SOTH Council Monthly Committee Report

Committee Name

Worship and Music Committee

Report Date

04-08-2019

Attendees

No meeting was held this month.

Recommendations/Action

Although no meeting was held this month, adjustments to the spring worship schedule were approved:

May 5: Zion Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary. Worship Schedule: 9:30 am service conducted by Pastors Godfrey and Tolander. Worship at Zion Lutheran at 11:00 am. Shepherd of the Hills members invited. Pastor Schmidt, Joe Foryan and choir will participate.

Due to above schedule, our summer worship at 9:30 will begin on May 5, rather than May 19 as previously announced.

Shepherd of the Hills Treasurer and Financial Report March 2019

SOTHfinancials0319

Committee Name

Treasurer

Report Date

04-08-2019

Attendees

No meeting of the Finance Committee was held this month.

Items Discussed

ELECTRIC BILL COMPARISON 2018 vs 2019

2019 2018
JAN $1019 $ 279
FEB $ 926 $1360
MAR $ 913 $ 1122
APR $ 757 $ 804

TOT $3615 $4165 Reduction of $650

BUILDING FUND
Mortgage balance April 1 – $199,119
Extra principal paid April 1 – $ 2,500
Adj mortgage Bal April 1 – $197,119
April 8:
Cash on hand mortgage – $ 19,560
Needed to retire mortgage – $177,059

GENERAL FUND BALANCE
Jan 1 ’19 – $42,299
Feb1 ’19 – $38,931
Mar1 ’19 – $38,052
Apr1 ’19 – $37,008

INCOME VS BUDGET – Jan-Mar 2019
Income $58,076
Budget $68,398
Difference -$10,322

Implementation

Copy of financials attached

Monthly Council Minutes (Draft)

Meeting Date

03-19-2019

Attendees

Diane Bursey, Chris Russell, Karissa Bursey, Pastor Dennis Schmidt, Marian Larson, Peg Massaro, Larry Holihan, Tom Klinger, Mike Walls & Joe Montfort

Absent

Tina Crawn & Connie Kersten

Time, Opening, Devotions, Minutes

Call to Order – 6:30pm
Devotion – Pastor Dennis about how Jesus follows us and gives us help and hope through troubling times
Minutes of Previous Meeting – No questions or concerns

Pastor Report

Member visits – 5, New Member visits – 1, Hospital Visitations – 2, Nursing Home Visitations – 0, Private Communions – 4, Crisis Interventions – 3, Meetings – 12, Consultations – 9, Worship Services – 11, Classes taught – 2, Adult Bible Study – 4, Official Pastoral Acts – Baptized Luke Daniel Vroman – 3/10/2019

Committee Reports

Property Committee Report – Report Date 3-12-2019
Items Discussed: Agreed to review the insurance policy that is up on June 1st, Joe Montfort to head the effort with his insurance background Contacting Guide One and Church Mutual.
Joe has replaced toilets in women’s bathroom on the Education side.
Royal has continued to upgrade the Electrical with a 4-way switch on the admin side and doorbell to the admin wing now working
Jim Johnson has been gathering options for weatherizing the Garage and will present final pricing for the project
Roto Rooter gave us an Estimate for $150.00 to clear out vent stacks, Chris to call Roto Rooter to get estimate to camera the women’s floor drain in the admin wing to see how it is connected. Which is the source of the odor.
Next Congregational Cleanup Day scheduled for April 6th (Saturday)
Next Property Committee Meeting is set for April 9th.

Worship & Music – Easter Sunday will have two worship styles. 8:00am will be an abbreviated style where more is sung. We will have our yearly Easter brunch in between and our 10:15am service will be a Full Resurrection service.
Maundy Thursday – Meal in the sanctuary in form of a satyr
May 5th- Zion’s 100th anniversary; Pastor, chime choir, choir, and Joe all need to be there at 10:00 am. Our congregation is welcome and there will be a dinner following. We will have service at 9:30 am with Pastor Godfrey and Pastor Tolander
Due to the Zion Celebration we will begin our one service at 9:30 am on Sunday May 5th
Fish Fry meal-Saturday March 30th from 4-6 pm; 55 reservations. 10-12 gentlemen will assist.

Financial Committee – Pam Brosonski will finish the audit. Financials were attached on the blog

Old Business

Council Positions – Mike will help with time and talents survey to determine what positions we should focus on.
Church Historical boxes – Larry is currently going through them
Damper repair in admin wing – Received estimate of $275 from Riffles to fix damper and add an access in the ceiling.
Weather proofing the garage- See Property Committee report
Church signage – Still waiting on sign quotes. Karissa will wait to hear from her connection and Diane will talk to other companies around Clermont
Insurance- See Property Committee report
Janitorial Position: The interviewed company has insurance; however, their insurance is not valid in Florida because the certificate was not signed. Joe will further investigate the insurance. An additional company has been referred to us. Initial contact and interviews will take place soon. Chris requested a member from the Property Committee be present in the interview.
Electronic Sign: Larry went back to Affordable Signs, a local Clermont Company. They will get the permit and do drawings for $875.00. If we choose to use them to work on the sign and the permits, the cost will be approximately $3000. Joe made a motion to spend the $875.00 and get the permit started. Motion seconded by Peg, motion carried.

New Business

Church Security – New security cameras and a license plate reader have all been installed outside. We will be installing an additional three cameras inside. One facing the administration door, one facing the education wing door, and one facing the Sanctuary entrance door. Pastor will contact the company requesting their W-9 and insurance information for our files. Pastor Dennis will work with Chris Russell to ensure we have current W-9’s and insurance information on file for all contractors and other vendors.
Church Directory – Larry is updating the church directory.
Church Handbook – We should include an informal handbook for members to read and become more familiar with Shepherd of the Hills.

Closing, Next Meeting

Motion to adjourn by Karissa, seconded by Peg, carried at 7:25 pm
Next month’s devotional – Marian Larson
Next meeting date – April 9th at 6:30 pm (changed due to Holy Week)
Pastor closed in prayer

Monthly Council Minutes (Draft)

Meeting Date

02-19-2019

Attendees

This is the corrected copy
Pastor Dennis Schmidt, Diane Bursey, Karissa Bursey, Tina Crawn, Larry Holihan, Connie Kersten, Peg Massaro, Tom Klinger, Marion Larson, Joe Montfort & Mike Walls

Absent

Chris Russell

Time, Opening, Devotions, Minutes

Call to Order – 6:35p
Devotion by Larry Holihan
Minutes of Previous Meeting – No questions or concerns

Treasurer Report

– 02-12-2019
Note that we discussed Raymond Jones losses at the Congregational meeting in January. We now have the January results and the recovery in the stock market erased all those losses. $20,000 was sent to our mortgage lender as an additional mortgage payment. Mortgage status as of February 10, 2019 is as follows: Building mortgage balance Feb 1, 2019 $225,710; Extra principal payment Feb $ 20,000; Adjusted mortgage balance Feb 10 $205,710; Bldg. Fund cash on hand $ 18,440; App. money needed to retire mortgage $187,846. Our Synod commitment has been increased to $1,000 monthly.
Electric utility costs have dropped to around $1K/month. We’ll have to see if that is a result of conversion to LED lighting and more careful monitoring of A/C, or just a seasonal recovery.
Recommendations/Action: Open position of custodian be filled as soon as possible. The custodian will be paid on an hourly basis.

Pastor Report

Member visits – 11, New Member visits – 3, Hospital Visitations – 1, Private Communions – 2, Meetings – 5, Mtg. with Conf. Pastors – 1, Classes taught – 9, Consultations – 11, Worship Services – 10, Adult Bible Study – 3, Official Pastoral Acts – Welcomed 12 new members into our church family on 1/13/2018, Baptism of Matthew Kingman on 1/27/2019

Committee Reports

Property Committee Report – Report Date 2-12-2019
Items Discussed: Reviewed the Janitorial position description, Ladies restroom in the education wing is slow have not heard back from Roto Rooter regarding an estimate, discussed climatizing the Engineer has not gotten back to Chris Russell with an estimate for his services, Chris will place a follow up call.

