Church Council – December 2017

Church Council Updates

On Thursday December 14th, our Boards, Committees and Church Council all met on one night. We start with a 30-minute Bible Study, broke out for Board and Committee meetings, and then Church Council came together for their meeting to close out the night.

Attached you will find a summary of our Council Meeting Minutes. Please note that our Council Meeting have a new revised format and not the traditional format you may have seen in the past. This new format was adopted based on input from the WELS Grace In Action team that worked with our Council back in March 2017.

Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church Council Meeting – 2017_12_14 Minutes

Also attached is a Financial Summary. This is a simplified summary view. When reviewing the Financial Summary, there are some key notes to understand as you are assessing our current outlook.

  • November Financial Summary shows the Church Offering below budget by $66,125. In mid-November, we communicated the lower offerings to the congregation. Each family received a letter along with their offering statements in order to help them with any changes to giving in the coming month and into the new year.
  • The Offerings compared to last year at this time are actually about $44,000 higher. If you look at 2016 Church Offering of $404,044, we need to reduce that by $80,000. This is because $80,000 was the amount that was suppose to be part of the prior fiscal year, but had been included in the 2016 fiscal year.
  • School Tuition is higher than budget due to some school families choosing to pay a higher amount of tuition earlier in the year.  This will level out through out the remainder of the year
  • School Affiliate Revenue is slightly behind, however, this is more of a timing issue as we are expecting additional support payments in early part of December.
  • From a compensation view, we will see some slight savings due to not have a full time School Principal. Current savings is about $22,793.

Financial Summary Nov2017

Overview from a financial outlook, we need to focus on our Unified Budget giving. Currently our actuals compared to the budget, we are running behind in our offerings by about $34,689 which is 10%. We are spending less than what we have budgeted and seeing some savings by not having a full time principal.

We encourage all members to consider their giving through the end of the calendar year, as well as their giving in 2018. Please keep our various ministries in your prayers and ask God to continue to bless His work here in Rochester!

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Broeren(Treasurer) or Daryl Schultz (President).

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President

Voters Meeting – November 9, 2017

Voters Meetings

On Thursday, November 9th, a Resurrection & Life Lutheran Voters Meeting was held. The two main topics, call School Principal and vote on Nominees for open board positions. Attached are the meeting minutes.

Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church Voters Meeting – 2017_11_09

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President

Church Council – November 2017

Church Council Updates

On Tuesday November 14th, our Boards, Committees and Church Council all met on one night. We start with a 30-minute Bible Study, broke out for Board and Committee meetings, and then Church Council came together for their meeting to close out the night.

Attached you will find a summary of our Council Meeting Minutes. Please note that our Council Meeting have a new revised format and not the traditional format you may have seen in the past. This new format was adopted based on input from the WELS Grace In Action team that worked with our Council back in March 2017.

Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church Council Meeting – 2017_11_14 Final v2

Also attached is a Financial Summary. This is a simplified summary view. When reviewing the Financial Summary, there are some key notes to understand as you are assessing our current outlook.

  • October Financial Summary shows the Church Offering below budget by $66,860. Over the last couple weeks, we have received a couple additional donations for a total of about $30,000. This puts are revised Church Offering Revenue at $36,000 below budget.  We will be communicating this to the congregation to make sure they are aware of this.
  • The Offerings compared to last year at this time are actually about $15,000 higher. If you look at 2016 Church Offering of $338,527, we need to reduce that by $80,000. This is because $80,000 was the amount that was suppose to be part of the prior fiscal year, but had been included in the 2016 fiscal year.
  • School Tuition is higher than budget due to some school families choosing to pay a higher amount of tuition earlier in the year.  This will level out through out the remainder of the year
  • School Affiliate Revenue is the support we received from the other area WELS congregations. In early November, we received $11,800 from Christ Our Rock. This amount did not show up in this October summary. So we are just slightly behind budget in this area.
  • Special Grants line item use to be called “Dual Site Revenue”. This is a summary of the various grants we have received in the past for the Life Site and the ECM (Early Childhood Ministry). Since the grants are not just for the Dual Site, we renamed to a more general name of “Special Grants”.
  • From a compensation view, we will see some slight savings due to not have a full time School Principal. Currently Ron Helmers is providing part-time Principal support and Beth Laska hired this year as a supplement teacher helping out with the upper classes.
  • Assistance & Evangelism spending is significantly higher than budget due to some increase expenses related to the BBQ & Bounce activities. Bounce houses were purchase instead of rent. This will allow us to reuse the houses for multiple events and will see savings in the future.

Financial Summary Oct2017

Overview from a financial outlook, we need to focus on our Unified Budget giving. Currently our actuals compared to the budget, we are running behind in our offerings by about $36,000 which is 11%. We are spending less than what we have budgeted and seeing some savings by not having a full time principal. This month we did see a cash flow issue (not having enough dollars in Unified Budget to pay our monthly bills). We needed to not only tap into our Reserve Fund, but leverage our Line of Credit at Home Federal Bank to cover the monthly bills. With that said, we encourage members to consider their regular offerings to ensure we meet the needs of support all the various Resurrection & Life Lutheran ministries and mission work. A formal letter will be sent out and a brief update will be presented to the congregation on our unified giving needs.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Broeren(Treasurer) or Daryl Schultz (President).

