ROCKS

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ROCKS
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eformation’s Organization for Christian Knowledge and Service
Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church


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Romans 12:4-8  “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
NAME AND PURPOSE
 
The name of this organization shall be “Reformation’s Organization for Christian Knowledge and Service,”   or “ROCKS.”   ROCKS is an umbrella organization that coordinates the efforts of various ministries of Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, improves communication between them, and assists in the sponsoring of events throughout the year.
 
MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS

 
Mission Statement:  ROCKS exists to build up the body of Christ among the members of Reformation so that we can know Christ and make Him known.
Goals: 
  1. Provide opportunities for spiritual growth
  2. Provide Christian fellowship
  3. Provide service to our church and community
  4. To lend support to and increase interest in the charitable and mission endeavors of ourWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


 
    ROCKS minutes February, 2016
  • ROCKS mtg. February 16, 2016
    Persons in attendance 18  Pastor Arndt, Rachel Arndt, Chris Brackman, Geo Brown, Ginny Brown, Claudia Hegg, Randy Hegg, Dan Hyland, Gail Hyland, John Manteh, Suzanne Manthe, Diane Rombca, Peggy Schauwitzer, Diann Stichmann, Bev Sutherland, Dave Sutherland, Laurie Wentz, Jean Wentz.
     
    A prayer was offered up for a blessing on this mtg and the remainder or our Lenten Services by our pastor Jonathan Arndt.
     
    Claudia has reminded  us that a 3$ fee is charged by the bank in order to receive a paper copy of the balance in the ROCKS check book.  Gail was added to the account to avoid a tie up of its monies should the other holder become deceased.
     
    A request was put out for more willing helpers with the communion duties.  Check with Joan Barker if this could possibly be your nitch.  Thank you.
     
    Baby Banners are “Booming”!  Judy or Billy Sheridan can let you in on that Blessed  Bussiness  if your talents lie in creative needle work.
     
    Suzanne our librarian is getting a few new book selections for the library.  “Check it out”  The old conventional way or in some cases with a STAMP?
     
    On April 3rd  after service and just a few hours before our next week of hosting Family Promise here at Reformation; an informal tour and actual set up of the sleeping quarters for our guests will be demonstrated in the hopes of giving our congregation the Birds eye view of what goes on here during that week.  Also as a big thank you to all who are or may become involved with this process also some SNACKS as an added incentive to “give it a look”.  FYI  Bibles are now added in each guests room thanks to a donation from Thrivent and can be taken with them when they leave us.  Thank you members.
     
    325$ in the food pantry budget, also additional monies go to some of the local pantries.  Diane M. is making sure the shelves are stocked and accessible to our members in need. Right now she is happy to report a healthy  cupboard.
     
    Kidz in Motion is plugging along. Jean is reporting.
     
    Bible Studies are in full swing again and unless informed  other wise the Tuesday morning 11:30 am is here at church,  The Sunday morning at 8:30 am and the Friday morning at Ma Ma D’s will keep us well fed in the word.  Terrific Tuesdays will hope fully resume this summer in the evening for people who can’t make the daytime sessions.
     
    Another evening activity of interest may be book club held the 2nd Monday of the Month at various homes.  Always a rousing good discussion.
     
    Road clean up is next scheduled be on April 23rd.  Peggy S. would like to see more family involvement.  Keep in mind there is an age restriction but remember for volunteer service hours have her sign and document the times you helped us students and turn them in to school to go towards needed community service hours when it comes time to apply for college.
     
    SENIOR LUNCHEON ON MARCH 16TH.  BEFORE THAT THOUGH THE NEW MEMBER POT LUCK.  Yes  SUNDAY THE 21st of  FEBRUARY.   Can you make it on short notice with a dish in hand and a life story to share.  Pastor is always concocting new ways to stretch our imaginations… this should be an interesting volley with the new members cheering on the side lines as we take off our masks and unveil our true SUBperfect, SAVED, SELVES.  Please Join us!
     
    Easter flowers? get a order blank in the narthex and help beautify the church during this Holy Season. 
     
     An Easter egg hunt is being held here on Saturday the 19th of March 10am. Don’t eat too much candy as there will be as usual a lovely breakfast on Easter Sunday between Services.  Stay for the fellowship and always great sausages by our church council.
     
    April 10th starting at 3pm A Sunday evening Game Challenge.  Who even knows what a Board Game is? Come and enjoy Family Game Nite.  Supper will be the pot luck type.  And we will try out best to BEST the young people with our wit and cunning game skills.
     
    Start saving soup cans May is just around the corner.  And the May Basket outreach will try to stretch its arms even further this year. The 24th be sure to wear your Grubs to church and be ready to play in the dirt as the baskets get finalized.  Distribution on the 27th .  Hopefully no more cold temperatures to worry the gardeners in the congregation.
     
    Helping Hands goes without much further explanation.  Nina W. is a good resource person to further explain if you are needing a specific need filled or would like to help another  member in need. Please don’t forget what a powerful God we have and go to him anytime because he is always accessible and capable.
     
    LWMS is still without a Reformation Representative so this is one area we need to address because the ongoing work is always before us as  Christian Lutheran Woman.  Andy H. is the council member to ask about  this outreach if the Spirit has placed this burden in your heart. Missions is our Mission!
     
    If anyone has a love for putting and keeping the facts and fotos in a folder or electronic format about ReFORmation’s past and its future we need you!!!!  WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and WE. It’s the 2nd best story ever WRITTEN.  Think about it.
     
