Bible Centered - Family Focused - Mission Driven

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Bible Centered - Family Focused - Mission Driven

2017 Annual Meeting January 22, 2017

CALL TO ORDER Kent Pedersen, Chairman

Mediation and Prayer Pastor Bob Lawson

Secretary’s Report Barb Johnson, Secretary

Treasurer’s Report Brett Wisness, Treasurer

Starla Marmon, Treasurer

Auditor’s Report Pending

Acceptance of Written Reports Kent Pedersen, Chairman


  • Sign  (higher budget amount.)  Justin Smith (Trustee Board Chairman)
  • Motion to vote on church sign.  Justin Smith


  • Election of officers:

Chairman Kent Pedersen

Treasurer (2) Brett Wisness

Starla Marmon

Secretary Barb Johnson

Trustee Kent Pedersen

  • Proposed Budget Trustees
  • New Member Bonny Cluchie
  • Mission Fund designation discussion



2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 Annual Meeting of Living Faith Church was held on February 14, 2016 at 11:00 in the Church Sanctuary.
Chairman Dan Bundy called the meeting to order and stated we had a quorum.
Pastor Bob Lawson led us in devotions by reading his Pastors Report and from Philippians.
Pastor Bob Lawson made a motion to allow Speaking Rights to non-members for the meeting. Doyle second the motion, motion carried.

Barb Johnson gave the Secretaries Report. Debbie Hagen made a motion to approve the minutes. Angie Smith second the motion, motion carried.
Brett Wisness gave the Treasurers Report. Chad Elis made a motion to approve the report. Karen Lawson second the motion, motion carried.
Dennis Hodnefield reported on the Church Audit. Justin Smith made a motion to approve the Audit. Jena Jenks second the motion, motion carried.
Jason Marmon made a motion to accept all written reports as presented. Wayne second the motion, motion carried. 

Old Business: There was reported no Old Business to tend to. 

New Business: Election of Officers
Chairman-Kent Pederson’s name is on the ballot for Chairman. Dan Bundy made a motion to nominate Kent Pederson. Justin Smith second the motion, motion carried.
Treasurer-Brett Wisness and Starla Marmon were on the ballot for Treasurer. The floor was open for nominations. Bob Lawson made a motion nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Brett and Starla. Dennis Hodnefield second the motion, motion carried.
Secretary-Barb Johnson’s name was on the ballot for Secretary. The floor was open for nominations. Dennis Hodnefield made a motion nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Barb Johnson. Angie Smith second the motion, motion carried.
Trustee-Justin Smith and Larry Nelson were on the ballot. Dennis Hodnefield made a motion nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Justin and Larry. Karen Lawson second the motion, motion carried.

Justin Smith presented the budget for the coming year by line item. Chad Elis made a motion to accept the Budget as presented. Debbie Hagen second the motion, motion carried.

Dan called on Dennis Hodnefield to the Building Committees’ Report. Dennis reported that barriers would be needed on the east side of the building. There was applause for Dennis and the Building Committee as they put in many hours in getting this Church building up and running. 

The Trustees Report was presented by Angie Smith. She went over the new Policy and Procedures that have been put into place by the Church. Angie also went over the Facility Use Agreements for Members and Non Members. Amanda Wisness will put the forms on the Church web site so they are easily accessible to be downloaded and used. There were questions as to the Insurance coverage for the rental of the building. Kent Pederson will be asked to give a report on the coverage at the Quarterly meeting April 10th.
Lindsay Jones has been hired to be the Custodian for the Church.
Justin has been researching signage for the Church. He gave a report as to what the estimated cost would be at this time. It was decided that we should wait on getting a sign until the building is paid for as this will be a substantial expense.

Dan reported on a motion made by the Council as to the Mission funds for the year. Monies will be given to Bakken Oil Ministries, Faith Revealed and The Synod. Justin Smith made a motion that the Council be able to select the amounts to be given to each. Dennis Hodnefield second the motion, motion carried.

The dates were given for the Quarterly meetings. It was decided that a vote on new members will be taken at the Quarterly meetings.

Jena Jenks made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Jason Marmon second the motion, motion carried. 

Dan Bundy led us in a closing prayer. 


