Council Happenings

May 2024 report

The Council met on Sunday, May 19. The following are highlights from the May Council meeting.   

• MSP / Call Committee

Council received a revised version of the Mission Site Profile (MSP) from the Call Committee, which included important updates about St. Mark’s progress since the 2023 version of the MSP. Council and the Call Committee discussed the modifications at a meeting on May 20, after which Council unanimously approved the revised MSP. 

 • 2024 Lay Leadership Day

Randy Steinheimer and Matt Greising attend the Lay Leadership Day sponsored by the Metro Chicago Synod on May 18. Workship topics included the Stewardship of Space, Church Governance and Lay Leadership & Equipping. 

• Youth and Family Program Leadership

Pastor Will provided an update on applications received for the Director of Children, Youth and Family Programs position. 

 • Building and Property

Council received a report from the Property Committee which addressed the need to remove some dying trees from the north (Galena Blvd.) side of the property. Other items in the report included: o Estimates are being pursued for the flat sections of roof that have been problematic for some time. o Parking lot lighting is being evaluated. An immediate issue is a light that is obscured by a tree on the property. o Two windows in the baptismal font area will be replaced.

 • “What is Possible?” Vision Statements

One goal of the “What is Possible” congregational dialogue is to using listening and conversation opportunities to review and refresh St. Mark’s Vision Statements created in 2016-17, and to explore the possibility of a multi-year financial investment campaign in St. Mark’s future. The Stewardship and Finance Committees met jointly on May 2 to begin the process of assembling a taskforce to discuss vision priorities for the future. We need you! One dominant theme coming out of the “What is Possible?” conversations is the need for a more robust volunteer network to support all of St. Mark’s ministries. Much of that work continues throughout the summer months, during which time vacation and travel impact the availability of volunteers. There are many ways you can help without making a long-term volunteer commitment. Please speak with a member of staff or Council about volunteer opportunities. 

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