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“The Heart of Christ

in the Heart of the City.”

First Lutheran Church

2021 Annual Report


2021 Annual Report

First Lutheran Church

1420 Third Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

619-234-6149

firstlutheransd.org

Congregational Council

2021

David Pohl, President (2022)

Kara Oien, Vice President (2022)

Allison Emery, Secretary (2022)

Richard Krueger, Treasurer (2021)

Anke Hartung, Financial Secretary (2021)

Mary Ann Horton (2023)

Richard Phillips (2023)

Carol Schultz (2021)

The Rev. Kurt R. Christenson (permanent)

Church Staff

The Rev. Kurt R. Christenson, Pastor

Hannah DeMers, Office Administrator

William Engel, Music Director

Wayne Boss, Facilities Administrator


Table of Contents

Report of Pastor Kurt Christenson

Report of Congregational President David Pohl

Report of the Finance Committee

Report of the Education Committee

Report of the Facilities Committee

Report of the Music Ministry

Report of the Virtual Service Team

Outreach and Ministries

Lenten Devotions

Reconciling in Christ Committee

Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO)

LWR Welcome the Babe Advent Outreach

Summary of Benevolence Payments

Financial Statement for 2021

and Proposed Budget for 2022

Balance Sheet--12 Month Comparison


Report of Pastor Kurt Christenson

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”

--Hebrews 5:7

While there were many things to celebrate in 2021, this was, too often, a year of lament, lives lost, and of ministry in a time of whiplash. The year began with the events of January 6th in our nation's capital and ended with a second COVID variant sweeping through the land. Nearly all our meetings, classes, and too much of the year was spent worshiping online. Beginning at Holy Week, we were able to finally worship in person, but we were outdoors on the patio. I am so very grateful to those who, every week, came to set up, take down and make that possible. In the late summer, we moved back into the sanctuary only to be moved outdoors again because of the first COVID variant, Delta. We moved back inside again on the First Sunday of Advent.

Because of the generosity of many, First received a $5,000 matching grant from our Synod to purchase $10,000 worth of video and sound equipment, allowing us to offer a high-quality live broadcast every week. Many thanks go to Brian Jensen, our Worship Technology Coordinator, Rebecca and Dan Kjonegaard, Analiese Christenson, Joe Slevcove, Jan Neuhaus, Paul Engel, Ruth Clayton, Bill Engel, Billie Thompson, Elizabeth Connolly and all the many others who assist in bringing worship into members’ and guests’ homes each Sunday. Doing so keeps many connected to First even when they cannot attend in person. Several other worship highlights include the addition of violinist Omari Abdul Alim, the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer recording which sustained us on Wednesdays, and a special service commemorating Juneteenth and the Mother Emmanuel Nine led by Professor T.J. Tallie. Our worship team, also by video, presented the opening Kyrie and Hymn of Praise for this year's Zoomed online Synod Assembly. Seasonal banners, painted by Bill Engel, helped us visualize the message.

 

Despite the difficulties, we were able to host memorials for Ruth Ann Maxwell, Rev. Noel Estergren, and Mark Best. We also said Godspeed to Ladonna Piper and baptized William Parker and Harry Eichels. In April, I worked with the faith community of San Diego in an outdoor memorial at the Civic Center for the three homeless men killed by a car. In October, the annual Blessing of the Animals was held during worship as we were already on the patio.

Regionally two Members of First were elected to the Synod Council, Analiese Christenson as a youth rep and Jim Lovell member at large. Sharon Province and Joe Slevcove gave their time to attend the Synod's three-day Anti-Racism workshop, and they both now serve on Council. I organized a Synod Wide Stewardship workshop, "Ask, Thank, Tell," which all were invited to attend.

There are many other highlights and struggles to share, and you will see many listed in the reports which follow mine. Finally, this year First created a new liturgical element for worship, Lamentations, giving us the opportunity with Jesus to "[offer] up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears." May we find ourselves this coming year in no less company than his and be heard "because of [our] reverent submission." May God watch over us in 2022.

Respectfully Submitted,

The Rev. Kurt R. Christenson, Pastor

Pastoral Acts

Ruthann Maxwell

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

William Parker

Reception of Members by Transfer and/or Affirmation

Michael &

Karen Parker

Nathaniel Parker

Deaths

Ruthann Maxwell

Report of Congregational President David Pohl

The FLC Council has been busy this year on a number of priorities. These include:

We encouraged members to provide feedback to your Council so we can hear and respond to your suggestions and concerns.

As we look toward a new year, we looked toward our faith,  prayers and strategic planning for growth in our church community and in our  resources through your generous offerings and volunteer time.