Worship & Music – Report Date 01-17-2019, Attendees: Chris Morse, Pam Brosonski, Pastor Schmidt, Rita Schmidt, Joe Foryan, Larry Holihan & Marie Johnson
Items Discussed:
1. Christmas trees need to be removed from portico as they can be seen. Will be placed in temp storage if approved by council.
2. Easter lilies sign up and procurement will be coordinated by Marie Johnson.
3. A discussion of what to do with partitions was held. It was decided to not put them back up for now, but to retain them for future use.
4. Easter and Lenten worship schedule was approved:
– Ash Wednesday services: noon and 6:30 pm
– Lenten Services begin March 6 at 6:30. Meal at 6:00 pm consisting just of soup and bread.
– Maundy Thursday service (April 18) at 6:30 pm with Seder Meal
– Good Friday Service (April 19) at 6:40 pm with Tenebrae Service
– Easter Worship (April 21) at 8:00 and 10:15 am with Celebratory worship.
– Easter Breakfast between services in Education Wing (coordinated by Normal Thompson)
5. We will move to one service at 9:30 am on May 26 and return to two services on September 8.
6. Confirmation will be held on June 9 (Pentecost) with a cake reception.
7. Banners are needed for Lent, Easter, Pentecost and long green season. They will not all be done at once. Rita Schmidt is coordinating creating them with other volunteers.
8. In summer, it was recommended to conduct a monthly potluck.
9. Before Easter, it was recommended that church men sponsor a Saturday evening fellowship dinner. Larry will coordinate with council.
10. Larry will coordinate a Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser for a local charity. Donations can be made for favorite teams.
11. Lots of openings are available for worship leaders. Committee members are encouraged to personally contact members to fill these positions. Counters are particularly needed.
10. Pastor is conducting a Bible study session between Sunday worship for 8-10 weeks. May be extended if it proves popular.
Recommendations/Action: Next meeting is scheduled for February 21 at 6:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Finance Committee – Meeting date: 1/13/19; Attendees-Pam Brosonski, Tina Crawn &
Larry Holihan
Items Discussed: The Raymond James account took a hit in December, but in January we gained back more than was lost so we are in good shape. Mortgage slush fund was getting large, so a payment was made, and the account is now resting at about $17000. Pam Brosonski will complete our church’s audit- no objections from council.

Old Business

Electronic Signage- Property Committee is now working on this project, they are currently waiting on the county.
Dampers- the motor has burned out, so the dampers freeze in place and the dampers have frozen closed, so we were not getting air in the admin wing. AC company manually opened the damper which causes the rooms to get cold (sometime as low as 68 degrees or cooler) when the admin wing is set to cool. Pastor has called, but they have not returned his call as of today. The question is do we fix the problem now, or wait until we must overhaul the entire system? Pastor will get a proposal and we will move from there. Electric bill has gone down approximately $500
Storage: County will not allow us to have a shipping container, without making it a complete building; a real roof, a main door, electricity, foundation, A/C and the door must be turned into a wall or a garage door. Alternative: Weatherproof our garage; seal it, weatherproof it, dehumidification, solar panels on the roof to power and possibly a wall A/C unit. Seal one garage door seal the ceiling and put insulation inside. There are other A/C units for approximately $900 that have smaller drainage pipes. Larry motioned that the Property Committee will come back with a proposal and price estimates, Joe seconded, motion carried.
Hallway Signs: Will get specific dimensions for the signs and Karissa will send the information to her friend for a proposal.
Change for change: What would we like to do with the monies received for March? Tina motioned to send monies to LovExtensions, seconded by Peg, motion carried.
April-May donations could go to New Beginnings (or Find, Feed, and Restore?) More information on Find, Feed and Restore will sent out for review.

New Business

Election of officers – Motion from Connie that President- Diane Bursey, Vice President- Tina Crawn, Treasurer- Larry Holihan, and Secretary- Karissa Bursey stay the same; seconded by Peg, motion carried
Positions on Council: Stewardship, Worship & Music, Property, Evangelism, Education/Youth & Family, Hospitality/Service. Larger Community fellowship like Faith Neighborhood Center. Need to make a smaller handbook to pass out to members as soon as they join council.
Create a new Time and Talent survey to be distributed to our members.
Mortgage Reduction Plan: Mentioned at Congregational Meeting to pay off mortgage
We need to do a Capital Campaign; a few ideas discussed: One for One- $1 goes towards a project we need done and $1 goes towards the mortgage, Tina will come back with additional ideas. Another idea could be the purchase of bricks to make a sidewalk.
Insurance: We need to contact the insurance company to potentially reduce our insurance.
An insurance company that writes for churches has emailed SOTH. The email has been printed and left in Diane’s box for her to follow up. We will make a copy of the current policy to compare with any quote from the new company.
Youth Sunday School is now taught by Robert Kuropkat, 3rd grade through 8th grade.
Possibility of 8-10 kids, will keep an attendance sheet.
Security: Lake County Sheriff on the security of the building; Only have one entry door and keep the other doors locked and used only as exits; Use the Sanctuary Entrance by the Education Wing to allow easy access from both parking lots.
Military Bible Stick: They want us to contribute one for every member of the church ($25 each), There is a 3-minute summary DVD to show congregation.
Church History: Larry needs help going through old paperwork and histories.
Fellowship Dinner by the men could be a fish fry? Talk to Joe, women take the night off or make desserts?
New janitorial position; One candidate has withdrawn her candidacy after other life alterations. Possibly looking at inhouse or outside candidates. There is an outside company that is $13 per hour, has worked for another church for approximately seven years now. They have a certificate of liability, has a crew of three to four. Diane and Joe will talk with the company.

Closing, Next Meeting

Motion to adjourn by Joe, seconded by Marion, motion carried at 8:34pm
Pastor closed us in prayer
March Devotional – Tina Crawn
Next Council meeting – March 19, 2019

SOTH Council Monthly Committee Report

Committee Name

Worship and Music

Report Date

02-21-2019

Attendees

Chris Morse
Pam Brosonski
Rita Schmidt
Joe Foryan
Marie Johnson
Pastor Dennis Schmidt
Larry Holihan

Items Discussed

Peace Prayer Service
Lenten/Easter Schedule
Summer Worship Hours
Signage

Recommendations/Action

The Lenten/Easter schedule was reviewed.
Maundy Thursday service will be around tables with a Seder Meal.
Easter Sunday 8 am service will be an Easter matins service and 10:15 will be the Festival of Passion.

Soup and bread will be served at 6 pm before each Wednesday Lenten service at 6:30 pm. Soup and bread is recommended to be sponsored as follows: Mar 13 – Council; Mar 20 – Worship and Music March 27 -Women’s Virginia Circle, April 3- Choir, April 10 – Youth
It was agreed that summer worship would start on May 19, instead of May 26 as previously agreed.
SOTH participation in the March 9 Interfaith Prayer Service was discussed. Pastor Schmidt, Joe Foryan and the church choir will participate in the service.
Two banners for Easter will be completed in time for the Easter services.
Use of a small “real estate size” sign will be tested for Lenten worship. If this is effective we can use these size signs for other worship/fellowship activities.

Implementation

An addendum to the above minutes was completed on March 17 through email correspondence to the committee:

Zion Lutheran in Groveland is holding their 100th anniversary on May 5 and we will participate in the service with Pastor Schmidt and the choirs. Our congregation is invited to their 11 am service on that day.

In order for this to work, we will hold one service on May 5 at 9:30 am at our church. Our retired pastors will conduct this service and Alex will play the organ, allowing Joe, the pastor and the choir to be at Zion before 10am.

Since we were scheduled to move to one service later in the month, it has been decided to start our summer schedule of one service on May 5 instead of May 19 as previously announced.

Monthly Council Minutes (Draft)

Meeting Date

02-19-2019

Attendees

Connie Kershaw
Diane Bursey
Tina Crawn
Karissa Bursey
Pastor Dennis Schmidt
Marion Larson
Peg Massaro
Larry Holihan
Tom Klinger

Absent

Chris Russell

Time, Opening, Devotions, Minutes

Call to Order – 6:35pm
Devotion by Larry Holihan – Devotion by Connie Kersten
Minutes of Previous Meeting – No questions or concerns

Treasurer Report

We discussed Raymond Jones losses at the Congregational meeting in January. We now have the January results and the recovery in the stock market erased all those losses. $20,000 was sent to our mortgage lender as an additional mortgage payment. Mortgage status as of February 10, 2019 is as follows: Building mortgage balance Feb 1, 2019 $225,710; Extra principal payment Feb $ 20,000; Adjusted mortgage balance Feb 10 $205,710; Bldg. Fund cash on hand $ 18,440; App. money needed to retire mortgage $187,846. Our Synod commitment has been increased to $1,000 monthly.
Electric utility costs have dropped to around $1K/month. We’ll have to see if that is a result of conversion to LED lighting and more careful monitoring of A/C, or just a seasonal recovery.
Recommendations/Action: Open position of custodian be filled as soon as possible. The custodian will be paid on an hourly basis.

