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FRLC Board Meeting Minutes Thursday, July 5, 2018

Check In & Prayer: Brian, Bohdan, Melanie, Tom, Ed called in later. Melanie opened with prayer.

 

Minutes from the May Meeting were approved as submitted.

 

Treasurer’s report: Account totals and detail will be coming by email. Our checking account balance today is $1,192.12. No extraordinary income or expenses. He caught up on the stipend for Coordinator with double payment this month.

He received a letter from Wells Fargo requesting additional documentation of non-profit status, needed within 30 days. Some of the requests are of documents we are not familiar with. Brian and Ed recommend closing this account and opening an account at the credit union we are using for the Conference. Brian is considering resigning as treasurer and has agreed to serve through the Annual Meeting this fall. Brian will pursue this with Ed with the support of the Executive Committee (officers).

 

Addiction and Faith Conference: Melanie shared some information from the minutes of the Addiction and Faith Conference planning meeting and Ed called in midstream. The current anticipated financial shortfall is about $10,000 but we have a grant application with the Minneapolis Synod which may cover it plus a new connection with a professional fundraiser (who is in recovery) who had ideas on monetizing the event and anticipate being able to cover that. Any money over expenses will be used for future events. We have over 100 registrations at present and 13 more on the way, have an ad in the latest Living Lutheran and are adjusting plans to prepare for up to 200 people attending the event.  We’ve been asked about having tickets for individual sessions of the conference, such as Nadia’s talk. We have been declining those requests as we need the funding from full ticket “sales” to pay for expenses. If we don’t sell out, we may consider opening it up to take registrations for individual sessions. We are also considering selling access to view sessions by streaming. Ed is looking into what would be needed to videotape the talks to develop a resource for addiction ministry in the ELCA. God is looking out for us –we have a great planning team and various resource people are appearing as needed. Ed’s congregation is looking at rearranging pastoral responsibilities to free up his time to continue this work, including possibly planning another conference next year. Those on the call are supportive of this.

 

FRLC meeting schedule at the Conference: The FRLC specific events begin with dinner Thursday, followed by a Conference update and 12 step meeting Thursday evening. Friday morning would have details on the Conference and training for volunteering at Conference.  There may be a couple hours of free time until registration starts, then we would be involved in the Conference. The Conference concludes with worship at noon Sunday, the Fellowship will meet to debrief, vision the future and hold the Annual Meeting Sunday afternoon and evening. We may meet Monday morning but will be done by noon for sure. Melanie mentioned that Luther Seminary will be holding a workshop on “The Craft of Preaching” through Working Preacher which begins at 1:00 pm Monday and runs through Wednesday. This would be an opportunity for a second continuing education event on the same plane ticket. Melanie will write up an article and Ed will send it out by enews.

 

Visioning: Ed has requested the board think about the future of the FRLC and the Conference.  There are conversations about doing another Conference next year and also about working to be a resource for Recovery Ministry for the ELCA. Ed will be asking the fundraiser about the possibility of raising additional funding to support a person to be paid do this work, either in conjunction with Ed’s present ministry if the congregation decides to realign their staffing or to seek another call that would allow him to do it. Ed will bring a specific proposal on this as it develops. Those on the call are supportive of these ideas.

 

Tom closed the meeting in prayer.

 

Next meeting date: Thursday August 9, 12:00 pm MDT/1:00 pm CDT/11:00 pm PDT/2:00 pm EDT. This is the second Thursday of the month and was changed to allow our Coordinator to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

Revised Retreat Plans

As we were unable to meet the minimum number of participants to meet the retreat center’s requirements we have cancelled our plans to meet at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center. Instead, we are staying at a motel in Denver and meeting at a nearby church on the same dates, April 25-28. We plan to discuss the 12 steps and attend a local meeting. There is still time to join the group: contact Bohdan at pastorvadis@sbcglobal.net or Melanie at mmartindent@yahoo.com.

