A Summary of the Proposed Bylaws

Introduction and Rationale

In February, at Pastor Chris’s request, the Church Council agreed to review and revise the church’s bylaws. Pastor Chris wanted to do this for a few important reasons:

First, our current bylaws were adopted in 1987 and have been amended at least eight times over the last 30 years or so. It is generally a good practice to periodically review foundational documents like bylaws to make sure that they are serving their purpose, and helping our congregation serve its purpose. Our current bylaws reflect the practices and social contexts of the times that they were adopted and amended, and the simple fact is that First Congregational United Church of Christ, and the community we serve, have changed since 1987.

Second, our current bylaws have some gaps and inconsistencies in them. For example, some committees have very clear and robust portfolios (i.e., the bylaws spell out their responsibilities and there are a lot of them), while others either have no mandate or very few responsibilities. Or, as another example, there is no body of the church that is officially responsible for attracting new members. Part of the work of revising our bylaws is making sure that all of the core work of our congregation receives appropriate attention.

Third, our current bylaws include about 90 seats on various committees. Our average attendance hasn’t been above 90 since 2016, and it hasn’t been substantially above 100 since 2008! That means that a large portion of our congregation has to serve on one or more committees just to meet the requirements of our bylaws.

We hope that by revising the bylaws, we can make the governance of the congregation:

  • leaner, so that fewer people are occupied with committee work and more people have the chance to participate in the life of our church in other ways;
  • clearer, so that every committee of the church knows what its responsibilities are and can focus on those responsibilities;
    and,
  • more effective, so that our congregation is responsive to the needs of our community in the present and can adapt in the future.

Article 1: Our Covenant, Identity, and Purpose

Article 1 handles some basic material about the church: its covenant, its statement of identity and purpose, its name, and its polity. For the most part, this is the same as Articles 1-3 of the current bylaws. The only change is that the Statement of Identity and Purpose that we voted on in 2018 is now part of the bylaws.

Acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; accepting Holy Scripture as our rule of faith and practice; and recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the enjoyment of Christian ordinances, the public worship of God, and the advancement of God’s rule in the world; we do now, in the sight of God and invoking God’s blessing, solemnly covenant and agree with each other to associate ourselves to be a church of the Lord Jesus Christ, as warranted by the Word of God.

We agree to maintain the institution of the gospel, to submit ourselves to the orderly administration of the affairs of the church, and to walk together in love.

And this we do, depending on the aid of God.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is a Christian community that invites all people, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,

to worship the God who we encounter in our Lord Jesus Christ;

to participate in a community that welcomes and celebrates all people, while calling each of us toward greater wholeness in God;

to serve one another, the wider community, and the world with our time, talent, and treasure; and

to grow together in Christian faith and towards the kingdom that God has prepared for us

The name of this congregation shall be First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa).

First Congregational United Church of Christ shall be a part of the United Church of Christ, and shall sustain the relationships to the United Church of Christ described in the constitution and by-laws of the United Church of Christ, in their latest edition, that pertain to that relationship.

Article 2: Membership

Article 2 brings all of the information about membership under one article, and makes three major changes to how membership in the congregation of First Congregational United Church of Christ works.

First, it reduces the number of categories of membership from three to two by eliminating Affiliate Membership. In the current bylaws, affiliate members are “those persons who have been covenant members of the church, but who have not maintained their covenant relationship with the church in the prior year.”

Second, it gives different responsibilities and privileges to Covenant Members (those members who are only members of our congregation) and Associate Members (those members who also retain membership in another congregation). Under the current bylaws, the only difference is that Associate Members may not serve as moderator. Under the proposed bylaws, Associate Members also may not be officers of the church or serve on the Church Council, Boards, or Standing Leadership Teams.

Third, it sets standards for removing people from the congregation’s membership rolls.

Church membership is open to any person who recognizes the Lordship of Jesus Christ, who desires to grow and mature in the Christian faith, and who indicates a desire to exercise the privileges and responsibilities of membership.

Church membership shall not be denied on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

Individuals may be accepted as members of First Congregational United Church of Christ in three ways:

By presenting a satisfactory letter of transfer to the Membership and Engagement Leadership Team. 

