Congregation Council

Council Minutes
Meet the Council Members

 

The 2019 Congregation Council of First English Lutheran Church is comprised of 9 elected members. These dedicated members are the governing body of the church.

Meetings: The Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July. The meetings in January through June are held in Room 220 at the Downtown Site. Meetings in August through December are in the North Site Library. Check the church online calendar for times.

Contact your council members here.

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First English Lutheran Church Constitution & Bylaws with Endowment Revisions 2019: Follow this link.

Covenant & Principles of Conduct: Follow this link.

2018 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

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017 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

2016 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

2015 Annual Progress Report:
Follow this link to download the pdf.

2014 Annual Progress Report:
Follow this link to download the pdf. 

2013 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.  View in booklet form here.


Council Meeting Minutes:


2019 Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes (minutes will be posted following approval at the next month's meeting)

June 25, 2019 Agenda
May 28, 2019 Agenda
             May 28, 2019 Minutes
April 23, 2019 Agenda
            April 23, 2019 Minutes
March 26, 2019 Agenda
          March 26, 2019 Minutes
February 26,2019 Agenda 
      February 26, 2019 Minutes
January 22, 2019 Agenda 
       January 22, 2019 Minutes

2018 Council Meeting Agendas

December 18, 2018
November 27, 2018

October 23, 2018

September 25, 2018

August 28, 2018
NO MEETING IN JULY
June 26, 2018

May 22, 2018

April 24, 2018

March 27, 2018

January 23, 2018


2018 Council Meeting Minutes


December 18, 2018
November 27, 2018

October 23, 2018

September 25, 2018

August 28, 2018

NO MEETING IN JULY
June 26, 2018
May 22, 2018

April 24, 2018

March 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

January 23, 2018


2017 Council Meeting Agendas

December 19, 2017
November 28, 2017

October 24. 2017

September 26, 2017

August 22, 2017

NO July Meeting
June 27, 2017
May 23, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 28, 2017

February 28, 2017
February 12. 2017
January 24, 2017


2017 Council Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2017
November 28, 2017

October 24, 2017

September 26, 2017

August 22, 2017

June 27, 2017

May 23, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

February 12, 2017
 
January 24, 2017

2017 Council Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2017
November 28, 2017

October 24, 2017

September 26, 2017

August 22, 2017

June 27, 2017

May 23, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

February 12, 2017
 
January 24, 2017


2016 Council Meeting Agendas

December 20, 2016

November 21, 2016

2016 Council Meeting Minutes

December 20, 2016

November 21, 2016

October 25, 2016

September 27, 2016

August 30, 2016

July 2016: NO MEETING
June 28, 2016

May 24, 2016

April 26, 2016

March 22, 2016

February 23, 2016

January 26, 2016




2015 Council Meeting Minutes

December 15, 2015
November 23, 2015

October 27, 2015

October 12, 2015

September 22, 2015

August 25, 2015

No July Minutes
June 23, 2015

May 26, 2015

April 28, 2015

March 24, 2015

February 24, 2015
February 8, 2015
January 20, 2015


2014

December 16, 2014
November 24, 2014

October 28, 2014

September 23, 2014

August 26, 2014

June 24, 2014
     Vision Notes Addendum 6/24
May 27, 2014

April 29, 2014 (with Vision Ideas)

March 25, 2014
February 25, 2014
January 28, 2014



2013

December 17, 2013
November 25, 2013
October 22, 2013
September 24, 2013
August 27, 2013
June 25, 2013

May 28, 2013

April 23, 2013

March 26, 2013
January 22, 2013

2012

December 18, 2012
November 27, 2012

October 23, 2012

September 25, 2012

August 28, 2012

June 26, 2012

May 22, 2012

April 24, 2012
March 27, 2012

February 28, 2012
January 24, 2012

2011

December 20. 2011
November 22, 2011

October 25, 2011

September 27, 2011
August 23, 2011

June 28, 2011
May 24, 2011 
April 26, 2011

March 22, 2011
February 22, 2011
January 25, 2011
 

 
2010

December 14, 2010
November 30, 2010
November 16, 2010
October 26, 2010
September 28, 2010
August 24, 2010
July 27, 2010
June 22, 2010  
May 25, 2010
April 27, 2010
March 24, 2010
February 23, 2010
January 26, 2010
January 14, 2010
January 5, 2010

FELC Personnel Committee Minutes

March, 2017

FELC Trust Committee Minutes

Second Quarter 2011
First Quarter 2011

 

