Parish Council

New Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Council members: I wish to thank the following for their willingness to serve on the New Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Council. I appreciate their generous gift of time and talent in serving in this very important role of support and discernment for Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, involving the previous merger of Good Shepherd and St. Theresa Parishes in Evansville.

The following parishioners have agreed to serve as follows:

(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Dana Blanke
(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Donald E Patton
(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Mary Beth Davis

(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Chad Schnarr
(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Shari Hirsch
(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Brad Will

(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Jessica Fehrenbacher
(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Chad Groves
(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Chris Maynard

(Non-Voting Members)
Sue Ballard, Secretary
Sarah Gahagen, Business Manager


Parish Council Minutes - August 22, 2017 

The regular meeting of the Good Shepherd Parish Council was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd at 6:00 p.m. 

ROLL CALL:                    

Father Zach Etienne                   
Father Jerry Pratt
Deacon Dan DeCastra              
Dana Blanke 
Mary Beth Davis                            
Jessica Fehrenbacher
Chad Groves     
Shari Hirsch 
Chris Maynard         
Chad Schnarr
Brad Will
Sarah Gahagen
Sue Ballard                                                                                                                                                                                                       

ABSENT:  Don Patton

Father Zach welcomed the new Parish Council members and explained the purpose of the Parish Council is to counsel the Pastor regarding decisions affecting the Parish.  The Pastor will consult with the Parish Council and review its recommendations, but the Pastor is responsible for making final decisions.   Mary Beth has the most seniority of the current Parish Council members; therefore she will preside at the meetings.   There are no DCP meetings scheduled at this time.

Fr. Zach began the meeting with a prayer commissioning the new Parish Council members.  This was followed by the introduction of all members.

Fr. Zach talked about the direction of the Diocese under the leadership of the new Bishop.  The fall CPC will have a specific goal amount. Parishioners will be reminded the capital campaign is separate from the CPC, and the Parish will still need to support the CPC. 

Fr. Zach discussed registered membership of the Parish verses being an active member.  He would like for all registered members to become active, participating members.  Parish members who are returning to being more active and involved should be welcomed.

Fr. Zach presented the following information:

  • Pre-theology classes will be at Good Shepherd this year on Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25.
  • The summer camp program will be reviewed to be sure it is following the same rules and procedures as the school.
  •  The “Giving Tree” program is being discontinued by Catholic Charities.  They are re-focusing the direction of giving and are exploring the possibilities of giving to other charities.  Fr. Zach asked the members to be thinking of suggestions for other charities.  Shari suggested “Toys for Tots.”
  • The Fall Festival booth was originally a project of the ST Parish.  It was been decided to give all the revenue from the booth to the Haiti project.  There was a discussion regarding items to be served at the booth and the need to recruit volunteer workers to cover all the hours.  Bill Noll does not want to have to work in the booth from its opening to close, so more workers are needed.

Maeson Damin sent a thank you letter to the Parish Council for its support of the mission trip to Costa Rica.

Most of the Seminarians from last year are returning along with a few new ones.  Good Shepherd will continue its support.

Fr. Zach stated the Relegation of ST has been delayed until a new Bishop is appointed.  The Diocese is still managing the Saint Theresa property and paying all expenses. Any items removed from Saint Theresa Church will be documented by Ruth Becker and Father Zach.  Area funeral homes have been advised that we are attempting to minimize celebrating funeral services in Saint Theresa Church.  In order to do so, we have to go over a day before, ensure heat/air are working, pa system is functioning, and church space is dusted and clean.

Fr, Zach, Sarah, and Brian are going to the Diocese on Sept. 7 to ask for a loan for the parking lot—it will be repaid with proceeds from the capital campaign.

FINANCE--- Sarah Gahagen

  • Sarah distributed a financial report.   Final costs for the parking lot were more than expected.  More asphalt was needed for proper drainage.  The outstanding balance owed on the parking lot is $542,662.
  • The loan from the Diocese for $500,000 is to pay current bills as normal expenses must be paid.   Repayment of the loan will be covered by payments to GS from the capital campaign.  The interest rate charged by the Diocese is 5 1/4 %.  GS will continue to pay the monthly amount already being paid, ($11,500).  The loan will be paid in full within 48 months.  There should be no problem obtaining the loan, GS always repays loans early.
  • Income received from the Diocese to date totals $274,651.  The amount of $201,847 was received in March and $72,804 was received in August.
  • A curb is being added between the rectory and the school, plus a spot in the parking lot on the back needs to be re-done.  The lighting arrangement is due to the shape and locations of the islands. The lights in the main lot will go dark at 11:00 p.m.  The Stockwell Rd parking. area will have dusk to dawn lights.
  • There was a discussion regarding erecting a fence around the detention pond.  There has been some concern about safety and liability for possible injuries.  It was suggested to put a grate over the pipe.    The Parish Council members walked out to view the detention pond.  After viewing the members recommended the purchase of a fence.

 

PASTOR’S REMARKS:

  • Nominations for the Brute Award—Fr. Zach did not ask for nominations from the Parish this year as there were several qualified nominees remaining on the list from last year. The nominees were selected from that list.  Good Shepherd is allowed three nominations. 

 

REMARKS FROM MARY BETH:

  • Ron Booth, who is from the Dominican Republic, would like to meet with some people from local Parishes.  This information was given to Mary Beth by Eric Fulkerson at St. Vincent’s. 
  • The “Hands Together for Haiti” group from Poseyville invited everyone to their meeting on Thursday night.  Mary Beth will give Sarah of a list of people interested in the Haiti project.
  • Mary Beth advised the Haiti support group is trying to raise $20,000 for the lunch program at the Parish in Haiti to help provide lunch for the students.
  • Volunteers will be needed in Sept, to help prepare food for the Fall Festival booth.  Six days of food preparation are planned, 10 people from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. each day. The preparation will be done at GS, the times have been reserved for use of the kitchen.  The information will be in the bulletin.

Fr. Zach asked about the dressing sale—Sarah will ask Judy Miller if plans are being made to make and sell dressing this year.

Dana motioned to approve the minutes for the May 23rd meeting.  Chad Schnarr voiced a second, the motion was approved.

COMMISSION REPORTS: 

SCHOOL COUNCIL—emailed report from Kristen Girten is attached.  

Other commission reports will be sent to Fr. Zach for posting on the website. 

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Additional discussion regarding encouraging all registered members of the Parish to become active in Parish activities.

The meeting was adjourned to have a Parish Council group picture taken for the directory.

ADJOURNMENT – Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

NEXT MEETING –Sept. 26, 2017

Respectfully submitted, Sue Ballard


Finance Report - September, 2017

Respectfully submitted, Sarah Gahagen


Principal Report - September 7, 2017

Enrollment:  As of September 7, there are 319 students in K-8 and 44 students in preschool.  There are 17 new families and 18 new students (K-8).  Included in the total number, there are:

St. John the Evangelist:          7 families/ 14 students

St. Anthony:                           2 families/ 2 students

Holy Redeemer:                     1 family/ 1 student

St. Mary:                                 1 family/ 1 student

Other Faiths:                           16 families/ 20 students

SGO:   8 students

Choice Scholarships (Vouchers):   82 students

Back to School Gathering:  Good Shepherd teachers joined other Diocesan teachers at a Back to School Gathering on Tuesday, August 1 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  ValLimar Jansen was our guest speaker.   Following the speaker, we celebrated Mass with the Diocesan priests and deacons.

Catechist Formation:  The faculty participated in a staff retreat on Thursday, August 3.  The staff completed the first two sessions of the required Diocesan Catechist Certification Program.  The plan is to complete the remaining two sessions in August 2018.

ISTEP:  ISTEP+ scores from the 2016-2017 school year were released on September 6.  Once again, GSCS performed well on the state assessment.  As a school, we had 95.3% pass Language Arts, 91.9% pass Math, and 88.9% pass both Lang. Arts and Math.  Out of 1800 schools, we were ranked 11th and 4th in the state out of K-8 schools.

School Council Training:  The Catholic Schools Office will offer the annual School Council Training on Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center.

Professional Development Day:  On September 1, the staff participated in a professional development day that consisted of a variety of trainings:  Child Abuse, ISTEP Testing & Security, Moby Max Computer Program, Digital Citizenship, and a variety of other topics.

School Safety:  Mark Schuler, Kelly Buttrum, and Ann Galbraith attended the Indiana School Safety Specialist Advanced training in Indianapolis on August 31-September 1.  This two day training renews their School Safety Specialist Certification for the year.  Kristen will attend the training in May.

Cafeteria News:  Our cafeteria staff attended a culinary training this summer sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education.  This training has prompted some changes in our cafeteria this year.  Students are being served fresh fruits and vegetables daily.  We are having “Try It” days to get the students to try new foods.  “Grab and Go” started this week.  It’s a huge success so far.  The Cafeteria staff is also providing fruit infused water for the staff daily. 

Wellness Goals:  The Health and Wellness Committee met and have created goals for our school community.  The goals are as follows:

Nutrition Education:

  1. Students will be educated through new food experiences and exposed to a wide variety of food choices.
  2. Staff will be provided with ideas and resources on incorporating nutrition education into their curriculum.

Nutrition Promotion:

  1. Nutrition resources will be provided to parents/ guardians through school newsletters and social media.
  2. Healthier food options an upcoming cafeteria news will be clearly identified on menus and lunch lines.

Physical Activity:

  1. The school will encourage our school families to participate in local fitness events.
  2. Staff-led fitness events will be scheduled throughout the school year.

Other Activities:

  1. School walking program will be offered every morning in the Parish hall from 6:55-7:10 a.m.
  2. At least 50% of the food options available at staff meetings will meet the approved nutrition standards.

School Improvement Plan:  The School Improvement Plan was submitted to the Indiana Department of Education on September 7, 2017.  The goals included in the plan are:

  1. All students will demonstrate appropriate individual growth in reading.
  2. All students will demonstrate appropriate individual growth in math.
  3. All students and staff will aspire to uphold the mission of Good Shepherd Catholic School. (Service Projects and Retreats)
  4. Good Shepherd Catholic School will demonstrate an increase in enrollment.

Respectfully submitted by:  Kristen Girten, Principal


GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL - July 20, 2017

Call to Order

Attendance: 

School Council:  Principal Kristen Girten, Fr. Zach, Sue Kroupa, Brandee Schnarr, Sara Rogier, Sara Brown, Mark Schuler, Jen Blackburn, Greg Rawski, Fr. Jerry, and Joanie Pohl.  Chris Newkirk, Dan Deeg, Brian Kessler, and Mark Davis were absent.   

Prayer:  Sue Kroupa opened the meeting with a prayer.

Mission Statement:  Our Mission Statement was read aloud by all.

Approval of Minutes:  The minutes from the last meeting on May 11, 2017, were approved as written.

REPORTS:

President’s Report:  Sue passed out Confidentiality Agreements for all to sign and return to her.

Pastor’s Report:  Fr. Zach reported that his intent is to spend Thursdays at MHS.  Fr. Jerry will be taking on the role of Youth Ministry as part of his duties.  A letter was sent to MHS families regarding what actions are  necessary for GS to pay their students’ assessment fee to Memorial.  Fr. Zach wants to keep working on getting families to Mass regularly and having them be active parishioners, including having their photos taken for the parish pictorial directory, tithing, involvement in activities, attend Sunday Mass regularly and Holy Days.   It is hoped that a similar letter will be sent to GSCS families so they are well aware of the requirements to be able to have GS pay the Memorial assessment fee. 

The parish phones have been out of commission for 3 weeks now, but they are getting close to being done.  In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to use email instead of the phone to contact parish staff.   The parking lot will be completed by the start of school.

Fr. Zach noted that he would like to evaluate whether the cost for GAP can increase beginning this year.  It has been $7.00 for a long time.  Kristen will meet with Katie Lappe regarding possibly implementing this yet for this coming school year.  Our cost is comparable with other schools (we are somewhere in the middle).  Also, GAP staff member Scott will not be returning this year, so there will be one less person to pay.  NOTE:  Since the School Council meeting, Kristen did talk to Katie Lappe and we are going to raise the cost to $8.00.  Also, Scott will still be working for us for at least the first semester. 

Principal’s Report:  Kristen reported that as of July 12th, we have 322 students in K-8 and 44 in early childhood for the 2017-2018 school year.  She is still taking calls and meeting with potential new families/students.  On 7/21, she hopes to add 2 more new families (2 new students).  Our incoming Kindergarten enrollment is low but that is happening at other schools as well, so it is not just a GS thing.   Dana Davis has decided to stay home with her son; she will be substitute teaching for us on occasion.  Lauren Klipsch has accepted the 6 Math/K – 3 PE position.  She is a graduate of GSCS and is a member of the parish.  100% of our 3rd graders passed IREAD.  Preliminary ISTEP+ results were released to schools and parents on June 16; parents had until July 7 to request a rescore.  Final results are expected by July 31.  Junior High locker set-up is 8/6 from 11:30-1:00.  Registration packets will be available the weekend of July 29 and 30.  New teachers iPads have been ordered and will be ready for distribution at the teacher faculty meeting.  Sunday 8/6 is Kindergarten Orientation and Preschool Open House.  Wednesday 8/9 is parent orientation for Grades 6-8; Thursday 8/17 is parent orientation for Grades 1-5.  The Diocesan Signature Event at the Ford Center previously scheduled for Sunday 9/17 has been cancelled.  

Additional information can be found in Kristen’s complete written principal’s report on file with these minutes.

Preschool Report:  Brandee reported they will be using the Bloomz educational app this year.  It is a free app designed for teachers and classrooms.  It is secure and it allows teachers to safely share photos, updates, reach parents through a messaging component, and coordinate events.  They are working with Mark Schuler to update the Little Rams tab on the GS website.  Our 2017-2018 Handbook has been updated and loaded on the site.  She and Mrs. Girten are working on interviewing and hiring for an aftercare position and an additional part-time person to help cover lunch breaks for the preschool staff.  It has been decided to wait on implementing FACTS with the Little Rams families.   Enrollment is full, with 20 preschool students and 24 pre-k students for the coming school year.  Open House will be on Sunday 8/6 from 2-4.   Youth Protection training will be offered to all our parents after the parent meeting concludes.

Legislative Liaison:  Brandee reported that the Legislative Session ended in April, so there is no new legislation to report on currently.  She will try to contact Holly Sullivan and ask her to visit GSCS.

Athletic Committee Report:  Mark Schuler distributed copies of the Fall 2017 Athletic Update.  GSCS Athletics is doing very well financially right now, with a current balance of $48,600.00.  The Athletic Bingo will be 8/29.   Fall Sports participation numbers are as follows:  15 Cross Country runners; 47 Football players; 34 Soccer players; and 35 Volleyball players (for a total of 135 participants).  Most practices started on 7/17; League play will start the week of 8/13.  There will be no sports on the 4-day Fall Break weekend this year.  As for basketball, 3rd-4th grade b’ball will not be at St. Theresa.  We will need a new location for this league.  It may be at GS this year; Mark is still working on this.

PTO Report:  Jen Blackburn is the new PTO representative on the School Council.  She reported that their next officers’ meeting will be 8/3.  On 9/14 the Paragon fundraiser packets will go out.  This is the last year of our contract with Paragon.  We netted $18,000 from this fundraiser last year.  The first PTO meeting will be Sept. 7th.  There will be no Fall Carnival this year, and they are thinking of ideas to replace it. 

Tech Team Report:  Mark Schuler reported that there are no major updates this summer to the network infrastructure other than connection of the church to the school with fiber.  As a Scout Project, Kyle Martin will help with the re-wire of the school.  Grades 5-8 will be 1:1 with iPad Mini’s.  We have approximately 160 iPad devices to manage.  His current summer project is a “refresh” of all of the iPad mini’s.   This will be the 4th year for iPads for this year’s 8th grade.  The 3-year donor’s pledge has now expired and we will need to find other funding soon. 

Finance Committee:  Sara Rogier reported that the parish’s finances ended “in the black” this year, which of course is a good thing. 

Our Kindergarten enrollment was discussed.  Our class sizes for this coming school year are low:  13 in one class and 14 in the other.  Someone will try to find birthrate information/statistics for those pertinent birth years to see if the trend was down.  Developing a marketing plan/committee was discussed.  Ideas included:  Greg Rawski will try to get some better photos for the banners; yard signs stating “this is the home of a proud Good Shepherd Catholic School student” or something similar.  Kristen noted that one of her goals is to form a Marketing Committee.  Greg Rawski agreed to be the School Council rep for a Marketing Committee.  Our School Improvement Plan is due September 15.  It was brought up that possibly an endowment could be used to pay for marketing expenses. 

ITEMS FOR DECISION 

6 a)  President and Vice President.  Dan Deeg has offered to be the President this school year, and Sara Brown offered to be the Vice-President.  Sue agreed to be a co-President this year in an advisory capacity.  A motion was made, seconded, and carried to accept the above.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

7 a)  AdvancED Internal Visit.  The date for this has not been scheduled yet.  This is a visit that will include 1 person from the Catholic Schools office and 3 other principals in the diocese.  Kristen will keep us informed.

7 b)  Enrollment 2017-2018.   This topic was previously discussed and noted during this meeting.  We need to focus on Marketing and we need to “brag” on ourselves because GSCS is such an awesome school and we have a lot of positive things going for us.

7 c)  November Council meeting.  An alternate date is needed for our November meeting because the Diocesan Spell Bowl is the evening of 11/16.  It was discussed and agreed that our November meeting will be on November 30th at 6PM.

7 d)  Diocesan School Council Workshop.  The Workshop will be Tuesday, 9/19, from 6:30 to 8pm at the Catholic Center.  This event will serve as our September meeting.  We will discuss at our August meeting who will be able to attend and what sessions they will be signing up for. 

7 e)  Goals for 2017-2018.  This topic was already discussed at various times during this meeting.

The Come Holy Spirit prayer was prayed at the end of the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:10 PM.  The next meeting date will be August 10, 2017, at 6PM.

Respectfully submitted by Joanie Pohl, Secretary


Youth Ministry - September, 2017

When Father Zach asked me to assume leadership of the youth ministry, I agreed to do so, but it should only be for one year. I believe that Good Shepherd is too vibrant of a parish to not have a permanent youth minister. I do not want to cast aspersions, but I see my task as one that reestablishes a ministry of relationships within the program. I also think that youth events in this context should be somewhat “over-the-top” in order to establish a bar set rather high. I am convinced that starting with the middleschoolers is the way to go at this point. In addition, I asked a lot of folks a lot questions my first month here and I found that there is a desire out there to get more of the “fringe” families of the school and parish involved in the life of the parish. The responses I received dovetailed nicely with Father Zach’s mission to determine what an “active” parishioner is at Good Shepherd. With these goals in mind, we have held two events and another will occur in just a few days. On August 6th (the coldest, rainiest August day in 25 years, by the way), we had a “Back-to-School” bash here at the parish. It involved water balloons, green & yellow tempera paint, shaving cream and, thanks to the recently completed construction, mud. About 35 middle-schoolers showed up and, as was my hope, mayhem ensued. No one managed to stay clean. There were lots and lots of laughter, screams and sneak-attacks—and they took place across three grades of kids. It was particularly gratifying to see a large contingent of eighth-grade boys show up—that’s one of the hardest groups to lure to a youth event. Afterward, many of the middle-schoolers donned garbage bags over their clothing and oozed their ways into their parents’ vehicles to go home. In youth ministry, it’s an old adage that says “if you get the kids, you’ll get the parents.” I also think the reverse is true: “If you get the parents, you’ll get the kids.” To this end, the kickball tournament was dreamt up. The goal was to get school moms and dads (most importantly some of the “fringe” dads) out there to meet other parents and have a great time together; all with the hope that these new relationships would lead to some families beginning to see Good Shepherd as a parish home and, in turn, getting their children more involved. As it turned out, over 400 people showed up and now we must watch closely to determine if we accomplished what we set out to do. The tournament definitely garnered a great deal of attention inside and outside of the parish. At the very least, people know that Good Shepherd is a “happenin’ place!” Over the last month or so, several of us have been working on converting an old popup camper into a tailgating trailer. The goal has been to have it mostly completed by this Friday, September 29—the date of a planned Good Shepherd middle-school tailgate at the Memorial Homecoming football game. The trailer has made an appearance at the last three football games, even in its various stages of construction. It’s been received very well. It has become a gathering spot for a number of tailgaters from a number of parishes, but most especially Good Shepherd families—gobs of our kids are everywhere out there. For the event this Friday, we will grill food for the middle-schoolers and then watch the Homecoming parade together. Afterward, we will be going to the game and sitting together in the stands wearing our Good Shepherd green and screaming for the home team. Soon we will sit down and evaluate the three events as a whole in order to determine what our November and December events need to be like so we can continue to build on what has taken place. Youth ministry shouldn’t be totally fun-and-games, although for middle-schoolers that’s the majority of it. I’ll be looking to add some opportunities for ministry to the program as we go forward. In addition, I would like to take our already strong mass-server program and find some ways to ramp it up a bit —hopefully with an implementation date around the first of the year. It’s an honor to serve this congregation and a particular privilege to minister to your youth. I am still convicted that we are going to need a permanent youth minister on staff in order to offer the best youth program we can. It will, of course, fall to this august body to assist in determining the best paths forward for ministering to these wonderful kids!

Respectfully submitted by:  Father Jerry Pratt


Fellowship Ministry - September 14, 2017

We are planning a Family Game night on Saturday, October 21 after the 4:30 mass.  We will be providing pizza and drinks.  We will ask everyone to bring a snack or dessert as well as their favorite games.

We have also set dates for the Annual Chili Cookoff (11/11/17), Annual Pie Contest (01/13/18) and Marriage Celebration (02/10/18).

I hope everyone can attend these events and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks!

Mary Payne

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Fellowship Update --  It has come to our attention that Good Shepherd confirmation is being held on the evening of Oct 21st.  We have decided to postpone the Family Game Night originally planned for another time.

 

Respectfully submitted by:  Mary Payne, Commission Chair


Haiti Commission - September 20, 2017

Money has been sent to support our adopted Parish, St. Rose of Lima located in Pilate, Haiti.

May 1, 2017: $9,050

June 30, 2017 $9,050

Currently in account: $8,000

(Money is accumulated and sent at time intervals when we have approximately, but not over, $10,000 to avoid multiple processing fees and excess charges.)

Most of our current focus in on the Fall Festival Booth.  The dates of the Fall Festival are October 2 through October 7. All the profits raised by our sales will be sent directly to St. Rose of Lima Parish.  Last year we made slightly over $10,000.

We had a great turn-out of helpers to make the Munchen Rolls and will finish 1,300 on Thursday September 21.  Kudos to the kitchen staff and especially Angie Shelton who have been extremely helpful and flexible in our use of the kitchen and storing our finished product in the freezer and refrigerator.

We still have soup making day on Saturday September 30, from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  We will be making 96 gallons of Potato Soup.

The big issue now, is workers in the Booth during Fall Festival week. 

We need more workers!!!

Although we are ahead of last year for sign-ups we have only about 40% of the time slots filled.  Please consider signing up to work in the Booth.  (You can sign up as often and frequently as you like!)

Respectfully submitted by:  Bill Noll

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Haiti follow-up report – September 26, 2017

Ron Booth – employee of a USA owned Dominican Republic mining company help with school lunch program for St.  James (Plan du Nord), St. Joe Co, Hands Together for Haiti (Poseyville parishes), St. Albert the Great (Ravine Trompett), Good Shepherd Catholic Church Evansville, St. Rose of Lima Parish (Pilate).

We are soliciting assistance from Convoy of Hope, Springfield, IL - $10,000.00 for 250,000 meals.  The three programs would split cost and store in individual sea containers on church properties. 

Challenge is getting an organization approved by Haitian government to accept the shipment in Cap Haitian.  At this point we have asked if the Arch Diocese of Cap Haitian through the Archbishop would b allowed to accept it into the country.

We presently have about $8000.00 (ask Ruth to confirm)  in our Haiti Fund which would be enough for us to participate in the program.  We will report progress.  Please hold this project in prayer.

Poseyville group going to Haiti Nov 10 – 16 and Mary Beth Davis will go is she finds a parishioner willing to go with her.  We have notified Fr. Frantzdy of possibility.  He is happy to house us at the parish.  Would be able to visit, church, school and hospital.  We would also visit St. Albert the Great Parish.

Father Zach suggested we talk with Bill Noll about reinstituting the Boy Scout Breakfast project with donations going to Haiti.

Good Shepherd School with approval of our principle, Kristen Girten, suggested the school do a fund raising project for our Haiti Parish, St. Rose of Lima.  We could possibly communicate with students via Skype or by email with a translator.

Consider celebrating our parishes Feast Days by forwarding correspondence and audio video/photos to share on our GSP website.

Talk with Fr. Zach about having our Haiti project with link on front page of website so can be easily accessed.

Have Fr. Zach and I present from pulpit.

It was suggested that our Christmas Giving Tree have an option for donations to St. Rose of Lima.

We have had success in preparing the food items for our annual St. Theresa Fall Festival Booth.  We are now soliciting people to staff the booth.  We have many time slots still open.  We will be calling people who worked last year to thank them for their help and to consider working s shift this year. 

Respectfully submitted by Mary Beth Davis


Worship Commission (Formerly Art & Environment) - September 23, 2017

Members present: Sue Edwards, Judy Miller, Ken and Beth Schenk, Michelle Schmitz, Mel Vinson, Mary Ann Wehmer

Members absent: Jim Edwards, Mark Schmitz

OLD BUSINESS:

  • New Additions From St. Theresa – In the weeks prior to the meeting, the tabernacle and statue of Mary were brought over from St. Theresa and placed in the church.  The Good Shepherd wall hanging was also brought over, refurbished and hung on the wall in the front of the church.
  • Tidy Up Church Decorations – We discarded the wilted flowering plants around the altar and at the Baptismal font.  We also watered and pruned the remaining plants.
  • Fall Decorations – We repotted the 10 mums purchased from the PTO and placed them around the altar and Baptismal font.  We hung the greenery swags in the Narthex as well.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Additional Fall Decorations – We will meet on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 AM to set up the cornucopia and other fall arrangements. 
  • Advent Set Up – We will meet on Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 AM to set up for Advent.

Respectfully submitted by:  Beth Schenk


Campus Fundraising Commission - Being Formed

 

Respectfully submitted by: ______________