By confession of faith and affirmation of baptism in the presence of the congregation.

By confession of faith and baptism in the presence of the congregation.

First Congregational United Church of Christ recognizes two types of members: Covenant Members and Associate Members.

2.3.1 Covenant Members

Covenant Members are those members who recognize First Congregational United Church of Christ as their sole or primary church community.

2.3.1.1 Responsibilities of Covenant Members

Covenant Members:

  • Attend the services of First Congregational United Church of Christ as regularly as possible;
  • Participate in the rites of the church, including communion;
  • Support the work of the local church, the denomination, and the wider Christian church with their time, talent, and treasure; and,
  • Share in the responsibilities of the congregation.

2.3.1.2 Privileges of Covenant Members

Covenant Members are permitted to:

  • Vote in congregational meetings;
  • Serve as officers of the church;
  • Serve on any council, board, team, or committee of the church; and,
  • Enjoy other privileges as defined in the policies of the congregation.

2.3.2 Associate Members

Associate Members are those members who wish to be affiliated with First Congregational United Church of Christ, but who also wish to retain their primary affiliation with another congregation.

2.3.2.1 Responsibilities of Associate Members

Associate Members:

  • Attend the services of First Congregational United Church of Christ regularly;
  • Participate in the rites of the church;
  • Support the work of the local church with their time, talent, and treasure, in proportion to their interest; and,
  • Share in the responsibilities of the congregation in proportion to their interest.

2.3.2.2 Privileges of Associate Members

Associate Members are permitted to:

  • Vote in congregational meetings;
  • Serve on ad hoc leadership teams; and
  • Enjoy other privileges as defined in the policies of the congregation.

Associate Members are not permitted to:

  • Serve as officers of the church;
  • Serve on the Church Council;
  • Serve on the church’s Boards; or,
  • Serve on the church’s Standing Leadership Teams.

The Membership and Engagement Leadership Team shall maintain the membership roll of the church. At least once every year, they shall remove from the roll: 

  • Those who have died; 
  • Those who have requested a Letter of Transfer to another congregation; 
  • Those who have otherwise requested their removal from the rolls; and,

Those who have failed to maintain their covenant or affiliate membership for at least one year, though the Membership and Engagement Leadership Team shall have discretion to keep on the roll those who are unable to maintain their membership for reasons such as age or ability

The Membership and Engagement Leadership Team shall make a reasonable attempt to confirm the desire of a person to give up membership before removing them from the roll.



Article 3: Governance and Structure

Article 3 makes substantial changes to the committee structure of the church.

First, it retains five officers (Pastor. Moderator, Vice Moderator, Secretary, and Treasurer), while eliminating other elected officials (Assistant Clerk, Financial Secretary, and Auditors). We expect to move the Financial Secretary to a staff position, and have volunteer auditors as a church policy.

Second, it creates a Church Council composed of the four non-pastoral officers plus five at-large members.

Third, it creates three Boards, each composed of three Council members plus two at-large members specific to that Board. Each Board has oversight over a particular area of the church.

  • The Board of Mission oversees the mission and covenants of the church.
  • The Board of Stewardship oversees the finances of the church, including budgeting and fundraising.
  • The Board of Property oversees the property of the church, including the building, grounds, and other property.

Fourth, it creates four Standing Leadership Teams (SLTs), each composed of five to seven members. Each SLT is tasked with leading the congregation in a specific area of church life.

  • The Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team is very similar to the current Worship and Fellowship Board, but also works to create additional opportunities for fellowship.
  • The Faith Formation Leadership Team is also similar to the current Faith Formation Board, but also works to create faith formation opportunities for adults.
  • The Generosity Leadership Team consolidates several committees that are focused on sharing the church’s time, talent, and treasure. It makes gifts from the endowment, gives other gifts in the community, organizes mission trips and other volunteer opportunities, and so on.
  • The Membership and Engagement Leadership Team is responsible for the maintenance and growth of the membership of the church.

Fifth, it empowers the Council to create ad hoc leadership teams, so that we can respond to new and temporary needs without altering the bylaws.

Sixth, it enacts several best practices for governance, including term limits, prohibitions on multiple members of the same family serving on the same committee, mandating budgeting, clearly defining areas of responsibility, and so on.