Pastor Report

Member visits – 11
New Member visits – 3
Hospital Visitations – 1
Nursing Home/Hospice Visitations – 0
Private Communions – 2
Crisis Interventions – 0
Meetings – 5
Consultations – 11
Worship Services – 10
Mtg. with Conf. Pastors – 1
Classes taught – 9
Adult Bible Study – 3
Official Pastoral Acts – Welcomed 12 New Members into our Church Family on 1/13/2019, Baptism of Matthew Kingman on 1/27/2019
Special Worship Services – 0

Committee Reports

Property Committee Report – Report Date 2-12-2019
Items Discussed: Reviewed the Janitorial position description, Ladies restroom in the education wing is slow have not heard back from Roto Rooter regarding an estimate, discussed climatizing the Engineer has not gotten back to Chris Russell with an estimate for his services, Chris will place a follow up call.

Worship & Music – Report Date 01-17-2019, Attendees: Chris Morse, Pam Brosonski, Pastor Schmidt, Rita Schmidt, Joe Foryan, Larry Holihan & Marie Johnson
Items Discussed:
1. Christmas trees need to be removed from portico as they can be seen. Will be placed in temp storage if approved by council.
2. Easter lilies sign up and procurement will be coordinated by Marie Johnson.
3. A discussion of what to do with partitions was held. It was decided to not put them back up for now, but to retain them for future use.
4. Easter and Lenten worship schedule was approved:
– Ash Wednesday services: noon and 6:30 pm
– Lenten Services begin March 6 at 6:30. Meal at 6:00 pm consisting just of soup and bread.
– Maundy Thursday service (April 18) at 6:30 pm with Seder Meal
– Good Friday Service (April 19) at 6:40 pm with Tenebrae Service
– Easter Worship (April 21) at 8:00 and 10:15 am with Celebratory worship.
– Easter Breakfast between services in Education Wing (coordinated by Normal Thompson)
5. We will move to one service at 9:30 am on May 26 and return to two services on September 8.
6. Confirmation will be held on June 9 (Pentecost) with a cake reception.
7. Banners are needed for Lent, Easter, Pentecost and long green season. They will not all be done at once. Rita Schmidt is coordinating creating them with other volunteers.
8. In summer, it was recommended to conduct a monthly potluck.
9. Before Easter, it was recommended that church men sponsor a Saturday evening fellowship dinner. Larry will coordinate with council.
10. Larry will coordinate a Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser for a local charity. Donations can be made for favorite teams.
11. Lots of openings are available for worship leaders. Committee members are encouraged to personally contact members to fill these positions. Counters are particularly needed.
10. Pastor is conducting a Bible study session between Sunday worship for 8-10 weeks. May be extended if it proves popular.
Recommendations/Action: Next meeting is scheduled for February 21 at 6:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Finance Committee – Meeting date: 1/13/19; Attendees-Pam Brosonski, Tina Crawn &
Larry Holihan
Items Discussed: The Raymond James account took a hit in December, but in January we gained back more than was lost so we are in good shape. Mortgage slush fund was getting large, so a payment was made, and the account is now resting at about $17000. Pam Brosonski will complete our church’s audit- no objections from council.

Old Business

Electronic Signage- Property Committee is now working on this project, they are currently waiting on the county.
Dampers- the motor has burned out, so the dampers freeze in place and the dampers have frozen closed, so we were not getting air in the admin wing. AC company manually opened the damper which causes the rooms to get cold (sometime as low as 68 degrees or cooler) when the admin wing is set to cool. Pastor has called, but they have not returned his call as of today. The question is do we fix the problem now, or wait until we must overhaul the entire system? Pastor will get a proposal and we will move from there. Electric bill has gone down approximately $500
Storage: County will not allow us to have a shipping container, without making it a complete building; a real roof, a main door, electricity, foundation, A/C and the door must be turned into a wall or a garage door. Alternative: Weatherproof our garage; seal it, weatherproof it, dehumidification, solar panels on the roof to power and possibly a wall A/C unit. Seal one garage door seal the ceiling and put insulation inside. There are other A/C units for approximately $900 that have smaller drainage pipes. Larry motioned that the Property Committee will come back with a proposal and price estimates, Joe seconded, motion carried.
Hallway Signs: Will get specific dimensions for the signs and Karissa will send the information to her friend for a proposal.
Change for change: What would we like to do with the monies received for March? Tina motioned to send monies to LovExtensions, seconded by Peg, motion carried.
April-May donations could go to New Beginnings (or Find, Feed, and Restore?) More information on Find, Feed and Restore will sent out for review.

New Business

Election of officers – Motion from Connie that President- Diane Bursey, Vice President- Tina Crawn, Treasurer- Larry Holihan, and Secretary- Karissa Bursey stay the same; seconded by Peg, motion carried
Positions on Council: Stewardship, Worship & Music, Property, Evangelism, Education/Youth & Family, Hospitality/Service. Larger Community fellowship like Faith Neighborhood Center. Need to make a smaller handbook to pass out to members as soon as they join council.
Create a new Time and Talent survey to be distributed to our members.
Mortgage Reduction Plan: Mentioned at Congregational Meeting to pay off mortgage
We need to do a Capital Campaign; a few ideas discussed: One for One- $1 goes towards a project we need done and $1 goes towards the mortgage, Tina will come back with additional ideas. Another idea could be the purchase of bricks to make a sidewalk.
Insurance: We need to contact the insurance company to potentially reduce our insurance.
An insurance company that writes for churches has emailed SOTH. The email has been printed and left in Diane’s box for her to follow up. We will make a copy of the current policy to compare with any quote from the new company.
Youth Sunday School is now taught by Robert Kuropkat, 3rd grade through 8th grade.
Possibility of 8-10 kids, will keep an attendance sheet.
Security: Lake County Sheriff on the security of the building; Only have one entry door and keep the other doors locked and used only as exits; Use the Sanctuary Entrance by the Education Wing to allow easy access from both parking lots.
Military Bible Stick: They want us to contribute one for every member of the church ($25 each), There is a 3-minute summary DVD to show congregation.
Church History: Larry needs help going through old paperwork and histories.
Fellowship Dinner by the men could be a fish fry? Talk to Joe, women take the night off or make desserts?
New janitorial position; One candidate has withdrawn her candidacy after other life alterations. Possibly looking at in house or outside candidates. There is an outside company that is $13 per hour, has worked for another church for approximately seven years now. They have a certificate of liability, has a crew of three to four. Diane and Joe will talk with the company.

Closing, Next Meeting

Motion to adjourn by Joe, seconded by Marion, motion carried at 8:34pm
Pastor closed us in prayer
March Devotional – Tina Crawn
Next Council meeting – March 19, 2019

Council Meeting Agenda

Pastor’s Report

Pastor’s Report Summary
March 19,,2019

Member visits – 5

New Member visits – 1

Hospital Visitations – 2

Nursing Home Visitations – 0

Private Communions – 4

Crisis Interventions – 3

Meetings – 12

Consultations – 9

Worship Services – 11

Classes taught – 2

Adult Bible Study – 4

Official Pastoral Acts – Baptized Luke Daniel Vroman – 3/10/2019

Special events –

Shepherd of the Hills Constitution (revised Mar 2019)

SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH
2017 CONSTITUTION DOCUMENT
Church Council approved

PREAMBLE:

We the baptized members of the Church of Christ, responding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, desiring to unite together to preach the Word, administer the sacraments, and carry out God’s mission do hereby adopt this constitution and solemnly pledge ourselves to be governed by its provisions. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

* Indicates a Required Provision:

CHAPTER 1 – NAME AND INCORPORATION

C1.01. The name of this congregation shall be Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Clermont, Inc.

C1.02. For the purpose of the constitution and the accompanying bylaws, the congregation of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Clermont, Inc is hereinafter designated as “this congregation.”

C1.11. This congregation shall be incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida.

CHAPTER 2 – CONFESSION OF FAITH

*C2.01. This congregation confesses the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

*C2.02. This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe:
a. Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
b. The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel and centering in all fullness in the person and work of
Jesus Christ.
c. The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

*C2.03. This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life.

*C2.04. This congregation accepts the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.

*C2.05. This congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with in it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

*C2.06. This congregation accepts the other confessional writings of the Book of Concord, namely the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

*C2.07. This congregation confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.

CHAPTER 3 – NATURE OF THE CHURCH

*C3.01. All power in the Church belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, its head. All actions of this congregation are to be carried out under his rule and authority.4

*C3.02. This church confesses the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church and is resolved to serve Christian Unity throughout the world.
*C3.03. The Church exists both as an inclusive fellowship and as local congregations gathered forworship and Christian service. Congregations find their fulfillment in the universal community of the Church, and the universal Church exists in and through congregations. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, therefore, derives its character and powers both from the sanction and representation of its congregations and from its inherent nature as an expression of the broader fellowship of the faithful. In length, it acknowledges itself to be in the historic continuity of the communion of saints; in breadth, it expresses the fellowship of believers and congregations in our day.
*C3.04. This church, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit, participates in The Lutheran World Federation as a global communion of churches, engaging in faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and in service for the sake of God’s mission in the world.
*C3.05. The name Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA or “this church”) as used herein refers in general references to this whole church, including its three expressions: congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization. The name Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is also the name of the corporation of the churchwide organization to which specific references may be made herein.

