Get Involved with the Church Organization

The First Parish By-Laws define several committees and positions that are needed for managing the organizational and day-to-day functions of the church. These committees oversee all activities that are taking place in the church or by the church, maintain the church’s official financial and organizational records, oversee the Annual Meeting and any Special Meetings of the church, and represent the church at state and local conferences of the United Church of Christ (UCC). These positions, which are open to church members, are elected yearly at the Annual Meeting.

Council

The Council is the Executive Committee of the church. It is responsible for long range planning, convening a Nominating Committee to present candidates for open positions at the Annual Meeting, filling positions that become vacant during the year, appointing a pastoral search committee when necessary, approving and supporting the church budget and fundraising activities, and fostering effective communication among the Council, ministries, and membership.

The Council has 14 members, consisting of the Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, Clerk, one representative from the Board of Deacons, one representative from the Board of Trustees, the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, and six at-large members each serving a three-year term, two of which are replaced yearly by election at the Annual Meeting. The Church Moderator chairs the Council.

If you are interested in a future position as an at-large member of the Church Council, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

Clerk - Members Only

The Clerk serves as secretary for all Council, Annual, and Special Meetings of the church. The Clerk is responsible for providing proper notice of Annual and Special Meetings, handling church correspondence, and maintaining the official records of the church regarding baptisms, funerals, weddings, and membership.

The Clerk is elected at the Annual Meeting for a two-year term and is an officer of the church.

If you are interested in a future position as Clerk, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

Moderator & Vice-Moderator

The Moderator presides at the Annual Meeting, Special Meetings, and Council meetings. In addition, the Moderator serves as a nonvoting ex-officio member of all committees.

The Vice Moderator serves in the absence of the Moderator. Both are elected at the Annual Meeting for a two-year term and are officers of the church.

If you are interested in a future position as Moderator or Vice Moderator, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

United Church of Christ Delegates

Delegates represent First Parish at meetings of the Cumberland Association (one of eight regional Associations within the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC)), which meets annually in April and September; the Maine Conference of the UCC (representing UCC congregations throughout Maine), which meets annually in October; and the Tri-Community Interfaith Council made up of churches from Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, and Cumberland, which meets monthly.

The number of delegates required is based on church membership numbers, and the terms served are open-ended.

If you are interested in a future position as a Delegate, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

Treasurer

The Treasurer executes the financial transactions of the church, including disbursing funds according to the approved budget and maintaining complete and accurate records of all transactions. The Treasurer also supports the activities of the Board of Trustees, the Stewardship Committee, and Trust Fund Investment Committee in a non-voting, advisory capacity.

The Treasurer is bonded and is elected at the Annual Meeting for a two-year term. The Treasurer is an officer of the church.

If you are interested in a future position as Treasurer, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is determined annually by the Council. Its responsibility is to present a slate of candidates for all open positions to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in a future position on the Nominating Committee, contact the Moderator or the pastors through the church office at 846-3773.

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