Ultimately, this will make our governance structure leader, clearer, and more effective.

The Congregation shall be the governing body of this church, to be represented in the daily operations of the church by its Officers, Council, Boards, Leadership Teams, and other committees and representatives.

3.1.1 Membership

The Congregation is composed of all Covenant Members and Associate Members of the church.

3.1.2 Meetings

3.1.2.1 Annual Meetings

The Congregation shall hold at least one congregational meeting each year, at which it shall:

  • Receive the yearly reports of officers, the Council, Boards, Leadership Teams, and other committees of the church;
  • Elect officers and other representatives;
  • Adopt an annual budget; and,
  • Consider any other business pertinent to the life and work of the church.

3.1.2.2 Special Meetings

Special congregational meetings may be called, on notice from the Secretary, on the written request, specifying the object of the special meeting, of:

  • The Pastor;
  • The Church Council;
  • Any Board or Leadership Team of the church; or
  • Any five members of the church.

Notice of all special meetings shall be given during worship on the two Sundays before the meeting, or sent in writing (physical and/or digital) to all members of the church at least two weeks before the meeting, or both.

3.1.2.3 Quorum

Twenty percent of the membership of the church, as defined by the most recent edition of the United Church of Christ Yearbook, shall constitute a quorum at all congregational meetings.

​The officers of First Congregational United Church of Christ shall be the Pastor, Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Secretary, and Treasurer.

3.2.1 Elections and Terms

3.2.1.1 Elections and Terms of General Officers

With the exception of the Pastor, all officers shall be elected to a two year term at the annual meeting of the congregation. In the event that a non-pastoral office becomes vacant between annual meetings, a congregational meeting may be called for the purpose of electing someone to fill that office. In the event that the office must be filled before a congregational meeting can be called, the Council may appoint someone to that office until such a time as a congregational meeting can be called.

No officer may serve a second term in the same office without at least one year passing between those terms.

3.2.1.2 Election and Term of the Pastor

A Pastor shall be called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. When there is such a vacancy, the Council shall appoint an ad hoc Pastoral Search Team, who shall select a candidate, in accordance with the practice and traditions of the United Church of Christ, who they shall present to the congregation at a congregational meeting called for that purpose.

A call may be issued to a pastor upon a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present at a meeting called for that purpose.

The pastoral call shall be for an indefinite term. The Pastor shall become a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, and of the Association, within one year of the date of call.

The pastoral relationship may be dissolved by either the Pastor, or by the congregation upon on the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present at a congregational meeting called specifically for that purpose. In either case, a notice of 90 days shall be given before termination, unless other arrangements are agreed to by both the Pastor and the Council.

3.2.2 Descriptions and Responsibilities

3.2.2.1 The Pastor

The Pastor shall have charge of the spiritual welfare of the church, care of all the stated services of worship, and charge to administer the sacraments of the church. They shall be head of staff in the day to day operations of the church. They shall do this work in cooperation with, and with the support of, the Council, Boards, Teams, and other committees of the church.

The Pastor shall have freedom of the pulpit.

The Pastor shall be a non-voting, ex-officio member of all committees of the church, and shall provide guidance to those committees and their members as appropriate. They shall be notified of all meetings.

3.2.2.2 The Moderator

The Moderator shall preside over all congregational meetings, serve as the chair of the Council, and serve on the Board of Mission. At the conclusion of their two-year term, they shall serve for one year as Past Moderator and provide counsel to the newly elected Moderator.

3.2.2.3 The Vice-Moderator

The Vice-Moderator shall preside over congregational meetings and serve as the chair of the Council in the absence of the Moderator. They shall also serve on the Board of Property.

3.2.2.4 The Secretary

The Secretary shall provide a record of all transactions of congregational meetings and meetings of the Council. In the event that they are unable to attend such a meeting, they shall make provisions for a substitute to perform those tasks.

The Secretary shall notify all persons elected or appointed to the Council, Boards, Leadership Teams, and other committees of the church. They shall provide notice of all meetings where such notice is required by law or these by-laws. They shall maintain a record of the church’s policies.

