharon Krall will update the church record book with the information she has been given from Karen Bennett. The council is asking for volunteers to attend the NALC National Convocation, 16-17 August. The Joint Parish Council has been in contact with a potential pastor from Wisconsin. The councils are working on a salary and compensation package for a new pastor.

The church parking area and driveway at the parsonage has been sealed and striped. A clean-up day is planned for 21 July at 8:00 a.m. at the parsonage.

June 2012 Church Council Notes:
The Joint Call Committee has a list of potential pastor candidates. Zion and St. John, Hopewell, began using a joint bulletin on 20 May. The bulletin will be prepared by Jim Maurer, Hopewell’s secretary. The proposed worship service schedule through October was shown to the council. It was reported that the church record book has not been updated for nearly 9 years. Sharon Krall volunteered to update the book with information from Karen Bennett.

Zion is asking for a delegate to attend the NALC National Convocation 16-17 August at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minnesota. Council voted to give the NALC $100/month.

St. John, Hopewell, has been invited to attend the Vacation Bible School program at Zion on 1 July. Council agreed to give $900 to the youth attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, 22-26 July. Four will be attending from Zion.

Parsonage cleaning day is planned for 21 July. The sign in front of the church has been repaired and the basement air conditioner and water cooler have been replaced. The church parking lot is scheduled to be repaired and striped.

May 2012 Church Council Notes:
Pastor Bachman will be contacted to see if 17 June could be scheduled for confirmation. Council members are to review the proposed constitution and make suggestions. The need to update the church record book was discussed. Zion and St. John, Hopewell, will begin using a joint bulletin on 20 May. The Joint Call Committee is drafting a pastoral job description. A new air conditioner is needed for the basement. The church roof needs repaired and Wellman Brothers have been contacted.

April 2012 Church Council Notes:
The Hopewell/Zion Joint Call Committee has met twice. They have finalized a ten-point Covenant Agreement between the two congregations that includes the following mission statement, “both congregations shall each remain in prayer that this joint commitment will be pleasing to God so that we will better fulfill the Great Commission each of our congregations is charged to accomplish.” They completed a Joint Congregational Profile which was submitted to the NALC and joint financial data for the NALC to use in developing pastoral salary guidelines. The also prepared a 21-page draft constitution and bylaws to be separately adopted by each congregation.

Farrel and Sharon Krall will attend the NALC Ohio Mission District Convocation on May 4-5 at St. John Lutheran Church in Grove, City, Ohio.

March 2012 Church Council Notes:
Former Pastor and wife Randy & Sandy Swanson will move back to Illinois by the end of April. A date to clean the parsonage will be scheduled once it is vacant.

Confirmation instruction will resume after Easter. Instructors will be Farrel & Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller, and Ruth White.

On March 4th Zion’s congregation overwhelmingly passed by ballot to become a joint parish with St. John Lutheran, Hopewell. Leaders from both congregations met recently with Rev. Wendel of the NALC to discuss details of becoming a two-point parish. Both councils will create a covenant that will define the working relationship between the two congregations.

Zion and St. John Hopewell are working on the details of sharing interim pastors. Rev. Don Bachman has agreed to lead services at both churches on the same Sunday twice a month. Rev. William Maki may lead services at both churches once a month. Rev. Bachman, a retired Lutheran minister originally from Celina and now living in Greenville, will lead services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Rev. Maki, the minister at Zion, St. Marys, would lead the services on the 4th Sunday.

Zion’s council has appointed a pastoral call committee consisting of Robin Caffee, Mark Kimmel and Farrel & Sharon Krall.

February 2012 Church Council Notes:
Zion’s council recommends that Zion partner with St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell, to form a joint parish. Zion will vote on this issue after the worship service on 4 March 2012.

The council decided to refer to our Benevolence offering as our Mission Offering. Donations will go to our chosen Mission Projects.

The Mission Project for the first quarter of 2012 will be Heifer International and the CALL Food Pantry in Celina. The Mission Project for the second quarter of 2012 will be Lutheran World Relief and the local project TBA. (Lutheran World Relief was suggested by a member.)

Confirmation instruction for the second year confirmands will continue soon. Instructors will be Farrel and Sharon Krall, Kendra Miller and Ruth White.

There is still a two-year position available on Zion’s Church Council. See Joe Bennett or another council member is you are interested in the position.

January 2012 Church Council Notes:
The Council agreed that Zion would contact St. John Lutheran, Hopewell, concerning an interest to become a joint parish and work together to call and share a pastor. Council members from Hopewell have also shown an interest in partnering with Zion.

Zion’s Council is asking for input from the congregation concerning where the benevolence offering should be directed. The NALC asks that the offerings be divided and given to a local/national cause and an international cause. Currently the benevolence will be shared locally with the CALL Food Pantry in Celina and internationally with Heifer International. Heifer International was established in 1944 and works to bring help, healing and hope to impoverished families around the world. Donations help families by providing livestock, training, agricultural programs and Passing on the Gift programs.