Jim Clendenin           Moderator

Amber Nogelmeier   Moderator Elect  

Phyllis Wiles              Clerk

Melissa Pond             Council Secretary

Mike Legg                 Financial Secretary

Brenda Zemlicka       Treasurer



Members of Council:

Russell Battey

Linda Boyken

Dawn Engel

Allison Foster

Shanna Hillsdale

Theresa Igo

Alan Pearson

Sue Pearson

Cindy Spieker

Donna Trupe

Rodney Zemlicka


Council Minutes

My time as Co-Moderator is wrapping up. Julie Matteson and I will complete our service as Co-Moderator on January 19. At that time a new (yet to be named) Moderator will take on the service to our church. 

I know that the concept of co-moderator is something new to our church and I appreciate that the congregation opted to allow that into the by-laws. Julie and I both have jobs that require quite a bit of travel. She out traveled me in 2019 (especially in October when she was gone the entire month), but usually we are neck-and-neck with our travels. Neither one of us would have been able to handle the commitment of Moderator on our own. 

Julie will continue to serve as the chairperson of the Search Committee as we search for a new pastor. The Search Committee had a meeting on December 8 with Samantha Houser from the Tri-Conference. She is the person at the Conference assisting us with our pastoral search. Samantha reported to the Search Committee that she is currently assisting 40 churches search for a minister! That is just in the area of the Tri-Conference she is assigned! That is a lot of churches searching in a small pool of ministers. During the meeting with Samantha it was discussed to add/change/fluff up some parts of our profile. The Search Committee is going to meet on January 7 to review the profile and what incentives should be added to make us more appealing to the ministers out there searching for a job. 

The annual meeting is on January 19. Right after church and prior to the meeting, there will be a potluck lunch. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. During the meeting we will have reports from different departments within the church administration. We will also vote to bring the new Moderator and Council Members on to the Council. The “business side” of operating a church is definitely not the fun part of church membership. However, the work does need to be done. Please consider serving on the Council. I know that many of you have served more than once on the Council. With a small congregation is becomes more difficult to find new people to fill the positions, so even though you have served before, if you are asked to serve another term, please do give it some prayerful consideration. 

With that I wish you farewell as Co-Moderator. ~~ Shari Wirkus

First Congregational United Church of Christ

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