South Congregational Church By-Laws

SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
United Church of Christ
242 Salmon Brook Street ~ P.O. Box 779
Granby, Connecticut 06035

BYLAWS
(May, 2012 Revision)

SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Granby, Connecticut

BYLAWS

(Revised May, 2012)

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Article Page

I. Name      1

II. Purpose      1

III. Statement of Faith      3

IV. Sacraments      3

V. Membership      4

VI. Government      4

VII. Officers      4

VIII. Organizational Structure      7

Organization Chart       8

Church Council      9

Board of Deacons      11

Board of Christian Education      12

Board of Christian Outreach    13

Board of Christian Fellowship    14

Board of Finance    15

Board of Property    16

Board of Stewardship    17

Board of Membership    18

Board of Music     19

IX. Meetings    20

X. Revisions    21

SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Granby, Connecticut

BYLAWS

( May, 2012 Revision)

Introduction

We at South Congregational Church recognize that we are each on a journey of faith. All of us are at different points on that journey with widely different backgrounds and levels of faith. Our aim is to help each other as we continue to grow in our understanding of, and commitment to, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Article ONE:  Name

South Congregational Church was founded in November of 1872, incorporated in February of 1902, and is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Article TWO:  Purpose

I.  Accounts of the early church in the book of Acts provide the direction and purpose around which we gather as a congregation.  Our mission as a congregation is as follows:

II.  Centered in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, we are South Congregational Church.

      Attentive to the Gospel, our ministry invites and offers:

A. Worship:  Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament and seeking to walk in his ways.

B.  Teaching: Teaching the Christian Faith through educational opportunities for all ages.

C.  Outreach:   Caring for each other and our neighbors through Christian outreach in our community, state, nation and world.

D.  Fellowship: Nurturing fellowship in the context of a Christian Community.

1

  1. We  the people of South Congregational Church, believe that all people are  created in God’s image, and are loved and blessed by God.  We are an open congregation that welcomes all people including those of any age, race, gender, nationality, faith background, economic and social status, marital standing, family structure, physical or mental  health and ability, and sexual orientation or gender.  We affirm that all people are children of God, and are invited to participate in the full membership, leadership, sacraments, and blessings of this church.

Article THREE:  Statement of Faith

 

We are covenantal in theology and congregational in governance.  We hold in reverence the historic creeds of the church and we affirm the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ as our own.  That Statement of Faith is as follows:

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit,

God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God,

and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being,

create persons in your own image,

and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared

through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior,

you have come to us and shared our common lot,

conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit,

creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ,

binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into your church

to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,

to be your servants in the service of others,

to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,

to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,

to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you

forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,

courage in the struggle for justice and peace,

your presence in trial and rejoicing,

and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.  Amen.

Article FOUR:  Sacraments

I.  The administration of the Sacraments shall be the concern of the Minister(s) and the

     Board of Deacons.

II.  The Sacrament of Baptism shall be celebrated in a service of worship or under such

      circumstances as are appropriate for the church and the persons involved.  Persons not

      baptized in infancy shall be baptized upon their confession of faith.

III.  The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper shall be celebrated at least twelve times per year.  All who profess a Christian Faith shall be invited to participate.

Article FIVE:  Membership

I.  Persons joining the church shall be received into membership at a service of worship

      in one of the following ways:

      A.   Confession of Faith.

      B.   Confirmation. or

      C.   Letter of Transfer.

II.  Any member in good standing who desires a Letter of Transfer and recommendation

      to any other church is entitled to receive one upon written request.

III. The Clerk shall review the church membership rolls annually with particular        attention to those members whose addresses are unknown or who for a period of five years neither attended, communicated with, nor supported the church in any way.  The Clerk shall report these members to the Board of Deacons who, after careful investigation of the member's circumstances, may retire the member to an inactive status.  Should circumstances later change, the Board of Deacons may return the member to active status.

Article SIX:  Government

This church shall be governed in accordance with congregational traditions and polity, and shall exercise free, responsible management of its own affairs.  As a member of the United Church of Christ it shall be bound in covenant to participate in councils, associations and conferences as may be appropriate to such membership.

