The following documents have been developed by the congregation to govern our operations and use of our facilities.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HILLSBORO, OREGON
Section 1: Name and Office. This corporation is FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (the “Corporation”), an Oregon Nonprofit Corporation, and its principal location and office shall be in the City of Hillsboro, in the State of Oregon.
PURPOSES AND POWERS
Section 1: Purposes. This corporation is a church which acknowledges Jesus Christ as its head and finds in the Holy Scriptures, interpreted by the Divine Spirit through reason, faith and conscience, its guidance in matters of faith and discipline. To that purpose we accept the following statements of mission and vision:
We are Christians who have joined together to worship God, and educate ourselves, our children, and others in our Christian faith. We are called to share the good news of the Gospel and minister to the community and the world. Following Christ’s teaching, we open our church and ourselves to all in a spirit of fellowship and mutual support.
Following Christ’s teachings, we are working toward a vision of “no longer strangers” in our communities. We are achieving this by seeing the strangers in our own lives, by offering them servant hospitality through Jesus Christ, and by creating ecumenical partnerships with other faith communities.
We are honoring this vision by openly affirming God’s love for all people. We explicitly welcome everyone into our Christian community, fellowship, and worship, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic identity, economic circumstance, physical or mental ability, or any other perceived differences.
The government of this church is vested in its members, acting by and through its Board of Directors and its members exercise the right of control in its affairs, subject to these By-Laws and to the applicable law of the State of Oregon and the United States.
This church is amenable to no ecclesiastical judicatory, and it accepts the obligations of mutual council, comity and cooperation involved in the free fellowship of the United Church of Christ, and pledges itself to share its common aims and work. This church is in direct fellowship with the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ and the General Synod of the United Church of Christ; and with all churches which seek to promote the Kingdom of God.
Section 2: Policies. The Corporation has adopted certain policies which have been approved by its membership and by its Board of Directors, which policies include the following declarations:
This church does not hold to any formal creed that is a test of membership within the church. We believe that each member has the right to follow the Word of God according to the dictates of his/her own conscience under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. The following statement of faith, therefore is not a test but an expression of the spirit in which the church interprets the Word of God.
Statement of Faith:
We believe in You, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being,
create persons in your own image
and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from
aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will
declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior,
You have come to us and shared our common lot,
conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit,
creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ.
binding in covenant faithful people of all ages,
tongues and races.
You call us into your Church
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be your servants in the service of others,
to proclaim the gospel to all the world
and resist the powers of evil.
to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,
to join him in his passion and victory.
You promise to all who trust you
forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
your presence in trial and rejoicing,
and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.
The members of this church are bound together by a covenant which is an expression of what they are seeking to accomplish within this fellowship. Public acceptance of the covenant is expected by all who unite with the church.
We choose this congregation to grow in God, following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Gospel, we open our lives to God’s purposes for this faith community. We will grow together through worship, ministry and fellowship, honoring our differences. Since the demands of love are great, we covenant to support the church and each other with our prayers, our gifts, and our selves.
Operational policies will be kept by the Clerk in the church office.
Section 3: Powers. The Corporation shall possess all the powers which a corporation organized under the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Law, including the power to use, distribute, contribute, expend, donate, apply and appropriate all of its property and assets, for charitable, religious or educational purposes.
Section 4: Nonprofit Organizations. No part of the net earnings of the Corporation accrues to the benefit of any private individual, and no part of the income of the corporation will be distributed to its members, directors, or officers, provided, however, that the payment of reasonable compensation for services rendered will not be deemed a distribution of income.
No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation will consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The corporation will not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office except as authorized by the Internal Revenue Code.
No assets of the corporation will be donated, distributed, applied to, paid over or otherwise used or employed in any manner which would disqualify the Corporation from being exempt from taxation under Section 501(A) or Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or any subsequent law of the United States of America.
Section 5: Corporate Dissolution. In the event of dissolution or liquidation of the Corporation, and after payment of just debts and liabilities, all remaining assets shall be disbursed to Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ.
