2016 ANNUAL REPORT:
- Charles Charlson
- Greg Charlson
- Sam Trebesch
- Mike Westerdahl
2016 was a year filled with both spiritual and physical blessings. Looking ahead, opportunities continue to exist to improve and correct our church's dwindling finances. By each of us committing to follow the example set by Jesus, with our time, talents, and resources, we will all be able to provide exciting growth for our church as we look forward to the next 25 years as members of Redeemer!
Six new Partner Groups were formed in 2016, with the vast majority of the congregation assigned to one of the new groups. The Partner Group leaders have all received their new 2017 Sunday hosting schedule and "Special Events" schedule as they start their second year with their groups. This past November the Elders promoted and scheduled a guided tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for, "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation". It was well attended, as the sign up list was completely filled!
Each month when they meet, the Elders', along with Pastor, go over those members in the congregation who have missed church 30 days, 60 days, and over 90 days. The members of the committee pray for those church members and if needed, will check in on them to encourage regular church attendance. We are coordinating with our Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service to use Redeemer as a satellite counseling office. Watch for more details on this great service being made available.
It is the overall consensus of the Elders' Committee that more effective communication is needed in the upcoming year, between the church leaders and the congregation, More frequent updates by different committee members are recommended to prevent further erosion of the church's savings. Just as important, non-active church members are encouraged to give their time and talents to the church. More people are needed to serve on a number of different committees.
Throughout 2016, much focus was made on Redeemer's 25th anniversary as a congregation. Special services of praise and song, Maple Grove Days parade and expo, the annual Fall Festival, and Christmas service invitations to both members and nonmembers of the church are some of the ways Redeemer reached out to people, spreading the good news of salvation through Christ.
Monday service stayed at 7PM this past year. Will examine possible changes to increase attendance in the future. Another goal is to have a rotation of trained ushers to maintain consistent protocol and also improve "the flow" of the worship service. Our Worship Committee meets regularly to coordinate schedules of accompanists, special services, and special music.
Redeemer celebrated Pastor Schmeichel's 25th year in the ministry with a special service and fellowship meal in August. Congratulations, Pastor, for an outstanding 25 years of service to the Lord as a WELS pastor! A pastoral evaluation was recently conducted and the information was passed on to Pastor.