Article SEVEN:  Officers

I.  The officers of this church shall consist of the:

      A.   Minister(s).

      B.   Moderator.

      C.   Assistant Moderator.

      D.   Senior Deacon.

      E.   Chairperson of the Board of Finance.

      F.   Treasurer.

      G.   Assistant Treasurer, and

      H.   Clerk.

II.  The Senior Minister: shall be called by a three-fourths vote of the members present at a duly called meeting of the church membership.  The Senior Minister  shall be  responsible for the spiritual welfare of the church with the assistance of the       Board of Deacons and shall:

 

A.   Seek to enlist persons as followers of Christ.

B.   Preach the Gospel.

C.   Administer the Sacraments.

D.   Conduct public worship.

E.   Offer guidance and counseling.

F.   Administer the affairs of the church in cooperation with the Boards and the

                  Committees of the church.

           G.  Represent the membership at all functions involving the interests of the

                  church,  and

           H.  Be a member ex-officio of all boards.

III.  The Associate Minister shall be called by a three-fourths vote of the members

         present at a duly called meeting of the church membership.  Responsibilities for the

         Associate Minister shall be decided collaboratively among the Senior Minister, the

         Board of Deacons, the Personnel Committee, and the  Church Council.  A position

         description delineating these responsibilities shall be on file with the Personnel

         Committee.  The Associate Minister reports directly to the Senior Minister.

IV.  Termination of a pastorate, by either Minister, may occur

A.  Ninety days after written notice by the Minister or,

            B.  Ninety days after written notice by the church in accordance with a two-

                  thirds vote of members present at a meeting properly noticed for  that purpose.

V.  The Moderator shall:

A.   Preside over the  Church Council.

B.   Provide direction to activities essential to the life of the church.

C.   Support the Minister(s) in church administrative functions.

D.  Work with the Minister(s), the Assistant Moderator, and the

                  Church Council to establish the monthly agenda for Church Council meetings.

              E.   Seek input from the Congregation, the Minister(s), and Church Council

                   members in identifying important issues facing the church and planning ways

                   to address them.

F.   Give input to the Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee on the Senior

                  Minister's performance of administrative responsibilities.

            G.   Provide backup support to the Minister(s) in performing

                  administrative functions of the church, and

H.  Facilitate progress toward church goals and effective performance of             

                   each board's responsibilities using appropriate administrative follow-up.

I.   As authorized by the Church Council, act on behalf of the Council when time

                 or other  considerations make it expedient to do so,  and,

  1. With the Minister(s) and Church Council plan and implement Congregational

      Meetings as appropriate.

VI.   The Assistant Moderator shall:

           A.  Work with the Moderator in discharging the duties of the office.

           B.   Have the full power of the office in the absence of the Moderator, and,

           C.  Chair the Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee.

 

  1. The Senior Deacon shall be the chairperson of the  Board of Deacons and shall, with the Minister(s) and the Board of Deacons, plan for  the  spiritual life and well-being of the church.

VIII.  The Chairperson of the Board of Finance shall act with the Board of Finance in the financial matters of the church.  The Chairperson, together with the Treasurer, shall have authority to receive, buy, sell, exchange, or subscribe for stocks, bonds, or other securities and to execute and deliver necessary documentation; or  may

            delegate such responsibilities to the Treasurer or an Assistant Treasurer.

IX.  The Treasurer shall have oversight all financial matters pertaining to the mission and    

        operation of the church.  The Treasurer shall:

A.   Participate in all policy and planning issues as they pertain to fiscal matters

       of the church.

  1. Supervise the Assistant Treasurer of Revenue and the Assistant Treasurer of

       Expenditure in the discharge of their respective responsibilities.

C.   Ensure that proper measures of accountability are in place.

D.   Be the Financial Officer of the church and, as such, shall be bonded, and

E.   Be an ex-officio member of the Board of Finance.

X.  The Assistant Treasurer of Revenue shall receive and deposit all moneys of the

      church at the direction of Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer of Revenue shall:

            A.  Keep an accurate record of all receipts.

B.  Provide appropriate statements to all contributors.

  C.  Have knowledge of all financial records and procedures of the church.

D.  Have the full powers of the Treasurer in the absence of the Treasurer and,

                  as such, will be bonded, and

  1. Provide other support pertaining to the revenue of the church as directed

       by the Treasurer.

XI. The Assistant Treasurer of Expenditure shall:

             A.  Pay all bills of the church as specified in the annual budget of the church.

             B.  Pay any non-budgeted bills of the church as directed by the Treasurer.

             C.  Have knowledge of all financial records and procedures of the church.

             D.  Have the full powers of the Treasurer in the absence of the Treasurer and,

                   as such, shall be bonded, and

  1. Provide other support pertaining to the expenditures of the church as directed

      by the Treasurer.