    BTW Church Picnic is JUNE 12th.  Get it on your calendar NOW.
     
      Next ROCKS mtg. June 28th  after service.
     
    Respectfully submitted,  Diann S.
     
     
    Rocks Minutes 3rd Quarter 2015
  • Rocks meeting on July 12 2015
    Persons in attendance 14 Nathaniel Arndt, Pastor Arndt, Rachel Arndt, Chris Brackman, Jonie Brackman, John Manthe, Suzanne Manthe, Diane Meixelsperger, Jim Morehouse, Marlys Morehouse, Karen Seigworth, Diann Stichmann, Bev Sutherland, Jean Wentz.
     
    More activities scheduled for FALL, but we are in need of leaders for these opportunities and Karen Seigworth has printed “activity report forms” to help aide interested members.  With the help of all of us cheering each other on we hope many of the ideas come to fruition.
     
    The reports could be used before, after and during the activity and will help us evaluate and compensate if needed all activities. Claudia Hegg is now the keeper of the ROCKS check book so she is the one to contact for reimbursement.
     
     Jim and Marlys are sending all interested Adults out for “A Road Rally” on Sunday the 20th of September. We will try to decipher the clues during our road trip thru our so beautiful surroundings and end up at a sure to be delicious meal with the other people who can’t use a GPS.
     
    Rachel and Family are excited to announce their interest in spear heading our First ever PUMPKIN FEAST here at Reformation. She is asking for 4 volunteers to come along side with their talents in helping organize, donations from the community, advertisements and closing thank-yous.  The date for that event is Saturday October 24th. Calling All Charlie Brown enthusiasts to some of the suggested activities…Piñatas, A chili and pie baking contest, Pumpkin carving, painting and bowling Hay rides and the like.  So don your bib overalls and head on down.  If this event is anything like the May Day basket outreach we are Doomed for Success!!!!!
     
    Of course there is always more need of Bible Study Opportunities and one that will be closing soon was “Terrific Tuesdays” in the month of July.  This evening event was accompanied with food and fun.  Thanks for all the Spiritually and Physically Up Lifting Ideas and Activities.
     
    The thought for us to get more involved with our elderly especially the home bound was discussed.  Could we all use a bit of our time to visit and encourage some one in that situation?  I assure you we will be most appreciated and blessed.
     
    Operation Christmas Child will again be giving needed supplies.  To help with this outreach the Sunday school student will pack boxes on November 8th. Joni is thinking a bake sale by our youth could raise the funds to offset the cost of postage.  Yummy
     
    An idea to foster more music selections in our worship services is getting interested parties or individuals some type of formal training in their talents.  A scholar ship could be a way to accommodate the expense of this and the recipient could offer their time and experience to benefit us as they play or sing when time slots are available at church.
     
    You might need to stock up during the fall book fair as the idea is to combine it and the Advent sale of Christmas card and gifts.  Suzanne M. or John L. would know more of this soon.
     
    Spring is not that far off and the church is looking into a more self sustaining garden area.  We love all the annuals and so appreciate the efforts it took to keep them looking spiffy but in the near future a plan will be devised to cut down on some of that vigilance and give us lovely grounds to boot.  God is so Gracious.
     
    If Food Pantry guests need products that are not in the Food Pantry Cabinet they may contact Gloria for assistance.
     
    Upcoming Family Promise Host weeks are: October 11-18, and December 6-13.
     
    I still think so many more great ideas were discussed but you’d have to be there to hear them all. 
     
    Thanks again Reformation Family for all you do. Pastor Arndt prayed for all these and other activities to be to the Glory of Our Lord.
     
    Respectfully,
    Diann S
     
     
     
    ROCKS minutes 2nd quarter 2015
  • R.O.C.K.S.   2015 2nd Quarter Meeting Minutes
    Held April 12th at 10:45 am in the church library.
    Attendees:  Claudia Hegg, Lori Wentz,  Diann Stichmann, Diane Rombca, Jean Wentz, Ginny Brown, George Brown, Suzanne Manthe, Dan Hyland, John Manthe, Peggy Schauwitzer, and John Lucht.
    The meeting opened with prayer by all attendees. 
    Treasurer’s Report:  Our treasurer, Bethany McLain, was not present and no report was given.  Gail Hyland stated that Bethany and her husband Greg will be moving to Texas.  So we are in need of a new treasurer/historian for the group.  After discussion, Claudia Hegg stated she would be willing to take on the position of Treasurer/Historian.  The historian duties primarily are of keeping minute records in a regular location along with the Treasurer’s records.
    Core Leader Group Business:  Gail Hyland was this quarter’s chair.  Karen was the reporter.  Both Gail and Karen’s two-year terms expire in June.   We are hoping to have up to 7 core leaders to carry on the mission of ROCKS. The term is for two years.  General duties are to communicate, facilitate, problem solve, our current, as well as new activities. With the exception of Treasurer/Historian, duties rotate quarterly, or as needed.  Claudia Hegg volunteered to take on the Treasurer/Historian duties.  Diann Stichmann volunteered for reporter duties. We would like to have up to 5 more individuals willing to lead R.O.C.K.S. as part of a leadership team.  If anyone has an interest or has questions, contact Gail Hyland or Karen Seigworth. 
     