Respectfully Submitted,

David Pohl, Council President 


2021 Council

David Pohl

President

Kara Oien

Vice President/TACO Liaison

Allison Emery

Secretary

Dick Krueger

Treasurer

Anke Hartung

Financial Secretary

Mary Ann Horton

Member

Richard Phillips

Member

Carol Schultz

Member

<vacant>

Member

The 2022 Council members are:

Elizabeth Connolly (2022-2024)

Allison Emery (2020-2022)

Paul Engel (2022-2023)

Mary Ann Horton (2021-2023)

Kara Oien (2020-2022)

Richard Phillips (2021-2023)

David Pohl (2020-2022)

Sharon Province (2022-2024)

Joe Slevcove (2022-2024)

Report of the Finance Committee

This was the year we thought the pandemic would be over.  Instead a new more transmissible variant, omicron, emerged.  Adjustments had to be made on a continuous basis.  Some of the key changes affecting the budget were:

Stewardship:

Stewardship started with “Temple Talks” by Elizabeth Connolly, Shaun Travers and David Pohl.  In addition to their talks, Estimate of Giving Cards were distributed during services and a link to the form was made available on the website and through church communications.  Thanks to all who returned the form and offered their continued support to First Lutheran and its mission.

The table below shows that pledging, while less than it has been in the past, is up from last year.    Expenses, however, need continued review and avenues to create more revenue need to be explored and implemented.

Year

Total Number of

Commitments

Total Estimated

Giving

Total Actual

Giving

2022

44

$185,700

N/A

2021

37

$129,514

264,600

2020

62

$216,070

$254,480

2019

78

$221,070

$255,495

2018

70

$243,061

$296,732

2017

69

$242,915

$327,085

2016

107

$350,627

$354,197

Budget:

The 2021 actuals cannot be determined by just looking at the bottom line of revenues and the bottom line of expenses.  The reasons for this are explained below:

The approved 2021 budget estimated a deficit of $67,573.  If the unbudgeted figures described above are not considered, the deficit is smaller than originally estimated.  Revenue was $ 11,049 above budget due primarily from envelope offerings being $14,600 above budget and the TACO Tithe being $8,261 above budget.  Expenses were $14,986 below budget due primarily from custodial and cleaning supplies not being used due to limited use of the Church spaces; a budget overestimate of payroll taxes; and critical only property maintenance being performed.  The net result is budgeted expenses ($365,397) exceeded budgeted revenue ($323,860) by $41,537.

As of December 31, 2021, First Lutheran had $381,460 in its stocks, money market account, and checking account.

Year

Budget Surplus/<Deficit>

2022

<$51,475>   estimated

2021

<$41,537> see note

2020

<$64,281>

2019

<$75,142>

2018

<$28,600>

2017

<$4,321>

2016

$44,276

Note:  November and December SDG&E bill has not been received and is not reflected in the expenses.  Expectation is that it will be approximately $2,000 that will be reflected as a 2022 expense.

Benevolence:

First Lutheran actively supports the efforts of the wider church and commits 10% of our envelope offering to the Pacifica Synod of the ELCA.  Our giving over the last six years is shown below.

2021

$33,806

2020

$25,420

2019

$25,000

2018

$29,792

2017

$32,708

2016

$35,419

Summary:

The Finance Committee is committed to being good stewards of First Lutheran funds.  The Council is given monthly assessments and recommendations.  In 2021, quarterly reports were provided to the congregation in order to promote transparency during this challenging and unique time.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard Krueger, Council Treasurer

Report of the Education Committee

“This was a year like no other as, like in all aspects of our church life, we had to step back, rethink, and redesign.” These were the words that began our report last year. The words are apropos again this year as we continued to wrestle with what 2021 gave us. Holding the ministry in prayer throughout the year, the following was realized:

Adult Education - If nothing else, we have a new appreciation for the phrase “plugging in.” All this year’s adult education opportunities occurred online on Zoom. The year started with Pastor Bill Radatz leading an eight-week class studying the Book of Mark. Throughout the year, Pastor Kurt led us in opportunities of Faith Development through four different multi-media sessions offered after Wednesday Evening Prayer. Topics included America’s Unholy Ghosts the church’s relationship with racism; Creating our Way Through, a five-part series on Art and Salvation; a six-week series Called to Community: The Role of the Church, and the Poetry of Advent with Mary Oliver. Thank you, Pastor Bill and Pastor Kurt, for teaching us through this new format.