XII.  The Clerk shall:

A.   Keep a record of the church proceedings.

B.   Act as secretary of the Church Council.

C.   Keep an up‑to‑date register of church members.

            D.  Record baptisms, marriages, funerals and deaths of church members, and                 E.    Conduct official correspondence when requested.

XIII.  Terms:  The Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer(s),

           Clerk, and Member-at-Large shall be elected at the Annual Meeting to serve for

three years and may be re-elected to a second term. Upon recommendation of the Board of Stewardship and approval by the Church Council, any officer may serve subsequent terms.

Article EIGHT:  Organizational Structure

 

  1. The organizational structure of the church shall consist of the Church Council, which consists of the Member-at-Large and the Chairpersons or designees of the nine boards stated herein.  These are: the Board of Deacons, the Board of Christian Education, the Board of Christian Outreach, the Board of Christian Fellowship, the Board of Finance, the Board of Property, the Board of Stewardship, the  Board of Membership, and the Board of Music.
  1. The Member-at-Large shall represent the congregation at large.

III.      Each board  shall consist of five to nine members, with the exception of the Board

of Music (6) the Board of Finance (3), the Board of Property (6), and the Board of Stewardship (7).  Terms shall be in a rotation of three years with an option for a second term. Upon recommendation of the Board of Stewardship and approval by the Church Council, the Member-at-Large or any board member may serve subsequent terms. A person must be a member of South Church in order to serve on a board, or standing committee or as the Member-at-Large.

IV.     In addition to these boards, ad hoc committees and specific task forces  may be appointed by the Church Council.  A person may serve on such committee or task  force without being a member of South Church.  Standing committees are: Personnel and Pastor- Congregation Relations, each of which reports directly to the Church Council.

A.  The Personnel Committee shall recommend to the Church Council job

                  descriptions, and general personnel policies for employees and volunteers,

                   as well as compensation and benefits packages for employees.  Its

                  composition and term of office shall be determined by the Church Council.

B.  The Pastor- Congregation Relations Committee shall:

1.  Conduct an annual review of the Senior Minister.

2.  Identify needs that are not being met by the church’s 

                              organizational structure.

3.  Be chaired by the Assistant Moderator and consist of:

a.  one member from the Board of Deacons.

b.  one member from the Board of Christian Education.

c.  one member chosen by the Board of Stewardship.

d.  the Member-at-Large.

ORGANIZATION CHART


II.   THE CHURCH COUNCIL

“   Write the vision; make it plain . . .

            for still the vision awaits its time . . .”              (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

 

A.   Purpose:

1. To act with God's leading on behalf of the Congregation.

2. To formulate plans for the long-range goals of the church and to assist

          all church  boards to implement those plans.

3. To act as a communications link and a sounding board between the Congregation

    and the various boards.

B.   Members:

           The Church Council shall consist of the officers of the church, the Chair people representing each of the boards, and a Member-At-Large representing the Congregation.

C.   Responsibilities.  The Church Council  shall:

1. Be considered the governing board of the church and shall act on behalf of the 

            Congregation between Annual Meetings.

2. Work with the Minister(s) to establish long range planning goals and intermediate  

            goals for the church, and communicate that planning to the Congregation.

3. Seek to develop, equip and enhance the lay and professional leadership of the  

            church.

     4.    Provide for the study of important issues including the establishment of

            committees which will report back to the Church Council with ideas and

            strategies.

     5.   Monitor growth patterns so that both planning and response to trends will be           

           appropriate and effective.

6. Facilitate effective administration of  church activities and policies.

                      7. Appoint  an ad hoc Committee when necessary which shall act in  an

            advisory role.

8.   Review and approve policy recommendations  from the ad hoc committees.

9. Review and approve the appointment and dismissal of church staff except the

            Minister(s).

10.  Approve and assist in establishing new programs and groups based upon the needs

            of the Congregation.

11.  Appoint delegates to represent the church at Conference and Association

            meetings.

12.  Provide for a means of effective communication between the boards and the

           Church Council, and between the Church Council  and the Congregation.

     13.  Call a Congregational Meeting upon the written request of twenty or more church

            members and provide the planning and leadership for such meetings in

            accordance with Article NINE of these Bylaws.

