At our February Coordinating Board we heard informative reports, discussed pressing issues of the congregation, and made positive steps toward closing the income gap.

The Board approved using the services of member Ryan Bogenschneider to help move the congregation's strategic plan forward and offer suggestions for improvement. Mr. Bogenschneider comes with a wealth of expertise in this area and a deep desire to serve his Savior and Good Shepherd's.

The trustees are working on cost-saving measures for the grade school. They are replacing many of the light bulbs on the main level of the school building to a lower-wattage bulb that will save $1,000 or more a year on electricity.

The Board of Stewardship has been directed by the Board to implement a 5th Sunday envelope system where members are encouraged to give 5 times a month rather than the typical four. The Board also included in that motion a greater emphasis on electronic giving and encouraging small increases in people's offerings.

The Board approved moving all undesignated funds into the Joash fund. Undesignated funds are financial gifts given by individuals to the congregation that are not specified for a specific purpose. The Joash fund is a special fund of the congregation earmarked for unexpected expenses. The Board also approved contacting donors of designated funds to see if their intentions are the same or if those funds could be re-designated by the Coordinating Board.

The Board also had a heartfelt discussion on helping all members of the congregation feel that their opinions and concerns are heard and that people are given the opportunity to share them. Many ideas were discussed, including that all members, men and women, take advantage of the regularly scheduled voters' meetings where many things can be discussed.

With that being said, please come, one and all, to the February 23rd voters' meeting, we start at noon. The February voters' meeting is dedicated to hearing news and plans for the upcoming year.