CHAPTER 4 – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

*C4.01. The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming and sanctifying activity in the world.

*C4.02. To participate in God’s mission, this congregation as a part of the Church shall:
a. Worship God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness and service.
b. Proclaim God’s saving Gospel of justification by grace for Christ’s sake through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in the Holy Scripture, preserving and transmitting the Gospel faithfully to future generations.
c. Carry out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to people to bring them to faith in Christ and by doing all ministry with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier of all.
d. Serve in response to God’s love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged, advocating dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among nations, and standing with the poor and powerless, and committing itself to their needs.
e. Nurture its members in the Word of God so as to grow in faith, hope and love, to see daily life as the primary setting for the exercise of their Christian calling, and to use the gifts of the Spirit for their life together and for their calling in the world.
f. Manifest the unity given to the people of God by living together in the love of Christ and by joining with other Christians in prayer and action to express and preserve the unity which the Spirit gives.

*C4.03. To fulfill these purposes, this congregation shall:
a. Provide services of worship at which the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are
administered.
b. Provide pastoral care and assist all members to participate in this ministry.
c. Challenge, equip, and support all members in carrying out their calling in their daily lives and in their congregation.
d. Teach the Word of God.
e. Witness to the reconciling Word of God in Christ, reaching out to all people.
f. Respond to human need, work for justice and peace, care for the sick and suffering, and
participate responsibly in society.
g. Motivate its members to provide financial support for the congregation’s ministry and the ministry of other parts of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
h. Foster and participate in interdependent relationships with other congregations, the synod and the churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
i. Foster and participate in ecumenical relationships consistent with church-wide policy.

*C4.04. This congregation shall develop an organizational structure to be described in the bylaws of this church. The congregation Council shall prepare description of the responsibilities of each committee, task force, or other organizational group and shall review their actions. {Such descriptions shall be contained in continuing resolutions in the section on the congregation Committees.}

*C4.05. This congregation shall, from time to time, adopt a mission statement which will provide specific direction for its programs.

*C4.06. References herein to the nature of the relationship between the three expressions of this church –congregations, synods and the churchwide organization – as being interdependent or as being in a partnership describe the mutual responsibility of these expressions in God’s mission and the fulfillment of the purposes of this church as described in this chapter, and do not imply or describe the creation of partnerships, co-ventures, agencies, or other legal relationships recognized in civil law.

CHAPTER 5 – POWERS OF THE CONGREGATION

*C5.01. The powers of this congregation are those necessary to fulfill its purpose.

*C5.02. The powers of this congregation are vested in the congregational Meeting called and conducted as provided in this constitution and bylaws.

*C5.03. Only such authority as is delegated to the congregation Council or other organizational units in this congregation’s governing documents is recognized. All remaining authority is retained by the congregation. The congregation is authorized to:
a. Call a Pastor as provided in Chapter 9;
b. Terminate the call of a Pastor as provided in Chapter 9;
c. Call a minister of Word and Service;
d. Terminate the call of a minister of Word and Service in conformity with the constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America;
e. Adopt amendments to the constitution, as provided in Chapter 16, and amendments to the bylaws, as specified in Chapter 17, and continuing resolutions, as provided in Chapter 18;
f. Approve the annual budget;
g. Acquire real and personal property by gift, devise, purchase or other lawful means;
h. Hold title to and use its property for any and all activities consistent with its purpose;
i. Sell, mortgage, lease, transfer, or otherwise dispose of its property by lawful means;
j. Elect its Congregation Council, and require them to carry out their duties in accordance with the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions; and
k. Terminate its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as provided in Chapter 6.

*C5.04. This congregation shall choose from among its voting members laypersons to serve as voting members of the Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as persons to represent it at meetings of any conference, cluster, coalition, or other area subdivision of which it is a member. The number of persons to be elected by the congregation and other qualifications shall be as prescribed in guidelines established by the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

CHAPTER 6 – CHURCH AFFILIATION

*C6.01. This congregation shall be an interdependent part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or its successor, and of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This congregation is subject to the discipline of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

*C6.02. This congregation accepts the Confession of Faith and agrees to the Purposes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and shall act in accordance with them.

*C6.03. This congregation acknowledges its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in which:
a. This congregation agrees to be responsible for its life as a Christian community.
b. This congregation pledges its financial support and participation in the life and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
c. This congregation agrees to call pastoral leadership from the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in accordance with its call procedures except in special circumstances and with the approval of the bishop of the synod. These special circumstances are limited either to calling a candidate approved for the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or to contracting for pastoral services with a minister of Word and Sacrament of a church body with which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially has established a relationship of full communion.
d. This congregation agrees to consider ministers of Word and Sacrament for call to other staff positions in the congregation according to the procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
e. This congregation agrees to file this constitution and any subsequent changes to this constitution with the synod for review to ascertain that all its provisions are in agreement with the constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and with the constitution of the synod.

*C6.04. Affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may be terminated as follows:
a. This congregation takes action to dissolve.
b. This congregation ceases to exist.
c. This congregation is removed from membership to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America according to the procedures for discipline of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
d. This congregation follows the procedures outlined in *C6.05.

*C6.05. This congregation may terminate its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by the following procedure:

a. A resolution indicating the intent to terminate its relationship must be adopted at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present. Such a meeting may be held no sooner than 30 days after written notice of the meeting is received by the bishop of the synod, during which time the congregation shall consult with the bishop and the bishop’s designees if any. The times and manner of the consultation shall be determined by the bishop in consultation with the congregational council. Unless he or she is a voting member of the congregation, the bishop and the bishop’s designees, shall have a voice but not vote at the meeting.
b. The secretary of this congregation shall submit a copy of the resolution to the bishop that the special meeting was legally called and conducted and certifying the outcome of the vote and shall mail a copy of the resolution to the voting members of this congregation. this notice shall be submitted within 10 days after the resolution has been adopted.
c. The bishop of the synod and the congregation shall continue in consultation as specified in paragraph ‘a’ above, during a period of at least 90 days after a receipt by the synod of the notice as specified in paragraph ‘b’ above.
d. If the congregation, after such consultation, still seeks to terminate its relationship, such action may be taken at a legally called and conducted special meeting by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed to all voting members at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. Unless he or she is a voting member of the congregation, the bishop or the bishop’s designees, if any, shall have a voice but not vote at the meeting.
e. A copy of the resolution, attesting that the special meeting was legally called and conducted and certifying the outcome of the vote, shall be sent to the bishop within 10 days after the resolution has been adopted, at which time the relationship between this congregation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be terminated subject to paragraph g. below. Unless this notification to the bishop also certifies that the congregation has voted by a two-thirds vote to affiliate with another Lutheran denomination, the congregation will be conclusively presumed to be an independent or non-Lutheran church.
f. Notice of termination shall be forwarded by the bishop to the secretary of the ELCA who shall report the termination to the Churchwide Assembly.
g. This congregation shall abide by these covenants by and among the three expressions of this church:
1) Congregations seeking to terminate their relationship with this church which fail or refuse to comply with each of the foregoing provisions in *C6.05. shall be required to receive Synod Council approval before terminating their membership in this church.
2) Congregations which had been members of the Lutheran Church in America shall be required, in addition to complying with the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., to receive synodical approval before terminating their membership in this church.
3) Congregations established by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be required, in addition to complying with the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., to satisfy all financial obligations to this church and receive Synod Council approval before terminating their membership in this church.

h. If this congregation fails to achieve the required two-thirds vote of voting members present at the congregation’s first meeting as specified in paragraph ‘a’ above, another special meeting to consider termination of relationship with this church may be called no sooner than six months after that first meeting. If this congregation fails to achieve the required two-thirds vote of voting members present at the congregation’s second meeting as specified in paragraph ‘d’ above, another attempt to consider termination of relationship with this church must follow all requirements of *C6.05. and may begin no sooner than six months after the second meeting.

*C6.06. If this congregation considers relocation, it shall confer with the bishop of the synod in which it is territorially located and the appropriate unit of the church wide organization before any steps are taken leading to such action. The approval of the Synod Council shall be received before any such action is affected.

*C6.07. If this congregation considers developing an additional site to be used regularly for worship, it shall confer with the bishop of the synod in which it is territorially located and the appropriate unit of the church wide organization before any steps are taken leading to such action.

CHAPTER 7 – PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

*C7.01. If this congregation ceases to exist, title to the undisposed property shall pass to the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

*C7.02. If this congregation is removed from membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America according to its procedure for discipline, title to the property shall continue to reside in this congregation.