14.  Provide for discussion and resolution of any question in interpreting the Holcomb

            Fund Directives or these Bylaws.

15.  Plan and provide for the Annual Meetings of the church.

     16.  Prepare a budget for the  Council and request said funding through  

            the Board of Finance in the annual budget process.

17. Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to

           assist future members of the Council.

      18.  Prepare a proposed slate from members of the congregation to act as an ad hoc

             Search Committee. Such slate shall be presented to the congregation at a duly   

             called meeting for purposes of approving and/or amending the proposed slate.    

             The Search Committee's purpose is to seek, interview, negotiate with and  

             recommend to the congregation a call for a Settled Senior Minister.   A similar  

             procedure will be followed for calling an Associate Minister except that the     

             Senior Minister shall be a member of this committee.

     19.           Lead the search for, interview, negotiate salary and benefits (with input from

               the Personnel Committee on salary and benefits), and hire a Transitional

               Senior Minister when a vacancy occurs.  Such person shall serve until a

               Settled Senior Minister is called.

III.  THE  BOARD OF DEACONS

. . . and they devoted themselves to prayers, to the breaking of bread,

            and to the praise of God . . .”              (Acts 2:42,47)

 

A.  Purpose To oversee the worship service and provide for the spiritual life of the

                 church family.

B.  Responsibilities:

1. Aid the Minister(s) in all aspects of both organized and informal worship.

  2.    Oversee all accommodations necessary to provide access to worship and

       Communion.

 

3. Collaborate and coordinate with the Minister(s) in the spiritual life and work

            of the church.

 

   4. Act in the minister’s stead or provide for ministerial coverage when required.

5. Assist in the administration of the Sacraments.

6. Provide representation on the Board of Music  by designating a member of  the

            Board of Deacons to serve on that Board.

7. Provide representation on the Pastor-Congregation Committee by designating a member of the Board of Deacons to serve on that Committee.

  1. Act with the Minister(s) and the Board of Membership in a program to attract and

        welcome people to come as they are wherever that is on their faith journey.

9. Provide for the care and nurture of the members and families of the church.

10. Receive and allocate memorial gifts directed to the church in accordance with     

            guidelines established by the Board of Finance.

11. Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church Council.

12. Prepare a budget for the Board of Deacons and request said funding through the Board of Finance in the annual budget process.

 

13. Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to assist future members of the board.

     14.            Oversee the use, care and maintenance of the sanctuary.

IV.  THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

 

“Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass”

(Deuteronomy 32:2)

 

 

A.   Purpose: To provide an effective and continuing educational program that nurtures the church family in Christian faith and mission, enabling each to mature as a person of faith.

 

B.  Responsibilities:

 

  1. Plan, implement and oversee the total educational faith formation ministry of the church which includes:  Nursery, children’s programming, Youth Fellowship, Confirmation Program and Adult Faith Formation.
  2. Appoint and support an individual(s) who is responsible for the weekly management of our children’s learning opportunities.
  3. Develop annual faith formation programming and other educational opportunities as appropriate.
  4. Recruit, train and support educational facilitators and other support staff.
  5. Develop and support annual mission programs that coincide and enrich children and youth faith formation.
  6. Communicate all educational related activities through South Wind, bulletins, and the church website.
  7. Develop a church library and encourage its use which includes appointing and supporting a Librarian as needed.

  8. Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church Council.

 9.   Prepare budget for the Board and request said funding through the                           

       Board of Finance in the annual budget process.

10.  Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the        

       church and to assist future members of the board.

 11.  Develop Adult faith formation opportunities.

 12.  Support the Confirmation program.

V.  THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

. . . and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed

            them to all as any had need . . .”              (Acts 2:45)

 

A.  Purpose: To enlist and encourage the church family in identifying and             responding to mission concerns.

B.  Responsibilities:

1.  Establish mission policy for the church.

        2. Provide fiscal and program support to the mission of the United  Church of Christ  as an expression of a covenantal relationship.

  3. Actively educate members of the congregation as to the church's mission and encourage their response.

4.  Seek to ever improve the congregation’s ability to more fully provide outreach to

          the global community.

5.  Receive and expend  mission monies from the operating budget

         and those made available by the congregation and the community.

6.  Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church

          Council.

7.  Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication with the church and to

          assist future members of the Board.

