2019-2020 CHURCH COUNCIL

Connie Brachtenbach – Moderator
Paul McNeill – Vice Moderator
Lisa Mason – Secretary
Polly Strovink – Treasurer
Lynne Stefonik – Council Member for Fellowship
Adam Gibbs – Council Member for Worship
Wayne Bland – Council Member for Outreach

Laura Pfender- Council Member for Education


Purpose of the First Congregational Church Council:
To prayerfully and thoughtfully interpret and enact the Church’s mission, vision and values, and to provide leadership and strategic direction. To safeguard the assets of FCC and to ensure adequate resources (human, spiritual, financial, and property) to carry out FCC’s mission. To support, direct, and partner with leadership staff.To be ambassadors to the community on behalf of FCC.


First Congregational Church Constitution & By-Laws

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Church Council meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gregg Library.


2019 Council Meeting Minutes:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER


2018 Council Meeting Minutes:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | (no meeting in June)JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER


2017 Council Meeting Minutes:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | (no meeting in June) | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER


2016 Council Meeting Minutes:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | (no meeting in June) | JULY | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER


Annual Meeting of the Congregation Minutes:

2019 (draft version; to be approved, Jan 2020)20182017 | 2016


Special Meetings of the Congregation:

February 24, 2019 - DRAFT special meeting minutes

February 24, 2019 - slide presentation

LEADERSHIP CULTIVATION COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Leadership Cultivation Committee (LCC) is to recruit and present to the Congregation at the Annual Meeting the most qualified candidates to fill vacancies on the Church Council. The LCC strives to match the passions and gifts of members with open positions, enabling the work of the church to set the table for all who hunger and thirst.


The Leadership Cultivation Committee is energized by the talent in our congregation and we look forward to finding out what passions and vision you would like to bring to a leadership role in our church.


For more information, please contact Pam Shockley-Zalabak - Chair of the Leadership Cultivation Committee (LCC).


Leadership Cultivation Committee members:

Pam Shockley-Zalabak

Debra Buenting

Jill Cameron

Alison Gerbig

Julia Nace

Connie Raub

Eric Ridings

Get Involved!

In addition to cultivating leadership gifts, we are also actively looking to match the passions and gifts of FCUCC members with key leadership positions on our Church Council. 


Members for the Leadership Cultivation Committee
LCC members bring a diversity of perspectives and involvement to building leadership in our church from ‘connectors’ who love meeting and getting to know people, to those who are great at discerning people’s strengths and potential, to those who just care about building leadership abilities within FCC. In addition to self-nominations, we welcome referrals of others you believe would bring positive impact for these or future openings. 

The upcoming Officer and Council positions (starting in February 2020) are: 

Officer Position of Moderator: 

The Moderator shall be the chief corporate officer of the Church and will be responsible and accountable to the membership of the Congregation. The Moderator will be the presiding officer at all meetings of the Church Council and at any duly called meeting of the membership of the Congregation.


Council Member for Care and Fellowship: This Council Member oversees the coordination of our Culture of Care and fellowship events in a quarterly coordination meeting. This member also works with the Minister of Pastoral Care to guide established and new ministries.


Council Member for Education: This Council Member partners primarily with the staff member engaged in this ministry area, supporting education and faith formation efforts for all ages. 


General Church Council Expectations:

Fundraising

FCC Council Members will pledge to the church and act as leaders in the importance of giving to the church. This will include participating in annual campaign phone calls and conversations with members about giving. So that FCC can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, FCC expects to have 100 percent of Council Members make an annual pledge that is prayerfully considered and reflects commitment to the church.


Council terms/participation

Council positions are approved by a vote of the Congregation at the annual meeting. Council members will serve a three-year term. Each meeting begins with a meal shared together and Council members provide dinner for the rest of the Council one time during the year. Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6 pm – 9 pm, plus pre-meeting preparation time. 


Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about FCC’s mission and has a desire to serve the church. Ideally, candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Non-profit board experience is appreciated and desired, but not required
  • Good listener and reflector with appreciation of the importance of communication and candor
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for the vision and mission of FCC.

Additionally, the Leadership Cultivation Committee is seeking one to two new members to join our committee: Members for the Leadership Cultivation Committee (LCC) bring a diversity of perspectives and involvement to building leadership in our church, from "connectors" who love meeting and getting to know people, to those who are great at discerning people’s strengths and potential, to those who just care about building leadership abilities within FCC. Previous experience with leadership development is unnecessary!


The Leadership Cultivation Committee is energized by the talent in our congregation, and we look forward to finding out what passions and vision you would like to bring to a leadership role in our church. For more information, please contact Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Chair of the Leadership Cultivation Committee, or reach out to any LCC member.


If this interests you, we invite you to either talk with a member of the LCC for more information complete the Statement of Interest form (link below). 


Statement of Interest (click to download)

LCC Ministry Moment


LOADING PLAYER…