Medina, MN. – During the Good Samaritan Knights of Columbus #13096 monthly council meeting, Grand Knight Dave Stumpf called a special election for the Office of Warden.
The Brother’s present nominated and elected Brother Jason A. Touw into the role. Brother Touw is a parishoner of Holy Name of Jesus and transferred to our council back in September 2015 as a 4th degree Knight. Since joining our council Brother Touw has been very active with attendance at numerous events, meetings, and helped redesign our council website which can be viewed at www.hnojkc.com. Prior to joining our council Touw was a member of the Marian Council 3827 Knights of Columbus in Bloomington, MN since 2009. Brother Touw helped develop the marketing program for the Bloomington Council bringing them to receive the State Marketing award in 2014. Prior to being a member in Bloomington Touw had been a Knight in Boca Raton, FL. at Our Lady of Lourdes council #11241 and joined the order of the Knights of Columbus in 2007 as a 3rd Degree at a ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Council in Pompano Beach, FL. He joined the ranks of the 4th degree at a ceremony in Orlando, FL 6 months later in the spring of 2008.
Launched in 2009 by the Supreme Office of the Knights of Columbus, the K of C “Coats for Kids” program has already provided more than 170,000 new coats to children in need. More than 1,200 K of C councils participated in this program in the past year and our council provides coats for kids that are in need and deliver them to the IOCP organization. Once again this year we will be participating in the project. Learn more form the below video or visit www.KofC.org/coats.
Our next breakfast buffet is Sunday November 15th. Proceeds from this breakfast will support the operations of the HNOJ kitchen. Support this worthy cause by signing up for one or both of these shifts:
1st shift: 6:15AM-10:15AM
2nd shift: 10:15AM-1:30PM
If you have further questions about this breakfast you can e-mail Breakfast Buffet Chair, Tom Silver, at email@example.com otherwise please sign up to help
Thanks to all who helped with the October 4th pro life breakfast. Our net (after expenses) came to approximately $1,400 all of which went to support pro life organizations!
On Thursday October 29th, 2015 the Good Samaritan Council 13096 was pleased to welcome our two newest members to the council. These gentleman were welcomed in during the major degree ceremony hosted by our Brother Knights at the St Joseph the Worker council in Maple Grove, MN.with 13 other catholic gentleman joining from various other councils twin cities wide. Also in attendance to welcome these new knights at this ceremony was our Grand Knight Dave Stumpf, 1st Year Trustee Dan Cincoskiand Brother knight / council webmaster Jason Touw.
Congratulations and welcome to the council Kent Krager & Charles Gonderinger.
Cyndie Gloe, Director of the Minnetonka Life Care Center, is asking for our help with the expansion of the Center. New space previously occupied by an adjacent salon will be added. Work will involve tear down of walls, cabinets, ceiling, flooring, sheet rocking, etc. The goal is to have this project completed by mid January.
Brother Greg Wacek and his partner Dave Peterson will be providing us with the details, i.e. timing, number of volunteers, specific tasks, etc. (You may recall that Greg completed the construction of a new room in the Center back in 2012.) Watch for these details in an upcoming announcement.
At this time, we are looking for a Knight to serve as the “Council Project Liaison”. This person would be responsible for communicating with Greg and/or Dave and coordinating KC Council volunteers. If interested, please contact Bill Swing.
We have been requested to participate with the annual SleepOut and Fire for Discipleship. This event is hosted by Holy Name of Jesus to benefit the IOCP. The event takes place from December 16th through December 17th. We as a council have signed up to participate on the evening of December 16th into 17th at midnight for one hour. Please consider joining us for prayers, companionship, brotherly discussions and supporting Chris Kostelc, Coordinator of Adult Formation; Murray Wolf, Pastoral Council Chair; and Deacon Dennis Hanson as they sleep outside in the dead of winter.
