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

 Last month the feeling of the council was that we would go back to sanctuary services while observing safe health practices while we were together.  It was also stated that if there was a spike, we would rapidly reevaluate our sanctuary service gathering and remain on zoom if necessary.  Unfortunately, Codington County did spike and we remained on the zoom service.  It is not what we as a church council or as a congregation wanted but the system worked.


The county active case numbers have been slowly falling in the county therefore the council has elected to start having sanctuary services with the proper precautions in place.  Our first sanctuary service was Sunday June 21st, and it was successful.  We had some issues with technology but we came through it successfully.  We also have Facebook Live for those who do not feel comfortable going to church or are unable to attend the services.  By the time you receive this, hopefully you are attending church either in the sanctuary or through Facebook Live, as uncomfortable as this period of time has been our efforts to remain safely active worked.  We need to give big thank you to those that allowed the service to function, they include Pastor David, Rich Mittelstedt, Jan Goldhorn and Bruce Reinhardt and now as we go back to sanctuary services JJ Clendenin for doing Facebook Live and Don Moore for operating the sound system and projector.

The search committee is slowly starting to become active again with 2 zoom interviews of potential candidates to fill our position.  We have also chosen to be very cautious and slow with this process due to the virus.

We are planning a one-day Vacation Bible School for our children on July 18th or the 25th of July.  If you can help in any way please contact the church and let us know.  We have found one of the challenges with the children is not the number of them it is the age difference, ages 4 to 11 creates a challenge for one person to manage.  It is like turning loose a tornado.  This is a positive thing to bring the children together, they need this and we need to do it for our church.


We have found several places where our roof leaks over the educational building (flat roof) and another over the old parsonage.  These are 2 separate issues that will need to be addressed soon.  We have had a good discussion with Scott and have several ideas that need to be explored to resolve these problems for the long term.  The challenge will be the cost to fix the problems.


We are beginning to move forward again as a congregation by addressing problems and challenges as well as creating opportunities for our future with VBS.   We are also looking at creating new opportunities for our congregation to become more active in the community and area with Pastor David’s guidance and encouragement.  These are positive things for us that will allow us to grow!  So, come to church or participate on Facebook Live as this is a good place to be.

    Moderator ~~ Jim Clendenin

First Congregational United Church of Christ

PO Box 111 - 121 1st Ave SE Watertown, SD 57201


ucc1wtn@midco.net - Office Email

uccwatertownpastor@midco.net - Pastor's Email

Office Hours M-F 8am - Noon

July Newsletter
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