Section 1: Qualification. The members of this church are persons who have been received by unanimous vote of the Board of Deacons, or by vote of the congregation when there is a dissent, and who publicly accept its covenants: (a) on presentation of satisfactory letter of transfer from other churches; or (b) if letters are not available, by affirmation of faith on recommendation of the Board of Deacons; or (c) on confession of faith and baptism (if not previously baptized or exempted because of conviction).
Section 2: Acceptance. Persons recommended by the Board of Deacons will be received by public assent to the covenant at a communion service or at some other time as ordered by the church. Under certain circumstances, people may be received in absentia by recommendation of the Board of Deacons.
Section 3: Categories. There are three categories of membership in the church:
(a) Active, for all members who indicate continuing interest through participation, support or written expression and these persons are fully qualified to vote for all elective officers of this corporation, or to vote at membership meetings; (b)Associate, for all members who indicate continuing interest through participation, support or written expression but who maintains membership in another church. Associate members have all rights and privileges of active members except for holding office or chairperson of a board. (c) Inactive, for those who have not expressed interest for a period of two years. The latter are neither entitled to vote as members, nor be counted in the active membership roll.
Section 4: Confirmation. Young people may come into the membership of the church after they have entered eighth grade in school, or its equivalent, and have successfully completed the Confirmation class. They receive all rights and privileges of adult members, including the right to vote.
Section 5: Standing. The continuance of membership is subject to the principles and usage of the United Church of Christ, especially as follows: (a) Any member in good and regular standing who desires a letter of transfer and recommendation to another church, upon request is entitled to receive it by unanimous vote of the Board of Deacons or by vote of the church if there is dissent. Membership is terminated when a letter is voted. Letters addressed to churches in general will not be granted. (b) Members, who for a period of two years, have not communicated with the church or contributed to its support, may by vote of the Board of Deacons or by vote of the church if there is dissent, be transferred to the inactive list. If, after the expiration of a year they have not renewed their active connection with the church, their names may be dropped from the roll by vote of the Board of Deacons or by vote of the church where there is dissent.
Section 1: Notice of Meetings. (a) The Annual Report and Election meeting is determined by the Board of Directors and is for the purpose of hearing annual reports of officers, committees, organizations and departments, to elect officers and other persons subject to being elected by members, and discuss plans for the upcoming year. Any item of church business may be discussed at an Annual Report and Election meeting. Adequate notice and publicity of these meetings will be given from the pulpit and by church mailings. (b) The Annual Budget Meeting will be for the purpose of approving the annual budget, and will be held prior to the end of the fiscal year. Any item of church business may be discussed at an Annual Budget Meeting. Adequate notice and publicity of these meetings will be given from the pulpit and by church mailings. (c) Special meetings of members may be held at the call of the Moderator, or upon the written request of five (5) members and is to be accomplished by filing a written notice with the Clerk of the church, stating the time and place of the special meeting and all business to be conducted. Notice to members will not be less than fourteen (14) days before the date of the meeting, notice will be given from the pulpit at three regular Sunday services prior to the meeting, or alternatively, notice may be given by ordinary U.S. mail to all active and associate members, and with notice being deemed delivered when deposited in the U.S. mail, addressed to the member’s address as it appears on church records, and with postage paid.
Section 2: Quorum. Fifteen (15) percent of the membership, as shown on the list of the Active and Associate members kept by the Clerk, will constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business at any meeting of congregation.
Section 3: Voting. Each member of this church has one vote on each matter submitted for a vote at any meeting and members must be present to vote. Only persons whose names appear on the list of Active or Associate members kept by the Clerk will be entitled to vote in any meeting of the members. A majority of the votes cast at any meeting at which a quorum is present is controlling, except as stated in Article VIII, Section 2 and Article X.
Section 4: Procedure. At all meetings of the members, the Moderator, or in his/her absence the Chairperson of the Board of Deacons, or in the absence of both, any member of the Board of Directors chosen by the members present at the meeting will preside. The Clerk, or in his/her absence, the person appointed by the presiding officer, will act as Clerk of the meeting and will keep a record of the proceedings. All meetings of the members will be conducted under “Roberts Rules of Order.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Function. The Board of Directors is the governing body of the church and serves as the overseeing and coordinating body for all the functions, programs, activities and interests of the church. It will visualize the entire task and direction of the church and cooperate with the Pastor in maintaining a balanced program. The Board of Directors will manage the business affairs of the Corporation, being responsible for all contracts made by the church, and will exercise oversight responsibility for actions affecting property and finances of the church. When vacancies occur in offices or Boards, the Board of Directors may fill such vacancies for the balance of the term.
