Present: Barbara Adams, Sarah Anderson, Darlene Goldhammer, Jeff Jensen, Lee Strom
Barbara Adams opened with a devotion based on Matt. 11:28, "Come to Me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Many events in life are limited to a certain number of people such as a Super Bowl or a Presidential State Dinner, but Jesus reaches out to all who are weary and burdened. He meets us where we are in our dark places and can transform us in our understanding. When we let our Savior's word touch us, we will be lifted up.
We have a real burden for our school and church but we need to rest in His arms and in His will. He knows our motives and is aware that we have decisions to make about our school and church. We need to seek the Lord and ask for His help. Our path may not be easy but the Lord will guide us in the way He wants us to go. When we make our decisions based on prayer and the word, He will make His way known to us. All present joined in prayer.
Minutes from April 26, 2012, were confirmed by email.
We reviewed the upcoming Call Meeting and the procedure to be followed. It was confirmed that all those voting must have signed the constitution 90 days prior to the meeting, and that it will take a 2/3 majority to select a candidate. The actual voting will be handled as in our past several elections. Barbara Goldhammer will be in charge of the ballots. Voters will sign in, receive a ballot, vote and deposit the ballot in the box. If one candidate receives the needed number of votes, he will be called to see if he still wishes to consider the call; if he declines at that point, we can reconsider the second person. Pastor Dave Sauer, our Circuit Councilor will be present.
On May 27 we will vote on Bill Sandau to serve as an additional member of the Elder Board.
Paul Schultz has agreed to serve as a member of the Youth Committee one Sunday per month. A meeting for the group will take place in the near future.
Jeff reviewed the financial picture and indicated that after eight month (end of April) we are even financially.
Principal Fred Brauer has met with the staff regarding the next school year. He also provided information about aggressive marketing plans. The Cougar Parents Association will have a joint meeting with BoG members the week of May14. BoG will provide Fred with names of people who are interested in serving on a School Committee.
BoG will meet next on June 21. The meeting adjourned with prayer.
President Barbara Adams called the meeting to order.
Elder Hank Blank opened with prayer.
Pastor Dave Sauer, Circuit Counselor presented a devotion based on John 15. In that section of scripture Jesus says that "you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will prosper. "We are in the process of calling someone to serve as our pastor. We want it to be someone the Lord chooses for us. While we may hope for a pastor who "walks on water," we also know such a person doesn't exist. Let us hope then to reflect the Lord's choice as we seek to select a pastor who will form a partnership with us. Pastor ended with prayer.
Pastor Sauer then explained the voting process and the need for a 2/3 vote in favor of one candidate. The end desire is to declare a unanimous vote for that person.
Dave Mueller, Chairman of the Call Committee, introduced the other members of the committee who are Abby Einspahr, Steve Ellis, Rick English. Andy Glock and Darlene Goldhammer. Dave then explained the steps the committee went through in arriving at the two names being presented.
The voters had opportunities to speak and ask questions. Pastor prayed that the Lord's choice be selected. Voters signed in at the ballot box, received ballots and voted. Barbara Goldhammer was in charge of ballot distribution. The ballot count showed that neither candidate had received the required two-thirds majority. More time was spent on questions and comments followed by a second round of voting. The second vote also ended without a clear winner.
President Barbara Adams and Pastor Sauer said they would contact each man to see if he was still open to a call. Dave stated that there was a web site for Meyer but not Puls. Pastor Sauer reminded us that if we choose to get a new list of candidates it would be a minimum of 2-3 months before we can call a pastor.