VI.  THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

 

            “ . . . we are members, one of another . . .”              (Ephesians 4:25)

 

A.  Purpose:

            1.  To foster Christian fellowship opportunities.

2.  To provide for the continuing formation of Christian community.

3.  To attend to the need that all Christians have to belong to one another.

B.  Responsibilities:

1.  Provide for ongoing Christian fellowship opportunities within the church family at  

          least quarterly.

 

2.  Provide for coffee hour after worship each week.

3.  Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the  Church Council.

4. Prepare a budget for the Board and request said funding through the

    Board of Finance in the annual budget process.

5. Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to

         assist future members of the board.

VII  THE BOARD OF FINANCE

            “ . . . for where you treasure is, there your heart shall also be . . .”              (Luke 12:34)

 

A.  Purpose: To provide for the oversight and administration of all matters of the church related to revenue, expenses, investments, and insurance.

B.  Responsibilities:

1.  Prepare and present  to the congregation an annual operating budget  of income      

     and expenses for the church.

2. Engage in short and long term planning to facilitate a whole church view for making spending decisions. To act as a clearing house for all non operating spending requests.

3. Ensure that appropriate liability, property, bonding, and workmen’s compensation

    insurance are in force for all matters pertaining to the operation and ministry of the

    church.

4. Ensure and provide appropriate investment oversight of all church endowments and/or

    accounts in accordance with fund guidelines.

5. Determine the annual allocations for use of the Holcomb Fund as directed by the   

    Holcomb Fund Guidelines and report said amount to the Board of Christian Outreach

    and the Board of Property.

6. Determine the annual allocation, if any, to the Property Discretionary Fund as directed

    by the Holcomb Fund Guidelines and report said amount to the Board of Property.

7. Promulgate guidelines for the Board of Deacons to determine allocation of memorial

    gifts directed to the church.

 

8. Initiate a full review of the Holcomb Fund and Bunnell Fund Guidelines at five year

    intervals, or when deemed necessary.

9. Direct the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer(s) in the discharge of their responsibilities

    as defined in the Bylaws. This includes recommendations for process improvements.

 

10. Request and secure an audit of church finances on an annual basis to be completed

      after the Financial Annual Meeting in January and prior to April first of each year.

11. Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church

      Council.

12. Record minutes of monthly meetings to enhance communication within the church

      and to assist future members of the committee.

VIII THE BOARD OF PROPERTY

“ . . . I love the habitation of thy house, O Lord,

            and the place where thy glory dwells . . .”              (Psalm 26:8)

A.  Purpose: To provide for planning, maintenance, improvements, and ongoing care of all church property and grounds.

B.  Responsibilities:

1.  Provide for the maintenance and ongoing care of church building(s) and

              grounds.

2.  Engage in short and long term planning for all building and grounds matters                 relating to church property.

3.  Ensure the regular maintenance on all serviceable equipment belonging to the

              church.

4.  Maintain an asset inventory of all buildings and contents belonging to the   

              church.

5.  Provide a depreciation schedule for the upkeep of all church buildings and   

              property.

            6.  Provide input to the Minister(s) in regard to the supervision of the custodial staff.

7.  Establish policies in regard to the use of church buildings and property.

8.  Oversee the use of the Property Discretionary Fund in providing upkeep,

              improvement, and repair of church buildings and grounds.

9.  Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the

              Church Council.

10.  Prepare a budget for the Board and request said funding through the Board of

                Finance in the annual budget process.

11.  Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and

                to assist future members of the committee.

IX THE BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP

. . . to each is given some manifestation

            of the Spirit for the common good . . .”              (I Corinthians 12:7)

 

A.  Purpose: To help God’s people grow in their relationship with God, as made known to us in Jesus, through the use of the time, talent and treasure God  has entrusted to them.

B. Responsibilities:

1.  Organize and conduct the annual collection of pledges for the operation of the 

          church programs and facilities.

2.  Develop and encourage additional venues for members and friends to support the

          church financially such as bequests, wills, and planned giving.

3.  Prepare a slate of officers and members for each board and nominate chair-people;

          submit slate to Congregation at Annual Meeting.

4.  Fill vacancies on boards during the year as necessary, with approval of the

          Church Council.

5.  Enhance and develop the leadership of the church using the talents and

          interests of  its members.

6.  Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church  

         Council.

            7.  Prepare a budget for the Board and request said funding through the Board of

          Finance in the annual budget process.

8.  Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to

          assist future members of the board.