Family Ministry – The pandemic has put our families under a considerable amount of stress. As a ministry team, we acknowledge that and have continued to pray for each of them. We had no shortage of ideas in 2021, but we did have a shortage of energy and the critical mass it takes to bring them about successfully and regularly. That said, we did celebrate the baptism of William Parker on our patio in September, all our families with elementary age children attended our experiential Communion Class in late October where they learned of the sacrament while getting their hands into it! In December, Analiese Christenson offered special advent activities for children during church and on December 19th, a many of our families participated in searching for Jesus at our Las Posadas Carol Sing.

Youth ministry - Our high school youth join with St Andrew’s Lutheran Church’s youth ministry (SALT) where they met weekly most Sundays for Bible study, games, service, and other fun activities. In July, they went on a 10-day team building trip around California which included service at Luther Glen, a literal mountaintop experience on Mount Ralston near Lake Tahoe and rafting down the American River. Additionally, one of our youth, Analiese Christenson, was invited and attended as one of two representatives from our synod, the ELCA’s Youth Leadership Conference held in Minneapolis in November. Ending the year, our youth served refreshments at the Las Posadas Carol Sing, and with the help of a Thrivent Action Grant, raised $216 for the upcoming National ELCA Youth Gathering in July 2022.

Please pray with us as we continue to find God’s way through these days and that our efforts will be a blessing to the congregation.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Radatz, Colleen Kramer, and Kara Oien

Report of the Facilities Committee

Despite continued COVID-19 pandemic impacts, First Lutheran Church’s facility remained heavily utilized throughout 2021. The heavy use, age of the facility, and deferred maintenance puts a heavy strain on the building and grounds. Impacts of the pandemic and safety protocols continued to require adaptation and change on “how” we do ministry and conduct activities at the church. Sunday and mid-week worship services were held online and conducted outside on the patio. Weekday meals and snack distributions provided by TACO were conducted outside whenever possible to follow best-practice health precautions. Medical and dental clinic services were modified to address the on-going pandemic. First Lutheran Church continued to be a very busy place!

Custodian Wayne Boss does a great job with all the set ups, tear downs, and clean ups for FLC and TACO activities and keeping order with sometimes difficult TACO guests.

Financial constraints limited facility maintenance and repairs. Cost savings implemented in 2021, consistent with FLC’s Deficit Reduction Plan, required reduction in contracted janitorial services, cleaning supplies cost controls and only conducting modest repair projects.

2021 Facility Highlights

Acquisition of video cameras, tripods, electronic control equipment, and the necessary wiring were conducted in 2021 to enhance the live-stream webcasting and digital recording of worship services. Funds for the equipment were obtained from a Pacifica Synod technology grant and matching funds donated from generous members. Brian Jensen and Pastor Christenson identified, ordered, and coordinated equipment needs in order to make the live webcasts and playbacks more professional on First Lutheran’s YouTube channel. Several wireless routers were installed at key locations throughout the facility to boost wireless internet access and signal.

The Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC) units that service the lower part of the building lasted another year. The church has five (5) HVAC units located on the roof. Two of the five HVAC units are non-operational. In February/March, inspection and servicing were conducted on the three functioning units. It was discovered that a fan motor on the large unit that services the sanctuary was not operating. The fan motor and belt were replaced and filters changed in the other working units to hopefully obtain a few more years of service.

Various plumbing issues arose and were addressed or repaired during the year. A professional plumber fixed the finicky pressure regulator located adjacent to the city water meter. A pressure regulator adjusts water pressure to prevent too much pressure that will damage pipes and fixtures but still allow enough pressure to operate the landscape irrigation system. A leaking flush valve on the urinal in the mens room was replaced by a plumber and the dripping faucet in the sacristy was repaired by Pastor Christenson.

Kathryn Kanaan took the lead and replaced old spray irrigation heads with water-saving rotary-style heads in landscape areas. Water saving repairs and irrigation upgrades seem to have worked as water usage records show usage was down in 2021 compared to 2020.

Wall repairs and painting were conducted in the administrative area. A wall corner was accidentally damaged several years ago. A wallboard company was retained in October to repair various damaged walls in the administrative area, library room, and service hallway. The administrative area’s purple and tan walls were repainted through the “adopt a project” program. Another orphan project that found a sponsor was shampooing the lounge carpet and sanctuary carpet runner. Thank you to those who adopt a project. A list of outstanding “orphan projects” are published in FLC’s Rapid Pulse electronic newsletter.

December’s rainstorms revealed the inherent issue of an aging flat roof. Multiple leaks were experienced throughout the building including the sanctuary, men’s room, narthex, office area, and upstairs clinics. Over the years, roofing contractors have patched and attempted to seal problem areas but a professional evaluation is needed to determine the source of the continued leaks and propose a solution. Most likely a new roof is needed over the sanctuary and adjacent rooms.