3.2.2.5 The Treasurer

The Treasurer shall oversee the receipt of all monies collected by the church and the keeping of an accurate record of those monies. They shall oversee the paying of all bills of the church and the keeping of an accurate record of all disbursements. They shall provide an accounting of all monies received and spent to the Board of Stewardship and present a report for the fiscal year at the annual meeting of the congregation. They shall serve on the Board of Stewardship.

3.2.3 General Provisions

No two people who are related as spouses, siblings, parents and children, or analogous relationships shall both serve as officers at the same time.

With the exception of the Pastor, no officer shall also serve as staff of the church, nor shall any officer receive remuneration for their work as officer.

In addition to the officers named above, the congregation shall elect:

  • Five at-large members of the Church Council.
  • Two at-large members to each Board.
  • Five to seven members to each standing Leadership Team.
  • As many members as are required to each ad hoc Team.

All representatives shall serve a two-year term. In the event that a seat becomes vacant between annual meetings, a congregational meeting may be called for the purpose of electing someone to fill that seat. In the event that the seat must be filled before a congregational meeting can be called, the Council may appoint someone to that seat until such a time as a congregational meeting can be called.

Between congregational meetings, the Council is the governing body of the church and is responsible for all policy-making, as well as overseeing the ministry and business of the church.

Church policies shall be maintained by the secretary. They shall be reviewed and approved or re-approved by the Council no less than every two years. All church policies shall be publicly available.

3.4.1 Membership

The Council shall be composed of the Moderator, the Vice-Moderator, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and five at-large members who shall be elected by the congregation at the annual meeting.

As soon as possible after the first election after these by-laws are adopted, the Council shall make arrangements to divide itself into three equal classes. One class shall serve an initial term of one year, one class shall serve an initial term of two years, and one class shall serve an initial term of three years, so that the congregation may elect three members of the Council every year.

3.4.2 Meetings

The Council shall meet at least once per quarter, and more often as needed.

Meetings shall be open to all members of First Congregational United Church of Christ unless a majority of the Council votes to close the meeting or a portion thereof.

A simple majority of the Council’s members shall constitute quorum.

3.4.3 Responsibilities

The Council shall determine and enforce the policies of the church.

It shall make a report of its activity to the congregation at each annual meeting.

It shall review the annual budget, as submitted by the Board of Stewardship, before it is submitted to the congregation.

It shall resolve all disputes between Boards, Leadership Teams, or other committees of the church.

It shall prepare a slate of nominees for officers and other representatives, to be presented to the Congregation at the annual meeting.

3.4.4 The Executive Committee

3.4.4.1 Membership

The Executive Committee of the Church Council shall be composed of the Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Secretary, Treasurer, and one at-large member of the Council.

3.4.3.2 Meetings

The Executive Committee shall meet as needed.

3.4.3.3 Responsibilities

The Executive Committee may determine and enforce the policies of the church between meetings of the Council. Any decisions made regarding policies shall be reviewed by the Council at the next meeting of that body.

The Executive Committee shall have charge of all personnel matters contained in these by-laws. In cooperation with any relevant committees of the church, and with the exception of the Pastor, it shall interview candidates for open staff positions and recommend candidates to the Council. It shall be responsible for developing job descriptions and for reviewing staff. It shall maintain personnel files.

3.4.5 General Provisions

The Council shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, or transfer real property.

No two people who are related as spouses, siblings, parents and children, or analogous relationships shall both serve on Council at the same time.

Each Board is responsible for a particular area of oversight within the church. First Congregational United Church of Christ has three boards: the Board of Mission, the Board of Stewardship, and the Board of Property.

3.5.1 Membership

Each Board shall be composed of three members of the Church Council, plus two at-large members elected by the congregation.

As soon as possible after the first election after these by-laws are adopted, each Board shall select, by lot, one of its at-large members to serve a three year term. The remaining at-large member shall serve a two year term, so that one at-large Board member shall be elected to each Board each year beginning in the second year after these by-laws are adopted.

Each Board shall elect from its membership a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary. The Chair shall preside over meetings. The Vice-Chair shall preside in the absence of the Chair. The Secretary shall provide a record of the business of the Board.

3.5.2 Meetings

Each Board shall meet at least six times each year, and more often as needed.

Meetings shall be open to all members of First Congregational United Church of Christ unless a majority of the Board votes to close the meeting or a portion thereof.