2016 Retreat – What I Cannot Do Alone

cross-666950Our 2016 Retreat will be here before you know it.  Make your plans to attend today!

Where:
Highlands Presbyterian Camp
Allenspark, Colorado

When:
April 25 to 28, 2016

Agenda includes:
Discussion of the 12 Steps
Fellowship
Worship & Prayer

Click the link below to access the brochure. You will find more information, including cost, directions, and registration form. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

FRLC Retreat Brochure

Please direct questions to Bodan Vadis at pastorvadis@sbcglobal.net

 

 

October Board Minutes

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

 Check In & Prayer Bohdan, Brian, Ed & Melanie were present. Brian opened with prayer.

Minutes from the September Meeting: were approved.

Treasurer’s report: The current balance is $ 1777.38. A number of donations came in following the last newsletter.

 Coordinator’s report: The coordinator is continuing to work on getting an Associate Pastor to help develop the lay fellowship. His former intern is there half time now focusing on other ministry. They continue to work with the Synod regarding calling him. Their church concluded their recovery lecture series. It was well attended. He updated database after the newsletter mailing and continues to respond to inquiries. He will use some e-blasts to promote the retreat. The Minneapolis Synod Portico funds are available for grants to congregations to do neighborhood initiatives. His Associate is writing a grant to help provide instruments for the drum circle for Conscious Contact and get a website for it up and running. The grant would be for $5000, and they would run it through the FRLC account. This would be a start on the new fellowship.                  

Old Business:

2016 FRLC retreat brochure –The contract was signed for the retreat center and a deposit will be made in the next few days. Bohdan will write a cover letter and send it to Ed to go out with the brochure. Ed suggested personal calls to members who are in Colorado and sending information to the Rocky Mountain Synod to include in their newsletter. He will send the information about members in the Colorado area to Bohdan.

 

Newsletter: They are easy to produce; getting the content for them is the challenge. Last time Ed came across a couple relevant articles, obtained permission to use them and included them in it. He encourages everyone keep an eye out for good articles for the newsletter. The newsletters cover their cost and bring in additional donations to keep us going each time. The next issue will use Bohdan’s letter for content for the newsletter and include the brochure.

 

New Business:

Annual Meeting: The question was raised whether we need to have a meeting at the retreat and if so, how do we handle it if few board members attend. The constitution calls for us to hold such a meeting at the retreat and in the past that has been how we identified new board members and helped others to understand how the Fellowship works. Next month we will look into a way to include additional board members who aren’t present. Perhaps we could do it via the internet—Skype or other service. There is no cell signal at the retreat center.

 

Melanie closed the meeting in prayer.

 

Next meeting: November 4, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm

September Board Minutes

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

 

            Check In & Prayer Bohdan, Brian, Gary, Mary, Ed & Melanie were present. All checked in. Tom led us in prayer.

 

Minutes from July Meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer’s report The current balance is $1175.65. The full report will be emailed to Board members following the meeting. The Schwan’s campaign brought in about $32. While the major part of the campaign is over, smaller amounts will continue to come in. There was a question about Amazon Smile. We received a small amount: most recently $13. $5 was received earlier.

 

            Coordinator’s report: The last lecture of the recovery series at Transfiguration is happening this month. The one break out session that was consistently attended was the Conscious Contact meeting with drumming. They are thinking of continuing it on a weekly basis.

He is waiting to resolve the staffing situation at TLC. It looks like they might be able to call their former intern to develop the lay fellowship.

He is working on a grant from the Synodical funds returned from the Portico Health Initiative. The funds are designated for Health and Wellness grants, so Ed is applying for $5000 for FRLC to be used for initial retreat for the lay fellowship.

Contributions have been coming in as a response to the newsletter.

He was contacted by the Michigan Synod regarding resources for a pastor who relapsed. Ed sent them a copy of the Impaired Professionals Policy. They found it helpful and have indicated they will be in touch for further assistance.

