Dear Members of Grace Church:

I invite you to attend the meeting of our congregation on Sunday, September 18, 2016, immediately following the 11am service that day. Your attendance is important and I encourage you to attend. The agenda for the meeting is below.

We shall hear reports that day from Pastors Costello and Lyle, as well as from Julie Modrich, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and from Bill Koehne, our School Principal. As I stated in my last letter to you, these reports from our leadership present opportunities for all of us to learn more about what has happened, and will be happening, at Grace. As always, there will be opportunities to ask questions after each report is presented.

We shall also receive a report from our Treasurer, Bill Kopper, about how our last fiscal year ended and how our current fiscal year is starting. I expect by now that you are aware that we exceeded our financial objectives at the end of the most recent fiscal year. All of us involved in the budgeting process were pleased with the fiscal year end results. I need to caution you, though, that the modest surplus did not remove all of the strain on our finances caused by several consecutive years of deficits and ask for your continued generous financial support of our parish throughout the year.

Our newly called Associate Pastors, Dave and Lauren Wegner, will not be at this meeting as they are not joining us until October 1. Please hold them in your prayers as they embark on the transition to our community. I am pleased to report to you that when Pastor Lyle and I phoned Pastors Dave and Lauren to inform them that the congregation had voted to call them, their acceptance was both immediate and joyful.

The other officers of the congregation and I look forward to seeing you on September 18.

In Christ,
Daniel W. Luther
Congregation president

Grace Lutheran Church and School
Agenda for Congregational Meeting
September 18, 2016

1. Devotions
2. Approval of June 5, 2016, Congregation Meeting Minutes
3. Program Report
       A. Cantor
       B. Children’s Ministry Coordinator
       C. Principal
       D. Senior Pastor
4. Financial Report
5. Announcements
6. Benediction