Facility Improvement Challenges

Although 2021 was without major components of the building failing, there are some “big ticket” items and funding challenges that will need to be addressed. Key among them are roof repairs/replacement, the aging HVAC system and addressing cracked brickwork on the south parapet of the building.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Property Committee, to act as project managers to address various projects needs, sponsor “orphan projects,” as well as funding for the Major Maintenance Fund to help keep our facility dry, safe and in good repair.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kathryn Kanaan and Richard S. Phillips

Report of the Music Ministry

Thankful for the year of devoted gifted singers including Jan Neuhaus, Paul Engel, Billie Thompson and Elizabeth Connolly.

Bil Wright joined us for many Sundays in Advent as well last year and also contributed three videos for presentation during liturgy in and around Lent including work There Were Two of them about the two Marys in the Bible by dancer choreographer Ellis Wood. He also wrote Please Hold On performed by Anise Ritchie of La Jolla about to our situation with the Pandemic.  

He and Jim Geison performed For Good in remembrance of Jared Jacobsen on zoom interface mastered by Brian Jenson. Thanks to Brian for morphing and controlling our mixing panel, microphones and speakers from week to week to accommodate all the changes that we orchestrated to make worship and song available to all those at home watching on Youtube, along with making the sound levels good for those who are in attendance onsite.  

Thankful that the choir has now grown with the addition of David Pohl and Joe Slevcoe, and Arnessa Rekay Jones, who has graced us with singing this year at Christmas and who hopes to be singing regularly at First Lutheran as our worship includes music of all genres. Because of covid Positive results with either choir members or family of choir members, attendance has been sporadic but Grateful nonetheless.  

Omari Abdul-Alim continues faithfully to grace us with a voice of the violin to again lead the congregation in singing and in accompanying both the prelude and Postlude that we work out each week in accordance to the liturgy and hymns of the day. It has been my goal to lead people to sing and recall the music and words throughout the week.

Pure Imagination Night was a complete success for bringing all of us together on a beautiful San Diego night to raise money to continue our Music Ministry Program. We welcomed Ashley Cutright and Timothy Mc Reynolds,and Bil Wright to the stage with various songs to illustrate the tone of our congregation and who we are about. It was a marvelous night of outreach not only to the neighborhood but to the many guests that performers invited to our Patio. The money raised is not about looking inward to satisfy our own needs, but to encourage and to

include those artists and musicians in the Greater San Diego Area. Again, it is about outreach and letting the world and the city know how welcoming this community really is and what Heart of Christ is all about.

The Las Posadas Carol Sing was a smashing success with learning new material suggested by our own Bill Radatz. The patio was filled with singers around the Christmas tree and animals made by me, Melodie and Analiese. Again Omari was instrumental in leading and welcoming many people from the neighborhood as well as our enthusiastic members. On both nights, Colleen prepared bountiful tables that graciously illustrated how welcoming Lutherans can be!

I hope that as we move forward we are able to invite more people to our music platform at First to show the City that not only do we have the heart of Christ, but the Vocal Chords of Angels to grace the Joy that we have as Children of God. It is my vision that we will have harp, Celtic and violin music as well during the lenten season to remind us of the beautiful traditions that are inherent of Christianity.

With all of our aspirations, I hope our choir grows and that first and foremost we all remain healthy. I hope to do more outreach events on the Patio with music, drums and activities that welcome families with children so that we continually open our arms to the neighborhood and to new faces. It is our goal to formally lace the arts ministry at FLC in both music and visual arts to create a fabric that is welcoming to ALL people.

It is my own personal passion to continue to write new improvisations with Omari as Postludes, and Preludes to be recorded as original works that come out of this creative community of Faith.  I also hope to continue the visual banners and large format “paintings” that enhance the focus for the month or season displayed along side the west wall of our Sanctuary. Awareness and outreach for this ministry is key to our existence.

Its been a Blessed Year and as Bach wrote on every piece as he completed it,  Thank Be To God.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bill Engel

Report of the Virtual Service Team

This past year had a fair number of challenges we’ve had to adapt to, from outdoor services to internet problems, integrating pre recorded media for live presentation, and quickly outgrowing our audio capabilities.  Thank you for your patience and encouragement as we are growing into this, still new to us, form of worship and ministry.  

Last year, in the annual report, we put out a call for volunteers who could learn about the processes of streaming our services.  I’d like to thank Dan and Rebecca Kjonegaard, Joe Slevcove, Analiese Christenson, Jim Boyd, and Melodie Baker for giving your time and talents.  Rebecca and Dan have both committed a great amount of time, both helping with set-up and tear-down when we were outside.  Rebecca has also been learning how to get the show running for those moments when I can’t be there.  Of course, we always need more people willing to help.