Section 2: Composition.
Moderator, who serves as President of the Board.
Clerk, who serves as Secretary.
Chairperson of the Board of Deacons, who serves as Vice-President.
Chairperson of the Board of Buildings and Grounds.
Chairperson of the Board of Christian Education.
Chairperson of the Board of Finance.
Chairperson of the Board of Mission and Outreach.
Chairperson of the Board of Music.
All members except the Moderator and Clerk will be elected by a majority of their respective Board. All members must be Active members of the church.
Section 3: General Powers. The Board may exercise all powers of the Corporation as permitted by law, and consistent with the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and these By-Laws. The Board of Buildings and Grounds is responsible for the care and custody of the property of the church. The Board of Finance has general charge of the financial affairs of the church. The actions taken by the Board of Buildings and Grounds and the Board of Finance will be reported to the Board of Directors at its next meeting, with the actions of the Board of Buildings and Grounds and the Board of Finance subject to ratification or modification.
Section 4: Election and Term of Office. The Board of Directors may serve for a term of one year, and may serve succeeding terms if elected by a majority of the members of their respective boards.
Section 5: Voting. Each Director has one vote and must be present to vote. The Moderator will not vote except in the case of a tie.
Section 6: Vacancies. A vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors will be filled by the Board from which the vacancy occurred.
Section 7: Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be held at times set by the Board.
Section 8: Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Moderator or at the written request of a majority of the Board members. Notice must be given not less than five days prior to the meeting stating the time, place and all business to be conducted.
Section 9: Quorum. A majority of the Board of Directors will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
OTHER BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
Section 1: Boards. The boards are as follows:
Buildings and Grounds
Mission and Outreach
The membership of each board is elected at the Annual Report and Election Meeting to serve for a one year term or until a successor is elected. After serving three consecutive one-year terms on the same board a member is ineligible to serve on that board for one year. Each board will consist of at least three but not more than six persons and will elect its officers from its membership. The Board of Christian Education may also include a member of the Senior High youth, giving that board a maximum of seven voting members. Chairpersons must be active members of the Church. Each board will submit a report for the Annual Report and Election Meeting.
Buildings and Grounds. This board will have the care and custody of the property of the church subject to concurrence of the Board of Directors and the limits of Article V.
Christian Education. This Board has supervision and direction of all education work of the church. It has charge of the church school, with full power to appoint and remove teachers. The Director of Christian Education staff person will not be a voting member of the board.
Deacons. This board will cooperate with the Pastor in ministering to the spiritual interests of the congregation and the evangelical needs of the community. They will assist in the preparation and administration of the sacraments, in caring for the poor, the sick, the sorrowing, the indifferent and the stranger. They will make an annual survey of the church membership roll and at the Annual Report and Election Meeting submit recommendations to the church regarding necessary revisions. They will provide for the supply of the pulpit in the absence of the Pastor. They will accept for membership in the church those whom they deem prepared for membership.
Finance. This board will have charge of the financial affairs of the church, subject to concurrence of the Board of Directors and the limits of Article V and Article IX. The Finance chairperson will appoint one member of the board to serve on the Stewardship Committee, one to serve on the Memorials Committee, and one to serve on the Budget Committee. The Treasurer and Financial Secretary will not be voting members of the board.
Mission and Outreach. This board will provide leadership and direction within the church for our Christian response to the social needs and justice within the church, the community and beyond to the world. This board will solicit ideas, leadership and assistance from among church members, cooperate with community agencies where possible and supplement the activities of those agencies. They will direct such activities as One Great Hour of Sharing and Neighbor’s in Need.
Music. This board will direct the church’s music program by making evaluations and recommendations regarding contracts and contract renewals of the music staff of the church, developing and submitting budgets for the entire music program, developing and recommending policies and procedures for the music program, making recommendations for the purchase and maintenance of the music instruments of the church. Music staff members will not be voting members of this board.
