FRLC Annual Meeting
February 13, 2015
Present: Tom M., Ed T., Melanie M.-D., Marda M., Mary S. Dave C. was not present as he was not feeling well.
Melanie led the meeting in the absence of Bohdan. Marda took the minutes.
Opening Prayer: led by Mary.
Review of Minutes from our last meeting, February 7, 2013. They were approved unanimously
-Church Mutual insurance was dropped subsequent to the revision of the ELCA website. The insurance was a requirement to become an officially recognized “Independent Lutheran Organization” by the ELCA, which we did in order to be listed on their website as a way to be a resource to the church. They no longer list any “outside” organizations on their website, including us. After many unsuccessful efforts at resolving this, we have dropped this effort. At that point, the Board determined that the insurance was an unnecessary expense.
-The balance is down. We did not send out as many issues of the newsletter in 2014, and donations usually follow a request in the newsletter. We intend to get them out more regularly this year.
-The report was approved.
Review of Board Report for 2013/2014. Melanie presented a written summary of Board actions since the last meeting. Minutes of the Board meetings are posted on the website.
Coordinator’s Report: Ed reviewed his responsibilities on our behalf. The mailing list is at 565, which includes “friends” and judicatory offices. Our membership is stable.
He is involved in a new project to form a fellowship of Lutheran laity in recovery. The FRLC applied to Wheatridge and Thrivent for funding for this project, but were turned down by both organizations. The intern serving with Ed has taken it on. Ed has identified a potential donor to back this project. Ed described some of the work they are doing and their plans to expand to a larger area.
Next Retreat: Discussion was held of possible sites and timing for future retreats, including Spirit in the Desert in Arizona, Holden Village (after the environmental mediation is complete) and another cruise, possibly out of New Orleans. Additional conversation was held about meeting on a cruise in conjunction with the lay Lutheran fellowship, with breakout sessions on our own and our members possibly being available to lead worship for the lay group.
Board Elections: Bohdan V. was elected chair, Melanie as secretary, and Mary S. and Tom M. were elected to the board.
The meeting was adjourned.