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Organization


On this page:

 • Council Officers
 • Boards
 • Committees
 • Boards and Committees - What Do They Do
 • Annual Reports
 • Service Groups
 • Bylaws
 • Financial Policies of SAPUCC
 • Leadership Resources



Council Officers


Moderator
JoAnn Arny

Moderator-Elect
Beth Magistad

Clerk
Mark Scott

Treasurer
David Misemer

Council Member-at-Large
Elisha Jacobsen

Council Member-at-Large
Susan Schnasse



Boards


* Indicates representative to the Church Council

Board of Christian Education
Madison Amidon
Steph Goese, Chair
Jessica Hormann
Diane Klinefelter*
Sara Schwebs


Board of Church Growth
Liam Magistad
Charlotte Osborn
Lois Poser*
Rick Prescott
Vicki Wunsch, Chair


Board of Community Life
Don Breneman
Sam Duling
Nancy Feinthel
Lee Heilman
David Leitzke*


Board of Deacons
Leslie Amundson*
Mary Easter
Craig Freeman
Claire Radtke
Mike Smith, Chair
Penny Truax


Board of Mission and Witness
John Buschette*
Penny Chally
Jason Mitchell, Chair
Glenn Poser
Sara Quinn


Board of Stewardship
Carl Arny*
Jane Clements
Emma Radtke


Board of Trustees
Cecil Chally
Bruce Evans, Chair
Scott Radkte
Gil Sem
Jim Snoxell*



Committees


Leadership Committee
Beth Magistad
Carole Mason Smith
JoAnn Arny

Personnel Committee
Wendy Berg
Jill Oliveri

Finance Committee
David Misemer, Treasurer
Cecil Chally
Janet Johnson
Steve Magistad

Women’s Fellowship
Gaye Larson*

Delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference UCC
JoAnn Arny
Vicki Wunsch

Youth Delegate to the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference UCC
TBD

Representative to Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul
Lynne Krehbiel-Breneman

* Indicates representative to the Church Council



Boards and Committees - What Do They Do


The Board of Christian Education meets every 4 to 6 weeks, and often does not meet in June or July. The Board is comprised of up to 5 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. All members of the Board must be active members of the congregation. In coordination with the Minister, the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries (DCYFM), and the Adult Education Ministry Team, the Board plans, promotes and implements faith formation ministries and community-building events throughout the year for children, youth and adults. The Board recruits and equips volunteers to teach and lead various ministries, including Sunday morning education hour and OWL (Our Whole Lives). The Minister leads Confirmation Classes and reports to the Board about the cohort of confirmation students.


The Board of Church Growth meets 6 to 8 times per year. The Board is comprised of up to 5 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. Church membership is not required to serve on the Board of Church Growth. In coordination with the Minister, the Board develops creative and fun ways to increase the visibility of the Church, decides on various strategies to market the Church to people who are seeking a church home, and actively supports the assimilation of prospective/new members into the life of the congregation.


The Board of Community Life seldom has meetings. Instead, their ministry is driven by the calendar of Church events at which hospitality is needed. The Board is comprised of up to 5 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. Church membership is not required to serve on the Board of Community Life. The Board develops and facilitates ways to foster a sense of community within the Congregation, including fellowship time after worship, social occasions, Church meals, assisting with receptions after funerals, and other events. In conjunction with the Minister, members of the Board may be asked to call on persons whose attendance, enthusiasm, or participation appears to be waning, and also call on persons who otherwise have an identifiable need for personal support and care from the Church.


The Board of Deacons (also called “the Diaconate”)meets once a month. The Board is comprised of 6 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. All members of the Board must be active members of the congregation. The Deacons’ primary responsibility is the worship life of the Church. They prepare the sanctuary for all worship services, schedule lectors, acolytes and other worship leaders, arrange for guest preachers and lead parts of the liturgy when the Pastor is absent, and assist in the preparation and celebration of the sacraments of baptism and communion. The Board oversees the music ministry of the Church, including its instruments and Music Library. The Board oversees Church membership and maintains membership rolls, three- and four-way covenants, and members-in-discernment with the Minnesota Conference UCC seeking ordination. The Board of Deacons is responsible for the “Diaconate Fund” which functions as the Minister’s discretionary fund for people in financial need.


The Board of Mission & Witness meets 6 to 8 times per year. The Board is comprised of up to 5 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. Church membership is not required to serve on the Board of Mission & Witness. The Board raises awareness, educates and provides vehicles of advocacy for local, state, national, and international programs and ministries that are consistent with the Church’s mission. The Board plans, promotes and implements service and mission projects/experiences for the congregation to participate in. The Board advocates for financial support to the mission and outreach ministries of the wider United Church of Christ (Our Church’s Wider Mission - OCWM, One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors In Need, The Christmas Fund), as well as other offerings that are consistent with the Church’s mission.


The Board of Stewardship meets once or twice in the Fall. The Board is comprised of up to 3 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. Church membership is not required to serve on the Board of Stewardship. The Board conducts an annual campaign for pledges of financial support as part of the Church’s budgeting process. It conducts capital campaigns for major Church needs as directed by the Council.