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President

Church Council – October 2017

Church Council Updates

On Tuesday October 10th, our Boards, Committees and Church Council all met on one night. We start with a 30-minute Bible Study, broke out for Board and Committee meetings, and then Church Council came together for their meeting to close out the night.

This was the second time for the new meeting format. We have decided to start the meetings at 6:30pm from now on, on the second Tuesday of each week. It continues to be a great blessing – being in the Word together, consolidating our schedule and working together at the same time and place. Please keep our leadership, their work and our ministry in your prayers.

Attached you will find a summary of our Council Meeting Minutes. Please note that our Council Meeting have a new revised format and not the traditional format you may have seen in the past. This new format was adopted based on input from the WELS Grace In Action team that worked with our Council back in March 2017.

Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church Council Meeting – 2017_10_10_master

Also attached is a Financial Summary. This is a simplified summary view. When reviewing the Financial Summary, there are some key notes to understand as you are assessing our current outlook.

  • September Financial Summary shows School Tuition ahead of budget. This is due to some families selecting to pay a more significant amount of tuition up-front in the school year. This will average out over the full year. No issues relating to school tuition at this time.
  • The Duel Site Revenue is a summary of the various grants we have received in the past for the Life Site and the ECM (Early Childhood Ministry). This is currently on track. Going forward, the Finance committee decided to rename this line item from “4600 Dual Site Revenue” to “4600 Special Grants”. The dual site naming was a carryover from several year ago when we received a grant for our new dual site. This label change will make it easier to understand this specific line item in the summary report.
  • Offerings in the month of September are typically slightly less than normal month but tend to start showing an increase since we are moving out of the Summer month. We are showing our actual offering income down from where we have set our budget. We know members have been increasing their offerings to the pledge drive which is an awesome blessing. We also encourage members to consider increasing their offerings to the Unified Budget. We have been able to make our cash flow commitments, but will be monitoring this carefully over the next month. Please keep this in your prayers.
  • The Finance Committee is noticing more members are using the Simply Giving. We continue to encourage members to consider moving to the Simply Giving.  This is the program which you can electronically set up your offering giving. This helps our congregation see the offering income spread more equally across the year, as well as use us better forecast our full year outlook.
  • In looking at the year to year comparisons, it may look like our current year is running significantly behind last year. This is primarily due to $80,000 in offering income which ended up in July 2016 instead of June 2015. The end of June is the end of our fiscal year, so when we compare between the years, we need to account for this anomaly. So we were to adjust last year’s offering number, we are actually ahead what we received in offerings at this time last year.
  • From a compensation view, we will see some slight savings due to not have a full time School Principal. Currently Ron Helmers is providing part-time Principal support and Beth Laska was brought in this year as a supplement teacher helping out with the upper classes.
  • Currently, we have $13,964 in our Reserve Fund.

Draft 1 Page Financial Summary Sept2017

Overview from a financial outlook, we need to focus on our Unified Budget giving. Currently our actuals compared to the budget, we are starting to run behind in our monthly offerings; however, we are spending less than what we have budgeted. We are making our cash flow needs at this time (able to continue to pay our monthly bills), and we do have a bit left in the Reserve Fund. With that said, we encourage members to consider their regular offerings to ensure we meet the needs of support all the various Resurrection & Life Lutheran ministries and mission work.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Broeren (Treasurer) or Daryl Schultz (President).

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President

Master Site Plan: OPEN FORUM Update (10/10/2017)

Mission & Plans

On October 10th, we held an Open Forum for the Congregation to provide any additional input as well as ask questions about the proposed Master Site Plan for the Resurrection Campus. Attached is the handout from this meeting which outlined some of the comments received over the past three week, as well as questions that various members had.

RLL Open Forum Handout 2017_10_10

In addition to the discussion on the Master Site Plan, there were questions on the overall plans for both campus, school, and potentially a third site.  There were very good questions brought up by members. The discussion of the Master Site Plan has lead to a lot of good discussion on our various Ministries at Resurrection & Life Lutheran, plus the need to have an outline of our 10-year plan. The general feeling from feedback received is that there is still a priority to improve our entry and fellowship area at the Resurrection campus. Also, there is a need for expansion at the Life campus for Early Childhood education purposes (related to Monkey Junction during the week and additional space for Sunday morning education space). The Third Site discussion will be part of the RAMPART (Rochester Area Mission Planting Action Response Team) that is currently being focused on as a collaboration effort across all the area WELS congregations. There is also a strong desire to expand the Preschool, however, more planning will need to be done before formal plans are put into place for any school expansion.

After the Open Forum, the Church Council met to discuss next steps on the Master Site Plan. We agreed that a small committee would be assembled to outline our current Ministry Plans which we can associate to our 10-year plan for facilities improvements. This plan and options will be reviewed with our Leadership teams over the next month, and then will be shared with the congregation.

One final request, members are encouraged to keep this planning in their prayers. We ask God for his continued blessing on our congregation as we focus on “To win and nurture souls for Christ!”

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President