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Ad-Hoc Constitution committee
Salem Lutheran Church

November 5th, 2019

The Salem Ad-Hoc constitution committee consisting of Brandon Graves, Gary Hanson, Ken Reinhardt and Larry Schlawin met on September 17th.

Discussed potential amendments that came from the August ELCA churchwide assembly.  Can be found on  These will need to be approved by a majority vote at the annual meeting.  The committee decided that a few of the non-required provisions from churchwide would not be recommended by the committee, as it would be difficult in our context.

The committee is recommending to the Salem Council that the following non-required provisions found later, be approved by the Congregation at a special meeting January 5th, 2020 called for that purpose.

The council’s recommendation needs to be out to the congregation at least 30 days in advance of the special congregation meeting and be approved by a majority vote at that meeting. If approved, will need to be ratified without change by a two-thirds vote at the next annual meeting.

The Bylaw amendments will be voted on at the annual meeting on January 19th, 2020, and will need a two thirds vote to approve.

We have submitted these amendments found on the following pages. I will be asked to come to the council meeting on November 12th, when these amendments are discussed with the council, please bring any questions you may have. I also recommend looking at the whole constitution document found on Salem’s website. That way you can see how it would fit in to the whole document.

I will also be asking that a recommendation from the council be made to the congregation to allow the committee to make simple editorial corrections such as words that are capitalized that shouldn’t be, and change the congregation to this congregation in the bylaws so it is the same language across the whole document.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Ad Hoc committee,
Brandon Graves

Special Congregational Meeting on January 5 at 11:45 a.m.

Annual Meeting January 19 at 11:00 a.m.  Proceeded by one worship service at 9:00 a.m and breakfast at 10:00 a.m.

Below are the links to the proposed changes.

Amendments to Salem January 5th and Bylaw Amendments

Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregation