2016 Annual Gathering Minutes

Minutes of the LCMC 16th Annual Gathering
Denver, Colorado

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

*Members: 197

*Visitors: 4

*Board of Trustees/Staff/ Ministry Board: 21


Old Business:

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


New Business:

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.

 Respectfully Submitted,

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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