    Other activities where there is a need for help include:
    • LWMS rep (Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society) The rep would attend the bi-annual events and be the contact person for Reformation.If you have an interest in World missions, this position may be for you.
    • Altar Guild: we could use a few more members to help with communion set-up and clean-up for Sundays and fills-ins for when regulars are out of town.Time commitment is about 20-30 minutes for each communion service.Presently, your turn rotates about every 2-3 months.
    • Helping Hands coordinator: someone to organize volunteers when we have a member in need.The coordinator would update our current list of volunteers, and facilitate when Pastor or the Elders identify a need.
    • Baptism banners: need more “cross -stitchers”.There are women willing to teach how to do this.
    • Ladies Luncheons: need a coordinator who would set up monthly lunch dates which serve as a support network for widows
    • New member welcome: a coordinator who would organize a new member welcome event
    • Tomorrow’s Choice: a liaison with this group that provides counseling, services and supplies to expecting women
    • There was a brief discussion on a “sunshine” person.We will check with Pastor Arndt on this activity for input.Suzanne Manthe stated that the cards in the church library are there for this activity coordinator to use.ROCKS would reimburse them for postage.
     
    General discussion on communication:   Now that the church email system is up and running again, ROCKS minutes will be emailed to all members on the email list, as well as posted in the hallway bulletin board area.  Diane Rombca will post them to the web site.  In addition, as soon as an activity has a confirmed date, that information should be forwarded to Pastor Arndt, Gloria, and to Diane Rombca, so it gets on the church calendar.
     
    Diane Rombca inquired about ROCKS filing system, whether all events had activity reports and information in a  filing system.  At the present time, activity reports are highly recommended, but as a volunteer activity, not necessarily required.  The suggestion was made that paper copies of the activity reports as well as an electronic file system be set up, with the electronic files being sent to Dan Hyland at hyland4813@twc.com
     
     
    Reviewed past quarters’ activities:
    Valentine’s Day Party and packages to members away from home:  Rachel Arndt coordinated this activity.  Rachel wasn’t in attendance but Gail reported that there were 18 packages prepared and sent.  The children at the Valentines’ day party made valentines which were enclosed in the packages.  Items were donated by members as well as $217.87 in monetary donations. The monetary donations were used for $126.90 in postage and $88.07 for additional gift items.  Rachel Arndt was assisted by Gail and Dan Hyland, and Claudia and Randy Hegg.  Several people mentioned that the packages that were received by their family members were greatly appreciated.  A big thank you goes out to all who contributed to this cause.
     
    Family Bowling Outing:  Karen Seigworth coordinated the event. The bowling outing was held on February 15th at Jay’s Lanes in Mukwonago.  36 members participated.  Everyone seemed to have a great time.  Cost to ROCKS was $28 for covering family out of pocket costs over $20.  There was $17.00 worth of donated items for prizes.  Prizes were given for various categories, such as highest individual scores, highest lane team score, highest youth scores, gutter ball queen/king scores, etc. 
    Spring Seniors Luncheon:  Held March 18th.  Chris Arndt (organizer of this activity) was not in attendance, but it was reported that there were about 10 ladies in attendance, and 2 gentlemen.  Pastor Arndt led the group in games after the luncheon.  A summer cook-out is being planned for the seniors.  Tentative date is June 17th.
    Easter Egg Hunt and Games:  Pastor Arndt led this activity.  High school teens   buddied-up with the younger children for an egg hunt and games.  There were about 14 children, and 8-10 high school teens. Due to the weather the event was held inside.  No information on cost for the event was reported.  It was stated that Pastor Arndt would like this to be a community event next year.
    Adult Night Out:  Gloria Bohn coordinated the event but was not in attendance.  Karen Seigworth reported that 13 members had signed up.  Two were unable to attend due to illness. After dinner the Bohn’s invited members to their home for more fellowship.  It was an enjoyable evening. 
    Reviewed upcoming activities:
    Roadside Clean-up and church clean up:  April 25th- Pat Jessup is going to have a list of items that need to be done on the church grounds.  There may also be some indoor items.  Roadside clean-up will go on rain or shine.  Rain date for the church grounds clean up is May 16th.  There was discussion on the flower gardens outside the church entrance.  John Manthe indicated that there are not a lot of funds available for the project.  More discussion and input from others is needed.
    Family Promise: Our next host week is April 26th- May 3rd. Volunteer sign-up is available online or in the narthex. 
    May Day Outreach:  April 26th after church services there will be decorating of the cans used for the May Day outreach.  A light lunch will be provided for the volunteers.  We have about 200 cans.  Gail stated that Rachel Arndt has maps of the targeted delivery areas, and a small informational note.   The soil for planting the flowers will come from some topsoil we have, and we can mix it with compost.  Bev Sutherland may be able to source free compost for us.  There will be a door donation for the flowers. We will need volunteers to help plant the flowers, and deliver the cans. 
    Spring Rummage Sale: Jean Wentz is the lead coordinator. Event date is May 7, 8, and 9th.  Set-up would be May 4-6th.  Sign-up sheets will be out in the narthex next week. There are some members who are going to post the rummage sale on social media. Again, volunteers are needed. 
    Confirmation is Sunday, May 31st.
    And looking further ahead:  Family Bible Camp will be held Tuesday evenings in July, the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.  Vacation Bible School will be August 3rd -7th
    Next meeting will be in July.  The date will be selected by the new Core Leadership team members.
    The meeting was closed at 11:52pm with the singing of the Common Doxology.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Karen Seigworth
        
