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Congregational Council

Council 2013-2014

Congratulations to the newly elected Lutheran College Congregational Council for 2013-2014!

President: Joshua Davis
Vice-President: Sarah Nicla
Secretary: Hans Becklin
Treasurer: Grace Gast
Deacon of Community Action: Makayla Marinack
Deacon of Global Concerns: Meggie DeJong
Deacon of Outreach: Rachel Roe
Deacon of Spiritual Formation: Chase Racek
Deacon of Worship: Becca Rudquist

As a community of faith, the Luther College Congregation seeks to be a place of Christian hospitality, celebrating the diverse gathering of the Body of Christ through its commitment to ecumenical conversation and partnership. As a Lutheran congregation, we also bear a calling to communicate our Lutheran identity. Serving on the Student Congregation Council requires a commitment to Christ’s ministry and support of the Luther Congregation and Luther College as ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Luther Congregation Council meets throughout the year (Tuesdays at 9:40am) to discuss, plan, and lead the ministry of the Luther Congregation. Each of these positions requires a significant commitment of time and energy.  A brief summary of each position is listed below.  

President

Leads meetings, sets agenda with input from other council members and campus pastors; represents Congregation at Board of Regents' meetings, Student Senate, and other groups as needed. Currently held by Joshua Davis (davijo03@luther.edu).

Vice President

Represents Congregation in lieu of president, serves as liaison for College Ministries groups such as Catholic Student Community, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Student Group, Muslim Student Association and Allies, and the Interfaith Student Association. Currently held by Sarah Nicla (niclsa01@luther.edu).

Secretary

Keeps minutes and records for the Congregation and Council; handles correspondence for the Council. Currently held by Hans Becklin (beckha01@luther.edu).

Treasurer

Keeps financial records for the Congregation and raises awareness about stewardship; handles deposits, offerings, and writes check requests for the Congregation. Reports financial updates to Council. Currently held by Grace Gast (gastgr01@luther.edu).

Deacon of Spiritual Formation

Coordinates formation of Bible Study and book discussion groups, plans special events through the year. High time commitment at the beginning of each semester forming groups and gathering resources. Currently held by Chase Racek (racech01@luther.edu).

Deacon of Community Action

Coordinates service projects of the Congregation including Fall and Spring Fling and Adopt-a-Grandparent. High time commitment around events, particularly Fall and Spring Fling. Currently held by Makayla Marinack (marima02@luther.edu).

Deacon of Global Concerns

Coordinates monthly meetings with Concerns Groups leaders; serves as liaison to Congregation and groups; directs resources and information to appropriate groups; assist in planning events as requested. High time commitment required at the start of the year and with special events. Currently held by Meggie DeJong (dejome01@luther.edu).

Deacon of Outreach

Coordinates the Outreach Ministry of the Congregation. In coordination with College Ministries staff, the Outreach Assistant (a work-study position), and team leaders: establishes teams and leaders, coordinates outings, plans a fall outreach retreat (and possibly other retreats in J-term or spring), leads Outreach leaders meetings, plans Closing Vespers, plans in-reach opportunities on campus. Together with the Outreach Assistant, serves as liaison between churches and team leaders. High time commitment. Currently held by Rachel Roe (roera01@luther.edu).

Deacon of Worship

Coordinates student involvement in the worship life of the community. Together with the Worship Volunteer Coordinator (a work-study position) coordinates the scheduling and training of worship leaders (ushers, lectors, and communion servers) for Sunday morning worship. Attends weekly Sunday worship planning meetings. Works with College Ministries staff to plan schedules, train leaders, and send information and weekly reminders to leaders. Currently held by Becca Rudquist (rudqre01@luther.edu).

Campus Pastors

Mike Blair, blairmic@luther.edu

Amy Larson, larsamyz@luther.edu

David Vásquez, vasqda01@luther.edu