Barb Johnson

Living Faith Quarterly 

Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2016

Call to order

[Facilitator Name] called to order the quarterly meeting of the Living Faith Church at 11:00 on October 10, 2016 at the Church. Dan Bundy led the Congregation in Prayer.

Roll call

[Secretary Name] called a quorum for the meeting. 

Secretary Barb Johnson passed out the minutes from the last meeting prior to the start of meeting. Each member had a chance to read the minutes. A motion was made, second and approved to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried.
Starla presented the treasurers report. She commented that we had received a donation that has been deposited into the building account and Faith Finders accounts. A motion was made, second to accept the report as presented. Vote was taken, motion carried.

Old Business

The concrete apron has been poured out front and along the south side of the Church. Kent Pedersen will make sure the lines for parking are painted this week. 

A sign for the Church is still in the works but nothing final has been decided. The Logo for the Church has been decided on. Thank you Brett for all the work and time you put into getting this done. 

A water analysis was done to see if the water was suitable for watering trees. It appears that the water would damage some types of trees. This will need to be taken into consideration when we decide to purchase new trees. 

New business

  1. Elder Dan Bundy reported that there are three applications for new membership, Brett and Melissa Jacobson and Ashley Marmon.  The Elder Board has examined the applications and recommend with joy that they be accepted by the congregation.
    A motion was made to accept the applications of Brett and Melissa Jacobson and Ashley Marmon into membership of Living Faith Church. The motion was second and a unanimous ballot cast, motion carried. 
  2. Women’s Ministry- Myrna Nelson reported on the work the ministry has been doing.  There will be a Meet and Greet for the new babies that have joined our families in the past year on Sunday October 16th.   Karen Lawson reported on the meals that have been prepared for the Freezer Ministry. 
  3. Bakken Oil Rush Ministries- There are some who feel a donation to Bakken Oil Rush would be helpful at the present time. In the past we have looked at the overage of the budget at the end of the year and made our donations to this and other Missions. It was reported that the budget is being put together for next year. There is a request that a line item for Bakken Oil Rush be added to the budget so they have support on a regular basis from our congregation. 
  4. Secretary Position- Pastor Bob asked the trustee board to hire a secretary for the Church on a part time basis. He thinks he could use some help for about 5-10 hours a week. Melanie Smith, who presently works part time for Crosspoint Church will start the first of November. 
  5. Larry Nelson requested that members give their input on landscaping. He and Ralph Skoglund have looked into a few options but are encouraging members to contact them or another trustee if they have ideas. 
  6. Snow Removal- Pat Darrington will be hired to clear snow for the church.
  7. Bruce Mittinger- Dennis Hodnefield reported meeting with Bruce about the wall cracks and foundation issues. Jeff Kindel has been lined up to make these repairs. 


Pastor Bob led the congregation in a closing prayer.

[Facilitator Name] adjourned the meeting at 12:00.

Minutes submitted by:  Barb Johnson

Pastor’s Annual Report, 2017

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.  Galatians 1:3-5

“To deliver us from the present evil age…” Some of us are thankful for God’s promise of deliverance and are glad to put 2016 behind us.  Our country was overrun by politics and terrorism and division in ways I’ve never seen before.  At Living Faith there were many challenging life events that impacted all of us and caused us to draw near to each other with support and love.  Jesus taught us to expect trials and tribulations but not to lose heart for He is with us to help us in every circumstance.  Ps 121 promises:  

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Through all the ups and downs of life God’s blessings continue to flow down on us.  Our first year in the new building saw many new visitors and we’ve more than doubled our numbers at worship and the many ministry events happening each month.  There was enough funds to pay off the small loan we took out to complete the construction and the dream of being debt free has become a reality!  We are committed to reaching our community together and all of our outreach centers around our core values; we remain Bible Centered, Family Focused and Mission Driven.  It’s exciting to see what God has done and I can’t wait to see what he has for us in 2017!

Records show that there were five baptisms, one confirmation and one funeral in 2016.   

Blessings in the coming year,

Pastor Bob

Elder Report

  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  First of let me thank you for the opportunity and trust that you have shown in allowing us to serve you as elders.

  The act of serving the Lord and you at the same time is a challenging one and often seems overwhelming. We covet your prayers and welcome any comments that you may have as to things that you would like to have us work on.