The Board of Trustees meets once a month. The Board is comprised of up to 5 members, each of whom serves a 2-year term, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. All members of the Board must be active members of the congregation. The Church’s Treasurer is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. The Trustees are responsible for the Church’s building, property, furnishings, equipment and fixtures. They authorize the use of the building by other parties; evaluate the Church’s insurance coverage; maintain documents relating to the Church’s fixed assets, insurance and finances. The Trustees’ financial responsibilities include transacting the financial business of the Church that is not the direct responsibility of the Treasurer, the Council or another Board or Committee; monitoring all financial business of the Church in accordance with the approved annual Church budget; designating a member of the Board to serve on the Finance Committee; and exercising fiduciary prudence in the handling of real and personal property, special gifts and bequests to the Church.


The Leadership Committee meets as needed, October through January. Comprised of 3 to 5 members, always including the Past Moderator, Current Moderator, and Moderator-Elect, all members of the Committee must be active members of the congregation. The Leadership Committee determines openings on boards and committees for the coming year, and then invites people to serve in those open leadership positions, taking into account the time, talents and experience of individual members of the congregation. The Committee prepares the slate of nominees for election at the Annual Meeting.


The Personnel Committee meets on an as-needed basis. Comprised of three members, each of whom serves a 3-year term, all members of the Committee must be active members of the congregation. The Personnel Committee establishes position descriptions for all Church staff in consultation with the Council, Boards, Standing Committees, and Minister as appropriate. When there is an employment opening at the Church, in conjunction with the Minister and the appropriate Board, the Committee seeks candidates, interviews and selects final candidates, negotiates terms for employment, prepares employment agreements for, and recommends to the Council the hiring of Church staff. Members of the Personnel Committee conduct annual reviews of each paid staff person in conjunction with the Minister. The Personnel Committee hears discussion and seeks resolution for all personnel issues or disputes; the Committee also manages any disciplinary action or termination of Church staff. In connection with the Annual Budget process, the Committee proposes salaries and benefits for all Church staff.


The Finance Committee meets quarterly. Comprised of the Treasurer, a member of the Board of Trustees, and two Members-At-Large, Finance Committee members serve for 2 years, with the option of one subsequent 2-year term, for a maximum of four consecutive years. All members of the Committee must be active Members of the congregation. The Finance Committee is responsible to the Council. The Finance Committee advises the Church Treasurer on, and informs the Council of, financial concerns and investments. The Committee manages Endowment assets, audits use of the Endowment funds, recommends changes in policies related to the investments and use of Church financial resources, advises the Treasurer on accounting procedures and practices, and consents to major changes. The Committee oversees Church accounting, exercises fiduciary prudence in the accounting, handling, investment, and use of the Church’s funds.




Annual Reports


2018 Annual report.pdf (PDF)



Service Groups


Service Groups provide two key ministries: 1) hosting coffee hour and 2) handing out bulletins, greeting members and visitors.

The Captains are responsible for making sure that these Sunday responsibilities are covered by people from their Service Group.


January/February
Captain: David Leitzke

Don Breneman &
Lynne Krehbiel-Breneman
Nancy & Tom Feinthel
Craig & Ellen Freeman
Nancy Fruen
Deb Heuwinkel
Ruth Hoffman
Dusty & Elisha Jacobsen
Bob & Gwen Kessler
David Leitzke
Jim & Ellen Snoxell


March/April
Captain: Beth Magistad

Andy Banks
Pam Barnard
Maja Beckstrom
Wendy Berg
Kathryn Bushley & Carl Whittaker
Becca Emmons
Steph Goese & Brian Stevenson
Ted Bowman
Beth & Steve Magistad
Betsy & Scott Radtke
Sue Grove & Paul Scherrer
Annette Spencer


May/June
Captain: Charlotte Osborn

Al Baxter & Diane Klinefelter
Barb Billington & Mark Scott
Marilyn Benson & Tim Wulling
Mary Easter
Ben & Kimberly Gascoigne
Shirley & Ken Gowdy
Lynne Hessler
Mary & Greg Myers
Charlotte Osborn & Mark Hughes
Barb & Fritz Steimann
Sharon Gowdy Wagener



July/August
Co-Captains: Kathy McIntosh and Leslie Amundson

Leslie Amundson
John Degan
Gail Engstrom & Michael Dai
Dawn Foster-Hartnett & Tom Hartnett
John Habermann
Lee Heilman
Cassie & Amy Iverson
Katie Johnson
Kathy McIntosh
Karen Moe-Cain
Jill Oliveri & Ralph Pribble
Carole & Mike Smith
Betty Swanson
Penny Truax


September/October
Captain: Shayne Miller

Kay Blair
Penny & Cecil Chally
Adam & Meghan Gordon
Rose Hendrickson
Katie Herman & Ruthann Ryberg
Henry Hormann
Allison & Chris Jacobsen
Janet Johnson
Shayne Miller & Phil Lee
Ellen Longfellow & Dan Buechler
Lois & Glenn Poser
Susan & Rudy Schnasse
Sara Schwebs
Victoria Wilgocki & Rick Prescott


November/December
Captain: Church office or TBD

JoAnn & Carl Arny
John Buschette
Jane Clements
Bruce Evans
Dan & Gaye Larson
Gena & Jason Mitchell
Bethany & Collin Nielsen
Sara & Mike Quinn
Florence Sprague & David Misemer
Vicki Wunsch







Bylaws


Bylaws revised 2019.pdf (PDF)



Financial Policies of SAPUCC


Financial Policies - March 2019.pdf (PDF)



Leadership Resources


Leadership - HowToReadTheBudget.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - HowToSubmitExpenses.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - MeetingManagement.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - MeetingMinutes.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - Mentoring.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - SettingAnAgenda.pdf (PDF)
Leadership - Transition.pdf (PDF)


This page last modified on November 18, 2020