Meet the 2019 Congregation Council

Judy Forseth was baptized and confirmed at FELC and has been a member for 43 years.  She primarily worships at the Downtown Site, however, in the summer she enjoys the Wednesday night services at the North Site with the summer interns.  Judy has two children who were also baptized and confirmed at FELC. Travis (21)  is a junior at UW-Madison and Krista (16) is a junior at Appleton East High School.  Judy has been with Thrivent Financial for 37 years and is currently working in Human Resources as a Talent Management Specialist.  Judy has served FELC by being a member of the Personnel Committee and volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Welcome Host, and Greeter.  Judy also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Feeding America and Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley.  Judy enjoys reading, fishing, golfing, watching the Packers and Badgers, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Kathy Freeman and her husband, Doug, have been members of First English Lutheran Church for 25 years. They have two sons. Kelly is economic development director for Sault Ste Marie, MI. Cory is a graphic designer in Madison where he lives with wife, Katie, and 2-month-old son Logan. Kathy recently retired from the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton after working in financial services for 18 years. Doug is a freelance writer with Aurora Health Care and A.O. Smith. Over the years, Kathy has been active at First English in several ways, including serving on church council and as president. She’s been a leader of the Worship Ministry and Outreach and Social Ministry Teams, participated in other FELC outreach programs, volunteered for Habit for Humanity and community activities at work. Since retiring, Kathy is looking forward to giving more time to First English and living her call by helping where she’s needed.

   

Dayton Henderson and his wife, Amy, have been members of First English for 27 years. After attending FELC’s North Site during its early years, Dayton and Amy now worship at the Downtown Site. A graduate of Luther College, Dayton is now retired after a 35-year career in marketing communications, including global head of Design for Kimberly-Clark. Dayton has previously served on the congregation’s Television Ministry Task Force, building committees, call committees, and the Personnel Committee. He currently participates with the East-Central Synod Lay School, the Arts & Environment Committee, the Tuesday Morning Men’s Study, and The Arthur Krempin School of Music & Art. In the community, he’s been a member of the Appleton Career Academy governing board, and helped to launch the Fox River Chamber Fest last summer. Dayton and Amy have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Dayton enjoys travel, music, art and sports. 

 
 

Don Kirby has been a member of First English for about 15 years, since relocating to Freedom from SE Wisconsin. He and his wife, Kathy, and their two children, Blake (20) and Brooke (11), primarily worship at the North Site, although Don likes to visit the Downtown Site, where the organ and architecture remind him of the Lutheran churches of his youth in northern Wisconsin. At FELC he’s served on the Finance Committee on and off since 2012, Congregation Council: 2013-2015 including a term as president, Executive Committee: 2016, and recently completed a three-year term on the Endowment Committee, as well as assisting with soundboard and media tech roles with the North Site music team. He currently works in the outdoors industry for Bast Durbin Advertising, after many years building the former Gander Mountain chain, followed by nine years in non-profit leadership with the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. An avid outdoorsman, he and his family spend a lot of time together enjoying nature, while hunting, fishing, hiking and camping - along with their yellow lab, Jake.

 
 

David Lindenstruth has been a member of FELC for eight years. His wife, Rachel, and children, Heaven, Chloe, and Connor, primarily go to the North Site, where David serves as a communion assistant. David owns and operates Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, as well as instructs entrepreneurialism courses as an Adjunct Professor at Fox Valley Technical College. Prior, he received national recognition for growing a start-up company to seven locations and over 400 employees within five years. Outside of work, David serves as Vice-president for Hatch Lake Association, sits on the Waupaca County Deer Advisory Council, and volunteers as a mentor for entrepreneurs. For fun, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, home improvement projects, habitat improvement projects at the family’s cabin in Iola, and grilling. David is happy to serve on the Council because he believes that there are wonderful opportunities to cultivate Christ’s community through FELC

 

 

Deanna Sanders and her husband, Mark, have been members of First English for almost 20 years. They have two daughters, Gwynn (15) and Claire (11), that participate in FELC youth education.  The Sanders family primarily worships and volunteers at the 10:30 a.m service at the Downtown Site.  Their volunteer roles include communion server/set-up, welcome host and soundboard. Deanna served on the Learning Ministry Team, co-taught 7th and 8th grade Sunday School, and participated in several adult classes and studies. She has been employed by Bemis Company for 17 years and is currently a Marketing Product Manager.  Deanna enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, movies, music and reading.  

   

Mark Van Beek and his wife, Sara, have been worshiping at FELC for 23 years. Their two boys, Cory (19) and Kent (16), were baptized and confirmed at FELC. They worshipped at the Downtown Site for several years and then switched to the North Site when the boys were in early grade school (the boys loved the up-beat music). Mark has been employed by Kimberly-Clark for 24 years and is currently a technical leader on a global personal care team. Mark is one of the volunteers who run the soundboard at the North Site.  He served as an adult leader for twelve years in the Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, canoe camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities. 

 

Pete Vandenberg and his wife, Mary, have been members of FELC for about 40 years. Their two sons grew up at First English and their four grandsons were baptized here. They started worshipping at the Downtown Site. When the decision was made for a presence on the growing north side of Appleton, they committed to worship at the North Site. Pete worked for 24 years in the automotive service industry at a local dealership. When he had his mid-life crisis, he started working retail service at the local Ace Hardware store where he has been for 20 years. Pete has served on several committees (Building and Grounds, Worship and Music, and Finance) and several terms on the Congregation Council.