*C7.03. If two-thirds of the voting members of this congregation present at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation vote to transfer to another Lutheran church body, title to the property shall continue to reside in this congregation, provided the process for termination of relationship in *C6.05., has been followed. Before this congregation takes action to transfer to another Lutheran church body, it shall consult with representatives of the Florida-Bahamas Synod.

*C7.04. If two-thirds of the voting members of this congregation present at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation to become independent or relate to a non-Lutheran church body, and have followed the process for termination of relationship in *C6.05., title to property of this congregation shall continue to reside in this congregation only with the consent of the Synod Council. The Synod Council, after consultation with this congregation by the established synodical process, may give approval to the request to become independent or relate to a non-Lutheran church body, in which case title shall remain with the majority of this congregation. If the Synod Council fails to give such approval, title shall remain with those members who desire to continue as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

CHAPTER 8 – MEMBERSHIP

*C8.01. Members of this congregation shall be those baptized persons on the role of this congregation at the time that this constitution is adopted and those who are admitted thereafter and who have declared and maintained their membership in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and its bylaws.

*C8.02. Members shall be classified as follows:
a. Baptized Persons are those who have been received by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in this
congregation, or having been baptized in the name of the Triune God, have been received by
certificate of transfer from other Lutheran congregations or by affirmation of faith.
b. Confirmed Members are baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation, those who have been received by adult baptism or by transfer as confirmed members from other Lutheran congregations, or baptized persons received by affirmation of faith.
c. Voting members are confirmed members. Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation and shall have made a contribution of record to this congregation. Members of this congregation who have satisfied these basic standards shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation as well as the other rights and privileges ascribed to voting members by the provisions of this constitution and its bylaws.
d. Associate members are persons holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation. These individuals have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting or other rights and privileges ascribed to voting members by the provisions of this constitution and its bylaws.
e. Seasonal members are voting members of other ELCA congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation, including exercising limited voting rights in this congregation. The Congregation Council may grant seasonal membership to such persons provided that this congregation is a member of a synod where the Synod Council has approved seasonal member voting on its territory. Such seasonal members shall have all the privileges and duties of voting members except that:
1) they shall not be eligible for elected office in, or for membership on the Congregation Council or on a call committee of, this congregation;
2) they shall not have the right to vote on any matter concerning or affecting the call or termination of call of any minister of this congregation;
3) they shall not have the right to vote on any matter concerning or affecting the affiliation of this congregation with the ELCA;
4) they shall not be eligible to serve as voting members from this congregation of the Synod Assembly or the Churchwide Assembly;
5) they shall not, even if otherwise permitted by this congregation, vote by proxy or by absentee ballot; and
6) they shall not, within any two-calendar month period, exercise voting rights in this congregation and in the congregation where they remain voting members.

*C8.03. All applications for confirmed membership shall be submitted to and shall require approval of the congregational council.

*C8.04. It shall be the privilege and duty of members of this congregation to:
a. make regular use of the means of grace, both Word and sacraments;
b. live a Christian life in accordance with the Word of God and the teachings of the Lutheran Church;
and
c. support the work of this congregation, the synod, and the church-wide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through contributions of their time, abilities, and financial support as biblical stewards.

*C8.05. Membership in this congregation shall be terminated by any of the following:
a. death
b. resignation
c. transfer or Release
d. disciplinary action in accordance with the ELCA constitutional provision 20.41, and the accompanying bylaws; or
e. removal from the roll due to inactivity, in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and its bylaws.
Such persons who have been removed from the roll of members shall remain as persons for whom the church has a continuing pastoral care.

e.01. Inactivity is defined as failing to receive Holy Communion, support the church financially, and does not appear a desire to participate in the life and worship of the Congregation, and shall be contacted by the Pastor, Evangelism Board or members of the Congregation and encouraged by them to active membership. If after that the second year the confirmed member does not actively participate, then that person shall be removed from the active rolls of the Congregation. And a child, neither of whose parents or guardians is a member of the Congregation, may be removed
from the rolls of Baptized members, if the child fails to participate in the life and worship of the Congregation.

CHAPTER 9 – ROSTERED MINISTER

*C9.01. Authority to call a Pastor shall be in this congregation by at least a two-thirds vote of voting members present and voting at a meeting legally called for that purpose. Before a call is issued, the officers, or a committee elected by the congregation to recommend the call, shall seek the advice and help of the Bishop of the Synod.

*C9.02. Only a member of the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or a candidate for the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament who has been recommended for the congregation by the synodical bishop may be called as a Pastor of this congregation.

*C9.03. Consistent with the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,
a. Every minister of Word and Sacrament shall:
1) preach the Word;
2) administer the sacraments;
3) conduct public worship;
4) provide pastoral care;
5) seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel;
6) impart knowledge of this church and its wider ministry though distribution of its communications and publications;
7) witness to the Kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad; and
8) speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.
b. Each pastor with a congregational call shall, within the congregation:
1) offer instruction, confirm, marry, visit the sick and distressed, and bury the dead;
2) relate to all schools and organizations of this congregation;
3) install regularly elected members of the congregational Council;
4) with the council, administer discipline.
5) endeavor to increase the support given by the congregation to the work of the ELCA churchwide organization and the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA.

*C9.04. The specific duties of the Pastor, compensation, and other matters pertaining to the services of the Pastor shall be included in a letter of call, which shall be attested by the Bishop of the Synod.

*C9.05. The provisions for termination of the mutual relationship between a minister of Word and Sacrament and this congregation shall be as follows:

a. The call of this congregation, when accepted by a Pastor, shall constitute a continuing mutual relationship and commitment, which, shall be terminated only by death or following consultation with the synodical bishop for the following reasons:
1) mutual agreement to terminate the call or the completion of a call for a specific term;
resignation of the Pastor, which shall become effective, unless otherwise agreed, no later than 30 days after the date on which it was submitted;
2) inability to conduct the pastoral office effectively in that congregation in view of local conditions;
3) physical disability or mental incapacity of the Pastor;
4) suspension of the Pastor through discipline for more than three months;
5) resignation or removal of the pastor from the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament of this church;
6) termination of the relationship between this church and the congregation;
7) dissolution of the congregation, or the termination of a parish arrangement; or
8) suspension of the congregation through discipline for more than six months.
b. When allegations of physical disability or mental incapacity of the Pastor under paragraph a.4) above, or ineffective conduct of the pastoral office under paragraph a.3) above have come to the attention of the Bishop of this Synod,
1) the bishop in his or her sole discretion may investigate such conditions personally together with a committee of two rostered ministers and one layperson, or
2) when such allegations have been brought to the synod’s attention by an official recital of allegations by the congregation council or by a petition signed by at least one-third of the voting members of the congregation, the bishop personally shall investigate such conditions together with a committee of two rostered ministers and one layperson.
c. In case of alleged physical disability or mental incapacity, under paragraph a.4) above, the bishop’s committee shall obtain and document competent medical opinion concerning the pastor’s condition. When a disability or incapacity is evident to the committee, the bishop of this synod may declare the pastorate vacant. When the pastorate is declared vacant, the Synod Council shall list the pastor on the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament as disabled. Upon removal of the disability and restoration of the pastor to health, the Bishop shall take steps to enable the Pastor to resume the ministry, either in the congregation last served or in another appropriate call.
d. In the case of alleged local difficulties that imperil the effective functioning of the congregation, under paragraph a.3) above, the bishop’s committee shall endeavor to hear from all concerned persons, after which the Bishop together with the committee, shall present their recommendations first to the Pastor and then to the congregation. The recommendations of the bishop’s committee must address whether the pastor’s call should come to an end, and, if so, may suggest appropriate severance arrangements. The committee may also propose other actions that should be undertaken by the congregation and by the pastor, if appropriate. If the pastor and congregation agree to carry out such recommendations, no further action need be taken by the synod.
e. If either party fails to assent to the recommendations of the bishop’s committee concerning the pastor’s call, the congregation may dismiss the Pastor only at a legally called meeting after consultation with the Bishop, either (a) by a two-thirds of voting members present and voting where the Bishop and the committee did not recommend termination of the call, or (b) by a majority vote of voting members present and voting where the Bishop and the committee recommended termination of the call.
f. If in the course of proceedings described in paragraph c. or paragraph d. above, the bishop’s committee concludes that there may be grounds for disciplinary action, the committee shall make recommendations concerning discipline in accordance with the provisions of this church’s constitution bylaws and continuing resolutions.

*C9.06. At a time of pastoral vacancy, an interim Pastor shall be appointed by the Bishop of the Synod with the consent of the congregation or the congregation Council.