I was reviewing last years annual report in regards to the Virtual service and I would like to state that our Youtube subscribers have increased by 47 for 2021.  We now have 180 subscribers, and they are only making up 49% of our viewers.  51% of our viewers are non subscribers and we are averaging about 20 new viewers every week.  This shows that we continue to reach people outside of First Lutheran and San Diego, continuing to minister as the Heart of Christ in the Heart of the City, and beyond.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brian Jensen

Outreach and Ministries

Lenten Devotions

Lent came early in 2020; Ash Wednesday was February 17th.  Despite a late start, another wonderful edition of the FLC Lenten Devotionals was sent out via email in time for the start of Lent.  The document, as a whole, was posted on the FLC website; each day’s devotional was posted on the FLC Facebook page and also directly emailed to our entire email list.  This is the first year that we did not publish and mail paper copies – huge savings in terms of cost and labor!

 This year’s edition, titled “The Heart of Christ is a Community of the Cross,” contains 39 reflections contributed by 29 individuals on passages from Mark 14-15.  Unlike previous years, the contributors were assigned their passages by Pastor Kurt rather than selecting their own assignments.  This proved a bit more challenging for some, but everyone rose to that challenge admirably.  Many thanks to each of the writers, artists, and photographers whose insights and reflections drew us together and prepared us for Easter.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha DeMers

Reconciling in Christ Committee

In 2021 First Lutheran celebrated 32 years as an RIC congregation!  This makes First one of the oldest RIC congregations in Southern California. What is RIC?  Since 1983, the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program has been a public way for faith communities to see, name, celebrate, and advocate for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in the Lutheran church. The RIC Program is made up of congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, outdoor ministries, and other Lutheran organizations.

COVID protocols in 2021 limited the ways in which we, as a community, were able to celebrate. However, First was able to recognize and celebrate our designation as an RIC congregation throughout the year.

The last Sunday in January is typically “RIC Sunday” throughout the ELCA.   We celebrated during a special service that day. We offered explicit and specific thanks for our common welcome to all persons from the LGBTQIA+ community. We gathered, virtually, with sister congregations Ascension Lutheran in Allied Gardens and Shepherd of the Valley in La Mesa and their pastors, Rick Fry and Marcus Lohrmann.

 

Liturgical Elements came from ReconcilingWorks, our Lutheran Advocacy ministry, and were  shared among the pastors. The hymn of the day was from Ascension and a special original work was offered by Bil Wright, Songs of Wonder.

 

We were honored to hear the scriptures read and a testimony offered from members of each congregation. The sermon was shared by First’s good friend, The Rev. Dr. Bishop R. Guy Erwin, now President of United Seminary, Philadelphia, PA.

Then, In July, First celebrated San Diego Pride Week in a few ways.

 

Mary Ann Horton, joining with other faith leaders, represented First Lutheran at the “Light Up the Cathedral Worship” at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Members and friends of First walked in the Virtual San Diego Pride Walk.  Our route took us through the heart of Hillcrest. It was a treat to celebrate in this way, demonstrating  that our First Lutheran church congregation understands the meaning of PRIDE and supports its LGBTQ community. We all gathered after, safely, at a local restaurant to continue in our fellowship. Our participation in the walk raised funds that went to the LGBT Center’s Youth Housing Project and San Diego Pride. Our team was called “The Lutheran Roses”.

We celebrated Pride Sunday on July 18th with special liturgies that day. Pastor Darryl W. Kozak was our guest preacher that day.  As always, we were blessed to have special music for the day arranged by Bill Engel.

Respectfully Submitted,

Chuck Leib

Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO)

December Giving: What a wonderful month of giving! In total, we are close to $56,000.00 in donations for the month. This encompasses Giving Tuesday, Concrete Christmas, and End of Year Giving.

GRANTS APPLIED FOR and RECEIVED

Matthew 25 Fund / ELCA: A grant was written for $1,500.00 and TACO was awarded the full amount in late December 2021. A yearly report will be due at the end of 2022 as to how the funds were spent.

 

The Domanica Foundation Grant I applied for this $6,000.00 grant in October of 2021 and TACO was awarded the full amount of the grant. The grant is distributed quarterly throughout 2022. A yearly report will be due at the end of 2022 as to how the funds were spent.

 

Avila Fund: I completed the yearly report that was due December 2021.  A new proposal request was submitted for the 2022 grant cycle. The amount of the grant request was increased from $5,000.00 to $7,500.00.

