Congregational Meeting & Proposed Constitution Changes

Dear members of the Good Shepherd Family,

This letter is to inform you of our semi-annual congregational meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, immediately following our regular 10AM worship. We will be discussing a couple of constitutional amendments (see attached) and electing new Council members. While I don’t expect the meeting to be overly long, the work we will do is important to the future of our congregation. Please make every effort to be there. If you have any questions, please call the church office and leave a message, or email me directly at: pastorwes@goodshepherdwb.org.

As we emerge in an increasingly post-COVID world, it is more important than ever to resume the “vigorous ministry” to which our mission statement professes. Looking ahead to the summer, we hope to bring back VBS in early August. We’re also looking for opportunities to do shared ministry with other congregations. There is still plenty of work for our congregation to do, and your church leadership is open to new ideas. Please share those ideas with us. Having just celebrated Our Lord’s resurrection together, and being able to share fellowship afterwards at our Easter Brunch, I am convinced more than ever that we can and will remain a blessing to this community and to each other.

As always, your financial support is crucial to our being able to be the Lutheran presence on the corner of South and Main. Your council just approved a new church management program that will make it far easier to give, particularly online. That will be rolling out in the near future.

Still, with all the challenges and opportunities we have before, our greatest asset is each other! If COVID, or some other issues have kept you away from Sunday worship, that’s completely understandable. Come on back though! We miss you! We’re stronger together, and Good Shepherd will continue to be a place where “All are welcome”! I hope to see you soon!

Blessings always,

Pastor Wes Poole †


Proposed Constitution Changes
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Wilkes-Barre, PA

The following are the proposed changes/additions/deletions to the Constitution of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA. These proposed changes/additions/deletions were approved by the Congregational Council at its duly scheduled meeting on July 22, 2021. They are being presented as a resolution from the Congregational Council to the congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for a first vote at its next bi-annual meeting in the month of May, 2022.

Please note that since these are changes/additions/deletions to the actual Constitution of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA, the process for adoption is as follows:

  1. Be approved at a legally called Congregational Meeting according to this constitution by a majority vote of those present and voting. (This would be at the May 2022 meeting.)
  2. Be ratified without change at the next annual meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting. (This would be at the November 2022 meeting.)
  3. Have the effective date included in the resolution and noted in the constitution.Resolution of Proposed Constitution Changes

Be it resolved that the following changes/additions/deletions to the Constitution of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church be adopted with the effective date of December 1, 2022.

C11.01. e: Revised amendment.

Old: “If the treasurer and financial secretary are not selected from the elected membership of the Congregation Council, the treasurer and financial secretary shall have voice but not vote in the meetings of the Congregation Council.”

New: “If the treasurer and financial secretary are not selected from the elected membership of the Congregation Council, the treasurer and financial secretary shall have both voice and vote in the meetings of the Congregation Council.”

C11.02: Revised amendment.

Old: “The elected officers, as noted in C11.01.d, shall be elected by the Congregation Council by written ballot and shall serve for one year. The term shall begin on June 1 and end on May 31.

New: The following to be added to the above amendment. “Should a lay member of Congregation Council not be elected as president, then the pastor may be elected to that office.”

C12.01.: Revised amendment.

Old: “The voting membership of the Congregation Council shall consist of the pastor(s), the officers of the congregation,….”

New: “The voting membership of the Congregation Council shall consist of the pastor(s), the elected and appointed officers of the congregation…”

C13.09: Revised amendment.

Old: “The pastor(s) of this congregation shall be an ex-officio member of all Standing Committees and/or Ministry Teams of the congregation with the exception of the Mutual Ministry Committee. The president of this congregation shall be an ex-officio member of all Standing Committees and/or Ministry Teams of the congregation, except the NominatingCommittee.”

New: The following to be added to the above amendment. “Should the pastor be elected as the president of this congregation, part one (1) of this amendment would apply.”

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