Section 2: Committees. There are the following committees:
Committees other than those listed may be formed at the discretion of the Pastor, Moderator, or the various boards. All committees of the church will function as an extension of the Board of Directors or one of the other boards of the church. Membership on all committees is by appointment of the Moderator, or by the Pastor, or by the Chair of the originating board and will terminate when successors are appointed following the next Annual Report and Election Meeting. A member may serve consecutive terms on any committee without limitation.
Budget. The members of this committee will be appointed annually by the Moderator with the advice of the Board of Directors. It will consist of one representative from each board and the Treasurer. The Treasurer will have an advisory role and will not be a voting member of the committee. This committee will report to the Board of Finance. It will be the duty of this committee to seek budget recommendations from all boards of the church, consult with the Stewardship Committee, and present a completed budget proposal to the Board of Directors for their approval.
Church Growth. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Moderator with the advice of the Board of Directors. This committee will report to the Board of Deacons. It will be responsible for publicity, orientation and assimilation of new members, and building relationships within the wider community.
Fellowship. This committee, appointed annually by the Board of Deacons, will provide ample and varied opportunities for fellowship for all church members, encourage active participation of individuals and families, and coordinate and direct the life of the church through association with the various groups within the church. It will strive to emphasize and strengthen the relationship of people to the church through group participation, and to initiate such activities to further that purpose. It will appoint and supervise committees for church potlucks and fellowship hours.
Memorials. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Moderator with the advice of the Board of Directors. This board will promote church giving through gifts, trust or bequests by members or friends of the church. This will be done through advice, counseling and education on both a collective and individual basis. They will recommend disbursement of Memorial Funds to the Board of Finance. They will maintain records of memorial accounts and make reports as required by the Board of Finance.
Nominating. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Moderator with the advice of the Board of Directors. This committee will meet as required to prepare nominations for all offices and boards of the church. It will prepare a slate of candidates nominating one person for each position or office. This slate will be the official ballot at the Annual Report and Election Meeting. Nominations from the floor will always be recognized.
Pastoral Relations. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Moderator, acting on the recommendation of the Pastor. Its function will be to enhance the ongoing relationship between the congregation and the Pastor. While the Pastor and church members are encouraged to be open with one another, this committee will provide nurturing support, mediate conflicts, and pursue resolutions agreeable to all concerned. This committee will meet as necessary to fulfill its functions and all discussions and deliberations will be considered confidential unless agreed otherwise by the Pastor and members of the committee.
Stewardship. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Moderator with the advice of the Board of Directors. One member will be a representative from the Board of Finance. The Financial Secretary will have an advisory role and will not be a voting member of the committee. This committee will report to the Board of Finance. It will be the duty of this committee to articulate a program seeking a commitment of time, talent and treasure by all members and friends of the church on a continuing basis. They will prepare an estimate of next fiscal year’s income in time for use by the Budget Committee.
Section 1: Composition. The officers of the church are: Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Historian. No officer will be elected who is not an Active member of the church.
Section 2: Election and Term of Office.
All officers listed in Section 1 will be elected at the Annual Report and Election Meeting and will serve for a period of one (1) year or until their successors are elected and qualified.
In the event of a vacancy in office, the Board of Directors will select a replacement for the unexpired term.
Section 3: Moderator. The Moderator, as lay leader of the church, is charged with the general welfare and growth of the church, and is concerned with fostering and maintaining good relationships within the church.
The Moderator serves as President of the Board of Directors and has the necessary authority and responsibility for the administration of the business affairs of the corporation, subject to the powers reserved to the church members, these By-Laws and such directions as given by the Board of Directors.
The Moderator presides over all meetings of the Board of Directors and Congregational meetings. The moderator may serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms.
Section 4: Clerk. The Clerk keeps an accurate record of the proceedings of the church. The clerk keeps a register with addresses of the members of the church, with dates and modes of their reception and removal. The Clerk also records baptisms and marriages. The Clerk issues letters of transfer, preserves communications and written official reports; gives legal notice of all meetings when necessary; conducts official correspondence as necessary, and performs such other duties as are prescribed by law or as usually pertains to the office of Clerk. The Clerk is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. The Clerk may serve a maximum of six (6) consecutive terms.