  We encourage each of you to become involved in the spiritual work of the church and are open to suggestions as to things you would like to see and get involved in.

  We are so encourage by all that you are involved in, Faith Finders, bible studies, women’s ministries, Bakken’ Ministries.

  We are working on getting the men together once a month to share and get to know each other. Even men need each other as we fight the spiritual battles in our life’s and in our families.

  It is our prayer that we may join together  as a church body as we share Jesus with the Watford City community. We are looking forward to how our church will be used in 2017

    In Christ,

                                                                            Dan Bundy - Elder

January 16, 2017

Greetings Living Faith Family,

Since we joined Living Faith it has been exciting to see it grow.  I remember the services in the Presbyterian Church and how we couldn’t wait to get our own building.  It was always in the back of my mind that after we had our own space things would grow faster and with God’s Grace it has.  Our church has demonstrated a sense of belonging, growing, serving and reaching.

It is so exciting to see all the outreach our growing church family provides to the community and within, from meals for people that are sick, or suffered loss to a helping hand when it is needed.  It has also been fun to see the growth in the number of kids in our church.  Sometimes I think the kids outnumber the adults and I can’t think of anything better than seeing this.

With all our busy lives it is great to see people take an active role in modeling core values with one purpose, to Glorify God.  More and more are engaging in activities that promote the churches mission of making disciples.  This cements our mission of being Bible Centered, Family Focused and Mission Driven.  

Our goal is to remain vigilant and true to our mission of shepherding our flock.  I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for our church family.

Kent Pedersen  


Trustee Board Annual Report

Trustee Board Members:  Justin Smith, Kent Pedersen, Chad Ellis, and Larry Nelson.

In 2016 the trustee board and joint board met most months.  The board worked on:  concrete parking aprons, tree planting, janitorial help, and church signage.  God has richly blessed our congregation.

In 2017 the board plans to use the remaining building funds to install a new church sign, finish landscaping around the immediate building, and plant more trees.  Yard maintenance will continue to be done on a volunteer basis.  God has richly blessed our congregation and continues to make the dream of having our own church building a reality.  We ask for prayer in making good financial decisions as we prepare to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.    

Ephesians 2: 19-22

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.  

Justin W. Smith

Trustee Board

Faith Finders

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.  Matthew 18: 1-5

Faith Finders currently meets every Wednesday at 5:30 with 13 students attending.  We had 2 new teachers join our team this year Ashley Marmon (Pre-K - K), Melissa Jacobson (1-2) and our returning teacher is Anita Pedersen (3rd-6th). Eric Pearson and Rachel Thramer volunteered to help with snack preparations this year which has proved to very helpful.  

Our students are learning from a new curriculum this year called “Dig In.” This curriculum is based on the life of Jesus and is unique as it allows the teachers to design their lessons according to how they like to teach.  Both the teachers and the students have enjoyed this program. 

Faith Finders continues to teach our students about serving others.  We currently have 20 duffle bags filled for our local Social Services group.  Each bag contains a toothbrush, flashlight, blankets, teddy bear, book and brush or comb.  We also make homemade cards and send them to those who are in need of a little pick-me-up.  Faith Finders also purchased gifts for the Angel Tree in Watford City. We were able to provide Christmas gifts for 4 children in need.  Last year our students put together 2 family Easter baskets for families in need in our community.  

Our prayer for our students is to grow in their faith and love for our Heavenly Father, that they would learn to be kind, serve others and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We would like to thank you, our church family for supporting our children’s program and we ask that you would continue to uphold our student and this program in prayer.  

In Christ,

Jena Jenks - Superintendent of Faith Finders


The hospitality committee has had a productive and enjoyable year.   We have initiated a new program, where the women of the church get together on the first Saturday of the month and cook freezer meals that we can distribute to families that have sickness, have lost a love one or just need some help.   Thanks to Amanda Wisness, we have cards with a Bible verse and introduction from the Living Faith Women, so that the recipient knows who has given the meal to them and that we are praying for them.   

The committee also has organized many pot luck dinners and continues to make sure our Sunday morning coffee hour has goodies and coffee and juice.  