*C9.07. During the period of service, an interim Pastor shall have the rights and duties in the congregation of a regularly called Pastor and may delegate the same in part to a supply Pastor with the consent of the Bishop of the Synod and this congregation or congregational Council. The interim Pastor and any rostered minister providing assistance shall refrain from exerting influence in the selection of a Pastor. Unless previously agreed upon by the Synod Council, an interim pastor is not available for a regular call to the congregation served.

*C9.08. This congregation shall make satisfactory settlement of all financial obligations to a former Pastor before calling a successor. A Pastor shall make satisfactory settlement of all financial obligations to this congregation before beginning service in a call to another congregation or employment in another ministry setting related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

*C9.09. When a Pastor is called to serve in company with another Pastor or Pastors, the privileges and responsibilities of each Pastor shall be specified in documents to accompany the call and to be drafted in consultation involving the Pastors, the congregation Council, and the Bishop of the Synod. As occasion requires, the documents may be revised through similar consultation.

*C9.11. With the approval of the Bishop of the Synod, the congregation may depart from *C9.05.a., and call a Pastor for a specific term. Details of such calls shall be in writing setting forth the purpose and conditions involved. Prior to the completion of the term, the Bishop or a designated representative of the Bishop shall meet with the Pastor and representatives of the congregation for a review of the call. Such a call may also be terminated before its expiration in accordance with the provisions of *C9.05.a.

*C9.12. The Pastor of this congregation:
a. shall keep accurate parochial records of all baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, communicants, members received, members dismissed, or members excluded from this congregation;
b. shall submit a summary of such statistics annually to the synod; and
c. shall become a member of this congregation upon receipt and acceptance of the letter of call. In a parish of multiple congregations, the pastor shall hold membership in one of the congregations.

*C9.13. The Pastor(s) shall submit a report of his or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90 days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod Assembly.

*C9.14. The parochial records of this congregation shall be maintained by the Pastor and shall remain the property of the congregation. The secretary of this congregation shall attest in writing to the bishop of this synod that such records have been placed in his or her hands in good order by a departing Pastor before the installation of that Pastor in another field of labor or the granting by the synod of retired status to the Pastor.

C9.15. Under special circumstances, subject to the approval of the synodical bishop and the concurrence of this congregation, minister of Word and Sacrament of a church body with which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially has established a relationship of full communion may serve temporarily as pastor of this congregation under a contract between the congregation and the pastor in a form proposed by the synodical bishop and approved by the congregation.
*C9.21. Authority to call a minister of Word and Service shall be in this congregation by at least a two-thirds vote of voting members present and voting at a meeting legally called for that purpose. Before a call is issued, the officers, or a committee elected by Congregation Council to recommend the call, shall seek the advice and help of the bishop of the synod.
*C9.22. Only a member of the roster of Ministers of Word and Service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or a candidate for the roster of Ministers of Word and Service who has been recommended for this congregation by the synodical bishop may be called as a deacon of this congregation.
*C9.23. Consistent with the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, every minister of Word and Service shall:
a. Be rooted in the Word of God, for proclamation and service;
b. Advocate a prophetic diakonia that commits itself to risk-taking and innovative service on the frontiers of the Church’s outreach, giving particular attention to the suffering places in God’s world;
c. Speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world, witnessing to the realm of God in the community, the nation, and abroad;
d. Equip the baptized for ministry in God’s world that affirms the gifts of all people;
e. Encourage mutual relationships that invite participation and accompaniment of others in God’s mission;
f. Practice stewardship that respects God’s gift of time, talents, and resources;
g. Be grounded in a gathered community for ongoing diaconal formation;
h. Share knowledge of the ELCA and its wider ministry of the gospel and advocate for the work of all expressions of this church; and
i. Identify and encourage qualified persons to prepare for ministry of the gospel.
*C9.24. The specific duties of the deacon, compensation, and other matters pertaining to the service of the deacon shall be included in a letter of call, which shall be attested by the bishop of the synod.
*C9.25. The provisions for termination of the mutual relationship between a minister of Word and Service and a congregation shall be as follows:
a. The call of a congregation, when accepted by a deacon, shall constitute a continuing mutual relationship and commitment, which shall be terminated only by death or, following consultation with the synodical bishop, for the following reasons:
1) mutual agreement to terminate the call or the completion of a call for a specific term;
2) resignation of the deacon, which shall become effective, unless otherwise agreed, no later than 30 days after the date on which it was submitted;
3) inability to conduct the ministry of Word and Service effectively in this congregation in view of local conditions;
4) physical disability or mental incapacity of the deacon;
5) suspension of the deacon through discipline for more than three months;
6) resignation or removal of the deacon from the roster of Ministers of Word and Service of this church;
7) termination of the relationship between this church and this congregation;
8) dissolution of this congregation or the termination of a parish arrangement; or
9) suspension of this congregation through discipline for more than six months.
b. When allegations of physical disability or mental incapacity of the deacon under paragraph a.4) above, or ineffective conduct of the office of minister of Word and Service under paragraph a.3) above, have come to the attention of the bishop of this synod,
1) the bishop in his or her sole discretion may investigate such conditions personally together with a committee of two rostered ministers and one layperson, or
2) when such allegations have been brought to the synod’s attention by an official recital of allegations by the Congregation Council or by a petition signed by at least one-third of the voting members of this congregation, the bishop personally shall investigate such conditions together with a committee of two rostered ministers and one layperson.
c. In case of alleged physical disability or mental incapacity under paragraph a.4) above, the bishop’s committee shall obtain and document competent medical opinion concerning the deacon’s condition. When a disability or incapacity is evident to the committee, the bishop of this synod may declare the position vacant. When the position is declared vacant, the Synod Council shall list the deacon on the roster of Ministers of Word and Service as disabled. Upon removal of the disability and the restoration of the deacon to health, the bishop shall take steps to enable the deacon to resume the ministry, either in the congregation last served or in another appropriate call.
d. In the case of alleged local difficulties that imperil the effective functioning of this congregation under paragraph a.3) above, the bishop’s committee shall endeavor to hear from all concerned persons, after which the bishop together with the committee shall present their recommendations first to the deacon and then to this congregation. The recommendations of the bishop’s committee must address whether the deacon’s call should come to an end and, if so, may suggest appropriate severance arrangements. The committee may also propose other actions that should be undertaken by this congregation and by the deacon, if appropriate. If the deacon and congregation agree to carry out such recommendations, no further action need be taken by the synod.
e. If either party fails to assent to the recommendations of the bishop’s committee concerning the deacon’s call, this congregation may dismiss the deacon only at a legally called meeting after consultation with the bishop, either (a) by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present and voting where the bishop and the committee did not recommend termination of the call, or (b) by a majority vote of the voting members present and voting where the bishop and the committee recommended termination of the call.
f. If, in the course of proceedings described in paragraph c. or paragraph d. above, the bishop’s committee concludes that there may be grounds for discipline, the committee shall make recommendations concerning disciplinary action in accordance with the provisions of this church’s constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions.
*C9.26. The deacon shall make satisfactory settlement of all financial obligations to a former congregation before:
a. installation in another field of labor, or
b. the issuance of a certificate of dismissal or transfer.
*C9.27. When a deacon is called to serve in company with another rostered minister or other rostered ministers, the privileges and responsibilities of each rostered minister shall be specified in documents to accompany the call and to be drafted in consultation involving the rostered ministers, the Congregation Council, and the bishop of the synod. As occasion requires, the documents may be revised through a similar consultation.
*C9.28. With the approval of the bishop of the synod, this congregation may depart from *C9.25.a. and call a deacon for a specific term. Details of such calls shall be in writing setting forth the purpose and conditions involved. Prior to the completion of a term, the bishop or a designated representative of the bishop shall meet with the deacon and representatives of this congregation for a review of the call. Such a call may also be terminated before its expiration in accordance with the provisions of *C9.25.a.
*C9.29. The deacon shall become a member of this congregation upon receipt and acceptance of the letter of call. In a parish of multiple congregations, the deacon shall hold membership in one of the congregations.
*C9.31. The deacon(s) shall submit a report of his or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90 days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod Assembly.

CHAPTER 10 – CONGREGATION MEETING

C10.01. The annual meeting of this congregation shall be held on the last Sunday of January.

C10.02. A special Congregation Meeting may be called by the pastor, the Congregation Council, or the president of this congregation upon the written request of 10% of the voting members. The president of the congregation Council shall call a special meeting upon request of the synodical bishop. The call for each special meeting shall specify the purpose for which it is to be held and no other business shall be transacted.

C10.03. Notice of all meetings of this congregation shall be given at the services of worship on the preceding two consecutive Sundays and by mail or electronic means, as permitted by state law, to all voting members at least 10 days in advance of the date of the meeting.

C10.04. A quorum shall consist of 15% of the voting members who have been officially and properly notified of a congregational meeting as specified in C10.03.

C10.05. Voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.

