Happy New Year!
As you read this, we have begun the New Year. As the season of Advent is a time of new beginnings let us come together with a newfound energy in this New Year!
The Council meeting for January is scheduled for January 14th, I want to be very clear if I have not done so before, the council meeting is open to anyone. It is important to understand Brookfield Congregational Church is fairly unique in its organization as it relates to the United Church of Christ Conference and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Many congregational churches derive their leadership from the Conference. BCC is unique as a standalone entity under the laws of the Commonwealth. I attribute this organization to the Church’s fierce independent streak that most likely derives from the Church’s very beginnings and codified in the non-profit status under the laws of the Commonwealth While we look for guidance from the Conference we are led by the members of the congregation.
The Church is the congregation. Its leadership and organization are centered in the bylaws of the Church and led by those elected at the annual meeting by a quorum of the members of the congregation. If there are issues, you are encouraged to voice them to the appropriate committee chair or to the moderator. If you feel you want to voice a concern anonymously or you are not sure how to proceed, reach out to an At Large member of Council. Issues will either be resolved at a committee or council level, or if necessary, to a meeting of the membership. Special meetings can be called by the Council or by written request of ten members to the Clerk.
Clarence (Punk) Snyder