*** New Church Documents Proposed ***
A church is an organization and as such it has a set of rules and regulations by which it abides. Church constitutions lay the groundwork for the organization of the church leadership, elections, missions and other important matters of business. It defines the purpose of the church. It addresses the issues our church hopes to cover through its various ministries. It also notes the church's legal status as a nonprofit, charitable organization.
Your Council has been working very hard to not only update our constitution to be in agreement with the current ELCA model constitution, but also our bylaws and continuing resolutions to reflect how our church is currently being run and to align them with the structure of a purpose driven church.
At the May 4, 2014 Congregation meeting the first vote of acceptance was received by a simple majority. The next approval required will be at the Nov, 2014 Congregation meeting where the constitution will be presented again for the second vote which will require a two thirds vote acceptance. Along with that the bylaws will be explained and presented for vote by a required one-half acceptance.
Under our current constitution, continuing resolutions are the prerogative of the church council only (by majority vote) and not subject to congregational vote. The November congregational meeting, therefore, will not include a vote to pass any continuing resolutions.
Congregation Council Secretary