A simple majority of the Board’s members shall constitute quorum.

3.5.3 Descriptions and Responsibilities

3.5.3.1 The Board of Mission

The Board of Mission shall oversee the mission of the church in the community and the world.

It shall ensure that the church is adhering to its Statement of Identity and Purpose and keeping its covenants.

It shall execute the legal instruments necessary for the functioning of the church, except as responsibility for those instruments is otherwise delegated.

It shall appoint representatives to Association and Conference meetings.

3.5.3.2 The Board of Stewardship

The Board of Stewardship shall oversee the financial well-being of the church.

It shall prepare a budget each year, to be submitted to the congregation at the annual meeting.

It shall provide for the raising of money necessary to carry out the work of the church under the budget for the year, and it shall secure the full and prompt payment of monies pledged to the church.

It shall develop and maintain a gift acceptance policy for the church.

It shall, with assistance from the Generosity Leadership Team, and as far as feasible, carry out any designations attached to gifts to First Congregational United Church of Christ.

It shall provide for the prompt payment of all salaries and other obligations.

It shall execute all legal instruments necessary for the finances of the church, and shall choose a depository or depositories for all funds, securities, and other financial instruments.

It shall have the power to hold, sell, exchange, reject, rent, lease, transfer, convert, invest, reinvest, and in all other respects to manage and control the assets of the Endowment Fund, including stocks, bonds, debentures, mortgages, notes, and other securities of real property as in their judgment and discretion they deem wise and prudent. Otherwise, it shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer property without specific authority by vote of the congregation.

3.5.3.3 The Board of Property

The Board of Property shall oversee the property and grounds of the church.

It shall ensure that the church’s building, grounds, and other property is kept in good repair; and that the church’s building and grounds are clean, well-maintained, and hospitable.

3.5.4 General Provisions

Each Board shall make a report, written or oral, of its activities to the Church Council at each Council meeting, or more often upon request from the Council. Each Board shall also make a report of its activities at each annual meeting.

Each Board shall submit a budget for its work to the Board of Stewardship. Each Board shall have control of expenditures of such funds as are allocated to it by the Board of Stewardship and the Congregation.

No two people who are related as spouses, siblings, parents and children, or analogous relationships shall both serve on the same Board at the same time.

No person may serve a second term on the same Board without at least one year passing between those terms.

3.6.1 Membership

Each Leadership Team shall be composed of no fewer than five members, and no more than seven members, elected by the congregation at the annual meeting.

As soon as possible after the first election after these by-laws are adopted, each Leadership Team shall divide itself as evenly as possible, by lot, into two classes (if its membership is five) or three classes (if its membership is six or seven). The first class shall serve a one year term, the second class shall serve a two year term, and the third class shall serve a three year term, so that at least one member of each Leadership Team shall be elected each year.

Each Leadership Team shall elect from its membership a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary. The Chair shall preside over meetings. The Vice-Chair shall preside in the absence of the Chair. The Secretary shall provide a record of the business of the Team.

3.6.2 Meetings

Each Leadership Team shall meet at least six times each year, and more often as needed.

Meetings shall be open to all members of First Congregational United Church of Christ unless a majority of the Leadership Team votes to close the meeting or a portion thereof.

A simple majority of the Leadership Team’s members shall constitute quorum.

3.6.3 Descriptions and Responsibilities

3.6.3.1 The Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team

The Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team is responsible for all public worship services of First Congregational United Church of Christ. It shall provide for all materials and personnel required for such services.

It shall provide for the supply of the pulpit, and pastoral coverage, including the visitation of the sick, the aged, those in need, and others as may be suggested, in the absence of the Pastor or in the case of a vacancy of the pastoral office.

It shall provide opportunities for fellowship after worship and shall discern other opportunities for fellowship.

3.6.5.2 The Faith Formation Leadership Team

The Faith Formation and Christian Development Leadership Team is responsible for the Christian education of children and adults at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

It shall provide for materials and personnel for programs that educate and inform youth and adults, which may include, but is not limited to: Book Groups, Bible Studies, Confirmation, Presentations and Seminars, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Groups.

It shall provide for materials and personnel for the care of children during worship services and other church events, as needed.