He received a report from mailing service after sending the newsletter. There are 25 people who have moved and have new addresses. He updated the database accordingly.

He met with the Synod Deployed Evangelism and Mission staff person (DEM) and pitched idea of the new Fellowship. She responded positively and was just heading to a meeting with other DEMS and Reuben Duran from ELCA Churchwide. She said she would share the idea at the meeting and explore funding ideas.

                       

Old Business:

-2016 FRLC retreat ideas – (Bohdan and Melanie) Melanie reviewed the information she emailed to the Board. Discussion included a suggestion to ask participants to chip in and make up the difference if we fall short of the minimum ten participants, weather in Colorado and how rugged the facility is. Bohdan was thanked for his offer to assist with the financing of the event given the state of the treasury. The Board agreed the last week of April would be the preferred date. It was moved, seconded and passed to enter into a contract with Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado for the last week of April, Monday-Thursday and to proceed with developing publicity, offering various options for privacy and cost. It would be helpful to have good attendance by the Board and to have the Board encourage others to attend. Please let Bohdan or Melanie know if you will be coming.

 

New Business: Please let Bohdan know if you have items for the agenda in the future.

 

Mary closed us with the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Next meeting: October 7, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm

August 2015 Board Meeting

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2:00 pm MDT/3 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/4:00 pm EDT

 

            Check In & Prayer Ed, Gary, Melanie and Tom were present. Gary opened in prayer.

 

The Minutes from July Meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer’s report was approved. Our balance is  $965.65. The observation was made that we need to get the newsletter out as that usually generates contributions.

 

            Coordinator’s report It was a typical month, with several inquiries about the Fellowship. There continue to be 2-6 people at Thursdays meeting, with an average of 4. Ed is continuing to work with the Synod on calling his former intern as an Associate Pastor for Mission Development. He is exploring whether there are some ELCA resources to help make it happen. There is a regular group attending the lecture series and Conscious Contact meeting at his church. He hopes to get a newsletter out in the next week or so. RACA, the group for Episcopalian clergy in recovery has a new director who has reached out to Ed. They are having email conversations about doing some things jointly.

Ed and Tom both spoke at longest running men’s recovery retreat—this was the 67th annual retreat. It was held at Olivet College in Michigan.—Congregationalist background. Ed has been invited several times and has sent other pastors from our fellowship, but was able to go himself this time. The speakers mostly were clergy. It was a great experience! The group was very supportive of clergy. In retrospect, it would have been good to bring some copies of our book to sell. Maybe next time.

 

           

Old Business:

Speaker for lay retreat: Melanie sent an inquiry to Nadia’s agent, who reported back that Nadia “is good with giving a recovery talk. She cannot commit for the entire retreat, but can do one talk. An additional conversation ensued about her work. We think she would be a good option.

 

New Business:

2016 FRLC retreat ideas: Bohdan and Melanie had phone conversation about the possibility of doing a regular FRLC retreat next year as it looks like the lay retreat is still a ways off. They discussed possible locations, and Melanie emailed a couple of members about potential retreat centers in their areas and their willingness to give some “on the ground” assistance. She received a positive response from a member in Denver, who suggested the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow mass Monastery or Allens Park Presbyterian Camp. Ed affirmed that he was supportive of doing this retreat as long as Bohdan and Melanie handle all the arrangements, including registration. Ed would be willing to include any information in the e-blasts and newsletter. Bohdan and Melanie will be talking later this week.

 

Other new business: Ed asked which title we preferred for the lay fellowship: Lutherans Alive Again (LAA), Recovery Network, or Lutheran Recovery Network (LRN). The three members who were on the call each preferred a different name. Go figure!

Newsletter topics we welcome suggestions. Ed would like to include general information that we are working on a 2016 retreat. Melanie will send him something after talking with Bohdan.

Tom closed the meeting with prayer.

 

Next meeting: September 2, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm