2016 Annual Gathering Minutes
Minutes of the LCMC 16th Annual Gathering
October 2-5, 2016
Sean Kelly, Chair of the Board of Trustees, called the convention to order in Business Session at 4:05 with prayer. - Monday, October 03, 2016.
Procedures for the Convention 2016
M/S/P Chair appointed Martha Uecker Nelson as Recording Secretary for 2016.
M/S/P Appointment of Tony Stoutenberg as Credentials Committee Chair.
*Total Attendance: 806
*Voting Delegates: 462
*Board of Trustees/Staff/ Ministry Board: 21
Chair directed the body to Section 5 of the Gathering booklet in regard to adopting the official convention rules and announced that the deadline for suggested amendments to the By-laws would be Monday, October 3, 2016, at 1:00 PM.
M/S/P To adopt the convention rules as presented.
M/S/P To accept the 2015 Minutes as presented (Located in ‘Delegate’ Section in book)
M/S/P To approve the Election Areas for 2016 and proposal for 2017
The 2016 Areas holding caucuses for election are:
Area 3 Steamboat
Area 5 Silverton
Area 6 Breckenridge
Treasurer’s Report- presented by Laurel Swanson which included the following highlights:
471 congregations have supported LCMC, down from last year (550).
Donation YTD $627,061 (4.4% higher)
Only variation in expenses 2.4% increase due to Labor Laws. 1.4% overall increase.
Members were directed to the Financial Section of the book which contains current financials as well as the Audit Report as of December 31, 2015.
M/S/P Accept the proposed 2017 Budget
Motion from Board of Trustees calling to remove congregation: Church of the Living Word, Hampton, IA.
Point of information: Negative ratification will occur in one year barring objections from a majority of congregations.
M/S/P Congregation suspended from the LCMC
Sean explained that the removal vote means that the Board will send a letter to every congregation with this information.
M/S/P Suspend meeting at 4:26 p.m.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Chair resumed the Business Meeting at 4:33 p.m.
Total Attendance remains the same.
Sean reported on two area elections:
Area 3 -Julie Smith (Springfield, MN)
Area 6 –Darrin Vick (Sioux City, IA)
Area 5 – meeting in Silverton for run-off election.
M/S/P Motion Adjournment at 4:40 p.m.
Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson
Addendum to the Minutes: Brodie Taphorn (Columbus, OH) was elected for Area 5 in the run-off election.
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