The United Church of Christ (formerly Congregational) comes out of the reformed or free church tradition, beginning with the first Pilgrims coming to this country for religious freedom. Therefore, within the structure of the denomination, each local congregation is autonomous, self-governed by it’s own set of by-laws. The local church is owned by its members, each of whom has one vote in governing the life of the congregation. There is no mother church telling us what to do nor father theologian telling us what to believe. The right of individual interpretation is accorded to each member.
Though major decisions are made at duly called Congregational Meetings, the regular business of the church is handled by an elected Church Council, with the ministries and missions of the church carried out by elected Boards and Committees. In addition, given our shared facility, a Joint Facilities Committee sees to the maintenance of the physical plant. The life of the church is dependent upon an active lay leadership.
Our 2015-2016 Church Council is made up of the following elected leaders:
Church Moderator – Liz Lee
Vice Moderator – Hank Branom
Clerk – Elaine Balzer
Treasurer – Zach Liedtke
Youth Representative – Molly Koostra
Members at large – Sara Branom and Bob Koostra
Business Affairs Board – Kevin Johnson
Christian Education Board – Betsy Rogstad
Christian Service Board – Frank Carpenter
Church Growth Board – Norm Gonzales
Fellowship Board – June Rovero
Worship Board – Tom & Jan Robitaille
Joint Facilities – Russ Davis
Personnel Committee – Liz Lee
Visitation Committee – Vilma Ackerman
Wedding/Memorial Committee – Lynne Weeks
Family Promise – Cindy Hoard
Acolyte Coordinator – Janet Koostra
Altar Flowers – Jan Robitaille
We have a separate entity, Memorial Fund Corporation which manages memorial donations and distributions in accordance to the corporation’s by-laws. Tom Robitaille is the current chairman.