Church Council News

Over the next several months the Church Council as well as various committees will be working on several issues of great importance to the ministry at Christ Our Savior. We want you to be aware, as well as to become involved as you have interest.

2022 Church budget. The Finance Committee will be looking for input from the various committees and organizations of the church to develop ministry plans for next year. Budget will be presented to the voters in December.

Election of officers. Vice President, Secretary, and Financial Secretary are scheduled for election for 2022. December Voters meeting is scheduled for the election as well. Nominations are requested during the next couple of months.

2022 will mark the 25th anniversary of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Although a small committee is beginning to make general plans, there will be many opportunities for involvement. Let the church office or one of the Council members know if you are willing to help.

A special Voters’ Assembly is planned for Sunday, October 24th between services in order to hear a presentation from the Finance Committee, “Mortgage and Reserves –a Better Way”. This plan will provide a way to decrease our mortgage and interest as well as to increase our financial resources for ministry. We will be seeking voters’ support for the plan. This will be the only agenda item at the October 24th meeting.

Although I have listed several important items on the calendar over the next several months, there are numerous other happenings that are worthy of your attention. Continue to follow the announcements and newsletter for more information as well as for opportunities to help out in areas where there is need.

And of course, let me continue to encourage regular worship and Bible study. It is good that attendance is almost back to pre-pandemic levels. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of help.

God’s Peace,

Chuck Anderson, Council President


Last Fall we were blessed to have a team of church professionals (COMPASS Team) from the Mid-South District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod visit our congregation as a result of an invita-tion from the Church Council. The purpose of the requested visit was to ask for assistance with strategic planning for the future.

Early in 2021, after receiving the COMPASS report, we provided several monthly summaries through the church newsletter covering the areas of Finance and Facilities. The purpose was to share findings, recommendations, and plans to address those recommendations with the membership. We apologize that we have gotten away from additional newsletter reports over the past couple of months due to vacations as well as attention to other issues. That does not mean that information from the report has been neglected by the Council. In fact, quite to the contrary, we have continued to address areas that are essential to the ministry of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. We would like to get back to reporting on several additional areas that were addressed in the COMPASS report. This month, I would like to summarize observations covering our Leadership, not just the Church Council but all who have assumed ministry responsibilities.

Leadership – This section of the report is quite affirming stating that “Christ Our Savior is blessed spiritually, professionally, financially, and inter-personally.” The team was pleased that we didn’t request a visit to fix a problem but for assistance in future planning. We are not sharing this to indicate that we deserve a “pat on the back” but to confirm that we are on the right track.
Areas that were identified and encouraged included:

  • The willingness of leadership to Identify members with unique gifts/talents and encouraging them to make use of these gifts and talents to create new ministries. Oversight by the pastors provides accountability, yet freedom for ministry leaders to lead without being micro-managed. With many new members joining in recent months, there are always opportunities for new ideas. Please don’t hesitate to speak with one of the Pastors or a member of Church Council.
  • Members who “self-advertise” and market themselves to friends and the surrounding community. In addition, the facility is used by community groups as a means of attracting people. For example, Tellico Village Quilters as well as others.
  • Outstanding volunteerism in the congregation. We are blessed, but having said that, allow me to put in a personal request for additional interest in the Elders, A-V help, Altar Guild, members willing to serve on Church Council, and many other areas of ministry. The need is always present to help and often times to lead.
  • “The people of Christ Our Savior possess a true and genuine love for their congregation, their community, and their Lord.” As one of the Elders explained, “We’re about the Gospel.”

This summary has become quite lengthy. This article seems almost completely positive, but there is more to come. We will outline challenges for the future in several areas. Over the next couple of months we will report on staffing needs both now and future, as well needed constitution and bylaw adjustments. We will also provide you with updates on progress that is being made.

Submitted by Chuck Anderson