One of the pot lucks that we organized was a meet and greet for all the new babies and their families in the congregation.   We decorated in pinks and blues and welcomed the new little ones into our Living Faith Family.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have, cooked, baked, set up, broke down and manned the kitchen.

We are truly blessed and look forward to what 2017 has in store for us to do.  

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Bundy and Karen Lawson

Decorating Committee Annual Report 2016

He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

Our mission as a decorating committee is to create simple and beautiful surroundings in our church both inside and out.  We have had a fun year working in the church and changing the seasonal décor.   We have purchased a number of seasonal items that can be used for many years to come.  This year we added floral candle rings for the candles in the sanctuary windows.  Flameless candles are being used for safety within the church.  Two pieces of art have been donated this past year and have been added to the fellowship hall.  The exterior entrance of the church has two pots that we filled with flowers/plants for spring, summer, and fall.

In 2017 our goals are to purchase blinds for the fellowship hall, pastor’s office, classrooms, and kitchen in the spring.  We will be ordering flowers for the Living Cross in celebration of Easter Sunday.  

We would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out in any way this past year.  We hope as a committee that we can make our church a welcoming and peaceful place to gather and worship as a family in Christ.

Angela I. Smith

Barb Johnson

Decorating Committee Leaders

Ladies Night Out 2016 Report

Amanda Wisness & Ashley Marmon

Ladies Night Out (LNO) is a monthly (2nd Thursday of each month) event hosted by the women of Living Faith church that fosters relationships amongst sisters in Christ within our church body and community.  A typical event consists of a devotion, door prize, food & fellowship.  We continue to average around 10-15 women per event, with several regular attenders from other churches within our community.  We have three larger events planned for 2017 (Movie Night, Spa Event, & Kickoff Event).  We would like to thank each person who attended, hosted, or helped with the LNO events during this past year.  We appreciate you!

Year in review 

  • January 14th  -  Cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • February 11th  -  Movie Night  -  The movie, “War Room” was shown at the church.  Popcorn and goodies were provided.
  • March 10th -  Was held at Karen Lawson’s home.
  • April 9th  -  Gallery On the Go painting party/coffee social  - 
    Gallery On the Go instructor, Karen Leiseth taught us how to paint.  We painted a picture titled “Family Tree” while we sipped on lattes/coffee, ate goodies and visited.
  • May  -  Cancelled
  • June - August  - No events
  • September 17th - LNO “Kickoff” Event  - 
    A brunch was served and our guest speaker, Christine Lawson shared about God's Grace and faithfulness in times of trial and hardship. 
  • October 13th  -  Was held at Karen Lawson’s home.
  • November 10th  -  Was held at Myrna Nelson’s home.
  • December 8th  -  Cancelled due to inclement weather.  

Restoration Family

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5

This past year Restoration Family held 3 events.  The first was around Easter time, we gathered at the church and made barn wood crosses.  This fall we hosted a Fall Harvest party at the Jenks farm.  We enjoyed live music, wagon rides, games, food and fellowship.  In December we gathered back at the church for goodies and a Christmas movie “The Nativity.”

Restoration Family is a ministry that was formed in hopes to bring families and our church family together.  We feel that sometimes in the busyness of life, time spent together has the tendency to get thrown on the back burner. As this ministry continues to grow, our hope is to bring back the family dynamic and to strengthen the connection between our families.  

In Christ,

Jena Jenks

Deb Hagen

Melissa Jacobson 


January 18, 2017

My dear church family,

I knew we were busy all year in many areas of ministry and outreach but until I put this together I didn’t remember just how busy!  It was a fun year and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us in 2017.  

Pastor Bob

Here’s some highlights I pulled from the bulletins:


  • The Life Tree Café continued on Sunday evenings throughout the winter.
  • Wednesday bible study, confirmation and Faith Finders also continued.
  • We carried a balance of 169,588 in debt on our building. 
  • Jan. 17-Mission Sunday:  Focus on Chad
  • Jan. 22-Family Restoration Event:  Family Night at the Church


  • Business meeting and pot luck supper (rescheduled from January to Feb. 14)
  • Lent started on Feb 10 with an Ash Wednesday Service.
  • Feb. 28 & March 6-New Members Class
  • Wednesdays-Lent soup & study.
  • Family events:  Evelyn Lee Jacobson was born prematurely.  Frank Parker passed away.