3.6.5.3 The Generosity Leadership Team

The Generosity Leadership Team is responsible for providing members of First Congregational United Church of Christ with the opportunity to serve others through gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

It shall ensure that there are opportunities for members to volunteer locally, nationally, and globally. This may include, but is not limited to, volunteering to help church members; volunteering to visit the sick, elderly, those in need, or others as may be suggested by the members of the church; and mission trips in the United States or abroad.

It shall provide for the disbursement of funds from the Endowment through grants, scholarships, or other instruments.

It shall carry out, as far as feasible and under the direction of the Board of Stewardship, any designations attached to gifts or memorials to First Congregational United Church of Christ.

It shall provide opportunities for members to give financial and material support to people, organizations, and events locally, nationally, and globally. It may raise funds and collect items from the congregation for that purpose.

3.6.5.4 The Membership and Engagement Leadership Team

The Membership and Engagement Leadership Team is responsible for the maintenance and growth of the membership of the church.

It shall maintain the roll of the church, accepting new members and removing those who have given up their membership.

It shall provide for advertising and publicizing First Congregational United Church of Christ, and its ministries, programs, and activities, in the wider community, and shall invite people from the community to become involved in the church.

3.6.4 General Provisions

Each Leadership Team shall make a report, written or oral, of its activities to the Church Council at each Council meeting, or more often upon request from the Council. Each Team shall also make a report of its activities at each annual meeting.

Each Leadership Team shall submit a budget for its work to the Board of Stewardship. Each Team shall have control of expenditures of such funds as are allocated to it by that Board and the Congregation.

No two people who are related as spouses, siblings, parents and children, or analogous relationships shall both serve on the same Leadership Team at the same time.

No person may serve a second term on the same Leadership Team without at least one year passing between those terms.

The Council may form Ad Hoc Leadership Teams upon the request of any member of the Council, any Board, any Leadership Team, or any five members of the Congregation. Such Leadership Teams shall be formed for a specific purpose and duration, not to exceed two years.

The Council shall elect members to Ad Hoc Leadership Teams.

Article 4: Services and Rites

Article 4 rearranges some material in the current bylaws, makes our annual Service of Extravagant Welcome a part of the bylaws, and codifies our practice of having an open communion table. Otherwise, the content is largely identical to what is in the current bylaws.

Public services of worship shall be held at stated hours on each Sunday. Such services may be temporarily suspended by agreement between the Pastor, the Moderator, and the chair of the Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team, or through some other policy approved by the Church Council.

One Sunday each year shall be a Service of Extravagant Welcome, celebrating First Congregational United Church of Christ’s status as an Open and Affirming Congregation.

Additional services of worship shall be held at the discretion of the Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team. These services may be held in cooperation with other churches and/or held at their facilities.

The sacrament of communion shall be observed at least once per quarter. The communion table is open to all people, and communion shall not be denied to any person who wishes to partake in it.

The sacrament of baptism shall be administered at such times as the Pastor or the Worship and Fellowship Leadership Team shall arrange.

Articles 5 Through 7

Articles 5 through 7 cover church organizations, amendments to the bylaws, adoption of the bylaws, and some general provisions. For the most part, they incorporate material found in the current bylaws.

The church regards as integral parts of itself all organizations connected with the church and using its name or its facilities.

The Council shall have general oversight of all such organizations, and may assign oversight to particular Boards or Leadership Teams.

Amendments to these by-laws may be made on the approval of two-thirds of the members present at a congregational meeting called for that purpose.

Notice of a meeting to amend the by-laws shall include a description of the amendment to be considered.

These by-laws shall take effect at the first annual meeting of the congregation after they are adopted at a congregational meeting called for that purpose. All former by-laws will be repealed in the same instant.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. It is an inclusive and nurturing community of faith. With God’s grace, it seeks to be a congregation that embraces differences of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital and family status, age, and ability. It celebrates and welcomes all to share equally in the life of our church family.

Members of the Congregation shall not be held liable for any losses which may be incurred upon the investments of the assets of the church, except to the extent to which such loses shall have been caused by bad faith or gross negligence. No member shall engage in any self-dealing or transactions with the funds of the church in which the member has direct or indirect financial interest.

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