 

The ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant: I applied in May of 2021 for this grant and unfortunately we were not approved. The letter encouraged TACO to apply again during the second quarter of 2022.

 

Additional Donations:

One of our loyal donors, Tim Driscoll, aka Hamburger Tim, came by in late December and dropped off a check for $10,000.00!

 

We are so grateful for all of our donors who support TACO.

PROGRAMS

Food Service:

A special thank you goes out to East County Transitional Living Center, who always comes through for TACO, with last minute meal requests.

TACO continues to receive Fresh Rescue from the Tierrasanta Lutheran Church Garden, Barons Market, Starbucks (thank you Feeding San Diego!) and Albertsons.

Volunteer Coordinator Program:

Growing and improving the volunteer experience is a top priority.

Clothing Room Day:

The Wednesday clothing room day continues to be a busy one! The clothing supply fluctuates by the week and of course, there are never enough men’s clothes. Tommie has been able to help with some great donations from The Rock Church Thrift Shop. Underwear is always in great demand. A special thanks to Bombas and their donation of 4,500 socks, we are set for the next few months!  

Coffee, served by charming baristas, breakfast sandwiches (courtesy of our collaboration with Feeding San Diego/Starbucks), pastries and cookies continue to ease the pain of not having enough clothes to give out! Books are still a popular source of entertainment for our guests.

WEBSITE DESIGN

Updates continue on our new website; it’s fresh, new and modern looking! Specific pages of the former website will be going “under construction” this week, as information is outdated and it is time to transition. The contact page will stay intact and will include the donation tab.

UCSD

Medical / Dental: Due to increase numbers of COVID-19 cases, both clinics terminated in-person appointments for the next two weeks.

Pharmacy: Prescriptions are still being filled and delivered to the patients.

Legal Aid Clinic: Dana Sisitsky and her group of law students from Community Law Project continue seeing clients every Monday at 5:30pm @ TACO. By the time they open, they are usually at capacity.

Summary of Meals and Clothing Services for the Year

Tuesday and Thursday meal count continues to rise – for most of 2021 we served about 40 meals and we are now upwards of 80 meals a day. These meals are served in to-go packages, costly but the need is always there. The majority of these clients come from Father Joe’s Village shelter at Golden Hall.

Meals Served (Mon thru Fri) – 20,634

Total Guests Served – 17,050

Donation Wednesday Guests (clothing room) – 3,331

Where We Are Headed

Researching and applying for new grants.

Benefactors Appreciation Event and a Volunteer Appreciation Event – Prepping and Planning are in the works for early 2022 - Stay tuned for more information on this!

Strategic Planning Meeting @ Carte Hotel.

Empty Bowls: Prepping and Planning should begin soon for both an in-person event and a year-round fundraising.

Continue to collaborate with community partners.

Continued outreach to major donors.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Fleming, TACO Executive Director

LWR Welcome the Babe Advent Outreach

Since 2014 our First Lutheran Church family has assembled Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits for newborns in need around the world. In our first year, through the generosity of our congregation, we provided 23 kits; that number has grown each year, reaching our record high of 92 kits in this, our eighth year. More than 30 members of the congregation have consistently participated in this activity with their donations of baby clothing, beautifully homemade blankets, financial support, time, love, and prayers.

        Our completed kits were blessed on Epiphany, but the story doesn’t end there. A generous donation recorded after Christmas has made it possible for a second WTB Baby Kit Blessing to happen on Sunday, January 30th, when more than 20 additional kits will be blessed. The exact number will be announced in the FLC Heartbeat before the Congregational Meeting on that date.

        The completed baby bundles will be sent to LWR headquarters in St. Paul, MN, for distribution around the world where most needed. The recipients of these kits are not the only ones who are blessed by this project. Sponsoring, shopping for, and assembling Baby Care Kits has also enriched our own FLC family.  As this project has grown we have witnessed increased participation and expanded opportunities to become involved outside our own communities. From those who have embraced this outreach since 2014 to our newest donors, we are all grateful to be able to serve together through this ministry.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Krueger


Summary of Benevolence Payments

PASS-THRU

FROM

TOTAL

NAME

MEMO

DONATIONS

P & L

BENEVOLENCES

Pacifica Synod

World Hunger Contributions

$ 870.00

$ 870.00

Pacifica Synod

2021 Apportionments

$ 26,478.56

$ 26,478.56

Pacifica Synod

LWR/Lutheran World Relief

$ 145.00

$ 145.00

Welcome The Babe

$ 3,710.00

$ 3,710.00

Christ Lutheran Church

Safe Harbors

$ 2,602.00

$ 2,602.00

Totals:

