Building Committee

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Building Committee Meeting Synopsys - November 13, 2017

The Committee met again on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The focus of this meeting was to absorb and discuss the return of forty-two (42) response surveys recently mailed to all members of St. John; 312 to be exact. It was noted that surveys were still arriving into the drop-box located in the narthex and the Committee will endeavor to include each and every response in its analysis moving forward.

In attendance at this meeting were Tim McDermott, Dolyn Meinke, Terry Dittmer, Adam Hughes and Pastor Toensing.

In short, the presentation provided by Tim McDermott via an enlarged printed spreadsheet, provided textual response sheets and video display of the analysis surmising an obvious focal point and direction led the committee to discuss the primary needs and desires of those who took the time to share their thoughts in the survey. It was found that the three (3) functions or aspects of our church building to be the most important to them were, 1) the worship environment and the value placed on the worship service and setting, 2) Christian Education; classroom/youth space, Bible Study, improved space for Sunday School, among others, and 3) Fellowship & an improved, updated, ground level Fellowship Hall. Other such connected items included updated, larger kitchen area and attention paid to parking.

It is with the Fellowship Hall that the committee zeroed in to focus the remainder of the evening. In general terms, two ideas surfaced in which could garner enough support to present as options to the voting membership to consider at the January meeting. The benefit on focusing on the ground-level fellowship hall would also indirectly open successful avenues to address other elements of need shared in the survey, such as education areas, storage, restrooms, kitchen, etc.

Building Committee Meeting Synopsys - October 2, 2017

The Committee met again on Monday evening, October 2 to prepare mailings for the congregational letter, survey, and to enclose, stamp, address and mail them to each member of the congregation, age 12 and up. This is to ensure proper and reportable feedback the any direction toward reaching the development of a master plan for St. John's church building and grounds. In attendance was Tim McDermott, Dolyn Meinke, Terry Dittmer, Adam Hughes and Pastor Toensing.

Building Committee Meeting Synopsys - September 11, 2017

The Committee met again on Monday evening, September 11 to finalize the content of a proposed survey needed to gauge congregational input on the development of a master plan for St. John's church building and grounds. In attendance was Tim McDermott, Dolyn Meinke, Terry Dittmer, Dean Prochnow, Adam Hughes and Pastor Toensing.

After opening with a prayer, the meeting quickly progressed into reviewing an earlier provided draft of various survey questions, as well as an accompanying letter to the congregation describing the purpose at hand. Minor adjustments were made in the organization of the survey that would allow for the best separation of results derived from individuals as opposed to family oriented questions. Further discussion involved those who were to be asked to take the survey, the starting age of survey takers, time restraints on the return of the survey's and the process of delivering them to members. It was decided that all congregation members - 12  years old and onward, would be mailed the survey. The survey would ask to be returned by the end of October; emailed, mailed or otherwise dropped off at the church. The survey would be anonymous.

The next meeting date will be declared upon need of the committee.

Building Committee Meeting Synopsys - August 24, 2017

The second meeting of the Building Committee was called to order at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. Present at the meeting: Tim McDermott, Dolyn Meinke, Terry Dittmer, Dean Prochnow, Adam Hughes and Pastor Toensing. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) representative Nate Meier was also present upon invitation by the committee.

The meeting began with brief introductions while Mr. Meier was given a short tour of the church facility. The committee provided Nate with an update as to why he was asked to attend, the topics discussed thus far and the extent to which sample ideas were expressed by the committee. Nate shared provided materials in the form of a "Architectural Handbook" by LCEF. Briefly covered this evening from the material were Architectural Advisors, Sub-committees, Survey Information, Master Planning, "Vision Path", Demographics Presentation, Financing and Loan Consultation, among others.

Mirroring Nate's comments, the committee then discussed the importance of performing a membership survey. A draft survey document will be created and shared via email to the committee for editing and emailed changes. Anticipating the accomplishment of this task, the committee set a next meeting date of Monday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Building Committee Meeting Synopsys - August 14, 2017

The first meeting of the Building Committee was called to order at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. Present at the meeting: Tim McDermott, Dolyn Meinke, Terry Dittmer, Dean Prochnow and Pastor Toensing. An open discussion on the merits earned by researching current needs and future expectations of St. John and its member congregation. Shared topics were varied with focused specifics provided by two members. The conversation soon settled on the concept to field a wider scope of need and interest by developing a 'master plan' to encompass both current and any future growth.

The committee unanimously opted to build a membership survey, distribute and collect data in which to build the 'master plan' upon. It was also discussed that alerting the District LCMS office of our intent to beginning considering any such project and invite a representative to our next meeting.

The committee adjourned at 8:10 p.m. with The Lord's Prayer and set another meeting date for August 24th.

Building Committee Formed - July 24, 2017

The current building committee was formed upon the July 24, 2017 Voters Meeting. Those members volunteering to become a part of the committee at this meeting were Tim McDermott, Dean Prochnow and Terry Dittmer.