X  THE BOARD OF MEMBERSHIP

 

“Those who received his word were baptized,

            and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”              (Acts 3:41)

A.  Purpose: To provide for the development, growth, and assimilation of membership within the church family.

B.  Responsibilities:

1.  Work with the Minister(s) and  staff in identifying potential members and extending  

     invitations to the church.

2.  Develop, recommend, and implement strategies for welcoming new members and

     increasing the membership base of the church.

3.  Develop strategies to advertise and make the ministry of South Church more visible in

     the wider community.

 

4.  Develop an electronic presence for South Church through web-page and emerging    

     technologies.

5.  Collaborate with the Board of Deacons in welcoming and assimilating new members.

 

6.  Encourage members to know each other  by providing various helps such as  a church

     photo directory.

 

7.  Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church

     Council.

8.  Prepare a budget for the Board and request said funding through the Board of Finance

     in the annual budget process.

9.  Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to

     assist future members of the board.

XI  THE BOARD OF MUSIC

“Praise God with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!”   (Psalm 100:3)

A.  Purpose: To provide an effective and meaningful ministry of music for the enhancement of the worship life of the church and for the enrichment of the community.

B. Responsibilities:

1. Work with the Director of Music in planning, overseeing and supporting the music

    program and choirs of the church.

2. Establish music policy for the church in conjunction with the Director of Music.

3. Assist in the enrichment of the congregation and community through the musical   

    arts.

4. Recruit  adults and youth with musical aptitude and interest to participate in the

    music program of the church.

5. Participate with the Board of Deacons and Minister (s) in planning for the worship

    life of the church  since music is an integral part of the worship experience.

6. Recommend through the appropriate channels of church governance any

    improvements, repairs, enhancements, or purchases of musical instruments for the  

    church.

7. Participate with the  Board of Finance in recommending compensation for the

    Director of Music.

8. Participate in the governance of the church through representation on the Church

    Council.

9. Prepare a budget for the  Board and request said funding through the Board of

    Finance in the annual budget process.

10. Record minutes of meetings to enhance communication within the church and to

      assist future members of the  Board.

Article NINE:  Meetings

A.  Parliamentary Authority.  All meetings of the church shall be conducted in  

      accordance with the most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised  

      except where otherwise specified in these bylaws.

B.  Annual Meeting: 

 

1.  The annual meeting of the church shall be held in May of each year and

           only after appropriate notice has been established.

2.  New elections of officers and board members shall be effective at the close of the  

     annual meeting.

3.  The annual financial meeting of the church shall be held in January of each year 

     and only after appropriate  notice has been established.

C.  Special Meetings.  Special meetings shall be called by the Clerk upon request of the

      Church Council, or upon written request of twenty or more church members,

      and only after appropriate notice has been established. 

D.  Notice.  Notice of all meetings shall be posted by the Clerk in the portico of the 

      church and in the church calendar at least fourteen days before the date of such  

      meeting.

E.  Quorum.  Quorum for any church meeting is determined as follows:

 1.  A simple majority of members  for any board or committee;

 2.  A two-thirds majority for the  Church Council;

 3 . At least thirty members for annual  meetings and special meetings.

F.  Voting:  Once a quorum is established, a simple majority vote of members

                    present is required for action by any Board or Committee and at any

                    congregational meeting, except in the case of a proposed amendment to

                    these bylaws which shall be accordance with Article TEN.

Article TEN:  Revisions

 

I.  Notice:  Any revision to these bylaws requires two congregational meetings, at

                   least one of which shall be the annual meeting.  The other may be a  

                   special meeting, but shall be at least thirty days before or after the  

                   annual meeting. 

A.  At the first meeting, the exact text of the proposed revision shall be

                   read.

B.   At the second meeting, the congregation may vote on the proposed

                   revision.

C.  Notice of each meeting shall contain the exact text of the proposed

      revision.

II.  Voting:  Once a quorum is established, approval by  two-thirds of the members

                     present is required to approve a proposed revision to these bylaws.   

Family Gathering Events

  • 1
  • 2

Sunday Services

Service Times

  • 8:30 am ~ Meditative
  • 10:00 am ~ Celebrative

 

Communion

Everyone is welcome to partake of communion.

  • 1st Sunday Each Month

 

Additional Info

Why UCC

thecomma-smaller

 

  • Never place a period where God has placed a comma,Read More
  • No matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here,
    Read More