Learn more about this event here and if you are interested in participating please contact Earl Forrence
January 1st marks the half way point through the KC fraternal year. This is a good time to reflect on the Council’s activities over the past six months and to consider upcoming activities. As you make new year’s resolutions, please think about your involvement with the Council. It’s a great bunch of guys, activities are fun, and it hits the mark as far as discipleship goes.
It has been a busy six months. Take a look at these pictures that I feel capture the spirit of our Council during this time: http://hnojkc.org/index.cfm?pageid=182. The pictures don’t show all activities. Here’s a comprehensive list of activities/programs that were completed:
1.Fall Fest KC Grill
2.Coats for Kids to IOCP
3.Religious bracelets to HNOJ school children
4.Rosary for the unborn at site of the Memorial for the Unborn
5.Four RSVP scholarships to seminarians
6.Painting of the Good Samaritan Center
7.Building of shelving unit in storage room
8.Wednesday evening Faith Formation fine dining
9.“Get out the vote” program
10. Monthly lecturers reports
11. Special Needs Fall Class Bowling
12. Memorial Mass at St Anne’s with district councils
13. KC adoration chapel hour
14. Donation to Global Wheelchair Program
15. Donations to three pro-life organizations
16. Donation to HNOJ kitchen operation
17. Participation in KC Auxiliary Home Free Fund Raiser
18. KC breakfast buffets (two)
19. Tending the HNOJ-IOCP Discipleship Fire
20. Donation to IOCP discipleship program
21. Parking cars for Christmas Eve Mass
22. KC Christmas party
My appreciation to all who have contributed their time and energy to these projects!
If there’s been a theme for this past six months, I suggest that it is “communications” – better communications with other HNOJ ministries and better communications within our Council. Fr. Andrew has been especially helpful here and we look forward to working with him more as we move forward.
Another significant effort started in the first half was the complete review and rewrite of the Council bylaws. This effort, led by our Advocate and Trustees, involves a review of all facets of Council operations. This is good for our Council as it causes us to question current processes and if necessary modify them to better support the Council’s mission.
The time ahead promises to bring many new opportunities for us to serve our parish and community – opportunities to become better disciples of Christ. A number of 2015 activities have already been posted to the Council’s calendar at http://hnojkc.org/index.cfm/pageid/99 (click on “Open Item”). Those coming up are:
January 13th, KC Council Meeting, 7:30PM, Staff Lounge (in the office area behind reception desk). Rosary at 7:10PM.
January 23 – 25th, Annual Pro-Life Cinnamon Roll Bake Sale
January 31th, KC Free Throw Championship, 1:15PM, HNOJ Gym
February 1 – 6th, Immaculate Conception Icon, Adoration Chapel (service time to be determined)
February 14th, District Free Throw Championship, 1:15PM, HNOJ Gym
Wednesdays January 7th, 14th, 21st & February 4th, 11th, 25th: Faith Formation Evening: Fine Dining
Then there are also those projects that are in process or ongoing:
The “communications” theme will continue with Fr Andrew serving as our primary conduit to HNOJ ministries.
The Trustees will continue their work reviewing and rewriting the Council bylaws.
Discussions on “HNOJ Property enhancements” will continue.
The Council completed the painting of the sacristy & the Good Samaritan Center and also the building of the requested shelving unit last November. An “adopt an island” program will now be considered where parish groups and families would “adopt” flower bed(s) around the parish grounds.
A “rosary promotion” project would involve soliciting “inspiring Rosary essays” from parishioners and the publishing/distribution of selected essays in May, the month of Mary.
And finally, we should make a stronger effort at growing our Council. I ask that you make a concerted effort to share the good news of our Council with your friends and encourage them to join.
Please continue to monitor the Council web site at http://hnojkc.org for the latest Council news and activity updates.
Pictures featuring Fr. Fernando Ortega’s Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name of Jesus. We at HNOJ served as Fr. Fernando’s Teaching Parish for three years prior to his ordination. Fr. Fernando has been assigned to Divine Mercy in Fairbault.