The Church Council is the governing body of the congregation and represents the members of the congregation and the congregation to the outside world. Meetings are held generally once a month to discuss pending questions, topics of concern to the congregation and to take decisions thereon: for example about worship services, special events of the congregation, the congregation’s finances, necessary improvements to the property, shaping the life of the congregation or about public relations.
At the moment the Church Council consists of 13 elected members entitled to vote, the Pastor has an advisory vote.
We elected our new Church Council in December 2017. The candidates were nominated by a committee of duly appointed members of Mount Calvary Church and members of Martin Luther Church and were elected “en bloc” for the next one and a half years. They shall guide the ways of our newly merged Martin Luther congregation until the Annual General Meeting in 2019. The mandates of council members are usually for three years. A novelty is that we now have two presidents who have equal powers.
The current Church Council consists of:
- President: Konrad von Finckenstein firstname.lastname@example.org
- President: Rolland Lapointe email@example.com
- Treasurer: Klaus Edenhoffer firstname.lastname@example.org
- Representative for the Martin Luther Kindergarten: Esther Shoemaker
- Martin Damus
- Ute Davis
- Klaus Köhler
- Heather Ladouceur
- Sheri Pendlebury
- Heidi Rausch
- Nancy Schoenherr
- Steve Thornton
- Christina Wendorff
- Financial secretary: Heather Bent
- Church secretary: Gail Smith
The Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The Annual General Meeting is the ultimate authority of the congregation. Here the Church Council is elected, the election of the Pastor is approved, the budget report and the financial report are accepted. The AGM is generally held in the Spring of each year, all members of the congregation are entitled to participate and to vote. Topics on the agenda of the AGM are a review of the past year’s events, reports about Council’s current plans and reports of various groups of the congregation and committees of Council. That way there always appears a diverse picture of our congregation.
The Annual General Meeting takes place following the worship service.