C10.06. All actions by the congregation shall be by majority vote except as otherwise provided in this constitution or by state law.
C10.07. Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, shall govern parliamentary procedure of all meetings of this congregation.

CHAPTER 11 – OFFICERS

C11.01. The officers of this congregation shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
a. Duties of the officers shall be specified in the bylaws. (see C11.01.1.)
b. The officers shall be voting members of this congregation.
c. Officers of this congregation shall serve similar offices of the Congregation Council and shall be voting members of the Congregation Council.
d. The Congregation Council shall elect its officers, the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer from the elected membership of the Congregation Council.

C11.02. The congregation Council shall elect its officers and they shall be the officers of this congregation. The officers shall be elected by written ballot and shall serve for (1) one year, or until their successors are elected. Their terms shall begin at the annual meeting upon their election and end at the next annual meeting.

C11.03. No officer shall hold more than one office at a time. No elected officer shall be eligible to serve more than (4) four consecutive terms in the same office. **The Congregation Council may exercise, by invitation with discretion, the option to annually extend the term of office for the church congregation Treasurer.

CHAPTER 12 – CONGREGATION COUNCIL

C12.01. The voting membership of the congregation Council shall consist of the Pastor(s), the officers of this congregation, and not more than twelve (12) members of this congregation. Any voting member of this congregation may be elected, subject only to the limitation of the length of continuous service permitted in that office. A members place on the congregation Council shall be declared vacant if the member: a) ceases to be a voting member of this congregation; or b) is absent from three successive regular meetings of the congregation Council without cause. Consistent with the laws of the state in which this congregation is incorporated, the congregation may adopt procedures for the removal of a member of the Congregation Council in other circumstances.

C12.02. Congregation Council chairpersons shall be elected at the annual meeting of this congregation. Their term of office shall be for two full (2 year) consecutive terms of office beginning after their election. Newly elected congregation Council members shall be installed on the first Sunday after their election. If nominee is running unopposed for a position, then they may be elected by verbal acclamation. If more than one person is on the ballot or slate for an elected position then they may be so elected by a written ballot.

C12.03. Should a member’s place on the Congregation Council be declared vacant, the congregation Council shall elect, by a majority vote, a successor until the next annual meeting.

C12.04. The Congregation Council shall have general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God, and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The duties of the Congregation Council shall include the following:
a. To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to do long range-planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.
b. To seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service and support.
c. To oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission.
d. To maintain supportive relationships with the rostered minister (s) and staff and help them annually to evaluate the fulfillment of their calling or employment.
e. To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized members.
f. To promote a congregational climate of peace and goodwill, and as differences and conflicts arise to endeavor to foster mutual understanding.
g. To arrange for pastoral service during the sickness and absence of the Pastor.
h. To emphasize partnership with the synod and churchwide organizations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran, subject to established policies of the synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
i. To recommend and encourage the use of program resources produced or approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
j. To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel.

C12.05. The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the financial and property matters of this congregation as per ELCA and Florida- Bahamas Synod Guidelines.
a. The Congregation Council shall be the board of directors of this congregation, and as such shall be responsible for the maintaining and protecting its property and the management of its business and fiscal affairs. It shall have the powers and be subject to the obligations that pertain to such boards under the laws of the State of Florida, except as otherwise provided herein.
b. The Congregation Council shall not have the authority to buy, sell, or encumber real property unless specifically authorized to do so by a meeting of the congregation.
c. The Congregation Council may enter into contracts of up to $5,000.00 for items not included in the budget.
d. The congregation Council shall prepare an annual budget for adoption by this congregation, shall supervise the expenditure of funds in accordance therewith following its adoption, and may incur obligations of more than 5% of the unified budget in a excess of the anticipated receipts only after approval by a congregation Meeting. The budget shall include this congregation’s full indicated share in support of the wider ministry being carried on in partnership with the synod and churchwide organization.
e. The Congregation Council shall ascertain that the financial affairs of this congregation are being conducted efficiently, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of all obligations and to the regular forwarding of benevolence monies to the synodical treasurer.
f. The Congregation Council shall be responsible for this congregation’s investments and its total insurance program.

C12.06. The Congregation Council shall see that the provisions of this constitution, its bylaws, and continuing resolutions are carried out.

C12.07. The Congregation Council shall provide for annual review of its membership roster.

C12.08. The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the employment, and supervision of the staff of this congregation. Nothing in this provision shall be deemed to affect the congregation’s responsibility for the call, terms of call, or termination of call of any employees who are on the roster of this church.

C12.09. The Congregation Council shall submit a comprehensive report to this congregation at the annual meeting.

C12.11. The Congregation Council shall normally meet once a month. Special meetings may be called by the Pastor or the President, and shall be called by the President at the request of at least one-half of its members. Notice of each special meeting shall be given to all who are entitled to be present.

C12.12. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority of the members of the Congregation Council, including the Pastor or Interim Pastor, except when the Pastor or Interim requests or consents to be absent and has given prior approval to the agenda for a particular regular or special meeting, which shall be the only business considered at that meeting. Chronic or repeated absence of the Pastor or Interim Pastor who has refused approval of the agenda of a subsequent regular or special meeting shall not preclude action by the congregation Council, following consultation with the Synodical Bishop.

C12.13. The Congregation Council and its committees may hold meetings by remote communication, including electronically and by telephone conference, and, to the extent permitted by state law, notice of all meetings may be provided electronically.

CHAPTER 13 – CONGREGATION COMMITTEES:

C13.01. The Executive Committee: the officers of this congregation and the Pastor shall constitute The Executive Committee.

C13.02. The Nominating Committee: a Nominating Committee of six voting members of this congregation, two of whom, if possible shall be outgoing members of the congregation Council, shall be elected at the annual meeting for a term of one year. Members of the Nominating Committee are not eligible for consecutive reelection.

C13.03. The Audit Committee: an Audit Committee of three voting members shall be elected by the congregation Council. Audit Committee members shall not be members of the congregation Council. Term of office shall be three yars, with one member elected each year. Members shall be eligible for reelection.

C13.04. Mutual Ministry Committee: in the absence of a mutual ministry committee, the duties shall be fulfilled by the executive committee) shall be appointed jointly by the president [vice president1] and the rostered minister. Term of office shall be two years, with three members to be appointed each successive year.

C13.05. The Call Committee: when a pastoral vacancy occurs, a Call Committee of six voting members shall be elected by this congregation. Term of office will terminate upon installation of a newly called Pastor.

C13.06. Other committees and / or task force groups of this congregation may be formed as the need arises by decision of the Congregation Council.

C13.07. Duties of each individual named committee and Special or Temporary committees of this congregation are specified, defined and outlined in the Continuing Resolutions document.

C13.08. The (Senior) Pastor of this congregation shall be ex officio a member of all committees and boards of The congregation. [The President of this congregation shall be ex officio a member of all committees and boards of The congregation, except the Nominating Committee.]

CHAPTER 14 – ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE CONGREGATION

C14.01. All organizations within this congregation shall exist to aid in ministering to the members of this congregation and to all persons who can be reached with the Gospel of Christ. As outgrowths and expressions of this congregation’s life, the organizations are subject to its oversight and direction. This congregation, at its meeting, shall determine their policies, guide their activities, and receive reports concerning their membership, work, and finances.

C14.02. Special interest groups, other than those of the official organizations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, may be organized only after authorization has been given by the congregation Council.

CHAPTER 15 – DISCIPLINE OF MEMBERS AND ADJUDICATION

*C15.01. Persistent and public denial of the Christian faith, willful or criminal conduct grossly unbecoming a member of the Church of Christ, continual and intentional interference with the ministry of the congregation, or willful and repeated harassment or defamation of member(s) of the congregation is sufficient cause for discipline of a member. Prior to disciplinary action, reconciliation and repentance will be attempted following Matthew 18; 15-17, proceeding through these successive steps, as necessary: a) private council and admonition by the pastor, b) ensure and admonition by the pastor in the presence of two or three witnesses, c) written referral of the matter by the congregation Council to the vice president of the synod, who will refer it to a consultation panel drawn from the Consultation Committee of the synod, and d) written referral of the matter by the consultation panel to the Committee on Discipline of the synod. If, for any reason, the pastor is unable to administer the admonitions required by paragraphs a. and b., hereof, those steps may be performed by another pastor chosen by the Executive Committee of the congregation Council.

*C15.02. The process for discipline of a member of the congregation shall be governed as prescribed by the chapter on discipline in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. If the counseling, censure, and admonitions pursuant to C15.01 do not result in repentance and amendment of life, charges against the accused member(s) that are specific and in writing may be prepared by the Congregation Council, signed, and submitted to the vice president of the synod. The vice president shall select from the synod’s Consultation Committee a panel of five members (three laypersons and two ministers of Word and Sacrament). A copy of the written charges shall be provided to the consultation panel and the accused member(s). The consultation panel, after requesting a written reply to the charges from the accused member(s), shall consider the matter and seek a resolution by means of investigation, consultation, meditation, or whatever other means may seem appropriate. The panel’s efforts to reach a mutually agreeable resolution shall continue for no more than 45 days after the matter is submitted to it.

