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LCHS Emmaus, PA

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Annual Meeting – 2013

Agenda for Annual Meeting to Include Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws
In 2007, 2009 and 2011, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved amendments to its Model Constitution for Congregations.  As a member congregation of the ELCA, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is required to also approve these amendments to the standard part of our constitution.  All in all, there are 20 revisions, most which deal with the procedure for how a congregation leaves the ELCA. Congregation Council has reviewed the amendments, and recommends to the congregation that the amendments be approved at the annual congregational meeting on February 3, 2013.  Copies of proposed changes to the amendments will be available at the Information Desk the beginning of January.
In summary, the changes are:
2007
*C8.02c – to ensure the protection of the voting rights of members.
*C17.01 and *C17.04 – amending the incorporation of amendments to the Model Constitution
*C18.01 and *C18.02 – amending the incorporation of continuing resolutions
2009
*C6.06 – amended, and *C6.07 added for relocation and/or developing additional sites for worship.
*C9.05 – amended to provide for a termination of a call when a parish arrangement terminates
*C15.02 – amended, as a member cannot be compelled to appear.
*C20.04 – added to make explicit what happens to a call when a parish dissolves.
2011
*C3.03 – addition to incorporate definition of ELCA or “this church”
*C4.06 – addition to define relationship between congregations, synod and churchwide organizations
*C5.03 – amending the incorporation of continuing resolutions
*C6.03 – addition to incorporate definition of special circumstances
*C6.05 – revisions to the procedure for termination of a congregation’s relationship with the ELCA
*C7.03 –  revisions to the procedure for termination of a congregation’s relationship with the ELCA
*C7.04 – revisions to the procedure for termination of a congregation’s relationship with the ELCA
*C9.07 – amended to clarify role of an interim pastor.
*C16.03 – amended to clarify procedure for a member to make revisions to the bylaws
*C17.04- amended to clarify voting procedure for amendments.