Special Announcement Page

The message below is a special message regarding a change in date for our semi-annual congregational meeting.

Congregational Meeting Postponed Until July 19, 2020

Dear FBC Family,


The upcoming congregational meeting on June 28, 2020 is being postponed until July 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  As we worked through upcoming FBC meeting and business plans at our most recent elders meeting, the elders realized that the FBC bylaws do not adequately address our current situation with COVID-19 and complicate our ability to do church business virtually (electronically, online) rather than in person.  In seeking advice from others regarding this situation, it became clear to us that we need to amend our bylaws to make sure we are capable of conducting business electronically.  We note for you that the small, proposed amendments add language that allow flexibility without changing the substance of our current bylaws.


In accordance with our bylaws, any amendment requires two weeks prior notice before FBC can vote and adopt the changes.  The following three amendments are the proposed changes to be approved on July 19th:


1) Article IV, add bullet 4.8 which would read as follows:

 

"During periods when the church is unable to meet in person for worship or business meetings, the Elders shall oversee church meetings and voting methods to allow the church to do business through virtual meetings with digital voting options.  This change would allow for more flexibility when needed but would not change voting number minimums for quorum or passing votes as specified in the bylaws.”

 

2) Article VI bullet 6.4, replace the second to last sentence of

paragraph 2 with this sentence:

 

“Election shall be by written ballot except during circumstances where meeting methods are altered as referred to in Article 4.8.”


3) Article VI bullet 6.5, replace the first sentence of the last paragraph with this sentence:

 

“Election shall be by written ballot except during circumstances where meeting methods are altered as referred to in Article 4.8.”

 

The Board of Elders appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to navigate these current, uncharted waters.  Please watch for more information on how to participate in the online, virtual business meeting in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to elders@fbc-everett.org.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

The Board of Elders

First Baptist Church of Everett