  • March 20/Palm Sunday-Restoration Family Event pot luck & Easter Program (included making Easter crosses.)
  • Maundy Thursday-during Holy Week.  Family worship & communion service remembering the Last Supper.
  • Easter Sunday-Resurrection Service featuring the Living Cross of Flowers.


  • Debt Free!  Council decided to pay off our construction loan!
  • Women’s Ministry-Quarterly Business Meeting followed by “Gallery on the Go” Painting Party.
  • Ladies’ Night Out Monthly gathering was at Linda Bundy’s .
  • April 17-Baptism of Svea and Ryvin Pearson.
  • April 24-Quarterly Business Meeting


  • Pastor Bob went to Israel for two weeks.
  • Mothers’ Day
  • Asha Smith graduated High School with a reception at the church following the ceremony.
  • Paul and Mikki Schlosser gave a mission presentation on Nicaragua.
  • Evelina Lee Jacobson was baptized.


  • Fathers’ Day
  • Summer Sermon Series:  Letters from Christ to the Seven Churches, from the Book of Revelation.
  • Mission Sunday:  Islam in Chad


  • CLBA Annual Convention.  Theme:  Undone; scripture reference:  Isaiah 6; concept:  Paul Larsen, CLBA President, brought the message via recording from the CLBA Convention Floor to our congregation.
  • The Sounds of the Trumpet, featuring Joel Finnesgard.  
  • Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Israel Trip Presentation:  Eight local pastors gave the impressions from the May Pilgrimage.
  • Summer Bible Study-Biblical Foundations on Wednesday Mornings
  • Mission Sunday-LBIM:  Undone (Chad)


  • Global Leadership Summit came to Watford City, hosted by Watford City Assembly of God Church.
  • One of our weekly memory verses was 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
  • Anita Pedersen completed her Doctorate Studies and received her degree as a Nurse Practitioner.
  • Timothy Kindel was baptized at Lake Sakakawea.


  • Faith Finders Kick-Off
  • Jeff Allen Comedy club Fundraiser for Bakken Oil Rush Community
  • Portraits taken for our new Church Directory
  • Installation of teachers.
  • Fall Sermon Series:  Activating God Space
  • Kick-off of Small Groups:  The Meaning of Marriage & The Reason for God, by Tim Keller
  • Women’s Ministry begins monthly meal prep at the church filling the freezer at church for those who are in need.


  • Family Restoration Harvest Hey Day!  Wagon rides & cook out at the Jenks Homestead.
  • Monthly Men’s Breakfast begins.
  • Quarterly Business Meeting-Three new members joined the church:  Melissa and Brett Jacobson and Ashley Marmon.
  • Mission Sunday featured Dan Venberg, mission mobilizer for the CLBA.
  • Pot luck welcoming all the new babies of the congregation
  • Ladies’ Night Out monthly gathering continues at the home of Karen Lawson this month.
  • Leadership Summit took place at our Redeemers in Minot.
  • Israel presentation-Pastor Bob’s insights & Experiences in Israel.
  • Concert with Vern Baardson.


  • Faith Finders pot luck.
  • Freezer Meal Ministry continues.
  • Election Day- (Praise God, no more debates!)
  • Men’s Breakfast continues.
  • Gathering Place-Bakken Oil Rush Thanksgiving Meal.
  • Nelson Anniversary Open House
  • Advent Supper & Service started at the end of the month.
  • Faith Finders began 6 weeks of preparations & rehearsals for the Christmas Pageant.


  • Advent Candle lighting & Advent Sermon Series.
  • Special children’s message featuring Dave Lysakes & Andy, the Dummy.
  • Bakken Oil Rush Christmas Program
  • Family Movie Night, showing “The Nativity”
  • The Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Cash Wise
  • Lefse making
  • Faith Finders Christmas Program
  • Dec. 24-Family Candlelight Service 

(I wrote the following in last year’s letter but it seems relevant still!)

Please remember that the church isn’t the building, that’s just a tool.  The real location of the church is within each of us, we are the hands and feet and voice of God in our community, workplace and home.  May God richly bless you in the coming year and may you feel challenged to discover what God has waiting for you to do in 2017.  

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)


Pastor Bob