     
    ROCKS Minutes 1st Quar. 2015
  • R.O.C.K.S.   2015 1st Quarter Meeting Minutes
    Held January 4th at 10:45 am in the church
    1st Quarter Chair:  Gail Hyland
    1st Quarter Recorder: Karen Seigworth
    Treasurer/Historian: Bethany McLain
    Attendees:  Marilyn Barwick, Jean Wentz, Lori Wentz, Claudia Hegg, Rachel Arndt,  Pastor Arndt, Dan Hyland. Mid-way through, Pastor Arndt invited the 7-8th grade confirmation class in to listen and participate, and to give their ideas.
    The meeting opened with prayer by Pastor Arndt. 
    Treasurer’s Report:  We have received several deposits, but not the underlying bills yet.  Deposits received were $120.00 for Christmas cards and paper items, Christmas Poinsettias, $164.50, and funds from council for pastoral stoles $920.00. Monies dispersed since last meeting include, $125.00 for Operation Christmas Child, $60.84 for the pantry shower, $27.50 for the Church Decorating lunch, $253.00 down payment for pastoral stole ordered in early December. There were also deposits and expenses for Advent by Candle Light. (See attached report)  After outstanding bills are received and paid, we should have a balance of approx. $700.  Bethany will confer with council treasurer in regards to the stoles ordered.
    Core Leader Group Business:  Gail Hyland will be this quarter chairperson.  R.O.C.K.S.  invites men, women and teens to take a new challenge and volunteer to be a core leader. 
     
    Since the last quarterly meeting, Melissa Sanchez resigned.  Melissa’s husband is taking instruction classes at St. John’s, and her son Brody is attending preschool there, so Melissa indicated that she will transfer her membership to St. John’s, if Chris decides to join the church.  The current core leaders’ terms will end in June. We are hoping to have up to 7 core leaders to carry on the mission of ROCKS. The term is for two years.  General duties are to communicate, facilitate, problem solve, our current as well as new activities. Duties will rotate quarterly, or as needed. If anyone has an interest or has questions, contact Gail Hyland, Bethany McLain or Karen Seigworth. 
     
    Other activities where there is a need for help include:
    • LWMS rep (Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society) we have not had a coordinator since Kathy Meier stepped down from the post.The rep would attend the bi-annual events and be the contact person for Reformation.If you have an interest in World missions, this position may be for you.
    • Altar Guild: we could use a few more members to help with communion set-up, and clean-up for Sundays and fills-ins for when regulars are out of town. Time commitment is about 20-30 minutes for each communion service.Presently, your turn rotates about every 2-3 months.
    • Helping Hands coordinator: someone to organize volunteers when we have a member in need.The coordinator would updated our list of volunteers, and facilitate when Pastor or the Elders identify a need.
    • Baptism banners: need more “cross -stitchers”.There are women willing to teach how to do this.
    • Ladies Luncheons: need a coordinator who would set up monthly lunch dates which serve as a support network for widows
    • New member welcome: a coordinator who would organize a new member welcome event
    • Tomorrow’s Choice: a liaison with this group that provides counseling, services and supplies to expecting women
     
    Reviewed past quarters’ activities:
    Thai Village Mission Project:  Claudia Hegg reported that we sold $752.00 of merchandise for the mission project.  We received a very appreciative thank you note, which she posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.  This activity is done every 3-4 years.
     
    Fall seniors Luncheon was cancelled due to all the activity during the selected time for Family Promise and the installation dinner.
    Operation Christmas Child: No report from Joan Brackman. ROCKS donated $125 in November to help support this mission.
    Book Fair and Holiday Christmas Cards: No report.
    Church Christmas Decorating and Un-decorating:  Jean Wentz reported that all went well.  19 people stayed to help decorate the church.  It was nice to have a few people who hadn’t signed up, step in to help.  Un-decorating help will be needed, this coming Sunday.  
    Advent by Candle Light:   Those who attended said it was a very nice event, enjoyed by many. Bethany had information from Diane Rombca reporting $192 in various donations for the event and expenses of $283.  ROCKS will cover the balance of the expenses over donations. Diane’s report is attached.
    Reviewed ongoing activities:
    Baby Blankets:  Pastor Arndt will have a follow up discussion with Judy Sheridan as to policy on providing baby blankets.
    Baby Banners:  Claudia is working on one at the present time.  Not aware of any current pregnancies.
    Food Pantry/Giving Tree: Pastor Arndt reported that there was one request for food assistance. It appears to be fully stocked at this time.  Pastor Arndt will have to contact Bethany when the supply of gift cards runs low and Bethany will put out the Giving Tree.
    Helping Hands:   During the past quarter, we helped one Reformation family with meals after a major surgery.  Four members of Reformation’s Helping hands program participated in this ministry. We are still looking for a coordinator for the program.
    Family Promise will have its next turn hosting families Feb. 15-22nd.
    Old Business:
    Church Directory:  Dan Hyland suggested putting up a membership photo wall.  This would be in the hallway.  Other churches have done this.  A photo directory would take more time.  More discussion is needed and it was tabled for now.
     
