The decisions about the life and ministry of our church are made by its members. There’s no one else (but God!) who can “tell us what to do” (thy will be done). And in our polity, even the question of what God is directing is left up to the democratic discernment of the people.
For this reason, there is at least annually a congregational meeting at which the church reviews its recent past and looks forward, votes to approve a budget and the election of officers, and addresses any other business that comes before the body appropriately. Our Constitution and By-laws designate the Annual Meeting will be called by the end of January each year.
Please note that when there is cause, with two weeks’ notice congregational meetings can be called more often, in between Annual Meetings. For example, with the decisions about work to be done for the Capital Campaign, we can expect to have more frequent congregational meetings.
The Elders have called this year’s Annual Meeting for Sunday, Jan. 29, 2016, immediately after the potluck luncheon after worship. More details will be available next week. Please check the website or next week’s E-pistle to learn more.
At the meeting, as well as the standard agenda items of receiving reports, passing a budget and elections, there will be one resolution before the congregation:
1) The formation of separate Outreach 501(c)3 entity – Serving More: The Old First Foundation.
Please review the reports and resolutions before the meeting; they are available here. We hope as many people as possible — while only members have the right to vote at an Annual or Congregational Meeting, we routinely vote to give any guest “voice without vote.”
Larry W., Moderator, for the Elders