$ 7,327.00

$ 26,478.56

$ 33,805.56


Financial Statement for 2021

and Proposed Budget for 2022

Budget 2021

Budget to Date

Actual to Date

Actual to Budget Favorable/ <Unfavorable>

REVENUES

4010

Envelopes

250,000

250,000

264,600.38

14,600

4010-A

Less:Vanco Fees

(2,300)

(2,300)

(2,027.60)

272

4030

Loose Offerings

12,775

12,775

9,365.84

(3,409)

4050

Interest & Dividends

3,295

3,295

3,389.41

94

4120

Tithes from TACO

19,775

19,775

28,036.00

8,261

4140

Parking

25,750

25,750

17,707.01

(8,043)

4160

Space Use

2,315

2,315

1,220.00

(1,095)

4202

Worship Technology Upgrade

10,000.00

10,000

4204

Special Music Income

7,303.00

7,303

4240

Sanctuary Flowers

800

800

415.00

(385)

4500

Thrivent fundraiser

400

400

1,154.00

754

4501

SBA Relief Income (PPP)

37,900.00

37,900

4550

Miscellaneous Income

- 0

- 0

Total Revenues

312,810

312,810

379,063.04

66,252

EXPENSES

5015

ELCA Mission (Pacifica Synod)

 25,000

 25,000

 26,478.56

 (1,479)

Other Outreach Expense:

5045

Campus Ministry & Other Outreach

-

-

Total Benevolences

25,000

25,000

26,478.56

1,479

LEARNING

5110

Adult Education

 

 - 0

 200.00

 200

5101

Nursery Care

 

 - 0

 

 - 0

5120/5125

Children's Education

 500

 500

 

 500

5130

Books & Subscriptions

 800

 800

 1,026.66

 (227)

5140

Synod Convention/Seminars

 295

 295

 295.00

 - 0

Total Learning

 1,595

 1,595

 1,521.66

 473

WORSHIP & MUSIC

5310

Minister of Music/Contract/Benefits

 26,000

 26,000

 25,999.96

 - 0

5220

Guest Organist

 

 - 0

 

 - 0

5221

Summer Organist

 - 0

 - 0

 

 - 0

5225

Special Music

 

 - 0

 7,303.14

 (7,303)

5230

Worship Technology Upgrade

 

 

 8,826.43

 (8,826)

5235

Worship/Music Supplies & Repair

 1,370

 1,370

 1,364.03

 (6)

5245

Sanctuary Flowers Exp

 800

 800

 127.13

 673

5245

Virtual Service Technician

 8,000

 8,000

 8,100.00

 (100)

Total Worship & Music

 36,170

 36,170

 51,720.69

 (15,562)

HOSPITALITY, STEWARDSHIP & EVANGELISM

5265

Hospitality

 

 - 0

 

 - 0

5267

Stewardship

 

 - 0

 384.42

 (384)

5285

RIC/Pride

 

 - 0

 299.00

 (299)

Total Hospitality, etc.

 - 0

 - 0

 683.42

 (683)

PASTOR & GUEST PASTOR

5300

Pastor Salary & Housing

 95,000

 95,000

 95,725.21

 (725)

5375

Pastor- Health Insurance

 40,609

 40,609

 40,608.96

 - 0

5365

Pastor Retirement/Disability

 12,703

 12,703

 12,703.20

- - 0

5425

Continuing Education

 130

 130

 

 130

5215

Guest Pastor

 400

 400

 

 400

5415

Auto, Travel, Prof Exp Reimb

 

 - 0

 

 - 0

Total Pastor & Guest Pastor

 148,842

 148,842

 149,037.37

 (195)

ADMINISTRATION

5320

Administrator - Salary

 41,572

 41,572

 41,730.55

 (159)

5380

Payroll Tax Exp (Soc Sec/Medicare)

 12,730

 12,730

 9,540.83

 3,189

5370

Health Insurance/Administrator

 4,375

 4,375

 1,795.07

 2,580

5385

Workers Comp Insur (all staff)

 3,360

 3,360

 2,743.00

 617

Less: Prior Year Refund

 

 

 (317.00)

 

5280

Advertising & Publicity

 1,209

 1,209

 1,493.00

 (284)

5435

Office Expense

 3,700

 3,700

 3,957.50

 (258)

5445

Telephone

 3,560

 3,560

 2,705.24

 855

5455

Postage

 350

 350

 39.44

 311

5465

Copier Expense

 6,000

 6,000

 6,531.92

 (532)

5475

Accountant

 5,000

 5,000

 5,040.00

 (40)

5485

Accrued Interest/PPP Loan

 

 

 