    Wish List:  Council has concerns about this as our church has moved to a unified budget.  Discussion was that it would be good to have something identified, if church received memorial funds.  The monies could be used for something to “enrich” our church experience versus flowing into the general operating fund.  Items identified as “wants” (as opposed to needs), and approved by council, could be put into a designated “Memorial Funds Designated List” or something of a similar description. It would not be a published list. Pastor suggested bringing the discussion to the next voter’s meeting.
    New Business:
    College Student Valentine’s Day packages:  Rachel Arndt made the suggestion of sending our college students a care package from Reformation for Valentines’ day.  Donated items would be sent off with a caring message from the church.  This project was very popular in their Michigan church.  Assistance will be needed in getting college students addresses.  Project will have to be rolled out soon. Gail Hyland, Claudia Hegg and Rachel Arndt will lead on this project.
    Family Bowling:  Jay’s Lanes in Mukwonago has an opening for a Family Bowling on Feb.15th.  Two games cost $7.00 including the shoe rental.  Jay’s is giving us a $1.50 per person discount.  It was agreed by members attending the meeting, to limit a family’s out of pocket cost to $20. ROCKS will cover the balance.  Karen Seigworth will lead on this event.
    Spring Senior Luncheon:  Reformation usually has a spring senior luncheon.  All seniors are invited.  Bethany agreed to do the decorating.  Gail Hyland will contact others who have volunteered with the senior luncheons in the past.  Dates targeted are either March 11th or March 18th
    Easter Egg Hunt:  ROCKS asked the 7th and 8th graders is they would like to put together an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger children either between breakfast and the 2nd service, or a Saturday before.  Pastor Arndt will work with them on this service project.
    Easter Flowers:  Sign up for orders is usually around the beginning of Lent.  It was agreed to have the option of ordering in memory of a loved one, again.  Jean Wentz will coordinate.  Karen Seigworth will assist with the delivery of plants.
    Adult Night Out:  Gloria Bohn is checking into locations.  She is thinking the date will be the end of April.
    May Day Basket Outreach:  Pastor Arndt and Rachel Arndt proposed a May Day Basket outreach project.  This was an outreach event in their Michigan church.  May Day is May 1st, and a “gift” and message is given to each home in targeted neighborhoods.  We would do as many homes as we can.  Soup cans are needed, as well as soil, a small starter pansy or other plant.  Tentative assembly date would be April 25th with outreach/delivery on May 1st or 2nd.  Rachel Arndt and Gail Hyland will initiate this project.  More help will be needed in April and with the May Day delivery.
    Spring Rummage Sale:  Event date is May 7, 8, and 9th.  Set-up would begin May 4th. Jean Wentz will be the lead coordinator.
    Other brainstorming ideas were discussed for later in the year activities.
    Next meeting will be April 12th.
    The meeting was closed at 12:20pm with prayer by Pastor Arndt.
     
     
    Advent by Candlelight Report Dec. 2014
  • Advent by Candlelight, Dec. 16th, 2014
     
    Income:               Anonymous Cash donation of $100.00
                                    Free Will Offering of $92.00 ($77 cash  + $15 check)
                                    Total income:  $192.00

    Donation of 3 poinsettias (from Karen Seigworth) 2 poinsettias used as thank you gifts to our pianist and soloist (Sheri Helwig and Jamie Halleen). Extra-large poinsettia was used as a door prize.
     
    Expenses:           Sparkling Grape Juice (Target 1st receipt) $50.00 Pd. With cash donation
                                    Cheese & Sausage (Pick N Save receipt for $52.93) $50.00 Pd. With cash donation
                                    Fruit & Veggies (Sam’s Club receipt) $94.00
                                    Fruit, Veggies, Dips, Cucumber Sandwiches (Woodman’s Receipt) $44.73
                                    Ham roll-ups/cream cheese (Pick n Save Receipt) $18.08
                                    Sparkling Grape Juice (Target 2nd receipt) $26.03  (added when our numbers increased)

    Total Expenses:  $282.84 - $100 cash donation = $182.84 – $92 free will offering = $90.84
                                   

     
     
    Minutes from Quarterly Mtg. Sept. 10, 2014
  • R.O.C.K.S. 3rd Quarter Meeting “Something old and something new…”
    Held September 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Church Library
    Meeting Chair: Karen Seigworth
    Meeting Recorder: Melissa Sanchez
    Treasurer/Historian: Bethany McLain
    Attendees: Marilyn Barwick, Suzanne Manthe, Jim Morehouse, George Brown,  Diane Rombca, Ginny Brown, Marlea Weiss, Jean Wentz, Gail Hyland, Dan Hyland, John Manthe
    Started with an opening prayer and then opening remarks by the chair.
    Approved prior meeting minutes.  
    Treasurer report: most of the activity surrounded Pastor’s retirement picnic.  Jean still has to turn in a few receipts.  Balance currently at $1088.88.
    Need volunteers to be core leaders: 
    * Looking to expand the core leadership team to include men and teens.  All are encouraged to think of those that would be a good fit for the positions.  Need to engage our young people.
    * Available for most quarterly meetings and perhaps monthly core team meetings (whether by phone or in person)
    * Like to see some newer members get involved and recently confirmed teens
    Other opportunities for growth within the church:
    * LWMS rep for our congregation-we have not had a coordinator since Kathy Meier stepped down from the post.   The rep would attend the bi-annual events and be the contact person for Reformation.  Not a huge commitment.  LWMS stands for Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society
    * Altar Guild: communion set up, need extra volunteers for Sundays and fill ins for when regulars are out of town.
    * Helping Hands coordinator: someone to organize volunteers when we have a member in need.  Our elders are identifying more people within our church who have needs.  Looking for suggestions on updating our current listing.  Remind members that this service is available.
    * Baptism banners: need more cross stichers  (there are women willing to teach).  We have had a bunch of baptisms this year and need more people to help.  Suzanne Manthe volunteered to make another banner.
    * Coordinator for Ladies Luncheons (widows)
    * New member welcome
    Discussed further the helping hands initiative.  We have a booklet that Nina Wulff put together when we did the original survey.  It has been awhile and should be updated.  Other churches do a time and talents survey to find out what their members are good and enjoy doing so when opportunities come up can identify people to call on.  We could coordinate this with the helping hands update.  Melissa Sanchez took booklet home to start putting together some ideas.
    Reviewed Past Quarter Activities:
    * Spring cleanup and road clean up did not have very many volunteers however there seemed to be lots of conflicts that weekend for people.  
    * Rummage Sale went very well.  Jean asked if we are holding it every year.  She did have a few people comment that they missed it.  (was held every other year).  Consensus was that if we had enough volunteers, yes.  It was a good way to advertise some of our activities at church.  
    * VBS was very successful also.  Quite a few people came to both the family VBS and the children’s VBS.
    Discussed On-Going activities:
    * Book Club has a new book list for 2014-2015.  Diane Rombca is the coordinator
    * Family Promise:  Ginny Brown updated us on the happenings.  We will be the first host congregation.  There is some upcoming trainings.  We will be posting requests for specific volunteers in October.  The day center is having an open house on Oct 21st from 4-9 with a ceremony at 6:30 pm.  A van was donated to the organization.  
    Outstanding old business:
    * Church Handbook needs updating-consensus was to hold off until we have a new Pastor who would most likely have some input.
    • Quarterly voter’s meeting treats:  Choir will supply the treats
     