*C15.03. If the consultation panel fails to resolve the matter, that panel shall refer the case in writing, including the written charges and the accused member’s reply, to the Committee on Discipline of the synod for a hearing. A copy of the panel’s written referral shall be delivered to the vice president of the synod, the Congregational Council, and the accused member(s) at the same time it is sent to the Committee on Discipline of the synod. The Executive Committee of the Synod Council shall then select six members from the Committee on Discipline to decide the case, and shall appoint a member of the Synod Council to preside as nonvoting chair. Those six members plus the nonvoting chair comprise the discipline bearing panel for deciding the case. The Congregation Council and the accused member(s) are the parties to the case.

*C15.04. The discipline hearing panel shall commence and conduct the disciplinary hearing in accordance with the provisions governing discipline of congregation members prescribed in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

*C15.05. By the vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the discipline hearing panel who are present and voting, one of the following disciplinary sanctions can be imposed:
a. suspension from the privileges of congregation membership for a designated period of time;
b. suspension from the privileges of congregation membership until the pastor and Congregation Council receive evidence, satisfactory to them, of repentance and amendment of life;
c. termination of membership in the congregation; or
d. termination of membership in the congregation and exclusion from the church property and from all congregation activities.

*C15.06. The written decision of the discipline hearing panel shall be sent to the vice president of the synod, the accused member(s), and the Congregation Council as required by the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The decision of the discipline hearing panel shall be implemented by the congregation Council and recorded in the minutes of the next council meeting.

*C15.07. No member of the congregation shall be subject to discipline a second time for offenses that a discipline hearing panel has heard previously and decided pursuant to this chapter.

*C15.10. Adjudication

*C15.11. When there is disagreement among factions within the congregation on a substantive issue that cannot be resolved by the parties, members of this congregation shall have access to the Synodical Bishop for consultation after informing the chair of the Congregation Council of their intent. If the consultation fails to resolve the issue(s), the Consultation Committee of the Synod shall consider the matter. If the Consultation Committee of the Synod shall fail to resolve the issue(s), the matter shall be referred to the Synod Council, whose decision shall be final.

CHAPTER 16 – AMENDMENTS

*C16.01. Unless provision C16.04. is applicable, those sections of this constitution that are not required, in accord with the Model Constitution for congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, may be amended in the following manner. Amendments may be proposed by at least twenty (20) voting members or by the Congregation Council. Proposals must be filed in writing with the congregation Council sixty (60) days before formal consideration by this congregation at a regular or special meeting called for that purpose. The Congregation Council shall notify the congregation’s members of the proposal together with the council’s recommendations at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting. Notification may take place by mail or electronic means, as permitted by state law.

*C16.02. An amendment to this constitution, proposed under *C16.01., shall:
a. be approved at a legally called congregation meeting according to this congregation by a majority vote of those voting members present and voting.
b. be ratified without change at the next annual meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting members present and voting; or
c. have the effective date included in the resolution and noted in the constitution.

*C16.03. Any amendments to this constitution that result from processes provided in *C16.01 and *C16.02 shall be sent by the secretary of this congregation to the synod. The synod shall notify the congregation of its decision to approve or disprove the proposed changes; the changes shall go into effect upon notification that the synod has approved them.
*C16.04. This constitution may be amended to bring any section into conformity with a section or sections, either required or not required, of the Model Constitution for congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as most recently amended by the Churchwide Assembly. Such amendments may be approved by a majority vote of those voting members present and voting at any legally called meeting of the congregation without presentation at a prior meeting of the congregation, provided that the Congregation Council has submitted by mail or electronic means, as permitted by state law, notice to the congregation of such an amendment or amendments, together with the council’s recommendations, at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. Upon the request of at least two (2) voting members of the congregation, the congregation Council shall submit such notice and call such a meeting. Following the adoption of an amendment, the secretary of the congregation shall submit a copy thereof to the synod. Such provisions shall become effective immediately following a vote of approval.

Chapter 17 – BYLAWS
*C17.01. This congregation may adopt bylaws. No bylaw may conflict with this constitution.
*C17.02. Bylaws may be adopted or amended at any legally called meeting of this congregation with a quorum present by a two-thirds vote of those voting members present and voting.
*C17.03. Changes to the bylaws may be proposed by any voting member, provided that such additions or amendments be submitted in writing to the Congregation Council at least 60 days before a regular or special Congregation Meeting called for that purpose. The Congregation Council shall notify this congregation’s members of the proposal with the council’s recommendations at least 30 days in advance of the Congregation Meeting. Notification may take place by mail or electronic means, as permitted by state law.
*C17.04. Approved changes to the bylaws shall be sent by the secretary of this congregation to the synod.

CHAPTER 18 – CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS

*C18.01. The Congregation Council may enact continuing resolutions. Such continuing resolutions may not conflict with the constitution or bylaws of this congregation.

*C18.02 Continuing resolutions shall be enacted or amended by a majority vote of all voting members present and voting at a legally called meeting of this congregation.

CHAPTER 19 – INDEMNIFICATION

*C19.01. Consistent with the provisions of the laws under which this congregation is incorporated, this congregation may adopt provisions providing indemnification for each person who, by reason of the fact that such person is or was a congregation Council member, officer, employee, agent, or other member of any committee of this congregation, was or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed civil, criminal, administrative, arbitration, or investigative proceeding.

CHAPTER 20 – PARISH AUTHORIZATION
[*Required provision should this congregation decide in its church life to become a part of or unite into partnership with one or more other congregations recognized by the Florida – Bahamas Synod to form a parish.]
*C20.01. This congregation may unite in partnership with one or more other congregations recognized by the synod named in *C6.01. to form a parish. Except as provided in *C20.02. and *C20.03., a written agreement, developed in consultation with the synod and approved by the voting members of each congregation participating in the parish, shall specify the powers and responsibilities that have been delegated to the Parish Council. The Parish Agreement shall identify which congregation of the parish issues calls on behalf of the member congregations or shall establish a process for identifying which congregation issues calls on behalf of the member congregations.
*C20.02. One congregation of a parish shall issue a call on behalf of the member congregations to a minister of Word and Sacrament or a candidate for the roster of Ministers of Word and Sacrament who has been recommended by the synodical bishop to serve the congregations of the parish. Such a call shall be approved prior to issuance by a two-thirds vote at a congregational meeting of each congregation forming the parish. If any congregation of the parish should fail to approve the call, the other congregations of the parish shall have the right to terminate the parish agreement.
*C20.03. One congregation of a parish may issue a call on behalf of the member congregations to a minister of Word and Service or a candidate for the roster of Ministers of Word and Service who has been recommended by the synodical bishop to serve the congregations of the parish. Such a call shall be approved prior to issuance by a two-thirds vote at a congregational meeting of each congregation forming the parish. If any congregation of the parish should fail to approve the call, the other congregations of the parish shall have the right to terminate the parish agreement.
*C20.04. Any one of the congregations of the parish may terminate their relationship with the pastor as provided in †S14.18.d. of the synodical constitution of the synod named in *C6.01. In such case, the other congregation(s) of the same parish shall have the right to terminate the parish agreement.
*C20.05. Any one of the congregations of the parish may terminate their relationship with a minister of Word and Service as provided in †S14.43.d. of the synodical constitution of the synod named in *C6.01. In such case, the other congregation(s) of the same parish shall have the right to terminate the parish agreement.
*C20.06. Whenever a parish agreement is terminated, the call of any rostered minister serving that parish is terminated. Should any congregation that was formerly part of the parish agreement desire to issue a new call to that rostered minister, it may do so in accordance with the call process of this church.

CONCLUSION
In accordance with Chapter 167; Section *C16.01., of our Constitution, the attached changes are incorporated into this document by the voting members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Clermont, Florida by a two-thirds majority vote present at its congregational Meeting. It is the wish and desire of each voting member that these changes are approved so that Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Clermont, Florida has the best organizational structured and written constitution possible, both for our present size congregation as well as for our future growth.

ENACTED by a two-thirds majority vote of the congregational membership of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Clermont, Florida present at the congregational meeting held on the 28th day of January 2018.

EXECUTED by the President of the congregation on the _____ day of _____________________.

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Jim Johnson, President (10.17.2017)
Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran Church
Clermont, Florida

ATTESTED by the Secretary of the congregation on the ______ day of ____________________.

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Carol Kenderdine, Secretary (10.17.2017)
Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran Church
Clermont, Florida