Constitution, Bylaws, and                                          Continuing Resolutions

Dear Members of Trinity,
At the October meeting the Council approved the changes to Trinity’s Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions. These changes gets this document up-to-date with the changes that were made at the ELCA’s Churchwide Assembly in 2019.
The primary changes are: 1) The addition of a whole section regarding the call of deacons as rostered leaders in the ELCA, 2) The addition of allowing electronic means to conduct the business of the Church and our congregation, and 3) The addition of a whole section giving congregations the ability to form a parish with another local congregation. (Both changes numbers 1 and 3 above do not directly affect us at Trinity at this time, but are required changes for all ELCA congregations.)
We are also making changes at the congregation level. We have some committees (which are closed groups whose members are stipulated in the bylaws) and ministry teams (which are open groups to all members and non-members). The only new committee that is being formed is the Pastor-Staff-Congregation Relations Committee. This is a merger of two previous committees - the Personnel Committee and the Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee.
If you have any questions regarding any of these changes do not hesitate to contact Pastor Tim.
The document is attached below.  
The Phase I meeting will be held following the Outdoor Worship service on Sunday, December 6 (at roughly 10:30 am). There will also be a Zoom connection for those who do not feel that it is safe to attend in person. They you will be able to join us at this link:
Join Zoom Meeting via computer
Join Zoom Meeting via telephone
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Meeting ID: 827 2165 3919
In partnership with you in the gospel...
Pastor Tim

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