JohnJohn Lewis, our council President, is the chief executive officer of the congregation is empowered to act on its behalf in such matters of business transactions requiring legal authority.  He has the primary duty to supervise the business affairs of the congregation and to assure the continuity of the spiritual programs of the congregation through active participation of the membership.  John presides at all meetings of the Congregation Council and attends, at his own discretion, any meetings of the committees.  Additionally, he supervises the procurement, maintenance, and review of all applicable congregation insurance policies.  (1) John has two favorite movies… “Star Wars” and “Patton,” (2) his favorite song is “They All Asked for You” by The Meters, (3) his favorite scripture is Romans 5:3-5, (4) he prefers bacon to candy bars, and (5) his favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio almond.  His favorite thing about Grace is that it’s a “very friendly, welcoming congregation- a big family” and he hopes that this year his team will define and clarify the mission of Grace so that we are all empowered and motivated to share God’s gifts of unconditional love and grace.”  John can be contacted via email at jlewis114@cox.net.

 

Our KarenVice President, Karen Hazlaris, presides at meetings of the congregation and the Congregation Council in the absence of the president or at the president’s request.  Karen presides over, or is a member of, any specially formed committees directed by the president.  She oversees the role of the Board of Evangelism with regard to the congregation’s public relations and also reviews the Articles of Incorporation, the Constitution and Bylaws of this congregation annually to keep the president and the Congregation Council appraised of desired or necessary changes, additions or deletions, and shall be prepared to resolve any Congregation Council or congregational action in conflict with existing and Bylaws.  Here are some fun facts about Karen: (1) Her favorite movie is “While You Were Sleeping,”  (2) her favorite hymn is “Now Thank We All Our God,” (3) her favorite scripture is “Romans 8:38,” (4) she loves Peanut M&M’s, and (5) her favorite ice cream is coffee-flavored!  When asked what she loves about Grace, Karen said “The love and spirit of the congregation.”  This year she is hoping to encourage as many as possible to actively serve on God’s team!  Karen can be reached at khallstrom2017@gmail.com

 

Our Secretary, Sue Pundt, records proceedings of each Congregation Council meeting, of all special called meetings of the Congregation Council, and all meetings of the congregation.  She also acts as the custodian of the congregation’s archives and oversees the safe storage of all papers and documents of interest and value pertaining to congregation and Congregation Council actions.  Other responsibilities include the oversight of the Grace Infant Care Center (GICC) and authorized signatures list.  Some fun facts about Sue are:  (1) Her favorite movie is “Grand Canyon,” (2) her favorite song is “Hallelulia” by Leonard Cohen – the Shrek version sung by Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen, (3) her favorite scripture is John 13:34-35, (4) her favorite candy bar is any that is dark chocolate with orange and (5) her favorite ice cream is Haagen Dazs Rocky Road!  She tells us she loves “the fact that Grace is like one big family.  Over the years I have watched babies being baptized, grow up in the church and start off into adult life.  Grace is very nurturing and welcoming.  It’s a great foundation for young people to have.  Grace serves as a home church for many who have moved to new homes throughout the world.  They are always welcomed back at Grace for a visit or to reconnect.” Regarding our council, Sue said “You never know what opportunities may pop up.  As secretary of the church council, I believe that we have some very creative and energized people on our team this year.  I’m excited to see what new ideas they may have for our Grace family as well as for our community.”  She can be contacted via email at spundt@liskow.com. 

Our Treasurer, Tom Doster, is responsible for safe keeping and proper disbursement of all money belonging to the congregation.  He provides monthly financial reports to the Congregation Council and additional financial reports to the congregation periodically throughout the year.  He also maintains all applicable congregation insurance policies and, as a member of the Finance Committee, assists in the annual review of the adequacy of all congregation insurance coverage. Tom can be contacted via email at tdoster13@gmail.com.