Section 5: Treasurer. The Treasurer disburses all church funds on the orders of the Board of Finance and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer keeps an accurate account of all receipts and disbursements and makes reports as required by the Board of Finance and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is a non-voting member of the Board of Finance. The Treasurer will complete and make available the Annual Fiscal Report within 45 days of the end of the fiscal year. This report will be published in the Annual Report. The Treasurer may serve a maximum of six (6) consecutive terms. The incoming Treasurer will be elected at the Annual Report and Election Meeting and will take office at the end of the fiscal year during which they are elected.
Section 6: Financial Secretary. The Financial Secretary receives and keeps an accurate account of all money given to the church; keeps an accurate account for each donor; deposits monies received to the proper accounts; and furnishes contributors with statements of their accounts and makes reports as required by the Board of Finance and the Board of Directors. The Financial Secretary is a non-voting member of the Board of Finance. The Financial Secretary will complete and make available the Annual Financial Secretary’s Report within 45 days of the end of the fiscal year. This report will be published in the Annual Report. The Financial Secretary may serve a maximum of six (6) consecutive terms. The incoming Financial Secretary will be elected at the Annual Report and Election Meeting and will take office at the end of the fiscal year during which they are elected.
Section7: Historian. The Historian keeps a journal of all occurrences of interest to the church and is responsible for its historical material. The Historian may serve a maximum of six (6) consecutive terms
Section 1: Duties and Responsibilities. The Pastor has charge of the spiritual welfare of the church with the assistance of the Board of Deacons. The Pastor enlists persons as followers of Christ, preaches the Gospel, administers the sacraments, and administers the activities of the church in cooperation with the various boards and committees. The Pastor designs and has final responsibility for services of worship. The Pastor will be a member without vote on all boards and committees.
Section 2: Selection. When a vacancy occurs in the pastorate, the Moderator, the Chairperson of the Board of Deacons and the Chairperson of the Board of Finance will each submit a list of names to the Board of Directors from which they will select a Pastoral Search Committee. The committee conducts the search for a new Pastor and submits their selection to the Board of Directors, which, after their approval, proposes election to the membership at a duly called meeting. Election is upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the members present at such meeting.
Section 3: Absence or Vacancy. When the Pastor is temporarily absent, the Board of Deacons provides for the supply of the pulpit. When the pastorate becomes vacant, the Board of Directors selects a Pastor to serve the interim period until a regular Pastor is elected.
Section 4: Termination. The term of the Pastor is indefinite. The Board of Directors, upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the membership at a duly called meeting will serve the Pastor with a sixty (60) day notice of termination. Likewise, the Pastor has the right, to give sixty (60) days notice in case he/she wishes to leave the service of the church. If the Pastor loses United Church of Christ ministerial standing, the Pastor’s term with the church may be subject to immediate termination.
Section 1: Contracts. All contracts of the corporation are the responsibility of the Board of Directors.
Section 2: Authorization. All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation will be signed by officers, or agents of the corporation designated by the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Records. The corporation keeps current and complete books and records of its actions.
Section 4: Limitations and Restrictions. The following actions require the approval of the majority of members voting at a duly called meeting. (a) The borrowing of any sum, exceeding $2,500, or has a stated term greater than one (1) year, or which is secured by a mortgage, trust deed or security instrument of all or any portion of the church’s real property or the creation of a security interest in the Corporation’s personal property or assets. (b) Any voluntary dissolution, merger or consolidation of the church with another church or with another corporate entity. (c) The sale or transfer of all or any of the church’s assets exceeding $1,000. (d) The guarantee of any debt. (e) Any unbudgeted expenditure in excess of $1,000. (f) Any amendment of the church’s Constitution and By-Laws, or the Articles of Incorporation.
Section 5: Memorial Funds. Memorial funds are those funds bequeathed to the church with certain restrictions and to funds given in memory. Such funds will be in the care and custody of the Board of Finance and will be disbursed based on the recommendations of the Memorials Committee and as approved by the Board of Directors.
Any amendment to these By-Laws requires the presence of at least fifteen (15) percent of the aggregate of Active and Associate members at an Annual Report and Election Meeting or a meeting specifically called for the purpose of amendment, and with two-thirds (2/3rds) of those present voting in favor of the amendment.