 - 0

Total Administration

 81,856

 81,856

 75,259.55

 6,279

PROPERTY

5610

Gardening Svcs & Sup

 2,700

 2,700

 3,483.58

 (784)

5340

Sunday/Vacation Custodian

 21,840

 21,840

 20,884.50

 956

5620

Custodian/Cleaning Services

 7,845

 7,845

 5,632.00

 2,213

5621

Cleaning Supplies

 5,040

 5,040

 1,807.30

 3,233

5625

Trash & Pest Control

 3,120

 3,120

 3,528.87

 (409)

5630

Repairs & Maint

 10,000

 10,000

 4,322.30

 5,678

5641

Utilities: Gas & Electric

 12,000

 12,000

 13,008.84

 (1,009)

5643

Utilities: Water

 3,500

 3,500

 3,800.79

 (301)

5650

Property Taxes

 7,900

 7,900

 8,430.52

 (531)

5660

Property & Casualty Insurance

 7,575

 7,575

 8,049.40

 (474)

5670

Security

 5,400

 5,400

 3,876.60

 1,523

Total Property

 86,920

 86,920

 76,824.70

 10,095

Total Operating Expenses

 380,383

 380,383

 381,525.95

 (1,072)

NET OPERATING SURPLUS OR <DEFICIT>

 (67,573)

 (67,573)

 (2,462.91)


Balance Sheet--12 Month Comparison

Current Year

Last Year

12-month

ASSETS

12/31/2021

12/31/2020

Change

Cash & Investments

US Bank Checking

 $40,328.51

 $27,374.41

 $12,954.10

Investments: Vanguard - Money Market

 38,583.87

 86,383.29

 (47,799.42)

Investments: Vanguard -Endowment Fund

 302,547.14

 234,751.52

 67,795.62

 

381,459.52

348,509.22

32,950.30

Receivables

Due Taco/less adjustments

-0

 

-0

Misc Receivable

 

-0

Total Receivables

-0

-0

-0

 

Fixed Assets

Furn & Equip: Chairs

2,005.00

2,005.00

-

Furn & Equip: Advent Wreath

2,489.75

2,489.75

-

Furn & Equip: Chapel Art

3,000.00

3,000.00

-

Columbarium

22,107.51

22,107.51

-

Organ

50,813.03

50,813.03

-

Baptismal Font

18,049.32

18,049.32

-

Bldgs & Improvements

952,281.67

952,281.67

-

Total Fixed Assets

1,050,746.28

1,050,746.28

-

TOTAL ASSETS

$1,432,205.80

$1,399,255.50

$32,950.30

LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS

LIABILITIES

Bank Credit Card

 2,002.03

 594.58

 1,407.45

Payroll Taxes Payable

 2,756.99

 2,756.99

 - 0

Contribution Pass-Throughs to TACO

 

 

 - 0

Contribution Pass-Throughs - Other

 

 

 - 0

PPP Loan Payable

 

 37,900.00

 (37,900.00)

PPP Interest Loan Payable

 

 

 - 0

TOTAL LIABILITIES

4,759.02

41,251.57

(36,492.55)

 

 

NET ASSETS

Unrestricted Net Assets Beg of Yr

 1,372,714.55

 1,202,991.41

 221,969.57

Current Year Unrestricted Net Earnings

 (2,462.91)

 (64,225.82)

 53,365.02

Unrestricted Net Assets

1,370,251.64

1,138,765.59

231,486.05

Temp Restr Net Assets

57,195.14

219,238.34

(162,043.20)

Temporarily Restricted Net Assets *

57,195.14

219,238.34

(162,043.20)

TOTAL NET ASSETS

1,427,446.78

1,358,003.93

69,442.85

TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS

$1,432,205.80

$1,399,255.50

$32,950.30

* TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED NET ASSETS:

Baptismal Font Fund

-

-

Columbarium Niches

11,076.63

11,965.38

(888.75)

Fair Trade Fair

1,263.28

1,263.28

Jacobsen Mem for Music/Worship

3,557.00

3,507.00

50.00

Stained Glass Window Fund

714.74

714.74

-

Artist Study Group

138.65

138.65

-

Evangelism/Outreach

1,035.00

1,035.00

-

125th Anniversary

149.50

149.50

-

Allowance for Stock Revaluation

175,313.85

(175,313.85)

FLC Endowment Fund

23,321.57

23,321.57

-

Asylum Seekers

1,898.64

(1,898.64)

Major Maintenance Fund

1,594.01

1,194.01

400.00

 

Music Ministry

8,482.00

 

 

 

Worship Tech Upgrade

5,862.76

 

 

57,195.14

219,238.34

(162,043.20)