Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Bellerose, New York


Annual Congregational Meeting

November 18, 2012


The annual congregational meeting of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bellerose, NY was held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, in the church sanctuary. Pastor Gary Schulz led the opening prayer.


Ed Unz, President of the Council, opened the meeting at 10:05 am; a quorum of 36 members was present.


Larry Passalcqua and Cheryl Albrecht were appointed tellers, if the need arises.


The reading of the minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2011 was waived, and a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes as presented.



Pastor’s Report


  • Pastor referred to his report in the packet of reports that had been distributed, and especially indicated that this has been a very busy but strange year.


  • Early in the year Pastor was hospitalized and out of action for approximately six weeks. He was very pleased that the ministry of the people continued while he was away.


  • He is extremely proud of the outpouring of help that members and friends have provided to the victims of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation:       the proceeds from the Talent Show ($1,000) were earmarked for Sandy relief, and so far $2,000 has been received from other donations. The Synod provided a $10,000 grant to Holy Trinity as a vehicle to help others affected by Sandy – to date heaters, clothing, etc. have been purchased.


  • The youth group continues to grow. Looking forward, it is anticipated that members will participate in Synod youth activities.



Treasurer’s Report


Tom Weickert presented the proposed operating budget for calendar year 2013 of $199,100 plus the special budget of $31,000, totaling $230,100. He also presented an overview of the 2012 annualized budget vs. income amounts and the summary of all accounts. After an explanation of the Pay It Forward Account, a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the reports as presented.


Ed Unz thanked Tom and Marilyn Weickert and Ken Henyan for their work on maintaining the funds and books of the congregation.



The reports of the standing committees had been distributed, and a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the reports as presented.


Nomination for Council Members


Ed Unz and Ken Henyan, for the nominating committee, nominated Carol Robinson, Richard Kunz, Cheryl Albrecht and Tom Weickert, each for a three year term, Susan Henyan for a one-year term, and Noah Matson as youth member for a one-year term. There were no other nominations from the floor, and accordingly, a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the nominations. The nominees were unanimously elected for terms as indicated above.


The 2013 nominating committee will consist of Ken Henyan and Bill Robinson from the congregation and two members from council to be selected.



Carol Robinson and Nancy Cutrone volunteered to be delegates to the Synod Assembly to be held in Tarrytown in May.



Old Business


  • The columbarium has been completed and with the new pew chairs. the anteroom is an attractive and usable place.


  • The amended constitution and bylaws, copies of which were distributed to each member in September, were presented for adoption.       There were no questions/comments from the congregation, and accordingly, a motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the amended constitution and bylaws of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church as presented. Ed Unz then thanked Nancy Cutrone for her work on this project.



New Business


            There was no new business.



The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 am with the Lord’s Prayer.




                                                                                                            Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                                   Nancy Cutrone

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