     
    Upcoming Activities:
    * Roadside pickup and Servant Saturday will be October 18th.  Servant Saturday will follow roadside pickup.  We need to do fall work on flower beds and grounds at church and the parsonage.
    * Operation Christmas Child-Joan Brackman was not there to report
    * Holiday Christmas Cards and Book Fair will be at church starting Thursday October 16.  Suzanne Manthe organizes the cards, John Lucht the book fair.  It will be going on at the same time as the Thai Village Mission Project, October 19th – 26th coordinated by Claudia Hegg.
    * Senior Luncheon will be on Wednesday, November 12th.  Melissa Sanchez will coordinate.  Bethany McLain will handle decorations.
    * Church Decorating will be on December 14th.  The tree in the Narthex will be an angel tree.  Jean Wentz will coordinate.
    * Advent by Candlelight will be on December 16th.  Marlea Weiss and Diane Rombca will coordinate.
    * Christmas Flower ordering, Karen Seigworth will Coordinate.
    * Gloria Bohn would like to organize a cookie exchange.
    * Adults night out.  Gloria Bohn suggested moving it into April.  Last year’s cold weather really dampened the turnout.
    * Christmas un-decorating will be January 11th.
    Discussed putting together a church wish list so that if people would like to donate or give memorials to needs of the church we have a list to look at.  Will need further discussion.
    Also, there was interest in a family fun night.  Given the busyness of the rest of the year we will hold off until winter.  Probably something late January or in February.
    Talked about doing a church family directory that looks like a family album.  Used St. John’s as an example.  It would really help out the new Pastor get to know our members and our faces.  More discussion needed.
    Next meeting: January 4th after church.  Closed with a prayer.
     
    Minutes--Quarterly Meetings

  • ROCKS
    Reformation’s Organization for Christian Knowledge and Service
    Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 10:45am Quarterly Meeting
     
    Opening Prayer by President John Manthe.
     
    Welcome –     Claudia Hegg, Chairperson for this quarterly meeting
                                 Marlys Morehouse- Recorder (Joan Brackman was out of town)
                                    Current Core Leaders: Karen Seigworth, Melissa Sanchez, Gail Hyland, Ginny Brown,                                                        Bethany McClain, treasurer/historian
     
    Treasurer’s Report – Bethany McClain-Previous Balance- $942.04; $111.00-Senior Luncheon Free Will offering- the group decided that this money would be used to purchase Corelle plates. These will be used when we start serving meals for Family Promise, Senior Luncheons, etc. $106.91-labels & holders for the cabinets in the kitchen & storage room. Balance- $942.13.
     
    Quarter reports-
                    Librarian – Suzanne Manthe-$15.15 collected from the sale of cards & napkins; The congregation is reminded that there are Easter, Confirmation & Mother’s Day cards now available also- all cards are 50 cents. New books were also purchased for the library. Please check out what is available for you to borrow!
                    Food Pantry – the kitchen has been organized & a larger space designated for this purpose. Please contact Diane Meixelsperger if you have any concerns.
                    March Servant Saturday – Ginny Brown reported that over 30 people participated  – the kitchen, cleaning store room & other areas were cleaned & organized and additional members brought papers to be shredded.
                    Giving Tree – Bethany McClain- Pastor will contact Bethany when more gift cards are needed-then she will put out the tree.
                    Senior Luncheon – Melissa Sanchez – 28 people attended & enjoyed the meal & fellowship. The helpers received a lot of positive feedback. We will be looking at possibly doing a summer one, besides the Fall luncheon. It will be discussed whether they should change the name to “Retiree Luncheon” instead.
                    Flowers – Jean Wentz- Easter flowers have been ordered. New flower arrangement has been placed in the ladies bathroom. Thank you!
                    Family Promise – Ginny Brown reported that they are still looking for a Day Center, with cost being the biggest problem. There are now 5 support congregations, but 3 more host congregations are needed. But with the progress, they hope to begin  the program in one of the summer months.
                   