The above Constitution and By-Laws are an amendment and fully replace and supplant the Constitution and By-Laws adopted on January 28, 2007. The above Constitution and By-Laws were adopted at a regularly called and conducted meeting of members held the 24th Day of January, 2010.
By Marcia Gilliland, Moderator
By Lynn Taylor, Clerk
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Purpose: This document outlines how, and by whom, the First Congregational United Church of Christ buildings and grounds may be used. First Congregational United Church of Christ shall be written as FCUCC.
General Use of the Church Facilities: We are a non-profit organization; however, we do charge a fee for the use of our buildings in order to recover our costs. We reserve the right to review each request for building use individually. We reserve the right to reject an application if we feel it is not an appropriate use of our facilities.
FCUCC is a drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free facility. Use of such substances is prohibited in our buildings and on our grounds. FCUCC shall not be used for any activity that is illegal or inconsistent with the laws of our community. The local police will be called in the event of any illegal or questionable activity.
This policy is provided for those requesting use of our buildings and should be viewed as a guideline. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk with our Church Administrator.
Facilities Scheduling: Please provide as much advance notice as possible. This assures the greatest availability and flexibility One month’s advance notice is a good rule of thumb for most events. Our church maintains a calendar of scheduled use that our Church Administrator can check for availability. Please have a specific date in mind and a possible alternate. Be able to provide detailed information regarding the amount of time needed, seating, kitchen and other requirements.
Building Use: When your function is finished, the rooms should be in the same condition as they were when you arrived. It is your responsibility to thoroughly clean up after your function. Failure to do so may be result in additional cleaning charges. All floors are to be swept after use when food service is involved. Children must be adequately supervised at all times. Please pick up and return any toys to their proper place.
No church property is to leave the church grounds. Tables and chairs are not available for rent or use, except inside the church buildings.
Kitchen Use: Users must provide all food items used, including coffee, condiments, etc Do not leave food of any kind in the kitchen.Take all leftovers when you leave.
Curfew: Unless you have specifically been given different hours, no outside group is to be in the buildings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Animals: No pets are allowed in our buildings at any time. Only certified service animals are allowed in our buildings. The church may ask to see documentation of certification.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
We are called to share the Good News of the Gospel and minister to our community and
to the world. Following Christ's teachings, we open our church and ourselves to all, in
a spirit of fellowship and mutual support.
We are working toward a vision of “no longer strangers” in our communities. We are
achieving this by seeing the strangers in our own lives, by offering them servant
hospitality through Jesus Christ, and by creating ecumenical partnerships with other
faith communities. We are honoring this vision by openly affirming God's love for all
-from our Mission and Vision Statements
How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
The members of First Congregational Church are concerned about the problem of gun
violence in our community. Gun violence reduces peace and civility in communities and promotes
fear of others. The use of guns to resolve conflict is in direct opposition to the mission and vision
that we have identified for our ministry.
We respect the right of individuals to responsibly own guns. However, we believe that
bringing firearms into our place of worship and fellowship is detrimental to our ministry. It is our
policy that guns are not allowed on our property at any time.
It is our hope and prayer that all people will seek non-violent solutions to conflict and
will promote charity and love with others in their neighborhoods and the wider community.
No pets of any kind are permitted within our buildings at any time. Pets can be on our property in all outside areas but must be on a leash or suitable restraint and under the owner's direct physical control at all times. Pet owners have the responsibility to monitor their pets at all times. Pets may not be tied to objects or left unattended. Church staff and representatives reserve the right to notify local police agencies and have animals removed from our property.
All pet waste must be collected from the church property. Pet waste may not be left on the ground. You must dispose of it in any outdoor trash can. Do not dispose of it in any refuse container within the church.
Service animals that have been accredited by or applied for accreditation from a recognized independent organization that obtain both personal physician and veterinarian statement attesting to the needs of the owner and conduct of the animal are allowed access to our buildings to perform their duties. These animals must be on a fixed length leash held only by the owner that cannot be longer than 6 feet in length. We request that service animals have limited access to any kitchen or food preparation areas of our buildings and that their presence in these areas is related to a specific food preparation responsibility of the pet owner.