Two New Church Policies

Two New Church Policies

The question of what to do with the pews removed from the front of the sanctuary prompted the Board of Elders and the Administration SLG to develop a policy for the disposal of church property.  That half of the removed pews were memorial gifts, made it obvious that any policy for the disposal of church property also needed to address the question of what to do with memorial gifts.  The result is two policies: one for the disposal of church property and one memorial gifts in general.

Nancy Donohue

Disposal of Church Property

Old First Reformed United Church of Christ

The emotional connection church members have with the physical property encompassing Old First as a place of worship makes communication with the church membership of utmost importance.

Disposal of unwanted, broken, or obsolete kitchen equipment and furnishings, office equipment and furnishings, or church school equipment and furnishings whose replacement value exceeds $300.00 must be approved and overseen by the Administration Standing Leadership Group.  Funds received from the sale of such property will be deposited in the General Fund.

Disposal of memorial gifts must be approved and overseen by the Administration Standing Leadership Group, in consultation with the pastor and Board of Elders.  Prior to disposing of a memorial gift, the archivist will verify that the item’s memorial dedication and, where feasible, a photo of the item have been entered into the church’s record of memorials.  Funds received from the sale of memorial gifts will be deposited in the Endowment Fund.

Evaluation of any sanctuary or worship-related items shall be conducted by the Worship SLG and pastor.  Disposal of such items must be approved and overseen by the Administration Standing Leadership Group.  Funds received from the sale of unwanted sanctuary or worship-related furnishings will be deposited in the Endowment Fund.

The Administration Standing Leadership Group can authorize the sale and/or auction of collectibles, objects of art, and antiques which are deemed to serve no purpose housed at Old First.  Evaluation of such items must be done in consultation with the archivist and pastor.  Funds received from the sale/auction of such items will be deposited in the Endowment Fund.

Disposal of items related to church history is discouraged and will not be undertaken except with the approval of the Board of Elders.  Funds received from the sale/auction of such items will be deposited in the Endowment Fund.

Adopted: June 18, 2012

Memorial Gifts

Old First Reformed United Church of Christ

Individuals and/or organizations desiring to give a physical gift in excess of $500.00 to Old First as a memorial will be encouraged to discuss such a gift with the pastor and/or Board of Elders.  The donor will be advised that the gift is accepted with the understanding that the donated item/s will be kept by the congregation of Old First as long as the gift remains useful or is otherwise of value to Old First.

Disposal of memorial gifts must be approved and overseen by the Administration Standing

Leadership Group, consulting when appropriate with the Board of Elders and the pastor.  Prior to the sanctioned disposal of a memorial gift, the archivist will verify that the memorial dedication of the item and, where feasible, a photo of the item have been entered into the church’s record of memorials.  Funds received from the sale of memorial gifts will be deposited in the Endowment Fund.

Date Adopted: June 18, 2012