    Old Business-
                    Congregational Handbook update – Pastor- we forgot to discuss J.
     
     
                    Congregational Interest Survey – Please see the attached document that lists activities people said they were interested in. We did not get a good response from members. So if there are other activities that you would like to get the congregation involved with, see one of the core ROCKS members.
                    Update on Pastoral Call- the synod pastor helping with this has not contacted the council yet.    
                  
    NEEDS TO BE MET- PLEAS E CONSIDER
                  LWMS (Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society) – A representative from our church is still needed. Ladies please consider doing this. LWMS is a WELS org. that takes care of the missionary’s family needs. There are 2 meetings per year in which our representative would attend. See Pastor or Kathy Meier for more information.
                  Helping Hands – Melissa  Sanchez reports that Nina Wulff needs to step down from being the contact person for Pastor. We are in need of a lady or man, who would be willing to be this contact person & then get in touch with those who have said they would like to help. We are also looking at updating these lists. When the new survey comes out, please fill it out and return it promptly.
                  Church Historian- Is there anyone interested in being our church historian? Someone who has been a member of Reformation for awhile, that can place pictures in an album & maybe make notes as they remember events.  See Kathy Meier regarding the pictures.
                  Communion Set-up- Joan Barker still needs people to set-up for communion. Please contact her if you can help with this on a rotating basis.
                    Spring Garden Planting – Bethany McLain will watch the weather & figure out when the best time is to plant the flowers around church & possibly the parsonage.  She will send out an email if she needs help.
                   Additional Core Leadership Members needed! – the core group of people, who got ROCKS started last year, could really use some more members. Members who would like to help carry on the  future vision of Reformation, please speak to any one of the Core Leaders listed above if you are interested.
                   
    UPCOMING EVENTS-MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
     
                    Voter’s Meeting- April 27 (or May 4th per President John Manthe)– Church Council will provide treats
                   Road Clean-up-May 3rd- time to be announced-then if able, stay to help with-Spring Clean-up
                    Spring Clean-up- May 3rd (Servant Saturday)- Pat Jessup will put together a list of what needs to be done on the exterior grounds of the church (including washing church windows inside & out) & possibly the parsonage. Bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc.
                    Rummage Sale May 22-24, - Jean Wentz chair- Proceeds will go to Family Promise. Bring priced items to church AFTER May 4th. Place in room NEXT to the library.
                    Pastor’s Retirement Party/Picnic -June 29One service inside @ 9:30am with 11:30am picnic to follow-All members are reminded to bring extra for the guests that will be invited- Bethany McClain &  Chris Brackman –Chair people, Ginny Brown-invitations, Wentz & ?- Games, Choir & Men- Music
                    Book Club – Date changed! Tuesday, May 6TH,6:30pm “The Reason”-by William Sirls-Claudia Hegg’s house in Mukwonago
                   Voter’s Meeting Treats July 27 – Choir bring treats?
                   
    Other New Business-
                    VBS Bible Camp – Gail Hyland & Ginny Brown- survey showed interest for evening VBS, one evening  for 5 weeks with teen and adult participation. However, they NEED commitments for help! Dates to be announced with enough help a 5 morning VBS could also be the 1st week in August.
                     Organizing and Labeling Office – Ginny Brown will order more brass plates for the office -check out how wonderful the kitchen cabinets look now. And how much easier it is to find something!
                    Women’s lunches – Widowed ladies gather for support
                    Yard clean up requests - Cathy Winslow , Peggy Schauwitzer & Anne Krueger– it will be announced when help will be needed to assist with this.
                    Church Wish List – Diane Rombca & other ladies were wondering if there is money set aside for this to purchase art work for the bare walls in the Fellowship Hall.
                  Website-Diane Rombca & Nina Wulff have been working with Kevin Seigworth in trying to get the site interactive & items placed on it. Thank you for all of the time in this much needed project!
                   
    Next Quarter (July – Aug) Meeting Date – to be determined by quarterly leadership
                   Chair – Melissa Sanchez
                    Recorder
                   
    Closing-Pastor Meier led on us with the common Doxology
     
     
    Respectively submitted by Claudia Hegg using Marlys Morehouse’s minutes.
     
     
     
     
    These were the activities that were listed on the membership survey- Hopefully I have the correct names listed as they noted interest. Sorry if both spouses or families were originally listed.
    We will leave it up to the members, to get these activities started- seek ROCKS for support.  Where 2 or 3 are gathered…there will be fun!
     
    Color Run                                                         Mud Run                                           Other Runs/Walks                                 
    Karen Seigworth                                           Karen Seigworth                           Karen Seigworth
    Carolyn John                                                   Carolyn John                                   Carolyn John
    Claudia Hegg                                                  Claudia Hegg                                  Marlys Morehouse
    Kelly Thorson                                                 Kelly Thorson                                 Stricker Family
                                                                                    Marlys Morehouse                     George & Ginny Brown
                                                                                                                                                    Gail Hyland
     
    Golf                                                                      Bowling                                             Swimming
    Julie & Keith Krueger                                 Julie & Keith Krueger                 Heberer Family
    Carolyn John                                                   Heberer Family                              Helwig Family
    Diane Rombca                                                Helwig Family                                                Wentz Family
    Jim Morehouse                                              Wentz Family                                  Randy & Claudia Hegg
    George Brown                                                                Randy & Claudia Hegg              Sanchez Family
    Lois & Dan Dewey                                        Dan & Gail Hyland
                                                                                    George & Ginny Brown
     
    Baseball                                             Basketball                                        Soccer
    Helwig Family                                                                Helwig Family                                                Helwig Family
    John Family                                                     Seigworth Family                         Heberer Family
     
    Tennis                                                                 Football                                             Gym
    Seigworth Family                                         Helwig Family                                                Helwig Family
                                                                                    I’m sure many others!                 Heberer Family
     
    Gourmet Cooking                                       Game night                                     Scrapbooking/Crafts
    Marlys Morehouse                                       Wentz Family                                  Diane Rombca
    Kelly Thorsen                                                  Claudia Hegg                                  Karen Seigw0rth
    Gail Hyland                                                      Gail Hyland                                      Gail Hyland
                                                                                                                                                    Claudia Hegg
     
    Other activities listed
    Wounded Warrior -support to returning vets from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts
    Cooking classes -for children, Vegan Cooking, Whole/Healthy Food cooking
    Nature Hikes
    Bird Watching
    Bike Riding
    Road Rally
    Campfires
    Movies & Plays
    Packer Parties
    Complete By-Laws
  • BY-LAWS for “ROCKS”
     
    Reformation’s Organization for Christian Knowledge and Service
    Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church
    September, 2013
     
    Roman 12:4-8  “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
     
    ARTICLE 1. NAME AND PURPOSE
    The name of this organization shall be “Reformation’s Organization for Christian Knowledge and Service,”   or “ROCKS.”   ROCKS is an umbrella organization that coordinates the efforts of various ministries of Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, improves communication between them, and assists in the sponsoring of events throughout the year.
     
    ARTICLE 2. MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS
    Mission Statement:  ROCKS exists to build up the body of Christ among the members of Reformation so that we can know Christ and make Him known.
    Goals: 
    1. Provide opportunities for spiritual growth
    2. Provide Christian fellowship
    3. Provide service to our church and community
    4. To lend support to and increase interest in the charitable and mission endeavors of ourWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
       
      ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIP
      ROCKS is an organization for all members of Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church.
      Members shall:
    5. Conduct themselves as Christians at all times, according to our congregations Constitution,
             (see Article 5).
    6. Consider a leadership role, serve on committees, and participate in activities
       possible.
    7. Encourage others to attend sponsored events.
       
      ARTICLE 4. FUNDING
       Free-will collections at sponsored events, and incidental receipts from service projects, as well as the church’s annually budgeted monies, will flow into ROCKS treasury.                             
       
      ARTICLE 5. CORE LEADERSHIP TEAM
      This organization will be led by a flexible Core Leadership Team of up to 7 members, who will serve as follows:
       
    8. At each quarterly meeting, two Core Leadership Team members will volunteer to serve as the chairman and as the recorder for the next quarter, thus allowing the roles of acting chairman and acting recorder to rotate quarterly.
    9. The initial Core Leadership Team will stagger one and two year terms. Thereafter, each new Core Leadership Team member will serve two year terms. No member can hold successive terms on the Core Leadership team.
    10. For consistency in record keeping, at the 2nd quarterly meeting, the treasurer/historian will volunteer to serve a two-year term beginning with the 3rd quarter meeting.
    11. All ROCKS members are encouraged to volunteer their service on the Core LeadershipTeam.
     
    ARTICLE 6.  DUTIES OF THE CORE LEADERSHIP TEAM
    The Core Leadership Team will:
    1. Preside at quarterly ROCKS meetings of the entire membership and any other specially called meetings.
    2. See that all rules and projects of ROCKS are carried out.
    3. Transact any necessary business between quarterly meetings.
    4. Plan agendas and make recommendations that might be beneficial to the organization.
    5. Perform any other duties as needed.
       
      During their quarterly term, the acting chairman shall:
    6. Open the meeting with prayer, if Pastor is unavailable.
    7. Prepare an agenda for the meeting in cooperation with the previous quarter’s chairman.
    8. Enlist a recorder and a chairman for the next quarterly meeting.
       
      During their quarterly term, the acting recorder shall:
    9. Take an accurate record of any regular or special meetings of ROCKS and its Core Leadership Team.
    10. Send minutes to the Core Leadership Team for approval.
    11. Post a record of approved meeting’s minutes on the church’s bulletin board and by electronic means.
    12. Be responsible for publicity and correspondence.
       
      The treasurer /historian shall:
    13. Receive all monies of the organization.
    14. Deposit and keep an accurate record of all such receipts and expenditures.
    15. Give a report ofreceipts and expenditures, and cash account balances at each quarterly meeting.
    16. Maintain a file of ROCKS written records.
       
      ARTICLE 7.  MEETINGS and ACTIVITIES
      Business meetings will be held quarterly with dates and times announced in the weekly bulletin, on the monthly church calendar, and by congregational emails.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Any number present constitutes a quorum.
       
      All activities sponsored by ROCKS will also be announced in the weekly bulletin and in any other way appropriate to the activity.
       
      ARTICLE 8. ORGANIZATION OF MINISTERIAL COMMITTEES AND ACTIVITIES.
      Current ministerial committees are:
      Worship, Pastoral, and Synodic Support
      Human Concerns
      Hospitality
      WinGS- Women in God’s Spirit
      Faith and Fellowship
      Outreach
       
      An appendix listing of committees and a description of specific activities is attached.  These activities will change from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Core Leadership Team and members of ROCKS.
       
       
      THESE BY-LAWS MAY BE AMENDED AT ANY TIME BY MAJORITY VOTE.
    Appendix to By-Laws
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